Blogging 101 | Part One

They say the best way to cure a fear of water is to throw yourself in at the deep end, so when I was invited to a Bloggers Weekend, I jumped with both feet!

It wasn’t until I was driving down the motorway with Becca that it struck me – I was spending the next 48 hours with 9 seasoned bloggers and I didn’t even have a blog!

Little did I know I was about to get a crash course in how to blog.

We pulled up to Ashley House and admired the charming cottage,  nestled away in the winding country lanes of Piddletrenthide.

Ashley House Piddletrenthide

Lesson 1 – fblogger? lblogger? bblogger?

After some wine and chat, we tucked into our pizzas and got to know each other better,  I learnt there are so many different kinds of blogger, Fashion, Beauty, Cookery, Lifestyle, the list goes on. The girls all introduced themselves and their little corner of the internet; Bess, Jenny, EllieHannah, Cheryl, Ibbs, Becca and Alice.

Cheryl won the interesting fact category hands down -Barack Obama follows her on Twitter!

We chatted away until the early hours when we could chat no more, tired and weary from our travels one by one we made our way to bed.

The next morning feeling a little groggy, it took some some strong coffee and sustenance in the form of Bacon Sandwiches and Nutella Smothered Crumpets to get us going. Ashley House Piddletrenthide

Once refuelled, we headed out of the door (as quickly as 9 girls can) in search of our first adventure – Lulworth.

Now, in true British style let me talk about the weather – Gale. Force. Winds. Herein lies Lesson 2. The Blog must go on! Not to be put off by the gusts of wind threatening to carry us off, we boldly climbed out of the car and headed off down the hill.

Lulworth Cove

 We wowed at the waves crashing over the cliffs

Lulworth Cove

 and tried our best not to get splashed

Lulworth Cove Lulworth Cove

 Cheryl, Becca and I scrambled up the hillside in search of the perfect view. The more perilous the better, right?

Lulworth Cove

Bournemouth Bloggers

Hold on to your hats!

Lulworth Cove

 Despite the grey skies the scenery was beautiful.

Bournemouth Bloggers

Lulworth Cove

 How idyllic is this Thatched roof Cottage?

Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove

We bundled into the Cove Inn for some shelter and something warm us up, orders were placed at the bar and we started to unwrap our layers and had a nose around the, admiring the  décor.

Lulworth Cove Inn

Lulworth Cove Inn

Lulworth Cove Inn

Lulworth Cove Inn

Its always hard to get your 5 a day in when your a busy blogger, so we leapt at the chance to try some local fruit, Lesson 3. The love of Freebies.

Lulworth Cove Inn

Flat White, my new favourite 🙂

Lulworth Cove Inn

We finished our coffee and braced ourselves for the outside, to be greeted by Blue Skies.

Lulworth Cove Inn

We jumped back in the car and headed off to Dorchester, belting out Beyonce the whole way – Who Runs the World? Girls!

Dorchester Countryside

We wandered down Dorchester High Street and found ReLoved,  a quirky Vintage shop with a Tea Room upstairs where all the waitresses are dressed up in 1950’s dresses with victory rolls and pinnies.

Reloved Tearoom Dorchester

My next lesson began to sink in as one by one the DSLR’s came out – Lesson 4. The Camera is King

Don’t get me wrong my beloved 4S has taken many a favourite snap, but as the shutters clicked away capturing the nooks and crannies of this quaint eatery my iPhone was struggling to keep up.

ReLoved Dorchester Tearoom

ReLoved Dorchester Bournemouth Blogger

A homemade chocolate milkshake helped to sweeten me up.

ReLoved Dorchester Bournemouth Blogger

How adorable is this Tea Pot?ReLoved-DorchesterOur food arrived and we all oohed and ahhed over the miniature swords in the burger and after we had enough Pics we dug in, it tastes as good as it looks!

Once we polished off our food, we set out to explore Dorchester, that’s when I saw it… the camera of my dreams, the Panasonic Lumix GF6 and it just so happened to be right next door to ReLoved  in a little shop called Wessex Photography, and it was on sale! It had to be fate, right?

Panasonic-Lumix-GF6

Say Hello to My Little Friend!

Back at the house it was girl time which = jammies, popcorn and romcoms.
Snuggled up by the fire watching Leap Day, I only had one romance on my mind and that was the epic love affair I was having with my new camera!

Popcorn

And that’s all for now folks!

x

 

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