We have had friends to stay for a few nights, hence the recent flurry of baking going on. And perusing recipe books – what shall I cook for the evening meals? Don’t know why I get in a tizzy, after all I cook each day, but you always want it a to be little bit special when friends came to stay, don’t you? Needless to say, there's been no sewing happening this week, although I did show off my latest creations. My friend Merilyn is not a quilter, but she knits, spins, and has dabbled in stitcheries and candle-wick work over the years.
For the first time in ages, my sewing machine cabinet was closed up tight. And the “wardrobe” went from this to a double bed. Its a very clever piece of American designing, and we love that the bed folds up neatly and disappears into the cupboard when not in use. It folds down to a double bed, with an excellent mattress, much more comfy than the pull out sofa our visitors had to use previously.
Hiding behind the wardrobe doors is….
A comfortable double bed
Our friends Merilyn and Colin live in Dunedin and we spent last Christmas with them. Merilyn and I are old school friends from way back, and yesterday we caught up with another old friend Robyn, and met up for morning tea. Robyn and her husband has recently moved up to Levin from the Hutt Valley, like we did, and I met up again with her at a meeting a couple of years ago, thinking, I know that lady. She hadn't changed a bit!
Me, Merilyn and Robyn
In fact, the last time Merilyn and Robyn had met was about 50 years ago, when we gathered at the wharf with other school friends in Wellington to wave her goodbye. Merilyn and her parents were moving down to the South Island to live in Dunedin. Robyn had brought along a photo of this sad occasion as we waved our friend goodbye, would we ever meet up again we wondered? We had all recently started work and were about 16 at the time.
Pam, Robyn, Merilyn, Jenny, with Sally in the front at the wharf to say goodbye
Our guests had more friends to visit, and a family 80th Birthday to attend in the weekend, so packed up this morning ready for the next stage of their adventure. It was so nice to catch up again and have them come to stay – we always have so much to talk about, it’s just like we have never been apart.
Merilyn and Colin