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.

We managed to resist having a pint in the Dolphin!

Drink more wine!  Liquid sunshine!  This is what we need in these gales and rainstorms!  I have decided to hold a ‘Crochet Knit Sew with Wine’ evening on Wednesday 12th November at Studio 99.  I have been holding regular morning sessions (with chocolate biscuits) since April and they have been going very well, so I decided that an evening session was called for.  If you would like to join in, bring along any Works In Progress if you have any.  If not, I will have hooks, yarn, needles and a sewing machine for you to borrow.  There will also be wine and posh crisps (and tea).  Cost is £7.50 including wine. Let me know if you’re coming along, or would like details of the morning sessions.

Crochet Knit Sew

Despite the awful autumn weather, Paul & I have been managing a few trips to the beach – we had a great bellyboard surf in the sunshine at Bovisand on Sunday morning.  We were working up an appetite for our roast dinner which we had booked at Cafe Bovisands.  Just as we crossed the threshold of the cosy cafe, the heavens opened.  Thank goodness we missed it!  We ate our dinner watching the wild wind and waves.

Looking out from Cafe Bovisands

Paul’s next exhibition is coming up!  We spent this morning handing out posters to many businesses on the Barbican.  We were forced to call in at Monty’s for a cup of coffee and a read of the papers.  We managed to resist having a pint in the Dolphin!

Paul's exhibition at Studio 99

There will be delicious cakes

Nearly half term already.  Our summer went on for ages and now it is a shock to be plunged into autumn storminess. Before the storms, I managed to complete the Breakwater Swim in aid of the Chestnut Appeal, (click here for my Just Giving page) swimming from near the Fort just off the Breakwater into Tinside Beach East along with around 179 other swimmers.  The day was fine and calm – perfect conditions.  I really enjoyed the swim – it is marvellous to swim so close to the big buoys and navigation beacons in the Sound.  I completed the swim in about 1 hour 30 minutes – it wasn’t a race so I wasn’t swimming to gain a place, just to enjoy the view.

Paul and I have started the autumn with coughs and colds which have decided they like us a lot and are refusing to slink off.  Paul has steadfastly continued to teach and paint producing some beautiful monochrome work:


I’ve been presenting some Crochet, Knit & Sew mornings at Studio 99 – informal meetings over 3 hours where we bring along any works in progress and encourage each other and enjoy the company.  Usually taking place on a Thursday morning, there may also be evening sessions starting up soon.  With wine!

We are also planning our annual St Luke’s Hospice Exhibition.  This will take place at Studio 99 on the weekend of November 22nd/23rd from 11am – 4pm. There will be the usual delicious cakes and a free draw to win one of Paul’s unique paintings.  All welcome.  More details will be published soon.