Longstock Garden Centre and Farm Shop, 10.00 for coffee rendezvous
The Bunny is a single track road that joins the Peat Spade pub, in Longstock with the Andover to Stockbridge road. This makes it sound a bit dull.
At one end the delightful pub will be a possible lunch spot. From here the road meanders across narrow bridges, through head-high bull rushes, by willows and streams. The eel traps and thatched fishing huts on one side of the road must be one of the most photographed settings in Hampshire – I had to queue for my moment to take the picture above.
The views from this track are the challenge for May.
Anyone is welcome to join us for the day. It doesn’t matter if this is your first step on the ‘journey’. Please contact me if you want to come along and I will tell you what it involves. Kate Measham
The weather wasn’t perfect, but it didn’t rain and it was warm. Everyone worked outside at Longstock sketching feverishly. Tea and Lemon Polenta Cake saved the day after hours of hard work and concentration.
The wonderful work produced gives the impression of warmth, light, texture, colour. Incorporated in the work were tall grasses blowing in the wind against the prickly leaved artichokes, and a variety of other plants, architectural features and the everyday functions of a garden nursery.
The herbaceous border, backed by brick and flint wall, deep with many varieties of perennials, grasses, alchemilla mollis, roses and goodness knows what, was a source of inspiration for many.
The variety of work was very impressive; mixed media at every turn.
Back at Wherwell Priory Studios hard work went into transforming notes and sketches.
Yesterday I was one of the lucky people at Wimbledon, in the scorching sun, watching Lleyton Hewitt playing his final match. It was wonderful, exciting tennis in a match that lasted over 4 hours.
The thing that made yesterday even more special was that I was enjoying it with my friend Vivien, laughing at the Aussie Fanatics, admiring the strength of the tennis and watching the lady in front of us get very burnt. Looking around us there were mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, friends, and relations in every direction. Nobody seemed to be there alone.
If you want to come to an art class with a friend, or relation, I will give you a discount of 10% on both tickets. This is available for any class until Christmas – just say at the time of booking.