This weekend I did something I've never done before, actually a couple of things. Firstly I left my little 3 guy family and went away without them for not one, but two nights. Secondly I went away with two people I've never met before and had the loveliest, most invigorating short break since, well, since I went to Paris with Kate and Lena before we left the UK.
Jo (Jellybaby blog) and Julia (Arte Fidelity) have been friends for almost a whole lifetime and for this weekend they included me in their circle and I felt warmly welcomed.
We ate well, we drank, we walked but mostly we talked and talked and talked. We didn't sew, we didn't watch tele, we just spent time together. I'd known beforehand from all I'd seen and read and the emails we'd exchanged that they were lovely women, but I didn't realise how calmed, amused and supported I'd feel by spending time with them. I loved seeing their gorgeous friendship first hand and laughed whole heartedly at their many, many amusing recollections.
Jo is an amazing photographer so I confess I felt embarassed to bring out my camera, silly I know, but she really is so gifted, I hope she shares her work with everyone more widely soon. Hence, the odd picture of the chair in this post.
I feel great, I hope we get to do it again.