The Gift of Friendship

The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it. ~ Herbert H. Humphry

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Everyone we meet will not become a good friend – a lifelong friend. We will have acquaintances, people we know only in passing, those who are in our lives for a little while, and finally, if we are lucky, a few good friends. I have been blessed with a handful of true friends who have filled my heart with joy overflowing. Barbara Hurst is one of these. We met two years ago at Shutter Sisters Oasis, and for the both of us there was an immediate connection. As if we’ve always known each other, though we only just met. I know many of you have had that experience. Barb and I kept in contact via email and through online classes we share, and social media. We met again last year when I went to Arizona to see her and Terri Porter (another kindred spirit.) Another year passed and Barb presented me with the gift of time. She was visiting her son & grandchildren, but could come for dinner and spend the night.

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It was Brian’s first time meeting Barb. He instantly took to her and they talked photography for quite awhile. Brian prepared a lovely dinner for us and the weather cooperated beautifully.

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Ah, but the evening ended all too quickly and we all hit the sack. In the morning I found Barb outside, camera in hand, taking pictures. She told me that if she lived here she would be taking pictures in the garden every day. That thought has stayed with me. More on that…

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We had a simple breakfast and then Barb presented me with a beautiful package, and other gifts as well.

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I have to tell you, this package was so beautiful I didn’t want to open it! Eventually I did

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Oh my goodness. I beautiful Paolo Soleri bell from Cosanti. Every time I hear this bell chime, I will think of Barb. She is now a permanent part of the garden. Her comment about taking pictures in the garden every day has made an impression on me. I love working in my garden, but taking pictures in it every day is something I’ve not done. Admittedly there are days I go out there, get the tasks done, and move on to the next thing. I let the “to do” list get in the way sometimes. A good friend has a way of reminding us that we are more than a “to do” list and that it is important to take time for ourselves, to nurture our creative spirit. So without saying these exact words, Barb reminded me of this. Thank you my friend. Here is a little collection of my Garden Daily efforts since Barb’s visit.

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Cherish your friends and take time for yourself. You are more than a “to do” list. Have a great day!

xo

ps – I’ve been away from the blog a little while due to a road trip and then catching up after the road trip. Will have images to share from that experience later. Take care!

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9 Responses to The Gift of Friendship

  1. Ahhh sweetness, I just want to bottle this and wrap myself around it for the rest of the day. Your images of the garden are awesomeness. The beauty of photography is that 12 people could go around and photograph the same thing and no one would come up with the same image, that I love so much. That is what photography is to me, just being different and seeing something different in everyone’s eyes. I enjoyed my short stay there so much, meeting Brain has giving me so much thought as to my next purchase in cameras and I thank him for his thoughts. We were and are really blessed to have found each other. TWMA (tellwemeetagain) xoxo

  2. Ahhh sweetness, I just want to bottle this and wrap myself around it for the rest of the day. Your images of the garden are awesomeness. The beauty of photography is that 12 people could go around and photograph the same thing and no one would come up with the same image, that I love so much. That is what photography is to me, just being different and seeing something different in everyone’s eyes. I enjoyed my short stay there so much, meeting Brain has giving me so much thought as to my next purchase in cameras and I thank him for his thoughts. We were and are really blessed to have found each other. TWMA (tellwemeetagain) xoxo

  3. Ahhh sweetness, I just want to bottle this and wrap myself around it for the rest of the day. Your images of the garden are awesomeness. The beauty of photography is that 12 people could go around and photograph the same thing and no one would come up with the same image, that I love so much. That is what photography is to me, just being different and seeing something different in everyone’s eyes. I enjoyed my short stay there so much, meeting Brain has giving me so much thought as to my next purchase in cameras and I thank him for his thoughts. We were and are really blessed to have found each other. TWMA (tellwemeetagain) xoxo

  4. Beverly says:

    Hi Carol…what a beautiful post, and photos. How lovely that you met some wonderful kindred spirits at Shutter Sisters, and lifelong friends. I love a pretty flower garden and personal space carved out of a yard – it adds such a peaceful feeling to one’s surroundings. Yours looks like a beautiful place to relax and enjoy quiet. Love your collage, and I agree with Barb, about taking photos daily out there…capturing the light, the color, the ambiance. I’m happy to get to visit your blog, via your visit to mine this week. Thank you!

  5. Cheryl says:

    Carol this is a lovely post and we can find friends anywhere along our path. I have also experienced that. I do find photography people to be some of the nicest.
    Your garden us beautiful and you really work hard at it. Glad you got a chance to take some snaps of it.
    Enjoy the weekend.

  6. Jana says:

    What a lovely post, a lovely friendship. Thank you for letting us into these private, yet universally nurturing moments, for sharing your friend. JBV

  7. Carol says:

    A great post on friendship – and the gems friends can point out to us.

  8. Sheri says:

    Carol–your frequent posts out on FB are like a breath of fresh air to me. The clear appreciation for life, love, family, friends, and all the natural beauty surrounding us, is so wonderfully expressed in your posts! It reminds me constantly to take a breather from the rat race and focus on what’s truly important. And while Eric & I are yet to be convinced that gardening isn’t a chore, we do fully appreciate the end results. 😉
    Great to find out that you’ve a blog too! Thank you for sharing &!inspiring!

  9. Sherri B. says:

    I was so touched by this post…how lucky you both are to have this friendship. I agree with Barb – if I lived in your house, I would be out in that garden every day taking photos! It’s spectacular, especially for someone like me who doesn’t know the first thing about gardening. That dinner you shared looks delicious… 🙂

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