Hortus Botanicus, Leiden

A friend invited me to do some sketching at the Hortus Botanicus in Leiden.  The botanical gardens are set back from Leiden university and it’s easy to walk by without knowing they exist.  I’m so glad I visited! The sun was out on friday and I soon discover that as well as home to many beautiful plants and flowers, it’s also a place where people meet and relax. When I wasn’t chatting and sipping coffee in the friendly cafe, I enjoyed sitting by the river and sketching anything that caught my eye from a family passing in a boat to sun bathers reading. I felt a little guilty not drawing more flowers so I made sure I incorporated some daffodils in my last sketch.

http://hortus.leidenuniv.nl/

Brighton Marathon

It was such a beautiful day on sunday. After the usual stop off at Lewes car boot, I caught the train to Brighton. Had a great day! It was a fantastic atmosphere. So many people out in support of the runners. Before meeting friends, I went to the half way point as I spotted a runner dressed as a rhino and there was a band performing in a very cool silver bullet caravan. I leaned against the railing and watched, listened, sketched and enjoyed the sunshine. A cheer lifted from the promenade and I looked over my shoulder to see the kenyan winner racing to the finish line. Amazing!

Later, we stood near to the finish line and cheered everyone along. I felt quite emotional watching the runners. (Maybe the sun and shandy went to my head!)