Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The Crogen Coach House Writing Project (aka Wrekin Writers Retreat)
Our yearly Wrekin Writers retreat was at the Crogen estate near Llangollen this year.
I was the last to arrive and have to apologise for surging into the house like the mad river Dee above, but I was so excited, I could hardly control myself.
I found other members of the group writing amongst the most wonderful surroundings of this lovely house.
Above Beverley Cherry
Above Julie Phillips
Above Crogen Coach House - our weekend retreat
I had to try and calm down and leave everyone in peace, so left the house for a walk. I was amazed at the beautiful surroundings that would inspire any writer.
It was a magical time, we had so much fun and got so much out of the house which had a grand piano and games room.
Simon Whaley doing a bit of Jazz!
Play it again Bryan, Sue begged him!
Me in my favourite spot!
I discovered this cottage in the daytime, but got some willing members of the group to go and visit at night for our own little 'Blair Witch Project' I found it quite scary to start with as I entered the derelict building and climbed the old ladder in darkeness.
Our gathering - a beautiful lasagna cooked by Darren
The final thing most people want to do is leave a note in the visitors book. After our terrifying walk to the haunted cottage - Bryan came up with this message
Twelve were expected (one member had to drop out at the last moment)
None of us would leave.
Although we were trying to be spooky, this little message meant so much more than a creepy scribbling!
We all got so much done on our writing projects that weekend. I arrived with a few notes written by hand and now have the main base for my next non-fiction book.
The whole house was crammed full of creative minds and inspiration for an entire weekend. I think our positive and creative spirits will stay in that house for ever.