I want bore you with the details, all to tedious to mention really and all involve large sums of money... of which I don't have.
One of the issues however is my blog account, its playing with me, its no fun I assure you. So today I had lots of lovely holiday pictures of camping and seaside adventures, blogger has other ideas and want let me upload more than one picture at a time and as I have a heap of chores to get through this evening plus some baking for the school fair and an early start in the morning getting two children to two different schools at the opposite side of town and myself in work all before eight thirty, so I will have to just post one photo.
Moan moan... Listen to me go on... anyway the spring half term was indeed a good one, spent with many close and dear friends, the children (lots of them) all had such adventures and for the first time in a while mine slept so well, all that seaside air. The weather varied dramatically and indeed one day half the tent needed re pegging before I lost it!!! The second half of the week was spent with a friend in a seaside house in Wales, just two Mums and five active boys, fortunately the sun came out and we spent hours on the beach and the boys body boarding in the sea.
I can not express in words the magical, calming and very healing effect sitting on the beach cradled by the windbreak sipping a warming drink, watching the seagulls searching for a small snack left behind by the days visitors, as the air cools down as the sun dips too low to be able to continue to keep us warm, the sea calm and the sound of our children laughing in the gentle surf holding on to the last hour of daylight. Even as we packed up the days belongings and stagger back to our holiday home loaded down with buckets, spades and BBQ, our skin tightening from the sun and sprinkled like cake topping with sand, yes the memory of time on the beach is one I hold dear and cling onto whilst I watch so much go wrong around me.
Back home now and working on a couple of orders, including my little duck friend here, this is a sample, I was asked to make a duck with big feet, similar to my Christmas Doves, but with these flipper feet. Anyway I had a little play and this is the result. I will be taking it in to show the shop next week and I am hoping that after all the playing about and sizing, half a book full of sketches and cast aside paper patterns cut out, I am happy with it, although a little fiddly, I even have a cardboard pattern ready to make more... Do you think they will like it...