Saturday, 15 March 2008

Didn't we have a lovely day...

You've probably read all about it by now but yesterday six bloggy friends - Lucy, Lesley, Val, Jane, Lucy's big sister Ally (not blogging yet but under pressure!) and me - met up in London to go to the Country Living Spring Fair.

Val and I live quite close to each other so we drove down together as far as Cockfosters where we left the car to get the underground into town... we were both very excited and started getting text messages from Lucy on the way!

We stood around outside for about 30 seconds before Lesley and Ally found us (wearing our pink carnations!) and before we knew it Lucy arrived in a taxi amid much squealing and hugging and general excitment! (Jane had to work in the morning so she joined us later)

It was fantastic to meet for real and it was as if we had all known each other forever! In all the excitment I forgot to take any more photos so I don't have any of us all together but Lucy's friend took one which I'm sure she will share very soon! In true blogger's style there were lots of lovely gifts. Val gave us these fab mug cosies and genuine Dotty Cookies! I shared these with the boys when I got home but not before I got one first! Yummy!

Lesley had made us each a bag to carry home all our purchases... mine is fabulous (well, they all were!) and has been used again today!

And Lucy made us each a wallet. I love the fabric on this - it's gorgeous!

Look at those cute hedgehogs inside! And the fabulous spotty fabric.

And if that wasn't enough Ally gave us all chocolate...

Inside was not one but two egg laying bunnies! (I kept quiet about those and didn't share them... very tasty!)

Of course when we eventually went inside there was shopping too though I think we all would have been just as happy just sitting around chatting. But there were some beautiful things to see and buy so I did make a couple of purchases. We all bought these cute little handbag mirrors in vintage fabric cases from Acorn and Will - a stall laden with tempting goodies.

And another stall which caught all our eyes was The Polka Dot Pear Co. (no website yet) which had beautiful applique pictures made from recycled fabrics by Sharon Blackman. I bought these four cards which show some of the pictures. They were much more beautiful in real life.

So as you can see by all my enthusing and superlatives we had a fantastic super duper day and everyone was just as lovely as you might imagine. But then that's no surprise really because we all know how lovely bloggers are! We are all looking forward to the next time!


  1. Hi Gina! Wasn't it fun? I have almost recovered now from the sheer exhaustion of it all though! It was rather a long day for me! Feel free to copy the photo of you all from my blog if you want it - you all look so lovely on it and what is really amazing is that you were all as lovely as I had hoped (actually even more so)!!!! Can't wait to meet up again soon. Hope your mobile is coping today without multiple texts from mine - don't want it suffering any withdrawal symptoms after all! #

    Lucy xxx

  2. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who forgot to take pictures of anyone!!!

    It was so lovely to meet you Gina and I always knew you would be lovely :)

    My feet have only just stopped screaming and I'm ready to do it all over again!

    love Lesley xxx

  3. I knew you'd all have a fabulous time - it's been lovely reading about it!

    Looks like you got some nice things - I love those cards - gorgeous.


  4. looks like fun - I read about it on lucy's blog too - wish I'd been able to join you all - it does seem silly not to have gone up to the show as I live just outside London (not that part of London, of course) but I just couldn't see fitting it all into the 3-4 hours I'd have with the school day in session...

  5. Thanks for sharing your lovely day out. No wonder Lucy was exhausted, so much excitement! and goodies! :)

  6. Hi Gina, It was lovely to meet you yesterday. I'm sorry it was such a short time too but i did enjoy it. Thank you again for the lovely carnation we had many more lovely comments about them in the afternoon and missed you and Val very much. Can't wait until the next time we all get together. Love Jane x

  7. Wow, it sounds like a fun time was had by all, with loads of wonderful gifts being exchanged .... those fab bags Lesley made must have been full before you even got inside the craft fair!

    And I'm glad to hear that your carnations caused a stir!


  8. Hello Gina,

    Such a lovely day! Your photos are lovely - is that the outdoor cloudy day trick in action?

    See you very soon - and I hope you have recovered some of your energy by now!


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