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Happy New Year & Heartfelt Thanks from Us at UTLT!

What a fabulous year 2013 has been for Under The Lime Tree! Thank you all for your continued support! Its been the best year EVER! The best for B&Bs; the best for Pamper Days & Nights; the best for Massages and the best for Catering! It’s such a privilege to say that the business gets better each year. Thanks again!

It was a long season and it all starts again TOMORROW with our first B&B guests arriving from Holland on the 2nd, and with the first Pamper Night couple of the year on Friday January 3rd! We’re all rested and ready to go! Bookings are coming in for May and June too, which is a relief to know!

We ran a number of new courses and workshops for the first time last year ~ Summer Painting; Yoga Classes as well as a Retreat; Mindful Meditation days; Mandala Painting and Qi Gong to name a few, as well as Sean’s own Knife Making workshops. All were a great success! This year we’ll continue to concentrate on hosting events that appeal to our international and local clients and which are run by our local experts. We’ll soon be setting dates again for Painting and Yoga. Felt Making and Basket Weaving are harder to confirm at this early stage, but we’re hopeful that the course leaders can find time to fit us in! Digital Photography and Knife Making will always be year-round events run by Sean ~ except that these won’t start again until March, when he’s back from a 7 week adventure in Mozambique!

His building business also continues to grow but his passion is fed and his sanity is kept by pursuing and developing skills and expertise in areas closer to his heart (and which don’t take such a toll on his body! He’s a lucky man to have me as his personal massage therapist!). He’s been commissioned to make knives as special gifts and his 2-day knife making course is getting rave reviews. Sean’s talent for photography is becoming much more about photo journalism and capturing the story behind the image ~ we’ll see what his experience in Mozambique brings…!

We managed a wonderful weekend break in Barcelona at the end of an epically busy time and what a great city to soak up all the sights and sounds of urban life! We met up with the Spanish guests who were resident here for 2 weeks in the summer and had an inspirational time exploring Gaudi’s extraordinary buildings.

Of course, that’s our perk in this business ~ meeting great people, sharing stories, exchanging ideas, caring for others, making friends and being passionate about what we do without even leaving the house! We’re lucky and we know it! So, many thanks once again for your support.

Live & Love well this year. Be grateful for the small things, try not to sweat over the big things and have a Fantastic, Fabulous, Fun-filled and Fearless 2014 Folks!

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Us on our way to Barcelona!

‘Circuit des Ramparts’ in Angouleme

Racing like it used to be! Every year, in September, the town fills with racing enthusiasts for the Circuit des Remparts, the annual gathering of vintage and classic cars. Modern safety equipment has replaced the hay bales and wooden fences but otherwise the circuit remains unchanged since the first Circuit des Remparts race in 1939. A street race matched only by Monaco and Pau, the racing is certainly serious business for the participants, but for spectators it’s a packed but relaxed weekend when the entire town of Angouleme gives itself over to the smell of burning tyres and the sound of screeching brakes!

This truly classic event is as much about its social aspects as it is the cars! The whole weekend is packed with events starting with a concours d’Elegance, a rally through the Cognac vineyards, a gala buffet in the impressive covered market and of course the racing on the city’s ramparts.

And of course, there’s the exceptional exhibition of cars old and new for any car enthusiast to drool over! Here are Sean’s shots from previous years…

Digital photo courses are available with Sean if you fancy improving your skills in a friendly and informal environment. http://www.underthelimetree.com

Unfolding fern…

Taken with his macro lens shoved into a tiny gap in a log on one of our raised beds in the courtyard, its amazing that Sean was able to capture as much detail as he did. The man’s got a knack, don’t you think?!

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Doesn’t this just make you smile!

You can almost smell the blossom and feel the warmth in this photo taken by Sean with his Sony compact.

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Photo Courses go live!

So the first of Sean’s Short Digital Photo Courses got underway this morning with local novices, Nick & Tina! Taylor-made to suit their needs, Sean guided them through the characteristics of their own cameras – pretty sophisticated digital DSLRs actually – and then through Photography Essentials, the first in a series of units he’ll be running! The weather was a bit of a non-starter today, but since the two eager beavers are keen to crack on, they’re back same time tomorrow for more, and the chance to do some field work.

If you’ve already expressed an interest in Sean’s courses, do nothing! We will contact you shortly with available dates. If you haven’t already signed up, then visit this page on our web site to see what’s on offer… http://www.underthelimetree.com/charente_photography_courses.html

Ah! A sniff & a whiff of Spring!

Sean’s digital photography courses are just around the corner as the weather warms up and spring fills the air again…!Daily001 - 2010-05-31 at 19-17-32

Digital Photography Courses – Update

We are getting lots of interest in these new courses but most people are waiting for better weather to get out there and get the best shots with their cameras!

For those of you who are up for it, there are lots of opportunites to capture some atmospheric images at this time of year. Wrap up warm, contact us and come along!