Over the years my list of 'blog friend meetings' has grown. No matter in which country - yes I've met some lovely bloggers overseas on my travels - every gal, often with the patient hubby tagging along which is always great as Bob is usually with me, has meant a delightful day spent in the company of some very special friends.
Marilyn, Mary and Jim - Portland friends forever.
After about five years as online friends I had such an enjoyable time with Marilyn of the lovely blog Delights of the Heart, and her charming husband Jim, they made us more than welcome on this quick visit back to Portland, one of our favorites....the City of Roses.
We drove 9 plus hours from Northern California to Portland......and on arrival Marilyn insisted we pop over to her lovely home for her freshly baked apricot pie and Oolong tea.......even though it was quite late. Marilyn is to me the diva of tea.....knowing so much more than I will ever comprehend about the growing and preparing of delicious teas from around the world. Yes, yes, know I'm the English gal here, but I grew up loving coffee and didn't really start enjoying a good afternoon cuppa at 4 pm until after I emigrated to the USA.
Because Jim is an accomplished Master Gardener who specializes in heirloom roses, Marilyn's garden is gorgeous. The flowers and shrubs were at their peak and, with perfect weather of bright sunshine and blue skies, and perfect temperatures, I was able to ooh and aah constantly when we returned the next morning to start a wonderful day exploring the city.
First stop was at the breathtaking Multnomah Falls.......a full day followed perfumed with roses and other fun surprises.
OK, now in Seattle and off to the airport for an early morning flight back east. More next time on Portland's special places........then on to meet Washington State friends.
This has been a whirlwind trip and so much fun.