Thursday, 10 June 2010

Blind Date

Before I went to St Ives, I had arranged to meet Carolyn of Love Stitching Red.


We arranged to meet in a cafe on the Wharfe, and I said she would recognise me as I would be wearing my felted red heart that Collette had made for me, however, I realised when I got there that she hadn't said how I would recognise her. So on Tuesday morning, I sat waiting for Carolyn, smiling very excitedly at anyone who smiled at me first, and as Carolyn approached and waved, I thought she might be waving at someone behind me!!


This was my second bloggy blind date, and I was really looking forward to it as my first date with Lyn had gone so well. Carolyn and I got the important things sorted first - what cake were we going to have!! The biggest ones of course!


I can report that our meeting was a great great success. We chatted away for ages about EVERYTHING. It amazes me that 2 strangers can rabbit on as if they have known each other all their lives. We swapped bloggy gifts - I gave Carolyn a bag of "Yorkshire" goodies, and she had made me some utterly gorgeous goodies - some fabulous intricately embellished hearts - her work is stunning. Unfortunately I can't show you these yet as my camera broke before I had chance to snap these, I am hoping to buy a new camera at the weekend, so you wont have long to wait. And here she is, the lovely lady herself. Thank you so much Carolyn, it was one of the highlights of my holiday. Looking forward to doing the same thing next year.

Whilst chatting, Carolyn mentioned that Lesley Ninnes would be working in her gallery (next door to the cafe) the day after, so on Wednesday, on my way to the beach, I called in and introduced myself. We had a great chat - Lesley is St Ives born and bred and has some lovely stories of her family being born there too - I'd love to hear more of what St Ives was like when it was a big working harbour Lesley (The little museum gives you some idea and it looks fascinating). Lesley is going to join Carolyn and I next year when we meet up - How about you too Noelle if you are free?


Its great meeting other bloggers - especially when they are so lovely. Thank you ladies for meeting me and entertaining me so well.
xxxx


21 comments:

Michela said...

Hi Diane! I do love blind dates very much! I even hosted a bloggy friend for one whole weekend without having met her before! :)
xxxx

Joanne said...

Bloggy friends are the best sort of friends.
Glad you had such a good time.

Joanne x

Jenny said...

What a nice thing to do. I suppose you already had lots of common interests, including cake obviously, but its lovely that you got on so well.

Jill said...

Cake always seems to get conversations off to the best start.

Maybe I'll be able to meet up with you when I'm next up in York (or is that too far away?). I'm hoping to go up for a few days with Violet over the Summer.

Jill x

Lalabibaby said...

Bloggy blind dates .... what a lovely way of describing them. You are quite right it is amazing how two strangers can chat for ages and maybe it's because us bloggers have similar interests that our families don't always share. I've had a couple myself and can thoroughly recommend them.

Young at Heart said...

what a very heartwarming story on a cold summer's day....now I want cake!!

Menopausal musing said...

What a brilliant thing to have done! :O)))))))))))))

The Curious Cat said...

Oh how nice! I almost met a fellow blogger once when we discovered she worked at the same company as me but then it never materialised...guess we were shy and a bit busy! So glad it went well! xxx

Julia said...

Ah that is such a nice story Diane!! Isn't Carolyn lovely? I often visit her blog as I find her work amazing, and you are so lucky to have met her. That cake looks the business, I could murder a slice of that right now!).

Glad you had a good time together!

Love Julia x x x

Scented Sweetpeas said...

How fab, like you say it must be really strange meeting a stranger but you know so much about each other so feel as if you have met a thousand timesbefore.

Ticking stripes said...

I did this with Elaine of "Jaboopee" over in Dublin earlier this year - and you're right its just lovely! (Lusting after your beach finds from your last post.)

noelle said...

Right on! I'll be there. Sorry i missed you this time!! x x x x

Lisa said...

It's lovely that you were able to combine a meet up with your hols. And eat cake too!
Lisa x

A Country Girl said...

We have a bloggy meet up planned in Suffolk in a couple of weeks - should be fun!

CAROLYN SAXBY said...

Hello bloggy blind date :o)
Lovely post! I still haven't done mine yet, but will do it soon. Glad you liked your goodies. Hubby and I enjoyed our Yorkshire tea and other treats. Thank you so much for your lovely thoughtful bag of Yorkshire. Yes, it will be nice to have cake and tea with Lesley and Noelle

Bye for now
xoxoxoxo

bad penny said...

Carolyn is a sweetie & soooooo talented. I adore her work. How lovely to meet up.

I spoke to Amber ( Amber Isle ) while I was in Yarmouth but we couldn't meet. She said to give her number to Jess who is at the IOW festival this weekend for emergancies / shower/ bed to sleep in....isn't that kind ? we've never even met ! That's Bloggers for you.

I'm meeting two bloggers in london later this month.

Gilly said...

You had a wonderful time, I can tell!! I'd love to meet a few bloggers, but no chance so far! I'm sure it will happen soon! :)

Rosie said...

How lovely to have a meeting whilst you were on holiday - looks like you both enjoyed yourselves - the cakes look delicious! Now I'm trying to think of a lovely place in Derbyshire where we can sit and eat cake:)

Zannah said...

What a great idea - meeting bloggy friends and eating cake (possibly one of my favourite activities!!)

JP said...

I know exactly where you were on the photo as we were in St Ives at the end of april - I hope you had some fish and chips from the place near by as they were fantastic! - the photos are great

elsy said...

looks like you had a fab holiday diane.....and met a bloggy friend too....would be a bit nervous of that (not sure why!)