Who is this lovely couple, you might ask? It's Nancy and Joe Sotham from Canada.; how they came to be in our apartment is a serendipitous tale.
It all started when a Canadian woman named Melissa Geddes stumbled upon my blog. Melissa, who lives in a small town near Vancouver, sent email saying she was going to tell her friends about Paris Parfait.
During the course of the Postcard Project, I was contacted by another reader, Colleen Moberg, also Canadian. At some point, a third reader - Nancy Sotham - emailed, saying she enjoyed my blog and asked to be included in the Postcard Project. Nancy later wrote again, saying she and her husband were bringing their children to France for six weeks this summer and hoped we might meet. I responded, suggesting we have lunch.
Meanwhile, Colleen (or was it Melissa?) emailed me, saying something to the effect that she understood Nancy and I would be meeting in Paris; that Nancy was her friend and a very charming and interesting woman. Still, I didn't get the connection, as each of the three women's addresses provided for the Postcard Project were in different areas. Turns out they all live in the same town of Squamish, in different neighbourhoods that kept their unique names. And each of the three women belongs to the same book club, which meets monthly. It is hoped that someday they'll be reading my book!
On Sunday, David and I spent a lovely afternoon with Nancy and Joe. As we were just back from England and they were returning to Canada the next day, luckily, we were able to squeeze in a visit. We had so much fun, before we knew it, it was nearly 7 p.m. and our new friends had to leave. No doubt, our paths will cross again. Meeting Nancy and Joe is yet another example of the myriad benefits of blogging. Thank you, Melissa, for spreading the word about Paris Parfait!