George has lived on land forming part of The Grove farm at Hickbush in Suffolk since 1961. He has painted many views of this area. This painting was done in the open air. George cut a seat out of a bank, set up his easel and left it there until work on the painting was finished. He worked on the picture from 26 September 1975 to 27 June 1976. There were forty-one painting sessions in 1975 and sixty-one in 1976. He started work each day at 12 noon and continued for as long as conditions allowed. Because the painting was made during a nine month period, it covered several seasons, not just one static set of conditions.