Archives for June 2017

Now taking bookings for Maggie’s 2018 Courageous Colo(u)r workshop!

Picture by Maggie Renner Hellmann a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.We are having a marvellous time this week with our enthusiastic painting group takking part in Maggie Renner Hellman’s 2017 Courageous Colo(u)r Workshop at the Watermill.  Yesterday everyone went painting in the tranquil surroundings of the Convento del Carmine, a 16th Century monastery set in beautiful grounds near the Watermill. Painting by Mark Warner, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.

We’d love you to join is for Maggie’s inspiring course next year (it will run from 19 to 26 May 2018) and we are already taking bookings.

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We won’t actually be publishing details of our 2018 courses on our website until 1 September this year –it is too confusing. But for those who want to book before that, our offer is: you can have a place on Maggie’s sensational 2018 painting course at 2017 prices. Please email me at bill@medialliance.net if you would like to reserve your place.

And if you want to see what we are doing in 2017, please click here.

You can see details of our bedrooms and their 2017 prices by clicking here.

Be an extra-early Early Bird and spend a year dreaming of your Watermill holiday!

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sono nati i merli, nel giardino tra le rose

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.That was the message this morning from Watermill gardener Flavio Terenzoni: “The blackbirds were born in the garden between the roses.”  It accompanied this picture of little chicks, bursting with new life.

The Watermill, in the heart of Lunigiana, is surrounded by wildlife, thriving in this pollution-free rural environment, where the air and water are clear and pure…

Come and be inspired on a creative holiday here with us!

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

And for that minute a blackbird sang…

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, yoga, holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.Our gardener Flavio Terenzoni is very fond of birds and fashioned this little woven haven from willow, bamboo and a small slice of acacia. Beyond it the roses bloom, their pergola leading to the walled garden. We have not enticed a bird to Flavio’s ready-made shelter, but just beyond, deep in the dog roses, a blackbird has made a nest and four eggs laid.

The dawn chorus here is lusty and reminds me of that wonderful poem Adlestrop by Edward Thomas, capturing the essence a Summer day in deepest England:

And for that minute a blackbird sang

Close by, and round him, mistier,

Farther and farther, all the birds

Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

For us, our blackbird sings close by, and round him, softer, calmer, farther and farther, all the birds of Lunigiana and Garfagnana.

Preserving the memory of the last miller of Posara

AA shutterThe last miller of Posara was Alderico Alderici, from whom we bought the Watermill in 1989. A charming, friendly man who was so strong in is youth that he thought nothing of lifting sacks of grain weighing a quintale (100 kgs, or some 220 lbs) on to his lorry.

When we were restoring the 17th Century past of this mill this year, we found his initials AA incised in the shutters on one of the windows, together with a P, which presumably stands for Posara.

We thought we would like to preserve Alderico’s memory, so our talented factotum Karsten Müller has beautifully restored the shutters, which now grace the windows of the bathroom in our new Ghirlandaio bedroom.

And we also restored two unusual features of this level of the old mill: small wooden plugs set in the floor, each now overlaid with strengthened glass. These plugs cover tubes which lead down to the hoppers above the ancient millstones on the floor below, through which grain was poured to be ground into flour. There is one in the atrium leading to the two new bedrooms and one in the shower room of the Uccello bedroom.

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

The wooden plug on the ‘grain feeder’, before being covered in strenghened glass

Come and see all this and learn more about the intriguing centuries-old history of the Watermill when you enjoy one of our sun-filled, fun-filled creative courses. We’d be delighted to welcome you here.

Here are two pictures of the 17th Century watermill restoration, taken by our gardener Flavio Terenzoni, who is also helping to make the 21st Century Watermill lovely than ever.

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

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