Wednesday, June 6, 2012

A Meeting of Blogs

When I first started this blog it was because a friend of mine created a short-term vacation blog to share with friends and family.  I had a collection of postcards I thought people might find interesting, so I decided to give it a try too. Other than that, I had few expectations. I hadn't thought about where it would all lead, much less what I might discover on other blogs.

In fact, I had no idea of the great variety of blogs and the incredible effort that goes into maintaining them.  My favorite blogs have inspired new interests and effectively transported me to places I have never visited. When you follow blogs for a long time, you start to feel a virtual connection not only to the blogs, but also to the authors you've never met. As closely as you follow other blogs, you don't really expect to meet your fellow bloggers though, especially those that live halfway around the world. That all changed when the architect who steals my covers and I started planning a trip to England.  The next thing I knew, we  were meeting up with Alan, famed blogger of News from Nowhere, and his wife in Huddersfield.

If only Alan's blog had mentioned how good his homemade chips are, we might have made the trip sooner. But Alan also had a special surprise for us; he had also planned a meeting with Jennyfreckles of the Saltaire Daily Photo. Off we went to Saltaire, and here's the evidence.

Alan, Christine, and Jennyfreckles 
The lovely and animated Jennyfreckles treated us to a comprehensive walking tour of Saltaire. I was initially sorry that I didn't take more photographs, but there is really no need. Anytime I want to see the best of Saltaire, I can just visit the Saltaire Daily Photo, which Jennyfreckles has now incorporated into her blog Salt and Light.

Alan also took us on a driving tour that included the moors and Haworth, home of the Bronte sisters. It was amazing to see the parsonage where they were raised, but we also had the good fortune of arriving just in time for Haworth's annual 1940s weekend.  It was like stepping back in time.



Although this visit to Huddersfield and Saltaire represented just a few days in three-week trip, it was truly a highlight and a memory we will cherish for a very long time.

21 comments:

  1. Christine, it was so lovely to meet you both - and Alan and his wife too. You maybe shouldn't have mentioned Alan's chips - we'll all want some now! Glad you enjoyed your whole trip; you got a bonus in Haworth, love the policeman in your photo.

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  2. And the memory of your visit will live long with us as well. Chips are always available at our house - and bloggers are always invited.

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  3. I've enjoyed reading all 3 versions of your get together. Each of you makes the other two sound like wonderful people, as I'm sure you all are. Jim

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  4. This is wonderful -- sounds like a lovely meeting and great connection between people and the photos are terrific. (I'd like to try the chips!)

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  5. Lovely to see you all, looks like you had a great time :)

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  6. What fun that the 3 of you managed to meet up! The 1940's weekend is a great idea :-) Off to see what Jennyfreckles wrote about your meeting :-)

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  7. Ah, Christine, this post makes me envious that I'm not a world traveller! When I was a kid I heard the phrase, "the world is getting smaller." I truly believe that the world IS getting smaller because of blogs and the connections people make because of them. I'm glad you had such a good time on your trip. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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  8. You lucky lady! And a visit to Haworth too. When I went to Haworth it was in the fall with a cold breeze blowing leaves down the street next to the parsonage, street lamps lit. And that cemetery, right in front of their home. No wonder they wrote the amazing books they did.

    Again, you lucky lady meeting Alan.

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  9. Let's hope that the Bobby wrote a 1940s parking fine.

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  10. Would love to have joined you all for the 1940s weekend!!

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  11. Chips? Did I hear you say CHIPS! Wow, how wonderful...first to be in England, (I so love it there too) but to meet Alan, (although it probably felt like you already knew each other...but how cool is that! I just adore the snapshots, and especially the last jolly car and officer (?) too!

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  12. looks like everyone had such fun!!...and to meet each other!!!
    thanks for sharing!!

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  13. nice! And that 1940s weekend sounds pretty cool.

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  14. For those of you wondering, the individual on the left of the first photo (with the long ears) is not me- pity, I'm not nearly as cute... We had a wonderful time with Alan and jennyfreckles as guides, their knowledge, wit and kindness giving us an intimate perspective on the area we would otherwise never have experienced- many thanks to them!

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  15. I've popped over from Alan and Jennyfreckles. I love the photo in Roberts Park. You really do look like long-time friends!

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  16. Hi Christine .. seems like the perfect time .. great that you were able to see so much - and I can quite believe you all felt at home together .. It's been fun seeing the three of you together and on each other's blogs ..

    Love the York photos in your next post - cheers for now .. Hilary

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  17. How exciting for all of you. What fun to meet fellow bloggers. I think all of us Sepia Saturday bloggers would feel like old friends. It would be great to have a "convention" "reunion" "meet-up". Not sure what to call it.
    Barbara

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  18. I’m so pleased to hear that your visit to Alan’s neck of the woods went well and here are your great photos to prove it. I can only agree that Alan and Isobel are lovely folk. It felt surreal when we all met here in Lanzarote a few weeks ago, but now it all seems like we’ve known each other for years.

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  19. What a fantastic gathering!

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  20. What a wonderful trip, Christine! Anytime you and your architect want to play with some toys, you can come visit me!

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