Sunday, 6 November 2016

Hiking and Sketching Outing to lower Silvermine - 2 November

Six artists and a dog met up at the Sunbird Centre in the lower Silvermine Valley. It was a hot morning but there wasn't too much uphill. We walked past the ruined farmhouse but there was no shade nearby so we went a bit further and found some lovely shade under an oak tree next to the stream. The frogs were croaking, the birds were singing and the spring flowers were blooming, what more could one ask for?

The Silvermine River
We each found a spot and settled down to sketch or paint.





All too soon it was time to get back to our other commitments and we started packing up. There was a flurry of agitation from the oak tree where some weaver birds had made their nests. They were trying to chase away a large boomslang which was after the eggs. We watched the drama in fascination and luckily for the birds, the snake slithered down from the tree. 


After that we were quite ready to leave and it was a short walk back to the cars.

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