It’s so easy to fall into the trap of “not enough time”, don’t you think? I’m the kind of person who needs to get done all the things on my list before doing anything else. This is a great philosophy if you have to work to timelines and schedules – as I so often have to, certainly with regard to food prep etc. – but it does mean that other stuff gets neglected – like blogging! – and then its harder to pick up the thread again.
Anyway, no more excuses! I’ve just been through my busiest two weeks EVER! I say that every year of course, but for this year, it feels fantastic to have made it through the EPIC amount of meal planning, shopping, food preparation, bed stripping, washing, drying, bed making, cleaning, airport running, cooking, massaging and managing! Phew!
All the beds – bunk house, ensuite, studio gite, and a couple of times, the tipi lodge – have been booked, pretty much back to back for a month and even now, 14 Spanish guests are enjoying all the facilities here at UTLT for the next fortnight!
“Isn’t it ironic” one of my guests said, “that you provide the place and space for complete relaxation of mind, body and soul, but don’t have the chance to benefit from it yourself”! Well that’s certainly true when the place is busy with workshops, lunches, b&b guests, Pamper day clients, dinner guests. I’m not likely to swing in the hammock when the place is rocking! And when its all quiet? Well, I’m still not that likely to do it! As I say, my list is long! So the Spaniards are out for the day, its calm and tranquil, the sun is shining, and although I’m here at my desk, there are cakes to bake, tarts to make, courgettes to harvest (AGAIN), jams to sell & store, social media to catch up on…
…et voila! I’m actually, STILL too busy to blog, but at least now you know where I’ve been! Here’s some photos of the past two weeks…
You can find out more of what’s on offer at UTLT at our main site http://www.underthelimetree.com
It doesn’t matter if you’re a budding beginner learning how to create a painting or a a more accomplished artist looking to improve your techniques, local artist Jocelyn Bridge will skillfully guide you up to the next level of achievement! Sign up for one of these dates from May to August and make sure you don’t miss out on expressing those hidden talents! Or on a tasty palette of nutritious delicious food!
The above dates are designed to suit those of you already local to the area. During all Painting courses, materials and equipment will be for hire and for sale.
We are also offering two 4-day Residential Summer Painting courses in July and August for those of you who want to stay at Under The Lime Tree and combine art workshops with your holiday! Book your self in to one of these two 4-day full board Residential holiday courses ~ Monday 8th to Thursday 12th July or Monday 12th to Thursday 15th August ~ for a truely relaxing but informative break away from the mundane and familiar.
Day 1 & 2 @ Under the Lime Tree (learning to paint en plein air)
Day 3 @ Local market town (painting en plein air)
Day 4 @ Under the Lime Tree (Unstructured/Free Painting with Jocelyn available to give help, discuss progress, achievements etc)
Come for just the 4 days or stay for longer if you like at a discounted rate. Please contact me for details.
Local artist Jocelyn Bridge is ideally placed to share her favourite painting locations with you. Following a career as a Landscape Architect & Urban Designer, Jocelyn studied Fine Art. She now paints full time, exhibiting regularly and teaching. Her professional background gives her a deep understanding of landscapes & townscapes around her. A vegetarian for 22 years and a Vegetarian Society member she says: “Under The Lime Tree is a fantastic setting for an art holiday. The location offers variety, from distant views of rolling countryside to ancient buildings bursting with character. All this with gourmet vegetarian food too! ”
Jocelyn is a very experienced artist and teacher and has exhibited extensively, both locally and abroad in her home country of Scotland. See more of her work at http://www.lefayard.com