The blues and the beach

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Do you ever get up some mornings and feel, for no particular reason, thoroughly blue? This was my morning yesterday. I tried to shake it off with my usual cup of tea but by 10:30am I knew that my normal routine just wasn't going to be enough to shake my melancholy.

I wandered about the house for a while trying to find something to engage me but nothing jumped out. I remembered Kezzie's recent post about self care and decided that it was a day for a spare of the moment adventure. I'd been meaning to hit the beach for a while, and ever since I'd discovered that Natasha Newton had an exhibition at Peter Pears Gallery in Aldeburgh, I'd wanted to go .

A quick look at her website confirmed it as the last day of the exhibition and that was all the reason I needed to grab my bag and go. When in Aldeburgh I always drive straight down the high street to the very end and park on the shingle. This means a lovely walk back to the high street (passed my favourite fish n chip shop).

I found the gallery, tripped into the exhibition (despite the 'mind the step' sign) and there I was immersed in a world I rarely visit these days. I love exhibitions, I used to visit them regularly as a student but they seem so few and far between these days.

Both my Dad and I have paintings of Natasha's, mine sits on my bedside table and is the only original piece of artwork I own.

I follow Natasha on Twitter and Instagram so I've seen some of the paintings in the exhibition go from almost a blank canvas to the finished article, it was lovely to see them in person. I wasn't disappointed, I loved it as much as I'd hoped I would.

I like her painted stones as much as the paintings themselves. I took a few sneaky photos, I didn't know if I was allowed so tried to make it look like I was texting. I very much doubt I fooled anyone and chuckled at myself for being such a twit.

It wasn't a one person show, there where others exhibiting. I liked the work of Emma Green (above) as it (very loosely) reminded me of the type of 'painting' I used to do whilst at college. I say 'painting' because I was a design student, my artistic skill was described as 'able to make things look nice' - that's raw talent right there people.

Anyway, once I'd lingered and pondered long enough I tripped (damn that step!) out of the gallery and went to the beach for a wander. The warm sea breeze and the sound of the waves had the desired effect, I felt calmer and brighter.

 After a bit of a sit and a look I headed off to the chip shop. The best, in my opinion, is the one at the end of the high street - Aldeburgh Fish and Chip Shop (I think all three are owned by the same people so I don't know why I prefer this one but I do). There is always a queue but it's worth the wait. I ordered a child's portion of fish and chips, it's pretty cheap at £3 and plenty for lunch. Back on the beach I enjoyed the vinegary, salty, fishy-chippiness and sat back to breathe and feel the sun on my skin.

I agree with Kezzie when she said "Oh how could I forget how restorative that sea-air is". How could I possibly forget? I came home feeling clam and rested, with a plan to go and see Natasha's permanent exhibition at Snape Maltings Gallery, and to visit Marlsford Mill, my friend has a space there selling some wonderful preloved furniture. And I've been meaning to go for ages...

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  1. The seaside calms me. Even if it's the most ridiculously rainy, tempestuous weather ever, it restores my calm.

    1. Couldn't agree more, there is something very grounding about it

  2. I'm so glad you were able to take a day for yourself and get out of that funk. Kezzi is a smart one, isn't she?

  3. I seem to be getting a lot of those blue for no reason days at the moment, the seaside always makes me feel a bit calmer and a bit happier x

    1. me too, I don't know why, I just try to be kind to myself until it passes x

  4. Oh I'm sorry you were feeling blue but glad I could help in spirit!!! Lovely, lovely Aldeburgh!!!! I love that chip shop too, and sitting on the beach with f and c is the best tonic!!!! That gallery looks superb!!! I'd love to own more original art works.
    So glad you had a nice time!!! :-)
    (P.S. pity it doesn't have many Charity shops otherwise it would make a good destination for a meet up!!!) X

    1. It's such a beautiful place - there's nothing to say we can't do a two destination meet up!


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