The Bloggers Bash 2016

The Bloggers Bash. I’d been organised for months. The Bloke and I decided to turn the event into a long weekend away, so we arrived the day before and had a ‘Bloke and Suzie’s Day of Exploring London.’ Consequently, on Saturday morning I was knackered, but a combination of nerves and excitement meant that I had been awake for hours. The Bloke went off with his camera for the day and despite the fact I had already worked out my make-up and hair look, by the time Steve (Steve Says) arrived at the hotel to meet me for brunch I still wasn’t ready. And, I realised, I was wearing the exact same outfit as the year before.

Me and Steve, after i had managed to sort out my hair and make-up...

Me and Steve, after i had managed to sort out my hair and make-up…

Dammit. It’s a good job that my readers don’t rely on me for fashion advice…

My hotel was only a short walk away from the venue, so we arrived a little early and promptly stood outside as it appeared to be locked. Eventually, I rang Sacha, who told us to come on up, and it was only then that we realised that neither of us has actually bothered to try the door.

We were greeted by an already large group of people, full of hugs (I got the Huge Hugh Hug – try saying that after a couple of pints – that I had been promised), offers of cake (baked by the lovely Geoffle, who was sporting a rather fetching bright purple beard), and Ali (who had flown in from Ireland) registered us, gave us our name badges and pointed us in the direction of the bar. Perfect.

And what an awesome afternoon it was. I got the chance to catch up with people I met last year and I was introduced to many new ones in person that I have been talking to in the blogosphere for a while. With so many people involved, an explanation about every part of it would turn into an epic 5,000 word post, so here are just some of my highlights: Continue reading


The Annual Bloggers Bash: The Highlights!


And so it was that I found myself walking into the entrance of The British Library, ready to meet a group of bloggers for the Annual Bloggers Bash, which had been organised by the lovely Sacha Black and her committee – Hugh, Geoff and Ali. I had said goodbye to The Bloke, nervously smoked a cigarette and navigated my way through the hoardes of people on their way to Kings Cross Station. I had been looking forward to it, but inevitably had been anxious all morning, and the fact that I left it a bit late to get ready, had to redo my make up after poking myself in the eye with my mascara (although, I remembered to do both eyes this time) and spent twenty minutes curling my hair only for it to all promptly fall flat half an hour later due to the heat didn’t particularly help. Continue reading

An Awesome Day…

imageToday has been wonderful. Really wonderful.

I wouldn’t say that there was anything particularly special that happened as such. I went for a run with my friend in the rain, which was the longest distance I had gone in a while, I organised some clothes and washed a pile a laundry, I treated myself to a few new tops for Barcelona in Sept as I have been paid, I replied to lovely comments on the blog and I read some posts. The Bloke and I have watched television for the last few hours, and he has now gone to bed as he has got to be up early in the morning for work. Continue reading

It’s Over – Summer Begins Here!

imageI can’t actually believe it. After months of a proverbial roller coaster ride consisting of the highest of highs, followed by the lowest of lows, it’s done. I was feeling a little bit rough after going out with my colleagues and indulging in cocktails for the second night in a row, but I gave my leaving speech, gratefully accepted lots of lovely cards and gifts, said goodbye to my form and staff and did my final performance with the most talented group of students I’ve ever had the privilege of working with.

Ok, it’s not quite done, I still have to go in on Monday to tidy up my classroom and hand everything in, but to all intents and purposes, the summer, and the start of my new life, begins here. Continue reading

Alternative Oscar Highlights

I didn’t watch the Oscars last night – it was shown on Sky, which I don’t have, and so I followed it through Twitter and online videos and updates.

The were several highlights that I could discuss – Jennifer Lawrence’s ability to stay upright, Sandra Bullock’s stunning dress, Jarod Leto’s moving speech, the fabulous vocal performances from Pink and Idina Menzel and, of course, Ellen DeGeneres’s hilarious hosting skills. However, these were some of the things that made me smile throughout the night.

Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs U2 on the red carpet


Brad Pitt scarfs pizza that was ordered by Ellen DeGeneres during the ceremony (and I’m slightly concerned about the boob that looks like it is about to pop out in the background)


A national newspaper decides to rename the most famous song from ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – I’m sure ‘Somewhere Over The Window’ will be just as popular as the original…


And finally, courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres… The greatest selfie ever!


What about you guys? What was your favourite Oscar moment? You can also find me on Twitter and Tumblr @suzie81blog

WordPress Family Award

I’ve been incredibly lucky to receive a plethora of awards over the last few days. I’m working through them I promise and I wanted to say a massive thank you for your encouragement and support. 
This awesome award was given to me by Richard Dankers. His poetry and photographs are fabulous, and if you get the time you should check his blog out – I love it! 
I have my favourite blogs that I nominate regularly and have already got lined up for some of the other awards I’ve received, so I’ve decided to do something a little different with this award and use it to welcome some of the newer bloggers to Suzie81. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they are new to blogging – some are very established with a large following – they are just new to me.
Here are the rules:
Display the Award Certificate on your blog.
Announce your win with a post. Make sure you post a link back to me as a ‘thank you’ for the nomination.
Present 15 awards to 15 deserving bloggers.
Leave them a comment to let them know after you have linked them to a post.
Post 7 interesting things about yourself.
These are my nominations for the ‘WordPress Family’ award. I enjoy these very much.
2. ShuGar Love
3. Sam’s Happy Ever After
4. The Fairytale Traveler
5. LauGraEva
6. Lovinchelle
7. Abbbz
8. Baby boy and Ms Kitty
9. Mara
10. Ray
11. Georgia
12. Smilingbug
13. Tasneem
14. Olivia
15. Phil Taylor
Seven interesting (?!) things about me:
1. I have a brown belt in karate.
2. At one point I was contemplating becoming a competitive swimmer – I trained with a team that prepared swimmers for Olympic potential.
3. I have a film obsession.
4. I used to own a 17 hand horse named Candy.
5. I played badminton for my local county.
6. The Bloke doesn’t know that I have a surprise meal at a posh restaurant booked for us when we go away next week.
7. I have seen Bon Jovi in concert five times.
Hope you all have a fabulous day!!