Painting breaks on the Isle of Wight
Responsible travel: Painting breaks on the Isle of Wight
At Wyke Regis we continually strive to reduce our carbon footprint. I designed a solar powered thermal store system that supplies nearly all our hot water from April until October and a lower, but nevertheless noticeably useful amount during the darker winter days. We now have added solar electric panels to cut our dependence on fossil fuel even further. Our multi fuel stove burns logs from wind damaged trees in the road. Where possible we have fitted energy saving lights and water saving devices to showers and toilets.
We compost any kitchen and garden waste and sort glass, paper and tins for recycling. Rain water is collected from the roof into butts for watering the garden. We grow our own vegetables and flowers for the butterflies.
We are committed to encouraging wildlife. Badgers, foxes and pheasants are frequent visitors. Buzzards, Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Barn Owls fly over the fields. Our many bird feeders are a constant hive of activity, we regularly have twenty different species feeding in the garden each day. We have also fitted some nest boxes, and last year our nesting birds managed to raise eight broods between them. Our garden pond provides habitat for frogs, Damsel and Dragon flies. We do not use herbicides or pesticides in the garden.
To support the upkeep of Newtown 'Church of the Holy Spirit' I hold an art exhibition in the church over the August bank holiday weekend each year. Its popularity is growing, now with more than two hundred visitors. To date I have raised well over £1000. I have also provided paintings of the church and Newtown Old Town Hall that have been reproduced as greetings cards and tea towels for sale to visitors.
As part of my continuing support for the community I designed and now manage the village hall website. It is now easier to keeps all the residents informed of village and community events.
Our guests are encouraged to shop at the award winning Dairy Deli at Shalfleet Corner that stock an excellent range of local cheese, meat, ice cream, yoghurt, eggs, pies, cakes and seasonal veg. All the dairy products are made from milk from their pedigree herd. They are sold under the 'Calbourne Classics' range.
Calbourne water mill is one of the oldest working mills in the country. It grinds various types of flour six days a week. As well as visiting their World War Museum try the cafe in a converted cattle barn, it sells a range of home made breads and cakes.
Living close to the Newtown estuary, and being an artist, I am drawn to this peaceful location. In the Spring, it provides an ideal habitat for hundreds of nesting sea birds. Early summer the water meadows are full of wild flowers, butterflies and rare orchids. Autumn/Winter sees the arrival of thousands of migrating birds. Huge flocks of different geese and swans streak across the sky against the background of the setting sun. The exposed mudflats provide a rich harvest for the waders. There are various self guided walks around the Newtown Creek with information boards describing just what to see. If you are keen on bird watching you will find two bird hides. In the summer time, one is manned by a volunteer warden, who is only too keen to point out the days arrivals.
The story of the provider of Painting breaks on the Isle of Wight
I ran my bespoke kitchen and bathroom design business in Surrey for 25 years. Due to growing traffic congestion causing longer travel time, I decided a complete career change was called for.
Having been interested in watercolour painting for a number of years, I would become an Artist, move to the beautiful Isle of Wight, and teach people how to paint. It took only five weeks from making the decision to sell our house and move to be on the Island. We converted the garage into a self contained art studio, and I built a website to say we were open. It is great to teach painting.