Posted by: glandorescilly | 19/10/2018

An Autumn Sunset Painting

Since Storm Callum blew through last weekend, the weather has calmed down and yesterday evening was just glorious – calm and mild with only the gentlest of breezes. The soft golden luminous quality of the light was just breathtaking as were the reflections on the sea. So Stephen went out onto Porthloo beach late afternoon to find a spot at half tide where he could paint oystercatchers foraging amongst the stones and weed during the sunset ‘golden hour’.  This is a painting in the very early stages of execution but already there is a sense of movement in the waves as they roll onto the beach.

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The islands are much quieter now. Sadly Storm Callum disappointed birdwatchers on Scilly this month who were hoping it would blow rare migrants over from North America but very little arrived on our shores. The road along Old Town sea front was closed during the highest tides and there is a LOT of seaweed on many beaches.

The Gallery has been ticking over in ‘slumber’ mode as we prepare for its winter move up into our Golden Eagle apartment where it stays for a month to six weeks between the beginning of December and mid January. If you know the Gallery, you will not be surprised to learn that we use it as our main living room when we have family and friends visit us over Christmas and New Year. The magnificent fireplace with a blazing log fire, roasting chestnuts and home-made mulled cider to hand is a real treat!

The last guests in our apartments are here this week so the house will be very quiet by next Friday. Boats of all shapes and sizes are coming up onto Porthloo Green and being swathed in tarpaulins ready for their winter sleep. Apples are being picked, along with blackberries, which have cropped very well in island hedgerows this autumn, thanks to the September and October rains. After the long, hot, DRY, busy summer, the autumn is a time of rest and relaxation for many islanders, many of whom will be leaving for holidays abroad this week when school breaks up for half term.

We’ll be updating our availability for 2019 here very soon so visit again to see what we have available in our apartments if you are planning to holiday with us next year. There’s not much left …

 

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