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Red Wellies

By Sian Eirian Rees Davies
January 2007, Caernarfon
A digital story from Capture Wales

Seeing Red

Sian doesn't look forward to joining the green-wellied brigade. She yearns for her own special pair of wellies.

"Bright red wellies - a pair worn as rite of passage by all new and important arrivals on our farm. A pair worn on muddy Spring mornings to pose with inappropriate pets called Gravy or to dream about becoming the new weatherwoman on the lunchtime news. A pair worn to cook complex feasts for my cat. Or to hunt for missing furniture stolen by fairies at the bottom of our garden. My pair of bright, red wellies.

Green wellies were working wellies, the colour belonging to my brother and sister. Green meant herding sheep, early mornings and feeling cold. Green was the colour of growing up, and I didn't want to.

And yet, I wanted new wellies, special wellies. Pink wellies like Rebecca's with pictures of Princesses on them. Or googly-eyed wellies that winked at me in rows at the local shoe shop.

I never got them. Inevitably, my feet grew and when I was six, I joined the green-wellied brigade on their way to the potato field to drudge amongst the endless rows of plants for what seemed like a backbreaking eternity.

I still cling to my early childhood, and every so often slip into my new pair of wellies. And I'm right back there. Back in those blue-sky years where wellies are forever red."

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
I'm the manager for Cae'r Gors - Kate Roberts' Heritage Centre, I took part in the course with the aim of hopefully running digital storytelling projects at the centre.

What is your story about?
Growing up and its trauma!!! I chose this story as I enjoyed the visual effect of creating a story based on the colours that have shaped my life.

What did you find most rewarding about the workshop?
Everything! I enjoyed the group dynamic and the story circle especially ... as well as the techno babble!

Your comments

"I really enjoyed this story, The sound effects within certain sections of the script added to the story, and help it run smoothly. I also liked how you generalized colours with certain aspects on the farm, or even within everyday life. This story reminds me of childhood, and not only my own but family members too! It brings back memories of when i used to wear my yellow wellies, and go 'puddle-hopping'." Chantel, Canada, Feb 2008.

"An excellent presentation. Red Wellies is one of my favourite stories in the "Capture Wales" series because it reminds me of my son when he was about four years of age. He was so happy with his black wellies that Santa had brought him, he insisted on taking them to bed with him! " Darryl Thomson, Vancouver, Canada, Nov 2007.

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