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.