We are back from our holiday in Yorkshire. We had a great time, even though it rained a lot. We rented a small cottage next to a farm out in the country and spent most of the time with T’s friends and family. We ate out every evening and had some great meals. The best place we ate was called Aagrah on the canal at Skipton – the best Indian meal I’ve eaten outside of India – truly fantastic. There was an Asian supermarket in the town where T’s sister lives so we stocked up on spices, pulses and goodies before we came home. (The second best Indian meal I’ve eaten outside of India has been cooked by my husband, who is an excellent amateur chef and a master curry maker) 🙂
I am feeling quite tired today, probably owing to the fact that I drove for 8 hours yesterday with just two short comfort breaks. Despite having a lovely holiday it was good to be home.
The boys were fine while we were away, they ignored us for a while after we got home but when T opened his suitcase to unpack Jack jumped in and refused to move; Billy sat on my lap for about an hour in the evening demanding to have his tummy tickled and then when I went to bed he came too and snugggled up close to me all night.
This spread is about exploring texture – scrumpled up tissue paper, a couple of swabs my dentist gave me after she extracted a tooth (but i didn’t need to use them), a piece of film, metal leaf and some feathers. Also used acrylic paint, Adirondak Colorwash spray, acrylic ink and correction fluid. If you watch Donna Downey’s videos you will probably see that I have been inspired by her in making this spread (circles and drippage) :-).
Back to work tomorrow and I have lot of catching up to do. The week before I went away I had a great week and was hardly in the office at all. I had to give some presentations with our HR Director on Employee Engagement. I did it three times – the first time was in front of the people I work with locally there were about 40 of them, the second time the audience was probably about 250 and the third time about 150. Normally when I speak in front of people I use notes, so I don’t forget anything important, but this time I did it without notes. The director asked me three questions which I had to answer – Who are you? What have you been doing in your area to improve things for your colleagues? and Why did you become an employee engagement champion. Everytime I said something different, but I did get lots of compliments from the directors and audience afterwards so I went on holiday with a great feeling. Tomorrow I will have to figure out how I am going to catch up with 2 weeks of outstanding emails and actions, however I will not get stressed about it because I have realised finally that just doesn’t help.
I’ll be back soon