No, I haven't vanished off the face of the planet, just had a Blog break while I returned to full-time study, as you do when you turn 50!
I also had a break from my course (Graduate Diploma of Applied Learning) and have been swanning around Europe with the family. Not all play time though as I did work hard while I was away. I stopped off in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter and did a polishing course. I certainly learned first hand the meaning of Applied Learning. After a short introduction we got straight down to the work of polishing. Fantastic, just what I hoped would happen! Real experience using our own pieces, and then some!
I have to thank Jamie Hall for putting me onto this course in the first place. He did a good interview with Stephen Goldsmith and that's what gave me the idea to attend. Stephen certainly worked us hard and the work was dirty but we learned, we learned a lot!