Monday 4 June 2012

FQ Retreat - (Some of) The People

I barely know where to start here. Maybe with an apology to all the people who had to listen to me all weekend because I never shut up. Sorry! I was just so thrilled to meet everyone face to face that the desire to get all the words out I could in the short time available sort of took over. I will leave those of you who weren't there to just imagine the verbal carnage that followed.

The people? Well, I thought everyone would be nice but didn't imagine just how nice. Picture your favourite bloggers and then make them better. That is the best way I can describe it. Apologies to those I didn't get a photo of because I was too busy talking to remember to reach for my camera too. First up - the Brit Bee group. Wow! Younger, more stunningly beautiful, funnier and nicer than my wildest imaginings.

Here's Laura Jane,
the youngest and most glamorous
of all those who attended the retreat.
And my roommate, for which I thank her so much,
because she is the best!
Saturday night a huge group of us went out for dinner together.
The three most visible here are Hadley (flipping a finger at me -
yes she really is that camera phobic, but so funny and nice despite that quirk),
Kat (exactly like you expect her to be in the very best of ways, and I was so pleased
to meet her face to face - just wish she didn't live in Australia!),
and Cindy (who is even nicer in person than she is online
which is hard to believe but incredibly true).
Judith - who is unfortunately stepping out of Brit Bee due to other commitments,
and who was one of the few people who was not as I imagined.
Because I thought she would be quite serious.
And she isn't. She is vivacious, funny and fabulous.
Laura with Katy - who will be stepping into Judtih's shoes for year two of Brit Bee.
Katy was just like I imagined. Bubbly, funny and friends with everyone.
Sarah was at dinner but she might be even more
camera shy than Hadley!
And you wonder why she is camera shy because she might just be
one of the most photogenic people I've ever met.
Meeting Sarah was so good.
Because she has become one of my best bloggy friends over the past year.
Now I can call her a real life friend too (I hope - if she lets me)!
Here you have Emily and Lucy.
Emily wore her selvedge skirt on Sunday and it is incredible.
I had run out of memory on my camera by then unfortunately!
Lucy was fab, and another that was more glamorous than I had imagined.
I wish there had been more time to spend with both Emily and Lucy.
Next year?!
Three more wonderful ladies.
Helen, Di and Nicky.
Nicky I already knew and loved having met last summer.
Helen was so friendly and lovely and we want to go visit Annabella.
Di was great and I know got on with everyone because
they kept coming up and telling me how great she was.
(Just thought she would like to know that!)
Left to right - ?, Leanne, Judith, Shevvy and Jenny.
Leanne I got to know before the retreat when she came to my house.
She is just great! Still in total awe of her talent with modern quilts.
Shevvy I was so happy to meet. Instant rapport plus we have the same love of food too.
Jenny was the quiet Brit Bee this past year as she has been busy finishing her degree.
So it was great to meet her and find she was enthusiastic, bubbly, friendly as all get out
and I have now forgiven her for making me quilt my self portrait because she was so nice.
Not a great photo but in the foreground we have Di and Terri.
Terri is blog free but we are pushing her to just get on with starting one.
Then she will have a legion of followers because she is hysterically funny.
Di was a new addition to our blogging circle and I am so pleased
she is a part of it because she very much belongs.
Such a lovely person.

We had two special guests at our dinner that night.

Jack - one of Katy's hand made bears.
He is prefect, though he had more wine than I did!

And Rhonda came too!
Though she looked more than a little fed up with all my talking.

Rhonda took shelter from the rain under the tree outside the restaurant.
But she did seem to be slightly insomniac that night.
Hope she eventually got some sleep.
Full credit must go to Rachel for Rhonda attending the retreat.
It was her idea and she made the cut out.
Plus she was a pleasure to meet in person and
another I wish I had more time to chat to over the weekend.

Loads more to tell you but I will post this first. There are so many people I didn't get photos of - even at the dinner on Saturday night. Apologies if I didn't - it isn't because I didn't want to, but only because I didn't pay attention to who was in what shot until I got home.

I have to go out and help the PTA today. At least it is not raining (at the moment) so hopefully the village Jubilee/Summer Fete celebration won't be a wash out. Though the way the weather has turned once again the chance of hypothermia might be on the cards.



  1. Morning lovely!
    Did I get to speak to you??
    It's all a big blur and I still have so much to unpack. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. You are so good to have taken photos of people and remembered who they are! I barely took any. Lovely to meet you, see you next year....

  3. It's so good to be able to find out who everyone is!! Are you shattered?!

  4. Thanks for sharing your photos! Looks like it was a blast! The biggest disappointment for me was reading that Annabella wasn't able to make it! I guess the table runner still hasn't found it's way home?

  5. I'm so jealous. It looks like a lovely time was had by all. I want to hear all about the courses you took too!

  6. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. It is a real thrill to finally meet blog friends in person

  7. My ears are ringing from the silence... i miss your babbling!

  8. Oh this looks great! Thanks for sharing this wonderful pics and giving some blogs faces! It must have been an amazing weekend :)

  9. Hope the fete goes well today and you aren't too soggy by the end of it all.

    Its fab *meeting* everyone through the Retreat pics :0)

  10. So, when do we meet up in London? Told you I'd out do you in the talking department! Way too much fun was had this weekend! X

  11. Great post! I've so been waiting for all the retreat posts so I can see what I missed!

  12. It was lovely to meet you too Susan, and I'm sorry we didn't get longer to chat - but hopefully we will meet again next year? Great photos, that last one of Rhonda really made me giggle!
    R xxx

  13. OMG probably as well I wasn't there too because people tell me I could talk for England!! We would have made a right pair! So glad you enjoyed it, thanks for sharing so we can all enjoy it a bit too! Hugs.

  14. Thanks for taking lots of photos it's almost as good as being there. Pfffft, who am I kidding, it sucks that I wasn't there.

  15. It was fabulous to meet you and so many other bloggy friends on Saturday. It was an amazing day for me and I am so hoping they do it again next year!

  16. Looks like you all had a fabulous time.

  17. Glad you are home safely and your photos are great. I hope you all have a fun day.

  18. I can't believe you managed to take so many photos, I didn't take nearly as many as I had intended to so it's great to see everyone else's cropping up and thank you for finally forgiving me, I hope to be much more chatty this year!

  19. Great pics of Rhonda Suz! It's an awfully long wait til 2013! Jxo

  20. Green with envy, it sounds fab! Glad you had a ball :-)

  21. glad it was great .............maybe next year !! for me .

  22. Sounds and looks like you had a fab time after I had to leave x

  23. I really, really, really enjoyed meeting you, chatty Susan :) It was so fantastic to spend real life time with you. xx

  24. All just looks so fab! I am so happy you all had such a wonderful time, because this means FQR will hopefully become an annual event & I can come next time Yay!!!!!

  25. Great photos - so lovely to see everyone!!

  26. thanks for my virtual introduction to all my favoriy=te people. Such fun, I am sure.See you next year!

  27. i am so glad i got to visit with y'all. it was lovely i am sure. Rachel rocks. i really appreciate you guys including me.thank you thank you thank you .you guys rock.

  28. Such an amazing weekend & so lovely to have finally met such talented & creative folk....hope you're not too exhausted!

  29. So glad you had such fun and wonder when the Canadian version wil occur!

  30. yay, thanks for sharing the photos. So great you've had such a wonderful time.

  31. lovely photos! loving all these retreat posts. I really want to be there next time if there is anotherxx

  32. It was really nice to meet and chat with you too. You have some great photos there and dinner was a lot of fun. Di x

  33. Aaaah wasn't it fun? Loved meeting you and the other gals...and hope we get to see each other next year at the latest! Thanks so much for the dinner invite on Saturday - Di and I had a great time!!

  34. Oh dear god, you forgot 'chunky' with my description! Note to self, lose 1 1/2 stone by next year! Twas fab to meet you too :o)

  35. There are quilt a few people in there that I know of too. How wonderful to be able to hug them in the flesh!

    From everything I've read it sounds like you guys had an awesome time. Im totally pea green with envy!

  36. Great post - especially the bit about me!!!! How did I miss Rhonda though?

  37. yes next year! Definitely for sure! Why did it go so fast :( xx

  38. Argh! I'm so jealous! I wanted to be there!


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