I stood on the mud flats as close to the water as I dared. I checked the tide times and  knew I had a good 2 hour window before the water would be lapping at my ankles. 
It was bitterly cold again but I was dressed for it with ski trousers and thermals, hand and feet warmers tucked into my shoes and fingerless gloves. 
This board I had been saving for an occasion, it was one I’d made out of ply and muslin, a perfect panoramic shape for capturing the sweep of the tidal water.
I painted the little boats in first, see the pic below and then the mud flats, there wasn’t much sunlight so hardly any shadows, when a peep of sun came I put in the water. 
I enjoyed the experience and although bitterly cold and exhausting it feels worthwhile!