They wore the green beret

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here is the knitting group on the last evening of Lisa Richardson’s fun-filled week posing in the Watermill sitting room wearing some of the products of their week’s work, lovely green berets.

As well as the knitters, you can see our manager Karsten Muller joining in the spirit of things. Thank you very much, Lisa and all our guests for a week full of laughter and bonhomie. We really enjoyed your company and we look forward to seeing many of you next year, as you are already booked into knitting, creative writing or painting courses in 2019. Our thanks for all your support.

And thanks too, to Lea Marissen for the picture above. And for the one below. Our guests Shelley and Tim Ellison were celebrating their 22nd wedding anniversary so we ensured it was properly commemorated, with 22 candles and best wishes in the Watermill dining room.

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We now have more than 160 bookings for next year’s creative courses, so if you’re keen to come now is the time to get your booking in, especially as we have an enticing Early Bird discount offer: £75 off any one of our 2019 creative courses, if you book your place before the end of December this year. If you have a favourite tutor or a special time of year, now is the time to reserve your place. We look forward to welcoming you here.

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Jumping for joy on a Watermill painting course!

Walking in the misty mountains

Steve Rutherford, a non-knitting partner on Lisa Richardson’s fun-filled knitting course this week has been enjoying walking in the mighty Apennine mountains above the Watermill. Here are a couple of his atmospheric photographs as the mists and clouds gathered in.

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Thank you Steve for sharing these with us.

Service with a smile

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Picture: Lea Marissen

Here’s our lovely Girl Friday Annabelle Scott setting the table on the vine verandah ready for lunch for those of our guests who didn’t go off on the excursion to Lucca or the Cinque Terre.

We’d love to welcome you to the Watermill for one of our creative courses next year: the perfect combination of unspoiled Italy and inspiring tuition. For details of all our courses – painting, creative writing, knitting, Italian language – please click here.

There will be plenty of sunshine and plenty of smiles.

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It was a dark and stormy night…

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Our thanks to Patrizia Morgan, a guest on Lisa Richardson’s knitting course here this week, for the wonderful photograph above of the view from her bedroom last evening. It has been a dark and stormy night, but it looks like we’re going to have a brighter and sunnier day for our visit to the weekly market in the nearby walled mediaeval town of Fivizzano.

Patrizia says: “I’m having a wonderful time in Tuscany on my knitting retreat. The Watermill in Posara is an amazing place !  Lisa from Rowan is teaching us how to knit cushion covers in Fair isle. Highlight of my holiday! Fabulous people, fabulous food, just magical here… I can’t get enough of this place and the surroundings…”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Patrizia has proved her point by taking a series of marvellous photographs during her first day or two here. There are a three of them here and I have made them, and others, into a Facebook slideshow, which you can see by clicking here.

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Thank you for sharing your stunning pictures with us, Patrizia.

They remind me to remind you about the Watermill Photo Competition (the closing date is the end of this month): Portray the unique ambiance and fun-filled atmosphere of The Watermill during our inspiring creative courses, whether it’s painting, creative writing, knitting or Italian language — and win a week-long holiday here!

The competition is open to anyone who has stayed at the Watermill, this year or in previous years. We are particularly interested in shots that show our ‘students’ in action, both at ‘work’ and play, although we’d also like to see great photos of the Watermill, its grounds and the surrounding countryside, and of the flora and fauna that abound in this environmentally protected area.

The winner will be offered a free week-long creative holiday at the Watermill in 2019, of his or her choice, subject to availability. There will be five runner-up prizes, of £GBP200 off a Watermill creative holiday at The Watermill in 2019, subject to availability.

  • To enter you can submit up to five photographs. They should be sent electronically as high-resolution JPG files, with a minimum size of 1mb.
  • You should send your pictures to Bill Breckon via WeTransfer.

Their website is https://wetransfer.com. Bill’s contact email for this process is bill@medialliance.net.

  • The closing date for this year’s competition is 31 October 2018.
  • The winners will be notified in the first week of January 2019.
  • The judges will be Lois and Bill Breckon, Maggie Renner Hellman, Sandra Strohschein, Mike Willdridge and Tim Wilmot.
  • The judges’ decision is final.
  • The competition is not open to professional photographers.
  • If other people are in the picture, the entrant should have asked their permission to photograph them.
  • The Watermill reserves the right to use these pictures, with due acknowledgment, for publicity purposes.

Please send us your best photographs: would love to see them and give you the chance of a free holiday at the Watermill.

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The Watermill October newsletter is just out!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Yes, we are a little early this month (our marvellous Webmaster, Les van Jaarsfeldt has just sped off on a well-deserved break, so he put it all together before he left).

In this month’s edition, we are introducing some of the inspiring new tutors will be coming to the Watermill for the first time in 2019, so in this newsletter we bid a warm welcome to Jude Scott, Debbie Abrahams and Francesca La Sala.

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

This year we have had some extremely pleasing feedback from our guests at the Watermill this year and we are sharing some of their comments in a paean of praise! We’d love to welcome YOU to the Watermill next year, to sample our warm hospitality and inspiring tuition for yourselves. Please reserve your place now AND take advantage of our enticing Early Bird offer: £75 discount on any one of our 2019 creative courses, if you book before the end of 2018.

Knitting design by Debbie Abrahams, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Arabian Nights Mystery Blanket by Debbie Abrahams

Many courses are filling fast, so the Early Birds will not only save money but also ensure that they can capture a place on the course of their choice. Send that booking form in! You know it makes sense – and you deserve it! Please click here to see details of all our 2019 courses.

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Francesca La Sala enjoying teaching Italian on the vine verandah

In this month’s newsletter there are also stories on:

A reminder of the Watermill photographic competition

A vivacious video from painting tutor Mike Willdridge

Details of all our 2019 creative courses

Some fun photos which may make you smile

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Ben tornato to Francesca for our Italian language course

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We are delighted that our old friend Francesca la Sala will be joining us again for our unique Italian Language week next year. She’s been travelling all over the world in the last few years but is now back in her native Lunigiana and will be with us for another inspiring language course. That’s Francesca above explaining the intricacies of the language on the vine verandah. You can join her, soaking up Italian and enjoying la bella vita Italiana from Saturday, 11 May to Saturday, 18 May 2019.

And don’t forget our enticing Early Bird discount offer: if you book this course for the end of 2018, we will give you £75 off the cost of your week. We already have nine people booked into this course, so we have room for only two or three more. Now really is the time to book!

This truly is a ‘course with a difference’. Not only are there formal lessons on the vine verandah (some 20 hours in the week), but we also make trips and excursions to savour the natural beauty of Lunigiana, the area around the mill, to explore its history and culture, to sample its traditional foods – and above all, to meet the people, speak Italian, and practise what you’ve learned.

The Watermill has teamed up again with the prestigious language school Langues Services in Florence to design a week in which people can learn Italian in the most natural and enjoyable way. Your immersion into the language and culture of real Italians will be customised for you, to suit your curiosity and your interests, helping you to treasure everything you learn and make it a seamless part of who you are.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Your tutor Francesca la Sala has been teaching with Langues Services since 2007. She loves meeting people of all ages and cultures. She is also a nature lover and a cognoscente of Lunigiana, the land of her forefathers, where she was raised. This beautiful area of Tuscany surrounds the Watermill. Francesca has an artistic background and has a passion for the figurative and graphic arts, particularly from the Renaissance period and from prehistory; this love adds a further dimension to her teaching.

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Learn Italian under the shade of the vine verrandah

Here’s a comment from a guest on this year’s course: “Our teacher was brilliant and the lessons were always engaging, and all the other staff were remarkable in their efforts to make the week so perfect. I enjoyed every second. I loved the tranquillity and the natural beauty of the river as well as the wonderful food and convivial company…”

To recap, are inspiring Italian language course will run from 11-18 May 2019To learn more, please click here. It’s rocambolesco!

Picture credit: The Huffington Post

 

The Watermill 2019 website is now live!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Yes, we’ve just published our 2019 Watermill website, with details of all our creative courses – painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language – for the coming year. You can see it all by clicking here or simply by typing or copying watermill.net into your search engine.

Our remaining courses for 2018 are completely booked up, although there may well be cancellations and if you’re keen to come this year, please scroll down on the opening page of our website where there are also details of the final courses in 2018. We’d be happy to put you on a waiting list.

We have a wonderful line-up of tutors for 2019, some old friends and others, exciting artists new to the Watermill. We’ll be introducing them to you in a series of blogs over the next few weeks.

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A watercolour by one of our new painting tutors, Jude Scott

We’ve had so much interest in our creative courses that we’ve already taken some 150 bookings for our 2019 courses already! So, if you’re keen to come next year, now really is the time to make your booking and reserve your place.

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And there’s a special Early Bird offer: £75 off the cost of every creative holiday if you book before the end of this year.

We’d be delighted if you could join us for one of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses. We look forward to meeting you here. Pop over to watermill.net and dream your 2019 dreams!

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Write…

 

Too long under a Tuscan sun?

Our energetic and enthusiastic tutor Mike Willdridge took this picture of a dried-out sunflower wearing his floppy painting hat. He asks: Have I spent too long under the Tuscan sun?”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.I don’t think so Mike. You’ve been as inspiring as ever during this week’s course. We’ve all been enjoying your wonderful tuition, so much so that five members of the group have already booked to come back in 2019. Here’s Mike (below left), looking a little fleshier than in the photograph above, demonstrating to some of the group in the sun-filled Watermill courtyard.

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Mike will be with us again next year and you can find out all about his course, and about all our other creative courses at the watermill in 2019, by clicking here.

And there’s a special offer for people who book before the end of 2018. Our ‘Early Bird’ offer gives you £75 (£GBP 75) if you book before the end of the year. But we recommend that you reserve your place as soon as you can. We only have 250 or so places on our painting, creative writing, knitting and Italian language courses, and we already have some 150 bookings in! So, if you have favourite tutor, a particular time of year or a favourite bedroom, you will need to get in quickly so as not to be disappointed!

We be delighted to welcome you here. In sunshine and shade…

The memories from a Watermill week linger long

We had a lovely ‘thank you’ is note from one of the participants on Nell Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonca’s pastel course here last week. Kay O’ Rourke sent us the collage above of pictures from the week, and she writes: “Thanks for a magic week. The memories linger long.”

Thank you kindly for those words, Kay. We enjoyed your company very much and hope that we may see you here again soon.

Nell and Rebecca will not be joining us in 2019, but they will be back in 2020. In the meantime, we have a wide variety of creative courses, from painting to creative writing, from knitting to Italian language. You can find all about them by clicking here.

Painting by Nel Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Nel at work on one of our roof terraces

And don’t forget, there is still a very tempting offer of all our 2019 courses at 2018 prices. This offer will last until 15 September, so now is the time to reserve your place and enjoy a magic week creating long-lived memories.

Painting by Rebecca de Mendonça, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

Rebecca demlonstrating on location

This could be you:

 

What lights from yonder windows gleam?

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.Here are three ladies from Nell Whatmore and Rebecca de Mendonca’s pastel course at the Watermill posing, like Juliet, in the windows of the Tuscan House. I think the bell must have rung and it was time again for an aperitivo! Our thanks to non-painting partner Chris Davies for the photograph.

We had a lovely week with Nell and Rebecca and our guests and we are now looking forward to another great painting week with Michael Willdridge.

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

A lovely watercolour by Mike Willdridge of the mill stream bubbling under one Flavio’s famous wooden bridges.

All our courses until the end of the year are completely booked up, but there may be cancellations so if you’re keen to come this year, please click here for a list of our courses in 2018.

We are already taking bookings for 2019 and so far, we have some 130 reservations, so if you’d like to come on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled, inspiring creative courses now is really the time to book. And we still have a very tempting offer which will last for another week or so: if you book a 2019 creative course before 15th September 2018 you can enjoy your course at this year’s prices. Some of our most popular tutors are already more or less full, but we do have spaces almost all our courses. So, we would be delighted if you could join us. Please click here for more details of all our 2009 creative courses.

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

Mike’s sketch of market day in the town of Fivizzano, near the Watermill