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Sheep Dip Shallows – The next stop on the River Test, The Source to the Sea


Monday 3rd July 10.00 at The Boot, Houghton

£25/day

 

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.

Wild Swimming

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.

River Test, from the Source to the Sea – Longstock


Tuesday, 2nd May, 2017

Longstock Garden Centre and Farm Shop, 10.00 for coffee rendezvous

£25/day

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.

fullsizeoutput_389The 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

 

Knee deep in the Test


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

River Test, Source to Sea – Longparish


Monday 3rd April

Meet in Church Car Park at 10.00am

£25/day

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.

Sketch and scones…


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.

Oil Painting for Beginners…the next step.


Thursdays 23rd and 30th March and 20th and 27th April

Beginners Oil Painting…the next step

If you have done a beginners oil painting class, or have a bit of experience with oils, this is what comes next.  You will look at painting with different palettes, and using different techniques. Some materials will be provided.

6.00pm-9.00pm evening £90/2 evenings, £165 all 4 evenings, Tea, coffee, cake

River Test, Source to the Sea – Whitchurch


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.

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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.

img_1559You 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

 

February art classes – mostly indoors


February has a number of art classes on offer at a variety of venues. Don’t let the weather get you down.

Contact me for more information, Kate Measham


Jan 25th   (three Wednesday evenings in a row)

Oil painting for beginners a 3 day crash course at the Yurt

Riverside Yurt Cafe – winter quarters

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £120/3 if you pay in advance)

Beginners

The world of oil painting is vast, exciting and relatively straight forward. Once you learn the basic methods you will be able to tackle anything. I will introduce you to painting in oils using charcoal drawing. This helps you to get to grips with tone, mark making and various other techniques.

If you have had little, or no experience of painting in oils this is the class for you. Basic principles will be introduced and reinforced. As with all things, practice makes painting easier.

 

Oil painting for beginners also on – 1st Feb  and Feb 6th


Monday 6th February

River Test, Source to Sea; a Journey

Laverstock Mill, home to Bombay Sapphire Gin.bombay-sapphire-700x700-min

Day two of our journey is at Laverstock, by the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. If you are not able to visit all the sites along the Test with us do not worry. You can join for one off trips, keep up with photos on Facebook and at #rivertestsourcetosea on Instagram.

Contact me for more information, Kate Measham

£25/day plus entrance fee 10.30am – 4.00pm

Meet in the car park at 10.30am  There is a coffee and snack van on site.  We can park and enjoy the view for free but if you want to go into the buildings, see the Thomas Heatherwick greenhouse and the distillery then you need to pay an entrance fee.  I would recommend the visit.


Feb 13th

Life Drawing, Rip it up and start again

Wherwell Studios

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)

Intermediate

This class is slightly in the spirit of ‘let’s NOT make boring pictures’. This will be life drawing and life collage (a new art school discipline?) I like to take the anxiety out of the studio and introduce a sense of playfulness and adventure.

In this class you will recycle and reuse your own marks, tones and textures, and introduce others from outside sources. Once you have tried this technique you will have a fresh approach to drawing.

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Feb 14th (St Valentine’s Day)

Life Drawing, Chocolate Cake, Happiness

Instead of sitting at home, or eating at an overpriced restaurant (talking in hushed tones) join us for St Valentine’s Day, eat cake and draw. If you know someone who has not tried life drawing before, bring them along.

Materials will be provided. Suitable for all standards.

Riverside Yurt Cafe – winter quarters

6.00pm-9.00pm evening

£45/evening (or £80/2 if you pay in advance)


Wednesday 15th February

Van Gogh Mark Making

see Rum’s Eg website for more information

The Gin clear waters of the River Test …February at the distillery


The River Test, Source to Sea, a Journey

Day two of our journey is at Laverstock, by the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery. If you are not able to visit all the sites along the Test with us do not worry. You can join for one off trips, keep up with photos on Facebook and at #rivertestsourcetosea on Instagram. Contact me for more information, Kate Measham

Monday 6th February, Laverstock Mill, home to Bombay Sapphire Gin.

£25/day plus entrance fee 10.30am – 4.00pm

Meet in the car park at 10.30am  There is a coffee and snack van on site.  We can park and enjoy the view for free but if you want to go into the buildings, see the Thomas Heatherwick greenhouse and the distillery then you need to pay an entrance fee.  I would recommend the visit.

 Everyone needs to secure their own ticket and confirm they are over 18. bombaysapphire visit

 

The Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery

The second leg of our journey is at the Distillery just below Overton at Laverstock, (more about the history of the mill is below). The clear waters of the Test race through the Distillery and are part of the gin making process.  This industrial use of the Test waters follows on from the rural idyll we saw in January.

 

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LAVERSTOKE MILL

In renovating Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has taken the utmost care to preserve the natural ecology and heritage of the site. To build a long-term legacy at Laverstoke Mill, Bombay Sapphire has also committed to building a sustainable future. The award-winning sustainability measures in design and construction are at the heart of this state-of-the art distillery.

HERITAGE

There has been a Mill on site in Laverstoke since at least 903 AD but the first official records show Laverstoke Mill as a corn mill marked in the Domesday Book of 1086. In 1719 A French Huguenot called Henry Portal leased Laverstoke Mill and converted it to make the finest quality hand-made paper…

More about Heritage

RE-DEVELOPMENT

Transforming a 300 year old paper Mill with over 1000 years of history within a Conservation Area and a Site of Special Scientific Interest took patience and dedication. Working with Heatherwick Studio, Bombay Sapphire sympathetically renovated Laverstoke Mill into a sustainable distillery that showcases the natural beauty and industrial heritage of the site…

More about Re-Development

SUSTAINABILITY

In building a modern distillery at Laverstoke Mill every reasonable effort has been made to ensure the processes and buildings are as sustainable and efficient as possible. In recognition of this the distillery has been awarded the highly prestigious BREEAM Award for Industrial Design in 2014…

More about Sustainability

NATURAL BEAUTY

The Bombay Sapphire distillery at Laverstoke Mill is situated within a Conservation Area and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) in rural Hampshire. The River Test flows through the site creating unique wetland habitat throughout the distillery. The Test is the purest chalk-stream in the UK with many native species inhabiting the river and surrounding wetlands including…

More about Natural Beauty

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River Test, The Journey Begins


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!
If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining us please pass on the information.