Sunday, 26 October 2014

Friends

A post today about friends.   What would we do without them?  Do you know anyone who has few or no friends?  I do, but I really do wonder how they cope through life.   I seem to have friends for every occasion, and see one or two of them most days.   I hope that the  feelings I have for them are reciprocal - I assume they are.

We have had dear friends P and D for the week-end.   P I have known since he was in his early twenties (he is now in his sixties) and he seems like one of the family.  D I have only known for the past ten or twelve years but he has also become as important to me and as much a part of the family.

Last night we ate early (a starter of goat's cheese, leaves and onion marmalade, main of salmon, new potatoes and peas, pud of blackberry and apple pie and cream) and then watched 'Strictly Come Dancing' together.   This morning we went out to Sunday lunch to our local Golf Club with them.   The farmer and I have now come back having eaten far too much, P and D have set off on their journey home to the Lake District and we are settling down for the rest of the day.   But in the Lounge of the Golf Club, while waiting for the call to lunch, were two separate lots of friends - friend W with whom I usually go for lunch there (she also has people staying) and friend G, who I write quizzes for to make money for the Nature Reserve she supports.   All pleasant 'tie-ups', which make the world go round.

I remember doing Venn diagrams at school (don't think I have tackled them since!) and putting people we knew into categories.   Some of the 'circles' would overlap when people would be in more than one 'circle'.   I was mentally doing this with my friends as I began writing this.  For example, friend S would appear in my poetry circle as she is a member of that, she would appear in my 'classes' circle as she is the tutor of the Art and Literature class, and she would be in a circle of 'friends  I often go out to lunch with'.
How very lucky I am to have such an active and full life, full of friends, fun and (today) good food.  Unfortunately baked camembert followed by roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, gravy, roast potatoes, roast parsnips, cauliflower cheese, broccoli and carrots serves to make me lethargic and ready for a doze by the wood burner.   So any further thought on the subject will have to be shelved while I have an afternoon doze.   The clocks have gone back one hour overnight and this change in time always serves to throw out one's body clock too.   Enjoy the rest of your week-end.

17 comments:

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Sounds like a wonderful evening. Old friend are the best, aren't they? I myself am spending this upcoming Tuesday visiting my oldest friend (since 5yrs old) at her lovely home high in the mountains. Cannot wait!
Love to Tess!

jinxxxygirl said...

Well i'am one with few friends. Just do not make them easily and that stems from childhood. I have a difficult time letting people into my inner circle. I tend to keep them at arms length. Even the few i call friends we are not really close.

I have many many acquaintances but few friends. That seems to be my lot in life. I'm so happy for you though Weaver. Your friends will keep you young and happy. :) Hugs! deb

donna baker said...

You are truly blessed Weaver. It is a gift to be able to sustain such friendships. I seem to like animals best, but I do get along with children. Wonder what makes it so?

Terra said...

Friends and food, wonderful combinations. Good friends are blessings, and I have a new friend who is 35 and a homebound friend who I visit who is 95. Friends make our world richer, I agree.

Frances said...

That lunch would knock anyone out for the afternoon…hope you had a good doze.

Em Parkinson said...

I'm just uploading photos for a post of the same name so I may have to change it! Equine friends in my case. Hope you had a lovely snooze and I love the venn diagram theory!

Amy Franks said...

ok that food sounds awesome, Im feeling hungry now lol. As for friends, I dont have loads and loads but the ones I do have are awesome, we're a close bunch.

Tom Stephenson said...

Yes, you are so right about friends. My friends are so understanding, but I suppose that's what friends are supposed to be. I am too hard on mine I think, ungrateful bastard that I am.

I count you as a friend Weave, and I am so grateful for your kind comments.

Terry and Linda said...

I lost me very best friend in my whole life when we were 47...everyday is a void where she is concerned.

Linda
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Cloudia said...

I didn't know you folk also did Daylight Savings clock manipulations, so thanks for sharing that.

You are indeed rich in your friends; they in you.

We loners do appreciate our pals too - just not so many so often.

Have a lovely week-



ALOHA from Honolulu
ComfortSpiral
=^..^= . <3

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Food and good friends - hardly anything better. I'm glad you had a grand weekend. Our clocks go back an hour next weekend - then it will be dark here by 4:30 - that always takes a little adjusting to - but seems to make the autumn and winter evenings long and cozy.

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

We, like you, are blessed with friends, some from recent years, some from 50 years ago and my oldest friend I met when we were two (66years ago) We have friends with different interests and we can "choose" who would enjoy what we are doing and invite them to join us, if we so wish. Underpinning this lovely group are our family members, who also love our friends. ( with an odd exception!)

The Broad said...

I have many close friends, but unfortunately most of them live quite far away. It doesn't seem to matter though for when we do see each other it is as if time and distance evaporate. Two days ago I found a friend who had disappeared for several years -- on Face Book, much to my surprise and while here in South Korea, too! Your roast beef dinner sounds wonderful, but sleep/nap=inducing!

Heather said...

Good friends are so precious and it doesn't seem to matter how infrequently we meet with them. I correspond with my friend and one-time neighbour who now lives in Inverness. She was like a sister to me when we lived nextdoor to each other nearly 50 years ago, but is very infirm now and I doubt we will ever meet again.

mrsnesbitt said...

I agree with the comment above - good friends allow us to "pick up" no matter how big the time lapse.

Frugal in Derbyshire said...

Hello Again
I have emailed you my address in response to your kind offer of material for my young quilters.
Many many Thanks
Gill

The Weaver of Grass said...

Friends all - albeit on the net. Thanks for calling.