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Grateful For Awesome Friends

Posted on: October 1, 2017

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” -Marcel Proust

I was fortunate to see many of my awesome friends when I was in Canada. Some gave me a place to stay, some drove me around and everyone fed me so well. They have all been such huge supporters in whatever I do. Here are a few of them.


It was great that these good friends from Trinidad were in Canada at the same time.


A picnic with friends at English Bay before a Bard on the Beach performance


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A special Bard Buddy who organized the day.

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Always fun to be part of the cast with another special Bard Buddy


A longtime Calgary friend and travel buddy who drove me around, gave me a place to stay and fed me well.


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A wonderful supportive Vancouver friend who gave me rides and attended events.


A special relative/friend!


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A dear friend who provides me with a great place to stay and feeds me well.


A lovely mother and daughter team who gave me a comfy room to stay during my first week in Vancouver, fed me well and gave me tons of support.


Travel writer/photographer friend who took my profile picture and designed my bookmarks. Treated me to a lovely lunch overlooking a golf course.

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A supportive writer friend who treated me to a lovely picnic and a Monet exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.


A former coworker and her daughter who came to a book signing

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My longtime friend who provides me with a comfy place to stay in Medicine Hat, a garden to relax in and delicious meals

As you can see I was well looked after. It was so wonderful to be able to spend time with these friends and many others. I am truly blessed.

“There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature.”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh


23 Responses to "Grateful For Awesome Friends"

Wow. Wonderful pictures. Looks like you had a absolutely fantastic time!

It really was an amazing time. So nice to have such supportive friends.Thanks, Christa.

Oh wow! A beautiful post filled with lovely photos of amazing friends. I agree it is lovely to have special friends. They are there for you, loving and caring. (It’s also the best of traveling) So pleased you had a great time Darlene.

Thanks, Diane. So nice to have friends to visit when travelling. Also, we tend to make new friends while we travel.

Nothing like having friends all over the world to love and support you! Great photos!

Thanks, Patricia. I am fortunate.

Lucky me meeting you in Vancouver in 1988:) so many moons ago…such a great friendship:). A forever fan.

OMG! It´s almost 30 years since we met. Yes, it was a lucky day for me too.

You are truly blessed, Darlene. It is so important to know we have dear and trusted friends to share good and hard times with and who are there for us to help us out when needed as they know we would do the same for them. May it long last. ❤

Thanks, Fatima!! Can´t wait to meet you tomorrow.

When I started blogging in 2013 I had no idea what a wonderful tribe of friends I’d meet. We share thoughts on each other’s blogs and occasionally meetup in face to face encounters. Just yesterday I called up friend K. whom I met at a writer’s retreat because I had some questions about professional editing. I stand on the shoulders of other writers (like you, Darlene!) who encourage and support me.

We never got to the Vancouver Art Gallery so missed the Monet exhibit; thanks for posting a sliver of it here. I see joy and gratitude in each photo. 🙂

The blogging community provides a wealth of friends from all over the world. I will be posting soon about meeting a couple of my blogging friends recently. Our paths almost crossed. Maybe another time. The Monet exhibit was excellent. Sorry you missed it but you can only do so much on a holiday.

Great pics…how wonderful for you!!

Thanks, Kirt. I have collected some pretty cool friends over the years.

You are indeed blessed Darlene 🌼

I like the sound of all that good food you were provided with. 🙂

Nothing like homemade meals by friends who love to cook!

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