Hello Peeps! I'm back!
We then went through the gate, out the other side, through passport control, baggage reclaim and customs before returning home five and a half hours after having set off!
"Never mind" I said to hubby. Being a very scared flier at the best of times I confess to having been horribly undone by the two hours of TV news I had watched before leaving for the airport with report after report informing viewers what happens to an airplane’s engines when they come into contact with volcanic ash dust. I had no idea that a jumbo might take twenty three whole minutes in complete darkness – that’s 1,380 horrible seconds – to descend 37,000 feet without engines - and frankly, I didn’t really want to know. I am a girl who is appalled at the thought of a three minute roller coaster ride where one can pretend to be in danger. The thought of knowing you’re probably going to die for 23 minutes is just too horrible.
Anyway, on the way home from the airport, we booked ourselves on another flight which was also cancelled and we finally got away just under a week later, on the first open-skies day, when the volcanic ash models looked as though the cloud was all the way to Canada! Needless to say, my flying time in both directions was uneventful but nonetheless decidedly unnerving.
It’s a good thing we had such a fabulous holiday even though all of the arrangements we had made for the first week were completely ruined on account of the fact that the family we were due to be with, were coming home just as we arrived in Florida. Hey ho! It could have been so much worse had disaster struck and it was much worse for many, like some friends of ours, who were stuck outside of the UK in a less than friendly country.
It’s good to be back!
Julie's birthday this weekend and this is the card I made for her using a little hAnglar image, my new MS ladybird punch and lovely papers from Basic Grey. Their challenge site wanted us to "punch it out". I followed one of the great "sketches" over at Caardvarks which has a fabulous prize on offer this month and the theme at Stampavie is for a "birthday card for a girl". The little sentiment on the left is a new one I picked up in the States by TPC Studios. I made the circular sentiment on the right myself with my label maker and hours of Photoshop just to colour the text. The little girl is coloured with Copics and decoupaged (hat, hair, coat and key and her shoes) and I'm sad that all the layering doesn't really show up in the photo. I gave her a bouquet of flowers and a tag to hold in addition to the key and heart she comes with and I finished off her shoes with little pearls, coloured black with peel off colouring pens.
Since our return, I have tried really hard to pop over to your blogs, take a peak and leave some comments. I had to catch up on work though and I know I haven’t got round everybody yet. I promise to pop by soon though and for those of you sent me notesin my absence asking if I was okay – Thank You! That was genuinely sweet of you and much appreciated. Thank you so much for stopping by!