I've been away for the weekend... not teaching, not working but having lots of fun.
I've attended my first ever national AGM for the Embroiderers' Guild and I'm wondering why I've never been before.
There were a variety of workshops on offer and I started off on Friday morning making fairy shoes with the delightful and very funny Annette Emms.
Totally frivolous but lots of fun... even more so when we realised that dotted around the conference rooms were bowls full of sweeties... jelly beans, jelly babies, refreshers etc.... I confess I may have been just a little high on sugar and e-numbers all weekend!
After a wonderful lunch I took another workshop with Brenda Scarman where I learned to attach Shisha mirrors onto canvas - a new technique for me.
I've ended up with a delightful little pin cushion that I'm thinking will make a good project for my Young Embroiderers.
As well as workshops we were treated to some entertaining and informative talks, there were exhibitions to look at, books to browse, traders to buy from and best of all friends to chat and laugh with.
On Saturday night we had a wonderful Gala dinner - the food all weekend was excellent - with a talk by Professor Malcolm Lochhead, which was very entertaining.
Of course in the middle of it all was the AGM, which despite being a little drawn out and over long was still postive and encouraging for the future of the Guild.
And without doubt it feels time to put the past problems of the Guild behind us and move forward...
And I'm looking forward to my next AGM for more fun!