I have just enjoyed a wonderful weekend Masterclass with Frances Pickering at Hawkwood College, just outside Stroud, Gloucestershire. It has an atmosphere of faded grandeur and tranquility so the visitor can't help but relax. The rooms are very comfortable and the food is excellent. I think most of it is grown or produced on site and the chef(s) really know their business. We were all talking of dieting this week!
The views from the house are stunning - my photos were taken on my pre-breakfast walk on Sunday morning.
It was a perfect morning. . . . .
. . . . and someone else was up even earlier than I.
I think some of the sheep wanted a lie-in.
The cows were up,
but one lazy pig was still in bed.
In spite of the warm sun there was definitely a feeling of autumn just around the corner.
This lovely lace cap hydrangea was beside the path.
There were twenty of us in the studio which is a perfect place to work in - so light, airy and spacious. Hanging in one window was this delightful piece of stained glass work. Unfortunately I didn't think to find out who had made it.
Frances gave me permission to take photos of her own work. Our theme for this workshop was Art Deco or the Roaring Twenties.
Then I went on to photograph some of my fellow students work.
It was fascinating to see the variations in interpretation of our given theme. I was so busy myself I only had time to photograph about half a dozen student's work and haven't photographed my own yet. They will have to wait for another post. This was my third visit and I have signed up for next year and hope that the friends I made this year will be there next September.