Make friends, make friends never, never break friends

My 'new' travel companion Kate on her first trip to Folgaria in the Dolomites, Italy

Do you remember that? We used to chant it in the playground at junior school holding hands with the chosen friend at the time …

‘Make friends, make friends,
Never, never break friends,
If you do
You’ll catch the flu
And that will be the end of you!’

I look back over my life and I see some friends were there for certain periods in my life whereas others stuck around for the long haul. I have been on holidays and really hit it off with people, swapped addresses and once back home never seen them again.

My first Best Friend was Diane Payne, we were 6 and at infant school together. She had gorgeous long, curly, thick hair and sparkling blue eyes but sadly we had to move town and although I got to see Diane once we never kept in touch.

My next Best Friend at my new school was Anne but after our first year together we were separated in different classes. We still played together and I had my first sleepovers with Anne but Irene and Donna became my new best friends. I still see Rene today after ‘finding’ her again in 2000.

Throughout senior school I had lots of friends. School finished and off we all went to college, work or 6th form. Friendships withered but I made new friends. One of the joys of Facebook for me has been bumping into some people from my school days. I have re-connected and meet up with some like Nicole.

Funnily enough on my weekend trip to Italy, flicking through an old album of photos I’d left out there for the kids, I found a photocopy of my college class mates with photos, what a flashback that was! I’ve linked up with a couple of college mates recently and I was very sad to hear one of our friends had passed away…cancer. :(

In fact this whirlwind trip to Italy was all about friends and family and seeing as my time was so short I had to fit the important people in.

The bittersweet moment of hugging the people that have carried me through my hard times, laughed off my mistakes, guided me when I was on the wrong footing and the friends that did their utmost to put all my broken pieces back and restore my confidence. God how I miss them all.

Four bests and the beauty is that I’m not even in contact with them all frequently but this doesn’t alter the love we have in our hearts for each other. Let me introduce you to them in the order I managed to catch up with them

Enrica, the person I class as ‘Best friend’ today. She called me the night before I left and asked if I could eat out with her and Alessia (another best) on Saturday. I had to turn her down after all I had my kids and their children to see first, but I loved her enthusiasm to make the most of the small time I had and we went out for dinner instead on Sunday. We ate at Alessia’s restaurant ‘Ristorante da Ugo‘ and after Alessia joined us for a drink in The Cantina – our old stomping grounds :)

Ristorante del'Ugo, Folgaria

I managed to squeeze Cinzia in on Sunday afternoon. She’s moved house since I last saw her and although I knew the area she lived in I didn’t know which number! So I found myself outside a row of houses looking for clues, luckily there were some boys playing football so I asked after Cinzia’s daughter, my god-daughter and they directed me to the correct house. Cinzia doesn’t like internet much so I’ve cropped the photos of her girls to protect their identity.

but she doesn't get away with the identity cover! :D

And of course my other ‘best’ Romana who I forgot to photograph which she’s probably quite thankful of. I manage to stay in touch with Romana the most, she works at Residence Derby and therefore with a computer at her hands it’s easier to send a quick email, message or like on Facebook.

These girls are my Italian bests and saying goodbye until next time breaks my heart every time, big big hugs to all of you lovely ladies and I’m so pleased I managed to fit you all in and I hope it’s not another two years before I get to see you all again xxx

I’m entering this post into Tara’s The Gallery where the prompt this week is friends


  1. February 29, 2012 / 9:37 AM

    Lovely post Mari. Its great that you still stay in touch with your Italian friends…I bet it was lovely to catch up with them x

    • Mari
      March 2, 2012 / 8:30 AM

      It’s always great to catch up and sad to leave them , there’s never enough time for us but we make do, thanks for popping by x

  2. February 29, 2012 / 9:59 AM

    A lovely post for this weeks subject. i am going to have to get organised a do a post later today. Friends are so important x

    • Mari
      March 2, 2012 / 8:31 AM

      Friends are important and good ones are hard to come by that’s why I like to catch up every now and then, going to pop over now and see if you’ve written your post :)

  3. Funky Wellies
    February 29, 2012 / 11:15 AM

    Your photos are oozing warmth and friendship! So glad you had a fab time.

    • Mari
      March 2, 2012 / 8:34 AM

      It was brilliant but I sat on my sofa on Monday evening and wondered if I’d actually been to Italy as it was all so quick!

  4. Herding Cats
    February 29, 2012 / 2:18 PM

    What a lovely post and beautiful pictures.

    • Mari
      March 2, 2012 / 8:39 AM

      Thank you, those girls mean a lot to me as they really pulled their sleeves up for me when I needed them, you can’t beat that

  5. Kahanka
    February 29, 2012 / 8:24 PM

    What a lovely group of friends, and love the poem at the beginning ;)))

    • Mari
      March 2, 2012 / 8:39 AM

      It is a lovely poem isn’t it, one that can be heard at playgrounds up and down the country

  6. February 29, 2012 / 8:48 PM

    such a lovely post, friendships are so important  I’m glad you had a lovely time xx

    • Mari
      March 2, 2012 / 8:40 AM

      Thanks Sarah, it’s such a shame they’re so far away but probably better as I’d never get anything done!

  7. February 29, 2012 / 9:43 PM

    Blimey, you have a great memory! And your friend Cinzia is beautiful!

    • Mari
      March 2, 2012 / 8:40 AM

      She is a stunner isn’t she? I have a great memory for irrelevant facts, now try me on a maths quiz – I’ll fail miserably :)

  8. March 1, 2012 / 10:57 AM

    Aw, this is SO lovely – how wonderful you got to catch up with your Italian friends. I hope you don’t have to wait so long to see them next time. You are so right though, there are friends that – even if you don’t see them often – when you do, it’s like you’ve never been apart. I think this speaks volumes for true friendship. What a super post xx

    • Mari
      March 2, 2012 / 8:41 AM

      I have every finger crossed that I’m able to go over in the summer for a week or two with the girls but I’ll have to wait and see. If I go I’ll blog form there and teach you all Italian xx

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