Tranquil and beautiful memories help in difficult times

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Time for a little friendly conversation in the Watermill Walled Garden. Picture: Sandra Strohchein

We have had this wonderful email from Lesley Pendlebury, who came on Jo Parfitt’s Writing Your Life Stories course in 2018.

She says: “I have just read Bill’s newsletter/blog [about the reaction of the Italians to their enforced quarantine] and am so glad to have done so.  It is a measure of our humanity that we can reach to others and keep going in such ways.  The Watermill is such a special place and means so much, I’m sure, to its many guests.  It is comforting to think that, in the middle of our panic and concern, it is still there – and one day we may visit it again.

“Here in London we are only just beginning to understand what may lie ahead.

The spirit of carry on and keep calm is there – but muted.   The worst is separation from the ones we love.

“At times like this our minds protect us by creating images of places where our lives were happy.  Thanks to its tranquillity and beauty – and the creative talent of leaders who, like Jo, you choose to run your retreats, Posara is such a place.

Please continue to preserve this aura.  I hope that you and your family and staff are well.  Stay safe.”

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
The millstream will still be here when you return.

 Thank you so much for that inspiring message, Lesley. It means a lot.

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

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