Longis beach is a beautiful crescent of sand on the south east of Alderney. It was a haunt of my youth for gathering bait and fishing. I don’t get there often now, but I love to walk the beach from west to east, and then along the tidal causeway to Raz island. Strong tides ensure a good food supply, and this results in a diverse fauna in the rock pools. The low structure above the sand is a German WW2 anti-tank fortification (the whole island was heavily fortified). There is a deep pleasure in seeing this structure used as a windbreak by sun bathers, with any protruding metal supports used as handy hooks for beach towels. If only we could repurpose all the mechanisms of war.
The structure on the horizon at the right of the painting is Fort Houmet Herbé, one of the island’s Victorian era forts.
If you like this painting, you might also enjoy this view of from the north west of Alderney.