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Monday, July 09, 2012

On Saturday we were getting ready to take my youngest son back to Southampton.

The phone rang and it was Annya ILOVEROSES. She is a Sparkie from Australia who is on holiday. She and her husband had just arrived at Southampton Friday and stayed overnight.
They were going on board ship for their cruise to Iceland and Norway in the afternoon and she wanted to arrange a meeting with me. I was very excited!

Great! We were going to Southampton anyway so it was perfect. i arranged to meet them at heir guest house as it was pouring with rain and there would not be much time.

The traffic was horrendous as there was a festival on and it took us nearly an hour to get from the outskirts. The car was oveheating in the queues and caused a problem.

We all met and got to know each other and Adrian took a photo! I have put on weight in the last few weeks, so its not me at my best. She gave me a cute and cuddly Koala bear hug! I gave her 2 roses and a piece of English lavender from my garden.



Annya is a lovely lady, very bouncy and beautiful. I enjoyed meeting her DH too. They come back from their cruise in 2 weeks time and we are going to spend some time with them showing them some of our sights. I am working on some places to go.

If there is anyone in our British teams or Hampshire teams who would like to come and meet, please mail me so we can arrange it. We are planning a trip to Winchester one day, Portsmouth another. It would be a great opportunity to get together and show some Spark support!

I love poetry and I found this poem. Its dedicated to ILOVEROSES:

The Rose
Above Joppa, in the pasture-land of Sharon,
God set, a Rose
It blossomed, even as the rod of Aaron;
The wild bee gathered honey from its cup . .
And then man .came, and took the flower up
And labored to improve it, year by year,
A petal there another petal here
A color deeper than the tubes of God
Had furnished, when He set it in the sod,
A leaf more rank, arid varnished thorn and stem
Until, at last, it was a perfect flower,
Fit to adorn even nature's diadem.
And God looked on, remembering
The hills, of Palestine above the plain
The flower lie set to mark the ages' dawn,
Root, brier and thorn; and Autumn's scarlet hip,
And said: '''Tis well! my work man carries on;
Behold the product of our partnership."
-FLORENCE Boucle DAMS

This poem is from this site where there are more lovely poems:

www.backyardgardener.com
/poem/index.htm


Ellen
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KATHRYNLP 7/30/2012 11:52AM

    Nice to see that you got to meet a Sparkie Friend.. and enjoyed getting to know each other in person. You both look great in the picture. Thanks, Ellen for sharing you day, and also for the lovely Rose poem. emoticon emoticon Kathryn

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JULIAOAK 7/10/2012 5:59AM

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POLYANNA2 7/9/2012 10:29PM

    That is so much fun, meeting a Sparkfriend in person. I'm glad you enjoyed meeting each other and that you will get to get together again real soon. I have only met one Sparkfriend in person. She and I actually did a little mini vacation together and we had a wonderful time. I'm looking forward to meeting many more of my on-line friends in person. They're a wonderful bunch!
Loved the poem!
Hugs...Carol

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/9/2012 10:27PM

    Oh Ellen I am so glad you could meet Annya what thoughtful pressies you brought her !

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ASPENHUGGER 7/9/2012 9:43PM

    Oh such fun! It's really special when you can meet someone you've only known on line. I'm so glad you got the chance to do that!

Maybe someday this can be me, calling you to come to Southampton -- I've dear friends there and undoubtedly will spend some time there if I ever get back across the pond. Or else I'll come up to you and you can take me on a walk around the lake that you have taken such lovely photos & videos of! Wouldn't that be fun!

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MOTLEM 7/9/2012 9:02PM

    Such a lovely blog, Ellen. Thanks for sharing.

How wonderful it is to meet another Sparkie. I have been so very lucky having met 5 in the flesh now since joining Sparks; and of course Sparkie friends on Skype too where we see but can't touch.

It would be great if a few of you could meet when your friend gets back to the UK. I really love the poem. Thanks again for sharing.
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IAM_HIS2 7/9/2012 7:32PM

    Ellen, how fantastic...I am so happy for you both. Love the photo--two beautiful ladies.

I am eating my heart out though. Wish I would meet you too.



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GRANNYSUE9 7/9/2012 3:05PM

    That is great that you got to meet another person from SP!

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TAMENI2 7/9/2012 2:33PM

    How great you could meet. Thanks for sharing the poem.

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NORASPAT 7/9/2012 11:10AM

    Fabulous idea, i love meeting spark people in the flesh. Ellen this will give you something to look forward to and have some fun with. I am so happy for you

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LISALGB 7/9/2012 9:56AM

    What a lovely day!! It is wonderful that you two were able to spend time together and get to know each other. I hope your next visit is filled with much fun.
It was so sweet of you to give her the roses and lavender and the poem is just lovely.

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SENATOR9 7/9/2012 9:17AM

    That was cool

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KATHRYNLP 7/9/2012 8:29AM

    Every cloud has a silver lining... maybe Annya is made of silver! Glad you're enjoying the visit, if not the rain! emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 7/9/2012 8:00AM

    What Fun for you 2 !!!
Enjoy your second visit and what a beautiful poem...

PS You are so thoughtful to bring her Roses and Lavender that you had grown
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AZMOMXTWO 7/9/2012 7:47AM

  how awesome to be able to see each other

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