Sketching at Ripley Castle

Eleven artists enjoyed a wonderful, sunny autumn day in the grounds of Ripley Castle. Many had not been before and, after the usual cuppa, we all set off to find that ‘special spot’.

Ripley Castle

Some of the trees were showing their Autumn colours.

In the kitchen garden, we saw colourful dahlias and chrysanthemums. The windfalls were being packed into boxes to sell. The gardener told me that the oldest cultivar was called “Cat’s Head” because of its shape. Someone thought it looked more like another part of the cats anatomy!


We had lunch in the courtyard cafe with John, a prospective new member, who joined in the general banter, with everyone on best behaviour.

Kathy and Barbara took photographs of some of the sketches.

When we left for the journey home, John was still perched against a wall with a lovely view of the lake and Barbara was on the far side of the lake sketching the whole of the castle! Dedication!

Narrative by Audrey Culling

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