Not much sewing going on this week and only a tiny spot of knitting, because I’m in Oxfordshire on a writers’ retreat. We’re staying at a lovely Quaker facility and below is a picture of my bedroom window:
Brideshead Revisited? Not quite.
We have a full programme of events (sadly, none of them about knitting or sewing!) and I need to get some writing done, but I am glad to report that the world of crafting hasn’t entirely shrunk out of view. I have a tapestry on the wall above my head when I sleep:
Bless this home
And I have brought my knitting with me!
Well, it can’t all be about the writing.
But largely, for the next few days, it will be about the writing, the chatting, the comparing notes, the gossiping, the imbibing, the afternoon naps and the puddings. Oh, the puddings.
I have just been given a new commission to write a YA novel as a writer-for-hire (under a pseudonym). The book is to be set in 16th-century Venice. Oh my goodness me. As well as all that yummy historical research, I have outfits to describe. There’s going to be a wedding dress scene! I can’t wait to get stuck into bringing these clothes to life on the page. If any of you fashion and dressmaking experts can recommend good research tools for 16th-century Venice fashion, do let me know. I will love you for ever.
Well, this is just a quick visit from me. I have blue skies to stare at and first chapters to write. I think I am in my own version of heaven. Croquet, anyone?
I hope you are all enjoying your weeks and have found your own slices of heaven. These moments in life are to be cherished.