It was delightful...
I had the very good fortune to meet a long time blogging friend last week.
Some of you may know Susie @The Mill House. We started writing to
each other within a few weeks of creating our blogs nearly two years ago.
We connected on many levels, it started with our expat backgrounds.
We both travel long distances to be with our children. We both call more than one place home.
We both have children of similar ages and our hearts are split between two hemispheres.
I remember those early days in 2009. Susie had recently moved
from Sydney, Australia to Bath, England. She wrote of her family,
missing Sydney and getting ready for the Christmas holiday in Bath.
I loved seeing her Christmas wreath on her door and her tree strapped onto her car.
I hadn't experienced a northern hemisphere Christmas in ten years. I was so excited for her.
She posted these photos on December 18, 2009. At the time, I was sitting in Sydney
airport with my family waiting to fly to London to start our new life in England.
I was apprehensive yet so excited to read about her Christmas in
Bath that I instantly felt heartened about our move. It was a comforting thought as
I tucked myself into my airplane seat for the long journey to our new home.
Two English women...
Susie was a godsend. Being English herself she gave me tips on what to do and
and when I was feeling most homesick...she would have a way of touching base
and saying just what I needed to hear. Through Susie I met Sarah @ Semi Expat,
another talented English woman living abroad. They kept me well supplied
with tips of what to see and do in London.
All this via two people I happened to meet through my blog.
Susie and Sarah were the first of what my family called my 'imaginary friends'.
They would look over my shoulder and give them nicknames...
Over the past year I have been fortunate enough to meet them all. With each one,
it was like picking up a conversation with an old friend. Wonderful!
My family is delighted to see that Mom is not going crazy
and that these women acutally exist.
Imaginary friends no more. :)
Back to school...
Susie has since started a University degree and has taken a break from blogging.
I love that she still stays in touch, reads along and leaves her thoughtful comments.
I hope one day she will return to the fold and continue to write.
The connection remains and for that I am most grateful. I often think how nice
it would be to put my blogging friends together with my friends from the
different countries I have lived in. I know they would all enjoy each other's company,
so many brilliant and talented women with like minds in one place.
A dream come true!
Susie mentioned that she enjoyed the photos of the chateau we stayed
in during our recent trip to the Loire Valley. As I wandered from room to room,
I often thought how much fun it would be to rent this house with a bunch of girlfriends.
Women on a mission...
a few women,
with a few days to unwind
in a French chateau,
hitting the country roads
en route to French markets and more.
Oh...the fun we would have!
Ready when you are... :)
It takes a blog....
for wonderful things to happen.
two top images~susie