This morning I had to hurry off to the Royal Free Hospital for a routine check up and a blood test. I saw my Consultant; she always makes me feel cheerful and well looked after.
Walking back from the hospital I remembered that while Mas and were having our breakfast coffee they had played some music by Sir Arnold Bax on Classic FM which had reminded me of my friend Maureen. She had liked his music, and his romantic love of Ireland. While walking I began to list all the things that Maureen had shared with me, or introduced me to! Here goes:
Gin and tonic.
Perfume: Jolie Madam, by Balmain.
James Thurber's quirky humour.
Funny holiday meetings in Guernsey.
Lunch time meetings at The Phoenix, Oxford Steet.
Jacques Loussier's jazzed up classical music, and going to a concert together.
Seeing Swan Lake together.
The Stockpot at Leicester Square.
Pink gin: drinking this and looking at the setting sun through it, several times, as the anchor had been lowered while the sails were still up!
Sitting in an Emsworth cafee after a sailing adventure, both covered in mud up to our eyeballs, and she said " We look as if we are in camouflage....eeeh! I can't wait till I am in nylons and high heels again!
Intermittent conversations about the merits of Trad jazz as opposed to Modern Jazz.
Evenings when she wound Mas up about who the best American President had been, and he always rose to the bait!
The funeral service she had taken fun in planning, during which 'Take Five' by Dave Brubeck was played, and I knew was a nod in my direction.
The list is too long, but what a wonderful thing friendship is! I feel so lucky to have known her for so long.