"What do you mean you KNOW her?" my friend said. "You've never met her. How can she be a friend? What will you talk about?"
The friend who said these words has never been on Twitter, never blogged and doesn't understand how real friendships can grow via our computer screens...
...and, yes, you've possibly guessed the rest. I met up with Carol Hedges today and we talked non-stop for three hours. [We only had three hours as I was taking advantage of the cheap off-peak train fares. Train travel at normal rates is prohibitively expensive... even to meet a very good friend!]
Visitors to Carol's highly entertaining blog will instantly recognise the car in this picture!
What's more, I've been inside it and here's the proof!
There's a beautifully laid out allotment just visible through the windscreen. We wandered over there and found a kind friend to take a photo of the two of us.
But we were still chatting even as the shutter clicked.
We discovered lots of things we didn't know about each other, like the fact that I'm older than Carol... but only by one month! We talked about blogging, tweeting, writing and lots more besides. I had a lovely time and I'm sorry there aren't more photos. It's just that we were talking so much...