I got up at 5.30am and set off an hour later to get a lift with my friends to the station in Newcastle .
We arrived in plenty of time only to discover that our train had been cancelled - fortunately there was a slower one 10 minutes later but there was a good chance we would have to stand for the entire journey as so many people would be wanting to catch the same one and our seat reservations would no longer be valid.
We were very lucky though as we managed to all sit together but I discovered I couldn't crochet going backwards without feeling sick! I did manage to get a bit more of my sock done though.
(I knew I shouldn't have taken so much stuff!!!)
It was lovely to travel down with my super friends and there were even "train treats" included! One of my friends had bought us all a little gift to get us in the "Springy mood" - beautifully wrapped in these "Country Living" colours!
These fabulous clips - which we all proceeded to put in our hair!
and a Cadbury's Creme Egg and another provided us with loads of chocolate goodies (that I very sensibly saved for the children and Mr Locket! I just waited until later to completely blow my diet!)
Plenty of texts started flying around between me and Mrs Moogsmum - most of them along the lines of
Me "Seen any foxes yet?"
Mrs Moogsmum "A deer!"
Me "Power station"
Mrs Moogsmum "More deer!"
Mrs Moogsmum "Sewage treatment plant"
And so it went on!!!! Interspersed with texts to Ally and Gina and Val to see how their journeys were coming along.
Our Northern contingent finally arrived in London and we were intrigued by these trees at Kings Cross Station
We got to The Business Design Centre in Islington at about 11.30 where Ally, Lesley, Gina and Val had already met up.
I practically exploded from the taxi, promptly abandoned my lovely friends from home (it was prearranged fortunately) and rushed over to meet up with my big sis and my new-about-to-become-real-Imaginary-Friends!
(Bernie took a photo of all of us and I will share it with you when I get a copy)
Heehee! I was so excited! And then the hugs and gifts started flying around!
Gina had provided us all with our wonderful "Pink Carnations" which not only enabled us to identify each other but also generated a lot of interest and bloggy publicity through the day - ok, so I kept giving out my moo cards - but only to interested/ing people!
My lovely big sister Ally had an assortment of Easter presents for the Little Lockets and some Lindt Easter bunnies for all of us
Dotty Cookie brought some delicious dotty cookies (no photo sadly as the little lockets have gobbled them!) and this wonderful mug cosy - love the fabric!
And as for Mrs Moogsmum, well we all got fantastic bags to stash all our show goodies
and mine has the most brilliant lining although Dorothy has earnestly asked me not to use the bag this way round when I am with her!
She had also bought me a copy of this magazine as I couldn't find it up here - can't wait to have a good look through it - Here are some of the fabulous patterns inside.
We met up with Jane later in the day as she had to work in the morning and she gave us these delicious chocolate bunnies which the Lockets (big and little) have just had for pudding -
After chatting for ages we decided we really should go into the show - but we would have been just as happy sitting and talking all day - the show was just a distraction really!
Part way round I suddenly noticed how well colour co-ordinated my lovely bloggy friends were - only Ally and I let the side down by wearing blues and purple (me) and oranges and browns (Ally) - so I couldn't let the moment pass without grabbing a group shot!
Come back tomorrow for the next instalment with all the goodies I bought from the show and some fabby stalls to look at!