Internet meet-ups are a hit and miss affair.
It’s anyone’s guess as to whether people you have encountered on a forum, or Facebook, or via blogs, will turn out to be great fun or a pain in the neck.
The first couple we met, from South Africa, were great. I’ll draw a veil over the next internet meet-up. The third meeting, a couple of friends from Scotland, was another good session and sadly we didn’t get to see one of them again on a return visit to Spain last year. A fourth meet with someone else never happened.
I guess you just need a pretty open mind, and if you don’t get on, shrug your shoulders and accept that’s life.
So at the weekend, we smartened ourselves up (vaguely), and wandered down to Casemates for another close encounter of the internet kind. A couple from America with their charming daughter Sofia.
You don’t have to read far on my blogs to find out I am not particularly child-friendly. It’s not that I like or dislike them (screaming babies excepted – they are totally vile), but little people on the whole just don’t interest me.
But Sofia was like I used to be. She kept herself perfectly occupied while the grown-ups were chatting, didn’t interrupt, stamp her feet, or generally be obnoxious. I didn’t know they made children like that any more. Amazing.
I was busy admiring her work – far better than I could ever produce at any age – so she gave me her creations. Thank you Sofia. She agreed I could put them on my blog, so here they are.
Our new friends were staying in the trendy and somewhat expensive Ocean Village, so we agreed to go back to their flat to have a look.
We’ve actually seen a couple of these before, because we’ve priced work in a few and co-incidentally Partner had worked in one just down from their holiday flat.
What did surprise me was the view. Not of the Rock, because I know what that looks like. But that I could actually manage to get out on the balcony and take photos because of the nice high glass screen. Takes a lot to get me on a fifth floor balcony.
However, the west facing side of the Rock looked beautiful in the evening sun, so as I had not bothered taking a camera, they kindly lent me theirs and then forwarded the photos to me.
And an earlier pic I took at OV…
It was a very pleasant evening in good company, and before we went home we decided to call in Pizza Express (also at Ocean Village) where a few months back Partner had painted the bars at the restaurant.
They have a new menu which includes a Leggera Pizza. This involves taking out the centre of the pizza dough and filling it with a salad. That seems a particularly good idea to me, as both salads and pizzas are around £9 each on their own, so you get both at once for that price. There is a decent vegetarian choice, including a vegetarian chicken salad, with not just chicken but anchovies too. Ooops! Partner enjoyed helpfully pointing this out when he paid the bill.
Wonder how many of those menus with a chicken and anchovy salad, described as vegetarian, they’ve had printed??