Well it's certainly been a longer blog break than I intended but the last 2 1/2 months have been more manic than I would have thought possible.
Everyone's been amazingly productive while I've been away, I watch 27 blogs and between you you've clocked up 886 posts, I think I'd better make do with catching up with everyone's current activities or I'll be online forever.
The CHF award piece went in 3 weeks early as I was going to be on holiday for the final hand in date. The exhibition will open on the 12th September so I can show you what I made then, but here's a small taster.
The next drama, (and yes the final couple of days in the finishing of this piece were a bit of a drama, as usual) was my poor DH getting bitten by a dog in the face, at work, he needed 20 stitches in the Maxillo Facial unit of our local hospital.
It left him severely traumatised as the attack was completely unprovoked and the dog gave no warning. Luckily he's a quick healer and the doctor did a grand job with her stitching, he even asked her if she was any good at embroidery, apparently not.
At least the accident happened a week before we were going on holiday so he had time to have the stitches out... just.
We had 9 remarkable days in Tanzania incorporating game drives, a visit to a Massai village and a balloon ride over the Serengeti, amongst other things. Needless to say it was a life changing, magical experience that I will definitely be using for future projects, so watch this space.
And lastly 'The wedding'
As some of you will know our son got married to his beautiful fiancé on Saturday and what a wonderful day it was too.
They had a lovely church service at St. Cadoc's Church in Pendoylan South Wales.
An here's their first kiss as man and wife.
I now have to get used to a second Mrs. Young in the family :-)
They had the reception up the road at The Vale Hotel, which was total 'Hotel Babylon' if anyone watches the series. It was in a beautiful setting with the luxury of a superb swimming pool and spa on site, which of course we had to make use of :-)
I took a few pics, but not as many as I would have liked as I was so caught up in the day and wanted to enjoy every single moment.
Father and son time before the wedding.
DD1 wonder what she's thinking
Maybe she's wondering what her son's going to with that tie next.
Proud Mum and Dad
The suit and GD Bethany in the dress that she made with me earlier in the year. It was a bit windy on the terrace.
Dan and Sue had practiced long and hard on a wonderful first dance routine, which was a total surprise and a real tear jerker, I think it was the highlight of the wedding for me.
Thank you both so much for such a wonderful, memorable day and for making us both so very proud.
The house is now full of the flowers that we received at the wedding which is a lovely reminder.
It's great to be back, I've really missed chatting with everyone and seeing what 's going on.