North Norfolk inspires a new way of seeing.
I have always had a soft spot for north Norfolk with its acres of sandy beaches that stretch for miles around this forgotten tip of England. Florence, my artist mother loves painting the three-quarter skies and my two bird-watcher brothers in teenage years trod the shingle at dawn. But it was the seascape with its blue distances that seduced me and how you can walk the flat shores for miles on breeze-less days or be greeted with howling Northerlies.
This rabble of childhood memories grew into a longing to get a Norfolk bolthole and we now have a tiny flint cottage where we snatch weekends and spend a week or two during the summer months.
Sitting amongst the dunes when the tide has turned, seeing the stretches of shore, sea and sky create layers of shades is a simple joy. Harriet at Ochre describes how they colour designs inspired by a seascape or perhaps a river’s flow. I appreciate how Ochre’s Sable chairs arranged together resemble the rhythm of a river in blues, greys, and greens. It’s an inspired way of seeing and colouring designs.
Some of Ochre’s evocative palette reflects the open coastline of Shelter Island, where Harriet has her retreat – painted in shades that are soft, muted and inspired by the landscape. This is a landscape of layers – sea, islands, and sailing boats across the skyline.
Living in big cities like New York or London is great but you just have to escape and breathe a sigh of relief when you can actually see the horizon. Having a seascape is a beautiful bonus.
I also think we all need a bit of solitude, silence and the simple joy of wide, open spaces and I find this solace in on the shoreline of the forgotten tip of England.
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