Tough this autumn in the UK!
This trip was a rush – 33-days were not enough. Although we did only four bead shows over two weekends, I was working every day we weren’t on the boat, and we only took Rosey out twice. Too cold, despite extra bedding – 6-degrees on the water!
I’ve found the time and inspiration to write this on the early-evening Emirates flight to Dubai, with the help of L’ostal Cazes. There is something about travel that inspires creativity. And so refreshing to use Gatwick rather than Heathrow – more airlines should take advantage of cheaper fees and better customer access.
The second leg of this trip, from Dubai (where a can of beer is almost US$10 in the airport) to Hong Kong is on an A380 with wifi for all at just US$5 for 30MB. Bargain, but I guess this will be on all airlines in the near future. If it wasn’t in the middle of the night I’d snap it up.
I’ve been reading on a new toy: Kindle Touch, just £115 in Tesco. Fantastic, I wish I brought earlier. But you never know with gadgets – many don’t last longer than unwrapping. I’m amazed at the ease to find, pay, and download writing to the device. Thousands of books are free, the battery lasts a month, and you can even e-mail documents to it. Plus I’ve found a new income stream, by uploading content to sell.
My four bead shows were at Luton, Uxbridge, Sandown, and Norwich. Edinburgh and Lakeland were cancelled because, I assume, the Government got the better and drive the organizers out of business. Pity, because I love it up North. Thanks to all those who visited us, it’s so appreciated.
Luton was a little quiet, although a couple of wholesale orders made up. Uxbridge was bad again – buyers were thrifty, and being in the “shed” didn’t help. However, despite the £400 expense, Sandown was brilliant. Not as good as it used to be, but it kept us flat out. As usual, our best show was Norwich – with a queue 45-minutes in advance and non-stop until 3pm. I apologize to those who couldn’t push through the crowds, and hope that more tables next year will give better access.
I was impressed by how many at the bead shows were following my tweets at MrBead@UKMrBead, and my personal tweets on Nigel@NigelMckay. Thanks for your commitment – I’m really in the dark at this end. If you have any requests or comments, just click the “Leave a Reply” link at the blog’s end. All feedback is much appreciated!
On that note, could you guide me on how you would like me to write:
- More personal content?
- More business content?
- More pictures?
I’m off to Cambodia on Sunday 4th November – so that trip will be the next blog.