Last Friday, I was invited by Melinda and Emma to join them at Larkswold for an afternoon of Calligraphy.
I've had the pleasure of their company and the chilled Larkswold vibe before, and so I jumped at the chance! The first time I visited was with my sister and friend to create some Lino prints and then last autumn a group of friends huddled together to create gorgeous autumn wreaths to adorn our front doors.
These ladies know how to create the most perfect atmosphere for crafting, relaxation and fun.
The marquee is set in the picturesque grounds of Melinda's home - Aldestrop station. The location that poet Edward Thomas wrote the famous poem of the same name. (She frequently has random strangers pop their head through the gate for a sneek peak!).
When you arrive, you feel as though you have known the hosts for years (well, I have but I think everyone feels the same), they envelope you in a warm cocoon of Hygge and each time I am delighted by the beautifully considered decor (think a crafty Cotswold version of the Great British Bake Off). Hay bales, gorgeous scents from home made candles, bunting, fairy lights and of course copious amounts of tea/coffee, Cake (and if we do a good job, it's not unknown to be offered a glass of fizz or a beer!)
This time, I left with my (reasonably good) calligraphy practice, an ink pen, ink and nib to continue the practice at home - and as always a little goody bag from Larkswold to take home too.
We will definitely be back.... I have my eye on the beeswax wraps and my friend is keen to try the silversmithing which is taught my another friend of mine Caroline Craven.
If you haven't already, do take a look at what they offer. You can attend on your own, with friends or even as a corporate event. Either way, I can assure you of a warm welcome and a gorgeous way to while away some hours in the pictureque Cotswolds.