As some of you may remember one of my friends died suddenly a month ago. This was the friend who called nearly everyday to see how I was and to see whether I needed anything. By gosh do I miss her not because of what she did for me but just because.
Last week I was supposed to be going out to lunch with another friend and I didn't feel too good so had to cancel so do you know what she did - she made lunch and bought it around to me this the friend who has Parkinsons.
Today another friend has rung me to say she is not having her Grandson today so would I like her to take me to buy some new slippers (I know how to live) as she knows the ones I have are on their last legs.
Now it may be nothing to you all but these are all recent friends who have only known me since I moved up here but they have proven themselves to be true friends.
Then of course there are the friends I have never met - you lot on here for a start.
You may ask why I am asking about friendship well my answer to that is that without friendship life would be pretty stark and lonely. Friends listen and very rarely criticise, support you when you need it and never turn their backs on you
So I raise a glass to friends wherever and whoever you are