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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

The Gallery My Weekend

That cow rug is famous. It was once on the set of CITV, but that's not the point of this hazy, non-technically brilliant photo (the like of which Tara celebrated in her speech at Cybermummy 11). That's my brother's knee, his girlfriend's elbow and the beautifully hazy afternoon we spent on their famous rug, devouring a BBQ, on London Fields, this Sunday.  For me it was a weekend about reflection.

I reflected on Cybermummy 11,  which I attended on Saturday thanks to Netmums.  I had a fabulous time meeting so many wonderful people. I loved the idea that 2D online friendships became 3D. The conference gave me a bigger picture of blogging (a proper Cybermummy 11 post is coming shortly). 

But it was so huge, so jam packed with people and information. I woke up in the Hoxton hotel with an urge to be back in my offline life, just so I could process things. Fortunately my brother and his girlfriend live round the corner.  All I could manage on Sunday was to lie on this rug in London Fields, and be grateful I had one more day to just lounge.  The sun was shining, and in this oasis in the city, only the birds were tweeting.

We reflected on London, the city I left when I was 7 months pregnant, after living there for five years. It is full of the ghosts of my child free days, and somehow whenever I return, they always haunt me. 

A friend of my brother's joined us, he told me that a million people come and go from London each year. I was one of them. Those comings and goings that keep London alive but also make it so transient and fragmented.

We reflected on loss. My brother's girlfriend's mum was with us, and had lost her partner recently.  My brother and I lost our mum in January.  Everyone on that rug had recent bereavement in common. 

We reflected on getting older, I told my younger brother the Hoxton bar crowd were trendy. 

'Did it make you feel old?' he asked.

 'A little,' I said, 'like someone's mum'. 

'They make me feel old sometimes too,' he laughed, trying to make me feel better.

So all in all, it may take me a few days to acclimatise from this weekend.

Tara may kill me for this, but here is video footage of what Tara was up to 
in the Blogger to Blogger inspiration session. It was really lovely to hear her speak about the 'virtual' gallery she so tirelessly curates.  Click on the lenscup to visit.

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At 29 June 2011 at 10:49 , Anonymous Reluctant Housedad said...

Very touching. It's interesting how many different perspectives are coming out of the post-Cybermummy reflections. I'd love to have been there, but it sometimes feels like it was better to be an outside observer from afar - like watching a footbal match rather than playing in it. Really interesting.

At 29 June 2011 at 10:51 , Blogger jfb57 said...

I really enjoyed this post. It was lovely to read how one experience melted with others over the w/e!

At 29 June 2011 at 10:54 , Blogger Headhuntress said...

Sad that I missed Cybermummy - but I'm really enjoying catching up with everyone's posts. We are definitely at an age where our youth is wavering by the exit, but I love it... There's a confidence and drive that comes with age.

Love you xxxx

At 29 June 2011 at 11:11 , Blogger Nicki Cawood said...

What a lovely, touching post. I'm glad you enjoyed Cm but more that you found the much needed respite with your brother & co.

PS Love the cow rug!

At 29 June 2011 at 11:53 , Blogger Mummy Mishaps aka Jenny Paulin said...

A lovely honest and interest perspective on Cybermummy and that rug! I hope to meet younthere nxt year too :) xx

At 29 June 2011 at 12:02 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great post, it was so overwhelming at cybermummy it does take a bit of time for reflection doesn't it

At 29 June 2011 at 12:35 , Blogger This Mid 30s Life said...

Penny what a fantastic post. Thanks. xx

At 29 June 2011 at 13:12 , Blogger The Alexander Residence said...

Reluctant housedad - great analogy! Yes I think it hit me how individual people's reasons for blogging are.
jfb57 - I think we both had melting pot weekends!
headhuntress - thought of you on Sunday with a sudden panic that maybe I missed you, next year lovely x
Nicky - thanks. So nearly nicked it :)
Jenny- defo!
Dawnie -i heard that word overwhelming a lot!
Mid 30s- thanks for being an anchor!

At 29 June 2011 at 14:42 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lovely post Penny, and it wad great to meet you. CyberMummy definitely seems to have brought out emotions in people.

Time goes so fast doesn't it? I remember just starting work, being the 'young one' in the office. Now I am the oldie with 3 kids! xx

At 29 June 2011 at 15:15 , Blogger Kate said...

Perfectly summed up. Lovely. x

At 29 June 2011 at 17:08 , Blogger mumsarcade said...

Very moving and poignant post. Having lost my Mum I finally came to the conclusion that all the meaning of life can be is about making memories. I guess you did that just fine in different ways this weekend.
Hoping I summon up the courage to make magical memories at Cybermummy next year

At 29 June 2011 at 20:33 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As you know I also felt the urge to return 'home' on sunday. When I got on the train, I wondered if I'd left too prematurely, I'd expected to enjoy the day in London on Sunday. I wondered about you in London's Fields. It sounds great and having so space to stop and relax - bliss, it would have been very nice to lay on the rug, I totally missed the sunshine due to commuting. Saturday was so phrenetic. (have I spelt that right). It sounds like you found some balance.

At 4 July 2011 at 10:42 , Blogger Mirka said...

I looove the rug, where did u get it? @Kahanka


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