Yesterday I allowed my running nose to sit briefly out in the garden, on a glorious sunny day, to try out my recently acquired japanese watercolours. Have you ever tried them? They're sooo different from our own . First, their position in the box looks absolutely random. Second, they're creamy. Thirdly, there seems to be no gum arabic or fixing medium in them, so when you try laying a wash on another, it simply rubs out clean! Although the paper is a very good one. I insisted, and hurriedly produced a so-so sketch of a branch with unhealthy leaves and two small lemons (it was in a convenient position). I dedicate its sunlit colours to all the snowed-in sketchers in US.