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I know now what I want to be when I grow up.

Honestly. The very best thing about blogging is the people that you meet. It's a fact that kindred spirits really do exist and though they may live halfway around the world, you can befriend them and learn to know them and maybe, if you are lucky and a little stalkery persistant, actually bamboozle them into opening their home to you for a weekend. They may even provide food! They may even COMPLIMENT YOU ON YOUR HAIR.

My mom and I drove into the veritable wilderness a few hours from Boston and spent the majority of the drive into the outback saying "It's so GORgeous" over and over like a mantra. Everywhere we looked was another lovely view: a little New England town with white clapboard houses and a duckpond. A lake with a house on a tiny island and a skin of shiny ice reflecting from its surface. A small and ancient weatherbeaten cemetery with tipsy gravestones. Mountains. More lakes. Fields full of giant craggy boulders, lined with handpiled stone walls.

Then we got to Bluepoppy's home and spent another several hours saying the SAME THING, only about every room in the house and every THING in the house and about our hostess herself, who was so lovely (and obviously as nervous as me, which was so totally endearing) and about her 3 darling doggities, who honestly must be the best-behaved and most obedient beasties on the planet, while still remaining chockfull of personality. She fed us and let us choose our own bedrooms (I got the one with the VIEW) and gave us huge white fluffsome towels and then allowed us to keep her up late talking and talking and talking.

We zoomed down the mountain and around town the next morning, buying feasty nibbles for lunch, stopped by the iced-in beach and then zipped back up to sit out in the field soaking up sunshine until the arrival of the ALSO GORGEOUS Christina, she of the darling dimples, and then we ate and gabbed and climbed a mountain and ate and gabbed some more.

I did not want to leave, not ever. Luckily, we pulled the "Oops, we forgot something at your house" trick, so we can maybe just drive 2 hours back up there tomorrow night bringing pizza or chinese take-out as a love offering, just so we can snatch another couple of hours in paradise.

All the way back to Boston, where we met up with e11en and spent a lovely couple of hours walking around the city in the sunshine, before ending up at the Bluepoppy-recommended (and excellent, natch') Trident Bookstore & Cafe, I was thinking that this is why I blog. It may not have been the reason I started blogging, and it may not be the ONLY reason, but it sure hit home today: I blog because of the friends I have made, the friends I am making and the friends I will make through this journal, this online forum.

In some ways it would be SO great if I could live closer to all these amazing people I have gotten to know. If everyone could move to some centrally located place where we could all hang out and talk and laugh and do inspiring, creative, interesting things together. And in another other way, I am perfectly aware that the reason WHY this weekend was so magical was BECAUSE we live so far apart, and because we must snatch these moments of perfection from our lives and make the most of them when they happen. I send profound thanks to these wise souls, these wonderful women, who helped create this amazing weekend and let me be a part of it. They both opened up their hearts and let me in. I'm a better person for it.

So yeah, I know what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be Bluepoppy.

View from the top of Mount Poisonous Reptile

View from MY BEDROOM at Soliden

Bluepoppy walking the dogs

View of the lake from the top of Mount Poisonous Reptile
location: Massachusetts
mood: ecstatic
music: Mom yawning, peepers peeping


So jealous here. But my daughter is moving to Boston next summer, so now I have more reason to visit.


You need to cultivate a friendship with BP...I can't recommend it highly enough :)

step away from the rock!

thank goodness you're coming back because I recall a promise involving you, me and a bathtub, missy . . .

and I don't often like photos of myself but you have to send me a copy of that candid you shot-- it captures everything

AND, you have pretty, pretty hair

AND, oh I'm just gonna embarrass myself here so I'll tell you in person tomorrow night-- hahaha


Re: step away from the rock!

Haahahaha!! Well, you know, my mom is thinking I'm nuts since I have to work. But I will call you tonight :)

Can I be BP too?

What glorious fun!

Re: Can I be BP too?

Words aren't enough :)

Wow, what fabulous times, and fabulous pictures to show for it!
I've been feeling exactly the same about LJ-friendships lately!

It was magical. Online friends rock my world :)

*looks at the landscape*

hey, it looks just like norrland, me thinks!

If everyone could move to some centrally located place

wonder if there has ever been a case of a real life LJ collective getting started? :-)

pretty, pretty hair... when are you coming back to sweden? ARE you coming back??

You bet, baby, I can't stay away from my Sweeeeedie forever :) I'll be back on Saturday! Man, how times flies!!

The pictures are fabulous! It was great meeting your mom and seeing you again. Thanks for making the trip into the city and G said many thanks for the bilar (one package is already missing...)!

It was so nice to see you and fun to walk around the city in the sunshine. Thank YOU for driving all that way for such a short evening. Glad to know the bilar are meeting an appropriate fate! :D


I know it was a mighty lovefest, and thanks for making little old me feel included! ;) It just makes me so happy to think of three of my favoritest bloggity people all in one place. And really, I don't think anyone could keep up the commitment of blogging without the friends you make along the way, especially in our little corner of the blogosphere. It's just a nice place.
And doesn't it seem not so long ago that Soliden was 'the 82'? And now it's this magical place...

:) Sam

It was a mighty lovefest, that's the perfect word! But it was totally, totally TOO SHORT. In fact I'm not sure a week would have been enough :)

I'm glad you had such great weather for your visit! I was sending you warm spring love from my garden Sunday. :)

Just what was needed! This weekend (and today) have been beautiful!

It was so so so so so (you get the idea) absolutely exquisite to sit right next to you on the couch and talk and laugh and eat delicious brownies and pet BPs beautiful pack of golden hounds. You are even kinder, more witty, and delightful in person than on your blog, if that is possible. I'm coming to Sweeden, I am. Maybe next summer?



I can't even express in words how delightful I think you are, and BP, too. I think I must have dreamed you both up. How could you possibly be as perfect in person as you are in my head? :D

I hope that you know that you (and your family!!) would be SO welcome!!

Blue poppy

I found you through BP - one of my favorite spots in the galaxy ... I'm normaly in Boston at this time of year but things change in life and so will miss the season ...

I've enjoyed reading your blog ...


Re: Blue poppy

Thanks very much! You're missing all the trees blooming, they all just burst into bloom this weekend :)

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