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.
18th May, 1st, 15th, 29th June, 13th 27th July, 10th and 24th August
Riverside Yurt Cafe, Bransbury, nr Barton Stacey.
10am – 1.00pm
£20.00/morning. £.145/8 if paid in advance. Coffee and scones included.
For more information contact Kate Measham
Buy a voucher for a Sketch and Scones morning – it makes a wonderful alternative to yet another Easter Egg
Sewing and knitting have ‘stitch and bitch’… this is the drawing version.
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, composition 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 these classes, and others that will follow, is to extend yourself, try something new, revisit something old and to remind yourself that drawing is exciting.