Monday, 24 October 2011

My life just took over...

I've been away from my blog for a couple of weeks because life has overtaken me and as I flop down, exhausted, at the end of the day the thought of switching on my computer (again) to post is not foremost in my mind. For this I apologise but I am back!

So what has been the cause? 
1. Four university visits with number two daughter in two weeks. Not local uni's - oh no. In just a fortnight we have been to Portsmouth, Bournemouth, Manchester Metropolitan, Sheffield Hallam and Birmingham City - all of which made me want to go back to university. Aside from spending some shared time with Lily - a rarity these days with independence replacing dependence - I have got to wander round some places I've never been.
The Hubs at Sheffield Hallam
Although my husband's family is originally from Huddersfield and many relatives still live there, we had never been to Sheffield - what a lovely city centre! And what a great job they have made of Sheffield Hallam - very impressed. To my embarrassment I've never been to check out the new city centre in Birmingham since it was all rebuilt and that too is an amazing mass of modern steel and glass with shops to rival the best that Europe has to offer... Manchester has had a complete scrub up since I was there about 20 years ago - beautiful buildings, wide avenues, an impressive station in Piccadilly (puts a lot of London stations to shame). Anyway it's been fun and I'm sorry it all had to end...
Birmingham City Centre
Magnificent Manchester

2. We've launched our Handpicked Media community. We have so many great blogs apply to be part of Handpicked but they don't always reach our criteria in terms of traffic, so I contacted over 250 in the last week to see if they would like to join forces in our community - nearly all have said 'yes' which was a fantastic response but also meant my inbox has been the most scary it has ever been.... and I mean scary. To the point that I wanted to go and lie down in a darkened room. Most have now been replied to and agreements sorted but if you are still pending (which a handful are) I will get back to you today.

And that's about it... no fantastic parties, trips abroad, thankfully no crises - just life overtaking. I promise not to neglect (until the next time) so keep looking back for more normal postings of things that take my fancy....

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