As a boy living in High Halstow Kent, I remember that one of the main exciting events during our day was the occasional steam train passing throught the outskirts of the village from either Gravesend or Allhallows. My brother and I would sometimes run down to either the village station or to the next bridge over the line on the road to Hoo, when we could all see it passing under our feet and covering us with smoke soot and cinders.
The harbour beach at St Ives, Cornwall provides a wonderful playground for children at low tide as it empties leaving a large sandy area to explore. This view taken from the opposite harbour wall shows the area at about half low tide.
I finished the painting of the lighthouse at low tide to add more interest. The colours were very interesting in the sea caused by the chalk cliffs. Overall I am quite pleased with the result for this amazing building.
Just behind Chesil beach in Dorset is Fleet Lagoon which is the home of the Abbotsbury Swannery and has a fascinating history which includes a village partly destroyed by a Tsunami, smuggling and fishing plus the siting of the classic 19th century novel Moonfleet by Falkner.
Whilst walking around the shore, on a warm still hazy sunny day, my wife and I came across some workboats and I had to paint them looking towards Portland Bill.