The internet opened up a world for me that I’d always hoped existed. One where kindred spirits were not so rare. Meeting people online has brought me incredible gifts over the years; friends, business partners and even the love of my life.
When online people ask if I’d like to meet up I more often than not jump at the chance. What is the point of putting yourself out there if you’re not going to take the next step and connect? So today I’m headed West for some chatting and picture-taking with six lovely ladies and I thought you might like to meet them too.
As meeting up was Emma’s idea she has the honour of going first.
I’ve been reading Emma’s blog so long I can’t even recall when I first came across it.
Bradshaw & Sons is a blog filled with the joy of creating and the great outdoors.
Emma’s photography brings out the pleasures of childhood people often attribute to ages gone by. Camping, fishing, parties and cake baking; she and her boys have a ripping time.
Emma has inspired me in so many ways not least with her outdoor cinema nights. You should check out her gingerbread house download for some festive baking & making.
Lou is an illustrator whose blog is packed with beautiful treasures and finds mixed amongst the family stories.
Her shop is filled with prints, cards and ceramics – great for gifting (or self-gifting).
Lou is very much a community person and so often I go to comment on posts to see she was the first there. Her enthusiastic spirit draws people to her.
I have to admit that the majority of music I’ve downloaded in the last year or so has been thanks to a recommendation on Little Green Shed.
I secretly wish Catherine’s children and my children were friends so I could go to the wonderfully imaginative parties she throws for each of them.
I am constantly in awe of the creative ideas Catherine has for crafts and activities.
While this isn’t the most prolific blog (Catherine is busy with her Bristol eco cleaning business) each and every post is a treat.
I only get to meet one half of the nimble fingered, steady eyebrowed blogging duo tomorrow.
Laura (Steady Eyebrows) and Annie (Nimble Fingers) have been friends since they were teenagers and when Annie moved to the US they began a blog of alternate letters to each other.
Laura has joined us for two courses at Capturing Childhood so I have had the opportunity to get to know her in the last six months. I can’t wait to meet her in person.
Natalie is a baking extraordinaire. She can do whizzy things with buttercream and icing that make my mind boggle.
Lottie is a blogging veteran and Oyster & Pearl has been going for seven or so years now.
It’s a delicious mix of lifestyle and personal marked out by Lottie’s exceptional taste.
You will find scrumptious recipes, tempting finds and inspiring links. All wonderfully presented.
Wish me luck – I find meeting new people a little nerve-wracking! Now tell me; which bloggers are you dying to hang out with?