Throughout 2017 a group of us have been painting at monthly intervals down the River Test in Hampshire. We started as close to the source as we could near Ashe, just beyond Overton, and proceeded down towards the sea.
Most recently we stopped at Testwood where the old bridges across the river still stand alongside the modern concrete bridge carrying the dual carriageway. The view north was of salt marsh and a great swathe of reeds punctuated by lines of pylons; south through the modern bridge we could see the heaps of containers on the massive ships docked at Southampton.
It was the day of the red sun, and at midday the sky went black, causing the street lights to all switch on. After lunch Testwood nature reserve provided views of ancient oaks and open lakes.