I have been back from my travels for some time now but the day after my return the internet broke! So I have been an internet free zone for the best part of a month now and you know, I quite like it, I really didn't realise what an enormous time sucker it had become for me.The grand opening of Mandas new Mango Beads studio was fantastic, she and David have set up a superb facility that has been extremely well thought out and executed, truly a place where creativity can flourish.I met lots of lovely new people as well as some friends I haven't seen for far too long and had a wonderful time. I really hope I will be able to go back and spend some time there when my life is a bit less manic.Many of the people I met at Mandas bash frequent the UKs popular lampwork forum "Frit Happens" it's such a shame I can't "do" forums but sadly it takes me forever to construct each post I make. I realised a long time ago I was forum impaired and probably should give up trying. That doesn't mean I don't pop in now and again to check out what everyone is up to so it was excellent to put some faces to names.I had the best time and if you are at all lampwork inclined I strongly advise you to check it out.