As well as learning a new skill at the wreath-making workshop, it was lovely – as always – to meet and get to know better some other Yorkshire bloggers.
Emma and Amy I’d met just a few days earlier at Roast + Conch, Lil I hadn’t met before but I read her blog and have followed her on Twitter for a while, and Kathryn is one of my favourite bloggers – we met briefly at Home Is In The North – but it was great to have a bit more time to talk.
It’s funny, walking into a room on my own, not sure if I’ll know anyone, isn’t something I find daunting now – not when it’s a blogger event. It’s always good to talk through #bloggerproblems but you soon find the chat moves on. With this group for example we covered everything from the merits of a private education to feminism and our favourite TV programmes.
With all that concentration and crafting at the workshop, we’d worked up an appetite so we carried our conversation over through lunch at The Yorkshire Meatball Company.
This place came highly recommended by the Harrogate dwellers among us, and after just a glance at the menu I understood why.
Apart from their clever use of everyday utensils as cool décor and the fact a huge Yorkshire flag adorned a wall, their way of presenting their dishes impressed me. It’s no fuss food, but at the same time you can choose exactly what you want.
You pick a ball (there are fish and chickpea options, as well as meat), a bed (like mash, veg or pasta) and a blanket (the sauce). Simple, and so good. And it made an alliteration-loving girl like me very happy.