When photos become friends ... and picnicking with Joules

The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules
The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules
The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules

There are so many (so many!) plus points to working for yourself that unless my heroine, Jilly Cooper, offered me an amazing role doing something marvellous such as assisting with research for her latest novel or concocting insane storylines for one of my true loves, Rupert Campbell-Black, I don't think I would ever leave my kitchen table to head in to an office ever again. In fact, the sheer joy of being able to take a five minute unscheduled break to imagine exactly what (or who) Rupert would look like in the flesh, is high up on that list of plus points. Do you think there's a celebrity he resembles? I've wracked my brains to come up with one but I think few have his air of authority alongside being unfathomably gorgeous. 

I digress.

Rupert has that effect on me.

Where was I?

Plus points ... working for yourself ... Jilly Cooper ... oh yes, I remember ... for me, there's only one main downside to tapping away at my laptop at home, and that's the lack of company. There's no one to chat to, to bounce ideas off, to encourage you to take a step back when you've spent three hours trying to choose between two virtually identical images, and to bring you back to reality with a quizzical eyebrow raise when you declare your undying love for a comprehensive spreadsheet (that'll be my years spent working in finance ... I love an all-singing, all-dancing chart).

And that's why I'm so grateful to have stumbled across a small group of online friends, including Karen from Mini Travellers, who I can call on ... or tweet or message ... at the craziest times of day or night to help me deal with very important matters ... seriously important matters:

Me: Which of these photos shall I use for the Joules post?

Karen: They're both the same.

Me: But this one's taken from a marginally different angle.

Karen: They're both the same.

Me: There's a subtle difference, I'm sure of it.

Karen: They're both the same.

Me: So this one? Or maybe that one?

Karen: They're both the same.

Me: I'm looking slightly more to the left on this one.

Karen: They're both the same.

Me: Do you think they're similar? Which would Rupert Campbell-Black prefer?

Karen: Stop bothering me.

It's the oddest thing when you meet up with people who you've only chatted to on Twitter or on Facebook ... almost as if a photo has come to life, much like in the Harry Potter films. And not everyone is the same in the flesh, both looks and personality-wise, as the image that they project online. But I can confirm that Karen is equally as comfortable at telling me that I'm dwelling on inconsequential things in person as she is in writing. That's a true friend!

It's brilliant to have an opportunity to get together in the flesh but with two busy husbands and five energetic children, it's not always easy to find the time (or energy) to arrange something. However, at the weekend, we took advantage of the sunny weather (and my mum and dad's back garden) and headed out on a Joules picnic. Sunshine, champagne, hide and seek, frisbee-throwing and my mum's horses galloping around in the background. Enter a devilishly handsome blond man, and it could almost have been a scene from a Jilly Cooper novel.

If Rupert Campbell-Black were real, who do you think he'd look like?

You can read more about our picnic over on the Joules Journal. It was a joy. And their new picnic collection is gorgeous. Go, take a look!

The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules
The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules
The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules
The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules
The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules
The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules
The even more social side of social media and the perfect picnic with Joules