Friday, 27 July 2007

Cornwall workshop

I have just spent 4 days in Cornwall. I booked a workshop at Cowslip workshops, Launceston just after Christmas and have been waiting excitedly for July ever since. It was a mixed media workshop with Cas Holmes, a Textile Artist whose work I have admired for a long time. She had us working hard for three days and I can honestly say that at the end of each day I was exhausted with all the mental concentration. It was very enjoyable. Cowslip Worshops are situated in an idyllic situation just outside Launceston. It is a working organic farm environment . The surroundings are peaceful and inspirational. There is a wonderful shop there with the most beautiful fabrics and everything you need to make beautiful patchwork quilts. The newly opened restaurant is excellent. The food is delicious and home grown produce is used. I came home with a wealth of new knowledge and plenty of ammunition for several projects. We were a small class - eight I think - and we all got on well with each other and it was a very pleasant experience.

This was my first long drive after my Pacemaker procedure. I have not been able to drive for a month and this was my first trip on my own. I can't tell you how worried I had been in the weeks leading up to this trip as it all depended on my 4 week check up as to whether or not I would be able to go. The sense of elation when I joined the M5 at Exeter and branched off to Plymouth was so great that it felt as if I was flying down that motorway.! I always get that feeling when I am heading that way. I feel more at home there when I am at home!!!!!!!!!!!!

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