Saturday, 23 February 2013

Touching Base


London as it was yesterday, cold, snowy and mighty fine
I always enjoy my London visits.
Of course the chance to be neat and tidy, the opportunity to 'see the sights', ' do the shows' and eat the eats are all part of a wonderful break away from the humdrum and the ordinary, but for me, the main enjoyment has to be touching base with Nuala.
For over 23 years she has been my best friend and all of those 23 years she has lost non of her lust for enjoying everything that comes her way.
It is an enviable, infectious  and laudable ability .....to enjoy new experiences, new people and new things with optimism and genuine pleasure and it is an ability that Nu manages to carry out effortlessly but never demurely.
I am lucky to have her around.........
Anyhow I am on the train back home now.
This morning I bought a mixing bowl from John Lewis for me and some tea 
 from Fortnum & Mason for Chris
I enjoyed a sneaky scotch egg while out walking along the South Bank and surprisingly have spilled nothing as yet on my second best jumper of the trip.
It's been a nice break


25 comments:

  1. Nothing better than to spend some time with a friend who really appreciates you and vice-versa.

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  2. Ah yes, the South Bank! Did you meet any street entertainers there? I harassed a few mimes the last time I was there.

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  3. Always better to be with great company in one of the world's great cities. And yes, despite my Canadian accent, I'm sure it comes across in my typing, eh, I used to have a west London accent. Born in Chelsea in a house very near the King's Road.

    Enjoy the weekend.

    Gary

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  4. Hope you make it home with one clean jumper to your name John. It sounds like you had a lovely, healing kind of time.

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  5. I think she is also very lucky to have a friend who recognises and appreciates those attributes. Most friendships these days are pretty shallow. Hope you are at home in one piece !

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  6. We LOVE London John and, with the countryside up the road and only 20 minutes into London, I feel very fortunate. Love Borough Market, although some of the stall holders won't let you take photos !! Brilliant to have gone up the shard ( as the actress said to the bishop !! ) You beat me to it. Nuala did you proud. XXXX

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  7. You just had to mention Scotch Eggs !

    cheers, parsnip

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  8. A Scotch Egg in every port. So glad you've had a good break. x

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    1. Not to seem like I'm rushing things but, good for an epitaph. Homeless animal fancier. Had a Scotch egg in every port, not to mention every pocket. ;)

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  9. It's good to get tidy do something different sometimes especially with an old friend - recharges the old batteries... but always nice to come home again. Glad you had a super time x

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  10. I'm so glad you and Nuala had a lovely visit in London. It's the best way to recharge our selves from our day to day routines.

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  11. Fabulous - I feel your lifted spirit xxxxxx

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  12. As I too am spending a few days with my best friend -- only in the Lake Ditrict, I completely appreciate the joy of the time with such a companion. As my mother once embroidered "A real friend is a great treasure".

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  13. Lovely to go to London and with your best friend too doubly lovely John. Glad you managed a Scotch egg!

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  14. Ah that we should all be lucky to have a beautiful soul such as Nuala in our lives!

    And a Scotch egg can be eaten covertly?

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  15. Nothing can replace your 'bestie'.

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  16. Oh how lovely to have such a friend, I got that feeling about Nuala, from looking at the photo in your last post, she looked great fun.
    On a different topic ...Scottish eggs ...Oh my I haven't had one of those in forever and I love them. They are the ones where a boiled egg is wrapped in a lovely spicey sausage cover and dropped in boiling fat right? ...that doesn't sound so yummy written out ~ but they really, really ARE delish! !

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  17. You are a lucky b@$t@rd aren't you....nothing better!!

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  18. A wonderful break, shared with that rarity a true friend. Who could ask for more.

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  19. Glad to hear you had a wonderful time, John. Happy Sunday to you!

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  20. Hard to beat time spent with a great friend in one of the greatest cities of the world! I'm with you. There is something totally relaxing and rejuvenating about being with old and trusted friends.

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    1. You are soooo right heda x

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  21. nothing beats good old friendship,does wonders for the soul and mind---including the chatter!! Im sitting here waiting for my friend Lynn who understands me completly even though she is a newish friend. We met on line threw a stroke forum group as we are both survivors.Mine was 2006 and Lynns 2004.we both feel a understanding of each others thoughts and feelings and we get strenght from each other.Lynn was very supportive when i found out about my husband and the other woman and stayed with me at times in case i tried something silly again although at the time i didnt feel it was silly just me wanting out of pain and hurt
    this is lynns first long drive again from warington after a double mastectomy before xmas and she has returned to work so you can see a true survivor and im waiting patiently with lunch made for her to arrive at the duck pond

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    1. Friends are chosen...they are your chose family are they not?

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