Basingstoke Canal was very busy and lively. There were a lot people with young children, also many boats up and down the canal. Only four members had turned up for the outdoor painting day but we all had a good day.
Thanks to the hotel management again for their kind permission for our members to paint at their beautiful grounds. We had a very productive start of this season today. We spent most of the day in the walled garden as the flowers are just too good to be missed.
The following is the planned programme for outdoor painting days. Please check the News tab for any changes or cancellations nearer the time.
June 20th Wednesday – Four Seasons Hotel, Dogmersfield
June 27th Wednesday – All Saints and St Mary’s Church, Crondall
July 10th Tuesday – Old Rectory and Gardens, Winchfield
July 18th Wednesday – Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre, Mytchett
July 31st Tuesday – Elvetham Hotel, Wintney
August 8th Wednesday – The Barley Mow
August 22nd Wednesday – Selborne Village
August 28th Tuesday – Lodge Farm, North Warnborough
September 6th Thursday – Tylney Hall Hotel, Hook
September 11th Tuesday – Upton Grey Village
Detailed document can be downloaded here
A good number of members turned up this morning even through we had heavy rain yesterday. The weather was mixed. All said, we had a very productive day.
Great weather and friendly staff at the church and it’s newly opened tea room. The church has history back to the early 13th Century. I was showed the lamb holding the lamp above the alter. The Explorer Tea Room on the church premises offers excellent freshly cut sandwiches and cakes with very reasonable price. We have a very good day.
The weather was good. The buildings and gardens were beautiful. We had a most enjoyable day.
A fine day. There were many visitors around both inside and outside the castle boundary wall.
St Mary Church Portchester was built in the 1120’s within the grounds of Portchester Castle. The caretaker of St Mary Church was such a nice man. He saw me sketching and offered to move his car from the front of the church without being asked. He told me the gate in front of the church is called lych gate and was used at burials for sheltering a coffin until the clergyman’s arrival. A bit of education.