I have often read about blog friends meeting each other but I’ve never had the opportunity to meet any. But all that changed on the 11th of this month when I met one of my favourite bloggers. Guess who? Padma aka Lotusleaf of Garden Tropics came to visit our region for the very first time! There were eight friends with her and they stayed at my new B&B.
You can imagine my excitement from the time I got her mail in January. Immediately I replied that she and her friends could stay with me! Never mind that the rooms were not furnished then. We kept mailing each other and it was all about the places that they could possibly visit. Finally, the itinerary was chalked out by her after a lot of research. Not even once did she ask me anything about the rooms…size/ comforts/etc… Meanwhile my husband and I worked in a frenzy to complete the rooms and provide the basics. Whereas he oversaw the final touches being put to the cupboards and the bathroom fittings I looked around and shopped for the sheets, the towels, et al.
Finally the big day arrived and meeting Padma was like meeting an old friend. It was as if we’d known each other for ages. She’s gentle, soft-spoken, warm-hearted, the same that I can sense when I read her blog posts. We both started talking all at once…there was so much to catch up….!!!
There were beautiful gifts that Padma brought including a Chinese painting (above) and bromeliads from her lush garden in the southern city of Bangalore. I feel truly blessed and I’m thankful for this friendship through blogging. My other blog friends, you hold a special place in my heart too!! As the years pass, I hope I’ll meet several blog friends. Especially with those that I feel a special connection. This meeting makes it all seem so possible…it’s just a matter of time, me thinks!
Padma’s colleagues and travel companions were great! In the short time that they spent with me, we shared a wonderful rapport. So Vasantha, Gayatri, Susan,Vanitha, Anitha, Suma, Pratibha, Asha…it was lovely having you over and I hope you’ll come and stay with us again!!
Our B&B would have been ready by June but Padma’s mail hastened (in a positive way) the process. When she called up this morning I told her that one does not realize how one can indirectly affect someone else’s life. Meeting like this is special but to start a new project, that too with a friend from blogdom, well, can you beat that?:-))