[by Cathy Gatland in Johannesburg, South Africa] After seeing the wonderful group post on the Chinese New Year World Wide Sketchcrawl, I was sorry we hadn't got our collection of sketches in on time. Joburg Sketchers drove about an hour and a half out to the Nan Hua Temple near Bronkhorstspruit, the day after the WW Sketchcrawl, where there were all day festivities. It is a huge complex with many temples and shrines, surrounding a large central courtyard with the main temple overlooking it.
We arrived a little later than intended, behind a long queue of cars to get in. We made it through the gates just in time to see the dragon from the opening ceremony Dragon Dance being folded away into its trailer. I grabbed a pen and scribbled!
Two sweet little girls (and their equally well dressed brother who I couldn't catch) playing on the lawns in their New Year best, while others relaxed on a very hot day.
Anni worked on a concertina format and sketched in and out of the Temple where the Buddha statues preside. The attendants didn't mind us drawing inside, though no photographs were permitted.