My two longest standing friendships are with Jan Barnes and Steve Palmer. Jan and I were in the same class all through high school, and Steve and I were in the same tutor group. For a brief time in my last year in England we were also a musical act together.
We have kept in touch over the years, but our families have never all met at once. This past weekend we came very close to that – all the Palmers, all the Barnes’, and all the Chestertons except for my son Matthew who wasn’t able to be with us.
Here we all are outside Hedingham Castle, just down the road from the Barnes residence.
Steve and Jan: you’re the best friends anyone could ask for. And your families are warm, welcoming, and loads of fun.