So I'm glad to report that last night was an unqualified success. It got off to a promising start with a glass of sloe gin and a bowl of chilli but continued to please even when we moved into the dining rooms to get down to business. The tables were laid out with an impressive selection of gorgeous glass beads and exquisite silver spacers with which we were given free reign to design our own bracelets, necklaces etc. There was no pressure to do anything more than have fun playing around with the colours and shapes.
Fortunately for my friend, who received 10% of the takings, I created, and bought(!) two St Valentine's Day presents for my daughters. For many years now I've bought them 'a little something' on the 14th of February. It's usually something less expensive,but they've both impressed me with their hard work and determination this year,and I think they deserve a reward, especially one they'll not be expecting.