Monday, March 7, 2011

Blogapalooza in Provence

There is a little known physics theory that states when too many bloggers exist within a particular radius, irresistible centrifugal forces will build forcing the bloggers together at the vortex's centre.

Happily, that happened here in Provence this Saturday. Seven English-speaking bloggers, including me, met for lunch in Aix-en-Provence, and I'm happy to report I had a great time (hope they did too!)

Sweet Aidan was the instigator of the meeting, and it was so lovely to finally meet her in the flesh. Another blogger I'd followed for a while, Sara Louise (and her husband Brad Cooper*) were there too. Best of all, I got to meet some new folks and find out about their blogs: Tanya, Charley, Piglet and fellow Aussie B.

Some spoke French fluently, some did not; some had French husbands, some did not - we had plenty to talk about and that we did over a lovely meal.

The food, you know I meant to photograph the food but completely forgot with all the gas-bagging. There was duck risotto, salmon pasta, warm goat's cheese salads and veal. Not to mention the all-you-can-eat carpaccio platter, one of which Mr Cooper devoured in two forkfuls and went on to enjoy another three platters (apparently 7 is the record to beat).

Platter No. 3

The bread basket. All that was left by the time I remembered to pull out the camera.

A picture of Roman lingerie for Keith

Everyone looking happy after a fab meal. 

Thanks so much to Aidan for organising the occasion and to all those who came - it was so wonderful to meet you!

On Sunday, Aidan and her lovely family came over to our house for morning tea so that our kids (who are similar ages) could get together and have some fun.

It was a glorious day and before we knew it the kids were wrestling on the trampoline while the adults quietly slid into a few beers and a cheese platter.

What can I say? Provence can do that to you.

*Not really, but he's a dead ringer. And even better, he's French.


deedee said...

Oh, how I wish I'd been home this weekend. I would have loved to join you all. Maybe next time?

Marg said...

Sounds like an all round great weekend!

Eva said...

Looks and sounds like a lot of fun! :-) We did some spring cleaning ... Helsinki can do that to you ... ;-) :-P

Tanya said...

Oooh...we had such a good time! It was great meeting you in the flesh and actually hearing your voices and not just reading your words.

Lovely photos too!
Until the next time...

Aidan said...

Thanks so much for yesterday. Everyone had a wonderful time...esp the mari who kept saying how nice it was to meet ton mari.
but, seriously? do i really look like that? i'm going to do what you did and hide in the back next time.
you're the best K!
xo a

Sara Louise said...

The Husband is going to be very chuffed with all this Bradley Cooper talk. Might even be enough to make Honey Jr jealous!
Fantastic fun meeting you, you're a riot! Looking forward to next time :-)

B said...

I knew your camera would take spiffy photos!

It was so lovely to meet you - and everyone else, we will have to do it again soon methinks.

xx B

PigletinFrance said...

Great photos Kirsty and lovely to meet you on Saturday and now discover your blog! Hopefully we'll meet again soon!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

HI I just called over from Aidan's blog .. and Piglet in France .. How wonderful that you all got together .. I went on a Bloggers/expat meet/lunch in Paris .. I live near Oxford .. All arranged by a blogger in Paris .. Stayed a week and met with fabulous ladies , and now we are all best friends and they come to England and I go to stay with them.

Anonymous said...

Ahhh so sad I wasn't able to make it this time, but looking forward to the next already. Happy to have found your blog though. xx

Anonymous said...

You took the most pictures of anyone. We were all so excited and having fun, we neglected our normally foremost duty! Hey, BTW, niiiiice quilts. I am going to pass your blog along to two quilters I know. Great to meet you, you cracked me up, hilarious.


diana said...

I so wanna know wich one are you :D

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