Tuesday, 1 February 2011

A Fine Visit

"It was such a fine visit, I can hardly put it into words," Mel said; and, do you know, I'm not sure I have the words either. It was the very nicest Saturday morning I've had in a long time.

I knew it was going to be good, I hoped it was going to be great; but I had no idea, really, of what a completely happy time would be had by all. Every one of us. Husbands, children, hamsters, the lot!

You can tell by the photos. Photos? Of course we took photos! We started with this one:

I'm the shorter one. But you knew that.


then this one:

With the Tall One as photographer


But I think this is my very favourite:

The Tall One, The Small One,  Me, The Boy, The Girl and Mel

Look! Can you believe it? The Tall One, The Small One, The Boy, The Girl, Mel and me - all together in one picture. It makes my heart sing.

Within minutes of that knock at the door, the younger ones were racing up the stairs to play in The Small One's room; and The Tall One, The Doctor and The Accountant were deep in chat about - well, money and history and fees and funding and everything they know best. And we two? With Mel's delicious malteser cake stowed safely in the fridge for later, Mel and I started a conversation which I hope will last a lifetime...

So, thank you "Mels" for coming to visit and making our Saturday so much fun. You are very welcome any time. And everyone else? If "The Mels" are ever down your way, be sure to ask them to call. You'll have a blast. And there will probably be cake.

Mel is also telling this story today - I'm off there now to enjoy it her way!



41 comments:

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Oh! I LOVE this!!! Two of my favorite blog friends and their sweet families. The photos are priceless, Sian. I'm SO happy that you and Mel were able to meet and spend time together! It makes MY heart happy! :o) ♥ !!!

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

PS: I just noticed your label for this post. ha! Super cute. xo

humel said...

I couldn't wait to read about our visit from your perspective - now I just want to rewrite my own post and basically copy yours!! Oh, it was so good to see you. Can't wait for the next time - because I know there will be a next time :-)

humel said...

PS You brought tears to my eyes with this post, you know that?! (Good tears!)

Ruth said...

Yay for blog friends!

Jennifer said...

Totally enjoyed this happy post!! Wow, the tall one is very tall indeed! :)

Sandra said...

I've just read Mel's post :) ... and without being dull and repeating myself ... I have to say, getting to know you both through your lovely blogs, I can tell you both got on so well. How lovely for blogland :)

Cheri said...

This post just made me smile sooooo BIG! Love seeing the two of you and your families all together and being able to really put it into context. And I agree with the Jennifer - the Tall One truly does have the vertical advantage!

scrappyjacky said...

Sounds like the most wonderful day.

Scrappi Sandi said...

**Sigh** I loved reading this & seeing those photo's...how wonderful that you got together...now I want to know how it all came about?!!!

darkpoetess said...

My god. I know you call him the Tall One for a reason, but I never knew it was quite such a valid reason as that! Glad you had a lovely day x

Beverly said...

lol you'll have to tell "The Tall One" he is getting lots of attention for I as well thought wow! she wasn't exaggerating! I actually had to scroll down before I got to the top of another head when I was on Mel's blog! So lovely that ya'll could get together, it sounds like it is the beginning a wonderful relationship between families not just blogfriends.

Jimjams said...

Fab photos - so glad that a good time (and cake) was had by all!

humel said...

From The Girl (although I would prefer to be nicknamed 'the animal lover')

I can remember that trip as clearly as though it was yesterday(although that probably applies since it was three days ago). I really enjoyed playing there. I am glad my mum and you are writing about this visit-it's good to have a reminder of what happened on Saturday 29th January! I can always use these blog posts to remember my good times.

debs14 said...

Sounds like you had a truly memorable time. And thanks for posting so many photos! More portraits of Mel than she posts of herself in a year ;-)
I'm just wondering where Horsey was hiding all the time they were round .....

Ladkyis said...

How marvellous! it's a good job you can't see my face, this colour green is not a good look. I am so envious of your day.

Louise said...

Its lovely to read something so nice and it does look at if you all enjoyed your time together.

Just for the record i too thought " wow how tall!!"

Karen said...

What fun it is to see the two of you together, and even better to see all of your families too. The Tall One is very tall, indeed! Loved reading about your visit. I've had the good luck to meet up with three or four internet friends and all the visits were lovely!

Denise said...

I've so enjoyed reading this and the photos are wonderful- you all look so happy- made my heart happy too xxx yay for blogland!

Amanda said...

Firstly how lovely. It's so nice to hear that when people make friendships in blogland they get on just as well in real life.

....and secondly, Oh My Word. Now I know you call him 'The Tall One' but I just didn't realise quite how tall. Has he got more growing to do - do you think? You may have to re-christen him if so.

Heather said...

Sian you have a Very VERY Tall Son!! Bless him :)
What a fabulous & happy story. So glad you two hit it off (like there was ever gonna be a stilted conversation!)lol.
It makes me smile inside just thinking of the smiles that must have been on your faces!! xx

Karen said...

How fantastic to be able to meet up and know instantly that a long term friendship had been made. I loved both versions of the visit and you all looked so happy in each other's company. xxx

humel said...

From, the BOY!?!?!
(why am i called that? I want Tech or Science.}

All hamsters are cute but their hamster is 99% fluff 1% hamster.
I got a pic of him eating a banana thingummy. [it is bad] OK im going now [or a long time ago].../'#.,
XD Xb

Melissa said...

So jealous, yet so glad y'all had a great visit!

alexa said...

Lovely to see you all from top to toe - don't think I've actually seen you and your own family all starring together like this before! Glad you had such a fine time ...

Liberty :) said...

so gorgeous to see you both!! mel lives so very close to me, I really will have to summon up the courage to meet up!!!!!

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

How very nice to have such great photos of your time all together. Everyone looks like everyone was having a grand time! Thanks for sharing your great pictures.

tea_bag said...

fab photos glad you had a good time

Ginger said...

How wonderful!! So happy you both are sharing your story and nice that you have photos for us to see!

laurie said...

oh, how fun to visit with a blog friend in real life!

Kelli said...

i love these photos. you are completely and utterly fabulous!

scrapchick said...

Looks like a fun day! How nice to get to meet up in IRL with the families!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I am positively green with envy! I'm so glad you two had this time together. I must confess that my favorite picture is the one taken by the small one . . . so great to see the husbands with you.
We'll be in Ireland in Summer, 2012 and will definitely plan a trip up to Belfast. Hint, hint.
Rinda

Becky said...

What fantastic photos! So glad you both had such a wonderful time.

Sandie said...

How wonderful to meet up & have such a happy experience. I loved reading both your stories and it is exciting to learn that real friendships can come from blogging.
I can see where the Tall One gets his name. Wonderful photos. Wonderful memories to hold.

Kristin said...

How wonderful it was that you and Mel were able to combine your boys and girls and tall ones and small ones together, it looks like a fun time was had by all :)

Maya said...

Sounds like you had a great time! I love meeting my fellow scrappers!
Fun pictures! :)

JO SOWERBY said...

aw u look so cute, but exactly how tall is the tall one, he looks well over 6 foot 3! the castle of the cats sounds interesting on mel's blog and sounds like u had a wonderful time together, mel told me on the PHONE!!!!!1 isnt she brave ;-))
Jo xxxx

Rhona said...

What fun to get to meet up (and for everyone to get on ;o) ). One thing I have to say, because it's what struck me first, is how wrong preconceived ideas can be. I always thought you were tall!! Don't know why, it was just my impression - the Tall One certainly is though :)
So glad you both had such a great time!
xx

Giselle said...

How lovely that 2 blog friends got to meet up & with your families too. So glad you all had what looks like a fun time!
And for the rest of us, it's good to 'see' you too!

Gail T said...

How great that you got to meet in person and it sounds like everyone had a super day. Off to read Mel's blog.

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