Some of you eagle eye readers may have noticed the lack of post last Sunday, but I forgot to mention that we were going on holiday!

To be honest, we only booked two days before we left, so even we didn’t know where we were going at the time I wrote my last blog post! I don’t think we’ll leave it quite as late to book again as it was a rush getting hotel, flights, insurance, hire car etc. organised in such a short space of time. It did mean we got a very good deal though, so swings and roundabouts.

We ended up going to Fuerteventura – we had been happy to go anywhere with sunshine and beaches, so there were quite a few options.

We flew back into the UK this morning at 3am, after a really lovely sunny week which went too fast as holidays always do. I haven’t even so much as opened a sketchbook in the last week so haven’t got anything creative to share, instead here are a few of our holiday snaps…

Fuerteventura

Fuerteventura is one of the largest Canary Islands and I was surprised by its desert-like appearance. The rocky landscape extends as far as the eye can see, with a handful of built-up resorts dotted along the coast.

Caybeach Caleta, Fuerteventura

We stayed at Caybeach Caleta hotel in Caleta de Fuste. We had a little self-contained compartment, which was really lovely and fantastic value for money!

Fuerteventura - near Corralejo

We hired a car because there were a few places Sam wanted to go surfing. One of them was near Corralejo, en route to which I took the photo above. This part of the island looks like a real desert, with the white sand dunes contrasting with the turquoise water. There are beaches all the way along this stretch, and a fair few nudists wandering amongst the dunes too!

Ajuy caves, Fuerteventura

One day we visited the caves at Ajuy. They’re a short walk along the coast from the car park and the views from the path are beautiful.

While we were walking one afternoon close to the hotel, we overheard someone asking where they could see the chipmonks. From then on we kept our eyes peeled and soon saw the little critters amongst the rocks. People were feeding them monkey nuts which they’d take straight from their hands. They’re really just glorified squirrels though!

Chipmunk, Fuerteventura

When it came to beaches, we were spoilt for choice! The beach in Caleta de Fuste is nice, but there were some stunning long stretches of white sand to the south in Morro Jable and the north around Corralejo.

Flag Beach, Corralejo

In between sunbathing and sightseeing, we ate out at lots of different restaurants, enjoying everything from Spanish tapas to whole fresh Red Snapper.

It’s nice to be back home, but not so nice going back to work tomorrow!

52 Faces

Right, I have a confession to make about my 52 Faces project. Well, maybe not a confession, but an announcement. I’ve decided to stop as it’s taking up so much of my time (a couple of hours each weekend) and with blogging on Sundays too, I just can’t fit everything in. Our holiday was an excuse to miss a week but I feel the end has been imminent for a while.

I know I’m only a couple of months off finishing the project, and it doesn’t mean I won’t draw the occasional miniature portrait now and again, but the next few weeks are looking increasingly busy and other commission commitments are taking up a lot of my time.

Anyway, this means I won’t be sharing any portraits again for a while, but hopefully I will get around to gathering the drawings I’ve already done together into some sort of order.

I do feel disappointed not to have finished, but relieved too as it’s taken an extra weight off my mind!

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