oooh thats how I feel. Like Ive been pulled from both ends of my body. Or is it burning candles at both ends? I don't know but what I do know is that I had a GREAT weekend. Lockerbie Manor is tucked away behind an array of autumnal trees and in it, this weekend, was the Luxurious Angels retreat. The moment I was welcomed to the moment I left I knew I was in great company from the girls attending, to the hosts, teachers and to the staff themselves. I loved it immensely and for the late night scrappers - well, you certainly know how to make a girl choke with laughter (Im talking about you, June!!!) The classes were good fun and everyone was willing to try something new and at a pace they could bare (and for me its normally fast but efficient fast, if you know what I mean). There were games, make and takes and fund raising for Muscular Dystrophy (£421.35 to be precise and I wept with a little sadness about how wonderfully generous some people can be - Thank you ladies xx)
The setting couldn't of gotten anymore cosier and I love old places like this and with some original fixtures and fittings, it was so nice to be surrounded by impressive dining areas and a residents lounge with panelled adam green walls. The chandeliers were terribly nice to overlook, too. I don't know what it is that makes me look closer at the more detailed apsects of a place but I can't wait to go back in march to discover other hidden corners of this lovely setting. I got that snap-happy that I must have looked like a right snooper. Even at lunch I had to take a swipe of this lonesome gerbera hanging in a mullioned window setting. Lord help me!
There was never a dull moment and lots of opportunity for me to catch up on some scrapping. I bought the new Dasher line from Angela's shop which is fabulous. I purposely chose it over Fruitcake as I like the flexibility to scrap non christmas layouts with christmas coloured papers that don't feature christmas thingies. Dasher is perfection for this and so far I have managed 4 layouts and a card and still a ton of paper left over. LOVE BG, I do. I can see lots of things being made with this over the next few weeks.
I got home after a hideous amount of stop/starting on the motorway to be greeted by my belle and her newest pets, two hermit crabs. They are so dinky that its impossible to "have words" with Mark over them. She has named them Shelley and Spike. They really are funny wee things and I'll grab pictures of them tomorrow. But the best thing about coming home tonight was this wonderful hug that she gave me and she kept saying she loved me. It stung a little bit because I felt so lonely coming down the motorway tonight so having that sealed with a hug from the most adorable creature is like having a bath in melted chocolate (heaven, in other words).
And finally, I leave you with a picture of Gordon (Angelas little boy). I don't know what it is but I seem to make the guys go shy. Little Jakey does (thats debbies son) and this little fella was awful shy. But he captured my heart as I fell into those amazing eyes and even though I had to bribe him with my prized treacle toffee and a mini pod of jaffa cakes - don't you think this picture was worth it? (ok - Im still stressing about the jaffa cake trade off but I know somehow I will get over this trauma).
see you soon xx