My dear friend, Alice's mother Cheryl is staying with us for three weeks. I met Cheryl when we were in the monastery together in New Mexico. We were in our early twenties. Cheryl was from Australia, we became steadfast friends.
In the last few months I have met so many of you I could fill my blog full of stories, cherished moments and good laughs. Though most the time, I forget to take a photo because I am caught in the moment of excitment, and only afterwards kick myself,
Three women out of the blue have come up to me and said,
All three times I have asked, "Do I know you?" in which they have replied, "No, I know you from reading your blog." Each time that has happened I have thought,
"Thank goodness I thought I was losing it."
Gael is from Australia, I met her in Paris. After she said hello we had a hot chocolate together I invited her to come and stay with us in Provence. I introduced her to Thierry. Long story short I might be a match maker again.
Bells ringing, hearts singing, and a gentleness towards Thierry as he follows his heart.
Natulka I met in Avignon at an antique fair. Natalka is from Canada. While at the fair we spotted Keira Knightley, Keira's husband and mother. Natulka is an international antique dealer, and has a vacation home that she rents out in Uzes (if your interested let me know and I will send you her email.) We shared lunch, stories and hopefully will meet up soon again.
Catherine is French but lives in Seattle. When she came up to me she was with her beautiful mother. We talked in English and French. We had similar stories and shared much in the little time we had together.
As Chelsea has said in meeting many of you (who have stayed in our apartment in Paris and in Provence) "Mom, your blogger friends are the most genuine kindhearted people in the world."
It is true.
Thank you for your generous friendship throughout these years...
I had the enormous pleasure of meeting Rebecca! Those of you who read my blog and comment section know that Rebecca writes often and says things with a twist of humor. I put her in the category with: Diogenes, Franca Bolla and my brother Mat. After meeting her I was certain she would fit in the same happy boat if need be with Diogenes, Franca Bolla and my brother Mat. When Rebecca and her husband came over to our house one of the first thing she said was: "Oh this is like a storybook come alive... there's the fountain, there's the wallpaper, there's the bathroom..." I sill laugh thinking of that.
By the way Rebecca is really tall, compared to me.
We saw Julia and her partner again! I can not have enough of them. Julia makes me laugh out loud!
We met Rachel and her husband in Aix. They invited us to dine with them. Rachel is a card maker extraordinaire!!! If ever she starts to sell them I will let you know. Rachel has lovingly sent Annie her hand made cards through out the year. Annie loves them so much.
Last year I offered a giveaway on my blog to five readers on my blog to come and stay with us for a week. We meet Teresa and Dave, and guess what they are coming back for two weeks this September!
Eileen was another winner that day. Eileen came with her two friends, Renate and Susan. We had a lovely time together, the three of them were childhood friends. I enjoyed their company so much so that they promised to come back and stay with us next year.
Carrie I met through blogging when she came to Marseille. Within the same hour she invited me to come stay with her in Ireland. I took her up on that offered and stayed with her for two weeks. This year she came and stayed with us.
We also met Merisi and later Lieselotte in Austria.
I best stop because there are so many of you I have met this year that if I keep going it is going to take hours to read.
I wish I had taken photos of each and everyone of you that I have met through blogging and throughout the years! Please if and when I meet you REMIND me to take a photo of us together.
A rough calculation I have met nearly 300 people who read my blog.
This year alone probably fifty or so already.
Have I met you? How did you find my blog?