There being no football or rugby matches this Saturday I was able to join The Dodgers. Most were in their class in the Studio in New Malden so for the rest - just 4 of us - we went to this delightful pub on the banks of the River Thames in Twickenham. It dates back to the 17th century with a Samuel Scott print, dated 1760 hanging above the fire in the bar. Its garden overlooks and is sometimes with the higher tides in The River.
It was due to be cold but wasn't that chilly. With the sun on my back and the face of the pub I was able to set up my tripod easel and work away quietly. Well not quietly - it was the day of the England Fiji match, one of the Autumn Internationals - and soon the area in front was a buzz with fellow rugby fans. Plenty stopping to watch and make generous comments as the image developed. It is always pleasant to chat and sometimes encourage people to have a go. I wonder if they ever do....