A Seasonal Lift
(Remember you are somebody's sunshine)
Thank goodness for the changing seasons, I’m so relieved that no-one can slap a date on Spring … it’s incoming and I'm welcoming it in for tea with open arms … with or without the G! Whilst I’ve loved the whole 'hygge' business, I’m now ready to fold away the fluffage, prise open up the windows and fill my vases and jars with bright yellow daffodils.
Nothing shouts 'Spring!' like daffodils crocuses and snow drops. Seeing the new buds unfurl is a sure sign of new beginnings, filling me with a renewed sense of hope to think more positively about life beyond lockdown. I hope it’s having the same effect on you too, so much so, I want this month’s newsletter to be a ‘pick me up’ to help put a spring in our step to match the season, so here goes:
First up - flowers in the house - this is a no-brainer right now as there's an abundance of daffodils out there at the moment and they're affordable too, with lots of different varieties on offer. I am also Welsh and this is our national flower, so yes, I could possibly be a tiny bit biased. Here's a bit of daffodil trivia for you .. the daffodil is named after the vain hunter in Greek mythology called Narcissus. He was so in love with his own reflection in the water that he ultimately drowned in it. That’s why daffodils are always looking down a bit.
Pack a Spring Picnic – Whether it’s to take down the garden, or to enjoy in the park or woodland, there’s something lovely about eating outside particularly after the winter months. Check out this super easy Pancetta, Onion and Gruyère Tartlets recipe: https://fromthelarder.co.uk/pancetta-onion-and-gruyere-tartlets/
along with picnic ideas here too:
Last but not least every lovely picnic needs a lovely cocktail so as it’s marmalade season (it’s still on my list to make, along with banana bread and sourdough!) – anyways, this is a tried and test winner from Hayman’s Gin, who I've really enjoyed working with on past events:
Marmalade Collins - 50ml Hayman’s Old Tom Gin - 25ml Lemon Juice - Orange Marmalade - 100ml Soda water - Dehydrated orange wheel to garnish.
To see a photo and how it’s made, check out @haymansgin on Instagram - Talking of photos, look at this fun photo below of our 'Hearts & Crafts' Valentines virtual earlier this month where we enjoyed sipping on 'Holly's Gin' what a hoot we had.
What's New at Gin & Yin HQ?
February has been quite the roller coaster - the highs being 2 really great fun online virtual events, thanks to China Jordan, Founder of Artistand.co.uk and Lynette Pitzolu, Founder of the Art Class. Both events ‘SOLD OUT’ which was fab, my kitchen table looked more like a craft shop at one point with 40 odd boxes and packages of art and craft supplies, gin, nuts, olives and self-care treats!
The feedback has been so wonderful, we’ve decided to run both of them again, but this time with a botanical theme, see below for more information on these. On the Retreats side of things, it continues to be a little uncertain as you might imagine. Since the Government's announcement last week, I've been busy seeking out alternative retreat dates; moving ladies over to new retreats later in the year and offering credits. Everyone has been incredibly kind though and no further refunds have been issued so far, which as a tiny business is so helpful right now. On a positive note, I truly believe meaningful travel and retreats is the way forward after all this, so I’m working hard to keep them all in place and create more wonderful experiences ahead, so
watch this space ....
So What's Next on the Virtual Front?
'Sketch, Sip & Switch Off'
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Sat 13th March 2021
Via Zoom – 6pm for 90 mins
EARLY BIRD OFFER ENDS MONDAY!
Our theme for March is botanicals - this is a beginner friendly sketching class collaborating with the lovely China Jordan from artistand.co.uk that everyone can have a go at. It's also taking place the day before Mother's Day, so this would make a wonderful gift either for yourself (well why not indeed) or for your mum. 90 mins of calm and creativity ooomm (with treats of course)
What is Included?
This 'Event in a Box' will be hand delivered or posted prior to the event and will contain a Professional A5 hardback sketchbook; 4 x art pencils; 1 x putty rubber; Your choice of beverage - gin / sparkling wine / non-alcoholic; Artisan savoury and sweet treats (please note, may contain nuts) Plus a self-care gift.
Last orders for the kits is Sunday 7th March so we can get the goodies delivered to everyone in good time.
How much is it?
Earlybird - £30.00 pp if you book before Monday 1st March or £35.00 after that date. Or book 2 x places for £50.
Don’t rest on your HB pencils if you’d like to bagsy your virtual spot.
'Sip & Paint
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Friday19th March 2021
Via Zoom – 7pm for 90 mins
Yes, it's true we're on a watercolour roll - Lynette Pitzolu, Founder of The Art Class and I are once again running another watercolours class together. Last month it was flamingos - see the Gin & Yin Facebook page, for peep at our flaminggood paintings.
While we enjoy Lynette's tuition we'll also be sipping on a delicious drink and nibbling on treats while focusing on our creations - as always, no judgement, or masterpiece expectations here, only good creative fun.
This 'Event in a Box' will be posted / hand delivered prior to the event and will contain all the ingredients to make a delicious gin drink (sparking wine and non-alcoholic alternatives also available) plus nibbles and a self-care treat - paints optional - feel free to use your own watercolours if you have them.
How much is it?
£28pp (without art supplies / watercolours) £35pp (with art supplies / watercolours)
A Birthday Cheers..
Did I mention it was my 50th birthday last month per chance?? ... tee hee. Well, here I am lockdown fashion with my daughter having just booked myself in to her 'kitchen table nail salon' for a pamper - sorry gin my old friend, but this was a job for a Bellini Cocktail.
Next month, I sincerely hope I'll be toot tooting my next European retreats - incl. my 'Restorative Mountain Retreat' to Marbella in June and my 'Down to Earth Retreat' to N. Ibiza - Thurs 16th to Sun 19th Sept - I'm keeping everything that's possible to cross crossed for good news regarding both of these as well as announcing an online 'Sip & Make Macrame' workshop and a 'Soulful Yoga Flow & Sipping' evening for April too! Until then, soak up the early sun and get ready to bounce back. Ruth x Gin & Yin Retreats www.ginandyinretreats.com firstname.lastname@example.org On Instagram & Facebook