I’ve been in a very strange parallel world over recent weeks. Rehearsing and performing has taken priority over blogging. I haven’t written very much and have been a haphazard reader of blogs too. Half-term came at just the right time for me: the production finished on the Saturday evening and then the Burgess family have had a whole week off – going nowhere very much, which is poor show for a travel blogger.
I was offered the chance to go on a blogger press trip to Spain with Rory last week but had to turn it down as my lad is in the middle of his AS level exams and still has his Latin paper tomorrow, so he and I decided to decline the offer and just chill (me), revise (him) and get things back to normal. Dougie had the week off too so he has been pootling in the garden: painting fences, repairing fascia boards and helping me to fill ceramic pots with a pink-themed selection of bedding plants (no, my dear husband, I do not want marigolds, they are orange, won’t match and I’ve had my fill of rubber-glove related items).
I may have missed out on a fabulous trip abroad, but I did find out recently that I have reached the final six for the travel category of the Brilliance in Blogging Awards. Many thanks to those of you who voted for me: I am delighted. I won this award in 2012 so I don’t think I will win it again this year but it is a great feeling to know I have got this far. The decision is now down to the judge, so no further voting required (phew!). Results will be announced during the BritMums Live conference in a few weeks time. I’m excited about the conference, not just for the BiBs but also because I am one of the speakers that weekend. I’m on the travel panel, no less, discussing ‘a forward look at travel blogging’ on the Saturday afternoon. Check out the list of speakers at the conference here.
Over on the BritMums website today you will find my latest travel round-up. A departure from the usual selection, I have asked each of the finalists from the BiBs travel category to share their two favourite posts from the previous 12 months. I’d love you to have a read of them as there are some wonderful reports of Iceland, Italy, Florida and Germany plus some memorable trips closer to home. You’ll also find a couple of old favourites of mine from Sweden and Suffolk.