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February and my first residential


Philippa and Fran are the brains behind Proper Crafty Retreats and also Directors of Crafty Retreats & Workshops Ltd who specialise in luxury residential courses based in rural France.

Set in a converted grain barn the week began with an evening meal cooked by Fran. i had been told about the food from someone that had been on a course in France and I discovered during the week that is was a fabulous and yummy as I had been told.

There were 9 ladies on the course from all over the country and after breakfast we were hard at work in the studio. Day 1 and 2 consisted of playing with the techniques we were to use during the week.

After a very intensive 2 days we all needed a breath of fresh air so off we went to Bude and Boscastle. A walk by the sea was just what the doctor ordered to stretch our backs. As we were in Cornwall I had to have a pasty for lunch and a lovely walk around Boscastle.

Returning to the barn everyone had 3 days to plan their piece of work. Inspired by the trip out, flowers, books bought and pets paper ripping and gluing began. Everyone was really busy and I was amazed by the work that started to emerge on peoples tables.

Fueled by homemade cookies, cake and a mountain of food everyone worked really hard. Tutu and Oscar kept us all on our toes and were the perfect distraction when needed... or just a cuddle.

After 3 days I was really impressed with the work that we viewed at the end of the 6 days...

I had the most amazing week and am very proud of the collages created. Thanks again to Phil and Fran for inviting me down and I hope to see everyone in the future.


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