I enjoyed the spring green rolling hill countryside vistas on the drive north, noticing many lambs frolicking about, and then a change in scenery as the altitude gets a higher and the soils more volcanic as I drove "the Desert Road". It was rather cloudy round the top of Mount Ruapehu - the same mountain I had flown over the month before, more photos from a landscape perspective were required, and as I was on my own, they were many stops!
Ann had prepared packs of precut boards and papers to make "Star" books with a sewn binding, and she showed us how to make cords from her personal array of dyed linen thread, and insert beads during the binding process. We then made a folder with concertina pages, and and had fun in between times making little books with windows and hinges. The sharing of ideas, the tutors supplies, the food that we all arrived with, and the venue, made this a memorable retreat.
I was in no hurry to drive home, so took some more photos for later inspiration and exploration.