First of all, I'm not a cyclist. Instead, I attend various Quirky Workshops at the café. Today I did wet felting. Previously I have done meditation and wooden spoon carving, The workshops are held either in the garden or in the beautifully renovated barn, depending on the subject and the weather. On arrival coffee, tea and lovely homemade biscuits appear while you get to know your fellow course-mates (usually around 6 - 8 people). Then a morning of working at your chosen course, with more coffee and tea to keep you going. A bit more work and then it's time for lunch, which is always a wonderful bowl of homemade soup (four sorts today) with delicious bread, followed by two glorious puddings (a hot one - crumble, bread and butter pud) and a cold one (meringue roulade, trifle) - and yes, you can have both. Lunch was outside in the picturesque garden today, with its view of Greystoke Castle. It was a little bit chilly, so we all had fleecy blankets to wrap round ourselves. At the end of the afternoon, tea and homemade scones with jam and thick cream arrived to fill any remaining space.
The course tutors are excellent. Friendly, encouraging and expert, they ensure that everyone gets the most out of their day.
The café and courses are very efficiently coordinated by Annie, her staff, the cat and the chickens. Annie is a human dynamo and spends the day to ensuring that everyone is happy, whilst simultaneously cooking, taking photos, admiring your work and spreading general good humour.
The courses aren't cheap, but they are so good that it's money well spent. Thoroughly recommended.
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