Despite my Cunning Plan, Draw Our 2 on 8th July was cancelled due to threatened heavy showers (which duly arrived). This is the wettest UK summer that most people can remember. Even posters have been appearing.
So when the forecasters said yesterday was going to be fine plans were put in operation for Draw Out 2, our second walk with a sketchbook. Unfortunately after three cancellations (two in June plus 8th July) there were only three of us for the walk.
I travelled to Manchester on the train. Rant Warning! Rant Warning! There were nine seats in my carriage occupied by children all with their parents. By coincidence, there were nine adults including myself standing. When I was a boy, everyone including my parents and myself, expected children to give up their seat for an adult. None of the parents, it was clear, even gave a thought about the standing adults. End of rant.
There was a letter in the paper recently about a school group occupying most of the seats on a London Underground train. The teacher justified this to the many standing adults on the grounds of Health and Safety. Rant Warning! Rant Warning! It has nothing to do with Health and Safety. It’s to do with Litigation! You’re not bothered about them falling over and hurting themselves. You’re bothered about them suing the school. Please don’t call it Health and Safety! End of rant.
Jen, Sarah and I met up at Castlefield to find there were several thousand cyclists already there. We were able to walk up the canal a little away from the cyclists and started drawing. Unfortunately, Sarah wasn’t able to stay long but Jen and I spent a couple of hours drawing before adjourning to the Dukes for some liquid refreshment. The original plan to walk up to Odsall Hall but I think we’ll save this for another day.
Here are a couple of Jen’s pastel sketches (sorry but, as Draw Out 1, I managed to get my shadow on the photos):
St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
For forty days it will remain
St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
For forty days ’twill rain nae mare
Guess what! The rain was back today with more promised tomorrow. Typical!