Thursday, 10 April 2014

A visitor from Tuvalu

I first read bb's blog 'say la vee' seven years ago and it rescued me from a pit of gloom where I had fallen when I realised that I would never be the paragon of domestic creativity that I saw on other blogs. Since then she has written hundreds of comments and emails making me laugh, encouraging me, kicking me when I am pathetic and sharing some of her own life. But I had never met her and yesterday all that changed.

We walked and talked and then drank and talked and then ate and talked. 

This is what I learned about bb

bb is tiny
She sort of vanished when I hugged her,
trapped somewhere near my waist.

bb has an American accent
She says things like "fillay" and "paaaants".
It is utterly charming.

bb is a Jedi Master in scarf tying
She can transform silk into structured clothing
whereas I transform silk into accidents.

bb does not like walking across bridges
Which was awkward because
the high point of our walking tour was
the Jubilee Bridge across the Thames
bb's family have heads
I was astonished when I saw photos
because I had assumed
they stopped at the neck.

bb loves the Royal Family
We had to talk about Prince George
and his cute little chubby cheeks. A lot.

bb loves Positano and Paola
I am pretty sure that Paola's ears were burning
with all the lovely things that were being said.

bb does not remember what she has written
I was amazed - I remember it all.
She should hire me as a consultant.

At the end of the evening we looked through the window of the restaurant at great buildings on the other side of the river and bb asked "What are those buildings?" and I said "I don't know". "Well, dear, make it up." she replied. So I did and then I put her in a cab, waved and felt as though a little bit of me had gone back to Tuvalu.


  1. It must have been nice to put a face to the name - sounds like you got on like a house on fire.

  2. Oooooo Skylon! Marvellous choice. Darn good martinis and view. I always take newbies there. Plus brilliant for Waterloo.

    Ps thank you for the fab cat ring. Can't for the life of me work out how to respond on Pinterest. Will get there in the end!

  3. Eleanor from that commentboxApril 11, 2014

    .This commentbox is filled with sweet nostalgia.

    Alice & bb - my fairy blogmothers x

  4. Eleanor!!! Where are you? What are you doing? Why aren't you blogging?
    We miss you!

    Alice and Bb, I was there with you and you know it.

  5. All these silent headless people we see on blogs, and now you have filled out the picture a little more for us. What a nice post.

  6. Now I have another blog to add to my reading list and what a great blog it is. It sounds from reading both like you had a fantastic day and how nice to meet someone you have corresponded with so so long. Maybe she should blog about scarf tying, my silk scarves always end up trailing along behind me or stuffed in a coat pocket because they've failed to be fabulous.

  7. it is always such a treat to meet blog friends x

  8. What an absolute treat... for you both!

  9. Sounds like a wonderful person, I'm heading over to her blog immediately, I could do with a little rescuing.

  10. It was a beautiful, beautiful evening...

  11. What a treat to meet after all this time - must have been a very special day.
    But Alice, there is something that I must tell you. The vast majority of bloggers forget what they have written shortly after hitting 'publish'. In fact, it shocked me senseless when you quoted me something from my blog that I had no recollection whatsoever of having written. As a consultant, I fear you may be busier that you might have expected!

  12. and that is why blogging is so worth it!


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