29The creative act is an essential and integral part of a healthy philosophy.
Painting for me is a lifeline and Belmont Mill provided a wonderful space in which to work.

The studio was bright and airy and the accommodation was also comfortable. These provide the essential requirements but it was the people who made the stay warm and hospitable and conducive to creativity. Each and every one was most helpful, cheerful and companionable. Sandy and Tom, together with their family in particular were most obliging and welcoming. Nothing was too much trouble.

The mill and its surrounds are beautiful and conducive to long walks or bicycle tours. On these occasions it was good to make the acquaintance of the local community; again a very pleasant experience.

The other artists were supportive. It is always good to be introduced to the expertise of others using totally different media. To be able to discuss different approaches or problems connected with work is enlightening and encouraging.

All in all a very memorable experience