Last weekend was the fourth Annual Bloggers Bash, which was held in London. It had been nearly a year in the planning and on Saturday morning a whole bunch of bloggers descended on the George IV pub in Chiswick.
The Bash is always the highlight of my year. I have been on the committee for the event this year and had been looking forward to it for months, so The Bloke and I decided to make a long weekend of it. We were so lucky – the weather was incredible and the hotel was within walking distance of the venue. Perfect. I travelled down on the Friday and had some personal time, treating myself to some peace and quiet in the gorgeous surroundings on Chiswick House and Gardens, which was just a few minutes away from the hotel. I was joined in the afternoon by Lorna and her husband, Neil, and then Shelley and I travelled back into central London for a committee meeting in the evening.
As always, it would need numerous blog posts to discuss everything that happened, so here are just some of my highlights from the Bash.
Shelley and I being referred to as Asterix and Obelix by one of the employees at our hotel after we had left the poor guy feeling completely bemused on more than one occasion (definitely a sign that I need to start shaving my moustache).
Geoff adopting a semi-smurf look this year and going with a blue beard instead of a purple one.
My huge Hugh hug. Can’t beat them. Best hugs ever.
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Geoff attempting to build our attendance numbers by mistaking a member of the public for a blogger and trying to give her a name badge and questionnaire. It turns out she was asking him where the toilet was. To be fair, she looked like a blogger, but it took me a while to stop laughing.
Meeting some of my online friends in person for the first time. After a year of talking with these girlies via a Facebook group, it was so nice to actually meet, hug and have a quick chat. I wish I’d had more time, but there’s never enough…
Watching other people meet for the first time. Linda’s surprise was fabulous. I love that every year.
Jo & Isa’s squeals when they won their award. I love it when that happens too.
Getting together goody bags for all of the attendees. This was the first year that we’d had them, and while it wasn’t pleasant dragging it all down to London, it made me happy to hand them out as people were coming in.
Annoying Linda, Deb, Mel and Jill by taking pictures of them while they were trying to eat their lunch in peace.
The wedding. We finished for lunch just in time to see Meghan appear and I watched it in the sunshine with Lauren, Shelley and Hugh while eating our food in the courtyard. The whole pub clapped and cheered when they were pronounced as man and wife. Lovely.
Deb’s genuine expression of joy when when received her award and certificate. What a smile!
The name tags that everyone wore – Shelley made sure that we had two for Harry and Meghan should they become bored with their wedding celebrations.
Ritu and Sacha’s presentations. Interesting stuff, although my head still hurts from all the info.
Cake. Cake is always a highlight.
The Greenstory Stone Notebooks that were given to the overall winners of each award.
Helen and I continuing an annual tradition – our yearly duck face picture. I’m not going to share it on here this time as in a previous year someone used it in all their promo of the bash across the Internet as it was the only picture they could find of us. Not the greatest look I’ve ever had, but fun all the same.
The gorgeous bookshop next door.
Discussing the Avengers continuity errors with Adam.
Chatting, chatting, chatting and more chatting. My voice had almost gone by the end of it.
Seeing the live reactions to the Facebook Live videos we filmed during the awards announcements.
Watching The Bloke take candid shots of the attendees. He had been to Kew Gardens with his new camera (he hears enough about blogging at home as it is), but I think it was a little too warm for him after a while and so he came back to the event and did some unofficial Bash photography for us.
Here are all of the people who attended the Bash – it would take me far too long to link to everyone individually. There were nearly 10,000 votes for the awards this year too, and here’s a list of the winners and nominees. A massive congrats to all of you – I’m so pleased for you.
Thats it for another year! Massive thanks to Greenstory for their generous sponsorship of the awards, and a special shout out to our Bash Champions who helped with promotion throughout the year:
The first six pictures were taken by me, but the rest were captured by The Bloke. Attendees have his permission to use them in their blog posts, as long as you credit him via his Instagram account http://www.instagram.com/duncanw68