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Celebrating Friends with Berries and Cherries

“We are friends and I do like to pass the day with you in serious and inconsequential chatter.
I wouldn’t mind washing up beside you, dusting beside you,
reading the back half of the paper while you read the front.
We are friends and I would miss you, do miss you and think of you very often.”
– Jeanette Winterson –

As my time in Washington draws to a close, I’m spending as much time as possible with my dear ones, meeting for long heart-to-heart talks over dinner, campfires, and tea. Lots of tears have been shed and much laughter shared. How I shall miss them and cherish their friendship from afar through Skype, emails, phone calls and visits.

Today I am off to spend the day with my dear friend Natalie who is visiting with her hubby and daughter from their home in Thailand. We first met in 1993 when we lived with friends on the same boat moored in Moscow, Russia. She is a true kindred spirit and no matter how much time passes between visits, each reunion is a delight filled with non-stop talking and a shared love for nature, travel, and as many berries as we can eat.

My poor foot is still kaput so instead of hiking we’ll be driving to favorite spots: ocean, lake, mountains. I can’t wait.

Cherries are ripe and ready here in Washington and I wish I could hand deliver a basket of these beauties to each one of you. These photos will have to do.

Cherries

What is your favorite thing to do with an old and dear friend?

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thefisherlady - a cup of tea… curl up across from each other in cozy chairs and find out all that has passed between us… share and laugh and hug and thank God for His tender mercies and ‘good friends’

Anna Johnston - I love baking or cooking with my old and dear friends, something incredibly rewarding yet calming and homely too. 🙂 I adore cherries, could eat them all day. Gosh your a wonderful photographer sweetness, you put us right there with you, I can almost taste them. YUM! Xxx

Joanne - It’s definitely sad to leave old friends behind, but think of how much fun they’ll have visiting you and all the awesome new friends you’ll make! I’m glad you’re enjoying Washington to it’s fullest these last few days!  Those are some GORGEOUS cherries!

Rosa May - So beautiful! I have not bought any cherries this year as they were so expensive… It is always a pleasure to meet up with friends we haven’t seen since  a while.

Cheers,

Rosa

Andi Perullo - Who knew that cherries were so darn photogenic??? Hope you had the most lovely time with your friend!

Andrea and John - Ahhh – kill a bottle of wine and just talk! I’m a little sad now because I’m thinking of at least five old girlfriends that I would love to be doing this with =(  Time gets away from us and before we know it years separate our visits with precious friends. One of the negatives of a nomadic lifestyle for sure…   ~Andrea.

LindyLouMac in Italy - It is good to be back at last catching up with your blogging activities, your cherries look as if they are exactly the same variety as ours 🙂

Travel Answer Man - Always enjoy reading your blog…refreshingly simple! Keep smiling:)))
…Travel Answer Man

Krista - All of those are perfectly wonderful ideas, Val! 🙂 You always have the best plans. 🙂

Krista - How fun, Cailin!! So glad you have a dear friend who loves that too. I can’t believe I’m leaving either! It seems unreal. 🙂

Krista - Thank you, Barbara! I love that one too. 🙂 Plain, fresh cherries are my favorite way to eat them too. 🙂 Aren’t good, long talks the best?

Krista - It sure is, dear BakerStreet. Ahhh, that sounds like a wonderful thing to do!!

Krista - That sounds so fun, Brenna! Hope you have a fantastic time. 🙂

Krista - Oh good, J!! Can’t wait to see what you make with them. 🙂 XO

Anonymous - Going for brunch!  my good friend and I try to do this at least once a month. I can’t believe you leave soon!!!!!

bellini - Hiking along the Kettle Valley Railway which is now part of the Canada Trail from coast to coast comes to mind, or visiting a local winery, having a glass of wine on the deck and enjoying the day, sharing a good meal whether it be at my home or theirs, the list goes on…..Washington will miss you Krista!

Barbara - Gorgeous cherry photos, especially the one on stones. Really striking. 
I love cherries too, made a crumble with some yesterday, although my favorite way is just popping one in my mouth.
When I meet with an old friend I haven’t seen in a long time, I just like to sit down, have lunch and talk for hours.

BakerStreet - It sure is hard to say good bye. 

Cherries look gorgeous! A baked treat would be perfect with a cup of tea and an unending chat with an old friend. 

Fabuleuxdestinbrenna - I love seeing old friends. I will be meeting up with one in Paris on Sunday! We’re visiting the Mosquée de Paris. YAY!

Jacqueline - I took a walk in my neighborhood tonight and picked cherries. I have a feeling they’ll end up as “treats” on my blog. Is there such a thing as too many cherries? Nah … I don’t think so! xx

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