Didn't get to meet up with my uni pals for our usual annual reunion this year - we couldn't sort out a free date with the southern girlies. But still, JC invited me round for Sunday lunch and like I was going to pass up an opportunity for a good meal!
Sure she and CL (her hubbie and fellow uni pal) only live in Warrington which is barely 30 mins away but our friendship survives well on sporadic emails and annual get togethers.
Since my last visit, they've had a mega extension done to their house, which was big before but is now huuge! Very impressive, absolutely gorgeous, ridiculously expensive but wow , a cinema room with proper cinema chairs (courtesy of a local cinema that had just closed down!).
Thing is, everything looks rosy - fabulous house, wonderful holidays, three cute kids partaking in a bewildering number of hobbies; but the credit crunch is hitting them hard, resulting in JC soon to return to full time work and CL is going to be....a house husband! Not quite sure how that will work but they're going to give it a go, if they are to continue with their lifestyle.
And then LF turned up for a chat, so it was like a mini reunion - she's contemplating emigrating to Singapore, which is quite astounding considering her husband has lived and worked in the same little town all his life - not sure he's really thought about it, but hey, hope they go for it!
Hopefully, we'll arrange a weekend for a proper session in the new year, although there was talk of joint birthday celebrations next year.