We have just bid farewell to yet another wonderful group who we have had the pleasure of hosting for 2 nights.
The group organiser visited us on another sewing retreat earlier this year with a different craft group she sews with.
This time, she bought back a lovely group of sewing ladies from her retirement village.
Soon after arriving they were toiling away at their sewing machines, creating quilts, bags, heat protectors and lots of other wares to sell at their annual retirement village craft market.
We were their first customer, purchasing one of the fantastic microwave bowl protectors – having been sick of burning ourselves when we reheat our food. We have an advantage as on site hosts to peruse their wonderful creations. Peter and I love being invited down to the craft room for “show and tell” – an enjoyable time for a quick chat and to get first pick of their goodies for sale!
There are quite a few laughs to be had as we chat about the history of The Old Hospital as well as their social and craft groups that they belong to.
Most of the sewers head to nearby fabric shops for a bit of retail therapy. It seems that they all know about the local quilting and sewing shops before they arrive.
Some of the groups are interested in the possibility of a “pop up” fabric shop in-house, so they can maximise their sewing time and this is something that we are looking into as a possibility for 2019 at The Old Hospital.
We look forward to attending their village craft market – we are sure it will be spectacular if the items here are a glimpse of what will be on offer.
As usual, we were sad to see the group leave, but…..
The good news is that have decided to return to us next year. They decided that 2 nights was not enough, so have booked a 3rd night to maximise their creativity.