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Take 2!

I've been slak-it's taken me over a week to post again, but I promise it will be much more often from now on!

I have however, been taking lots of lovely photos to add to the blog. Just random bits from the last few weeks that have caught my eye.

Firstly, I wanted to show you how lucky I am to do what I do. In this glorious weather we've been having, I've made myself an
outside office. Here I have been able to work on my MacBook whilst basking in the April sunshine.

Wednesday last week was the day I went to see my new friend Fran. Through the upholsterers I use, I have been lucky enough to meet a wonderful artist. Fran has had an amazing life and lived all over the world. We sat for hours chatting about our lives and how we've reached to where we are. The photo here shows her amazing studio. The studio sits at the top of a Cheltenham town house which means the light in the studio is fabulous-any artist would be lucky to have this. The purpose of my visit, was to discuss the Open House Studios exhibition which I am getting involved in.
After seeing my pieces of furniture in the window of the upholsterers, she asked me if I would be interested in taking part and I of course said I would delighted to. We will both be exhibiting in this wonderful studio for a week starting 4th June 11. Its very exciting and some great exposure to get me started.

On Thursday I visited my Dad in Birmingham. I was lucky enough to have a guided tour of his unbelievably great garden. Not only that, but I have a preview of Dad's new work-nautical style clocks. Im not doing the pieces justice in my explanation as they are truly gorgeous and can't wait to see the final products-I will post pics as soon as I can. We went for a boozy lunch and had a good old father-daughter catch up! After lunch we went back to Dad's house and I got to have a chat with his girlfriend, Sarah. Sarah is Head of Textile Design and Surface Pattern at Stoke University and is a fantastic person to know for some seriously good contacts. I now have another handful of people in the industry to get in touch with who could just put me on the 'interiors' map!

 Fridsaw the coming of the Royal Wedding of Will to Kate. I never realised the enormity of this day and the media coverage it would generate. I stayed home and worked whilst watching the day unfold. Im not a Royalist by any stretch of the imagination, but I must say I was pretty emotional throughout the ceremony. Weddings tend to do that to me. The Suffolks put on The Royal T street party which I wandered down to for a cup of coffee and to have a nosey at the celebrations.