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12th-Dec-2009 10:51 am
knitting sketch

The Friday knitting group had a wonderful time yesterday, lunching and knitting in the shop at Hitchin Lavender Farm

I arrived just as the Victoria sponge was being carried from the farmhouse to the shop. The barn was well heated and nine of us spent a couple of hours amid the relaxing fragrance of lavender. It was great to be cosy and warm (despite the fact that we were in a barn) and out of the freezing fog outside.

Secret Santa proved very popular, one member (a talented cook who markets her hot'n'spicy chutneys and preserves in the local posh food emporia, including the lavender farm) brought some of her home-made chocolate Eton Mess

(renamed Maya's Mess for Christmas) and some of us bought lots of goodies from the shop to add to our stocking fillers.

The group has a really nice vibe going. The members range in age from mid 20s to early 80s but it's a bit like being in a group of school friends with lots of playful ribbing (not the knitting kind, although there's some of that as well) going on as well as supportive comfort for anyone having a hard time in RL.

Quote for the Day
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be. Douglas Adams

12th-Dec-2009 11:09 am (UTC)
I've been there! It's lovely but made me sneeze.... a LOT! LOL!
12th-Dec-2009 11:14 am (UTC)
When? When were you here? You should have said. You could have come to tea.

I sneezed a lot too, yesterday. It must be the concentration because lavender doesn't affect me that way out in the fields or at home.
12th-Dec-2009 12:53 pm (UTC)
Now THAT looks like a more successful gathering

Mmmmm Eton mess!
12th-Dec-2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
It was. Boggy is right - it's always best to organise these things in-house. The Moulin Rouge should have delivered more fun, but it was this event that did.

12th-Dec-2009 01:27 pm (UTC)
So does chocolate Eton mess replace the fruit with chocolate or just add chocolate to everything else?
12th-Dec-2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
I haven't a clue. Maya is a very accomplished cook but, as I like neither chocolate puddings nor meringue, I did not partake of the mess. It looked as though the chocolate had replaced the fruit and Maya explained that she adds her own variations in the 'seasoning'. There was some sort of spice in the chocolate one. She made a version of the fruit one for our workshop day in November to which she'd added anise.
12th-Dec-2009 01:56 pm (UTC)
Hello -- I was going to send everyone a virtual cookie, but then I decided to do something a bit more personal, and I thought you might like a Lady in a Red Hat:

Merry Christmas!
12th-Dec-2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much. Happy Christmas to you too.
12th-Dec-2009 04:29 pm (UTC)
It sounds so good that I wish I had been invited, It made up for the "Red Hat" disaster.
12th-Dec-2009 04:39 pm (UTC)
Red Hat disaster was most definitely forgotten. You would have been most welcome.
13th-Dec-2009 05:13 am (UTC)
Oh man, that would be my idea of bliss :D
13th-Dec-2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
It was :)
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