Wednesday, 26 October 2011

DAY AT THE RACES

Went to Fakenham races last Friday with my art friend Sandra to not only have fun betting but to do a bit of sketching. Had a great start with a 7-1 winner in the first race! - nothing after that.

When we arrived the bookies were setting up and gave us a chance to sketch them before the crowds arrived.




It was interesting that a young lady was setting up and taking the bets during the afternoon at this first bookie stand in the long line.




After gorgeous soup chowders (Sandra had smoked haddock and I had a crab and lobster one) with chunks soft bread we spent some time near the paddock watching the horses parade and later went across the course to see a race level to the winning post from the other side. Here is Sandra sketching the back drop to a sketch she planned to do of the horses thundering past us at the end of the next race!! Braver than me! So a sketch of a sketcher sketching!!!!





A wonderful afternoon in continuous sunshine and a big thank you to Sandra for treating me into the members enclosure so we could see the races from the best (and less crowded) stand. Unfortunately we were also in line with the first fence when my second race horse fell!

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Sandra Rowney said...

That was a fun day out Joan, despite my losses! I like the sketch of yours truly though I couldn't help wondering whether my bum looks big in that jacket!I finished my sketch of the race when I got home, it's up on my blog.