Archives for August 2019

There is always a sunny welcome at the Watermill

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

Here is Lois with a smile as sunny as the flowers she is taking to arrange to welcome guests on one of our Watermill creative courses.

The sunflowers were grown by our gardener Flavio Terenzoni in his nearby orto, where he has a long line of these wonderful girasole, dutifully turning their heads as the sun makes its passage across the sky. So, at this time of year we have plenty of supplies.

But whatever the season you will find the Watermill gardens and our rooms enlivened with floral colour. And the welcome will be as sunny as the flowers.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Roses in the Watermill garden.

We are already taking bookings for our 2020 creative courses and already more than 100 people have booked their places. We would love you to join them and if you reserve a place by making a deposit of £250 in the next couple of days, you will be able to take advantage of our ‘2020 creative courses at 2019 prices’, special offer making a saving of some £100.

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

Details of all the courses are to be found by clicking here. Book now! You know it makes sense!

Painting by Maggie Renner Hoffmann, a tutor at The Watermill at Posara painting holidays/vacations, Tuscany, Italy.
A wonderful sunflower painting by Watermill tutor Maggie Renner Hellmann.

The famous Watermill Sunday lunch

As well as its reputation for inspiring creative courses, the Watermill is also becoming well-known for the quality and variety of its food, prepared by Lois and our local cooks, Arianna and Mirella, using the freshest local ingredients. Our aim is to serve Italian cooking at its best, not just traditional dishes, but modern ‘takes’ on la cucina italiana. We plan to give you some of our recipes in our blogs and newsletters over the coming months, but today we thought we would tell you about the famous Watermill Sunday lunch.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Lois prepares the Watermill panzanella,

Here’s the menu:

  • Finocchio al forno (fennel braised in a white wine, cream and cheese sauce)
  • Bresaola (air-cured beef)with parmesan shavings, olive oil and rucola (rocket);
  • Panzanella (the watermill’s own version of a classic Florentine recipe);
  • Uova ubriache (drunken eggs: hard-boiled eggs with mayonnaise and capers);
  • Insalata verde (green salad, from the Watermill garden in season) with edible borage or nasturtium flowers and a mustard and honey vinaigrette dressing.

Add to that fresh fruit in season and soft almond biscuits with your tea or coffee and it’s a meal to remember.

Sizzling baked fennel, ready to eat!

Why not come and taste our cooking for yourself? For more about our 2020 creative courses, please click here.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Time to tuck in…