Friday 4th August
£25/day, (plus entrance fee if you are not already a member of the National Trust) 10.00am to 4.00pm Meet in Mottisfont car park
Join us as we draw and paint the River Test at Mottisfont Abbey
The River Test, as it flows through the Mottisfont Estate, has all the characteristics of a well keepered chalk stream, picturesque as is makes its way through water meadows along the Test Valley. Capture the dreamy atmosphere that places you in an England of a century ago.
And they have cream teas and ice cream.
Contact me for more information
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River Test at Mottisfont
Different methods of drawing, different drawing media
Wednesday, 16th August, 2017
10am – 4pm, delicious Yurt Cafe lunch included, £80/day
Suitable for all abilities
Spend a day by the River Test exploring different drawing techniques. You will be looking at Van Gogh and his mark making and developing your own vocabulary of marks.
You will be working in pencil, charcoal, pen, ink, and anything else we can find to help you capture something of the river and its environment.
Some materials will be provided and I will send a list of others things you will need to bring with you.
A delicious lunch will be included in the Yurt.
Please contact me if you would like more information about this course
Inventive Anti Rain Devices
Yesterday’s River Test outing was plagued from the start; it was meant to happen a month ago but bad weather and bad diary management meant it had to be postponed. Yesterday we battled with rain, cattle, TB testing, postmen and equipment falling in the river amongst other excitements. During one downpour the chairs doubled up as umbrellas.
Next month (August) the plan is to visit Mottisfont – if the weather is as changeable we can retire to the tearooms.
Beginners Oil Painting morning
Wednesday 12th July
9.30am – 12.30pm,
Spend the morning in the Yurt by the River Test learning the basic skills for painting in oils. All materials will be provided. No previous experience is necessary. This will be a fun, small group designed to give you personal attention, and get you under way with oil painting. Places are limited so contact me for more information, or to book a place.
Monday 3rd July 10.00 at The Boot, Houghton
June was rained off, blown away, cancelled. We are going to try Houghton again!
If you mention ‘Houghton’ to fly fishermen they will think you are talking about the illustrious Houghton Fishing Club with its clubroom over the entrance to the Grosvenor in Stockbridge. The club owns some of the most renowned fishing on the river Test from Stockbridge, downstream through Houghton. It is very beautifully tended with streams, footbridges and glorious trees.
Most of the club water is inaccessible except for a stretch known locally as Sheep Dip Hollow. This spot was used for swimming, paddling, cooling off in the summer, and presumably for dipping sheep. The website below has a map and a few memories of childhood visits.
We will spend the day at Sheep Dip Hollow and along the footpath to the John Of Gaunt Lakes, on the King Somborne side of the valley.
Please join us; swimming costumes optional.
Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017
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
I had to jump into the river in January, to rescue a pencil – obviously a special pencil. It was not too cold and I was wearing wellies. Since then I have learned to be more careful, don’t balance anything on the edge of bridges, don’t talk to strangers, and don’t boast.
Today I forgot; I chatted to an interested stranger, told him why I was sitting so carefully on the edge of the bridge and dropped my most expensive brush into the water. It floated. Away. I had to run across the bridge, climb over wire to get to the river bank and plunge in. I was up to my knees wearing plimsoles and jeans. The interested stranger was busy trying to work out how to take a video of me splashing around, and then asked why I hadn’t taken my trousers off. This is why you don’t talk to strangers.
Despite an early bath it was a glorious day. We walked 5 miles, drew, painted, photographed and admired some acrobatic helicopter flying. As the year progresses, and the Test gets broader and faster the changes are noticeable. Today the colours of spring with young leaves on the trees, and new grass on the banks made January feel like a long time ago.
NO PHOTOS OF THE SWIM
Monday 3rd April
Meet in Church Car Park at 10.00am
Spring on the River Test at Longparish is a burst of fresh, new life. The trees along the banks are just coming into leaf, primroses and daffodils are everywhere, and if there is a field with lambs you can be certain they will be gamboling.
Longparish has different sized streams running through it, from the main river, through the mill race, the various ponds for coarse fishing to the rill running through gardens in the centre of the village. It is the very essence of chalk stream chocolate box. Fingers crossed that it will be sunny on Monday 3rd.
We are meeting at the carpark by the church at 10.00am. Bring whatever materials you fancy. Please send me an email if you intend to join us. It is a very, very pretty stretch of the Test.
23rd March, 2017
Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.
10am – 1.00pm
£35.00/day. Some materials, coffee and scones included.
Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version, without the niceness. It will become a regular fixture on Thursdays later in the year
This is a class about drawing. It isn’t going to be called a ‘Beginners Guide to Drawing’ because nobody is really a beginner.
Drawing is a skill; it requires practise, guidance and encouragement, adventure and more practise. In this class you will be taught about materials, different techniques and, very importantly, you will learn how to look.
This is a class that is appropriate for all abilities.
You may not have picked up a pencil for a long time, or you might attend a regular, weekly class. The idea of this class, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.
Tuesday 7th March
£25/day – entrance fee to Silk Mill not included
The river Test runs through a series of mills in Whitchurch, from Bere Mill, Town Mill, and the Silk Mill, down to Fulling Mill below the town.
Footpaths, streams, islands and bridges weave their way through the town. Over many years the keepers at the Whitchurch Fishery have managed the banks, weed and wild areas to keep the flow of the river and the diversity of wildlife in balance.
The Silk Mill in Whitchurch is an interesting piece of industrial heritage with the original water wheel restored and working. Silk is woven on site using 19th century machinery. It also has a first floor cafe with dangerously tasty looking cakes and sandwiches.
You are welcome to do the tour of the Mill or simply to use the cafe and visit the grounds. A large part of the mill is visible from the garden.
Whitchurch Silk Mill
We will meet in the carpark by the library which is next to the Silk Mill at 10.30am. to discuss the approach to the day.
There are well marked walks around the town that may be of interest to some.
Walks in Whitchurch