Harry sets up his easel in the usual spot, planting the tripod legs on the muddy margins of the strand. He lays out his paints. The sky is bleak and huge, widening over the Isle, the beach littered with chalk and dumps of seaweed, the water ever-changing grey, green, and blue. His palette matches it: loose colour, diluted earth, liquid sky. On the near horizon white-tipped waves foam along Goodwin Sands. Harry senses the tide turning, ready to race in and cover the sand bank, the graveyard for ships and Spitfires. He mixes a deeper shade to reflect the shadows on the water.
Catherine Law is the author of five romantic novels set in the first half of the 20th century. Her books are informed by the tales our mothers and grandmothers tell us, and the secrets they keep. Born in Harrow, Catherine now lives in Margate near the sea, also a great inspiration for her writing.