A very early start to visit the small medieval church of St Partishow in the Black Mountains at dawn for research as part of the Arts Council Creative Wales Award that I am currently working on.
Partishow, or St Issui, stands on a hill amongst the mountains and has one of the most extraordinary oak rood screens that have survived.
The simple whitewashed walls are also decorated with pre-Reformation paintings and at the west end is a closed off hermit’s cell and chapel.
Because it is surrounded by mountains and hills, dawn is about an half-an-hour later than normal. Inside the church all is still quite dark and outside there is just a glimmer of dawn in the East.
Inside, everything is still quite dark.
Eventually the sun rises over the mountains and floods the valley surrounding the church with light.
I can now head home with notes on how to use the church at this time of morning for a performance – watch this space for more details …