Monday, April 07, 2008

Back from Manchester....and WANDA'S GETTING MARRIED!

(Above: Laura-Jane Gibson, me, and Mathias at Costa Coffeehouse in Salford Quays, England.)

It took twenty-one hours from the time I left the hotel until I arrived in Columbia, but I'm back. The trip was WONDERFUL. Above is a photo of me with Mathias and his girlfriend. They were both spectacular in Birmingham Royal Ballet's production of Swan Lake. I took 699 images, wrote dozens and dozens of pages in my journal, went to York, Bradford (Texera Mills), Chester, and to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester. I will be working with these images and posting over the next week the following entries:

1) Going without embroidery...seeking inspiration and learning to relax
2) Swan Lake
3) Texera Mills
4) York
5) Chester
6) The Whitworth Gallery
7) Final Thoughts.

In the meantime, I'm dealing with all the framing that piled up in my absence! Thank God Steve does housework...otherwise returning home might be unbearable!

While I was away, my sister Wanda called. She and Reinhard are flying from Germany to Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania (where my parents live) to get married! Reinhard has never been married. In a sense, he's always carried a torch for Wanda. Wanda has been married twice...although the first one lasted only about three months. In a sense, she's never really been in love....except when she was sixteen years old....with Reinhard! It's like a fairytale....childhood sweethearts uniting! I'm so happy for them both. Steve and I are, of course, driving to Slippery Rock for this very special occasion.


Doreen G said...

Welcome back Susan you sound as if you had a busy but fantastic time.
Great news about Wanda.

Pat said...

Sounds as though you didn't waste a moment, you went to places I haven't been so I look forward to reading your impressions.

katelnorth said...

well, congrats to Wanda - give her my good wishes, as I have the pleasure to have met her in person! Sounds like your England trip was great - heck, I live here and haven't been to some of those places...

artisbliss said...

Wow, what a whirlwind! Congratulations to Wanda and Reinhard. That's some story.

Julie said...

Welcome home Susan! Sounds like you had a great time! How wonderful to have such happy family news. :))

Wanda said...

Hi Susan! Thanks for the announcement!! It IS a fairytale story. I guess the moral of the story is that you never know when and at what age you meet your soulmate. It took many years for me to understand that love can come at any age. But we bring years of experiences and living to the marriage and I wouldn't change a thing. I am SO happy that you and Steve are coming!!! He's never experienced where I come from and we are both so looking forward to it! Matthias's girlfriend is sure a cutie. And I heard you went to a wonderful great to stop and relax. Great things come in the quiet!

liz said...

Congratulations to Wanda:) And what a lot you manage to pack into your life, I feel quite exhausted just reading about it.