My weekend in London #BloggersBash

Getting to the Bloggers Bash at The Driver in London required I take an over-3-hour bus ride, 2-hour flight, 45-minute train ride, several switches on the Tube, and some walking (about 10 hours of travel total each way), and it was totally worth it!

I got there Friday evening, and the wonderful Geoff Le Pard took me in, which means I got to be part of the pajama party with Sacha, Ali and Hugh. Ali and I helped Geoff make a delicious vegan dinner. And then he brought out a vegan cheesecake. This man takes taking care of his guests seriously.

We stayed up until 1:30 in the morning. The committee was putting the finishing touches on the Bash, which required much laughter. What a great workout! You can read more about the pajama party over at Ali’s blog.

This was my view in the morning.


After a nice filling breakfast and Sacha dyeing Geoff’s beard purple, we were ready to head over to The Driver for the Bash.

Geoff with a suitcase full of t-shirts, mugs for the winners, and extraordinarily delicious cakes he baked
mural on the way to the Bash

I had such a wonderful time meeting bloggers I’ve been reading and meeting new ones (and eating cake). The day was filled with food, drink, cakes, and chatting. I ate some cake. There was an interesting talk on many aspects of blogging by Luca from Automatic. I ate more cake. The Bloggers Bash committee gave out awards. And I ate lots of Geoff’s vegan cake, which was also gluten-free, sweetened with just bananas.

And those of us who stayed long enough went to The Kitchin and ate some more delicious food. (I couldn’t eat any more cake at that point.)

The next day, Geoff shaved off his purple beard and I was the only witness, save for his cats who seemed to be uncertain about my presence. (I think they sensed I was a dog person.) Of course I documented the event for all to see. (You’re welcome, Geoff )

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Check out the Bloggers Bash winners here and Geoff’s important post here.

I met Sacha and Geoff through Charli over at the Carrot Ranch. Charli is in a tough situation and needs help. I implore you to at least read her post about it and contribute if you can.

The Carrot Ranch Rough Writers
The Carrot Ranch Rough Writers (Geoff, me, Sacha, and Sherri)

Most importantly, mark your calendars. Next year’s Bloggers Bash is June 10th. To read more on the Bloggers Bash, check out the #BloggersBash hashtag on twitter.

All that travel time afforded me reading time, so I read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, which I highly recommend. I can’t wait to read Hollow City.

Over the weekend I read a wonderful book
Over the weekend I read a wonderful book

Since I was staying at Geoff’s I was able to purchase all three of his books and demand autographs.

I purchased Geoff's three books
I purchased Geoff’s three books

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  1. Rosie Amber says:

    It was lovely to meet you Urszula, so glad you made the trip.

  2. Sarah says:

    Oh! You! You got to go there and meet everyone, AND get to be a part of the PJ party, AND stay at Geoff’s house, AND get all his books autographed? Color me green. Also, been wanting to read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for months. I want to be happy for you but I’m just loaded with envy. Kidding. (Sort of.) Truly, I’m thrilled you got to go and had such a great time. <3 <3 <3

    • Ula says:

      I would be envious of me too, so I am extremely grateful for such an amazing weekend. It was a 35th birthday present. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children had been waiting for a while on my bookshelf, and it was the perfect read as the main character travels from Florida to Wales.

  3. Ellie says:

    Hey there! It has been such a long time… I think we lost touch after you migrated and I’m to blame. I’ve been terrible. BUT. So glad to see you made to this year’s Bash. Shame we couldn’t finally meet but hey, looks like you had such an amazing time! Great to see Geoff’s dyed beard again! 😀

    • Ula says:

      Ellie, I thought about you all weekend. I’d secretly hoped you’d be there, although I know you’ve moved to Paris. Right?

  4. Norah Colvin says:

    Sounds like a fab weekend, Ula, and like Sarah, I’m very envious. What a wonderful opportunity to match faces and personalities to the words on the screen.

    • Ula says:

      It was very nice and all the Rough Writers from Carrot Ranch were terribly missed.

  5. gulara says:

    Utterly jealous! I wish I could join you all!!! Maybe next year…

    • Ula says:

      I hope to be there next year as well. London is a great city, so I’m sure this was not my last trip there.

  6. Hugh says:

    It was lovely to meet you, Ula. Thank you so much for all the help you gave the committee. I’m so pleased you enjoyed the event and I look forward to seeing you again on June 10th 2017.
    My best wishes to you,

    • Ula says:

      It was very nice meeting you as well. I had so much fun with all of you at the pajama party. I hope to be there next year.

  7. It was lovely to meet you Ula.. The bash was fantastic, lucky you getting to stay at Geoff’s and witnessing his beard removal!

  8. Gulara says:

    Forgot to say: I LOVE your shirt 🙂 Sorry we didn’t get to meet each other in person on this occasion.

  9. Cynthia says:

    Ula! I was desperately trying to place where I had known you and now I see you changed your theme! Seeing you in the piccie made me realize who you are. So sorry I didn’t have the guts to march on over to you and say hi at last week’s Bash… Thanks for swinging by my blog. Looking forward to your blog posts too. It’s so different to read someone’s musings once you’ve seen them in person. 🙂

    • Ula says:

      I hope we get to chat next time. I was so nervous and overwhelmed at times.

  10. A privileged guest! I’m glad it all went so well. Cake! Had to be a good ‘do’. 🙂

  11. Georgina says:

    Sounds like you had a great time and good to discover your blog. Books look interesting too. Hope to be there next year.