A Busy Week

By Sally Pudney on 5th August 2017

Well, it has been a busy week!

On Tuesday I took my friend, Helena, to Fingringhoe Wick. This was 1st August, but I didn’t think it would be my ‘official’ August visit for my painting project. However, I found just the view I want to paint for August – so! – job done!

We saw a number of Black tailed Godwit. This is a new bird I’ve only just learned to recognise. At present they are in their beautiful chestnut summer plumage.

The view from the Kingfisher hide was perfect this month – at last!

Helena managed to rustle up a carrier bag, and I picked some blackberries. I’m keeping an eye on the elderberries, too, as I want to make some elderberry cordial. They are not quite ready yet.

On Thursday I met up with my niece at Piccadilly and I made my second visit to the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition. I didn’t particularly notice anything different from my earlier visit that I liked. But I did manage to get some photos of some of my ‘small’ favourites which I didn’t get when I went with Graham.

Diana Armfield RA: Winter Sunset, Sheep in the Back

Neil Bousfield’s Walking the Tide Line and . . .

. . .  Collecting on the Strandline.

Henry Haggar’s Sunlit Cloister Gloucester Cathedral

And Lois Wallace’s Until Tomorrow. It is a pity this is such a rubbish photo, with lots of reflections, as it is a beautiful little¬† painting.

Fortnum & Mason’s windows were particularly good, using their iconic picnic basket morphed into an aeroplane –

A yellow submarine –

And there was a car, a steam engine and a boat, I think!

Yesterday I went down to Clacton to return the Remembrance Book for St James, Lt Clacton, which I have been updating. This morning did some major pruning of trees and shrubs at the bottom of my garden, and then into the studio to get on with Fingringhoe Wick: July. This is how far I’d got by the end of the afternoon.

The painting is sitting on the mantelpiece in the sitting room at present – I like to bring them in so I can have a good look and mull over what to do first with it tomorrow.

Hope you’re having a good weekend!

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