Stone by stone, reply by reply


Sometime in 2013 (the exact date escapes me because, like so many other firsts, I didn’t realize it would be a significant first), I met Ruth.

Well, when I say “met,” I mean something more like “became aware of via a friend via a friend in the online world.” We started to chat online, visiting and commenting each other’s blogs, getting to know each other as much as you can get to know someone who lives on the other side of the ocean.

Which is to say very well, and hardly at all.

Field pinks

What I knew at first is that she’s a terrific artist. What I came to learn later is that she’s also a terrific writer. And a sweet, caring, funny, smart, and thoughtful friend.

It’s also a plus that she loves cheese. And the outdoors. And animals. And Scotland.

Field golds

At some point (another unrecorded date), we started talking about doing a project together. What sort of project we didn’t know, but it seemed like it would be fun to collaborate.

More recently (and now we have a date: July 2014!), inspired by other long-distance, online collaborations (see, for example 3191 Miles Apart and Let Us Go Then You and I), we decided to launch a project that we’ve called And then she replied.

It’s a conversation. An open-ended, meandering conversation where she’ll post something and then I’ll respond somehow, and then she’ll reply to that, and so on.

Ruth started with a mountain. We’ll reply in turn, as it suits (usually within two weeks of the previous post).

Field whites

As I said, Ruth has a way with pen and ink, and paintbrushes, and words; and she experiments with all sort of other art forms, from weaving to ceramics.

As for me, my natural instinct is to reply in words, but I’ve been known to dabble in the dark arts of origami, photography, and sourdough.

Like any real conversation, we have no idea where this will lead or how long it will last, but won’t it be fun to see?

If you’d like to follow the conversation, visit us over at And then she replied. To start at the beginning of the conversation, scroll down to the bottom to see Ruth’s mountain, and then scroll up to see the replies building upon and circling each other. You can join in the conversation, too, by commenting on any of our replies.

Ruth’s last reply was a wink. A way of seeing. I’m ruminating on my reply…


  1. harevalour says:

    Such a fun idea! I might have to start a knockoff with some friends. 🙂 Blog connections are great- I met my husband through his blog!

    1. Rebecca says:

      Wow! Just goes to show the power of blogging, eh? If you start something like this, share the link with us?

  2. Oh do take a photograph of a loaf of sourdough and fold it into an origami crane! 😉

    1. Rebecca says:

      so tempted… 🙂

  3. alittletea3 says:

    Fabulous idea–I LOVE it! I am still not getting your loverly posts as I once did via email. WordPress informs me I am set up to receive them, but they are wrong, wrong, WRONG! So I will just try to keep up on my own. Hope y’all (incl. goats) are having a fantastic summer. I wave at you when I go by….~Debs

    1. Rebecca says:

      Thank you so much, Deb! *waves back* Let me see if I can figure out anything re: email on this end. Hmmm…

  4. andi says:

    Oh joy! More words from you! And Ruth seems lovely. I’m very excited you’re doing this.

    1. Rebecca says:

      Thank you so much, Andi! Working on my next reply now… this is so much fun…

  5. creative pixie says:

    Great idea!

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