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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Mystery Blanket Workshop day 6

Tuesday is the last full day of the holiday. The morning is spent knitting, a few are up to date with their squares and I think everyone is happy with what they have achieved, although the week seems to have flown by.
On the loose in Saintes

In the afternoon we go into Saintes for the final shopping trip. The first stop is the fabric and yarn shop to make up for yesterday. There are some beautiful fabrics that make me want to replace all my curtains and cushions, but after looking at the price maybe just an a photo or two for knitting inspiration.

Debbie buys some amazing oil cloth fabric featuring the covers of Vogue magazine, (the one that leaps out is a pic of Daniel Craig). Next over the river to the stationery shop and Maison du Monde, we split up and some make it down to the yarn shop but I stay with Debbie so we don't get any further than the first three shops and a coffee.

On the way home we stop at our local Cognac producer Egreteau. The lovely owner gives us a guided tour of the distillery (translation by Culli), followed by tastings of Pineau and Cognac and a few purchases.

The last supper of antipasto starters, chicken tagine followed by chocolate pots, then Wendy's famous Russian sauna story reduces everyone to hysterical laughter. Debbie, Culli and I are thoroughly spoilt with some lovely gifts.

Elizabeth models her T-shirt purchased in Cognac yesterday featuring the slogan 'I am a rare pearl' (in French) which she certainly is and Katherine models her slightly naff (sorry Katherine!) scarf knitted from the nylon ribbon purchased in the market on Saturday.

It has been a wonderful week with some lovely ladies, the new venue at La Nougeree has worked well for us and I really hope that everyone has enjoyed it as much we did.

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