Good Friends…

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Unlike some, I may not be able to list more than a hundred names in my circle of friends, but I’m hugely grateful to have the small, but perfectly formed, group of people in my life who are always there whenever I’m in need.

After several weeks of enduring a persistent cough, and assuming that there was no reason to trouble the NHS because “It’s just a virus” and “There’s a lot of it about“; not to mention the fact that it’d be easier to get a date with Johnny Depp than a GP appointment these days; I found myself two days ago hardly able to breathe and feeling extremely unwell.

Despite it being late in the evening, my selfless chum came to pick me up, took me to the hospital walk-in centre, and then waited two and a half hours with me until I was finally examined, before returning me safely back home. As it turns out I needed antibiotics, so it really was necessary for me to seek medical assistance asap to avoid things turning nasty.

I’m a very lucky lady indeed and I’ll never take my mates for granted. I really do appreciate everything they do for me. Thank you…!

Garden Party…

garden partyWhen you have a day off work, it’s really nice if you can spend your precious spare time with your mates. It’s even more fabulous if there’s copious amounts of lemonade, yummy cream cakes and delicious home-made scones involved; along with general chit-chat and some decent laughs thrown in for good measure.

As the weather was warm and sunny it meant we had the luxury of being outdoors in the garden all afternoon, which is always a welcome bonus. Pretty flowers, glorious sunshine, a hilarious pet rabbit, stunningly beautiful doves and great company is, in my opinion, the recipe for an absolutely perfect Thursday afternoon. I’m very lucky to have such lovely friends…

Road Trip…

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Every now and again it’s quite nice to take the day off from work, household chores, general mundane necessities, or your ex – who’s just added you on a social media site, and go on a road trip with some gal pals. It needn’t cost a fortune, take all day or even be a long way from home; it’s just good to get in a car and go somewhere different for a few hours.

It really is amazing how much fun can be had on an autumn afternoon with a well-stocked picnic hamper, a couple of bottles of something that makes you feel all silly and a few hilarious mates. Cheers to the simple pleasures in life, and thank heavens for a corkscrew!

New Friends…

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When making a new life for yourself it can be quite useful to make some new friends, whether this means joining a new group or club, taking up a new hobby or just frequenting a new bar. By no means does this imply that you should immediately abandon all of your old mates; quite the opposite in fact; these people always have been and always will be a very important part of your life (although I could’ve done without the unexpected ‘chummy’ texts from my ex 9 months after he left), it simply means that you will now have a brand new group of pals who have only ever known you as ‘you’ and not as part of a couple. A few months ago, I’d have gladly stuck rusty nails in my eyes rather than join a gym class, but join I did and in all honesty it’s completely changed my attitude.

Meeting fabulous new people can lead to a variety of different and exciting experiences, including visiting places you’d never actually been before, trying out new pastimesĀ and exploring ideas and concepts you never thought possible. It also inevitably leads onto making even more new friends, which can only be a good thing. Highly recommended for anyone trying to start afresh.

 

 

Get Out…

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I must admit, than when well-meaning friends offered to meet me in town for coffee soon after my break-up I was thinking of every excuse under the sun to get out of it. I wasn’t feeling well (I was fine). The weather was too bad (it wasn’t). I have to be somewhere else (I didn’t). However, there’s only so long you can keep fobbing people off before they give up asking, so I bit the bullet, brushed my hair for the first time in a week, put some shoes on rather than my tatty slippers and I walked out of the front door.

Real friends will understand that you’re feeling a bit ‘fragile’ and will happily tolerate hearing all the boring details for the 10th time because they care about you. Once you’ve been out into the big wide world a few times your confidence will definitely grow and what once felt a terrifying prospect will become a real pleasure.