It wouldn’t be right living on the East Anglian coast not to include these as they are so deeply embedded into both the local history and indeed my own families past. I love the way the scales sparkle. Herring fishing in East Anglia goes back to the Middle Ages but the heyday was between 1860 and the first word war, sadly by the 1960’s over fishing caused stocks to crash.
Friday and the sea was really very rough. My studio assistant Pippa my faithful hound accompanied me to the beach whilst I painted this weeks sketch. The Common seal pup was hauled up on the beach but went for the safety of the sea as Pippa approached. I was a little concerned as she followed it into the huge waves but she gave up and I breathed a sigh of relief. Crashing waves on the beach are one of my favorite things.
A beautiful day on the beach at Aldeburgh sketching the old beach boat “Silver Spray”.
It is fungi time of year and just like last year on the 15th Fly Agaric became the subject of this weeks sketch again. I remember last years sketch as it was also from Walberswick up past Hoist Covert car park in the woods. So these I also found in Walberswick too although out on the Heath in among the Silver Birch trees down Palmers Lane. Fly Agaric are very dramatic with their bright red caps with white flecks BUT also poisonous so please be careful.
Well it’s week 39 and that means we are 3 quarters the way through the challenge and 3 quarters through the year and now definitely Autumn and what could be more appropriate than Horse Chestnut Conkers. It was quite a surprise to me that in Wrentham there should be so many laying on the ground as in my youth they would have been gathered up by the village children.