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29/03/2012

A Malago delight

On Thursday night I was lucky enough to be asked to join the Q&A bloggers panel at the Malago Women's Institute in Bristol, with a promise of tea, lots of cake and good conversation I drove over the bridge into England for what was a very enjoyable and informative night. First of all I think sometimes first impressions of WI groups are that it's a place full of the other generation knitting and making jam but this was not at all the case at Malago, it was such a diverse group of chic and creative women of all ages and I was so impressed with the casual informal sofa tea-light style setting.

One of the best things about the evening was meeting the other three bloggers on the Panel, they were all so friendly and such lovely people each with something different to offer. Lots of questions were asked and we all had a great chat about topics such as the best blogging platform, how to gain followers, advertising options and what motivated each of us to start our blogs. I think we all came to the conclusion that blogging in general is a very supportive environment and despite it being at times very time consuming it, overall it's a very rewarding and enjoyable thing to do.

The cakes were lovely, my favourite being the ginger muffins and elderflower juice always goes down well with me being that it's my favourite drink. I really need to find out if there is such a chic Women's Institute in Cardiff as this group has really inspired me to find out more. At the end of the talk we were all given a bouquet of tulips which is now adding some much needed spring colour to my kitchen.

I highly recommend stopping by at these wonderful blogs

First of all is Catherine from Bristol Parenting Cafe, a really amazing natural parenting and crafting blog, it's such a lovely organic style blog without all the parenting does and don't, just wonderful personal experiences and amazing ideas and crafts, one of my new favourite blogs.

  
Beth runs the very interesting Bristol Craft blog which is full of different ideas whether is be crafting, fashion, art, food and beautiful photography. Beth has only been blogging for 6 months but she has really hit the ground running with this idea filled blog.

  
Jo was the most professional blogger from the panel in terms of now running her blog - Slummy Single Mummy - as a business and trying her single mother status into something quiet inspiring. She has been nominated for a bunch of awards and also won the MADS award for best new blog in 2010. Lots of well written, informative and entertaining posts that cover all kinds of topics from product reviews to sport, fashion to even cars and guitars.

Other mentions


Malago WI also have there own blog, so if you live in the area (Bedminster, Bristol) or your just curious about what goes on at a WI meeting why not stop by the blog and have a look.

Bristol Blog

There was also a fellow blogger in the audience - Lou - from Little Green Shed, I simply have to mention this blog as it's so beautiful with amazing photography and her own artwork that she sells on etsy. I am in love with this dreamy, crafty and carefree blog...it's simply wonderful.

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1 comment:

  1. It's taken me ages to post, but it was lovely to meet you and I'm with you on WI being a lot more fun than I expected! Thank you for the mention!

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