I met Dot about 18 months ago via her blog when she wrote about the difficulties of finding information that she could use to make informed decisions about childbirth. And we've kept in touch ever since through our blogs.
I had a great laugh (although I am sure she didn't laugh at the time) when I read that baby Hugh was unexpectedly born at home. I've felt like a proud aunt as I've looked at photos of Hugh growing up. I've empathized as Dot has wrestled with issues around breastfeeding and going back to work, when really all she wants to do is stay at home with Hugh.
In turn, Dot has contributed many thought-providing comments on my blog on issues from a mother's point of view. And I have been fascinated that she teaches medieval literature - medieval history is something I want to study one day when I have nothing else to do.
So it was my great pleasure to meet Dot and Hugh in real life when they came to visit on Sunday. They live in Ireland and are over here to visit family, and I was thrilled that Dot was able to take time out to drop in on us in Dunedin. Hugh is the most gorgeous little chap with dark eyes and lovely long eyelashes.
I am very grateful for the wonderful friends I have made via this blog and others.