We arrived at The Chateau de Comtes des Challes, in the Savoie region of France, late Sunday afternoon. What an interesting place, with beautiful views and quirky decor including suits of armour, as the buildings date back to the 15th century.
After welcome drinks, sitting under the trees and then enjoying a delicious dinner on the open terrace, we set up the 15 new Bernina machines in our designated sewing room.
At 10 am this morning, 16 eager quilters were ready to start sewing. Fourteen had chosen Bargello as one of their chosen projects so the day was spent learning this technique.
Our sewing room opens out onto a terrace with lovely mountains views. An ideal place for morning coffee and afternoon tea. Let me tell you about our Americano order. Some of us thought we were ordering a large coffee, but here in France it is a Campari type drink! Not a good idea when you need to continue sewing straight lines.
Two hours was allocated for lunch, time for a swim in the pool as well as lunch. Some walked around the beautiful grounds and others just relaxed with a book.
This evening, we had a wine tasting in the cellars below the chateau. Very atmospheric, with a good sommelier who explained in detail how we should taste the three wines. The canapés that were served with the wines were delicious.
And finally, a beautifully presented dinner, outside in perfect temperatures, and no mosquitoes, just like all our meals here so far!