School has begun again already! However, Wednesday was beautiful and after a day indoors it was good to get out in the sun. I joined a group of sketchers on the bank of the Poppelsdorfer Weiher (pond) in Bonn, by the bridge. There were at least a dozen sketchers plus lots of students and families enjoying the evening sun on the grass in front of the Schloss. While drawing, a woman walked over the bridge with a giant bunch of balloons – I quickly scribbled her into the drawing with a pencil and then developed the figure with ink. A group of students were playing football just behind us when suddenly we heard a loud “Entschuldigung!” as their ball came flying through our group of sketchers. Luckily for us it didn’t hit anyone; unluckily for them it went rolling down the bank and into the water! A couple of young men stared morosely at the ball for a while and then went away. Ten minutes later they were back in their swimming trunks! With more onlookers on the bridge, they had quite an audience and much laughter and applause as they retrieved their ball. (Not sure why it took two of them but one went into the water from each side – maybe they thought that one might have to rescue the other one!). I wish that I had tried to sketch them! These incidental events are one of the joys of sketching outdoors.