More unforgettable memories for a Watermill guest: she fell in love!

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
May Delory’s picture of the Watermill nestling in its Green Valley.

Following the delightful email we had last week from Lesley Pendlebury, who came on a creative writing course with Jo Parfitt a couple of years ago (click here to see more) we have had a spate of emails from other guests recollecting the fond memories they have of their time with us.

The latest comes from May DeLory, who came on another creative writing course several years ago, in 2013. She sent as a blog she made following her Writing Romance course with Sharon Kendrick. May says: “Feel the earth move you in Italy.”

Yes, while Lesley talks of the aura of peace and tranquillity which makes the Watermill such a special place, May fell in love! She says: “The fast-flowing stream beneath my bedroom window emits negative ions. I push open wider the very old window frame. I look down at the stream.  Freshly washed sheets hang to dry on a thin rope line to one side of the courtyard below. I feel tipsy with joy; or, is the high spirit due to my being in Tuscany — land of milk and honey…I love blue skies and I even love stormy skies. I love the air I breathe and the land beneath my feet.  I love learning something entirely new; and, I love learning about people and their culture.”

Thank you, May, for sharing those beautiful memories with us, and for the fascinating pictures in your blog of seven years ago. As May says, some of the pictures are out of date: we have undertaken major renovations and refurbishments since then. But they are worth looking at. Here’s the old dining room now the sitting room since we built a new dining room across the courtyard. a few years’ ago.

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

This is what it looks like here today.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, creative writing, knitting, and Italian language holidays/vacations/workshops, Tuscany, Italy.
Enjoy companionable evenings in the new Watermill sitting room. Picture: Francesco Lastrucci.

Here’s another atmospheric shot by May, of the surrounding countryside.

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

You can see more pictures and read May’s post by clicking here.

Why not come and savour the aura of the Watermill for yourself? And do some creative writing? We still have a few places left on Jo Parfitt’s incredible Writing Your Life Stories week and on Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran’s famous Scriptwriting course. Details below.

And don’t forget, everything is included in the cost of your week at the Watermill. As May said in her blog: “One thing to keep in mind when taking a course of any kind far from home: what’s included in the cost of the course? At the Watermill, accommodation, meals, snacks, wine, day trips and course instruction are included. Even return transportation from Pisa to the Watermill is included. Just pay for your flight.  Of course, the Watermill is only too happy to explain everything to you.  I hope you find your dream story at the Watermill…I know I did.”

I couldn’t have put it better myself!

Our enriching 2020 writing courses

Jo Parfitt
8– 15 July 2020 – one or two places left
Write the stories of your life
To learn more about Jo and her course at the mill, please visit her 2020 Profile Page.


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

Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
8 – 15 August 2020 – two or three places left
Scriptwriting
To learn more about Laurence and Maurice and their course at the mill, please visit their 2020 Profile Page.


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