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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Real Blogging Friendships

I've been thinking of when I first started blogging, which was in 2010.  Daughter number one was home on a visit from Paris, and she suggested that I start a Blog. She was already writing a Fashion Blog herself at that time. 

Anyway, she helped me set it up and off I went. It's really strange when you write your first Post, as you can never imagine anyone out there reading it.  

But, somehow, people do find you - you visit other peoples' blogs, leave a comment, and it gradually builds up from there. My daughter also bought me this little notebook, and it was lovely to find this little note inside it!

Lots of my original bloggy friends no longer write any more, but the lovely thing is, we all keep in touch with each other via Facebook. 

I have some local friends who simply cannot understand friendships via the Internet. But I can honestly say that I have forged really good friendships over these past seven years, with people from this Country, Australia, America, Ireland, Canada, New Zealand, Germany, France, to name but a few. 

We have encouraged and supported each other, seen each other through illnesses, and a myriad of experiences that life tends to throw at us when we least expect it. 

Equally, we have all been there to share in happy times, to see our children and grandchildren grow and flourish, and I know we all take such pride in that.

It's amazing  in those seven years, to see little ones grow from babies, into beautiful children and young adults. I do pray that this crazy world we live in at the moment, will be kind to all these young people of the future. I continue to pray that good WILL overcome evil.

So to each and every one of my friends who I have never actually met, I certainly feel that I know you, and I salute you, for the special people you are, and don't forget ....

Some bright sunflowers to end with, which I spotted yesterday, and I hope you have a lovely weekend. See you again soon. 


Bee Bee said...

I. couldn't have said it any better my awesome friend! Someday!

Glenda Manus said...

I can't remember exactly how I found your blog, Diane, but I remember the two things that drew me in and together we forged a lasting friendship that has given me much pleasure over the years!
1. Your lovely English countryside
2. Your genuinely joyful smile!
So glad we met through our blogs, my friend!

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

A brilliant post Diane. I felt the same when I started blogging . Who was going to read it ..etc etc.. "somehow people found us" . Always intrigued me "HOW" .. trying to explain to people is a bit hard.

We have seen grandchildren GROW πŸ’Ÿ shared our travels and shared lots of up and downs especially through FB.. which I have been very grateful . We certainly have been friends along with many other amazing ladies.

Love your note book and sunflower. 🌻🌻 take care love Anne. Xx

Southhamsdarling said...

Thank you Bee Bee - I'm sure you agree that we're part of a select band of ladies - it would be so lovely if we could all meet up...."some day"!

Southhamsdarling said...

Awww, thank you Glenda (twin!). I really do feel as if I know you personally. It's been fun!

Southhamsdarling said...

Thank you for your lovely comment, Anne. We've seen lots of happenings over the years, haven't we? Some happy and, yes, some sad. We've shared our families , our photos and our travels, and I wouldn't have missed it all for the world. Hugs.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

πŸ’Ÿ nor me .xx

Suzanne Prickett said...

I'm running a bit behind with getting Scootie ready for school. I LOVE your post, Thisisme! I'm glad you still let me call you by "Thisisme", at least in bloggyland! I guess I found you pretty quickly, since I started blogging in 2010 also, I think in May. I did it for me, because my life was so stressful, and, instead of keeping a journal of my troubles, I wanted to express the happier and more creative side of me! And, as you said, "Who Knew if anyone would be looking?" Haha, for a time, I didn't even know how to check and see if there were any views on my posts. When I received my first comment, I got up from my computer, and ran into the bedroom to cry! I was so surprised that someone actually talked to me!

Well, anyway, I'm so happy to know you. I talk to my family and friends as though you just live down the street! I say, "Oh my friend Diane in England has such a lovely family and beautiful gardens." Which brings me to your header picture-that is beautiful! What are those coral/orange colored flowers? They look like double poppies or maybe camelias!

This is a wonderful post that says a lot about friendships can develop and remain true for a long time to come. I treasure our friendship, and, I keep thinking that maybe one day we will meet! Hugs to you, Thisisme! ♥

Southhamsdarling said...

Anne - 😊😊❤️

Sush said...

I truly had tears in my eyes while reading this. I have always felt a great kinship with you via our blogs. I met Emma via her blog, I truly don't remember which of yours I started reading first! Eventually I put it together you were Mother/Daughter. Elise started mein the land of blogging. She said you look be to write. Try this. I don't post much anymore as I haven't been able to resolve the photo issue yet. My sweet husband said one day soon he'll take me to visit the Apple Genius! I love our community of blogging friends and feel as connected with them as my friends that are present off the internet. I too share in all the joys, sorrows and dailies of their lives. So happy we are also FBfriends. Have a wonderful week.
PS Even my children and siblings know who you are! ����

Southhamsdarling said...

Hi there Suzanne - always so lovely to read your thoughtful comments. I presume that Scooter is getting ready to go back to school then? Eli and Ruby return on the 4th Sept, or thereabouts. Where has the year gone??! I also enjoy our friendship, and really do think of you as a 'real' friend. That's such a touching story of how you went into the bedroom and cried when you had a comment on your blog!! Awww. I'm glad that you're carrying the name on - thisisme!! 😊 Would you believe that those orangey flowers in the photo, are roses! I agree - they don't exactly look like roses, do they ?! I often think how lovely it would be if we could meet - perhaps one day. Never say never!! Take care my Texan friend. Hugs ❤️

Southhamsdarling said...

Dear Sush - how lovely to read your comment. We really are a merry little band, aren't we, and it's so good that we're all able to keep in touch touch on Facebook. I always love seeing all your family photos - such a wonderful family you have there, and I've always loved it how you feel, even after all these years, that Steve is the man who hung the moon! I well remember how the penny suddenly dropped with you that Emma was my daughter!! I also feel just as connected with our little group of friends on here. Sometimes I think we spend more time with them, when you think about it, than we do with our friends who are not on the internet. Look after yourself dear Sush.

Sally Wessely said...

Isn't just crazy how we met? I mean really crazy. I know you quite well by now, but I might not recognize you on the street because I've never "met" you in person. I'm pretty sure I would know you though. I don't even know how I found you on the internet. I guess it was fate. You are the best. I'm so glad you and I both took the plunge and began blogging. You are always a bright spot in my day. Hugs. XO

Southhamsdarling said...

Hallo Sally. So good to see you here! Well, hopefully you would recognise me in the street, from seeing all my photos! I would certainly pick you out!! I always enjoyed your writing so very much - it is always so well crafted. It's so sweet of you to leave that lovely comment. Thank you ❤️