Wednesday, February 19, 2020

A drive up into the hills

Dame M died in 2008. We still talk about our friend so many years later. Through her we came to know the dyke couple Dame M called The Mountain Women. I don't know how she knew them. We last saw The Mountain Women at the funeral of  James/Jazzie who died in 2016 and shortly afterwards for a pub dinner. 

Out of the blue they called us before Christmas and said we should catch up in the new year. With a little toing and froing and it was arranged for 2pm Tuesday at their home in the Dandenong Ranges as you can see in the background of my header photo. It was a little rainy as we drove the hour up into the hills but we allowed enough time and were five minutes early.

They had completely forgotten we were coming, but it didn't really matter. C is English born and 71. K is 66 and German born. I expect if K remembered we were coming, she may have put on a bra. There was way too much information to be seen. They have both been married and have children. Their house is nice and comfortable, albeit a little dated. We had never really seen outside. Surrounded by bushland their garden has azaleas, rhododendrons, roses, dailhas, magnolias. It was looking stunning and although the block of land is steep, there is a levelled back garden lawn. We were shown through their three 'She workshops', sheds mostly used by K, full of tools, gardening equipment, paints and crafts.  There were four separate abundant vegetable gardens.

They are both very well travelled, having lived in Paris for three months and visited countries all over the world. They have a modest car and a huge but quite old and functional campervan and travel often around Australia. Their dogs Marks and Sparks died a few years ago and they don't want another pet. I get that. They both play table tennis and C is a member of a walking group and a choir.

We were there for about three hours and had a wonderful time with them reminiscing, but mostly catching up on our respective lives. C said, we normally try to keep conversations with friends to about medical problems to fifteen minutes but it was something we kept revisiting. There was a lot of travel chat, and oh how we all laughed throughout the afternoon.

We returned in evening peak stop start hideous traffic but we had so enjoyed the afternoon, it didn't matter and we were home a little after six.

Then down came heavy rain and hail. I guess this photo of Dame M was taken about 2006 when The Mountain Women hosted us for a barbeque on their decked terrace. It's so hard to believe it was 14 years ago.


19 comments:

  1. It says volumes for how much you enjoyed the afternoon that the traffic coming home didn't put a dampener on it.
    I hope you have made arrangements to meet up more regularly.

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  2. Oh that's hilarious that they didn't remember you were coming Andrew. Sounds like you had a fab afternoon. The Mountain Women certainly lead an active life, must be all that lovely fresh country air 😊

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  3. That's kind of funny that they forgot you were coming. Haha. But, I am glad you all had a good time. Conversation is the key.

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  4. Time certainly does fly by rapidly, but our feelings for our loved ones, both family and good friends...never diminish, nor are they forgotten.

    Further memories to be cherished were made on Tuesday. :)

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  5. It sounds like a very pleasant afternoon.

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  6. If all the people around an afternoon tea table have spent lots of time overseas, the best conversations are comparing notes and learning new material. Even if you haven't been to a particular city/country for 35 years, you still remember the highlights (and lowlights).

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  7. I guess I am glad I still have a memory. Or at least enough sense to know I need to write everything down. I would be mortified if someone arrived and I forgot. I try to do things specially. But maybe I need to be a little less uptight.

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  8. Sounds like your friends are quite laid back - I would have a stroke! It surely must have been a good visit if you didn't mind the traffic going home.

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  9. Nice to finally catch up with them and in such a pretty place too.
    I see an awful lot of charred meat on that 2006 table, were there enough people to eat all that? I hate the idea of wasted food.

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    1. River, yes, heaps of us there.

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  10. Sounds as if you both or all of you had a wonderful time, always good to have a laugh and good old chat even though you don't see people that often, you just carry on from where you left off on another visit.

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  11. How can people forget that they have invited guests? I find that quite appalling.

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    1. Cro, they wrote in on their calendar in their office that they don't spend a lot of time in. Our calendar with such reminders is in a very obvious place and we check it often. Humans are just so imperfect.

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  12. Glad you had such a good time.

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    1. Thanks Sandra. Yesterday I left a positive book review for you at Amazon.

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  13. Sounds like a nice afternoon out.

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  14. Were you fed apart from with the wonderful conversation. I would have liked to have been there. We have had a new group form quite spontaneously recently. One gay man and 3 old women. We have such a wonderful laugh of a time. And spend hours chewing the fat.

    Nothing like it :)

    XO
    WWW

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  15. That looks like quite a meal.

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