Thanks for popping in.
Back home after an excellent, busy two days up on the hill in London.
It all went so smoothly!
We even had time for a cuppa before the day began!
Being underneath the Rose Window in the Great Hall is great.
Early in the day, the light pours through and lights up the stand beautifully.
Paul looks veritable ethereal !!
See how the sun dances across his head....
He was brilliant.
Demonstrated Groovi non stop both days,
and never stop helping and being his kind self.
I even got my stamps out on Day 2,
which I thoroughly enjoyed.
The first day was too manic, and the stand too packed for me to start wielding my brayer and brushes!
Maybe next year we will rent a bigger stand...
Lisa hopped about helping our visitors at the stand
all weekend, as did young Steve.
Jayne and Dave served customers at the tills non-stop;
it was heaving on Saturday!
The happy news this time was that our stamps were almost as popular as the Groovi! Not that Groovi has dropped off - not at all!
It’s just that our stamps are back on the radar.
No idea what was going on in the rest of the hall !
We were mobbed.
Today was quieter.
Which was great, because it gave me a chance to connect with good friends and old acquaintances.
I got to talk to people and spend time with them.
Got to listen to them and catch up with their news.
Lots of hugs, a few tears too.
We are all getting older, aren’t we? And at the same speed actually!
The thing is, some of us have known each other 20 odd years.
We only hook up at this London show, but we’re friends.
You have watched my circumstances change; you have watched my kids grow up, you have seen our little company grow into a bigger company - with your help and loyalty. You have watched me age as I have watched you age. We have shared our lives, albeit sporadically.
I have known the husband, who has been there year in year out, get ill, and then the next time, so sadly, he’s no longer standing behind her, smiling and carrying the bags. The wife is there alone, lost in a way. The guy who always chuckled long-sufferingly about being the bag carrier is gone. There were a couple of those poor souls there today.
So yes. I was very glad to be able to spend time with them.
I met a gentlman in a wheelchair called Carl, who was pretty much both blind and deaf. He wanted to thank me for the Groovi System because he said it had given him creative direction in his life again.
He could literally feel his way round the grooves, and was so excited to be able to do parchment art again.
I have to tell you, when you meet a man like Carl, it rightsizes everything in your own life. EVERYTHING.
There were loads and loads of good people and friends!
Some of us had lunch together underneath the Rose Window,
which was special too.
All in all, a special weekend.
Love & Hugs,