Everyone loves to watch Paul paint.

We needed a holiday in the sunshine!  We haven’t been abroad for nearly 10 years, our kids were nagging us to go somewhere – anywhere! – so we booked a surf trip to Fuerteventura.  The weather was fair to good and the waves were fun to punishing!  The colours in the water were fantastic – like St Ives but even more intense blues and turquoises. We surfed a reef and ate pastries sitting in the sunshine on old wooden benches.  We met some fun, friendly  people from all over the place and it dawned on us that we are, in fact, European. The elderly couples walking  along the volcanic, sandy foreshore hand-in-hand wearing hat and trainers – just hat and trainers – were a bit of a surprise at first, but we rallied and carried on as normal.  We had a couple of Holiday Food Adventures, but they just added to the fun!

We’re trying to come to terms with Britain in February now.  It is astonishing how quickly you get accustomed to a different way of being.  In just a week we were settling into Canary Island life.  We aim to go back there next winter, maybe for a little longer.  There are still places we want to see.  I particularly want to ferry over to the Isla de Lobos which has fabulous lagoons and is just over the bay from where we were staying in Corralejo.

Meanwhile I am still swimming off Tinside every week.  Last Friday’s morning swim was a bit of a shock  to the system after the warm, clear water of Fuerteventura!

We have to make sure we keep surfing now – not easy when there are gales and hailstorms to contend with.

Since our return we have been  planning some events at Studio 99.  I am continuing with my Crochet Knit Sew sessions which are proving to be popular – especially the evening ones with wine.  Leave a comment below if you would like more information about these sessions.

Also coming up we have a Spring Open Studio Day.  We will be displaying some original gems from Paul’s store rooms at good prices.  Come along and join us for a coffee on Saturday March 14th from 11 am.  Free draw for a Paul original!

Everyone loves to watch Paul paint, so we will be organising an evening soon to do just that and enjoy a glass of wine at the same time.  Details will be announced soon!  Keep a lookout on Paul’s Facebook page here  for updates.