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.