Sunday, May 17, 2015

Good Times


Eleanor, a long-time (forty-five or more years) is here for a visit, her first in fifteen years, and, as always, the talk is of books and music and films. It was Eleanor who introduced us to Leonard Cohen, Jacques Brel, and Leon Russell (to name only a few) years ago and she has more recently made sure that we didn't miss out on Eddie Izzard and Tm Minchin.

Over the course of the last few days, I've been making a list of some of latest recommendations (book/film/music pusher par excellence, she is. )


Eleanor has always been incredibly hip -- my earliest memory of is from the Sixties -- she was the hit of the evening at at a cocktail party in a Mod vinyl dress and a Sassoon-type asymmetrical haircut. I have never been hip like that but somehow we became the best of friends.

John and I have enjoyed many a fine meal with Eleanor-- we all love good food and, in the past, strove to amaze and tantalize one another with our cooking. (Eleanor received the F.O.C. Award  --For Obscene Cookery -- from us years ago.)

So we planned a grand meal last night with Justin and Claui and nephew Drew. Eleanor purchased a glorious beef tenderloin which we wrapped in bacon, roasted, and served with Bearnaise butter, garlic mashed potatoes, and marinated green beans. There was a salad of spring greens and grape tomatoes. Wine, of course.


There was a strawberry/blueberry 'pizza' . . .


And more talk of music, then and now.

The years that have gone by might never have passed. Our young people and Eleanor seemed to have been old friends in a previous incarnation.  Wine and music and laughter and good food -- what a fine way to spend an evening!


9 comments:

Ms. A said...

Goodness gracious, a great friend and a great meal combined. It just doesn't get any better than that!

jennyfreckles said...

Good times indeed. I treasure my oldest friends. However long the gap between seeing them, it doesn't matter.

Barbara Rogers said...

I'm blessed to have a good friend of such duration, who also has located from FL to NC. I learn from her, laugh with her, and enjoy the warmth of her company pretty rarely.

Jean Baardsen said...

Sounds wonderful.

Frances said...

Good times indeed!

Isn't it grand to have such golden friendships? And to be able to share books, music and ... delicious food.

xo

Stella Jones said...

Nothing like old friends to keep us young, is there! I have always liked Leonard Cohen, although I know his music is not to everyone's taste.

NCmountainwoman said...

I've yet to meet anyone as near and dear as two of my long-time friends. Such treasures they are and like you and Eleanor, the years between our visits might never have passed. So glad you are having such a good visit. Can't wait for the latest recommendations from Eleanor and you.

Jim Egerton said...

Oh lordy, Leon Russel. She is welcome out here any time. What a wonderful friend!

Thérèse said...

A marvelous description of happy times, past and present. Everything we can think of when thinking about living life at its fullest. How lucky we are to experience such things.
We all know time can be as beautiful as it can be terrible!