Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Beach, Blake and Butterflies

Back from our sojourn in Norfolk refreshed and inspired. We enjoyed the Painted Lady phenomenon as the clouds of butterflies wafted over from Africa and the Continent are now breeding and multiplying. Also the charming swarms of ladybirds so prevalent this year.And the increasingly rare Sea Holly on the dunes - attracting both artists (me) and butterflies. We were whipped up by the excitement and frenetic activity of the RNLI Sandcastle Competition on Old Hunstanton beach (sadly no prizes...).
Further inland we visited Holt and its inaugural arts festival, including meeting Sir Peter Blake at the Bircham Gallery and climbing aboard his groovy (I quote the hand-out) art bus.
And meeting some of the residents. Old Town is a charming and innovative shop tucked away in Bull Street, purveyors of British work clothes. And publishers of the very witty Evening Star.