Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The redundant letters in 'blogfriend'

It's such a wonderful thing when you've only ever 'met' someone through emails and blog posts, but you can tell that you'd get on well if only you were a little closer - and then you discover that you ARE actually close enough to meet them in real life.

It's such a wonderful thing when someone turns out to be just as warm, friendly, welcoming, funny and talented in real life as you thought they'd be from their emails and blog posts.

I've been fortunate enough to enjoy these wonderful things several times now. Clair has become such a good friend, and we meet regularly for craft, chat and cake. Fortunately she lives close enough to me that we can do this quite easily! Through her, I've been able to meet and get to know Cheryl, too, which has been a lovely bonus :-)

And then, last weekend, we visited a good friend of ours (J), catching up on news, meeting his fiancee, eating fabulous meals (he's a *superb* cook) - and taking the opportunity to call in on Sian, who, we discovered, lives just round the corner from J! Woo hoo!

It will not surprise you to learn that Sian is lovely. So too is her family - The Small One was most hospitable and soon made friends with The Boy and The Girl (to the extent that she and The Boy spent the afternoon texting each other); The Doctor and The Accountant had a good long chat (including sharing notes on blog widowerhood and how to cope when your wife photographs anything and everything); The Tall One conversed on matters historical, literary and educational before disappearing to finish an essay (obligingly reappearing in time to take, and appear in, some commemorative photos):


(Yes, it's clear how The Tall One got his name. The Small One may, at some point fairly soon, need a new name. The Boy suggested 'The Kind One', 'The Friendly One', or 'The Scientist' - which he quickly amended to 'The Other Scientist'. I pointed out that he'll still be The Boy to me, no matter how old or how tall he grows, so he doesn't need a new name. He wasn't at all sure about that idea and disappeared off to ponder it awhile.)

And Sian and I? Well, I'm sorry to make you jealous, dear readers, but I have now been High in the Sky. I have climbed the several flights of stairs to Sian's craft space. I have viewed, handled, admired and totally fallen in love with Sian's gorgeous pages and projects and more pages and more projects, which have even more detail, texture, interest and beauty when you can see them for real. And it was good, my friends, it was good.

It was also good to meet Gary The Magnificent (though perhaps slightly less good to allow The Children to have sole charge of the camera for that particular photo shoot).


And it was good to see evidence of Horsey (though I was sorry not to have seen Horsey himself. I think maybe he was shy.)


(I did actually come across more evidence of Horsey while out with J, The Doctor and The Children later that day. I haven't had the chance to tell Sian about this yet, but watch this space for a further post some time this week, when you and she will hear all about it! Sian, I think Horsey's been out 'getting culture'.....)

Mostly, though, it was good to spend time with Sian. It was good to indulge our shared love of coffee (how I covet the super duper built-in coffee machine!) It was good to chat happily about blogging, crafting, parenting, writing, photographing and other shared experiences. It was good to find that an hour and a half had simply flown by (though not so good to realise that it meant we needed to head off quickly).

It was good to find, once more, that there are four redundant letters in the word 'blogfriend'. I hope that I'll be able to see my friend Sian again soon.

Thanks for a lovely morning, Sian. It was good xx

33 comments:

Sian said...

It was all very, very good indeed. The best. See you soon - if I say it enough times, I'll be able to make it happen x

K said...

Awww, I've read both blogs & it sounds a lovely visit. Its also lovely to see a proper if-you-ever-walked-past-me-in-the-street-I-just-might-recognise-you type photo :)

Ruth said...

Yay for blogfriends ~ great to read both sides of the story.

Jennifer said...

Lovely post! Enjoyed hearing of this happy meeting. :)

Sandra said...

What's lovely about this post, is I feel I've got to know both of you through your lovely blogs, and to know you both got on so well, really comes as no surprise.

scrappyjacky said...

It sounds like a very good time was had by all!

Cheri said...

You two are so stinkin' CUTE! And I'm feeling a bit green with envy that you are actually close enough to meet up. Seriously, I need to come in to that million dollars so I can have a huge get together!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Mel the boy and the girl look so grown up now!!

Looking forward to seeing you soon too. Hope you can still make it...

You are our inspiration for getting all the rooms sorted out so that you will have somewhere (hopefully nice) to stay :-)

CDHS :-)

Beverly said...

How absolutely wonderful that not only the two of you clicked but the children and hubbys did as well! Love The Boy's suggestion of "The Kind One" for "The Small One"... how sweet! Amazed we actually get to see you straight on in that many pics (notice Sian showed more lol)!!! Oh Mel tell "The Boy" my 18 year old is and always will be "Baby Boy" ;)

Jimjams said...

Fab post - how lovely to meet up in real life, and even better than the rest of the families gelled too.

debs14 said...

What a fun visit! And how great that all the rest of the families got on well too.
So, now I just have to convince you to revisit Cambridge ;-)

Mary B said...

You got me blog hopping Mel. Brilliant as usual and you make everything you write so interesting we want to hear more.
And I agree with K good to see you properly and not just behind the camera

Anesha said...

Grate photos. It's nice when you can share your creativity with others.

Scrappi Sandi said...

This is such a heartwarming post & it's clear from reading Sians that you both enjoyed it equally much (bad grammer?)...you know what I mean!!

How fab would it be if we could hire a venue & bring all our Blogfriends together...I have a dream!!!! :)

Can wait to read the adendum on Horsey!!

Scrappi Sandi said...

Ooops! Obviously that should have been can't!!!

mise said...

What a lovely smiley lot you are, and how nicely you've put it about the redundant leters.

Karen said...

It's so wonderful when it becomes possible to meet your blogging friends. I just came from Sian's account and had to pop right over here to read yours. Love the photos!

Denise said...

It makes my heart all happy to see this and so lovely to read it on both blogs - lovely photo of all of you xxx

Heather said...

I bet it wont be long before you two meet up again. An hour & a half must have flown by so fast! I agree with everyone else that its good to see you both in a photo rather than taking the photo :) Im off to check out Sians blog now xx

ComfyMom~Stacey said...

Congrats on getting to meet in real life!

gayle said...

How simply fabulous for you both :) I am jealous of the coffee machine! ;) lovely lovely photos! xx

Melissa said...

So jealous, but so glad y'all had a great visit!

alexa said...

So delighted to see you all together, and love the title of your post!

Liberty :) said...

so gorgeous to see you all! i think i will have to make you a friend soon rather than a blogfriend! eek for scaredy cats! xoxo it seems that when i was on work business in sian's home city i was approx. 5 mins from her house! next time maybe...

Ginger said...

Lovely story Mel, I just read Sian's blog and it's nice to see you have so much in common!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I don't know if I"m more jealous of Sian for being able to meet you or you for being able to meet Sian!!! It is terrific to meet isn't it? I had a lovely brunch with Karen in November, as you may recall.
So, here's my question - are you at all close to Cambridge?
Rinda

Sian said...

I just HAD to come back and read the comments here! And I enjoyed it very much. i'll be sending TSO over to voice her own opinion later on x

Becky said...

How wonderful to meet a blog friend for real! So glad that you had such a great time with Sian - I am very jealous lol!

Sian said...

Hi, it's me, The Small One!

Just commenting to say that I had a really nice time on Saturday and hope to see all of you again! I've made really great friends with The Boy and The Girl and would love it if we could come and visit you sometime in the future!

From The Small One

alison290 said...

It IS great to meet someone you have met online...sounds as if you had a blast!

Tracey said...

Great photos ... blog friends are wonderful! :)

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Catching up over here, and I finally got to read about your visit with Sian. I'm SOOOO glad you two got to spend time together. You are both special blog friends to me and it makes me extremely happy that you got to spend some time together. I LOVE that you went to Sian's home and got to see her craft space, meet her family, and share her coffee. It's wonderful, Mel! And I've loved reading about your visit and seeing the pictures on your blog and hers. LOVE the photo of you and Sian and your kids - it's priceless!!! xo

Gail T said...

How great that you were able to meet up and that everyone enjoyed themselves.