I have had a few days away for my birthday and went to a lovely hotel about 30 mins from Lisbon. The weather ranged from torrential rain to beautiful sunshine and I enjoyed it all. There was a coastal walk with some lovely beaches and as I love the sea, I really enjoyed breathing in the fresh Atlantic air and watching and listening to the waves, which I find meditative and balancing. On one of the walks, I spotted this women, on the beach, gazing out to the horizon, on a very stormy day. She looked so peaceful and serene and it reminded me of a meditation that I have used in workshops, where the power of the sea is used to cleanse and take away all our worries, concerns, baggage and clutter. Denise Linn (a shamanic healer, writer, speaker and oracle card reader) has a healing portal on her website and there is a free visualisation based around the sea, that you may like to try. There are also some amazing buildings in the area with wonderful tiles, roofs and faded glory! I have taken lots of photographs for inspiration for a piece of work that I want to develop using materials, threads and prints. I will definitely be going back as there was so much more to photograph than I had time for, plus amazing food and wines….can’t wait!