Last week I was in the Lake District at Rydal Hall on my annual retreat with North West CQ group ( the 5th time there). As I left Faversham on the Monday there were already icy flurries of snow which caught up with us on Tuesday. On Wednesday there was more snow and on Thursday a bitter wind which blew the snow around ( we didn't go out that day ). I travelled back with Judy to Crewe on Friday for the preview of Cwilt Cymru's 'Traces' exhibition and stayed another night to travel back on Sunday as I wouldn't have got home given the train cancellations and disruptions. We have had snow before at Rydal but not on this scale!
No drawings from the 'Grot' this time , too cold to take my gloves off!
Back in the cosy ' Old Kitchen' studio I made thumbnail sketches from the photos and had a frustrating day on Wednesday trying to convert these into fabric sketches . My excuse, despite knowing it would be snowy, I brought coloured rather than black and white scraps with me!
We were definately ready for our coffee and traybakes on our return
On Wednesday after my frustrating morning, I was ready for a trip to Heaton Cooper in Grasmere( photos above) in the afternoon .They now have as super cafe as well as tempting art supplies.
I spent most of the day collaging' impossible walks' , combining photos from a copy of Pouchers 'Lakeland Fells' I'd bought from Fleur Bookshop in Faversham ( more in another post) and excavating layers in a section of old quilt ( a very English 'Boro' )
There were 13 of us this year and as ever the time went very quickly. I seem to do less and less while I'm there but just enjoy the surroundings and the company.