Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Greeting of Gavin and a second Voyage of the Vegetable Vagabond

Recently Gavin, from The Greening of Gavin, started doing some interviews with bloggers, and posting them on his blog. I think this is a great idea because it is so nice to hear the voices and stories of people whose blogs we all read, wherever they are in the world. I was the guinea pig and you can hear the chat I had with Gavin here....If you'd be happy to chat with Gavin, so we can all get to hear you and about you, send him an email: greeningofgavin@gmail.com.

image During our talk, I mentioned a trip I went on in 2008, where I stayed with bloggers all around the world, who I had never met, but had communicated with on our various blogs. I called it Voyage of the Vegetable Vagabond. Here is the story of the day I went to Gavin's. There are 37 blog posts from that trip, with photos of the people and vegetable gardens I visited and fabulous local foods I ate, but to start at the beginning you have to go to the oldest post and read from there.

I am giving a talk and slide show of my trip to the Cygnet U3A group in a week or so and this has started me thinking....

In 2012 my son Alex will be graduating with a PhD from Oxford University and I plan to go to the graduation.... what mother would not! And in my mind is another Vegetable Vagabond trip.... and this time I WILL write the book, complete with stories from the first trip too.... Who will I meet this time? Who will offer me a place to stay for a few days in exchange for me digging in their soil and cooking in their kitchen? I have a side bar full to overflowing with my favourite blogs from all corners of the earth.... I'd love to meet some of you and share laughs and stories and local food with you, wherever you live. I am pretty sure it will be in the second half of 2012 but the dates  are not set yet.

image Here is the bloggers picnic Patrick and I organised in the Oxford Botanic Gardens...most of us had never met before but felt we knew each other from reading each other's blogs.

Please do send me an email if you think you wouldn't mind me dropping in to see you and we could start making some plans....

8 comments:

Gavin said...

Kate,

You can stay at our place before you fly out if you are starting from Melbourne? We are only 20 minutes from the airport and I can give you a lift.

Gav x

chaiselongue said...

This sounds exciting, Kate! You're always welcome here in Gabian - I know you 'did' Gabian on your last trip, but please do stay with us again if you're passing. It would be great to see you again.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

I hadn't realised you had done that trip until I heard your interview. Brilliant idea. You must have so many stories. I don't have much soil to dig, but the kitchen is warm and the conversation noisy.

Kate said...

Dear City hippyfarmgirl, I cannot work out from your blog where you live! In my side bar I have you living in blogland.... please help!

Kate said...

Thanks Gavin and Teleri, looks like we have lift-off! I have also had a couple of emails....yippee.

cityhippyfarmgirl said...

Sydney Kate... Although I kind of liked the idea of sitting in the whimsical land of blog :-)
Actually I'm going to be down your way later on in the year. If you can think of any where in particular that you think would be loved by two noisy little people and their keepers, please let me know.

Pattie Baker said...

Kate: let's definitely see if we can work it out this time. I have so much more to show you than last time!

Kate said...

There'll be no keeping me away, Pattie!