Thursday, April 18, 2013

An old friend you've only just met!

Yesterday was a great day! Ronna and I took a road trip to visit our bloggy friend Deb!

Even though we hadn't met Deb in person before, it was like being with an old friend. She's just like she is on her blog: wonderful!

I managed to forget my camera (but I did have my iPhone), so many of these photos come from Ronna and Deb. If you visit Deb's blog today, you can read more about our visit.

Deb treated Ronna and me to fish and chips (and salad!) at a local pub. Delicious!

We also got to visit with Deb's lovely pets (and hubby.) 

Audrey sniffed my legs suspiciously, keeping a close eye on me...

Kane quietly watched from his comfy perch on the couch. He's 13 now. Isn't he a lovely old boy?

I tried to photograph Annie while Deb photographed me. Annie is super sweet, and Audrey's mother! Deb took Annie and her kittens in as fosters, but ended up keeping two of them. 

You can see Mr. Ed the Siamese (age 25!!!!) watching from his basket back by the woodstove. He's very handsome and I thought he looked amazing for such a senior cat.

Sierra checked me out while Ronna cuddled Annie.

That's Sierra on the table and Annie's tail... or wait, maybe it's Audrey's!

Deb made us all a "narse cuppa tea", delicious muffins, and cookies! She is the hostess with the mostess, and she sure knows how to make a good pot of tea. Being the child of Brits, I appreciate a woman who can do that properly. Don't we look elegant?

After tea, we walked around lovely Carleton Place...

The Mississippi River (the Canadian version!) is very swollen at this time of year. Sadly, they are ripping out that lovely woodlot on the left and plonking down a butt-ugly modern condo building. Ugh.

Here's Ronna and Deb posing in the beautiful sunshine by the Mississippi.

Deb can remind me what building this is. Lovely!

That's quite the weather.

We had a great time walking around, visiting the shops and soaking up the spring sun.

We also drove up the road to quaint Almonte. This is the birthplace of James Naismith, inventor of basketball. Yes, a Canadian invented basketball, although he later claimed American citizenship.

Here's the raging Mississippi in Almonte. Wow.

And when we were leaving, Deb thoughtfully gave me and Ronna each a lovely gift basket. Look at the yummy apple butter, tea, and kitty treats! And I love the chicken tile and hen egg cups and sweet cup with Dutch tulips. What a lovely surprise!

We are looking forward to getting together with Deb again. She's lots of fun and we had an excellent visit. Thank you Deb for all your hospitality! :)


  1. Nothing like meeting a blogging buddy for the first time. You really celebrated!

  2. Thanks Natalie. That is the Town Hall on Bridge St. Lots of business happens there but also it has a wonderful auditorium where many great bands have played. You took some great photos of the towns.
    Hope you do come back for another visit. Thanks again for the beautiful home-made soap and I am so lovin' that honey. Hugs, Deb

  3. I'm so jealous that you got to meet Deb AND the famous Audrey! Glad you gals had a great visit.

  4. I love the pic of the 'girls with tea cups'.
    It's great to meet bloggy friends...just jealous I wasn't there!
    Jane x

  5. I want to visit Almonte now - looks like a lovely town!

  6. I want to come there too! Let's have a Traveling Sister's Convention!

  7. Was a fabulous day. What a great way to usher in spring!

  8. Great post, and the best pic is of that look from Audrey. Ultra suspicious... "What's this I sniff? Cats.. ok.. dogs... I suppose... but chickens... ducks... big horses...what manner of lady is this?"

    Ooops. Have I just suggested that you smell like a farmyard? Oh well, never mind :)

  9. Aaahhh, you went to our beloved shopping area. Starbucks for breakfast!!!!!!! We have to go by train to Karlsruhe for Starbucks. Almonte is very nice, too. We miss the area. And you.

  10. What a nice visit, and she was thoughtful enough to give you cat treats as well!

  11. What fun! I saw the cat maple syrup/gravy bowl. Anna is quite talented!

    janet, revisinglife


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