Duringa recent family trip to Cornwall, we went to Padstow for the day, a delightful working fishing port on the North coast. Nowadays local fishermen supply the numerous restaurants in the town and often when one thinks of Padstow a certain celebrity chef, namely Rick Stein, springs to mind, however there are stories to be found that discuss a tension between Stein and the community due to where he actually sources the fish for his own restaurants.
Nevertheless Padstow is a beautiful place and visitors can pick and choose where they go to dine and decide for themselves which eatery is the best for them and not be swayed by celebrity status alone.
Whilst wandering around and exploring the town, purely by chance we went into the Padstow Institute, a beautiful Grade II Listed building on Duke Street that partly houses the library and museum. Here we found the studio and gallery of local artist Caroline Walker, who was present working away on one of her paintings. It was a pleasure to meet with and be able to chat to Caroline about her art, which appeals to me immensely as all of her work is of various animals painted in a very distinct style. Her love of animals shines through so we had plenty to talk about. Caroline regularly has exhibitions at the Institute and you can see her artwork by visiting her website at www.caroline-walker.co.uk