My New (ish) Toy

I’ve been back in the UK since last August and after a terrible winter, we’ve been rewarded with a fabulous summer. Since we live just 4 minutes walk from the beach and the Axe River runs into the estuary at the far end, it’s the perfect place to have a kayak. I bought one second hand on eBay about a month ago and I’ve been out on it a couple of times a week since.Sit on top ocean kayak
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Back From Spain

The boyf and I just spent a couple of weeks in Spain on a bit of a fact-finding trip. We are hoping to live there at some point and get our Spanish to a better level (we used it a lot on the trip, as most of our encounters were with people who didn’t speak any English). Enjoyed driving around the Basque country and La Rioja, eating amazing food and drinking fabulous wine.
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Botanical Painting Takes a Lot of Patience

Having recently moved to the area, I thought that taking some local classes would be a good way of getting out and about and meeting people (cartooning is a solitary experience). I’m doing an Art Class in Axminster on a Thursday and today there was a very  good botanical artist visiting.

Trisha Hayman does painstaking work. She collects leaves, shells, feathers and other botanical specimens and then paints them dot by dot. Her work was inspiring, but I knew that I’d struggle to replicate the technique. I have very little patience and completely messed up my first study (a stone!).
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