It wasn’t just the birds out and about in the Harbour on this cold but beautiful last day of Autumn. Retired architectural illustrator, David Shorter, was capturing the view from the hard in Itchenor this morning in watercolours. He is walking the length of the south coast sketching and painting as he goes.
He began by sketching the views of the Thames whilst walking from Waterloo to Greenwich and he enjoyed the trip so much it inspired him to go further. He returned to Greenwich and progressed along the Thames into The Medway, around the Isle of Sheppey to Margate and then along the south coasts of Kent, East and West Sussex before arriving in Chichester Harbour today. From here he plans to travel along the rest of the south coast to Cornwall.
He has a few rules - always taking the path closest to where the sea laps the shore, not travelling on ferries and taking the first foot crossing where he meets a river. He has stayed in interesting places along the way, including a night in Charles Dickens’ bedroom in Rochester, but tonight he will return to his home in Southampton.
We wish him luck on his journey and hope he enjoys the rest of Chichester Harbour as he makes his way around our shoreline.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy
Harbour Office Itchenor PO20 7AW