My day started at the unearthly hour of 5.45am, after what had been a "scratchy" night's sleep.
For some reason or other I couldn't settle, mind racing etc. Eventually I got up, Sadie still fast asleep on the bottom of my bed. As soon as she heard me put the kettle on, out she came for her morning saucer of tea. Then it was time for her breakfast whilst I did my usual morning ablutions and then we went out for the first walk of the day.
I have to say that the prospect of what was going to happen had me feeling both excitement and some apprehension. I was off to meet a very special lady and spend a few hours with her and her partner. Going with me was my lovely step daughter Terri, who was also looking forward to meeting them.
Derek, Jan, Terri and Norman at The Water's Edge
I had made prior arrangements for a super lady called Silvia to come in and take Sadie for a walk at 1pm for an hour. She is a lovely lady and she adores Sadie so it is comforting to know that my precious dog would be in good hands.
The time had come to depart, so after saying goodbye to Sadie, I drove to fetch Terri who lives about 20 minutes away in a small village over the South Downs. Having picked her up, I set the car westbound and switched on "Sally Sat Nav". I began to feel more excited. The car purred down the motorway and soon "Sally Sat Nav" was giving me directions to leave the motorway at Hamble and talking me to the Mercury Marina and The Waters Edge restaurant where we had arranged to meet. I parked up and we made our way into the restaurant where we were met by Oapschat (Jan) and her partner Derek.
"We exchanged greetings and all my apprehensions were dissolved by the warm friendly greetings they both gave us"
After settling down with some drinks, we ate a lovely lunch overlooking the marina. My gosh there must have been millions of pounds tied up there!
We spent the next 2 or 3 hours with Jan and Derek, and had a truly great time. It was so nice to meet face to face, and although I recognised Jan and Derek instantly, photos do not portray the warmth and friendliness they showed to us.
Alas it was soon time to go and we all agreed to meet up again whenever and wherever we can. Truly a day I will remember with great warmth and friendliness.
Thank you Jan and Derek. Oapschat has certainly helped me and will continue to help. I know that I am so glad I found out about the website and Facebook pages last year!