I felt so happy to have won a place at this inspiring creative summer workshop in idyllic Farnham in Surrey. It was a warm, balmy day and an opportunity to meet Instagram friends Bex from Botanical Tales and Becca from Cherry Rebecca. The location was perfect, wildflowers surrounding a colourful hut just big enough for us to learn our new skills - modern calligraphy and flower crown making. We arrived to a glass of elderflower cordial and I met some other inspiring ladies some of whom I have come across on Instagram and some I met for the first time (I tagged them on yesterdays post if you want to take a look at who they are).
We began after a few obligatory snaps with a workshop with Becca, who taught us the fine art of modern calligraphy. This is my unfinished final piece, I just wrote the summer bit and it isn't so amazing but it looks alright I guess! I found the pen quite scratchy at first and then realized it was because I was holding it wrong....!
After a break for tea and gooseberry cake, make with gooseberries from Bex's allotment, and delicious biscuits decorated with flower petals (naturally...!) we wandered around the grounds, the place was practically magical. Bex and Becca made it feel so relaxed and easy.
Most of the flowers came from Bex's allotment and Kim @pigpenflowers flower patch provided those stunning blue cornflowers. After refreshments we settled on rugs outside to begin our flower crown making, a Swedish midsummer tradition. Bex showed us the technique and we got to work. It was warm and hazy with a light breeze, we chatted and laughed, relaxing in the hidden idyll - such an easy place to be.
We look ready for anything don't you think? I love that each of our crowns came out so differently. Multi-talented Bex then put on a lovely midsummers eve supper for us - she used to be a chef so of course it was delicious.
For me it has become important to make the effort to see the people behind the squares where possible and take opportunities for magical days like this. Thank you ladies for such a wonderful time - Happy midsummer everyone!