This morning I did an adventure race with Ethan, my 11 year old son. We were team “Made in China” which I am sure will agree is a great name for a team. We ran 3kms and rode 10kms on a fruit farm near Elgin. I have not run any distance for more than 15 years so it was quite tough for me to keep up with Ethan. But in the cycle we were more equally matched. Each leg included a swim of sorts in one of the farm dams – which was lovely and cool and refreshing.
At the end of the race everyone lounges around on the grass and chats while they hand out prizes to the heroes of the day. As we sat I did what I have been wanting to do for ages. I took out my portable set and did some watercolour paintings of the people sitting round in my group. For the first one I was a bit nervous and did not concentrate on shapes and colours. And, by the time I had finished the contour drawing everyone had moved. But I ploughed on, and this is what I did:
OK – nice in places (like the curates egg).
Then I did another of Neil and Marlene who were sitting back to back.
mmmm – OK. Then Neil found a comfortable place to sit with his back to a tree and I settled down a little and did this:
This was a lot of fun and I crossed a barrier of sorts.