Friday, 29 July 2016

Five on Friday - Meeting Friends

Hello, here we are again for Five on Friday with Amy at Love Made My Home. A big thank you to everyone who sent good wishes for my loved one last week and I am happy to report they are feeling much better now. It was very kind of you and meant a great deal to me, thank you.

We have had a much better week, so much so that I had an "Away Day" on Wednesday meeting up with old school friends.  The three of us first met at Senior School at the age of 11 and have remained good friends over the years despite moving around the country with family and jobs. We keep in touch by phone, text and email, but try to meet up at least once a year. It never seems to matter how many months have passed since our last meet, we immediately slip into our easy, happy patter. (Often returning to our giggly, teenage selves.)  Last year we met in London with the fourth member of the group, but as they are living in Singapore at the moment it was just the three of us. Jill hosted our get-together at her home in Cheshire and the pictures here are of her wonderful garden.

Although the day had started with drizzle, blue skies and sunshine quickly developed.

The house and garden look out over the picturesque countryside

The garden slopes gently down into the rolling hills
with gorgeous herbaceous borders on either side
There are so many beautiful plants with some that hold special memories 


At the bottom there is a secret corner surrounded with fruit trees and scented flowers.
The perfect place to relax. 

1. The Journey

It is very fortunate that Jill and I are connected by the train line so it was easy to catch the train from my home town to Stockport, close to where Jill lives. Normally when using the train I use my wheelchair but as there would be no great distance to walk I just used crutches on Wednesday. Here in the UK we have great assistance support on the railway which you pre-book and lovely helpful staff  are there to make sure you get on the train safely. Wednesday was no different and although the lift was broken Julie and Tony made sure I got down the steps without a problem. Apparently if I had been in the wheelchair they would have had to try to reroute the train onto a platform where a lift was working. This must be a logistical nightmare for the route operator. I enjoy train travel and settled down to some sock knitting for the 90 minute journey.

2. Meeting Up

Catherine drove over to Cheshire from Yorkshire (our home County) in the morning and they were both on the station platform waiting for me. After big hugs and big smiles all round it was like we had seen each other the previous week. It must be the sign of true friendship that you can just pick up where you last left off.

3. Lunch

Jill is a wonderful cook and had made a delicious lunch for us which included the most scrumptious strawberry tartlets. I really should have taken a photograph of them but I'm afraid we had demolished them before I thought about it. We were too busy chatting and eating to think about the camera.

4. Catching up (and a little bit of planning)

We spent the afternoon in Jill's glorious garden catching up on all our news of family, holidays and plans for the future. Next year we will all share a big birthday so we hope to make next year's meet-up extra special. Nothing was decided but instead of just meeting for the day we might make it an overnight stay. Lots of ideas and lots to consider as a special birthday has to have a special celebration. The biggest hurdle is going to be finding a date - somehow I think we will manage!

5. Home again

Our time together passed far too quickly before it was time for me to get back on the train and for Catherine to drive back over the Pennines home. There is something very special about friends who have known each other from childhood. That is not to say other friendships are not important too. People who  remember and share your history, and have always been there for you no matter what are very precious.

This will be the last Five on Friday until the 2nd September while Amy takes a well earned break during August. I shall continue to try and blog at least once a week as there are several new creative projects on the go at the moment, which I hope to share. I am finally getting into Instagram after a nervous start so there will be pictures there too of recent "makes". Thank you for reading my blog and hope to see you again soon.

24 comments:

  1. Your day out with special friends sounds wonderful, Jill's gardens are beautiful as is the scenery surrounding her home. I wonder where the four of you will go for the Big One??

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    1. It is a beautiful place and a lot of hard work has gone into creating it.

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  2. The sceneries are breathtaking and the oat (?) amazing. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. The large grasses are beautiful although I am not sure what they are. They do look like oats don't they.

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  3. Sounds like a great get together, wonderful that you still manage to meet up once a year.

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    1. It is very special that we have stayed in touch over the years.

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  4. That garden looks wonderful.Is it ever open to visit?

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    1. The garden was open earlier in the year during the village open gardens event and they had over 600 visitors!

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  5. It sounds like you had a wonderful get together with your dear friends. The garden photos are beautiful! Enjoy your day dear one. Pat xx

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    1. It was a lovely day with special friends.

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  6. So glad you had such a great time in such a beautiful place.

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  7. How wonderful to remain in touch through the years! The pictures of the gardens are amazing. What a lovely spot to reconnect with friends. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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    1. I'm so pleased (and grateful) we have maintained our friendship.

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  8. Spending time with dear old friends is a lovely thing. I'm glad you were able to manage the trip well. Jill's garden is so pretty.

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    1. It was a lovely day and the good weather made it more special.

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  9. How lovely you have kept in touch over the years. What a special friendship. The garden is so beautiful. X

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    1. They are very dear friends and will always remain so.

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  10. Isn't it wonderful to still have friends that grew up with you? I am glad you enjoyed your get together. Happy weekend.

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    1. Thanks Christina, it was a lovely day.

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  11. How wonderful to get together with your friends like that and share such a great time together!! It sounds like a wonderful day. I am glad that your travel arrangements went well too. It is exciting that you can all plan together for your birthday next year! Great excitement. Thank you too for joining Five On Friday. I hope that you have a great August and I look forward to seeing you again in September! xx

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    1. Thanks Amy but you are meant to be on holiday today! Looking forward to catching up in September.

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  12. How lovely to still be in touch with such old friends, and even nicer that you could meet up. Your friend's garden is really something, it's stunning. x

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  13. It is important to us that we meet up at least once a year and I hope we will be able to do so for many years to come!

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