Freshfield Grove

Tales of Tasmanian Adventures in Olive Oil

Blog meets Real Life


Last Friday I met my blogging friend M-R in person for the first time. Her blog was one of the first I followed, and commented on, and her interaction has given me a huge amount of confidence to go forth, and get into conversation with other bloggers. One of the things I love about blogging is that you do seem to actually get to know people through the medium. My favourite blogs to visit are those where there is a real two-way interaction. Many blogs are established to cover a particular topic (M-R set hers up after her book “And Then Like My Dreams” was published) but the personality and other interests of the authors shine through in the most engaging ones. Something I struggle with is how much personal information to reveal online, as my natural instinct is to share little with those I don’t know. M-R is very open, both in her blog and in her book, which is a beautiful and entertaining account of her life with her beloved husband, written after his death. And this openness gives me confidence to share a little more myself – so “Thank you”.

One of the things I found out about M-R early on was a love of good extra virgin olive oil. Since she discovered we would be producing some this year, and that some of it would be in Sydney, she has been hounding (there’s really no other word!) me about its availability. I had promised her early notification of its readiness. I felt a bit forward in suggesting we meet in person – was it weird and inappropriate? But nevertheless, I plucked up the courage to send an invitation by email, which was swiftly accepted. And so we met, and I handed over a bottle of EVOO, and we drank coffee, and chatted happily for an hour or so, and took a selfie! If you don’t already know M-R, why don’t you visit her blog, “Staying Visible”, and see what else she’s been up to? FFx

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Author: FarmerFi

I'm a British doctor who married an Aussie, moved to Tasmania, and bought an olive grove. Now making extra virgin olive oil and olive leaf tea. I'd love you to join my adventures in the beautiful setting of Southern Tasmania.

17 thoughts on “Blog meets Real Life

  1. M-R hounding you? Really? You surprise me.
    An in-person catch-up with M-R makes you one of the lucky ones. 🙂

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  2. How lovely. It’s hard to know how much to reveal. Probably the reason I haven’t yet used my ‘real name’ as I do write about my children and husband a fair bit and I don’t know if it’s fair to give out that personal information. Tricky!


  3. WOE ALAS ! – you posted this GHASTLY picture, Fi, you monster !!! Sighh … Never mind: I can take it. [grin]
    One can never have enough of top quality evoo, imo. Not ever. And I have NO intention of giving it up while smallening, either: smallening must, if it’s to work in the long run, NOT exclude things one loves – especially things that are good for one. 😀
    And it’s quite true – I did hound you. It was fun. [grin]

    There – that’s MUCH more like me !

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    • You were the one who was keen for photos! There is an excellent article somewhere on the internet detailing Vladimir Putin’s advice for selfies. I should look it out. And EVOO is good for smallening, it makes you feel full for longer.


  4. Oh lucky you meeting M-R, lovely photo and how wonderful to meet. You two must have had a great time chatting. Envious, one day maybe she will come to the US or I will go to Australia.

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  5. OMG you met her in real life!


  6. Awww…that is the sweetest selfie. ❤


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