On a perfect Spring day last Saturday I went to the zoo for what was supposed to be a sketch date (admittedly a late arrangement!) with other Joburg sketchers. I was a bit dismayed to see extremely long queues outside - bus-loads of mostly very small nursery school children being lined up - but there was a much shorter queue for regular visitors, so I went to wait inside at the meeting point. After a while I began sketching the entrance and some of the hordes of brightly dressed kids (so they don't get lost, a teacher told me) and their teachers and families pouring in, wondering how the zoo was going to absorb everybody. Still no-one came to join me, so eventually I moved around the corner - such a brilliant happy scene was spread out in front of me that I decided to leave the animals for another day, found a shady viewpoint and carried on sketching the picnics and games on the lawns below.
The weather has dipped back into winter at the moment, looking forward to lots more days like this one soon!
On the flag:Singapore correspondent Tia Boon Sim sketching at Thow Kwang Dragon Kiln.
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