“No distance of place nor lapse of time can lessen the friendship of those who are thoroughly persuaded of each others worth.”
Robert Southey, English Poet 1774-1843
In the few days since we published the first post here, we have reconnected with blogging friends from our other blogs and met some new folk who will no doubt, become friends.
Don’t you just love the blogosphere? Friends, most of whom we have never met, and probably never will. but whom we consider our firm friends.
In fact, in the ten years since I started blogging, I have met only two of these virtual friends in the real world.
Some years ago, when in Oxford in England, I met Sallyann of Photographic Memories. Sallyann was one of the earliest followers of Growing Younger Each Day and over the years we have followed and continue to follow each other’s life. I have been with her, virtually, during her daughters’ weddings, her wishing and talking about going to live to live beside the sea and her subsequent move. i have followed her travels with “hubby” to exciting places in Europe. And I have followed her clever refurbishing of her house and making a garden. By the way she has a pet snake!
And then just two years ago I met Lois Roelofs of Write Along With Me. Lois had just lost her husband and had taken a cruise that included a very short stop over in Wellington. Unfortunately, Covid was just rearing is ugly head around the world and it was some time before Lois could get home again.
Lois is a reasonably new blogging friend, a retired nurse and author, whom I started to follow when she took us through the months following the diagnosis and leading up to Merv’s death. We learned about his absolute faith in God’s forgiveness (not that I think he had done anything awful to need that). We learned also that he refused invasive treatments, preferring to live his life his way util the end. A nd now we have moved with Lois as she dealt, and deals, with life as a widow.
If you don’t know either of these fascinating women, take a trip over to their sites. I am sure you will be interested in getting to know them.
I love meeting new people. I talk to all and anyone when out and about. A trait that used to embarrass my children when they were growing up. And then my grandsons would ask “Granma, do you know that lady/those people?” (and yes. we always spell Granma without the d).
It becomes harder to make new friends as we age. No more parents’ groups, school runs, guides, brownies, football, or netball matches, so now we rely on the internet and our blogging friends.
And for your edification and amusement. Laugh if you will if you live in the frozen north and remember how I bragged I was Summer here. Well Summer came and went on Thursday, November 25. You cannot rely on the weather in Wellington. So apart from hat and sunscreen, I always have a sweater or jacket, and an umbrella is never far away.