Gadding about!

By Sally Pudney on 28th October 2017

For the last week I have had my friend from North Wales, lettering artist Martin Wenham, staying with me. We spent some of the week gadding about – here are a few photos . . . .

On Wednesday we went to Fingringhoe Wick. Martin was keen to see the location of current painting project. It was a lovely morning and we had a good walk round some of my favourite bits, and lunch sitting outside the Visitors Centre – not bad for late October!

Martin identifying this astonishing coloured salt marsh shrub. I cannot now remember what it actually was called!

After lunch we went to the Geedon Gallery. Martin was very impressed by Margaret Glass’ pastel paintings, and I was impressed with them all over again. And also the vivid but peaceful oil landscapes of Andrew King. I had taken a few of my landscape paintings to show Jacqueline, and I was delighted when she said I could exhibit some there next Autumn.

On Thursday we went to Beth Chatto’s gardens at Elmstead Market. It was a perfect sunny autumn day, and the tree colour was beautiful.

We had lunch in their café, and then went down to the coast to Graham’s new house. Graham gave Martin the guided tour, and then, after a cuppa, we went for a walk along the beach.

Martin and Graham beach combing

Findings from the beach

On Friday we visited a garden that was new to me – Green Island at Ardleigh. It was beautiful – I can’t think why I’ve never been before!

Back-lit leaf on a climber

Martin in front of an autumn flowering camellia –

– and a camellia close up. WOW!

Autumn colour

– and more.

A few leaves I picked up – amazing colour.

Martin has now returned to Bangor – and I must return to my studio and make a belated start on Fingringhoe Wick: October – as it will be NOVEMBER next week!! How did that happen!

Enjoy the last few days of October 🙂


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