Linda (aka Bag Lady in Waiting) scoured the internet, looking for a list of suitable accommodations, and we all were drawn to idyllic sounding Lavender Hills Farm on Vashon Island. Within a matter of days, the dates were set, the farmhouse was booked, and we'd all sent Linda our share of the rental.
And then, in the hustle and bustle of September, I sort of put any thoughts about the "blogger weekend" out of my head.
Suddenly, it was October, and emails were flying, filled with who was bringing what, and who was driving with who, and who was arriving when. Deb and I met up, giddy as school girls on holiday, to make the drive north on what promised to be a glorious fall Friday.
And glorious it was, despite losing our way enroute to the ferry, and while finally on the ferry, receiving a phone call from our unmet new friends, telling us they also were lost (but finally found!) and discovered Deb & I would arrive at our destination first, instead of last.
We arrived, and met with the caretaker, who gave us a tour of truly one of the most beautiful old farm houses I've ever had the privilege to visit. Every step, every corner turned, drew oohs and aahs. (alas, I neglected to take many photos, and actually can't find my camera at the moment, so if you want to see photos, hop on over to DJan's blog!)
Deb and I were just finishing unloading the van when our weekend roommates drove up. We all hugged like long lost friends, and immediately DJan had her camera out. The tone was set and a passerby would have never guessed we'd met only moments before. Our time flew and was truly a fantasy come true.
Were there "surprises"? Oh yes, but learning more about our cyber friends only made them more endearing. We discovered much more in common than previously known, and tenuous connections via blogger were strengthened and woven tightly together during our time spent sharing, exploring, discovering and eating!
Rounding out our group of six was Sally, who came all the way from Colorado, and Jann, both of whom have written their own versions of our fantastic weekend!
|Linda, Sally, DJan, Deb and Jann|