Thursday, May 20, 2010
Malvern, The Lighthouse of Laughter
When I told my friends I was going to the UK to meet up with people I had never clapped eyes on before they were a bit bewildered and concerned as well. Even more so when they found out that I would spent the first night at Michelle's house whom I had also never ever met before. But what if she's a crazy person, my friends objected. Michelle? I said, hardly! But you don't know her. Well, I've never met her in person but you do get a feel of who someone is when you read their blog. So you're going to the UK to meet loads of people whom you've never met and also share accommodation with 5 other women whom you wouldn't know from a bar of soap either? I am and it will be alright, don't worry.
The next day (Friday) we all went to the Malvern Flower Show, it was the second show day for Helen, Michelle and I but the first for Ewa, Frances and Gail. It was a bit nippy though and Frances and Gail had to buy warm clothes at the show to prevent pneumonia. But regardless of the weather, we all had a great time at the show. There was so much to see and so much to do. Late in the afternoon Victoria arrived too. That evening we went to a party at Helen's. Helen: I thought maybe 8 people would come but it's much more than that, but am I bothered?
A fab time was had by all, we had a bit of a natter, then there was cake, utterly yummy cake baked by Helen's own fair hands, there was big lashes of laughter, an enormous mountain of food and a spot of group photo taking.
On the couch: Claire, Yolanda, Helen, Ewa and the other Michelle. In front: Frances, Sally and Victoria. But there were 2 more people there; Jane (Dobbie) and the Digger, alas no pic of them.
There was talking, laughter, lashings of tea/coffee, laughter, breakfasts, and did I mention laughter? There was even some light entertainment provided by Victoria.
What I haven't told you yet is that the bloggers at Malvern were sponsered by the Biscuit blog chaps, which was very kind indeed. Here are some of the biscuits that were so thoughtfully provided by them but some of it also by yours truly.
You can read all about the biscuit tasting here. Suffice it to say that due to all the biscuit munching, spraying of crumbs due to excessive laughter in the very bestest of companies, we all had a great time.
But then Sunday came, time to say goodbye as Ewa was going back to Birmingham by train, Victoria, Gail and Frances toddled off to London by car and I had a plane to catch back to Dutchland.
We could happily have spent at least another week at the Lighthouse and we were all a bit sad about our imminent departures but unfortunately there is never any Volcanic ash around when you need it.
The weather may not have been the best but to quote a world famous Dutch blogger: it may be cold and wet outside but inside we have nothing but sunshine.
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