You're very lucky indeed if you have friends that have travelled with you for most of your life and, it seems, that friends made at University (and equivalent institutions) are the most persistent of all. It must be the shared experiences in an environment we chose for ourselves - unlike school, where we had to be there and our choices were woefully-limited. In Further Education, you're - hopefully - finally working towards/doing what you want to do in life and - also hopefully - now have the requisite social skills to bond with like-minded souls!
Malc and Angie are two such granite pillars of Mrs B's and my - lives: student housed together, becoming parents around the same time, growing into mortgages, careers and the old age together. Had there been no pandemic, the Boydells and the Instone-Halls get together three or four times a year (alternating venue) for long weekends of chat, games, walking the dogs, food and plenty of ale. Having BEEN in a pandemic, M&A's visit this weekend was the first in 15 months (apart from a socially-distanced walk along the Malvern Hills last Spring).
This rekindling was planned with as much 'outside time' as we could muster: walks in-and-around Newent, barbecues and much reclining in the (newly mown) garden with - of course and naturellement - the clacking of balls and the tossing of wood.
11PM and you can still bleed a garden photo out of the iPhone: the Molkky had been dispensed in a sunset glow and all that remained was to slowly intoxicate oneself next to the open fire.
Recently-repaired (by Mrs B), the home-made family Croquet set (50 years old) graced the baking green for several highly-competitive rounds:
There were no tabletop games - not due to any reluctance but with the continuing presence of both beers and glorious weather that simply refused to go away! Even a couple of inflamed insect bites on us Gentlemens' fat legs could not distract from the simple bliss of a weekend at home with best friends.
Life and Games (but mostly games) from Tony Boydell: Dad, Husband and Independent UK Game Designer.
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