Friday arrived so David and I drove down to Struan Farm.
Fall colours were everywhere.
It looks like middle earth in this part of the country, and coincidentally, they were filming Peter Jackson’s Hobbit in the vicinity recently.
Here’s how Struan Farm looked when we arrived late on an autumn afternoon.
I think it’s agreed that we all love sheep. During the weekend I learned some important facts about them that escaped me back in childhood when I was tending to Bunty, my pet lamb.
Romney sheep (which these are) can have difficulty giving birth so may need help. I mention this because all the sheep you see here are pregnant, mostly with twins. Note to self: return to Struan Farm soon after lambing has occurred.
Sheep are perfectly fine with posing when you’re at a distance, but come closer and they’re off at a gallop, or maybe it’s just me. They obviously didn’t get the memo that I don’t eat lamb. [I tried for an evening to upload a video here – wordpress, I've had it with you – to no avail so you can click here to see those sheeple skedaddling]
Struan farm is a beautiful place set amongst rolling hills. We stayed in the cottage, which is charming and cozy, perched on a knoll with acres of green to be seen out of every window. Little touches of Karen’s thoughtfulness are everywhere:
Candles made with vintage creamers on the bathroom window ledge
She has decorated the homestead with knitting memorabilia.
Karen plans to host knitting retreats in future. Watch this space.
There was great relief on Saturday when we woke to sunshine.
Clifford the family dog, watching the proceedings from his temporary exile.
Just a few of the 75 knitters and fibre artists who attended.
Please remind me to try for the elegance displayed by this woman in her poncho
You can take your spinning anywhere
I wish I’d had time to learn everyone’s name
On the left is Julie, of the Riverdale Alpaca Stud and Fibre Mill.
Do not be fabulous in red high-heeled Mary Janes (with shorts and tights) and expect to avoid my camera
Karen and John, our gracious hosts
An important part of the feast: cup cakes decorated with yarn balls
Inside the homestead
My friend Marian looking positively Bloomsbury with her sharp bob and black stockings
Hand made everywhere. Who said sheep have to grow wool?
In the cottage bathroom, there was a picture on the wall with a quote from Mae West: “when in doubt, take a bath”.
I’d like to add to that: when in doubt, paint your front door black. It’s always elegant.
This was the most beautiful book event I’ve ever attended, and it was for my own book! A big thank you to Karen and to all the lovely people who joined us.
Karen and the caterers relaxing after the knitters had left.
David is ready for his next trip to middle earth, with or without a crowd of knitters. He didn’t want to leave.