Monday 18 July 2022

Red Alert tomorrow 19th July

It was so hot today that neither Sue nor I can face Newington Green tomorrow 19th July in spite of the earlier start 10 am. Tuesday is forecast to be even hotter than today Monday, if that is possible. If you do decide to go anyway you can send your pics to me, and I will post them on the blog. Meanwhile, keep safe.

We will be sitting safely inside with the curtains drawn looking forward to the Omved Garden next week and hoping for cooler weather.

Friday 15 July 2022

Tuesday 19th July, Newington Green

Intrepid artists all, hello from your organisers.

As most of you already know Tuesday 19 July is expected to be a real scorcher with record breaking temperatures. In view of this we have decided to start earlier at 10am before the heat builds up. Do be careful, sun screen, shady hats, plenty of water. We leave it up to you to decide whether you are comfortable going out on Tuesday. But for those who wish to brave the heat, we have decided not cancel.

Remember the trip to Omved on 26th July where hopefully it will be less hot.

Pics to


Saturday 9 July 2022

Tuesday 26 July 2022 Omved Gardens

 We have arranged an outing to the Omved Gardens in Highgate. Meet at 11 am on Tuesday 26 July. The gardens are a delightful space with glorious views across north and east London. This is a week after our outing to Newington Green, but Omved is a special place and it is summer so we thought that two outings in two weeks would be great!

From their website "Until recently a wounded and tarmacked wasteland it (the garden) is being transformed into a diverse eco habitat with a wildflower meadow, an orchard, and a vegetable garden."  Truly inspirational. There are also a series of glasshouses which host Art exhibitions and events, as well as dining clubs. They are in partnership with the World Food Programme and Chef's Manifesto.

Their website is

Omved Gardens, Townsend Yard, N6 5JF. Townsends Yard is off Highgate High Street. Get a bus up the Hill, or walk from Archway Station. Townsends Yard is a real yard, it is signed but look carefully and be not deterred. 

There are benches but bring a sketching stool if you can. Also a packed lunch would be great, so we can all eat together without disappearing into Highgate High Street, where there are of course many cafes. 

Below is a pic Sue Lees did on a recent visit to the Omved Garden with Highgate Watercolour Society

And a photo of the gardens, again from Sue

See you there