Liza Hirst and me (Barbara Muir) posing in the studio.
We were so lucky last week to have exciting
visitors from London, England. My friend Liza Hirst,
who I met via our blogs was in Toronto and came for a visit.
We have been friends on the blog since 2008.
My first mention of Liza and her superb
paintings was in September of that year. Over the
years our friendship has grown, and I've been
so happy to watch her paintings capture the mood and
essence of places and people wherever she's living.
She and her husband, Hubert, who we also met, have
been having an adventure. First they sold their house
in France and traveled, going from Florence, to
Barcelona, and now opening up a store in London,
England Tusch and Egon. All this time they've rented a
house in France as a family retreat, and a space to house
the many wonderful things (and paintings) they owned in
their spacious country house in France before they sold it.
When Liza arrived, we couldn't stop smiling and hugging
one another. It was so lovely to finally meet a friend I'd
known, and liked so much, but never seen. Steven and
I felt thrilled to meet Liza, Hubert and their son Cosmo.
People who don't blog often wonder if the friendships
you form on the blog are real. In my experience each
blog friend I've met is wonderful, and the
blog experience has definitely deepened our connection.
And Liza would agree, she regularly paints in London with
a woman she met through the blog.
Three cheers for blogging, and a toast to you my blog
Have a meeting with good friends day.