Friday, 8 June 2012

What a Blogging Party

On Wednesday, we were fortunate participants at a great bloggers gathering.  Many of my followers will have already read about this on other blogs, but for those of you who have not, here is "our version"!   The idea for the event came about when Martine, from Wishing I were in France contacted Susan from Days on the Claise; Martine said that she would be in the region for a short time on holiday, and if possible, she would love to meet up with a few of the bloggers in the area.   Susan generously offered to host a party, and with Simon's help, the result was amazing.  There were 16 adults and one child there, and what a great time we all had!   It is amazing that few of us had had much previous contact, but it felt as if we had all known each other for years and there was just masses to catch up with.  My personal regret was, that because there were so many of us, I did not get long enough to talk to everyone for long enough!
This is the 'official' group photograph, skilfully taken by Simon on timer, so he was in the photo as well.
We were a very international group and starting from the back row, left to right are Mats (Sweden), Simon (Anglo/Australian), Charles-Henri (France), Martine (Belgium), Gaynor (Wales), Antoinette (Dutch/American), Ken (USA), directly in front of Ken, Caroline (Belgium), Niall (Scotland), Nigel (England), Diane (Rhodesia/South Africa/UK), Florence and Alexander (Belgium) with the front row (seated/kneeling) Tim (England), Susan our host (Australia), Walt (USA), Vera (Sweden).

Susan kindly offered us a bed overnight, as we had the longest distance to travel; this was fantastic as it meant we could enjoy the company, have a drink and relax without worrying that we had more than a 2 hour drive home afterwards.   The food was wonderful and everyone supplied a dish, so it meant that the culinary effort was spread.
I should have stood a bit further back - there was a large joint of beef off to the right and two yummy chickens on the left. For the full panorama, take a look at the photo on Ken's blog!
Martine and Ken catching up with some news.
Antoinette, Niall, Martine and Walt.
I have no idea what Walt was up to with his glass of wine here that caused all the laughter.
Wow, just look at those desserts, yum yum.  I might add that I ate far too much, but how could you not try a bit of everything?
Simon, Charles-Henri, Martine and Susan.
We really had a fantastic day and it was thrilling to meet so many bloggers, all on the same day.  Thanks Martine for the suggestion, and a big thanks to Susan and Simon for arranging it all, and of course for having us to stay overnight

For those who would like to read some of the other blogs that I have not linked to above, here they are :-

Susan and Simon run a tourism business, which provides stylish guided tours of the Loire region; see their business site HERE.


For 'My Life before Charente' see HERE  updated 8 June 2012 

118 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing the photos. I saw a few on Ken's blog, too. It's nice to see what everyone looks like, after hearing so much about them or seeing their name on comments in various blogs. I now realize I was mixing chm up with a blogger I follow with similar initials. Anyway...looks like a good time was had by all!

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  2. Wow ... that was indeed a great gathering of Bloggers - I wonder if there's a Guinness record for this type of meeting?

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  3. How fun. It's so wonderful to meet other bloggers and to be able to visit with them in person. Most often they are just as you expected them to be and just like their blog. Once in a while I've met someone who was different than I had thought.

    Great photos and thanks for taking us along Diane. I just got back from a blogger party and we had a splendid time too.
    Sam

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  4. wow, what a nice get together, wonderful idea from my compatriots !
    anni

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  5. I'm totally envious of your good luck meeting up with so many people all in one place!

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  6. What a fantastic gathering. How nice that you were able to meet with so many bloggers and enjoy a lovely night out.

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  7. Your right Diane "What a blogging party" !! how wonderful that you got to meet up with all these bloggers. The feast looks fantastic too.

    Great for you that Susan and Simon put you up for the night , you could relax and enjoy more of the evening.

    I see you mentioned Gaynor, I think it was this Gaynor that left a lovely message on my blog the other day.. she has been reading my blog for a while but not always commenting, which is fine.

    Well done to Martine to suggest this fab get together ...Walt has already told me he met you and Nigel, I left a message for him on facebook. I haven't met him, but Leesa from Paris has, and Barbara from Paris has met Susan and Simon I think. Small world is blogging. :-) xx anne

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  8. What a wonderful time you had - wish I could have been there - so many of my friends in one place at the same time !!
    It seems a shame that you came all the way to withing spitting distance of our house but we didn't meet ..... c'est la vie !!

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  9. That does look like a great time. I always think I should do the same here... there are so many of us around the NYC area... would be fun to put it all together!

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  10. Hello Diane:
    Well, each version that we have read seems to match each other for enthusiasm so we have definitely come to the conclusion that a really good time was enjoyed by all. Such a strange experience meeting bloggers in the real world but, one just knows, and here is living proof, that all will be great fun when it happens.

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  11. Hi Diane! What a fabulous time you must of had meeting such a large group of fellow bloggers! Gorgeous photos:) Hope you are keeping well!
    ~Anne

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  12. Meredith, we had a wonderful time, it was a fantastic idea and we have Martine and Susan to thank for getting it altogether. Keep well Diane

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  13. Graham there are so many different records nothing would surprise me, I am sure it is in the Guinness Book of records :-) Diane

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  14. Sam it is amazing how we all got on so well together. I really felt like I had known everyone for moons. It was a great day. Diane

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  15. anni you are right it was a wonderful idea. We had a ball. Diane

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  16. Rosaria it was such a great idea of Martine's and Susan's, I am lucky to have been invited :-) Diane

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  17. Joyful we so appreciated the offer of the bed for the night, it just made the whole day so much more enjoyable for us. Diane

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  18. Anne as you say it is a small world, so many bloggers in one place and not from a big town or city, amazing.

    We were so grateful to Susan for the offer of staying over, we were not looking forward to the drive home afterwards. It just made all the difference to our fun day. Diane xx

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  19. Oh how I love meeting fellow bloggers and reading about others who have met!! Lovely photos of the gathering. So often I forget to take many pictures, and I know how you feel not wanting to miss any time visiting with everyone!

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  20. Jean we will meet again some time. There is so much to see in that area and we only had a very small taste of it on our return trip. Martine was so thrilled to meet you and see your house. It was a great event but a pity you missed it, also Leon and Sue. Diane

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  21. lostpastremembered I can highly recommend a gathering like that. You should try to arrange one locally. We had lots of fun but it was all too short. Diane

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  22. Jane and Lance, I find it hard to believe what a whole new world has opened up to us through blogging. I have met several bloggers now, but this party was very special and it was all thanks to Martine ans Susan that it happened. We had a really fun day. Diane

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  23. Anne, fabulous is the right word, we had a really great time and we were so happy to be invited to join in. Diane

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  24. I have read about this gathering on Gaynor's blog. The food looks superb and it looks as if you had a fantastic time together.

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  25. Lyndsey, I know the feeling, you are having such a great time or enjoying the food that the camera gets forgotten temporarily :-) Diane

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  26. cheshire wife, I think if you read French blogs you may get many different versions of this get together but I think we all agree we had a great time. Thanks for the comment. Diane

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  27. WHAT A GREAT GATHERING DEAR DIANE, IT SEEMS IT ALWAYS HAPPENS WHEN BLOGGERS GET TOGETHER IT IS LIKE MEETING OLD FRIENDS, I'M HAPPY TO READ YO HAD SUCH A GREAT TIME, I'LL GET A LOOK AT THE OTHER BLOGS. HAVE A NICE WEEKEND

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  28. How wonderful to meet all those people in real life that you have met via blog land. Looks like you all had a really lovely day. x

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  29. That looks like an excellent choice of food. I'm very impressed that the bloggers of France are so organised. Sounds like a good time to me.

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  30. Oh Diane, more fun! Another meeting up with blogger party. Everyone seems having a fantastic time.
    Enjoy & have a great weekend.
    Blessings
    Kristy

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  31. You are so lucky to have met so many bloggers from so many different parts of the world. It looks like everybody enjoyed themselves.

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  32. Wow what a get together from so many different countries. That must have taken some organisation. I went to one in Sydney some years ago. It is great how you instantly feel like old friends.

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  33. It was nice to meet the both of you, Diane, after all this time! I have no idea what I was doing with the wine glass at that moment... perhaps some feat of balancing skill... nah. :)

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  34. Wasn't it a fantastic afternoon?

    We enjoyed meeting you and i'm sure there will be opportunities in the future to continue of conversations.

    In the meantime the conversations are digital ...

    Best wishes to you and Nigel and I hope you enjoyed your return visit to Angles. I could live there ...

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  35. Pamela it was an amazing gathering, we really had a good time and it was so nice to put live faces to the blogs that we read. Diane

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  36. Karen it was great and yes it was good to meet all these people that before we only knew via their blogs. A good time was I think had by all. Diane

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  37. Phil it was very organised and we did all have a great time. It was a very special day. Diane

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  38. Kristy, yep more fun and a great day. We really enjoyed it. Take care Diane

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  39. Words Of Deliciousness we also thought we were lucky and it was so good to be invited to the party. We loved every moment of it. Diane

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  40. Walt judging by the number of empty bottles we helped Susan and Simon clear away, I could believe that you were capable of anything by the time that was taken LOL. It was great fun and we loved meeting everyone. Diane

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  41. Gaynor it was really great to meet you and yes I am sure that we will catch up again in the not too distant future.

    There are mseveral places similar to Angles that I look at and think how beautiful they are, but living there would be quite different. Too many hills to cycle on and too many tourists. I love our quiet little hamlet and we can chose to cycle hills or fairly flat when we want to.

    Take care and we will keep in touch until we meet up again. Diane & Nigel

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  42. You should try Osso Bucco, but probably not the weather for it right now for you!

    So good to hear about your blogger get together! Glad you all had a good time!

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  43. Wonderful friendly meeting!
    The way to go!
    I just came back from Spain where I met up with 2 blogger friends!
    Seems you had much fun and far too many delicacies to choose from... or not to choose... try it all! LOL!!
    Enjoy your WE, Diane!

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  44. Oh how fun, a bushel of bloggers coming together like long lost friends. And looks to be good eats too.

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  45. How awesome!
    Those desserts look pretty and tasty.

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  46. what fun. I've had the opportunity to hang out with fellow bloggers several times and it always feels like old home week. But you managed to choose the ones that make the best desserts! Bravo!

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  47. Cate the weather is rubbish here at the moment and Osso Bucco would probably go down very well :) Diane

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  48. Noushka the food was superb we were really spoilt!! It was a great get together. Diane xx

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  49. Gaelyn we had a fantastic day and I gather it is a bleet of bloggers, but I guess any word that fits the bill will do. Antoinette came up with a scriven of bloggers. Diane

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  50. Auntie Bliss those desserts were out of this world :) Diane

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  51. Delana you are so right those desserts were just the best ever :) Diane

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  52. Diane I have just enjoyed a lovely catch up, it is so brilliant that so many bloggers got together in the real world.

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  53. Superbe cette rencontre. Le web est fait pour rapprocher les personnes il joue vraiment son rôle! Merci pour vos commentaires en français, les progrès sont fantastiques!
    Bonne fin de semaine à vous!

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  54. Linda we were so lucky to be invited to this get together, we met so many lovely people. Diane

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  55. Lucie, Ce fut une rencontre superbe. Merci pour votre commentaire, je tente! Bonne journée, Diane

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  56. Everything looked wonderful, as usual..and what fun..Meeting bloggers. Amazing how bloggers become friends..since everyone has so much in common. Glad you all got together, it looked like a great time.
    xoCarolyn

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  57. Ola you are so right the food was yummy :) Diane

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  58. how fantastic for you all to meet up - it's surprising and lovely that there is such a connection between bloggers - it really is a community!
    Mary x

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  59. Carolyn what amazes me is that you are meeting people for the first time and yet you feel like you have known them for years, just a bit of catching up to do! Take care Diane

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  60. Mary Mum's Kitchen, the connection is amazing, I never knew what a wonderful world blogging was going to bring forth :) Diane

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  61. Oh that looks and sounds like it was so much fun. And all of that lovely food. What a wonderful day for you all. Thanks for sharing.

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  62. Les rencontres entre blogueurs sont toujours intéressantes et passionnantes.
    Une bien belle table!
    A bientôt

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  63. love this what a wonderful event so cool

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  64. Yummy! The food looks so delicious! Glad to see that you had an amazing time with other bloggers.

    Thanks for coming by Nilambur and the comments. I don't often go to Nilambur and so I don't have many more photos to post and just to keep it alive I am doing occasional postings. I am working on the Cruise Pictures mostly these days and I am planing to make it more informational blog than a picture blog.

    Thanks again for coming by!

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  65. Diane, such a grand event! amazing to be able to get that many people together. I've had the opportunity to meetup with several bloggers over the years, and it was always as though we had known one another for an extended period.. a whole new experience for us. Ain't life grand? ;)

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  66. What a wonderful meeting with such a beautiful feast! Just what I think about when I dream of France :)

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  67. Ellie it was fun and the food was brilliant. It was all thanks to Martine and Susan that it all happened. Take care Diane

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  68. Nadji Nous avons eu une merveilleuse journée. La nourriture était fantastique. A bientôt Diane

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  69. Rebecca you are right it was really cool, we had a great time. Diane

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  70. Sunish Sebastian the food was fantastic. I will take a look at the cruise blog as well as it is always interesting. Diane

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  71. Diana yes you are right 'Ain't life Grand' especially when you get to meet so many lovely people all in one day. We had a wonderful time. Diane

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  72. Olga this was such and international meeting with so many languages being spoken. Little Florence was chatting in 3 languages. What a great age to learn she will be fluent in all very soon. As for the food it was wonderful :-) Diane

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  73. You must have a lot of fun in this blogger gathering. I also going to join a blogger gathering soon..

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  74. Now that's the way to do it, looks like you all had a fantastic day. I know I'm not alone in thinking that most bloggers are the digital equivalent of pen pals so we tend to get on well when we do meet face to face.

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  75. What a great pleasure to see so many of my favourite blogger friends. Thank you for sharing the supe photos. Louise

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  76. what a fantastic gathering with bloggers all over!! and a nice spread of desserts there! i'm also looking forward to a small gathering with a few bloggers here next month.

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  77. Sounds like a great time with great people!

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  78. Hi Diane .. I knew I needed time to be here .. what a great gathering - so much fun .. and the whole thing looked just great .. delicious food and lovely French wine ..

    When I get out to France I'll definitely be in touch and ask you for some guidance ... especially for your area ..

    What a great idea .. sometime perhaps we can organise one in this little land of ours! Cheers Hilary

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  79. Sonia it was great meeting so many people all in one, the only problem was I did not have enough time to speak to each person :( Diane

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  80. Froggy it was a fantastic day and Susan really got it all together, she did a great job. You were the second blogger I ever met and I was surprised how we felt that we had known each other for ages, it still surprises me even now I have met quite a lot. We had a lovely day Take care Diane x

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  81. What a gathering! I'm sure you had a great time.

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  82. Louise thanks so much for visiting and I am happy that you enjoyed my photos. We had a great time. Hope to see you back sometime, take care Diane

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  83. Lena we were a very international group, I hope that you enjoy your meeting as much we did ours. Diane

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  84. Peggy we did have a great time, just not enough time to speak to everyone for very long! Keep well Diane

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  85. Hilary it was such a great idea of Martine's, and Susan taking up the job of being host was the final touch. It really is a great way to meet up if you can organise something like that over there, I recommend it.

    I am happy to give some guidance in this area of what to see, but I would probably have to go through my own blog to remind myself LOL.

    Take care Diane

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  86. Diane B sorry I missed an answer to you but you are right it was a great international get together. My sister in law is in Sydney but she doesn't have a public blog. As you say it is just instant friendship. Keep well Diane

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  87. JM it was a great gathering with so many languages being spoken but we all shared so much. Diane

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  88. What a fabulous party - A great idea and the food!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxx

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  89. What fun!!! I am so glad you had a great time meeting so many bloggers.

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  90. Diane, now I will visit the other blogs to get a feel for each of the guests you named. I think each of us who have actually met face-to-face a blogger friend has this joyous feeling. It seems as if we have been friends forever and finally meeting for real!

    I had un apero at my apartment in Paris last April and had nine bloggers join me. We even had a blogger from Australia (Julie) who was in Paris for about a month. It was a fabulous time together!

    Bises,
    Genie

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  91. It was great meeting you and Nigel and all our other blog friends. It's great to see all these photos on different blogs. I'll be posting about the party presently when I've sorted out all my photos. It has been a fun and full week in the Loire Valley, but this party was really the highlight of my stay!!! Martine

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  92. Diane it was a great idea and as you say the food.....yum yum. t'other Diane

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  93. Genie I also met Australian bloggers a couple of weeks ago who sadly were in Paris during the party so they missed it.

    Hope you enjoy reading the other posts, we all seem to have the same feelings. Easy to meet and talk to people who we have only previously blogged with.

    Take care Diane x

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  94. Martine thanks for having the idea and thanks to Susan it materialised. It was the highlight of our week as well. The dish washer was wonderful, you had nothing to worry about leaving us to clear up :-) Keep well Diane

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  95. This must really have been a fabulous event. It is always nice to connect faces to names and better still when you get to see them in person. I hope you had a great time. Blessings...Mary

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  96. what a great idea and the food looks just yummy! greetings from tulipland Nederland!

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  97. Jana thanks for the visit and the comment, lovely to 'meet' you.

    It was a great idea and it was so successful. I think it was enjoyed by all. Keep well Diane

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  98. It looks like a really nice day with some wonderful food. I'm so glad you were able to attend, and stay late enough to enjoy it!

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  99. Diane you have the most amazing social life :) what fun to meet so many bloggers at a party like this. An excellent idea! The food looks out of this world yumyum X

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  100. Mary as you say it is so good to put faces to names and everyone was just as I expected. It was a really fun day and I think enjoyed equally by everyone. Diane

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  101. Dolly we have been lucky over the past couple of weeks, what with meeting Leon and Sue from Ozz, then this very International group was wonderful. A blogging party is a great idea. As for the food, as you say yummy :)) Diane x

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  102. Marjie we were lucky with the weather, it has been foul recently but this was a warm and sunny day. The offer of an overnight bed made all the difference as we could have a drink and relax. Great day. Diane

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  103. What a great time you all had. The photos are great and the food looks amazing. It's a great idea to share the cooking, plus, that way you get to try new things.

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  104. Kerry we used to always have parties like that in S.Africa. We would have regular get togethers at different peoples houses, but we would vary each time in what dish we would take. It made it more interesting, made it easier for the host and we could have lots more parties :) We had a great time at Susan and Simon's home. Diane

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  105. Wow, so nice to meet everybody.:-) Hugs Stina

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  106. We do the same thing with my family. On a rotation basis, we take it in turns to be the host and the host chooses the theme and cooks the main course for the evening. The other 3 couples, depending on their turn, cook either the starter, accompaniments or the dessert. We've been doing this for years now and it's great fun x

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  107. Lilla it was very special meeting everyone, we had a great day. Stay well Diane

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  108. Kerry I only wish I had a family to do that with! We had a group of people also in S.A who were F1 enthusiasts. We would meet on the Sundays that there were races, and which ever country the race was at that was the theme for the day for the food. Great fun. Diane

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  109. What a fun time to meet all of these bloggers. So nice of Sandy to get it all together.

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  110. Becca it was actually Susan who put it all together and she did a great job. Hope all is well with you, take care Diane

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  111. Wow, that is nice way to meet up blogging friends! Love all the photos.

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  112. chubskulit it was a fantastic way to meet other bloggers, if you can get enough together in one place I highly recommend it. Tale care Diane

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  113. This is just too cool, love it! I can imagine what a great time you all had and good food too!

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  114. Pam cool is right, the food and company were both great. Diane

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  115. Look really fun! What lovely and nice party!

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  116. Gloria it was fun and we had a lovely day. A highly recommended way to meet bloggers. Diane

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