A couple of months ago, Martine contacted Susan to say she would be in the Loire Valley with some friends and would like somehow to meet some of the people she has become friends with through writing and reading blogs.
Susan immediately volunteered to host Martine's Party, which happened yesterday.
We had an afternoon of better weather than was forecast, more food than you could jump over, and many hours of the sort of conversation you get when interesting (and interested) people from ten different countries meet in a back garden.
From left to right, we have Mats (Sweden), Simon (Anglo/Australian), Tim (England), Charles-Henry (France), Susan (Australia), Martine (Belgium), Walt (USA), Gaynor (Wales), Antoinette (Dutch American), Vera (Sweden), Ken (USA), Caroline (Belgium), Niall (Scotland), Nigel (English), Diane (English/South African), Florence and Alexander (Belgium).
If you read any of these blogs, I think you can expect to see photos of food: Chez Charnizay, Wishing I Were in France, WCS: Another American in France, Living the Life in Saint-Aignan, La Petite Presse and My Life in the Charente.
Everyone bought amazing food, interesting wine, their English language skills and cameras. As you would expect from bloggers.