Readers must think we have done nothing but enjoy lovely days away with friends in the last few weeks. After a few years where holidays have been few and far between, I don’t take these precious days for granted. As I’ve already said, I think I am also getting better at understanding and planning for family holidays and so enjoying them more. Last weekend we had three days in a converted barn just outside of Kendal, catching up with Cath (literally my oldest friend – I can remember playing with her before we went to school), her husband Phil and their beautiful one-year old, Sammy who we were meeting for the first time.
Ah, good friends: more precious than silver, worth more than gold. The weekend was full of simple pleasures like an adventure playground (essential for our kids); coffee (essential for me); a boat trip; walks; milkshakes; and throwing stones into a river.