Forbidden Fruit tastes wooden, but the damigiana sparkles

Blog wooden fruitThe builders continue apace restoring the 17th watermill: the carpenters have raised high the roof beams and the rafters are now in position; soon we will be replacing the ancient roof tiles and then working on our new Ghirlandaio and Uccello bedrooms.

While the men work away outside, Lois (in particular) and Bill (a little) are working on turning some old mill artefacts and other items into decorative works of art to enhance our communal areas and guests’ bedrooms.

Above you can see Bill’s creation Forbidden Fruit, which he is thinking of submitting for next year’s Turner Prize! It’s a collection of wooden fruit in a Victorian-style glass dome.

And it behind it you can see tiny electric bulbs sparkling in one of the mill’s many demijohns, used for storing wine in the old days. Nowadays winemakers, even those who produce it at home, tend to use stainless steel vats, so damigiane are becoming obsolete. Many people are throwing them out – and our gardener Flavio Terenzoni has been gathering them up. We have quite a collection in the Watermill courtyard and elsewhere. So, Lois has been experimenting with ways to make them sparkle and to use them as part of our interior décor.Humphries demijohns

They’ll be as fun (and as difficult?) to paint as our outdoor ‘installation’ of demigiane above, but you can contemplate them calmly on a yoga, cooking or knitting course. Come and see for yourself on one of our sun-filled, fun-filled creative courses next year.

Here’s a rather fine painting of them by one of our students Grace McKee, who is returning next year with her husband Phillip for her third visit to The Watermill:Grace demijohns

And don’t forget our Early Bird bonus: if you book on any of our 2017 creative weeks before the end of this year, there’s a £GBP 75 discount. Please come and enjoy the sparkling damigiana, but don’t eat the forbidden fruit.  You can find out more about everything by clicking here.

The mill courtyard and demijohns by student Doug Mackenzie

The mill courtyard and demijohns by student Doug Mackenzie


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