Goodbye Old Friend and Hello New Friends

This has been an odd week, one tinged with sadness and happiness. This week I said goodbye to an old friend that I know I’ll never see again and hello to 5 new friends.

My old friend and I had known each other for 16 years, we met at Newcastle City Hall at a Van Morrison concert and from that day on we went all over the place together. We went camping in the Lake District together and had such fun, we camped in Wales and Scotland too. My old friend saw me through my divorce and loved my new husband, even came on honeymoon with us! My old friend went to America with me, we climbed to the top of Sentinal Dome and there met my old friend’s distant relation with another lady. We went to Spetses, a lovely Greek island, twice. We travelled to Switzerland and Paris and had such fun. We walked, jogged, gardened, shopped and even slept together! After 16 years enough was enough and it was time to say Goodbye forever. Looking tired and worn, stained and full of holes my Favourite T shirt was cremated in the garden incinerator ;-)

In happier news I met a few Twittermates on Friday and we had great fun. I don’t know about you but I “chat” with lots of people on Twitter but always in the middle of all the, serious tweets and the crazy tweets are tweets from a few people who are always there. My “core group” if you like. Some of them are local to me, one lady almost on the south coast is the furthest away. Somehow, even though I know that some of the group already knew and had met each other before Twitter was popular, I got chatting and tweeting with them. With one lady I discovered she knew a couple of my workmates, yet another liked travel, there’s a guy who loves the mountains and takes great photos, another guy who has given us the best weather forecasts over the winter and kept us amused, one lady works in a great photo studio and has a great sense of humour and the final lady in this group has great chat and loves food and wine as much as I do. In the normal course of my life I perhaps would never have met these new friends, well maybe the mountain guy if I ever get back up those mountains myself ;-)

So when the lady from the South coast decided she was coming to visit a small get together was planned. I’ve been to a “Tweetup” before and it was fun but the group was large and it was difficult to chat to everyone so I liked the idea of a smaller more “exclusive” meeting with them. The weatherguy couldn’t make it, my husband had agreed to work overtime so he couldn’t make it. That left 5 ladies and 1 guy, our party of 6. Rooms were hastily arranged, a table booked, I begged a lift with 1 lady who lives not far from me. There was anticipation in the air.

I met my lift in the car park, it’s always (for me anyway) a little scary meeting someone for the first time and wondering what you’ll talk about but I needn’t have worried, we chatted all the way to the guest house, an hours drive! We met our other friend who was staying in the same place and cracked open a bottle of wine. Another friend picked us up and off we went to meet the remaining 2 in a rather nice place called The Angel Inn. Wine was drunk, gossip shared, secrets let out and there was much laughter. Soon it was time to move on and we walked to Roberto’s, a lovely little bistro, for our meal. More wine was shared, more gossip, more secrets and much more laughter. We were sad that our weather guy couldn’t make it, 1 lady had a plan. A blackboard and pen were borrowed and a message written, a photo was taken and tweeted from the bistro. All too soon it was time to leave, mountain guy had a bus to catch, photo studio lady had a busy day ahead as did travel lady, so 3 of ended up back at the guesthouse and polished off the bottle of wine.

After meeting for breakfast the following morning it was time to head off home. I got my lift home again and the other lady went for a walk before she drove to visit her sister. It was a fabulous time, I loved meeting these people in real life and they are even nicer in real life, easy to talk with, very lovely, caring, generous and jolly folks. I hope we can all meet again sometime and I hope weather guy and hubby can make it too. Maybe sometime I’ll get to meet even more new friends, it’s such fun.

So do you want to see my new friends? The photo isn’t great quality, it’s taken on my mobile, it’s the one we tweeted to weatherguy…..

From left to right we have Megan from @RCP_Photography, @McNeelix, @stewyphoto, @AnnabelWeir and @quirkytraveller , the sign reads “@Cydonia59 wish you were here”.

Thanks to everyone for a really wonderful time :-)


  1. Dragonlady said,

    March 7th, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Sounds like fun indeed! Glad you found a way to get there in the end!

  2. Jim (The Weather Guy) said,

    March 7th, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Damn, feeling even worse now; you are all such hotties (including Stewy). Here’s to the next one xx

  3. admin said,

    March 7th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Dragonlady, ’twas indeed a great time…

    Jim, you still haven’t seen me though, always one to let the side down ;-)

  4. Zoe Dawes said,

    March 7th, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    What a lovely write up of our fab evening Julie. It was such a fun night – noty laughed so much for ages! Look forward to seeing you again VERY soon :-)

  5. Karien said,

    March 11th, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Jools Im sorry about your old friend…Im going to give my old friend away the end of the month so its hard, I know how you feel ;P

    I’ve send a bday postcard to Graeme, do you know if he got it?

    Ooooh dragonlady is here!!!! lol

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