Back in 2017 I took over the reigns of the Bournemouth Blogger network. I had just handed in my notice at work after deciding not to go back after maternity leave and I was feeling a bit odd about not working in the events industry anymore. I figured that running the network, even for a little while, would give me something to focus on alongside the children and my blog. What I didn’t realise is how it would introduce me to so many lovely people who have become my friends, how it would help me battle my anxiety, and how much it would change my life for the better over the next two years.
As the two year milestone approached, I knew I wanted to do something to celebrate so when the team at Liz Lean PR got in touch to invite us along to Knoll House Hotel in Studland to try their afternoon tea, I knew it would be lovely to tie it in. Knoll House is located a stones throw away from the Studland Ferry, making it a really convenient location for those in Poole or along the Jurassic Coast, and the perfect spot for a break away.
We arrived and were shown to the bistro, which was ours for the afternoon, and greeted with a glass of prosecco by the welcoming staff. Ed helped me set up the room whilst I said hello to the bloggers who were already there. The room looked lovely, with lots of lights, so we only added some balloons.
Once everybody had arrived, we sat down for the afternoon tea, which was served to us at the table and looked very impressive. I started with a ham sandwich and followed it up with two scones. I was impressed that there was a mixture of fruit and plain scones as all too often I have to pick the sultanas out when I go for afternoon tea. There was a lively debate about whether you should put the jam or cream on the scone first – I don’t have the jam so it makes no difference to me!
The selection of cakes was brilliant and I loved the chocolate slice, although I had to eat it slowly as it was very rich and a little sickly. By the end, I was feeling more than a little full and happily sat back and chatted with the other bloggers. It was nice to just chill out and spend some time catching up as we are often on the go at events.
With the music playing and a glass of wine in hand, I took some photos with the 2 balloon and inflatable frame I had purchased for the occasion, and all too soon it was time for us to go. The hotel had some lovely gift bags for us, which included locally produced candles, Elemis spa goodies, and some delicious chocolates.
I am really proud of myself for everything I have done for the Bournemouth Bloggers over the past two years, and I am excited to see where the next two years takes us. Running the network can at times be quite challenging, but it is worth it for the friendships I have made and the experiences I have had.
We were provided with an afternoon tea from Knoll House Hotel, however all words and images are my own.