One piece of fab news came through talks with Tuffnell Glass, who agreed to sponsor Lady Mary via a special 'folly price' on my various 'shades of grey'. It's made a real difference to the prospect of slogging over the torch for weeks, knowing that this folly has an 'official backer' - thanks guys!
So, three-and-a-half weeks down the line, what have I achieved? The answer is.....*drumroll* - I'm more than half way there. Provided that I've not miscounted, have 3,006 beads left to make, meaning that I've made 3,154. I have a bit more uni work to do next week, but apart from that, I hope to mainly focus on making as many as I possibly can before I disappear for most of August - wish me luck!