Seafood School

I will always jump at the chance to learn something new. Especially when it's paid for by someone else! 

I went to Rick Stein's Seafood School in Padstow with a friend from work. We spent the day learning and getting our turn to cook five different fishy dishes. Nasi Goreng, Squid & Meetballs, Scallops with chili and ginger noodles (my favorite), Paella and a Whole Plaice. 

I learnt how to prepare a squid, how to fillet a flat fish, prepare and cook scallops and the best part was getting to eat a meal (with wine) after every dish. We certainly didn't go home hungry and we even saw dolphins swimming in the Camal Estuary outside the window. 

St Michael's Church, Newquay

My friend Sally is getting married next weekend. Sally was looking for a picture of The Church to go on her Order of Service so I offered to have a go and it was surprisingly challenging actually! 

Getting the perspective and lines right was really difficult. Also, I regret it now that I didn't persist with getting the stone work to look right. This was my third edition and I got impatient. I forgot to color the bell in the tower in too, doh!! But then again the road/pavement and the sky were nice and straight forward.  

hello spring

I just went surfing at Penhale here in Kernow.

We have been in most weekends since moving here but this morning was the first surf without gloves or a hood since surfing at C street in Ventura last August.

It is an absolutely beautiful day here in Cornwall and I'm excited for all that this place has to bring in summer. Barbecues, fires on the beach, camping, sunset and sunrise surfs, coast path running and more.

We have one more week in the caravan then back to St Agnes for another month before finding somewhere to settle in for the summer season. 

Enough for now, must get outside and enjoy the sun before heading to work at The Scarlet later this afternoon. 

Happy Easter everyone!

Thanks to Lewis Clarke for the photo 

Thanks to Lewis Clarke for the photo 

The weather!

I was at work yesterday (Receptionist at The Scarlet Hotel). One of my night time jobs is editing the slides on the plasma screen that is on display in reception, so it shows the forecast for the coming day.

We use the standard weather icons you might expect to see. It was only on searching Google Images for a 'cloudy night' which was missing from our image archive, that I had the brainwave of creating The Scarlet's own icons for the weather. 

It's my day off today and Ross bought me a scanner to scan my art work onto my website... so I decided to test it out with the weather icons I painted this morning. I think the 'Tinfoil Night Sky' is particularly special.