I couldn't get to Brussels, so I was determined to get to Telford. And I want to say, right up front, that I had a great time. The journey up from Swansea was fine until I got caught up in traffic congestion outside Birmingham, but it meant I arrived later than I was expecting, but I just had a nice restful evening in my room, had a good night's sleep and woke up to - SNOW!
Luckily, the hotel was near to the convention centre so it wasn't far to go, and the snow soon cleared away - it was a lovely day once it did. What was OnStage like? Oh, my - all I can say is that there are some fab-u-lous new things in the next Annual catalogue. As expected, we will be saying goodbye to some old friends - all the 2014-16 In Colours will definitely be going, of course, but there were some surprises as well. By the time you read this, the Retiring list will be out - and if there's something you have your heart set on don't hang about, is my advice!
Anyway, I did lots of Swapping (although I did come back with some of my own - I need to talk less and swap more!) - you can see what I got on today's YouTube video.
It was the journey home that nearly did for me. I breezed past the spot that had been so congested on the way up, stopped at the services for a quick rest stop and to fit up with petrol, and phoned my husband - "I'll be home in a couple of hours" I promised. And I would have been, too, if the Sat Nav hadn't had a hissy fit.
For some reason, it sent me down the Heads of the Valleys road. I suppose it's my own fault, because I went along with it, thinking I'd try the route as it might be a bit of a change. It would have been OK if they hadn't closed the road just before Merthyr.
The Sat Nav, when it realised that I wasn't going to co-operate and try to get back on the road that was closed, had what I can only imagine was a fit of spite and sent me along country lanes and over the top of a mountain. I'm used to driving over mountain passes - I'm from the South Wales Valleys - but driving up steep, narrow, winding and above all, unfamiliar roads in the dusk was bloomin' TERRIFYING! It was at this point, as it got dark, that I realised that my new glasses, which are fine in daylight, weren't the best I've had for night driving...
By the time I made it back to civilisation, somewhere near Ebbw Vale, I was beginning to think that I was never going to get home. When I did, much later than promised, my husband was peering out of the window, watching out for me - I think I put years on him.
However, I am home safe and sound and thinking about all the ideas I have for future projects! Thanks for sticking with me to the end of this post - I'll be back to my normal self by Thursday, promise!