Enjoy Carol’s paintings of her 5-star Watermill week

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, yoga holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Carol Gaston, who was our guest on Paul Talbot-Greaves’ watercolour painting week here at the beginning of May, has just sent me some of the paintings he made while she was with us (above and below).

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, yoga holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Carol also sent us a very kind message about her stay: “I have never received such great treatment on a holiday. You all couldn’t have been kinder. Everything was 5 star, from the food to the bedrooms, to all of your staff. It couldn’t have been any better. Your organisation of the week was amazing, down to the very last detail.”

Thank you so much Carol. We’re just pleased when people enjoy our hospitality. We’ve a few places left on our 2018 creative courses, so why not come and savour a Watermill week yourself?

Courses with places left: Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein

2 June to 9 June 2018
 – 1/2 places

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 –1/2 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 – 1/2 places

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 – still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
1 September to 8 September 2018 – 1/2 places
Pastels
To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire Warner 
15 September to 22 September 2018 1/2 places
Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)
To learn more about Claire, her course and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page.

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

Write Your Life Stories
Jo Parfitt

18 August to 25 August 2018 Still a few places

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here

And on our yoga retreat:

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

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Annother intriguing painting by Carol Gaston

The roses are blooming in Posara as we look forward to courageous colo(u)r

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, yoga holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

The lovely picture above, taken by our ‘girl Friday’, Chloe Taylor, is of the Watermill rose pergola in the Walled Garden. We are looking forward to welcoming our guests tomorrow on Maggie Renner Helmann’s Courageous Color Workshop and no doubt they’ll be trying to capture the marvellous blooms with their brushes.

Maggie’s is the third creative course this season and we’ve already had some inspiring comment from our guests on the first two courses, painting with Paul Talbot-Greaves and knitting with Sarah Hazell.

A guest on Paul’s course said: I have never received such great treatment on a holiday. You all couldn’t have been kinder. Everything was 5 star, from the food to the bedrooms, to all of your staff. It couldn’t have been any better. Your organisation of the week was amazing, down to the very last detail.”

And a comment on Sarah’s course: “Thanks for such a wonderful week!  It had everything:  fun, knowledge, good food and drink.  It was like a week out of time.”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Sarah teaching on the vine verandah

Thank you so much for those kind words, they spur us to greater efforts to try to make our guests’ stay perfect. If you’d like to savour the atmosphere of a Watermill creative course, we’ve still a few places left on various courses:

Painting:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein

2 June to 9 June 2018
 – 1/2 places

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 –1/2 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 – 1/2 places

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 – still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
1 September to 8 September 2018 – 1/2 places
Pastels
To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire Warner 
15 September to 22 September 2018 1/2 places
Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)
To learn more about Claire, her course and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page.

 

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

Write Your Life Stories
Jo Parfitt

18 August to 25 August 2018 Still a few places

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here

And on our yoga retreat:

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

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Terry Jarvis demonstrating under the roses

Now you don’t have to eat your spaghetti with a spike

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language, yoga holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Picture: The Local

Did you know that in the Middle Ages Italians used to eat their pasta with a spike? The instrument was known as a punteruolo (technically, an awl). I am grateful to the English language on-line newspaper The Local for that pasta fact – and nine fascinating others too. Please click here for more.

The spike, The Local says, “was gradually replaced by the fork as Italians realised that three spikes were better than one. The fork’s practicality for eating pasta is believed to be a factor in why Italy adopted the cutlery earlier and more enthusiastically than most other countries in Europe.” Actually, I think early forks had just two spikes, but I may be wrong…

The Local tells us that the world eats 13 billion tonnes of pasta a year and after Italy and the USA, Russians are the biggest pasta eaters.

At the Watermill we don’t overload you with pasta, but the spaghetti al pomodoro you’ll eat at the trattoria Al Castello near the mill is fabulous and our own Italian grandmother cook Mirella Musetti makes wonderful fusilli alla primavera and a tagliatelle ai funghi porcini that is to die for!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, cookery holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Tagliatelle ai funghi porcini, a Watermill speciality

All this and painting, creative writing, knitting, Italian language and yoga weeks in peaceful, unspoilt rural Tuscany. Here’s the latest 2018 creative courses availability.

There are a few places left on our 2018 painting courses:

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein

2 June to 9 June 2018
  1/2 places

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 –1/2 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 – 1/2 places

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 – still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
1 September to 8 September 2018 – 1/2 places
Pastels
To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire Warner 
15 September to 22 September 2018 1/2 places
Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)
To learn more about Claire, her course and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page.

 

On our Writing you Life’s Stories week:

Jo plus pic

Write Your Life Stories
Jo Parfitt

18 August to 25 August 2018 Still a few places

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please click here

And on our yoga retreat:

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

 

Red poppies and blue borage in the Watermill walled garden

It’s poppy time again in our part of Tuscany, as the vivid red flowers brighten the roadsides and the meadows. Our gardener Flavio Terenzoni has also encouraged the poppies to grow in the Watermill walled garden, especially in a lovely bed beside the plum tree, where they bloom beside the bright blue borage flowers, which not only attract myriads of buzzing bees but which we also use to decorate our salads.

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A wonderful picture by Watermill guest Ron Ploeg

Come and enjoy the Watermill flowers yourselves: soon the roses will be in full bloom and the bignonia bursting forth in the courtyard.

There are a few places left on our 2018 painting courses.

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein

2 June to 9 June 2018
 – 1/2 places

Watercolours
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
9 June to 16 June 2018 –1/2 places
Watercolours

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page

 

Andrew plus pic

Andrew Geeson
23 June to 30 June 2018 – 1/2 places

Watercolours
To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

terry plus picTerry Jarvis
7 July to 14 July 2018 – still places
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)
To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

 

Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
1 September to 8 September 2018 – 1/2 places
Pastels
To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page

 

mike plus picMike Willdridge
8 September to 15 September 2018 1 place
Watercolours and drawing (also gouache and acrylics with an emphasis on sketching and drawing on location)
To learn more about Mike, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page

Painting by Claire Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Claire Warner 
15 September to 22 September 2018 1/2 places
Watercolours (and oils and acrylics)
To learn more about Claire, her course and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page.

 

Come and join us and enjoy the magic at the mill.

Admiring the Bignonia in the courtyard

The Watermill May 2018 newsletter is just out…

 

— with an update on the few remaining spaces on our 2018 creative courses. In this month’s newsletter there are also stories on:

  • How church bells will keep you on time(ish) on Terry’s painting course
  • Why only you can write some of life’s stories
  • A revolving door leads to Sandra
  • A reminder of our photographic competition
  • The only remaining 2018 knitting place
  • Why residential writing courses reach places others cannot reach
  • Why transitions are important in yoga – and in life
  • A preview and a tempting offer on our 2019 creative courses

Intrigued? Read on… You can see it all bby clicking here.

Hope you enjoy it!

Painting by Sandra Strohschein, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Some more Watermill pictures –and latest availability

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.We’d like to share with you a few more of our latest pictures from the Watermill and to keep you up to date on the few places remaining on our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses this year. Above you can see Lois and Chloe Turner, our lovely new Girl Friday preparing flowers from the garden for our guests’ bedrooms.

And here’s an artistic shot by Chloe of some more flowers in the walled Garden, with sun-loungers beyond (just grab a cushion and soak up the sun!)

And here’s a lizard doing just that on a stone by the Dining Room entrance.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

And here’s the view upstream from the Riverside Terrace.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Come and join us. We’ve had a couple of cancellations, due to ill-health, so we’ve the odd extra space on courses that were full. Here’s the latest availability snapshot. The sun-loungers await you!

First painting holiday places:

maggie plus pic

Maggie Renner Hellmann 
Oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolours

19-26 May 2018 One place left (or two people sharing)

To learn more about Maggie and her course at The Watermill, please click here.


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

2 June to 9 June 2018  One place (or two sharing; 9 June to 16 June 2018 One place left (or two sharing); 16 June to 23 June 2018  One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Andrew plus picAndrew Geeson
Watercolours

23 June to 30 June 2018  Three places left 

To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


terry plus picTerry Jarvis
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
Pastels

1 September to 8 September 2018 One place left (0r two sharing)

To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page


Knitting holidays:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Lisa Richardson
Knitting and La Bella Vita

29 September to 6 October 2018 One place left 

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


Writing courses:

Jo Parfitt
Write Your Life Stories

18 August to 25 August 2018 Still a few places

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please visit her Profile Page


Yoga retreat:

Amy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
Nourish – mind, body and soul

25 August to 1 September 2018  Still places

To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

Atmospheric Watermill pictures from Carol

Our charming guest Carol Gaston, here on Paul Talbot-Greaves’ painting course, captured some remarkable images with her camera during her visit, as well as producing some great paintings.

Above is a photo of the bignonia sprouting at the entrance to the walled garden, with the promise of vivid orange flowers later in the year. And here’s close up shot of the turbulent water of the millstream cascades emerging from the 17th Century watermill.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

And here’s an unusual shot of the hairpin road from Posara to the nearby walled town of Fivizzano near the Watermill:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Thank you for sharing these with us, Carol

It reminded me to remind you aboutth e Watermill photographic competition. It’s your chance to capture the unique ambiance and fun-filled atmosphere of The Watermill during our inspiring creative courses —and win a free creative holiday. You can find out all about it by clicking http://www.watermill.uk.net/blog/?p=13480. We’d love to see your pictures.

Oh by the way, here’s the bignonia in bloom last Summer:

Admiring the Bignonia in the courtyard

Oh! and Carol added: I have never received such great treatment on a holiday. You all couldn’t have been kinder. Everything was 5 star, from the food to the bedrooms, to all of your staff. It couldn’t have been any better. Your organisation of the week was amazing, down to the very last detail.”

Thank you again, Carol. 

 

Warmest regards

 

Carol

A chance to see Michael’s remarkable sculptures

Michael Glasspool and his wife Anna were delightful guests of ours on a painting course here last year. After a career in medicine, Michael now devotes much of his time to sculpture and we’re delighted to be able to tell you about – and extend Michael’s invitation to – his Open Studio exhibition in Kent, which runs from 9-24 June.

It’s a show shared with seven other artists, at Dibgate Farm. Chevening Road in Sundridge in Kent, in the South of England. Michael says: “We have painters, printers, sculptors, embroidery, glass work and jewellery all showing in a converted barn complex.”

Michael is a self-taught sculptor and painter and as such is not bound by the constraints of a formal art education. Ideas for his work come from his worldwide travels, his interest in nature and from the art of ancient civilisations. That’s Michael’s Elephant above and this is Paros:

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Michael models in wax, clay or plaster producing a detailed representation of the subject. On the basis that “less is more” the model is then pared back until only the essence remains. Some distortion away from reality may occur in order to achieve the right balance between line and form.

Below is an abstract sculpture, called Opposition. You can see more of his Michael’s work on his website at  www.michaelglasspool.co.uk. and enjoy it ‘in the flesh’ at his Open Studio in June.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

Welcome to the new Vasari

We continue our musings about our bedrooms and apartment suites named after famous Renaissance artists with a few thoughts about Giorgio Vasari.

I often think that if Vasari hadn’t written his well-known book, he’d be more famous!

This apparent contradiction comes about from the fact that in some quarters at least, Vasari is only known for his book Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects, the first book on art history, in which he lauded Michelangelo as the apotheosis of artistic development.

But Vasari, who lived from 1511 to 1574, was also a great Renaissance Man in his own right: painter, architect and street-planner, as well as writer and historian.

He painted (with others) the inside of the dome of Florence cathedral, wonderful frescoes in the palazzo vecchio; he built the uffizi and in particular the loggia of the uffizi, creating a unique Renaissance street with unified architecture, the first regularised streetscape in Europe. Oh, and the Vasari corridor, linking above street level the palazzo vecchio with the Pitti place, so his Grand Duke, Cosimo 1 de’ Medici, wouldn’t have to mix with the hoi polloi on his way home. And he built the Fish Loggia, one of my (many) favourite buildings in Florence.

Originally there was a double row of eight arches (increased to nine by Cosimo III in 1699) on alternating pairs of square and round columns enclosing canopied vaults. And around the outside, there are wonderfully colourful tondi celebrating fish and fishing.

At the Watermill, we’ve just finished renovating the Apartment Suit celebrating Vasari. That’s a shot of the bedroom at the top of this article – and here are the new French widows bringing even more Tuscan light into the sitting room. The Vasari site is ideal for a couple or two people sharing.

Vasari is pretty full on this year’s creative courses, but we have availability for Andrew Geeson’s painting course from Saturday 23 June to Saturday 30 June 2018, for Terry Jarvis’ painting course from Saturday 7 July to Saturday 14 July 2018, for Jo Parfitt’s first Writing your Life Stories week, from Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August 2018 and for our yoga retreat with Amy Rogg and Joanne Brohmer, from Saturday 18 August to Saturday 25 August 2018.


Andrew plus picAndrew Geeson
Watercolours

23 June to 30 June 2018  

To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


terry plus picTerry Jarvis
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

7 July to 14 July 2018 Still places

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Jo Parfitt
Write Your Life Stories

18 August to 25 August 2018 Four places left

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please visit her Profile Page


Amy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
Nourish – mind, body and soul

25 August to 1 September 2018  Still plenty of places

To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page.

Come and join us!

We are ready for the off!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.Here’s a cozy Watermill corner waiting in anticipation for our first guests on this year’s season of creative courses. They’re coming on Paul Talbot-Greaves‘ watercolour painting week and we’re looking forward to meeting them all and Paul and his wife Dawn.

Here’s our new ‘girl Friday’, Chloe Taylor preparing flowers for our guests’ rooms:The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.

We have a few places left in this year’s courses and we’d love you to join us and see for yourselves the mill and the wonderful unspoilt area surrounding it.

Painting holiday spaces:


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

9 June 2018  One place left (or two sharing)
To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Sandra plus picSandra Strohschein
Watercolours

9 June to 16 June 2018 Two/three places left 

To learn more about Sandra, her course at the mill and to see more of her pictures, please visit her Profile Page


Andrew plus picAndrew Geeson
Watercolours

23 June to 30 June 2018  Two/three places left 

To learn more about Andrew, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


terry plus picTerry Jarvis
Watercolours (and oils, pastels and acrylics)

7 July to 14 July 2018 Still plenty of places

To learn more about Terry, his course at the mill and to see more of his pictures, please visit his Profile Page


Nel and Bec plus picRebecca de Mendonça & Nel Whatmore
Pastels

1 September to 8 September 2018 One place left (or two sharing)

To learn more about Rebecca & Nel, their course and to see more of their pictures, please visit their Profile Page


Knitting holidays:

Sarah Hazell
Knitting and La Bella Vita
5 May to 12 May 2018 One place left (or two sharing) 

To learn more about Sarah and her courses at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


 

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Lisa Richardson
Knitting and La Bella Vita

29 September to 6 October 2018 One place left

To learn more about Lisa and her course at the mill, please visit her Profile Page


Writing course:

Jo Parfitt
Write Your Life Stories

18 August to 25 August 2018 Four places left

To learn more about Jo and her course at The Watermill, please visit her Profile Page


Yoga retreat:

Amy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
Nourish – mind, body and soul

25 August to 1 September 2018  Still plenty of places

To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page.

We’re ready for you! Come and join us for peace and creativity in beautiful rural Tuscany.