Dear Reader, as you may have read a couple of weeks ago, I was in the top 6 finalists of the Britmums Brilliance in Blogging Lifestyle award. Something which I was totally stunned by (and quite over the top excited about) since I only started writing Margot tries the good life in October 2012. As the BiBs awards ceremony loomed closer and several wardrobe crises later (I did actually consider the ballgown and wellies option for longer than perhaps was actually sensible), I was thinking of sending a note to Barbara to go in my place. Then I remembered she was in Provence (more than likely learning how to make her own perfume) and would be of no help at all! The day of judgment dawned and I managed to get myself to The Brewery in EC1 without too much mishap. Paralysed with nerves, I lurked outside for some time then hid beside the cloakrooms before finally taking the plunge and entering the drinks reception. A glass of fizz in hand (sadly no gin), I met some lovely lovely people who I had previously only known through Twitter – that in itself was a surreal experience I don’t mind admitting to you. Everyone I met at Britmums Live asked if we had moved yet and the inevitable question of livestock and growing my own fruit and vegetables was on the cards too! Not yet, not yet was the reply. Very nearly though…. Anyway, I am cutting to the chase, dear Reader, I promise. No, sadly, I did not win the award and yes, my practised Oscar nominee losing face came in handy BUT I did feel very honoured to be on the list at all, especially as the winner has a fantastic blog (Mamma Syder from The Syders).
Jerry reminded me when I got home that 9 months ago, I never would have dreamed of being in the same room as some of the nation’s favourite bloggers and even a generous handful of published authors. He was utterly right of course and I do feel a little proud of myself for getting all the way to the final of the BiBs in the first place. NOW I blog about our puppy, Monty, at the NFU Countryside website here and I have recently been offered the chance to blog for the National Trust’s London and South East region. Margot, a lifestyle blogger – whatever next?! So thank YOU, dear Reader, for getting me to here because without you reading, tweeting and following my story, I might never have managed any of it! One last plea: please go and tell lots of people about Margot tries the good life!
Now that Britmums Live is over and awards ceremony is done and dusted, I can start focusing on our move in 5 weeks’ time! In fact, in the spirit of getting things ticked off the list, I booked the movers and packers this morning. It is finally sinking in. We are moving. Primrose only has another 4 weeks left at nursery and Jerry and I are frantically filling the diary with last minute must dos and must see people. It is within spitting distance as they say. Maybe just maybe, I might write a book about all of this one day, dear Reader….. In the meantime, I shall have to keep plaguing Country Life until they are so sick of me that they give in and let me loose on their glorious magazine!