It’s close to five years ago since I first began this blog, not having a clue what I was doing. Over time I’ve discovered I’m not interested in blogging for money, doing reviews or pushing for likes and followers.
This is my happy space. That place where I quite literally can put ‘My thoughts on a page.’ Beginning the blog coincided with a sad and difficult year in my life when my friends young boy became ill with leukemia and left this world, hopefully for a new adventure, eleven months later.
It was then I discovered that those I’d met here online were more than just followers. They read my posts and walked alongside me when the world seemed a darker place. Many of those who I first encountered almost five years ago, are still reading the nonsense I often write, and despite the fact we’ve not met I would consider them ‘friends’.
Last year I got to meet one such blog buddy, Beth, from ‘I didn’t have my glasses on.’ She came to Ireland for a holiday and penciled me in for a visit. What a fun afternoon we had and she was exactly how I imagined her to be in every way. It was a real highlight of last Summer.
Then would you believe it, it happened again. One of my best blog buddies Colleen, better known as Chatter Master from ‘The Chatter Blog’ messaged to say she was coming to Ireland and would like to meet.
So yesterday was the day. I picked what I hoped would be a good place, lunch in a castle by the sea, and unlike normal me I got there early.
The day wasn’t too unkind to us. I walked into the courtyard and looked about, not expecting to see her, as remember I was early. But there she was, sitting at a bench, hair spiked, eyes sparkling, with the brightest of smiles on her face. I couldn’t quite believe it. We embraced as good friends do, despite never having met before and then again just for good measure.
Our lunch was a fun affair with plenty of laughter and stories shared. All too soon it was time to say goodbye. We exchanged gifts. I gave Colleen a small plaque with an Irish expression I’d used many times before, ‘Ah for Fecks sake’ on it (Don’t tell, but I’d given Beth the same gift last year and it had gone down well). I was more lucky in the gift department and Colleen gave me three of her books, much to my delight.
We had a quick photo shoot with her lovely other half suffering through our dislike of every photo he took, and then they were gone.
Today it’s all just a memory, but I will for a very long time treasure that first moment we set eyes on each other, two friends who have shared so much, finally stepping out from behind our laptops.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday Colleen and David. It was a real joy to meet you both. Safe travels.
Here’s the final photo we were both happy with.
photo credit: Angelbattle bros Best of friends. Christina and Pippa the black Lab. via photopin (license)