There is a Whoosh at the end which makes you laugh out loud

Huge thanks to everyone who supported our recent exhibition in thought word or deed – just over £550 was raised for RNLI Plymouth Branch.  Paul and I enjoy these events very much, especially now that we have our own premises and have the luxury of being able to set up a couple of days before the event.  Before our move into Studio 99 we had to set up an entire exhibition in about 2 hours.  Quite stressful on the day!  

We have also been thinking of other ways to use the Studio space.  I have been running crochet, knit and sew mornings on a monthly basis.  These are proving to be very popular, and some people are grateful for the time set aside to finish projects started a while ago, or to re-learn an old skill.  The act of sitting around chatting and working with our hands has proved to be very restful and encouraging.  Unlimited cups of coffee and chocolate biscuits are also included in the small fee!

Crochet Knit Sew at Studio 99

Paul’s Summer Term is coming to an end this week.  We have now completed 3 terms at Studio 99  - can’t believe how quickly the time has passed.  We have been busy sending out details for Paul’s Summer Art Classes – there is something for everyone from drawing & painting for beginners through to abstract and contemporary.  There are also opportunities for you to come in with your own work and have the luxury of painting for a whole morning or afternoon, with Paul there to help you if needed. Paul will be teaching on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from July 22nd – September 9th.  See the whole programme here: Summer Art Classes 2014 Feel free to contact me or Paul if you have any questions about the classes.

Paul and I try to maintain a balance between work and fun.  Sometimes we succeed, sometimes we don’t but we do try to have days out by the coast as often as possible. Sometimes we only manage a couple of hours, but when we drive out to Bovisands for a quick swim and coffee in the van,  it can sometimes feel as if we have had a mini holiday.

Last weekend we had a busy day with the Devon & Cornwall Wild Swimmers  (click here for D&CWS Website) A group of 26 of us swam down the River Avon from Aveton Gifford to Bantham.  It was an early start – meeting at 06 45, but worth it. Paul kayaked along with us as we drifted down river with the tide past nesting egrets and flying swans.

Paul had a lonely wait in the rain.
High Tide at Aveton Gifford
Escorting the swimmers down the river

At the end of the swim, the river starts to travel really fast and there is a Whoosh at the end which makes you laugh out loud before you scramble up the soft sandy riverbank to Bantham Beach and race to the waves beyond.