It was arranged by my friend Sandra from Threaded Together (a group of textile artists to which I belong). There were five of us, which is one more than Simon usually takes. I stayed overnight and had dinner with a friend Marion, also from Threaded Together, which made the whole trip really nice.
Simon has a lovely house near Newbury (very near Highclere of Downton fame). The studio is light and cosy with a tiny wood-burning stove.
We were not there for serious calligraphy but lots of textual exercises with a view to making artworks or, possibly, combining with textiles at a later date. I think we all came away with ideas.
Simon is a very good teacher and made it all fun. Incidentally he is also a good cook and the cakes were great!