Ann Kozlowski-Hunt sent in this pic of Diogenes from Golders Hill Park, that she wasn't able to finish on site and I have taken some time to get round to posting.
This will be our first visit to Regent's Park and we are going to focus on the splendid planting which can be seen in Queen Mary's Garden inside the Inner Circle. There are herbaceous borders, rose beds, a more desert style area with strong plant shapes, and a Japanese woodland and lake, so plenty of choice, as well as ponds and statuary. Just outside the Inner Circle is a wetlands area which might contain interesting wildfowl, and other garden areas which sometimes have art installations.
A map of the Park, which shows the possibilities, can be found here
We plan to meet at 11 o'clock in the Regent's Bar and Kitchen, which is a cafe on the western side of the Inner Circle. The cafe has loos, hopefully working, if not there are some on the eastern side of the Inner Circle. We will have lunch back at the cafe, depending on the state of the virus regulations only 6 people can gather together at once so we may need more than one table.
We look forward to another pleasant day out with our art gear, and hopefully warm weather. Please send your images to Sue afterwards: email@example.com
Thank you to everyone who sent in pics by email as this has made posting a lot easier and has improved the quality of the pics. Trying to photograph over a crowded cafe table is not easy.
Artists sketched trees in spring blossom, formal gardens, flowers, the bandstand and the pergola in the adjacent Inverforth House.
We had a jolly socially distanced lunch on the terrace outside the cafe and swapped artistic and lockdown tips:
For those who would prefer not to go to Golders Hill Park on Tuesday, the stay at home option is: Spring Blossom.
Lots of flowering trees are out at the moment, including magnolias and cherry trees. Send your contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile we look forward to meeting again outside on Tuesday in Golders Hill Park
Our first socially distanced outing for some time is to Golders Hill Park. Tuesday 27 April. Meet at the cafe in the park at 11 am. The postcode and address for the cafe is Golders Hill, North End Way, NW3 7HD.
Our stay at home option will follow.
Golders Hill Park, as well as being very beautiful with ponds, a little zoo and views has a cafe offering takeaways, plenty of benches and even some outside tables to eat the takeaway on and loos. The park is of course adjacent to Inverforth House with its pergola and views across to Harrow, if anyone fancies going slightly further afield.
Buses 210 and 268 serve the park, both leaving from Golders Green tube station, which is a 14 minute walk away. The 268 also stops at Hampstead Station and the 210 starts from Finsbury Park. The park is also of course accessible by bike. There is a small car park for blue badge holders, North End Way NW3 7HE. The surrounding streets all have parking restrictions, there is a paying car park at Jack Straws Castle, up to 4 hours for £8.
Sue has provided some photos of the Golders Hill Park, so do come and sketch the real thing.
What a great response from you all. Easter Sunday was really lovely day and now that groups of up to six people can meet outdoors, things seemed to have lightened up, especially with the sunshine and spring flowers. Lots of joyous daffodils.
So contributions from:
Zoom Seder, the Jewish festival and Spring daffodils.
Looking forward to seeing friends and family again
Inspired by the green shoots in Hoop Lane Garden of Remembrance
Hackney bus stop, the coming of Spring.
Good pun on Hockney