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!
Lazy Daisy Jones
The Patchwork Robin
Sarah's Pigeonhole (but these days you will find her as Perfect Sarah on IG)
Three Stories High
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!
p.s. Why "A Confusion of Bloggers"? That is the collective noun agreed by Jane and Gilly!