due to chickenpox: the spinning retreat in the Cevennes region of France. You can view photos taken by Richard and written about by Sandrine right here
More photos below courtesy of Sandrine, Muriel and Paul.
Joelle, the quintessential chic French woman played the ever-gracious hostess, along with her husband, Pascal. Here she is spinning with her suede boots on.
What spinner or weaver wouldn't want to get lost in a place like this:
A basket of fantasy handspuns by Joelle labeled "LamadeLaine". One for each of her spinning guests.
Florence with one of Joelle's affectionate donkeys.
Joelle with a gift from Paul: his own handwoven piece.
Joelle's basket of singles. This picture is so French country.
Owen Poad and his wife, Glynnis, of Majacraft flew all the way from New Zealand to attend the retreat. The francophone spinners are fanatic about the their wheels, The Little Gem and the Suzie Pro.
Laurence, Sandrine and Florence mesmerized by the sight of fleece.
The buffet table.
Table for twenty, at least.
Spinners, weavers and spouses breaking bread.
Joelle's husband flambéing cognac on the hearth.
The May babies: Christine, Spock, Agnes, Joelle and Muriel (me, too). On the right is Pascal who prepared the cake. By the way, Christine is translating the Elizabeth Zimmerman patterns into French for Meg Swensen.
Paul hamming it up with a handspun.
Muriel and Laurence.
The Belgians: Agnes and Florence with the emblematic Belgian beer.
Mic's van filled with swags, spinning equipment and tools.
The view on Monday morning, departure day. A promising sign. Next retreat will be at Mic's place in Fall 2008.