I could not blog yesterday as I was driving home from East Sussex, and by the time I got home, I would have struggled to remember my own name.
Why was I in East Sussex, the other side of that huge barrier - the M25? Some of you will already know that Barbara Gray of Clarity Stamps runs a series of two day Retreats, close to her home in Crowborough. As soon as I heard about it, I booked my place.
What has all this got to do with my workdesk, I hear you ask? If you have ever done a workshop with Barbara, you will know that it is very full-on and hard work with a lot of fun thrown in. I shared my personal workdesk with seven other like minded ladies and we all had a wonderful time. Barbara teaches the whole class of 32 herself with help, on this occasion, from Paul Church. abilities and experience varies between us all, but that is not an issue, with patient help from Barbara and Paul, and others around you.
Now, I hear you asking why we should be outside in the middle of a busy crafting day, peering round the building and through a gap in the trees. What is this to do with crafting? The answer is - nothing at all, but it was exciting. Bear with me and all will become clear.
This lead car might give you a mini clue, coming from the helicopter on the rugby pitch.
You might be able to recognise a very fit looking Prince Philip waving from the front seat. He was on his way for a private engagement to visit one of his charity interests. I think he was rather amused to see 32 slightly mad ladies in pinnies (and a couple of men as well), all waving frantically at him and waving cameras.
We were sworn to secrecy until after the event to avoid possible security problems for the plain clothes police. Once he had left for his visit, we had to do our gym exercises for Barbara for the camera.
You did not know she was also a gym instructor, but here she is showing her moves for us - Ta Dah!
We did abandon our crafting once more to welcome the Prince back and wave him off in his helicopter.
Then it was back to our workdesks. I cannot show you yet what we actually learned and produced, because of spoiling things for those still to come on the Retreats. Once they are all over, then I will show all. Until then, I can say that we got lovely and inky and thoroughly messy at times, and learned new things and new ways of using things we already had.
It was not just a crafting time, but a chance to get to know, in person, some of our Facebook and blog friends. I would not have missed it for the world and I will be going next year for sure.
Now I am off to Julia's to log myself on to Mr Linky and to start looking around at some of your lovely desks to see what you have all been up to. See you soon, I hope.