from england…

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hey bloggers!  quite honestly i don't have a clue what time it is in the us (and that's probably a good thing)…  today was our first full day in the uk after landing yesterday.  i thought sharing this blog journal was a great way to keep you up to date on all that's going on.  this is such an exciting trip with so much to do in just a few days…
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we arrived in london heathrow yesterday and luckily all of our luggage made it to with us which is a good thing since it had all of the class kits, demo supplies, and samples for the journey…
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of course our first stop was for coffee (unfortunately no starbucks at the airport to be found) but it was much needed.  we made our way by car to meridan which is about 3 hours outside of london to check into our pub. 
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along the way was one of the first times i think i've seen sunshine during any of my trips to the uk – it was great. 
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we stopped at a rest area to grab a quick bite and of course i had to check out the candy stash in the store.  well as you see not exactly the normal confection choices i mean fried eggs & white mice?  who would want that?  anyways, some chocolate is always a good back up plan so we loaded up and continued on our way. 
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one of the funniest things about this stop was finding parking… caravan parking?!  since mario and i met up with alain from ranger at the airport, and then we were to meet suze, claudine, and dyan, alain rented a mini bus things… well i guess you could call it a bus.  this has to be the biggest vehicle we've ever rented in the uk, but with all of us and our luggage, we had no choice.  let me just say it's been fun!  so today was our first full day and we had an early morning…a very early morning! 
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we met for a wonderful breakfast at the pub before making our way to the NEC to teach a full day of ranger workshops. 
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i was teaching with ranger designer's suze and claudine in a two, 3 hour ranger-on the road workshops.  we all 3 had a part to teach in the class educating on our signature product lines. 
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the students learned a variety of techniques and walked away with this finished mirror. 
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after a full day of teaching 105 students, we ended the day by setting up our demo areas on the trade show floor to get all ready for tomorrow when stitches begin.  more to share tomorrow – for now i
t's off to bed… t!m

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