When I organised the timetable for the final two follies for 2012, doing two within a fortnight of each other seemed not too problematic - after all, I had plenty of time, right? Famous last words, and 'enter the pigeons'. I still don't know whether I've mastered the pigeons. And I won't know for nearly three weeks, since I'll be off to Germany tomorrow. It is *not* a position I wanted to be in!

Lady Mary, on the other hand, is remarkably well-behaved. Apart from the minor problem that my new car is smaller than the old one, and won't be able to handle Lady Mary in her frame, everything is going as planned. It is work-intensive, but predictable, if that makes sense. 'All' I have to do is make 6,000 beads, clean them, stick them to a board, and frame them. Time is my biggest enemy, but if push comes to shove, night shifts can be employed, and Lady Mary can be completed. It'll still be a close call - I'll be in Germany until the 19th of August, the following week-end, at the International Festival of Glass, then on a well-deserved holiday for three days, then it's a case of steering munchkin through his first days at school - but it can be done!

This is me, signing off until late August!

It's been three-and-a-half weeks since I announced the intended Folly for Lady Mary. In that time, I worked for a school for several days, produced a literature review on 'Raising Aspirations', spent Fridays with the munchkin, taught glass bead making.....and I made spacers. I made mainly white spacers, since I need more than 2,000 of them, so I figured, if in doubt, make white spacers!
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!