The sea was a choppy, rolling, forbidding, grey green, the clouds were dark grey threatening rain at any moment, the temperature was on the freezing side of cool and the day out was brilliant. We'd debated whether to go, a few days ago we were sweltering in full sun, today looked like we'd returned to winter, but go we did. We caught the boat, 'Glad Tidings IV' from Seahouses Harbour and were treated to a tour of the Farne Islands including the Longstone Lighthouse. It was from this lighthouse that Grace Darling and her father set out on September 1838 to rescue nine passengers from the wreck of the Forfarshire.
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
Friday, 21 May 2010
Just fantastic, that's all, just fantastic! At five o'clock we closed up Crown Studio Gallery for the night and headed for the hills. In a little wood near Alnham we found what we were looking for, woodland simply carpeted with bluebells. Lynda has been looking to paint some new bluebell images and this was the opportunity. We walked through the woods for a couple of hours taking photographs and sketching and didn't see or hear another soul, not a voice, not a car, no distant hum of machinery just the sound of the birds. We were surprised once by a deer rushing to avoid us bu no other humans, for me this is what makes Northumberland special, the opportunity to really get away from it all. The vivid blue of the flowers, the scent of the fresh woodland, the sound of birds and animals and the feel of rough bark and soft silky vegitation all that was needed was a bottle of wine and some fine local cheese to complete the total sensory imersion. We will be back in thenext few days and we will have the picnic with us, meanwhile the first painting is looking pretty good.