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Sketching Hike in Newlands Forest

On Wednesday 4 February a group of hiking and sketching enthusiasts met at Newlands Forest, carrying their supplies on their backs.

As we left the road behind, the city noises became
fainter, till the only sounds around us were the wind
and the birds.

After a gentle uphill hike, we stopped at the stone
ruins of “Paradise”, Lady Anne Barnard’s cottage,
which was originally built by the Dutch East India
Company to house their master woodcutter.

The weather was perfect for hiking and the intermittent sunlight made for very interesting shadows. Everyone found their favourite spot to settle in and became absorbed in their drawing.

I don’t know if any masterpieces were produced that morning, but it was a wonderful source of inspiration and food for the soul.

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