I am so blessed to have met such lovely people here in the WordPress world. As many of you know, I recently went to Cambridge (UK) for a work trip. It was an intensive trip with long work days immediately followed by evening social events. It was a fantastic week actually. Work finished up on the Friday night and the next morning I drove up to London to visit with Justine from Eclectic OddsnSods and Lucile from Bridging Lacunas.
I joined WordPress and started my blog in Late October 2014 then joined the November Photo101 Challenge immediately. Justine, Lucile and I hit it off immediately and keep in touch regularly. I became part of a group now known as Lucile’s Photo101 Rehab Clinic – a group of really talented people who I value my interactions with greatly.
As I said above, I feel truly blessed to have met Justine and Lucile online and I jumped at the chance to meet them in person. It was an exciting thought, although many of the people in my “real life” did find it slightly strange that I was going to be meeting strangers. I was given a lot of interesting advice. For example, I was advised to take photos of the house and street and send it to my parents just in case (I didn’t do this). I guess it was slightly daunting, wondering whether we would get along as well face-to-face but I wasn’t really concerned because we do communicate often and talk about everything.
Justine graciously hosted the meet-up at her lovey home, along with her husband and two gorgeous boys. When I arrived, Justine came out to greet me and I was instantly put at ease by her bright warmth. Then she brought me inside to meet Lucile and her husband and I honestly felt like we knew each other already. It was a great day. Justine had prepared a lavish lunch for us, we had wine, everyone was chatting and taking photos all the time, it was fabulous.
For those of you who follow Justine’s blog, you will remember that she features “Richmond Park” in her Changing Seasons Challenge posts. We were lucky enough to take a walk after lunch through the park, the seven of us and Teddy the dog. We chatted easily the whole time in pairs, in groups and we were all in our elements, cameras at the ready, taking photos again.
We finished the afternoon with a drink at the local pub and then back to Justine’s for cards and a late supper. I believe I am the reigning rummy champion, right girls?!!?
I had a wonderful time with these two gorgeous women and their families and I am so glad that we decided to meet. We will absolutely meet again. I’m also very grateful to Justine for taking us in for the night, it was very generous of her and I was made to feel completely at home.
Good friends should be treasured forever, and these two are certainly lifelong good friends of mine now – we are the three blogger babes!