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a good friend ...

Today I met up with Fiona who I always describe as my oldest friend, I have known her for just over 25 years. What maketh a good friend? Well in my opinion it is someone you feel at ease with and can talk non-stop with without drawing for breath, and we certainly both do that!

Fiona had the very good idea to meet up at Highdown tearooms in Worthing. We both had a latte with a huge portion of bread pudding, being a bit naughty and choosing something sweet and not savoury for lunch, Fiona blamed me for her decision! Luckily J couldn't see my choice, I would have got a very disapproving look!

After a couple of hours of chat we had a leisurely stroll around Highdown gardens, well I say leisurely but it is on a slope on the chalky South Downs, so I was a little out of breath in places, maybe not such a good idea to be talking and walking at the same time? The photo above is of roses spotted in the garden, they were really tiny and so pretty, and growing in what I thought was rather a shady spot for them, but they seemed to be thriving. I must look this variety up.

We then popped back into the tearoom after coming up with the lame old excuse of it being on the way back to the car, where I had a strawberry milkshake and Fiona had a pot of char, which we both needed after what turned out to be an energetic jaunt around the garden, going around in a few circles didn't help matters. It turns out after many years of knowing each other that we are both as useless as each other when it comes to finding our bearings!

A good friend is also someone who gives you good advice when you need it. Thanks to everyone for their kind words regarding my webshop. I am still anxious about my decision to open one, but I feel a little more confident after all your words of encouragement.

Louise x

More photos of plants from Highdown Gardens across on my garden blog. You won't be disappointed!


Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

I love this story and what I love more is the double trip to the tea room for some delicious goodies. You girls sound like my type of friend! Love bread pudding, too!

Love the roses and do let us know what type they are.

Have a happy week!!


btw: the little tin is an old child's baking pan. I thought it held oats for the birds rather nicely. :)

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Sounds like a lovely day with Fiona.
I still have some friends from my childhood that I treasure. We share so much, both memories of the past and future hopes and dreams. It really is a treat to spend time with them, although we all live far from each other now.

A good friend is priceless!

Ragged Roses said...

Sounds like a great day Louise. Days with old friends are so comfortable, easy going and enjoyable aren't they. And often naughty, hence your lunch!!!
Can;'t find your photo of the allium!

Sal said...

I simply love tea rooms and will search one out wherever I am!! Looks like you had a great day ;-)

Summer by the sea said...

Sounds like you had a lovely day with your friend - those roses are so pretty - Natalie x

Rosezilla (Tracie Walker) said...

the roses are just beautiful! Don't you love those girl's days or nights out! I was able to have one just this past weekend with a friend I've known since we were 12, and when I'm with her, sometimes I feel about that old still!

Gina said...

What a special time with your friend.. and I love that you both chose sweet for lunch..I'm often more tempted by the sweets menu than the savoury myself..but end up going for something savoury just because it's the norm.. sounds like you needed the energy boost for your walk anyway!
The rose is really pretty :O) Gx

Chelle said...

I miss having a good friend like that. I am pretty sure my new friend will fill those shoes, and sure hope so after reading this post. It is always so fun to have a friend to eat "junk" with and take long walks with. Days like that live on in memory forever.

Glo said...

Enjoyed the walk with you, stopped to smell the roses, and the goodies were yummy! A perfect day with a good friend! :)

Unknown said...

the cherry tree is nice, and congrats on your new shop. Nothing is more special than a good friend to share everything.

Ally Jay said...

Lucky girl, a double trip to tearooms and the company of a good friend. Good friends are definitley to be treasured.

Anonymous said...

Two trips to the tearooms? You sound like my kind of girls.

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

sounds like a great day

Carol said...

What a lovely way to spend the day together.
Nothing like a girls day out to recharge the batteries!
Carol xx

Anonymous said...

It sounds as if you had a great time and I do agree with you about what makes a good friend. I miss having one special mate. It's been a while, but don't feel sorry for me! ;o) I've got my work, my kids, my hubby, my dad and my in-laws. I'd struggle to find the time. My daughter is standing behind me and she says that I am her best friend! xx

Anonymous said...

It sounds like a wonderful day. I love the fact that you went back to the tearoom for a second visit. It is something I would do LOL The picture is beautiful.

Linda said...

Hi Louise,
You are so lucky to have a close friend for that long, what a wonderful relationship you both must have. Hope you are having a wonderful day.
Cheers Linda

Tinyholder said...

Hi Louise,

Thanks for stopping by. I have those roses outside my craft room window, they are so pretty! Poynings car boot sale was absolutely huge and there were all sorts of people there (and sorts of bits and bobs). I'll definitely go back there and have proper rummage around next time. We didn't hang around on sunday - I didn't want to push my luck with the other half!

Sian x