Wednesday, 23 July 2008

Only the waitress was suspicious...of the blushing blonde in the corner....

Right then. Where do I start? How do four complete strangers end up meeting in an pub for an evening's chinwag? How did I feel about it all? I got there at 7.20pm and without looking around at all...I rushed straight into the ladies' loo to calm down. "Oh bother! I've not got a newspaper to hide behind, whilst I am waiting," was my immediate thought. Anyway when I felt braver I peered round the door and had a look around. Everyone in the posh pub seemed to know one another. All seemed calm and everybody was having a good night out. Nobody seemed to notice there was a lunatic in their midst. I ordered my cappuccino, set up my stall (so to speak) at the front of the pub to keep a look out for other blogging lookalikes ("What on earth DO bloggers look like?"I quietly panicked)...and told myself :"Deep breaths, take deep breaths darling, think cool, calm, collected!" ....whilst still blushing to the tips of my (not so) natural blonde roots. ("HELP!") Anyway, they, expatmum, Mutterings and Meanderings and Mutterings from the Mill , turned up! "Hurrah! I'm not going to sit on my own all night looking like a lemon."

We chatted all evening and found we had quite a few things in common. We put the world to rights and more besides. I enjoyed myself so much that I decided to prolong the Cinderella/werewolf bewitching hour and leave AFTER it turned dark! The 100 mile round trip was definitely worth it...even though I knew that I would have a lot of explaining to do, in years to come, to my children... (damn! Frog in the Field has stolen that line already)... "Why can Mummy meet strangers off the internet when we can't?" "Because these people are the nice ones, m'dears, and mummy just knows these things." (Does she heck?!!) But, hey, we got away with it and a good time was had by all...

My Diver (Hubbie), on my return, wanted to know what we'd talked about. "Well, just about everything" I replied. I told him their names. And he got confused poor love. "Why do they all have CB radio handles?" he asked, "Which one is Rubber Duck?" "Which one was sitting on that bale of hay in that photo in the Telegraph?" "She wasn't there, my sweet." I replied. "Can we discuss your fantasies later?"

23 comments:

Potty Mummy said...

Oh, that bale of hay... Frog will be delighted, I would imagine! It sounds like a great evening, and thanks so much for the award HT: I promise to properly acknowledge it on my next post!

Mutterings and Meanderings said...

Ah, we're all normal really! Was great to meet you and thank you for the undeserved award.

(whispers) I've written a post too...

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Knitting patterns?

Expatmum said...

Actually we didn't get round to knitting this time....2009 perhaps. I still feel guilty about that 100 mile round trip especially as mine was so short. Mind you, @themill suggested the pub so there was no "agenda" working on my part.
A great evening.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

...Thank you again to one and all. Aha! A new trend: "drinking bloggers". We could invite Drunk Mummy to be guest of honour.

Milla said...

came to you via my friend (real friend!) Jane (Exmoorjane). How exciting to have met up with so many bloggers in one go.

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Wow, you got to meet M and M, AND you've made her write again! Big respec' for HT! (nearly wrote HRT, that doesn't apply i'm sure).

I also met up with another blogger recently, and had to very carefully explain to my children that no, they didn't know her, and err, no, I hadn't met her before, but what fun we're going to have! my mother in law said it's just like modern-day penpals, so there you go.

Now i'm wittering.

Pigx

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Milla and Pig! Pleased to meet with you, at least in blogosphere (as YP neatly put it). It was exciting (for me anyway). I love that...modern day pen pals at the speed of pixel light! Super. I might pinch that one. (You're almost right with HRT, Pig, give me time, give me time...)

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Point of order, Pig, I did not get M&M blogging again. I reckon she thought she could show these blogging youngsters (ha,ha) a thing or two!

Hadriana's Treasures said...

....Er...where was I?...It's great that M&M's writing again. (Sorry...trying to get younglings to eat their tea (translation: supper). Can't multitask to save my life...can't even monotask...?!)Bye for now, Hadriana.

@themill said...

Oh Lord - now I feel guilty that I only had a 60 mile round trip...
Funny old thing this blogosphere - I haven't met a blogger yet I didn't like and find a surprising amount in common!
Thank you for the award - I shall help myself to the cricket stumps when I have enough time to redecorate the vacated homestead....

Maggie May said...

Wow all you bloggers meeting up & travelling miles to do so! Glad you all had a really good time.
Hadriana, I like your blog and think you write a great post! I am going to delve through the archives a bit! thanks for visiting mine!

Frog in the Field said...

Hmm, Thanks!
As Potty says..that bale of hay!
That photo is haunting me. At least I'd be recognised at a gathering, if I wore my wellies, that is!

Pig told me it was strange talking to me on the phone, pfft! Can't imagine why, I was trying to be so sensible!

rosiero said...

What with the Bamburgh crowd all meeting up and now you lot, perhaps we ought to have a meeting down South too.

Sandi McBride said...

Now see, that's brave...but like you I feel that I have chatted with most of my blogpals long enough to know that a. they're not serial killers and b. they're not cereal killers and c. they probably look as ordinary as I do...which can also be said of a. Oh oh...no, I'd love to meet you in the local pub...if we had one. If I build it will you come?
hugs
Sandi

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hello again @themill - I don't mind the trip...my folks (some of them) live over on the East Coast so I'm used to that size of journey. You can have the cricket award no problem. Help yourself. After all you stumped up for the comestibles and potables...for which I'm very grateful. Can the award tempt you back to blogging again? (Hint. Hint.)

Hi Maggie - lovely to "meet you". Glad you like my scribbles. Feel free to have a delve. I will return the compliment.

Hello Frog. Nice to have you pop by. Funnily enough we saw lots of tiny little baby frogs out at Walltown this morning. They were very entertaining...a bit like their namesake's blog and wellies!

Hi Rosiero. Sounds like a good idea to me. I look forward to reading about it in your blog some time. I'd recommend it any day! Who would you invite?

Hello Sandi. Wow...that sounds very much like "Field of Dreams" to me. Yep! Can't refuse an offer like that...I'd be delighted.

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Maggie...Your kind words really touched me. It's always a great ego boost to find that other bloggers like "the blog what I wrote" and you have been extremely generous with your compliments. I'll definitely be over at yours to have a rummage. Thank you so much once again. (Multas gratias tibi ago.) Hadriana xx

Sandi McBride said...

Wanted to remind you I have an award for you at my place...you'll find it just before the photo challenge post...hugs
Sandi

Gill - That British Woman said...

that's really neat that you had a chance to meet.........

Gill

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi Gill. Thanks for popping by. Feeling a bit brain dead as the children (now on holiday) have taken to living during the night rather than the day. I suppose it stops them getting sun burnt! (Weather has picked up here now I'm glad to say.)

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

I really feel l missed out here...its sounds wondefully, chummy, warm and laughter....just what the doctor ordered....and natural next sep to chatting on the net.
I kow many finding it 'weird' that people meet on the net, but its just the modern way....and in a society where many people seem to be withdrawing and not reaching out..this is refrshing and rewarding on many levels.


l'm green with envy....like lve just received a postcard, ' wish you were here!'

FFF, Cumbria...

Hadriana's Treasures said...

Hi FFF, I feel really bad now. "Honest Indjun" I didn't realise you were in the 'hood! Otherwise you'd have definitely had an invite! Aaagh! Next time around...hinny..you'll be there. BTW I'll pop over to yours to say "hi"!

family affairs said...

That must have been a lovely evening and thanks very much for my new award....no idea what it means, but it is as you say very elegant....Lx