The chiccas meet up in London!
I am very errant in posting this so late, life has been grabbing me by many pairs of hands and keeping me busy, overly busy. But not this weekend just gone but the one before was a very special time for me.
Last November I met through Photo101 a few new blogger buddies, ones that I just hit it off with instantly and since then we have been in communication through various formats and having fun!
With Lucile I have been having many chats, crazy chats, the craziness mostly instilled by myself and I am always amazed at the twists and turns the conversations take, but that is how it is with great friends right? With Desley we have a four legged romance going on, her cute Gidget and my Teddy. There is evidence through Twitter of many #puppylove messages going back and forth. But moreso, just conversing with Desleys gentle nature is like a breath of fresh air.
Then the opportunity to meet came up. I jumped at the chance, threw myself in legs and arms and offered my house as a bolt hole. The offer was taken up, the weekend arrived. Lucile and hubby were taking a flight over from Amsterdam to come and see me for the Saturday night and suddenly I was overwhelmed, thinking crickey these people are getting on a plane just to come and see me. Then Desley who had already flown over from Australia, diverted her much loved fun in Cambridge and came to see me also, before flying away with Lucile and hubby back to Amsterdam to go to a Kings Party!!!
I must admit I spent two weeks like a nutter, tidying up my very eclectic and then messy house. Then the night before came, the nerves started, then the morning, wow, butterflies in my stomach “how will we get on, will it be as good as when we text and chat, will there be awkward moments, will the connection still be there?” I am sure these are common thoughts and questions in these situations.
I had nothing to fear, in fact I could not have imagined a weekend to go better and I was on a high afterwards of which I did eventually come down with a great big thud.
I met Lucile and hubby first. I opened the door and flung my arms around her like a wolf grasping it’s prey, she didn’t scream of flinch and embraced me back. Then it was time to give her hubby a not quite so wolfish hug (seeing as he is 6ft something and towers above me) and we huddled in to the house where conversation started to flow and my nerves began to calm.
I will mention that Lucile also enabled my chocolate addiction by bringing me a copious amount of treats, of which I have squirrelled most away to a safe destination where no-one will find the, hopefully I will be able to, but with my memory there is no guarantee. I also got gifted some gorgeous pottery, simply divine.
It’s a different thing meeting people who are in some ways strangers but to have them where you live, being a hostess, will the kids behave etc etc, lots of things to throw in to the cooking pot.
Desley then arrived not long after, she was welcomed with a wolf hug too (really I know don’t say it, wolves don’t hug), the kids arrived at the same time, plus Shrek.
It was like finding the last pieces of the puzzle, everything slotted in nicely and flowed smoothly. I felt an aura of friendship blossoming and infusing through the house, banter ensued and smiles dotted around the room.
We had a big lunch, plenty of fizzy stuff, then a walk through Richmond Park, then my local pub, then back for more drinks and games of rummy. Of which it turned out that Desley was superior and thrashed us all. We will be practising for the next time we meet.
I had to include this photo, my photography antics were getting less by this time, but I caught Desley giving me one of her discerning looks and changed her in to the Mona Lisa me thinks! Lovely.
I did get Lucile’s camera, without it being in her hand, but I have now lost it, it’s probably gone back home to her hand LOL! She’s a sneaky one, turn your back and there she is taking a shot, left, right, centre, up , down, no one is safe when Lucile is around.
Ok, now I know these are nutty. I never even saw the film these characters came from. But Desley gave me Stuart I think his name is and her’s is Lucy, well it seems not only the dogs are having a love in but well Stuart and Lucy had a drinking night, cards and cake, what more could two plastic people want? The redhead gets the guy! I think Teddy wants to eat them.
The next morning we all woke up bleary eyed, well I did, but the others seemed bushy tailed and bright eyed. I made them a special breakfast and started to get that horrible sick feeling knowing that the end was looming.
I must say I had a hard job of holding back my tears, silly I know, or is it? These are two people that I am very sad about that they don’t live here, but hey Amsterdam isn’t too far and well Desley WILL BE BACK, as Arnie said!
I have heard people say many a time that online friendships can be fickle. I myself have spent a long time online in the gaming environment (in the past, not now), but know that friendships can be ‘made’ online, but the minute you step away you are forgotten about, the minute you no longer log online, you don’t exist and this can be very, very hard especially when emotions are invested.
However, I have a great feeling that this is very different and that our friendships will stand the test of time and that we will meet again very very soon. In fact planning on it.
I have affectionately gone from calling them (us) the 3 Muskateers to The Chiccas! My lovely chiccas ❤
So if you have some blogger buddies you want to meet, go and do it, take a chance, you will most likely be pleasantly surprised.
PS If your reading this, chiccas, I miss you guys! ❤
© Justine Nagaur