Monday, 13 December 2010

Christmas drinks 2010

Wonderful friends
Wonderful husband

Last night some lovely friends of ours invited us to Christmas drinks at their beautiful hotel the Linthwaite House Hotel ( staying in the Lakes? stay here. Fab views, fab decor and fab food). I had a very weary sleepy day yesterday and didn't think I would make it ... but I was so determined that I got dressed and thought 'I'll give it my best shot'. I am so pleased I did. I had a wonderful time.

Once I walked into the hallway I started to perk up. Such lovely decorations. Such lovely smells. Such a lovely welcome. Before long I was sitting with a bacardi and coke, with energy rising by the moment.

When our friends invited us to join them for supper at a local bistro we decided to go along. And again- had a great time. It all felt very festive. And as these folk all have boys in teenager's class we never run out of things to talk about. The boys are all very good friends and through them the parents have become very good friends too. I love it. For the record I had a very nice seafood and spinach pancake and salad.

Thanks so much to Gail and Simon, Wendy and Tony and Lilla for a very happy evening. Thanks to Wendy for the photographs.

I savour every moment of a nice time these days- not one drop passes by without me relishing it. I would never wish serious illness on anyone but it certainly does make you stop and appreciate the good things in life- especially lovely friends and a wonderful family.


Ladybird World Mother said...

Sounds such a wonderful evening. Isn't it weird how energy starts up when we are with people we love and having fun! So glad you had a nice time... xx (hotel sounds gorgeous... book me in please...)

Bernie said...

I am so happy for you, you look wonderful!......:-)Hugs

Expat mum said...

Looking good girlfriend.

karen gerstenberger said...

You look WONDERFUL! It's so good to SEE you again in photos!

I agree completely with what you wrote. I was trying to explain it to Gregg yesterday: the suffering that was so intense for several years is beginning to lift, and with that lifting comes a sort of gentle euphoria when I realize over and over again that I'm not suffering in THIS moment, and in the next, and so on. It sounds crazy unless you've been through hell on earth, but I share it here with you, because I think you GET it. Not suffering is wonderful. May you continue to heal, and may God bless you and your sweet family and friends with love, joy and health.

Busy Bee Suz said...

Oh, this looks/sounds like a lovely evening Jo. I am happy your pushed yourself out the door...nothing like laughter and friendship to perk you up.

Trish @ Mum's Gone to... said...

How lovely to see a photo of you...and looking great. Will note that hotel down for when we do a Lakes visit again.

l'optimiste said...

i love the photos - you and husband are so cute! and to think of what was going on with you earlier in the year's so amazing what can happen in a year, an hour - a moment.

and you're right - wouldn't wish it on anyone, but near death experiences are a massive wake up call.

so pleased you're getting out and about already. take care - slowly does it Oh Excitable One ;)

Nota Bene said...

Excellent...glad you had a great evening amongst friends

Snowdrop said...

Its good to see you up, about and savouring life.

Sorry I've not been by lately, things have been a bit hectic. Thanks for visiting.


Gill - That British Woman said...

I am pleased you had a lovely time. You are looking well.

Merry Christmas to you and your family,

Gill in Canada

Clippy Mat said...

Definitely visitng the Lakes again next summer so will write that down; tho' we might be more b&b style I think. Your appreciation of life and its blessings is a hard lesson for all of us to learn, but you set a great example.

Irritatingly Optimistic said...

Happy Christmas to you and your family.

Hope 2011 is much better for you than 2010 was and you have many more evenings like this one.