18 September 2012
I arrived on Spurn yesterday and have the next few days to prepare for the exhibition. It's amazing how quickly things change. When I was last here, only three weeks ago, there was a hint of autumn in the colours of vegetation. This week it feels decidedly autumnal. There are wonderful bright berries on the sea buckthorn as well as on hawthorn and lovely hips on the various roses. An evening walk was full of warm light on the grasses and seed heads along the estuary and clear views coupled with a spectacular sunset.
There are particularly high tides early this week and therefore there is the threat of a wash-over on the road. So far the weather looks to be such that this may not happen as the wind, although strong, is south westerly. There are lots of white horses on the Humber but the sea level isn't affected enough to wash right over, at least it didn't yesterday.
I had a session with a photographer yesterday for a press article and then some time with Gavin, a film maker who will be the next artist in residence at Spurn. He is making a film about the different people that come to Spurn. It's lovely to have a little involvement in the next project to happen here.
This morning I had the task of cleaning the lighthouse. I started at the top and swept all the way to the bottom, six floors in all (I keep meaning to count those steps - there are a lot!). It was a dirty job and I needed a good shower afterwards. It isn't exactly clean and I probably raised as much dust as I collected but at least all the loose stuff that accumulates has been cleared up. I can start setting things up tomorrow, once the dust has settled.