Sunday, 24 October 2021

Liverpool

I first met Nu way back in 1989 and for much of the early 1990s I socialised with her three physiotherapist friends in Sheffield and in Liverpool. 

Tonight I was reunited with all three, Dymphna, Gráinne and Hillary as well as Hillary’s husband Brian and Nu’s Hubby Jim. over in Liverpool and 27 years after we first met nothing very much had changed at all.

True , we all agreed , that most of us were now wearing non prescription reading glasses and all of us possessed more wrinkles  than we cared for having but the banter was as loud as it ever was.

And the laughter was as raucous as it was in the ledmill circa 1991 where the girls referred to me with the bizarre and unlikely  nickname of cheese n’ chives and I felt joyfully tearful when they yelled it at me again when I left them all, very squiffy in a lovely crowded Italian restaurant on Bold Street

Gráinne and Brian

Dymphna and The gloriously loud Hillary


I’m going to meet them all next year at Nuala and Jim’s cottage in Southern Ireland , I’ve decided to rent a small camper van and drive from Trelawnyd , over the ferry to Dún Laoghaire …it will be my second holiday in 2022….in September I will be going Seoul

38 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:00 pm

    The best friendships, long lasting and picking up like you never were apart. Dee

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  2. Old friends are the best...treat them like gold!

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  3. Did you indulge in Italian delight John?x������

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    1. ???-grapes,cheese and a ripe peach x

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  4. Old connections, very deep, fun

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  5. What a lucky man you are to have such wonderful friends. xx

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  6. What a wonderful time you all enjoyed. Friends mean everything! Your plans for next year sound fabulous!

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    1. I’m so open to new experiences now bonnie

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  7. What a wonderful crew!

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  8. I have a friend who’s been in my life since we were seven years old. We became best friends then and some 58 years later we’re still besties. We live 1000 miles apart, but whenever we’re within 100 miles of each other we get together. It’s like no time has passed. We talk loud, we laugh loud and we hug a lot. No better feeling.

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  9. where in southern ireland? we used to summer in glandore and i loved it there. it looks like you had a wonderful time!

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  10. Anonymous11:54 pm

    You are one sexy bear dad Mr John

    Big Gay Rob

    Xx

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  11. I realized when one of my best friends died many years ago that there are parts of us that only best friends know. And when they pass on, those parts are lost in a way. To have friends who still know and love those parts of us is a joy and a sort of miracle. How lovely you got to enjoy those people who hold parts of you that they know and love.

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  12. Barbara Anne12:53 am

    Clearly, joy abounds and how marvelous is that?! Nice to have plans to keep reconnecting, too.
    Seoul? Going to visit the nurse friend who moved?
    Sweet dreams, you party animal!!

    Hugs!

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  13. Sheffield I know because I live there. Dun Laoghaire I know because I was born and brought up 3 miles inland. I’ve even been to Seoul, albeit in transit.

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  14. Long time friends are as precious as gold. Looks like you all enjoyed your time in Liverpool. Your plans for Ireland and then Seoul sound outstanding.

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  15. I sure miss those gatherings.

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  16. Nothing better than a night out with friends.

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  17. Sounds like a fab night. I remember those. xx

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  18. Yorkshire Liz6:43 am

    Sounds a bit of a cliche, but it is true that the oldest friendships that remain unchanged by time are the rarest and most precious. That holiday will be something to look forward to and delight in. Cheers, all!

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  19. Wonderful get together with old friends.
    Am so looking forward to reading about your trip to Seoul next year!

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  20. As said above, long term friends are precious, sometimes even more than family

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  21. Your travel plans sound exciting. And you sure have wonderful friends, Cheese n Chives.

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  22. It's so good to hear that you had such a great time with precious friends. Love the photos.

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  23. So glad you gad a great time with friends. And Seoul! That sounds amazing! I'm jealous!

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  24. There's nothing like old friends!

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  25. Nu looks lovely and happy as always.

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  26. Good on you glad you had such a good time love the photos and happy faces all around.

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