Tuesday, May 02, 2006

It's A Smaller World Than You Think!

In March, Sigrun from Germany posted photos on her blog of the lovely villages and views of the Cotswolds in England. This post sparked the interest of Marion who commented that before moving to Wales she had lived in Winchcombe in the Cotswolds. Never one to hold back on making a comment on the delightful villages and scenery of England, I mentioned that I had been through Winchcombe in 1993 whilst on a search with my English relatives for a house which had belonged to my father's cousin. I said that we found the house on a country road in either Greet or Gretton.

After Marion picked herself up off the floor, she told me that she had actually lived in Greet and she was very keen to identify that particular house. Thus began a series of emails back and forth and some input from my cousin in Bristol and Marion's friend in the area. We narrowed the field until Marion realised that my cousin's house was only a short walk from her former home, and she knew it well.

Marion sent me this photo of herself standing under the signpost to Greet, taken in the 1970s.



This photo shows my cousin (in black), my daughter Sara (in red) and myself standing near the same signpost in front of the house in 1993. (Marion was probably drinking a cup of tea only a short distance away when this photo was taken.)Posted by Picasa


So, the one posting began an interaction between Germany, Wales, England and Australia. Distance means nothing in blogland, as friends find those little tidbits of history that draw us together.

12 comments:

susan said...

Priceless! What a small world we live in. It sounds like you have had a fun time putting all this together, and with great results.

By the way, have you noticed the little handicap symbol by the word verification? I just tried it, listen to what they say and type it, pretty cool!

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Dear Alice.....

How lovely to read your posting and I’m still smiling about this. What fun we’ve had tracking down the ‘House in Greet’. It is indeed a small world.

As I said in my email to you yesterday, seeing the photographs you mailed through to me, was like taking a trip back home, everything I saw was so familiar! Just fancy, despite the twenty odd years between each occasion we have both stood on that same road junction and how absolutely lovely, that our pathways through life have met up again.

My fondest Love - Marion

Peggy said...

isn't our blog neighborhood amazing! We are closer to each other than we realize sometimes.

Carol said...

Amazing indeed! *smiles* So glad you have found each other through my friend Sigruns blog! Yes it's a small world! :D

Btw Alice thank you for your comment and for letting me know how cold it can be in Australia, I haven't had a clue!

Kerri said...

How exciting to think you and Marion stood in the same place in a tiny corner of the world, and now, years later, you've 'met' in blogland. This is a great example of how blogging brings us all together. It sounds like you had great fun researching and discovering together :) Wonderful post! Thanks for sharing the story Alice.

Sigrun said...

Wow, Alice, great! The world is small, I know, because today I've got a gift from Wales! And a postcard from a place, we have been in October 2004!

And when I go to Wales the next time, I drink a tea with Marion! (If she would like!)

Sigrun

Meow said...

That's incredible. What an amazingly small world we live in.
Take care, Meow

shellyC said...

Well how fantastic is that!!! I am sure if someone suggested a "major" tourist place eg. the Eiffel Tower...it would be amazing how many photos there would be. But yours is special.....as it is somewhere so "small" but lovely.

Val said...

I just had a "it's a small (blog)world experience myself this week. They talk about "six degrees of separation" - I think that's been halved!

What a great story, Alice!

Sandy said...

That is so cool! It really is a small world.

roybe said...

It's amazing enough to find someone years later who lived in the same street , but to have photos under the same lampost is quite incredible.That must give your friendship with Marion an extra bonding Alice.

Sharon K said...

What a small world, glad you went back and forth with e-mails. As always your pictures are beautiful.