I was busy shoe-horning another plant into my front garden on Thursday, when I noticed a car drive past, turn – and the approach of two figures….. OMG! Its Karen and Andy, with nothing in the house but plain biscuits, my hair needs washed, and the jeans I am wearing really should have been in the wash several days ago. But the wonderful thing about Karen, is that all of the above really doesn’t matter – and she didn’t even complain at all, when I nearly burnt the mouth off her with coffee reheated in the microwave. Andy is a lovely man too, who showed my daughter a nifty trick to tighten wires we were erecting for a thornless blackberry, alongside the front boundary fence.
We met later on Saturday for a meal in Glasgow, and I would have put this wee blog on earlier – but as usual Duncan was somewhere beyond the reach of his mother – and his mobile phone with which I took this photo, was with him. As you can see, his girlfriend Barbara was with us – and I can tell you as a techieduffer, that lunch taken in the company of four techiegeeks is not for the faint-hearted. But they were all very good, and spoke in normal colloquial English throughout. I had a lovely time.
Karen is an extraordinary woman who has done extraordinary things which she is pretty quiet about – which I will leave her to tell you about herself. But most importantly, she has the gift of friendship. And what I would like to say to Karen is, “Thank you for being one of us, and for reaching out a helping hand to every techieduffer among us – and if friends were flowers, I’d pick you”.