I realise how fortunate I am to have such good loving friends.
This post isn’t about all of them but two of them in particular; The Jacksons.
I’ll have you know I’m one of those sickening couples; high school sweethearts with the same best friends since way back when.
I was friends with Ian before I knew my husband Jay. Our friendship bonded over teenage angst and rebellion; think Nirvana and life conversations. We’ve grown & matured since then but still have an incredible comfortableness within our friendship. He’s like my brother. And fortunately he happens to be my husband’s best friend.
As it so happens, Ian also married a high-school sweetheart, someone whom, even though we went to the same school, I wasn’t friends with until about 7 years ago. Janine is this incredible woman; happy, beautiful and smart with an abundance of positive & passionate energy that I just find absolutely joyful. I had an epiphany the other day that she’s one of my best friends (something which I find too childish to tell her!).
I’m gushing, I know, but after a wonderful weekend filled with deep & meaningful conversations, lots of laughs, swapping of intellectual ideas and just enjoying each other’s company with good food & wine, I’m thankful to count them as people who I love & cherish.
We started Friday night with drinks at Baxter Inn followed by dinner at Almond Bar.
Ian & Neen stayed Friday night and we switched houses Saturday. Jay & I drove the 1 hour drive out west towards the Blue Mountains to their gorgeous mountain hideaway.
We lay in the unseasonably warm sun, drinking hot chocolate and reading. Later we drove 20 minutes up into the mountains to Wentworth to visit the German bakery (pretzels & pies!). Saturday night we ate suburban Chinese takeaway and watched the All Blacks vs Wallabies in front of the open fire.
Today (Sunday) we went for a long bush walk; perfectly rejuvenating for busy city dwellers.
Now we’re back at home readying ourselves for another busy work week.
I hope you all had a wonderful relaxing weekend.