Every year they surprise me with their abundance and beauty

Hope everyone has had a Happy Easter.

Paul has finished all the Spring One-Day Workshops now and we have been enjoying the sunshine as much as we possibly can.  We have had three beautiful days out.  We are grateful to live so close to the coast and often have difficulty deciding where we should go.  Recently we have been going to a particularly beautiful bit of beach – I’m not going to tell you where it is!  We call it the Robinson Crusoe beach.  We often see fulmars, cormorants, shags and oyster catchers.

We have been here twice in the last three days and have been chilling out and relaxing, drinking coffee and making bacon butties in the van.

I have also been swimming with my Tinside Chums – we meet every Thursday evening to swim in the Sound.  They are a great crew.  Here are a few of them – there are often more of us!

Paul and I took the campervan out to Soar Mill Cove on Good Friday.  The weather was perfect.  We parked at the National Trust Car Park at Bolberry Down and walked over the cliffs to the beach.  We heard many skylarks – a real sound of summer.  We also spotted two martins and heard a cuckoo calling over the valley.

The beach itself has been scoured of sand – we got chatting to some regular visitors and they were shocked at the extent to which the winter storms had altered the beach.  We managed to pick our way through the rocks at low tide and had a lovely swim.  Paul did some sketching as the light was fantastic on the water – he couldn’t resist!

We are now settling in students to the Summer Term.  Paul teaches for part of the week and paints for the other part. We make sure we have enough days free to go out into the elements to experience nature at close hand.  We were in the bluebell woods yesterday – every year they surprise me with their abundance and beauty.

Oh by the way – we have fixed a date for Paul’s next exhibition in aid of Plymouth RNLI – Saturday & Sunday 31st May and 1st June.  More details to follow soon.