Thursday, 12 August 2010

Some new beads.

I haven't been very productive since I got back from holiday despite having had a week without either of the girls at home. However there are some new beads in my shop including this set.

I am off to London tomorrow to help my older daughter carry her bags home. She has been to a summer art course at the Slade School of Fine Art which is where she would love to end up in a years time. Unfortunately it is about twice as competitive as any Oxbridge course, 1400 applications expected for 25 places. Still, someone has to get in.

Phoebe and I need to decide what to do in London. We are meeting up with my son and his wife who has just got back from visiting her family in Iowa. And I will get my new Macbook tomorrow which Emily has brought back with her. My laptop finally gave up the ghost last week. The graphics card has gone, plus it needs a new keyboard so I decided it was time for a new one. I've never used a Mac before but my iPhone along with some visits to Apple shops to stroke the elegantly designed computers has convinced me to make the change....along with some advice from Emily who is a big Apple fan.

Have a good weekend. I will try and get more work done next week!

Tuesday, 3 August 2010


We had a lovely week cruising up to Norway, visiting Bergen, Olden, Alesund and Stavanger. The weather was kind to us and apart from a couple of hours drizzle in Bergen the sun shone all week and the sea was calm.

The top photograph shows our ship, Oriana between some of the charming wooden houses in the old area of Stavanger. Phoebe and I rather fancied living in one of these or in the lovely green house in the next photograph. This was at Olden. Having sailed about 65miles up the fjord to Olden we got off the ship just by this house and went on a coach trip to the lake shown in the last photo. The water was a really lovely shade of green because the movement of the glaciers means that the water contains a lot of fine sediment from the rocks. We went on a trip across the lake and then walked up to just below the glacier.