Crop in the Country was held at Alexandra House Hotel, a new build hotel and spa on the outskirts of the village of Wroughton in Wiltshire. I travelled through on the train and The Best Friend collected me from the station.
The main crop room was fairly large, but I did feel that the work stations were too close together. That’s my work station, above right, and the sum total of my kit was in the pizza box. 🙂 Delegates were given the choice of either working in a classroom setting for each class or remaining in the crop room. I didn’t fancy being in a smaller space with people I didn’t know so I opted to remain in the main crop room, as did The Best Friend.
Everyone was trusted to comply with current Covid guidelines, including taking a lateral flow test each morning before leaving their bedroom. To be honest, I felt that many delegates were behaving as tough there was no cause for concern. The Best Friend and I wore our masks when away from our work station, tried to keep our distance and generally behaved with an abundance of caution.
I was the only person who opened the curtains and windows in the crop room each morning.
So was the weekend worth the money?
Yes and no.
I enjoyed the time spent with The Best Friend, the first time it was just the two of us for almost three years.
I didn’t enjoy sitting so close to someone I didn’t know (and not knowing what her vaccination status might have been added to my anxiety).
The classes were fun and achievable in around 60-90 minutes.
I found the disorganisation over the distribution of individual class kits inexcusable. The organisers were particularly slow in distributing the class kits, refusing to allow delegates to collect their own and offering no believable reason for the hold-up.
Overall, I’m glad I went but I doubt that I’ll book another residential weekend with this particular group.