On the Queensland bloggers facebook group a call out was posted for anyone who would like to join Lisa and Jos for a coffee Wednesday morning. Being the bossy type I said, well, I could do later, any chance of that? And they said yes, and bit by bit a pretty big group formed. A lot like Gympie {I’ve found out lately} Redcliffe has a lot of bloggers under the surface, once you start to scratch.

So yesterday off I went parking on Redcliffe Parade. I walked into the park {I had some time to kill} and the first thing I came across was the war memorial. A happy coincidence I think, as yesterday would have been Ash’s birthday. I didn’t even know the connection until my brother posted about the date on his fb wall. Calming then that I spent a moment or two thinking of him as I sat there. I thought, Ash would be proud of such a beautiful memorial. And it’s part of his story now. That memorial is for him too now.

The sparkle of the water and the heat of the sun drew me out of my increasingly sombre mood and I decided to head over to the cafe. I was first to arrive, and quite early, so I plonked my stuff down on a small table and pulled out my phone. Bit by bit the ladies arrived. We had coffee {my single caffeine unit for the day} and then lunch. There were a few new faces there, lots of old familiar ones and some ladies I’ve met before who I was seeing for the second time. A rowdy bunch. Let me tell YOU.

I know that it is intimidating for people. I see it in their eyes. I try to make these events {whether I’m the host or not} comfortable for others. I know I don’t always succeed. But I’ll keep trying. As far as I’m concerned once you get past the awkward stage, whether it takes you one meet up or ten, you won’t see the people across the table from you, or even the ones all the way at the other end, as bloggers. They’ll be your friends. I know because it happened to me.

So now, check out some of my pics from the day. I do love taking my new camera out and about in full light. She’s a star in full light. These photos are entirely un-edited.

A bit of toe cleavage for Danielle S. My toes were very slutty yesterday.

No really, it is, don’t you think? I need that sign.

And this chair.

And this sign. This one in particular.

So, bloggers, love them? Or love them?



  • Jos Parkinson

    Love them! LOL! Glad you could make it yesterday. I love a relaxed, long lunch. Looking forward to the next one.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks. Me too. I had a fab time. mostly because the two things I love most in this world {behind my hubby and family} are bloggers and long lunches. Next one for sure!

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style

    I love your photos. We were a rowdy bunch but it was fun. I agree it really hard the first time to participate in something like this. I can only guess how much fun the next one will be. I can not wait. Rachel x

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Rachel. And the next one? Well you’ll love it sick. It’ll be in your blood. Haha. Aren’t you glad you didn’t stay anonymous?

  • lisa | renovating italy

    Next time come to Scarborough for lunch with the gang it’s beautiful and only a little further. Sorry I missed you all so next time for sure, just flat out with the reno right now, love you all lisa

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      That sounds like a plan. Sorry to have missed you too. I thought it best to let you finish up and go so we could both beat the traffic back. It seems, I was just in time.

  • Deb @ Aspiring Mum

    It was a beautiful day – and nice to finally meet you (and the others!) (I wasn’t intimidated…nervous, yes, at first – but soon felt comfortable enough.) I would have loved to have stayed, but my little one needed a nap – and she did well to stay on my lap for as long as she did. 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Deb, she was amazing! I think she did really, really well. I’m glad, that is such a relief. Nice to meet you too! 🙂

  • Oh, I love that store. Have spent many hours daydreaming of what I’d bring home.  I haven’t met any Redcliffe bloggers, actually. Very close to where I am.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      It’s beautiful, but SO expensive. I think I’ve been spoilt by my rural town prices. 😉 Get out there, these ladies were all north Brisbane/Redcliffe area. We were talking about your post actually. The one that shall not be named. It would’ve been good to have you weigh in. Next time! For sure. 🙂 

  • I want that Life Is Good sign! I’d hang it inside my tiny entrance where I’d see it every time I walked in and of course so would anyone else who walked in.
    If you came to Adelaide I’d have coffee with you.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Me too! I said to Hubby I would have it front row centre in our home. For us and for guests to keep in mind. 

      FOR SURE! I’m so there. 

  • My Vintage Vow

    Oh what a nice time it looks as though you all had. What a pretty location. Perhaps I need to move my blogging self……
    And yes I do need those signs absolutely and the chair yes do you need to ask, it’s my fav colour.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      YES! I get out and to these things as often as I can. It’s nice to be able to talk with bloggers, find out the general feeling out there, talk shop. 

      and loiter pretty shops with fab signs and green chairs. I think this one would be perfect in my office, against the blackboard wall, for pondering in. Don’t you?