Here we are in September already, with autumn just around the corner – is it just me, or do the years race by more quickly as you get older? Work has been so much fun recently though – we’re lucky to get so many great guests joining us on our shows, and I really enjoyed having former Royal harpist Claire Jones in the studio last week (pictured with me and Clogau’s Graham Stock). She played at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and enchanted us all by playing for us throughout a Sunday lunchtime jewellery show. Just delightful!
At home, there was massive excitement for me because the gift I had chosen for my 20th wedding anniversary this week finally arrived. You may remember that in a previous blog I told you I was getting something a little unusual, and asked you to guess what that might be. Unsurprisingly, nobody guessed correctly…when I tell you what it is, you’ll know why! My lovely hubby said I could have anything I wanted, and I briefly considered an eternity ring or something similar. But then I thought, what have I ALWAYS wanted, something really special? So here it is….my 20th wedding anniversary present – it’s a fossilised dinosaur tooth!!
Different, eh? You should have seen the faces of my mum and sisters when I told them – they thought I was COMPLETELY bonkers!
I, however, am beyond thrilled with it. I’ve been slightly obsessed with dinosaurs ever since my student days when I did a zoology degree, and really wanted a fossilised dinosaur egg, but a good example costs quite a lot, so that’s something to save up for. But this tooth is incredible – I love it so much. It’s from a carcharodontosaurus, one of the biggest and fiercest dinosaurs ever to roam the earth and known for its deadly sharp teeth. They were found in North Africa and were even bigger than the Tyrannosaurus Rex, although with smaller brains. This tooth was found in Morocco and is 98 million years old. I can’t stop looking at it, and miss it when I have to go to work in London and leave it behind (yes, that’s how sad I am. BEST PRESENT EVER.)
I’ll be leaving it behind this week though, because we’re off to Jersey for a few days to celebrate our anniversary – we lived there for three years and got married there, so it will be a wonderful trip down memory lane. More about that in my next blog.
Finally, a quick snippet from a show I did at the weekend. You know how sometimes you just open your mouth and something quite inappropriate comes out? That’s what happened when I was trying to find the words to describe a wonderfully elegant Tiffany style lamp…oh dear!