All of my goodies have now arrived from Madeira, who very generously awarded me a £100 sponsorship. I ordered embroidery materials and some sparkly crochet yarn (that will very useful for Ruby Ballerina's tights which I will tell you about later).
The cosmic microwave background left over from the Big Bang
Tracks formed when a negative kaon strikes
a proton in a bubble chamber
The embroidery threads were all bright and metallic and should be ideal for some cushion designs I have in mind for later. These will be based on the evolution of the universe including galaxies, supernova and particle tracks in bubble chambers - if everything goes to plan.