Once a year for the past 5 years or so, Terri has organised a knitting and spinning Retreat in the South West. More because this is the sort of thing I like to attend and there didn't seem to be anything affordable like it happening in the South West than because she thrives on organising. In 2012 and 2013 it was held at Eggesford Barton House in Chulmleigh, mid Devon. This is a fantastic 300year old farm house which used to be part of the Duke of Devonshire's Estate. We had an outing to John and Juliet's Mill at South Molton and also to Sue Blacker's place in Launceston. There was much cake.
The retreat had a very relaxed feel - but was very clearly divided into two separate groups. The food was great. The outings were fascinating. I also enjoyed a stroll to a local open garden with Jude and Mary.
UPDATE: There won't be another one now, for a few years, as I suspect I will have started the great ride to Australia. (Not happened yet - but I have made considerable progress in preparing - and have even set a date - "Long live Syd"!)
RIP Syd - died March 2016. I am setting off on my travels April 2nd: read the BLOG!
Friday night: - arrive any time after 3pm - pot luck supper (ie everyone brings a dish to share).
Saturday: - Share transport to drive to Launceston and Sue Blacker's by 1000hrs.
Lunch (Quiche and small salad OR soup included in price, buy own drinks) - in the Cowslips Workshops Cafe.
Then drive BACK (unfortunately) and PAST Eggesford Barton House to visit John and Juliet's new Mill in South Molton (they'll open 'specially to give us a tour). Back to Eggesford for a curry supper (cooked by DianneB and Terri)
Sunday:- Nothing planned so chance to explore the environs (beautiful walking) and spin/knit/crochet/weave, or whatever, to heart's content.
Lunch will be a put together from leftovers/salad/sandwich affair, Supper will be Pasta (cooked by Terri)
Monday morning: Clear up after breakfast and depart before 10am.
Breakfasts will be continental style: croissants, juice, toast, jams and marmalade, cereals. There is usually heap plenty cake and wine brought by retreaters to share. Last year there was a slight problem with over catering!
There will be plenty of drinks (coffee, tea, herbal drinks, squashes, juices) and biscuits to help yourself to.
This is very much an 'EVERYONE MUCKS IN" sort of weekend as the accommodation is self catering. There is plenty of room to spread out - extensive grounds, three sitting rooms, woodburning stoves, two kitchens -
NB It also isn't a woman-only weekend - there is at least one chap coming (a spinner/weaver) who is very handy at lighting roaring fires!