I've been home a few days now, settling back into the gentle rhythm of my life here, and yet savouring my time spent with my family. Time 'up country' is invariably busy, catching up not only with family, but also with friends old and new. I think it would also be fair to say that in practice this involves moving seamlessly from one eating extravaganza to the next - with barely time to digest one feast before the next is in front of me!
I also had the chance to meet some blog friends, and turn them from virtual friends into reality. This is a little scary....as I've said before, the self-doubt creeps in, and more to the point, will we even like each other, or have anything to talk about? I met up with Ginny on a warm sunny saturday afternoon in the lovely village of Shere - about the half way point for both of us. Ginny has already blogged about our afternoon here. While I was waiting for Ginny to arrive I sat in the sunshine, watching the ducks splashing about in the stream. This little guy stood out a mile:
Have you ever seen a mohican duck? He was clearly loving all the attention. Apart from the sky kiss at the end of the afternoon, (see Ginny's blog) that's the sum total of our photos. No arty pics of frothy cappuchino and delicious cake...we were far too busy chatting. We sat in the garden of the Lucky Duck, drinking tea (and yes, I was the only one eating cake. Again.) and talking...and talking...and talking. It is lovely making virtual friends via your blog, but even better when you turn that into a real get-together, and that sense of connection is beyond what you could possibly have imagined. I'm still savouring that afternoon, and in fact a part of me wants to selfishly keep it all to myself, it was that special. It strikes me too that as we get older the opportunity to make new friends sometimes diminishes. Blogging has certainly broadened my horizons for the better.
Ginny generously gave me one of her lovely flower corsages - in my favourite colour, blue! She also printed me a beautiful photo she took of agapanthus, originally posted on her Sweet Myrtle blog, along with a card of the same photo.
Ginny, thank you so much, I love your gifts, and spending time with you was a real pleasure. I hope we can do it again soon. Pipany, would you care to join us? We missed your presence, but felt you there in spirit!
As I drove back to my father's house the sun was setting - a glorious golden glow, which pretty much sums up how I was feeling after my afternoon with Ginny.
Warm, cosy, glowing inside, and with a real sense of gratitude for time spent with someone special.
Thank you Ginny!