An unplanned reunion holds magic with breathtaking scenery…

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Kate and I were neighbours over twenty years ago and have remained buddies ever since. The card giving her my news and latest address coincided with her holiday to my part of the world and texts flew as we arranged to meet.

Huge joyful hugs and much nattering over cups of tea gave us both time to pause for a day. We sat there on the balcony of a cafe, beside a river tumbling over rocks, and decided to spend the day together. ‘What do you fancy doing?’ queries were followed by Kate pulling out all sorts of local guide maps. My new home has so many areas to be explored and I had not really ‘twigged’ that Snowdonia National Park is less than an hour away from my front door.

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Kate, ever prepared, had spare walking boots and equipment in her car and with glee and happy hearts we set off to walk together in the mountains.

We were gifted magic that day…

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We met and talked with so many interesting people and no Kate, I don’t think I will marry the farmer who chatted to us with eyes ‘a twinkle’ as we ‘booted up’ for our walk. There were people from all over the world in those mountains and a sense of kindred spirits as we all left daily cares behind for a while.

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We paused and sat looking at breathtaking scenery and listened to the birds and the peace amoung those mountains.

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That ‘spec’ in the photo above is Kate paddling and yes, it was as cold as it looked. With my capacity to fall over randomly I wisely kept my bottom on the grassy ledge and called out encouragement instead.

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We shared confidences and talked, as only dear old friends can, and made quite a few discoveries about each other up there.

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There was a mountain rescue helicopter out on manoeuvres and a fair few jokes made about Kate’s red scarf and how we might, just might, fancy being rescued.

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We are getting together again before Kate goes back home to Somerset and today she texted me to say that she is going to climb Snowdon itself, with (wait for it…..) an ex.SAS Scotsman. My reply to her will remain private……

I love you Kate. Thank you for a magic day and your special friendship.

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38 Responses to “An unplanned reunion holds magic with breathtaking scenery…”

  1. 1 Wendell A. Brown October 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Genuine friendship, lasts for a forever time…wonderful post Jane…it just leaves smiles alive! Blessings!


  2. 3 elenacaravela September 16, 2014 at 11:42 pm

    Gorgeous pics and a wonderful friendship:)


  3. 5 LucyJartz September 15, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    It is wonderful that you could reunite. You both look like you are having a great time!


  4. 7 IdealisticRebel September 15, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    Reblogged this on idealisticrebel and commented:
    A delightful post.


  5. 11 ianscyberspace September 15, 2014 at 1:59 am

    Beautiful scenery, beautiful friendship. A true friend is forever!


  6. 13 triciabertram September 14, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Sounds like a wonderful experience, Jane, and the photos are beautiful. x


  7. 15 Marylin Warner September 14, 2014 at 3:19 am

    Oh, Jane, seeing a friend after so many years–and catching up over tea and beautiful views–what a wonderful reunion. Magic is the perfect word.

    Several months ago, I met with a high school friend I hadn’t seen in almost twenty-five years! We chose a coffee house near the hotel where she was staying, and of course we each said we had much to do and so we planned to talk for maybe an hour. Seven hours later!!! we were still talking, laughing, crying and catching up. And we didn’t have the views and wonderful aura you had.
    Delightful post, Jane.


    • 16 Jane Thorne September 14, 2014 at 10:07 am

      Hello lovely Marylin, it’s so special when this happens isn’t it? Serendipity ❤ My Granny used to say that the older you get you realise how important your girlfriends are. Much love to you Birthday Girl. ❤ x


  8. 17 Aquileana September 14, 2014 at 1:12 am

    Hi dear Jane!,
    Unplanned reunions may hide the most beautiful treasures…
    It was nice to read about your friendship with Kate… And the photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing. I am wishing you a great sunday ahead!. Love, Aquileana 😀


  9. 19 rickbraveheart September 13, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    What an amazing day it sounds like you had Jane and clearly Nature wanted to help celebrate your reunion with the gift of beautiful weather, light and sights. How perfect for two long time friends to enjoy together.


    • 20 Jane Thorne September 13, 2014 at 6:25 pm

      Hello Rick, it is so lovely to hear from you and yes, we had a special day with many gifts. Kate’s friendship is a gift and I am so happy to find Snowdonia near home…much exploring to be done! I hope all is well with you. Take care. x


  10. 21 smzang September 13, 2014 at 1:37 pm


    Absolutely splendid…that day shows a harmony with all elements…
    The camaraderie adds a special bloom to the beauty of the landscape.
    What a special day!



  11. 23 tornadoday September 12, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    I look at these pictures, and realize something. As much as you enjoyed the day, it’s apparent the day enjoyed you! The universe smiles…….even when the water is cool. ❤ I love you.


  12. 25 bardessdmdenton September 12, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    Such a stunning part of the world, and I can FEEL the warmth in your writing about this dear friend. Another beautifully written reflection, Jane! Blessings. XO ❤


    • 26 Jane Thorne September 12, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      Thank you Diane…we had such a lovely time and it was a gift to have time together just the two of us. Much love and hugs to you. ❤ xXx


  13. 27 Al September 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Gorgeous pictures. With such visual serenity, it’s no wonder that your souls both found repose together.


  14. 29 journeyintopoetry September 12, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    Oh wow! What a fabulous unplanned experience for you both Jane. And your photos are stunning, you are living in a beautiful part of the country. It sounds like there was much laughter too, which is the best medicine ever! Lots of love and hugs ❤️ Xxx


    • 30 Jane Thorne September 12, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      To have that wonderful friendship alive and well as if we had spoken only yesterday, is a treasured gift Chris and there was much, much laughter – bending over creased with laughter at some points….and new jokes that will stand the test of time no doubt! Much love and hugs for you ❤ xXx


  15. 31 Maxi September 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    How fabulous that you and Kate got together and had a wonderful time. You needed that, Jane. Hopefully you two will have many more now that you have reconnected.
    blessings ~ maxi


  16. 33 grandfathersky September 12, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Love the mountains. These pics are not unlike one of our favorites here in the States – Independence Pass – a winding road over the Rockies between Leadville, and Aspen (Approximately) – Certainly – Nearer, My God, to Thee! – So glad you had the time together. Such are moments to cherish …


  17. 35 The Presents of Presence September 12, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Your photos are beautiful and I love that you reconnected! Isn’t life grand when we take these moments to heart! ♥


  18. 37 Margaret September 12, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    What a fantastic time it looks like you had. I love North Wales it is my favourite place and I always go with my best friends, the one who know how and when to ask me things and how to read me like a book! Enjoy every day in that wonderful place 🙂 xx


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