Another non-gardening post - but I have a good excuse ...
Today I am the Birthday Girl - I won't tell you how old I am - it is a lady's prerogative, only to say that the Beatles once wrote a song about it.
Imagine my surprise when a birthday card plopped through the letter box with a Vietnam postmark
|J - top left / me bottom right|
|School trip to the Trossachs|
Scotland 1963 - just look at those short shorts (or lack of them)
Lee Circle, Leicester
|Me aged 19 - heavens I look so young!|
We started emailing, catching up on all the news over a span of 40 years - a couple of Christmasses ago she came to see me on her way through to somewhere else. It was strange seeing the face that was so familiar and dear to me all those years ago, different but still the same. We didn't have too much time to catch up, and maybe one day in the not too distant future we will meet up again - J and her husband live down south, and are in and out of the country all the time visiting their children - so it won't be easy.
Over the years our lives have taken different directions - a case of Town Mouse versus Country Mouse.
Meanwhile we swap Christmas and birthday cards and chat on the computer.
In this case Auld Acquaintance wasn't forgotten and still having J as a friend after all this time is definitey a bonus birthday present.
(Sorry for the quality of the photos - I don't have a scanner and had to take a photo of a photo - if only we had had digital cameras in those days).