Saturday, 9 May 2020

News from Lockdown ...

Hello Everyone

Long time no see.

If you are missing the gardens at Treetops, here are some photos to show you what's currently blooming. Bluebells, blossom and wisteria with the rhododendrons on their way.

We are together as a family and coping OK. As you can imagine, I'm cooking lots, reading, crocheting and when the hayfever isn't too bad I'm in the garden.

Here are some ideas to share with you:
If you are missing Claire Warner Artist and your painting, she has sent this to you: "SAA members can access my SAA live workshops through the community area"
Non members can have a free 30 day trial.

For those missing Rachel Windsor Yoga she has some great Zoom online classes via
 The Studio at Living SauchaI can really recommend the relaxing Yin class and the Hatha for getting a bit more of the blood flowing.

Papercutting Lucy Dorothy has some beginners kits available on her etsy page for you to have a go at.

If you enjoy crochet or knitting, please make some squares or small blankets for the charity Woolly Hugs all details are on their website.

Linzi The White Horse Flower Company our Floral tutor, has been putting together a podcast which I'm sure you'll enjoy "The English Florist" by Lindsey Kitchin.

Further afield I have been loving Harriet on Instagram who runs De Winton Paper co, she has a great new book of watercolour painting, based on all things floral. She does paint alongs and tutorials via instagram.

If you are missing your shopping therapy B the lifestyle shop is busy with a shop move in Newbury and can't wait to re-open, in the meantime Em and her team are busy sending out online orders.

Colline's Kitchen Newbury is still making and baking delicious food, with a delivery option and is great at free from food. And if you are after fresh fruit and veg then look no further than Fisher of Newbury, we've been using them for several weeks now in lockdown.

If you or anyone in your family are feeling anxious I can really recommed Breathpod, he does some great sessions on instagram and zoom.

For children and young adults Young Minds is a great resource for support.
Other than that I spend my time looking at insta photos of Cornwall, 
St Ives and small animals!!

Stay safe, stay home, and sending love x

Wednesday, 18 March 2020

Hello Everyone

You know what I'm going to say ...

Treetops are cancelling forthcoming classes until it's safe for us to run them again.

We will miss you all!

The tutors and I will be running the classes again as soon as we are able to, so you can keep your booking as it is, or I can arrange a refund for you.  I have sent those of you who are booked in an email this morning.

Stay safe everyone
Love Emily

Thursday, 12 March 2020

Aga One Pots with Sarah Whitaker

Sarah was back with us this week for a Warming Winter One Pot array of recipes.

Delicious recipes such as a casserole, fish pie, thai stir fry, thai soup, mushroom risotto, cauli & onion, puddings and more!

Whilst cooking, Sarah is taking us through how to use the Aga, whether it's baking, roasting, grilling, simmering and showing us how to maintain heat, juggle ovens and the classic "pop it in the simmering oven and walk away' style of Aga cooking!

A couple of today's delicious recipes were the onion and cauliflower with pine nuts and raisins above along with the banana tarte tartin, being sprinkled with icing sugar "to show you've made and effort". 😉

Always useful is Sarah's brilliant travelling shop, really useful kitchen and Aga bits and pieces along with Sarah's great recipe books.

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Sacral Chakra AromaYoga Workshop

Thank you to Rachel and everyone who joined us last night for our AromaYoga Workshop.

This month it was focussed on the Sacral Chakra

Rachel led a gentle meditation and yin yoga session whilst we listened to music specifically designed to activate and heal imbalances in the second chakra, which is responsible for emotions and creativity. 

It is very beneficial to connect with water, and some of the pieces sounded lovely with waterfalls and waves.

The Sacral Chakra is represented by the colour orange, a happy positive colour.

I chose orange foods for our nibbles at the end of our practice; peaches, sweet potato, butternut squash and oranges.

The lovely oils Rachel used for the evening were; bergamot, marjoram, citrus bliss and lavender.

In the room diffuser we enjoyed wild orange and lavender.

Wednesday, 4 March 2020

Boats, Reflections and Mists Watercolour

Yesterday our group painted a lovely scene from Plockton in Scotland.

It was an opportunity to learn many techniques

After the drawing and masking, it was time for a first light wash

As the day progressed the layers and detail were intensified

They are really beautiful

Lunch was delicious Salmon, pea mash and slow roasted basil tomatoes.

We have a couple of spaces left on our Poppies Watercolour day on
 Wednesday 1 April
9:30am - 3pm

Friday, 28 February 2020

Pen & Wash Class

Friday started with a brief covering of snow, but it had all gone before our Pen & Wash class started.

The theme was A Spanish Port, and Claire had chosen a lovely colourful image from Port Sa Playa in Valencia.

The artists used permanent pen to create their sketch, using their imagination and creativity to capture the essence of the original.

A light wash of watercolour paint was added at the end, the idea is not to 'colour it in', but to add splashes and hints of colour.

We enjoyed beautiful sunshine for most of the day.

Delicious pudding today, a jaffa cake ice cream loaf cake!

One of our artists captured this lovely photo of Spring blossom from the garden before she left.

Have a lovely weekend everyone.

Thursday, 27 February 2020

Tulips Watercolour

The sun was shining and we enjoyed a colourful day studying and painting Tulips with watercolour.

Beautiful backgrounds and gorgeous flowers

Lunch was Saffron & Honey chicken with braised split peas and this colourful Red Cabbage and Quinoa salad