Tuesday, December 12, 2006

The write friends

Anybody who's read Amanda Ashby's most recent post will know that our weekend was spent celebrating India's amazing culinary skills - and we also celebrated her publishing success - 'The Italian's Defiant Mistress' - being published by Mills & Boon next July - in case anyone wasn't sure.

What thrilled me most of all - apart from the gourmet meal, the champagne and the incredibly well-behaved children and husbands - was that, despite only meeting each other on rare occasions, it felt as though we'd been gathering together in just such a way for a very long time - like getting together with old and valued friends.

So, a short post today to say thanks to India, big hugs to Eva, who was sorely missed, and yay to Amanda's suggestion that we do it again - soon. Oh, and not forgetting the point of this post - thanks to all of you out there who come and visit us from time to time - writing friends one and all - you can't beat 'em!

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Blogger India said...

Eva surely was missed-- maybe we could persuade her back over here for a Reunion meal? Failing that, my diary tells me that Friday 22nd December is the First Day of Winter-- a date that surely can't go unmarked, and following that there comes New Year, Epiphany (I had one or two of those on Saturday, actually) and Burns night...

So girls, your place or mine?

8:35 pm  
Blogger Eva said...

I'm so glad you three had such a fabulous time! Count me in on the next one...does anybody have a webcam and Skype?!

1:20 am  
Blogger Annie said...

Definitely yours, India. Where else will we get a whole pig? When you've done cooking, could you deal with Eva's request for a webcam and Skype. Normally I would do this myself, but felt you could do with the techno practise.

10:54 am  
Blogger Brown said...

What's a skype?

Good wishes from this side of North America, and congratulations again to India for publishing, and to all of you, for continuing to push through to your dreams...this calls for another eggnog...I know, I know...there should be some kind of intervention for me...

Is it just me, or does food just taste SO MUCH BETTER when you're sharing it with friends?

Side note: my grandmother (based in Ontario) once had the sweet and wonderful idea to post one of my favorite dishes, saltfish and bake...neglected to tell me (she wanted to surprise me)...Canada Post delayed sending out the notice for the package and let me tell you, the stench that wafted up from this package was gag-a-riffic. My poor grams, it was such a sweet thought...I mention this b/c I was going to suggest posting Eva some of the fatted pig - just tell her when to expect it...and if you can send it via Alberta, you're set. It's started snowing again and with the temperatures dropping, that pig is sure to stay frozen and edible until Spring!

5:02 pm  
Blogger India said...

I'm glad you asked that Brown.

Obviously I do know, but feel Eva would explain it better. You know, in layman's terms. My knowledge is a bit to tecchie and specialised, I'm afraid...

12:30 pm  
Blogger Brown said...

India, thank you for your graciousness. I'm not techie at all, and knowing how electronically oriented and technically savvy you are, I know I would have been drowning in acronyms, and proper terms...I'm getting hives just thinking of bytes, widgets and firewalls.

Eva, the pressure's and the priviledge is on you, now. Layman's terms, if you please, and try to keep them one syllable or less, please. All this eggnog is making my head spin...

PS
I know this question has been asked before, but I feel that I must ask it again: why is the term for "one syllable" monosyllable and in fact, 5 syllables? Isn't that cruel?

6:38 pm  
Blogger Sue aka MsCreativity :-) said...

Sorry I haven't visited for a while.

A webcam sounds like a great idea - can I crash the party next time? I'd love to see what well-behaved children look like! ;-)

Sue :-)

8:43 pm  
Blogger Eva said...

Skype is a proprietary peer-to-peer Voice over IP (VoIP) network product that enables...wait, hang on! India, we mustn't talk technical, not when acronyms and abbreviations have been shunned in favour of layman's terms. Let's give it another go.

In short, Skype allows you guys over there in the UK to talk to us way over here in Canada, for free, using just our computers. A headset and webcam might help too but are not crucial (as long as the computer has speakers and a microphone, that is). On the other hand, an Internet connection is vital. Were I to mention the fact that Skype subscribers can pay a fee and also dial a regular telephone number anywhere in the world, or send a text message to a mobile/cell phone...well, let's save that for another day.

So the next time India, or Annie, or Amanda, or...hey, even I...decide to host a fete, let's all be forewarned and forearmed and get ourselves hooked up. Just google Skype or visit www.skype.com.

1:59 am  
Blogger Brown said...

It's taken me three days to read your comment, Eva. I would get to "proprietary peer-to-peer" and pass out from the fear induced by the the alliteration and five syllable words...as soon as I can gird up my loins, I'll head over to skype.com and take a look. It sounds very exciting - although chances are good that I've totally confounded your explaination and what I think Skype is, and what it really is, are two totally different things...

5:30 pm  

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