What a weekend!  Proof that virtual friendship can be the perfect platform for good, old-fashioned face-to-face friendship.  I had already tested this theory once before with the lovely Caroline, but one swallow doesn’t make a summer, so it was with some trepidation that I booked in a weekend that included a trip to Innocent and a tweet-up in Reading.  It couldn’t have turned out better, on all fronts.

Details of the tweet-up have already been covered by others,  so I won’t repeat, but here’s my synopsis:-

Laughter / Chat / Food / Drink / More Laughs/ Rats / Sovs / Chav dance / Complaints / Politics / Tea

Notice the word sleep does not appear….. nuff said.

The morning was spent with the lovely folk at Innocent Towers. I’m going to hand over to my guest blogger for this bit, but I will just say thank you for a lovely day, and if you’ve noticed a sharp upturn in the numbers of people scouring your job opps section, it’ll probably be all of us who visited on Saturday. 😉

Over to the Boy Wonder now….(P.S This is a transcript of his notes of the day, some of the spelling is a little ‘inventive’) (P.P.S Apols for the lack of photography- my phone died on the train in.  The BW put it down to over-tweeting – 8yos are annoyingly perceptive)

Getting There

“Brilliant!” “Fantastic”

This was the day I was going to London to go to Fruit Towers.

I was so exited, I was going with my mum and NO anoying sisters! I jumped out of bed dashed downstairs had my breakfast, wooshed back upstairs and got dresed! I was going on my first train since 5 years!

I picked Polo my toy polar bear up and slid down the banster.

I hoped in the car and waited for evryone else, finally they came.  Dad drove me and mum to the train station.  I was so woried I was going to drop Polo or fall off the train! Here it came the train, I hoped on and went right to the back,  In a couple of minutes it was our first stop, not many people went off.  We started again, we went pased lambs and cows through short tunels and long tunals.  Finally we came to our second stop, more people came off and some came on.  We started agin we went faster and faster until an anostment was made – we would be stopping in a couple of minutes.

We stopped. A few people came off, then we started.

Eventuly we got to London.  We took more than 6 trains to reach our destinashon.  We jumped of the train and ran out the EXIT. We walked along the pavement until we got to Braken Bery road, we walked down there and turned right.  I saw a person in a smoothy suit!! I dashed towards him, he gave me a high five! We entered the factory, it looked orsome!

I walked towards the computers, I tried out a game, I was quite good at it.  I looked at the activeaties and I decided to make a bird house.  It was really fun.  I decorated it with chicks, I hung it up to dry along with the others.  Then a ladie came over and said it was our turn to make a smothe! We went into the kitchen.  They gave us some aprons (in fact I’m still wearing mine!). Then we got started.  I chose a banana and strabery one! The ingredients were – 7 straberys, half a banana, apple juce, orange juce and 2 or 3 drops of betroot.  We even got to lable them!

After that I got my face painted, I got it as three straberis! Then I made three hats, mine was a strabery, the other to were grapes for my sisters.  At one point a lady who worked there asked to take a photo of me!

Evently we left, I could smell lovly smells evrywere.  Now our destionashon was Pangborn.  It took us two trains to get to Reading, we had a little snack in the middle!  When we left reading we went to platform nine.  We walked along the platform and sat on a bench. Eventuly the train came, we hoped on and took a seat.  My mum started chating to the lady opsite her.  At the second stop we were at Panborn, we went out the EXIT and looked for my dad.  I found him. I raced up to him, he opened the door and I jumped in! Mum came up to us and got in the car. Dad drove us to my nans.


Thank you to my lovely guest poster – I think he did a great job, and thanks to Innocent for a lovely day.  Thanks also to my new RL virtual friends – I might be starting the week a little tired and emotional, but it was well worth it x

Getting there…
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19 thoughts on “Getting there…

  • May 17, 2010 at 10:21 am

    What a sweet guest post – and I LOVED his outfit, he looked gorgeous.

    Blossom’s smoothie, you will laugh, was with similar ingredients, and equally interesting spelling: bnunu, bloobri, strawbri.

    Maybe we could offer our services to Innocent for ‘Innovative Contribution to Alternative Ingredients’?

    So lovely to put a face to a name!

    LCM x

  • May 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

    *googles job opps again* I think that’s exactly what they’re looking for!

    Was lovely to meet you, albeit fleetingly… LOL at Bloobri – excellent 🙂


  • May 17, 2010 at 11:22 am

    What a lovely post. A very clever little man you have there.

  • May 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

    What a very talented guest poster! It sounds like you had a fantastic time, the smoothies sound delicious. What a shame your Mum spent so much time tweeting, I would love to have seen a photo of your bird house (and the man in the smoothie outfit!) Thanks for sharing your day with us!

    Paula…watch your back, very talented!

  • May 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Brilliant guest blogger, I think BW deserves he own page here and a regular slot 😀 Delighted you had a great day, it is lovely to meet the people behind the blogs:) Jen.

  • May 17, 2010 at 11:59 am

    He is super-fabulicious! Could eat him (and his totally wonderful spelling) right up. So glad the weekend was good all round.

    love from The Chav
    aka MD xx

  • May 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Loving the guest post! If only J could write yet! All he remembers is the beenbags!
    Was lovely to meet you albeit briefly! Glad a certain person had fun 😉


  • May 17, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    I love it! Orsome. That’s No2’s favourite word (and spelling, too).

  • May 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I was trying to take a breath for him! He is following in your literary footsteps Mum! Oh & your bit wasn’t bad either!

  • May 17, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I was quite impressed by his spelling. It’s better than my OH’s. I love how he was clearly just as impressed by the train as the outing itself. He’s a cheap date.
    If I gush any further about Reading you’ll be taking out a restraining order, so I’ll shut up.

  • May 17, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    I love this post. When you were talking about the voices you read a blog post in, there was a distinct voice in my head, a very tired but excited voice. It reminds me of the special days I used to have with my mum when I was at school.


  • May 17, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    Was great to finally meet you (just wish I could have been at the one in the evening too!)

  • May 17, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Well, Boy Wonder, that was an ORSOME blog post and I felt like I was at Innocent with you. You should ask your mum if you can do another guest blog post next time you go out somewhere. I can tell you had fun and that you were excited by the way you write – and that’s really really good.

    My son (who is 10, so not really much older than you) read your post and wished that he could have been at Innocent with you as it sounds like you had a brilliant time.

  • May 18, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Aaaw bless him, tell him that I really enjoyed reading his post 😉

  • May 19, 2010 at 3:41 am

    I have been to where your date just started taking off. I hope the virtual friendship is still on the site. It’s this bit – between drink and more laughs.

  • May 20, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Wow good post. Not being funny but if you ever feel the need to rest your wrist – I think you’ve found a worthy successor. lol! x

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  • July 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Paula- hello

    We met on Saturday.

    I thought I would link to some pearls of wisdom from Mum’s who know a thing or two before the imminent arrival.

    Good luck with the nomination.

    (Another) Paula

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