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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

*******WOYWW 260*********

 It cannot have escaped everybody's memory that this is a special get together for the WOYWW Deskers - 260 meetings - five whole years.  That is a great achievement so congratulations to Julia for hosting us all for so long.   

It also cannot have escaped your memory that this last weekend was part of the celebrations - a Crop down at Burbage, where around 25 deskers got together to chaft (my new word for the week - a combination of craft and chat, with a little more chat than craft).  A really great day and I cannot wait for next year to do it all over again.  I have even provisionally booked my B&B again.
Here we all are, gathered together, some new visitors and some from previous years all ready to have fun.  We certainly did.  Some crafting, many different kinds, and a lot of chatting, and the eating of an excellent lunch provided by Lunch Lady Jan.
The photographer was kept busy with everyone's cameras so that we all had the record that we wanted.
Some deep conversation going on here.

 Deep concentration from Shaz - I must have a go at her Northern Lights technique tomorrow (blow the unpacking) before I forget what she did.
 Interesting conversation and expressions here!
 Intense determination!
 Debbie recording a momentous moment in her recent life.
Shaz still deep in concentration with her Northern Lights inking.  They are so beautiful.

I will finish now as there are so many others for you to visit.  However, I do want to say a very big thank you to Julia and to Lunch Lady Jan for making it such a great day.  It was so good to meet friends in person at last. 

If you were not at the Crop, and would like one of my ATCs, please get in touch.  There were a number of envelopes there for people who could not get there in person, so I have left an ATC in each of those, but I do have some left to send out to the first people who want one.


Nikki C said...

Looks like you all had such a fun time thanks for sharing all the pictures hugs Nikki C No desk yet

Lunch Lady Jan said...

Yay...a pic of Mr LLJ doing his balancing act! Thank you for that, Maggie. He's such a great support for me but prefers to stay out of shot normally! Thank YOU for making the effort to come - it was a hoot, wasn't it?!
HUgs, LLJ xxxx

Shaz Brooks said...

Hi Marg, no number yet, waiting for the linky. I think Julia's having a lie in, lol. We had a lovely day, didn't we? It was lovely to see so many new faces too.
Speak soon, Love Shaz xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Oh Maggie, it was so good to meet you, even if it was in pictures. I loved what you took and really enjoyed seeing the crop from your perspective. I can tell you had fun. Wish I could help with your internet problems, but I'm having similar ones, and I don't live on a hill (grin). Have an awesome 5th Anniversary from #22.

Angela Coles said...

sounds like a missed a fabulous crop. Thanks for sharing the photos.

happy anniversary, blessings from Angela #78

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

A very Happy 5th Anniversary to you Maggie! It was lovely to see you, however briefly, on Saturday. A great day all round.

Fiona xx

Winnie said...

Looks like a fabulous time! Thanks for sharing the pictures as it was fun putting a face with names! Happy anniversary! Winnie#62

Sue said...

Happy WOYWW 5th Anniversary.

So glad you all had such a good crop.

I hope you have a good WOYWW. Sue 59

CraftygasheadZo said...

It was lovely to meet you Maggie. We sure had a great day. Enjoy your day & take care. Zo xx 80

Linda Simpson said...

Looks like a fabulous time was had by all. Thank you for sharing.
Linda xxx

Caro said...

Thank you so much for sharing all the lovely pictures of the crop. It looks like you all had a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing and joining in the anniversary fun! Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary. Caro x (#43)

Dora said...

the photo's looking great. so fine that you have a enjoyed that day.
good luck!

KatzElbows said...

You make me wish that I had chosen the train ticket over eating! I shall have to console myself with desk hopping.

Happy WOYWW,
Rachel #49

Helen said...

Wow, a video too!! Was lovely to meet you on Saturday, glad you enjoyed it so much. thanks for the atc. Helen 7

StampinCarol said...

Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary! So glad you shared pics of the "Chaft" time! What a fun looking group of gals!!
Carol N #78

Anne said...

Hello Maggie and what fun you all had - so apparent from the various photos and accounts of the crop :-) so glad you had such a lovely time. Happy 5th WOYWW Anniversary. Anne x #36
PS WOuld love to swap with you if you have any atc'S LEFT. X

Anne said...

Hi again Maggie I'm not sure why but I don't seem to be able to email you via your link - expect it's a problem my end. Here's my email - annejwilliams@hotmail.com If you can send me your email address I will send my home address. Anne x

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Maggie, Happy 5th WOYWW, isn't it exciting, I've thoroughly enjoyed desk hopping and seeing pics of the crop and the girls one blogs with every week. Thanks for stopping by my desk, and you may have got my ATC at the crop. Looks like you all had a fabulous time, cheers and have a great week RobynO#35

Angela Radford said...

Looks like you all had a great time, wish I could have been there too. Hope you are having a happy WOYWW anniversary day, Angela x # 40

Chrysalis said...

Thanks for sharing your fun day - glad you had such a good time. Hugs, Chris # 15

scrappystickyinkymess said...

I am having SUCH trouble with Blogger, so forgive me if this is a duplicate comment :) I enjoyed chatting with you and was totally amazed at your Watchbird story. I've been to look at BGs retreat schedule and there is an Aug. date added that I MAY be able to clear my decks for - unlikely it's the one you are going to but still...
thanks for the chat at the crop!
Got totally ambushed yesterday so late to the party and Blogger is being difficult this morning. I hope this shows up...

Happy 5 year WOYWW!
Mary Anne (2)

Debbie Rock said...

Said it before but will say it again ... thanks SO much for encouraging me to the crop ... wouldn't have been there without you. Really excited to see you in action with the Gelli plate ... you did some stunning prints with the blue tit stencil & stamp and I really like how each one is the same but different. Great to share our love of crafting and grateful beyond words for all you have done for me. Much love from Debbie #54 xXx

Angela Radford said...

Bit late visiting this week, hope you are having a nice WOYWW anniversary week.
Happy crafting, Angela x

Helen Allen said...

Hi Maggie - sorry to be so late visiting. I am just about caught up with myself after unexpected visitors put me behind with my ATCs. I will email you in a jiffy for your address as you are my swap recipient. The WOYWW get together looked fab. It is wonderful to know WOYWW has resulted in so many friendships. Happy WOYWW to you from Helen 47

fairy thoughts said...

A good time was had by all. I left an envelope with jia so not sure if we swapped or not if not and you would like to let me know and I make some more I think I need to anyway.
Must check out shaz northern lights thing it sounds imteresting

Minxy said...

Was nice to meet you at the crop although we didn't get to chat properly.
PS Your peacock in the post above is just stunning.
Happy Belated 5th WoYwW Anniversary xo I'm still trying to catch up!
Hugs Minxy #4

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

A terrific surprise in my mail today. A group of ATC's from the CROP ladies. Thanks so Much Maggie. The little birdie is almost true to life. will have a post on them Wed. Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for all the photos on the crop. It looks so fun.