I started this blog back in September 2010 and I started The Good Life blog in April 2009, yet until recently, I'd never met any of the friends I've made through blogging.
It seems funny that the first blogger I should meet would live on the other side of the world, but when Susan from Granny Smith's Quilting emailed me to say she was coming over to England and would I like to meet up, I jumped at the chance.
It was the beginning of September when we met for the first time. Susan suggested we meet at Temple Newsam, a place I've mentioned on my blog many times, and it was a beautiful day. Her hubby was with her, but as it was midweek, Mick was at work so couldn't make it. Eleanor was still on holiday from school at this time so she came with me and we took Archie too.
It was a bit like going on a blind date, having never met, or even spoken before, however, there was no awkwardness at all, we got on like a house on fire and it was as though we were old friends, which of course, we are really after all the chats we've had online.
Susan brought me a wonderful gift, a beautiful crochet hook holder which she'd made herself.
There's plenty of room for all my crochet hooks.
The crochet print fabric is so appropriate, and it makes me smile just looking at it.
Whilst she's been over here, Susan's met up with quite a few bloggy pals and one she was eager to meet was Anne from Marmalade and Catmint. As Anne lives fairly close to me, Susan suggested that we all meet up together. It was arranged that we'd meet on the Sunday just gone at Temple Newsam again, but this time, as it was a weekend, Mick managed to make it too. Anne brought her hubby too, so there were six of us altogether and we all got on really well.
We were lucky with the weather again, a lovely crisp, autumn day.
We had coffee accompanied by lots of chat in the tea room and then we went for a walk down by the lake, passing some gorgeous donkeys on the way.
Thank you, ladies and gents, for a lovely morning, both Mick and I really enjoyed it.
Susan is jetting back to Australia later on this afternoon. I wish her and her hubby a safe journey home. It was wonderful to see you both, and terrific to meet up with Anne and her hubby too.
It must have been lovely to put faces to names that you have come to know so well in blog land. Your crochet hook holder is lovely isn't it and the fabric she used just right.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed meeting everyone, it's so lovely that friendships made on the internet can become friendships in real life. I love the crochet hook holder, I didn't have one so this is very handy, and I love the fabric, just perfect.Delete
A lovely post and wonderful pictures. Meeting blog friends like this is what I call the icing on the cake of blogging. I've met a couple of fellow bloggers, one from overseas, and like you got on really well.ReplyDelete
You were lucky with the weather which helps, as does the location. Flighty xx
It's definitely the icing on the cake. I value the friendships I've made whilst blogging, but for those friendships to spill over in to real life is just wonderful. I couldn't believe the beautiful weather we had, it added to the fabulous days.Delete
How lovely to think that the bloggy world has brought together and made new friendships across the miles (& thankfully Yorkshire is so beautiful that people want to visit!).ReplyDelete
I never thought I'd make so many friends when I started blogging. Everyone in this community is just so friendly and getting to meet them in real life is a pleasure. I'm always thankful that I live in Yorkshire, it's such a beautiful place with so much to see and do.Delete
How lovely to meet up with your blogging friends. The present of the crochet hook case is lovely - so appropriate, especially the fabric used.ReplyDelete
I had two lovely meet ups, and it was nice that I was able to introduce Mick and Eleanor, not forgetting Archie though he was a bit of a pest on Sunday, to my friends too. I love the crochet hook case, as you say it's so appropriate.Delete
That's lovely Jo, I always find people look different to what I expect them to & what a lovely gift you received.ReplyDelete
Both Susan and Anne have put their photos on their blogs so I knew who I was looking for, but I've never put a photo of myself on my blog so I could very well have looked different to what they expected. I love the gift which Susan made me, it will be put to very good use.Delete
how lovely to meet up and what a lovely giftReplyDelete
We had such a great time meeting up with each other, it's a shame that Susan's going back to Australia today, it would have been lovely to meet up again. I love the gift, it's something I needed and it will certainly get used.Delete
What fun, I met one of my bloggy friends last year, Rowan of Circle of Life when she came to Savannah and she was just as I had imagined her to be.ReplyDelete
Both Susan and Anne were how I'd imagined them to be, I think it's because you do get to know people quite well through their blogs.Delete
Meet-ups with bloggers is great fun! One of my my meet-ups a few years ago led to a trip to Shetland together last year. I'm glad you had such a great time!ReplyDelete
I'm just beginning to find that out. How lovely that you arranged a trip with a blogging buddy, that must have been lots of fun.Delete
I haven't met any blogging friends yet but I would enjoy doing so someday. It sounds like you've had two really nice meet-ups and I'm glad to know everyone enjoyed themselves.ReplyDelete
It's taken me quite a few years to meet a fellow blogger, but it was lovely to meet up with people I've chatted to online for a long time.Delete
That's great that you got to meet up :) You know those of us that live up this way should try to meet up too. What do ya say? Oh, and that is a lovely gift Susan made for you, great fabric!ReplyDelete
It would be lovely to meet more of my bloggy friends. I love the gift which Susan made for me, it's something I needed and will definitely get used.Delete
How lovely! There are so many bloggers I'd like to meet up with over a cup of tea.ReplyDelete
I really enjoyed meeting up with Susan and Anne after chatting to them online for so long. I hope we can do it again soon.Delete
How lovely. I met up with about 12 of my crafty bloggy friends on a day out and it was wonderful, we all hit it off and got on like a house on fire. We havent met up since but still keep in regular contact.ReplyDelete
What a beautiful gift, a lasting momento of lovely day. Xx
What a wonderful day that must have been meeting up with so many of your blog friends. I love the gift, it will bring back so many happy memories each time I get it out of my project bag.Delete
How fabulous to finally meet some blogging chums. i think that's a brilliant idea and another reason we have to thank the blogging world for.ReplyDelete
I'm so pleased that we managed to meet up whilst Susan was in England. I'm sure that Anne and I will meet again as we don't live very far from each other.Delete
Love that fabric, what a lovely gift.ReplyDelete
I've never met a bloggy friend yet.
The fabric which Susan chose for the hook holder is perfect, I love it. It's taken me quite a few years to get to meet a bloggy friend but it was worth the wait.Delete
I giggled when you said it was like going on a blind date! Were you nervous? How lovely of Susan to bring you a present too :-)ReplyDelete
I was a bit nervous when I was meeting Susan for the first time, but it all went so well that I wasn't nervous at all when we met up with Anne. The gift from Susan was lovely.Delete
I had such a lovely morning with you, Anne and your hubbies and am already missing everything including new friends and old, family and the beautiful green countryside. The photos you posted of both Temple Newsam and the hook holder look so good. A big thanks for all those who commented on it and I did try to take some goodies for the people I was seeing and to make sure it was special for them. We are home safe, but "very" tired. Take care.ReplyDelete
I'm pleased to hear that you're home safe and sound. I'm sure it will take a while to settle down in to the swing of things again, you've been so busy while you were over here. It was lovely meeting up with you, both times, it's just a shame that we live so far apart.Delete
How great that you got to meet up and what a wonderful gift as well! xxDelete
I was thrilled to be able to meet up with some bloggy pals. I love the crochet hook holder, a fab gift.Delete
A lovely time was had by all which is just as it should be when the world is full of such wonderful bloggy pals!ReplyDelete
And you were given such a thoughtful gift too.
I think we all enjoyed out meet up, it's a shame that Susan's so far away, it would have been lovely to make it a regular thing.Delete