Wednesday, 23 March 2016

..... spring into colour......

We've learnt over the years that creativity doesn't always follow an obvious route, and having just come to the end of yet another fabulous, week long Silver Yoga workshop here we're all feeling renewed, recharged and ready to spread our creative wings!

As luck would have it, the weather was mostly glorious, allowing us a few sessions on the terrace overlooking the fabulous surrounding countryside, and we were able to stretch and extend and discover our inner strengths after the long wet winter months.  There is another Silver Yoga week planned for the middle of June so if you are interested in discovering (or rediscovering) the joy of yoga, with intelligent and creative morning classes based on Hatha and Iyengar disciplines, book now as we like to keep classes small and personal.. Our Yoga expert, Liz Bolton, carefully designs each session for mixed levels, offering modifications for beginners, and greater levels of challenge for advanced students, always  with an emphasis  on safety, awareness, intelligence and ability. Residential guests can enjoy fresh mornings walking in the countryside followed by yoga, and afternoons free to lounge about the pool, visit local markets or explore a classic French village.  For prices contact Lizi directly.

For us, Spring's softness and simplicity and pastel colours always suggest northern Europe, more specifically Scandinavia.  If you are similarly smitten, then you won't want to miss our first event of the season, aKnitting Masterclass with ├ůsa Soderman.  Asa combines her quintessentially Scandinavian colour palette with a lifetime of knitting knowledge to produce her stylishly beautiful designs. With only a few weeks to go now and to give you a taste of what's in store over this Weekend Workshop we have chosen one of her shawl patterns, together with some fabulous yarn - of your choice -from a favourite hand-dyed yarn supplier, Dye For Yarns, as a free gift if you book within the next week (Wednesday, 30th March).  


With  Easter weekend upon us we were tickled pink by the possibilities of these delightful, non-fattening Easter eggs for all the family (tutorial on We Are Scout).  It surely wouldn't take long to decorate individual Easter bunny vases filled with tiny flowers for each place setting .... using the eggs themselves to serve up a delicious frittata with spring vegetables?

We're getting news trickling in from some of those lucky people who made it to this year's Edinburgh Yarn Festival by all accounts a roaring success.  Asa Soderman, (see above) was there of course giving classes, as was another favourite knitter of ours, Kate Davies who now has an on-line store selling her (moderately complicated) but entirely gorgeous fairisle inspired patterns and wools.  Shame we couldn't make the Festival this year, but we have it ear-marked for 2017.

Kate Davies and Ellen Mason in their own home knits
To continue the seasonal note, it's not to late to join us for Julie Arkell's workshop, Birds on a Table, at the beginning of June as another place has recently become available.  If you can step in we're extending our offer of a 10% discount but you'll probably need to contact us quickly as places are picked up quickly for this very popular teacher and event. 
You may have noticed the new logo for Les Soeurs Anglaises, designed by multi-talented calligrapher/graphic designer, Anja Savic, better known as "The Letterist" Anja generally works on commission - business cards, wedding invitations, book covers, websites and so on - but you can find some cards with her favourite quotes for sale at her web shop.  If you don't need her services just at the moment, we recommend you file her name away somewhere safe for the future.  She's a joy to work with, bubbling with creativity and happy to discuss any project!

Have a happy, hoppy Easter!

Katie  Susie  Carol

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