We only had a little time!
Could, would, our plan to meet up at Manchester airport early in the morning work? Me off the overnight flight from across the pond.......Delila fresh from her flight from Finland.......Eileen hopping off the train from the North to collect her guest and whisk her away for a long awaited first ever visit to England!
Delila, Mary and Eileen
It did, we did! Over cups of British train station tea - thanks Eileen - we hugged, chatted, and exchanged gifts. DH was as excited as I was getting to meet new blog friends - he's always so good about that.
Just who are these incredible, talented, sweet ladies? If you've not visited their blogs you've been missing out.
Eileen is an amazing artist who lives in Cumbria, close to the shore and the beautiful Lake District........lucky gal! She uses the pen name Milly on her blog, and she is just delightful to talk to. Her exquisite illustrations include beautiful items from Nature, found near the water when she takes her interesting walks. You will feel you are walking alongside her at the tide line as she collects shells, feathers, leaves, small creatures, seaweed...the flotsam and jetsam of the sea. You will so enjoy her blog, Drawings From Nature, here. Do stop by and tell her I sent you to enjoy her art. She has been featured in UK Country Living magazine.
Eileen's beautiful gift to me was her portfolio of 8 drawings. These cards may have to be framed to hang on a wall - I don't think I can ever part with them.
Thank you Eileen for this lovely gift.
Sweet Delila and I have been 'chatting' via our blogs for some time. From snow covered Finland last Winter, she shared her dreams of creating jewelry and paper treasures depicting the loveliness of Nature which she views in the woodland. She is studying horticulture, and sometimes works in a florist shop in a small town near to her country home. It was serendipitous learning she was going to make a longed for visit to England as Eileen's guest...............and that we were arriving at Manchester airport on the very same morning in May!
The beautiful gift made by Delila - with a gorgeous tag.
It sits on the buffet in my dining room where I can glance over and view it whenever I'm sitting here at the computer. I really love this piece of art.
Delila's Nature inspired necklaces. I actually won the robin and rust crocheted necklace on her blog giveaway a few months back, and then purchased the other two from her Etsy shop...........asking her to bring them with her rather than send them in the post. They are delightful and bring many compliments.
Delila also gifted me with wonderful Finnish tea, chocolate, and magazines - I'm enjoying all so much, thank you.
Go here to view Delila's blog Robin and the Sage where she shares great photos and stories of her week in England - tell her I sent you.
How about this.........we three also met up again at Beatrix Potter's Hill Top home! We kept in touch and managed to plan to be there at the same time for another brief but fun meeting.
Hey, when you have a chance to meet blog friends from around the world, go for it, say I.