3.12.12

Tennessee Tales: Rebekka

I stumbled upon Rebekka's gorgeous blog, Dear Friend, at the most perfect time - I was in the midst of planning our trip and it was so wonderful to get a sneak peek into the life of a beautiful and creative (not to mention talented!) local girl. Each new post made me more excited about our upcoming visit and as our holiday drew closer, I finally plucked up the courage to email her and suggest we meet up -- but, to my total surprise, she beat me to it! I was thrilled when Rebekka contacted me after my mention of her blog back on this post.

So, I was lucky enough to spend a mild Fall morning hanging out with Rebekka in her charming home, sipping coffee and chatting about photography, friendship, accents (hers is adorable!) and everything in between.

When it was time to eat, we met up with Paddy, Lalie and Stephanie and ventured down to Marché Artisan Foods for brunch. Marche is a cafe-come-marketplace in East Nashville serving freshly prepared meals from a sit-down-menu and selling a range of local artisan foods and crafts. The menu has a european influence (think sweet and savory crêpes)  and the space is large and light filled with just the right amount of rustic-industrial decor. Oh... and the chai, made in house and served in large, huggable bowls -  to die for!

It's always a very surreal experience meeting a fellow blogger for the first time... it's so wonderful when you can bring a virtual conversation to life. I often struggle so much with whether or not I should continue blogging... that perhaps I should pour more energy into my 'real life'. Experiences like this make me realise that what I'm doing is my real life, at least an important part of it.

Do you blog? If so, have you ever met a fellow blogger? How would you describe the experience?



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  1. Oh my goodness, you make Marche look even more beautiful than it is (and it is so beautiful!). Loved seeing your glimpse into this cafe and your visit with Rebekka!

    I have met up with many bloggers since starting my site, and I totally agree it's a surreal experience... it's even how I met my husband, haha! : ) I feel so thankful.

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    1. Thank you Shanna! How wonderful that you met your life partner through blogging! Thanks for sharing - that made my day!! You live in an amazing part of the world :)

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  2. Dang! Sure wish I'd been home on your trip. I'm from just north of Nashville, right near Pleasant View! We had our school dances in those tobacco barns, and yep, everyone chewed it..ha! I really didn't like it all very much growing up, wanted get away, but now I find it so charming and beautiful and feel proud to have it. Looks like it was a blast, Claire .. your photos are stunning.

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    1. Kristen! I had no idea you were from around those parts! It really is beautiful - I think when you get older and have a family you start to appreciate your roots more! Shame you weren't there - you could have given us the tour!! X

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  3. I love meeting up with bloggers (remember that time I met you??). It's always quite a frightening prospect, but somehow if you're already "online friends", it usually corresponds with being friends in real life, don't you think? Except in our case, of course, because it was awful and we completely disliked each other*. It's funny how this little online world can become such a big part of your life. Kellie xx
    *that's not true at all!

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    1. Sorry, who are you again??

      ;)

      What I loved about our case is that we were able to hang out a few times over the course of a week... and each time it gets more and more comfortable! Can't wait to see you again sometime soon(ish) maybe(ish) hopefully(ish) xx

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    2. Well I've spied you Kellie and it was my shyness at not coming over the say hi, that lead me to pluck up the courage when I saw you at the markets Claire!

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    3. So glad you said hi that day, lady! x

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  4. PS Beautiful, beautiful photos.

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  5. Such beautiful photos and Eulalie's dress is adorable!
    As to blogging, I do wonder about how much time it takes, but I love seeing pockets of other people's lives and storing memories for my kids. Three friends I met when we were all volunteering on the Scottish island of Iona nearly (gulp!) 15 years ago also blog. They're now living in Berlin, America and South Africa and scattered across the globe I love staying connected to their lives!

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  6. Beautiful photos as always! I used to have a 'mummy blog' (for want of a better term) when my kids were smaller...it is a little tricky at times finding the balance between blogging and stepping back from it. Now I have a business website I still have a dedicated blog page because it's nice putting some personal stories alongside my shop I think. I've met one girl who also blogs who lives near me - still great friends - and I've found new acquaintances through the business side of things now for me (vintage/interior design). I see it as just another avenue for making connections in life. Yep, definitely embrace it! Alison

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  7. i've met you?

    and just quietly, I adored you, just a bit ;)

    Lucky Rebekka, thats all I can say- Claire and Lalie and Paddy Connell, bloody awesome trio.

    xo em

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    1. Lucky we hit it off or we would have been out on the street!
      Thanks for having us! x

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  9. I met one only the other night, funnily enough. I was a bit puzzled on my drive over why I felt nervous but I guess it's because we don't really know if we're going to hit it off or not. Online personas can be quite different. But it was quite lovely. And meeting up made me realise too that blogging conversations will never beat face to face contact, no matter how witty. Seeing someone's eyes and hearing them laugh is very special. I wish I could meet all my favourite bloggers, then the online stuff would just be an added bonus somehow! A beautiful post and I especially like that top image.

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    1. I agree - you can't beet expression and body language!

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  10. i'm dying to go to nashville! is your dad american? x

    p.s. i've met a few people through blogging, and it's always nice. i even stayed with someone i met through my blog in new zealand!

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    1. Remember when I approached you at the markets, Gaby? Shame we couldn't grab a coffee or something! My Dad is Welsh... just spending a couple of years in the U.S x

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    2. yes of course! i just forgot to mention it :) it was too bad we didn't manage to sit down, oh well, next time... i do, however, see paddy's sister all the time! oh, so cool that you could go visit your dad. like i said, i cannot wait to go to nashville someday! xo

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  11. I always feel like I'm peeping through a window to your world, I can almost smell the coffee in these photos.
    I haven't met anyone through blogging but have met lovely friends through an online wedding forum. Even though we didn't meet online my husband and I probably wouldn't have gotten together if it wasn't for Facebook.
    There are a few bloggers I really want to meet, unfortunately we are so remote that it's unlikely any time soon.

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  12. I have been fortunate enough to meet a few local bloggers and the first time was always a little daunting but those women have since become great friends whom I see on a regular basis. Had it not been for blogging our paths would likely not have crossed.
    x

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  13. I've never met a fellow blogger but, I hope to one day! However, I met my husband online so in all honesty, having a piece of yourself on the internet was well worth it ; )

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    1. Wow - you owe everything to the internet! How wonderful!

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  14. I haven't read Rebekka's blog, but now I'm going to check it out. She looks so stylish, just like you! I'm looking forward to seeing more of your gorgeous photos and hearing about your trip. And, I would love to hear your tips for traveling with an under 2 year old. I've been to NYC many times, but never to Nashville. After seeing these photos, it is definitely on my list. Did you see any live music while you were there?

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    1. I am planning to do a little 'travelling abroad with a toddler' post' ... so stay tuned.
      As for live music, we didn't go to any gigs unfortunately... one little regret x

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  15. How lovely to have met Rebekka and how lovely that she contacted you!! I met up with a 'fellow blogger' just after having my second little girl in July. After reading her blog for a few years, I was inspired to look into home birth and exchanged many emails (she is a midwife). When she was last in Sydney she popped in for tea with her big girl. It was like an old friend had arrived on my doorstep - really was so lovely and we chatted for hours. I agree, if you get on online, usually conversation just flows. I think it is so lovely to meet if you have the opportunity - however also think sending an email saying 'want to meet' is a little daunting huh!

    It's funny blogging. I have the same struggle - however love the inspiration others give and finding like minded people.
    As always your photos are just lovely Claire.

    Natalie x

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  16. I caught up with a fellow blogger very early on at her suggestion, but it didn't work well, I don't know why, it was a bit too intense, like dating... Early this year though, I actually went away with two blog friends who I'd been "chatting" to for literally years. I'd been through a very close family loss and they felt like old friends I'd just never met, so we went away for the first time we met for three days! It was amazing and I now consider these women dear real life friends who I see most weeks!

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  17. I love blogging and the connections I have made.
    I have caught up with fellow bloggers and I've loved it.
    Beautiful photos as always. X

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  18. Such gorgeous photos, as always! I've met up with more bloggers than I can remember, a lot of them have gone on to become some of my very best friends. I think it's a great way to meet like-minded people, you already know that you've got something in common before you meet up.

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    1. So true. We find eachother in this huge big online world for a reason!

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  19. Two of my favorite bloggers together! I wish I had reached out to you when you were in NYC. I thought about it, and then felt shy, as we hadn't really communicated too much beyond a few comments on each of our respective blogs. Now I wish I had. Next time!

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    1. Kayla! I thought of you too... in fact, I almost contacted you to see if you'd do a little photography session with us (its hard to be in the photos when your always behind the camera!). I really wish I'd contacted you know. Next time... x

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  20. That meet up with Rebekka looked wonderful.

    I've met a fair few of my favourite online people now. They've mostly turned into favourite real life people. (Hi, Cara! ;)) I think you can see quite a bit of someone's spirit in their approach to blogging. It's a wonderful way to find kindred ones.

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