Birdham Mill (detail)

Birdham Mill (detail)

A yacht under repair sitting in "the gut" at Birdham Pool. In the background is the old tidemill - a black-painted building - which used to grind corn from the surrounding farms, and overhead, we see a skein of Brent geese. The rising tide has driven the geese from their favourite feeding ground, on the saltmarsh, and now they are moving across to make merry in some hapless farmer's young wheat.

"The gut" is the name given to this narrow creek, which formerly led to one of the tidemill's two millponds. The other pond has now been converted into a marina; indeed, it is said to be the oldest marina in Britain.

(Watercolour - 22" x 15" / 56 x 38cm. SOLD)