Wednesday, 30 January 2013

My first visit to the Craft Café

About a month ago, I was invited to join a Facebook group that was set up for ladies living in France.  The idea is to link up with other British women in your area; various things are organised, for example lunches, dog walks etc.  There are also simply 'conversations' about all sorts of things and you can ask for help, advice etc.  As I've said before, I am aware that I need to make the effort to get to know people because otherwise life here could become quite isolating.  Anyway, one of the ladies was talking about the Craft Café the other day and I asked what it was all about.  It turns out to be a group of ladies who meet once a fortnight for tea, homemade cake and a natter.... and the common denominator is that they are all keen on various crafts.  They take along their knitting, sewing, crochet or whatever they're involved in and spend a few hours with like-minded ladies.  Well, you know that while I love doing all sorts of needlecraft, my other loves are eating cake and talking!  Sounds like an ideal group for me, eh?!  Add to this, the fact that I am trying to knit a cardigan for my grandson and that a certain kitten called Cali is doing her utmost to stop me (see the picture below) it seemed that I was destined to give this meeting a try!
So this afternoon, off I went to the village of L'Absie armed with my knitting bag!  The Craft Café is held in the same place that I have my French lessons on a Friday afternoon.  There were about 20 of us, women of all ages (I would say that most were older than me but there were a handful of younger ones too!).  Some brought knitting, some did crochet and a couple of ladies were doing hand sewn quilting (something I've long since wanted to have a go at).  The conversations were lively and varied and I felt quite comfortable and welcome.  And the tea and homemade cakes?  Superb!

(And I don't want any mickey-taking comments about me being a little old lady joining a knitting circle thank you!)

One more thing.....
I noticed when I sat down to write this tonight that I have had 1000 page views of my blog!  I only started it a couple of months ago and thought I'd see how it goes.  I'm flattered that so many of you like to read it and to keep up with how we're spending our lives here in this corner of France.  I've found that I love writing it and as long as you're all happy to continue to read it, I'll keep writing it!

A bientôt


  1. sounds like a good day, love doing craft type things, I do a lot of patchwork
    take care xxxx