Hello again! Hope all is well? In a bid to catch you up with what I have been up to in July I broke my blog into two parts. In this part: Summer Crafting in Doncaster, sunshine with family & friends and a trip to France.
So, having had a fab time at the jewellery awards, it was an early start to make my way up to Doncaster for Summer Crafting. This is an annual event that is organised by the brilliant Stephanie Weightman and her team, and every year welcomes thousands of people who travel not just from the UK but even from Europe and beyond!
It was a truly fantastic weekend – on the Friday we had a VIP crafting day with workshops lead by Stephanie and Nancy Watts. Then on the Saturday and Sunday, crafters had the opportunity to stock up on goodies from QVC's Make & Take area, where they were able to work with some of the amazing craft brands we have at QVC, including Imagination crafts lead by Sue. In the photo you can see Steph, Nancy and I at Doncaster racecourse where the event was held.
I had the pleasure of staying at Stephanie's house so as well as being busy meeting and crafting all day we were able to catch up with friends and family during the evenings. On the Saturday night Stephanie took us to a Ghurka restaurant which was a great experience!
On getting back to London we were blessed to have a few days of sunshine – such delight! I took a couple of days to nip down to Bristol to see my cousin Yvonne who now lives in Hong Kong. It was great to see her, and along with her mum Blossom we enjoyed evening drinks and dinner on the Bristol Harbour (in the photo), such a fantastic evening. Then another belated birthday lunch – this time for my friend Julian who had been away for his birthday . In the photo you can see me, Jules & Lanze – my two best friends, both of whom I have known for over 20 years now. Gosh where does the time go eh?!
And finally it was off to France with my wonderful mum. This was an absolutely brilliant trip and one that I made in preparation for my 40th birthday celebrations that I am having in France in September. I went to recce a few places and activities and invited my mum along too. On arrival it was the evening of the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics, and would you believe during the build up and the BBC coverage that evening in the South of France arrived the most amazing and dramatic of storms!! The storm was so bad that all the TV signals were down and then, even more amazingly, suddenly the signal came back just as the countdown to the ceremony was beginning so we got to see it! Totally brilliant!
Weather wise the first day was rather grey but then by day 3 we had wall-to-wall sunshine. Highlights of the trip were just generally getting to spend time with my wonderful mum and getting to know Sue, the host of my birthday party, much better. She has a restored farmhouse and it is there that I am taking 10 friends to celebrate my 40th. In the photos you can see mum and me at the walls of Carcassonne and Mum and Sue at the local market.
Also we went to a restaurant built in the forest for the summer and I couldn't help but make a little video for you to check out -
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Wow, not quite sure I could live every month at that pace but what amazing memories!
How was your July? What were the highlights? Any holidays or travel planned?