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Weekend at Cybermummy – The Gallery

It’s Tara’s Gallery time and I’m joining in for the first time in ages, even though she plastered my baldy peahead all over her ‘blogger to blogger’  Powerpoint presentation at Cybermummy 2011 and made me weep. (Only joking, Tara. I was really touched that you picked my post).

I spent the weekend enveloped by the maternal behemoth that was Cybermummy. I wasn’t supposed to be going at all – money worries due to unemployment of the OH had put paid to my conference dreams and sponsorship didn’t seem like it was going to happen for me. I was resigned to watching it all unfolding on Twitter. Then out of the blue my lovely friend, Laura, pulled an enormous rabbit out of her hat and sorted my travel and accommodation. The ticket was procured at the very last minute and all was ready for the big event.

The travelling down in Cybermummy Car 6 with a bevy of excitable bloggers was an experience I will never forget. Our Santa Fe was a wonderful beast of a car, provided by Hyundai_UK, and the journey was long, ridiculous and totally unforgettable. I hope some of you managed to catch the Bohemian Rhapsody video at the Hyundai stall on Saturday…

I have to be honest. Cybermummy was professional and organised, and I enjoyed the sessions I attended and it was fascinating to wander around the sponsors’ stalls snaffling their wares. Whilst at the conference, I was lucky enough to get my hair styled by one of the celeb hairdressers, who gave me ‘Cat Deeley’ hair, but the most important thing for me was to meet the bloggers who have become friends over the past year or two.The social aspect of Cybermummy was what really twisted my melon. The thought of seeing porridgebrain, karamina, mumrablog, EnglishMum, tara_cain, rozzibee, cosmicgirlie (and countless others) in the actual flesh made my head pop. What was totally unexpected, but so welcome was the fact that because we’d done all our getting to know each other online, the awkwardness I often feel in social situations was virtually non-existent. We talked, laughed and decorated dildos like we’s known each other all our lives. It was a wonderful weekend.

The whole weekend got me thinking about the nature of friendship and what it means to be a friend on my return home. I have been fortunate throughout my life to meet like-minded (and not so like-minded!) souls and make friendships that I know will last a lifetime. This post is dedicated to one of these friends, the aforementioned Laura. Here she is at the weekend in all her gurning, gurgling, gin-guzzling glory…

Laura’s made the last seven years of my life brighter and fuller than she could know. I hope that the silly bugger realises what attending the Cybermummy weekend meant to me – I think she does…

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I received this lovely award from Kerry over at Kerry on Living and was moved to blushing by her kind comments. The idea behind the award is to spread a little loving into quiet corners of the blogging world and hopefully introduce readers to new and amazing blogs. I was grinning like a fool when I got my award! Thank you, Kerry, for my award – I am touched and grateful.

My mission, which I have accepted is:

1) Create a post on my blog and add the Liebster blog image.

2) Link back to the person who gave me the award and say if I accept.

3) Choose 3-5 of my favourite blogs, link to these in my post and tell these lucky bloggers that they’ve been tagged.

So, who to choose? There are so many blogs I visit and enjoy and it has been difficult, but here are my three picks:

The utterly delightful and talented Doodlemum, whose blog is a riot of fantastic drawings, documenting her everyday (and often fantastical) life with her children. I don’t think I can convey in words just how much I love this blog! The drawings are tender, funny and honest and I want one on my bedroom wall…

Jane @ How I Like My Coffee is an inspiration to me. She writes funny and intelligent stuff on her blog and takes some great photographs too. She’s got a wild leaping cat called Tao who is totally awesome and her writing always says something to me. Jane has leukaemia, but her blog is not a well of hideous cancer misery – it is life-affirming and I love it.

Suzanne over at Sky Blue Sea is a talented artist and makes beautiful things. I love her blog as her art and the way she writes about it has a nostalgic air and love just comes tumbling out of the pages as you read. She is warm and friendly and an all-round good sort. Get over there and check out her wares!

So there are my bloggy-loves. Please go and check them out and please spread a little blog love around yourselves if you’d like to.

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