Monday, 13 April 2015

A Confusion Of Bloggers

On Saturday I had a fabulous day meeting up with nine - yes, nine - other bloggers all at once!!  Talk about increasing exponentially, from meeting Selma earlier in the year to suddenly meeting nine bloggers at once.  It was a wonderful day organised by the fabulous Gilly from Gilly Makes.

Thank you so much Gilly for all of your wonderful organising and for bringing us together.  It was a brilliant day and I am sure that we all had a lot of fun.  There was certainly a lot of talking!


We met in Stratford Upon Avon and started the day with a coffee - actually I think we all had tea of different sorts! - and swapped a few gifts with each other.  I will share more on that tomorrow as I think they deserve a post of their own.

Then it was off to complete a very important bit of business.  We went to visit Sew Me Something, the wonderful shop where Gilly works, and we met the fabulous Jooles who owns and runs the shop.

We were also allowed a sneak peak upstairs to the workshop area where a class was being taught by Heather Jacks, winner of last years Great British Sewing Bee.  It is a wonderful open area and is so light and bright.  If you are a sewer I imagine that it is a wonderful place to work - actually it would be a wonderful place for anyone to work!!


Lots of patterns were bought, fabric stroked, and bought, yarn squished and all kinds of things oohed and aahed over.  It is only a little space, but gosh there is a lot of loveliness in there!!  I did make a little yarn purchase and will share that tomorrow as well.


Then it was time to go for a walk and a chat, so we first went to the market before heading off down to the river.  Everyone was talking all of the time and it was so lovely.  On the way to the river we were stopped by a hen party and asked if we were a hen party as they needed to get a picture of another hen party.  So we pretended we were!!


Above is Nicky and Sarah and in the picture below you can see Jane.  She is so much fun and always so cheery.  If you watch her allotment videos I can confirm that she is just as charming in real life!


Here is the lovely Gilly who organised everything and bought us all together.  I don't know what she is saying here though, but it must have been important.  It was so kind of Gilly to bring us together and you can tell from her blog as well how lovely she is and again that just shines through even more in person.


I have been reading Jo's blog, Three Stories High, for so long now, and it was amazing to meet her.  She said in her post that she was worried about some of the words she used during the day.  Jo, no need to worry at all.  Jo is also just as you imagine from reading her blog - lovely!


Below is Nicky again and two of the three Mel's.  We agreed that if we could not remember someones name we would call them Mel!



After a quick look a the wildlife....


The river and the trees...



Taking some photos of them - we are bloggers you know!


It was time for some group photos.   This of course involved lots of getting up and down, passing bags back and forth and asking people to look this way or to do it again because someone had blinked.  We had a lot of fun though!!


If you follow Jo's blog you will know that she "makes something every day" and one of her recent makes was her crochet skirt.  We of course made her give us a twirl and she posed for some pictures - pulling silly faces while doing it of course!!  The skirt is fabulous isn't it.


Then it was time for the second most important part of the day.  Tea!!!  We went to The Four Teas which has a 1940's theme.  The food was delicious, the tea slightly complicated because it came with timers and instructions on how to brew it, and the company and surroundings were of course nothing but perfect!


The decorations are very wartime and the waitresses dress the part too.


I didn't have a scone, but they sure look delicious don't they!


Lazy Daisy Jones came to Stratford with her lovely husband - you may have seen him modelling on her blog - and so she joined us slightly later in the day for tea.  It was lovely to meet her as well, as I have followed her blog for a long time too!


While we had tea we talked and talked and talked.  About allotments, gardening, crochet, sewing, how we would never let a child go and meet all these strangers from the internet, but that is what we were doing....  All kinds of things, of course we ate and drank our tea too.  Then there was some more gift swapping!

One of the conversations was about crocheting and how you crochet.  Jo had been giving a crochet lesson on the train to a small boy she met, so she told us the story and then we were talking about how we crochet.  Jane tried to demonstrate with a fork and a scarf which didn't really work for her - which is good because her scarf was far to lovely to have crocheted with a fork!!  Then I tried to explain how I crochet - with a fork and a napkin.  Which also doesn't work by the way.

Jo then found her crochet and hook and passed it over to me.  I then showed how I crochet.  I hold the hook AND yarn in my right hand and the work in my left hand.  I shove the hook into the stitch and then wrap the yarn around the hook with my right hand, rather than twirling the hook around the yarn.  Turns out that is not what you are supposed to do!! 

So now I am trying to learn to do it the "proper" way.  Not having much success so far.  That is why I said yesterday that I have to learn to crochet.....

As I live quite some distance away I had to leave before everyone else did, so I left them all talking 10 to the dozen, but left with a sad heart to be going and I hope to see everyone again sometime!

In conclusion I can say nothing more than something I have said lots of times before.  Bloggers are the nicest people!!!!  Everyone was lovely, we had a great time.  Thank you again Gilly for organising us all and for making it such a fun and lovely day.

As I said above I will do another post with our gifts and my purchases tomorrow...

In case you want to go and visit the others, there are their blogs!

Plain Jane
Lazy Daisy Jones
Mellie Moo
The Patchwork Robin
Mel Makes
Sarah's Pigeonhole (but these days you will find her as Perfect Sarah on IG)
Three Stories High
Sunshine Reflections
Gilly Makes

Sadly Jill from Emerald Cottage could not make it on the day, although she had planned to come.  We missed you Jill, but will see you again sometime I am sure!

Amy

p.s. Why "A Confusion of Bloggers"?  That is the collective noun agreed by Jane and Gilly!

56 comments:

  1. Oh Amy, what a wonderful day you had! Meeting up with all those bloggers was a fantastic treat for you all - I am quite envious :) You had my attention from the venue - lovely Stratford Upon Avon (been there!), to the sewing class with Heather - loved her on the Sewing Bee, such an excellent sewist. The girls all look so lovely and friendly - but of course! xx

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  2. Fabulous! Looks like you all had a super day. We're going to Stratford later this year so I will def look up that sewing shop! Thanks for the tip xx

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  3. oh that looks great and a fantastic day !!! Thanks for sharing it with us !!

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  4. What a fun day! I can't imagine meeting that many bloggers at once - I've only met one at a time. Lucky you!

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  5. Oh you say the sweetest things you lovely Amy you! It certainly was a memorable day - I have been remembering different bits over the last couple of days and chuckling away to myself! So looking forward to doing it again x Jane

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  6. It looks like you all had a wonderful day! I'm very jealous x

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  7. It looks like you all had a wonderful day. I bet there was loads of chatter, bloggers are the nicest people.

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  8. Are you left handed by any chance? Your crochet method sounds similar to the first time I tried it. My Mum suggested the book "Crochet Unravelled" by Claire Bojczuk because it has instructions for both left and right handed crochet. I now crochet left handed but knit english style right handed lol.

    Looks like you ladies had a lovely time :)

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  9. Wow! What an amazing day out! It would be fun to do it by yourself (tea, shopping for yarn, sunny weather, etc) but with a "Confusion of Bloggers" it's 10 times the fun! I've read some of these ladies blogs but now that I've seen them in action, I'm going to brew some tea and get started catching up with them all!

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  10. What a wonderful meet up. Lovely to see the photos.

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  11. Amy, what a lovely time you must have had together. It looks like the weather was holding together for you with lots of sunshine.

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  12. what a very awesome day for all of you!

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  13. You all look so happy! Bloggers are a lovely group of peeps,glad you all had such a fun time.
    Jane x

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  14. I am glad you had such a wonderful day! I agree ----- bloggers are the best!

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  15. What a great day! Glad the weather was kind to you, and you all look like you're having a brilliant time xx

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  16. It sounds like such a fun day for you all!! I'm very jealous of course. You need to put names to the faces in the group shot in front of the store ... is that you on the end, right-hand side? These are great photos Amy ;) Enjoy your day! Wendy

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  17. How nice! It looks like a really fun day. I sure wish there were so many bloggers near me, I would enjoy meeting up with likeminded people. Thanks for sharing your day.

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  18. Such a lovely post Amy, it looks like you had a great day !
    Kate xx

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  19. Oh my goodness - what an awesome idea and looks like it was SO much FUN!!! Thanks so much for the great photos and a peek into the enjoyment. Just lovely and you're right that bloggers are the nicest folks! ;)

    xoxo Happy week Hon!

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  20. Amy, how I would love to have been there! A day in Stratford, lots of tea, lovely new friends. What could be better?!

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  21. What a lovely record of the day - it is good to see the pictures you took :)
    It was nice to meet you and thank you for the lovely gift!

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  22. Hey Amy,
    What a lovely way to spend the day. A whole bunch of like minded bloggers. There are so many bloggers that I follow that I'd love to meet in person. I've been lucky enough to meet a few. A shame I won't meet you this time round. Next time maybe....
    Leanne xx

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  23. What an amazing day!!!!!
    Good for you!!!
    I enjoyed all the photos!
    Have a cozy day, my friend! : )

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  24. What a fantastic day. How wonderful to meet everyone. X

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  25. Amy you little sweetie!! what a lovely post!
    Thank you so much for my crochet cherries they have been admired by all!
    until the next time....
    bestest daisy j x

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  26. Fabulous !! Nothing as fun as a blogmeeting, where you meet your friend-blogsters for the first time !!
    I remember when our little group of five first met. One of us also got the comment from one of her kids : " hey mom, are you sure you know what you're doing ?!? Maybe they're all freaky men with bad intentions" :-))))

    So happy for you there were no freaky men, but only lovely ladies ! And looking at the pics, I think you had a fantastic day !! Sunshine, lots of tea, chitchatting, and yarn/fabric/other neat stuff... Who can ask for more !!

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  27. What a fabulous day out - I just wish that I lived close enough to join you!!

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  28. What a fantastic day Amy, how lovely to actually meet some blog friends. Thank you for sharing all your pics. Have a great week. Jane xx

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  29. Looks like you had a lovely day and nice to put faces to new friends...
    Amanda xx

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  30. It looks like you all had a great time! :o)

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  31. How awesome that you got to meet all these lovely bloggers in person! Looks like you had a fantastic day. Too funny about calling everyone Mel...guess what my nickname is? ;-)

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  32. That looks a fantastic day out with so many fellow bloggers! Sarah x

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  33. What a fantastic day you had, Amy! xx

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  34. Amy what fun day you had!! SOunds lovely and all of you go to take tea!! Lovely!
    I love Jo's skirt !! Thanks by sharing all these lovely pictures!
    Well done AMy!!!
    xoxox

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  35. It sounds like a lovely time was had by all - so many beautiful faces! It's so nice that you all got to meet up and visit the beautiful shop, park and restaurant. xo K

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  36. Oh Amy what a wonderful day out! I am so glad Gilly organised it too as now I get to share in the fun by reading your post and seeing the fab photos of your day. Such a great idea to have a meet up, you will have to make it an annual event. And thanks for listing the blogs, I have not visited them before, except Gilly Makes and Emerald Cottage. Can't wait to get browsing now.

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  37. Amy, what a fun time all you ladies had! How nice so many of you could get together and enjoy such a day visiting and having tea and shopping. Thanks for sharing. xx Pam

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  38. Oh what fun! You ladies are very lucky to have met & spent a lovely day together!

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  39. I think that collective name for bloggers is perfect! I would have loved to join you all and share in the fun - apart from the tea drinking as I am very unrefined like that! Instead, I shall simply admire the stories and the images you share from afar.

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  40. This is just the best!!! A grand time to have met one another!! I know so many fantastic people through blogging and my hope is to one day meet up with all of you just like this! It would be awesome! This post put a huge smile on my face Amy! Happy week lady! Nicole xoxo

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  41. How lovely, and must to admit to missing the bloggers I met whilst in UK. Will catch you soon with an email. Having trouble blogging due to life getting in the way. Take care Amy. BTW< think I may crochet the same way as you, so don't worry about it.

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  42. What a fun day! And wonderful photos to go with it.
    It's been said before, I know, but bloggers do make the best friends.
    Amalia
    xo

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  43. I'm so glad you all had a wonderful day, Amy and I'm sorry I couldn't be with you. I was lucky to meet Jane, Gilly and Mel last year at Shugborough and what lovely ladies they are. You look as if you are all having a great time - blogging is wonderful thing isn't it?

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  44. I crochet all wrong too, but that's the way I do it now, I don't think I could change very easily. It looks like a wonderful day, with all of you lovely ladies, I'm off to have a look at a couple of the blogs I'm not familiar with now. CJ xx

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  45. Oh my! Such a perfect day! Weather looks gorgeous and the area where you met looks absolutely fantastic. Tea and yarn shops, walking, chatting and gifting! Wonderful! Best wishes, Tammy

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  46. What a lovely day you all had, loved seeing the photos. I remember Jo's skirt - it looks fantastic!
    Caz xx

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  47. Oh wow that must have been a fab day! What a lot of talent must have been around that table at tea time xx

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  48. What a lovely day out, and at Stratford Upon Avon too.

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  49. How lovely Amy I'm so jealous I wish I could have joined you all. :) xx

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  50. What fun! I have heard of some of your friends' blogs. I'm going to have to visit and snoop. The cherry pins are delightful and I hope that you will do a tutorial. That would be sweet beyond words. (The crocheted skirt is beautiful.)

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  51. Wow - looks like you had a lovely day. It must have been so wonderful to meet so many people that you have lots in common with. I'm sure it was a bit like meeting up with old friends! Judy.

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  52. And sooo lovely to meet you at last too, Amy - what a delight it was, thank you for coming along and sharing in the fun. And thanks to your lovely hubby too for driving you all this way, I'm glad he could join us for tea too :-)
    You've captured the day perfectly, in words and in pics - happy memories to treasure. Ooh, and thanks for my oh-so-pretty cherries too - I love them :-)
    Hugs xx

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  53. Wow! Amy, this is wonderful! You all look like you were having a marvellous time, and I'm sure it was a blast. I had the pleasure of meeting 3 Canadian blogger friends, last year, while in my hometown of Toronto, and it was one of the highlights of my blogging journey so far. Thanks for sharing all the fun with us!

    xx
    Poppy

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  54. Wow, it sounds like the most amazing day, so many of you I would like to meet in person. I wish I lived across the pond to join in the fun. As long as you crochet the same way every time it can't be wrong, just unique.
    Hugs,
    Meredith
    Meredith

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  55. How lovely to meet other bloggers. I'm always a little jealous when I see posts like this!

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