Blogging for me started less than 2 years ago, it was a hobby that as it turned out I was reasonably good at. Over time it developed into my job too and I have love it.
What I have not loved about blogging is the fact that it is very insular and at times it’s as nice as it is to send a tweet or read a blog post .. it isn’t quite the same as developing a real life friendship with someone face to face.
Over the last year I have tried to go to as many blogging events as possible to strengthen and form new friendships and the formal ones set up by a brand or company are few and far between although tend to be excellent when I go, It’s the local meet ups that have been my saviour.
Here in Nottingham we have a really great bunch of local bloggers that cover just about every type of blog possible and I adore these ladies immensely but with just one meetup planned this Summer holidays when the ladies in and near Birmingham mentioned a meet up I jumped at the chance.
So last Monday I set of on the road trip to Birmingham with Joshua a picnic and a postcode for the car park and after 2 1/2 hours I was still driving round the centre of Birmingham trying to find the car park … to no avail.
I pulled over and stopped to put in the distress status update to the meet up’s Facebook page and thankfully decided to give it another drive past to see if I could find it going a different way and thankfully I found it! … once I’d parked I also found an offer of help from the lovely Anne from Raisie Bay. (thank you Anne!)
So finally we made it to the Thinktank Science Museum ready to visit Eastside City Park to have a picnic, catch up and watch our children make new friendships and cement previous ones!
The free park was great fun and I have to say it was not just the children that loved it.
After some much-needed picnic and some catching up the children scattered in million different directions and then started paring off and making smaller groups which was lovely to see.
At 3pm the Science Garden is opened to everyone instead of just people paying for the museum so we made the most of it and some of the little ones went swimming in the shallow water features (they were allowed) then tried out some great exhibits.
On the way home my little guy cried all the way .. he wanted to stay with this friends!
We had a fantastic at the meet up and it was so nice to catch up with Anne (Raisie Bay) Zoe (Mama Geek) Joy (Pinkoddy) Erica (92three30) and the lovely Christine from Mummy of 3 Diaries who I met for the first time …. along with a whole horde of children who were fantastic!
Photo Credit: Group photo taken via Zoe from Mama Geek