R.S. Thomas, Dalrymple notes,
often appeared to prefer birdwatching to human company.
Observation of the beauties of the natural world, particularly the landscape, was for Thomas
a spiritual exercise, a reminder that God has given us all that we need for a fulfilled life. No one could say that he did not attempt to live by his creed.
to seemingly absurd lengths.
His biographer records the poet’s son as saying:
I was obliged to attend church and to listen to him drone on about the evils of fridges. It was the Machine, you see. And washing machines. And televisions. This to a congregation that didn’t have any of these things and were longing for them.
Gwydion Thomas lives in Thailand with his wife Kanjana, who describes their house on the island of Phuket as ‘Sarn-y-Plas with elephants’.