Knitting Retreat to Hell Bay, Isles of Scilly: day 5, Friday 24th March 2017

The group

This was our last full day for most of the group, with some more of the ladies departing throughout the day. However, most of us were able to go to the fourth and final workshop this morning. So we met for the last time at the community centre, and we chatted, knitted, drank tea and ate birthday cake too (kindly organised by some of the ladies for Amanda), and enjoyed a thoroughly pleasant morning together.

Amanda with her delicious chocolate birthday cake! (and Joan watching on in the background!)

Amanda with her delicious chocolate birthday cake! (and Joan watching on in the background!)

Several of the ladies asked about sewing up the mitts, so I demonstrated mattress stitch (which Caroline was most pleased about as I used her sample!). And I also demonstrated the technique of swiss-darning (much to Kate’s delight!), and picking up stitches.

At the end of the workshop more goodbyes were said as departures for some of the group were imminent, leaving an even smaller group for the rest of the afternoon and evening meal.

The weather today was a bit of a mixed bag – mainly cloudy with the odd glimpse of sun – however, everyone made good use of their last afternoon. I joined some of the ladies on a boat trip to St Martins, one of Bryher’s neighbouring islands. However, as we reached it’s shores, we were told by the Tresco boat man that there would be nothing open there as it was too early in the season. So undeterred in our quest to make the most of our afternoon and our privately chartered boat, we diverted to St Mary’s instead. And although I had spent a few hours here a couple of days ago, I was more than happy to return.

Andrea and Gill enjoying the boat trip across to St Mary's

Andrea and Gill enjoying the boat trip across to St Mary’s

Several of the ladies headed straight for the shops, whilst others chose to explore St Mary’s quaint little streets. And much like the other day, it was not too busy so it was easy to stroll around, many of the group stopping off for refreshments at the numerous restaurants and cafes. I ended up having a very nice glass of wine in a fabulous pub called The Mermaid. And luckily it was very close to the quay, so it was a only a short walk to the boat when the time came to return to Bryher.

The Mermaid pub, full of interesting curiousities...

The Mermaid pub, full of interesting curiousities…

And so that evening we met together for our final meal. And while we enjoyed another fabulous dinner, there was much chatter amongst the ladies, exchanging stories about their adventures on Bryher island, and asking the all important question, “will we ever be coming back?!?” It had been such a fabulous holiday, a true adventure for everyone in so many ways, and although we had all seen and done a lot here, there was so much more left to discover and explore. So all I will say is “watch this space!”, and you never know, you may just find yourself at Hell Bay with Debbie on another one of her Mystery Blanket Club holidays! (And to all of the ladies on this year’s trip – THANK YOU FOR BEING SO BRILLIANT!!!)

And as the sun went down over Hell Bay, our adventure came to an end...

And as the sun went down over Hell Bay, our adventure came to an end…

 

 

 

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