Sunday, 11 August 2013


We went to the Eisteddfod - it's the annual Welsh cultural shindig for all things literary/musical/artistic, (if you're looking for competitive sheep shearing and tractors, then you need the Royal Welsh Show).
This year it was in Denbigh, North Wales - just a few miles up the road from Mr Asparagus Pea's childhood home. So we went to stay with my mother-in-law and took her for a day out at the 'steddfod. I have to confess at this point that it's not entirely my thing, the finer points of group recitation are a bit of an acquired taste!  But there's enough art and craft and beer to keep me interested for a few hours, (combined with a healthy dollop of wifely duty).

We bought this print.
 It will probably go in the new laundry/WC - I like a bit of toilet art. 
Maybe with a plain oak arts and craftsy style frame. 
It's by Ruth Jen, an artist based near Aberystwyth. 

The text is a fragment of the Welsh idiom 'Ofer codi pais wedi piso'
(literally translated: No point lifting your petticoat after you've peed).

It means something between: 
'Shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted'...

.. and  'No point crying over spilt milk'.

Ruth has done a whole series of really quirky images using the 'Welsh lady' as a recurring motif.
 I love the combo of strong graphics and humour (with a refreshing lack of sentimentality).

What do you think...?!?


  1. Ha! I think it's perfect! I love the humor component as well as the artist's use of simple lines to create such a strong statement! I have been on the hunt for some good art for our nailed it!!

  2. oh yes, it will definitely suit an oak frame. it's very stylish and very funny, but I couldn't live with it. Chorlton and the Wheelies (the Welsh witch, yikes!) trauma, heh!

    1. Haha - just googled Chorlton. Don't think we had them in Upper Hutt so I was spared that trauma!