I should have been painting our cabin in the garden today (yes, still!) but instead I escaped to London for a day with some fellow quilters. They are all names and faces who I have only known through Flickr and blogs until today, but who still feel like old friends.
We walked round Islington in the spring sunshine, admired the fabrics in Ray Stitch, discussed blogs, quilt blocks, patterns and the Great British Sewing Bee, drunk coffee and ate lunch.
As if that wasn't enough treats for one day, the train journey there and back meant I had 4 wonderful uninterrupted hours on the train to read my book (Past The Shallows by Favel Parrett) I can't remember the last time that happened!
It would have been so easy not to bother to go, so easy to make excuses and stay home (we have no roof, no one would have argued!) but I went and I'm so glad I bothered. It was wonderful to meet the people I'm making bee blocks for (and I'm relieved to discover that none of them are perfectionists or ogres!) to talk about blogging with other people face to face and to discuss fabrics and patterns in a language we all understand.
I always worry that I sound a little crazy when I talk to the wider world about my friends in the blogging community, so it's lovely to bring them a step closer to being real friends and not just virtual ones.