I tend to be a happy hermit, but this October has been unusually social.

One of my dearest friends, Meg Philp, is visiting from Australia.  I’ve known her for almost thirty years.

We savor the moments, like lunch out with another bestie, Pat Peterson, storyteller extraordinaire.

My Story Sisters welcomed Meg to our Elizabeth Ellis master class reunion, and she fit right in.

I love seeing my home through Meg’s eyes.

Everyday chores, like stair-walking at Richmond Beach, are more fun.

Yesterday we visited Volunteer Park…

…and gloried in the fall color.

Meg knows how to live!  She cooks with wine…


…and finds fun in the simplest things–like Bunny Ear Towel Origami.

Who needs Disneyland, when we can ride the Washington State Ferries?

Especially to attend the Forest Storytelling Festival in Port Angeles!

But we are happy just hanging out talking, walking, waxing philosophical, picking raspberries in the garden, telling each other our dreams over morning coffee, writing and researching our stories, talking some more, and even posting on our blogs.  Check out Meg’s blog, Story Twigs the Imagination.

All words and images ©2015 NaomiBaltuck.

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  1. raptekar says:

    lovely. That’s what friends are for.

    1. Hi Richard,
      So true! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  2. Ruth says:

    What a lovely visit! Glad you shared your bestie with us, Naomi. And your colorful fall is so warm and bright! Looks like you had the best of times together. Love the rope heart at the fin.

    1. Hi Ruth, Thanks for the visit. We are having a really colorful autumn, and Meg and I are clicking our cameras right and left. I saw the rope on the ferry dock, and thought it was perfect for a post on friendship!

  3. Sue says:

    Happy times! Love the towel origami….

    1. The towel origami cracked me up! Thanks for the visit.

      1. Sue says:

        You are most welcome, Naomi 🙂

  4. niasunset says:

    How beautiful friends come together, wonderful times should be and I loved the photographs. Thank you dear Naomi, love, nia

    1. Dear Nia, thank you for sharing your kind thoughts. It is always good to hear form you.

  5. Sounds like a fabulous time!

    1. Oh, we’re really having a lovely time. It’s really my favorite season, I think, and lends itself well to some lovely walks. Meg will be going home to a hot Australian summer, so she is also enjoying a bit of cooler weather. Thanks for the visit, and for taking the time to comment.

    1. Thank you, Michael. It’s always good to hear from you.

  6. Meg says:

    (Singing) “Oop oop diddle addem dadem – whoosh! “‘Thankyou … too, for all those songs we’ve sung together!

    1. Dear Meg,
      I will never forget belting out Kingston Trio songs in the car at the top of our lungs! I love trading songs almost as much as stories. Here’s to many more songs and stories shared.

  7. Carol says:

    Looks like you’re having a lovely visit. Love all the photos, but the one of your lunch was delicious!

    1. Dear Carol,
      That was lunch at a place called “Yum Yum Thai,” and was it ever! We met Pat Peterson, and if your ears were ringing, it was because I mentioned you at the Forest Festival to Pat’s husband Richard. He said that you really applied your organizational skills at Train Mountain and turned that whole place around in only a couple of days.
      Give The Girls a scratch behind the ears for me!

  8. I recall last year’s doings. Sound like an invigorating and inspirational time. Lovely pictures, Naomi. Thanks so much for sharing. It’s true, pictures are worth a thousand words (each). 😀 😀 😀

    1. Hi Tess,

      Thanks for the visit–am loving revisiting with Meg–just as much fun this time around!

      1. Sounds wonderful! ❤ ❤

  9. What fun!!! Love the Origomi bunny ears. 🙂

    1. Hi Carol,
      Aren’t those fun? And I was grateful to Meg for being willing to model them for me. Hope you are well and enjoying the autumn colors.

  10. Every day life is special–sharing it with your BFF is even more so. Love the heart rope!

    1. Hi Suzanne,
      That couldn’t be truer and I couldn’t have said it better! I just took the heart rope as a sign that we were on the right track.
      Hope you and your guys are all well.

  11. Lucid Gypsy says:

    There’s nothing like an old, old friend who really ‘gets’ you, enjoy!

    1. Hi Gilly, That is so true. I am a bit of an oddball, which is why I have such special friends–the sort of people who really appreciate that!

  12. What fun! Always great to catch up with friends.

    1. Oh, yes. When your good friend lives in Australia, it isn’t always that easy. It has only been two years since her last visit, so I count myself very lucky! I hope you and your wee ones are all well, Lisa. Thanks for the visit–it’s always good to hear from you.

  13. Lovely photos of besties having fun together. I also cook with wine, and sometimes even put it in the food. 🙂

    1. Ha ha! My kind of cooking, Sylvia! Thanks for stopping by–hope you are well!

  14. Mary says:

    Thank you, Happy Hermit. Love your photos.

  15. Hi Mary! Not much of a hermit this month, but I have had a wonderful time. So glad for the chance to spend some of it with you! Thanks for the visit.

  16. socialbridge says:

    A great post, Naomi. Had me smiling from start to finish.

  17. a magical visit!! Storytellers galore!

    1. Thank you, Cybele! So good to hear from you.

  18. tchistorygal says:

    As usual, your post is full of real fun. I loved the ferries when we visited Seattle regularly to see my first husband’s mother. It was a must do. Glad you had a fun and social month. Enjoy the last few days of it! 🙂

    1. Hi Marsha, thanks for the visit. I love to ride the ferries, and will never tire of watching them in our waters. I hope your autumn is a colorful one.

      1. tchistorygal says:

        Not quite yet. We have had a little rain, but the colors are not quite changing. Maybe a week or two. We don’t get dynamic changes here.

  19. pattisj says:

    Love the bunny ears. Pretty fall colors. Now that’s a nice ferry!

    1. Hi Patti,
      Thanks for stopping by. I those bunny ears too!

  20. Madhu says:

    Fun interpretation of the challenge Naomi! Can’t beat besties who cook with wine 😀

    1. Thanks for the visit, Madhu. Yes, wine with my Besties, however it is ingested, has been fun. Hope you are well and the New Year is being kind to you.

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