AND WE START ON WEDNESDAY 11th January…
I have lived in, or near, the Test Valley for many years, and been married to a fly fisherman for even more. This year I am going to record the river from as near to its source as I can manage, down to the tidal waters at Testwood,and the sea.
Along the way there will be a Facebook page with information and possibly the occasional picture. Keep an eye on instagram #rivertestsourcetosea – sorry…don’t know how to do a link.
Each month a different area of the river will be the focus, with a mixture of rural idyll and industry that relies on the water. By the end of the year there will be quite a body of work.
On Wednesday, 11th January at 10.00am we will meet at the White Hart in Overton http://www.whitehartoverton.co.uk/eat-drink/. The second outing will be to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery (more of this later).
I think this first day will be the hardest of the journey, not only because it is January, cold and wet, but also it is a new experience for us all.
The Test rises in a field to the east of Overton. A footpath can take you very near to it but it is a wellies venue. Quiddhampton Mill is very attractive, as is the view from the bridge at Polhampton. The back gardens of Overton, going down to the stream through the town are attractive in a different way.I think we will probably take a look at different spots on the day.
Throughout the year I am trying to keep to mostly public sites so you can revisit them in your own time if you feel you need more information.
It is possible to take a shopful of equipment but that just gets expensive and annoying. I would suggest a large hardbacked sketchbook, or a board and paper, masking tape, a camera or phone, pencils, charcoal etc and whatever paints you are happiest using. I will take some pens, oil pastels and the bright dyes I like to use. Also useful can be a large envelope, or plastic filing sleeve. I always pick up bits and pieces and it helps to have somewhere to put them. I might put in something to sit on, I might not. I have a travelling easel but I won’t bring it.I have my fingers crossed that umbrellas won’t be necessary!