Lymington, is on the south coast, tucked equidistance between Southampton and Bournemouth. It’s where the New Forest meets the Sea.
And very nice it is too.
One thing we really liked about living there is the sea wall walk that you can take from the harbour all the way to Keyhaven, about four miles in all.
Walking along the wall you get a fantastic sense of space, light and natural beauty. Looking outward you can see the Solent towards the Isle of Wight. On your inside though, there’s a marvellous bird sanctuary where Egrets, Oystercatchers,Lapwings, Avocets, and even Kingfishers can be spotted.
Aimee Durnell is a local artist. Her watercolours capture the area perfectly. The gentle brushstrokes and simple imagery conveys the areas natural beauty, ever so well.
Her pictures are available in two books. Every time we look through them, we can imagine ourselves walking on the sea wall again. Warm memories.
Below are a selection of pictures painted by my daughter Clara aged 8, inspired by the book and wildlife in the area.