I have been thinking about blogs - surely it is rather like the cyber equivalent of Pen pals. Does anyone have penpals these days - or is letter-writing old hat?
I had a penpal for ten years - between being ten and twenty years old, when our school was in contact with a school down South and we all chose a 'friend'. My friend was called Diana Wickens and she lived in Broadstairs in Kent (in the unlikely event that you read this, Diana, do get in touch and let's be penpals again.)
Now, instead of penpals we have cyberpals - many of them, all over the world and from all walks of life. Yet we still have a lot in common because as we trawl through blogland we tend to alight on the blogs of those with similar interests.
I have met several of my cyber pals - in April 2009 the farmer and I met Elizabeth (The World Examining Works - see my blog list) in New York and spent an interesting morning with her - trying out New York Taxis and New York buses - and having coffee in a lovely coffee house which we would never have found - and seeing a super exhibition of German Expressionist painters.
Then in the Autumn of 2009 Rachel (More about the Song see my blog list) with her partner and their daughter (and their Border terrier) called in for a cup of tea and a walk round our fields.
Fiona (Marmalade Rose - see my blog list) lives only a short distance away and once we realised this we met - they came here for strawberries and cream last Summer when we had a glut of strawberries and I went over later in the year for a cup of tea and a chat.
The interesting thing is that in each case I felt I knew the person very well - months of sharing ideas in blogland meant that when we met we were already well-acquainted.
And today has been exactly the same. Because this morning Derrick (Melrose Musings - see my blog list) and his partner called in on their way home from Harrogate. It wasn't like meeting new people - I would have recognised him from his blog photograph - and we had a couple of hours drinking coffee, eating scones and raspberry jam and really getting to know one another.
What a marvellous thing blogland is - I now have a new circle of like-minded friends around the world and I thank Google for it!