One of Australia's Best, Our friend, Enid

Some of you have asked how it was we first came to Lunenburg, and here's the answer! I met Eenie on a trip to Australia 15 years ago when I visited her rubber stamp shop, Dinkum Inkums. We hit it off, and soon we visited back and forth a couple of times. On one of her trips to California, she flew on to Nova Scotia for the first time, to visit friends, Jean & George, who had been former neighbors of hers & her husband's. When she returned to CA on her way home, she regaled us with stories of this "Slice of Heaven" she'd discovered.

The next step was that Jean made a trip to Australia, and, on her return, visited us for the first time, having been "introduced to us" by Enid. Reciprocating, she invited us to visit them, which we did a few months later, and found we agreed with Enid's assessment. Soon we were looking at property, and the rest is history... Simultaneously, Enid & Gordon made plans to move to Nova Scotia as well, and we now live about 8 miles apart, "Northern Neighbors" in the summer.

The story continues... Last summer, soon after our arrival, Enid & Gordon came by one morning for coffee and made the announcement that they had decided to sell their home and return to Australia. We were just heartsick to hear the news. They felt it would be a few years before the house sold, but in fact it sold in three days! All their friends begged them to reconsider leaving, and, as they'd expected they'd be here longer, they made the decision to build a new home, a small cottage, on their property just across the road from their original house! They didn't leave last summer until the end of October, and Tuesday they arrived back in town and moved in yesterday! This morning they joined us all at the "Breakfast Club" and invited us to be their first guests for tea this afternoon. You'd have to know Enid & Gordon to understand that they don't move slowly!

I had some really nice photos to choose from today http://365daysintheyear.shutterfly.com/1600 but my picture of the day is a very personal choice. She's one of my best friends, and it it weren't for her, none of this would have happened!

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PS...I just didn't have much 365 time and hate that I can't return all the comments... My daughter Ashley & her husband arrive in the morning (after a cancelled flight today) so the activity level is about to be amped up... Drat...I want it ALL but am discovering I'm not superhuman!
What a delightful story of how your friendship came to be! This is just a lovely photo to represent your friend!
posted June 7th, 2010  
This is a wonderful tribute to a great friend. Lovely portrait.
posted June 7th, 2010  
Fabulous shot, love the story ... aren't friends the BEST?!!?
posted June 7th, 2010  
Lovely portrait, ficou muito legal a foto..!
posted June 7th, 2010  
What a wonderful portrait. If Enid is one of your best friends, she must be a fantastic person. How funny that your close friendship with her and her husband as well as your property ownership in Lunenberg should have developed from something as simple as a visit to a rubber stamp shop while on vacation 15 years ago!
posted June 7th, 2010  
PS. I saw your note on the last photo I posted.... unfortunately I learned the hard way after going to many weddings with my husband that the sky-high heels are a necessity. My husband is 6'3 and I am only 5'1... if I wear shorter heels I get a pain in my neck from dancing with him that is far worse than any foot pain I might experience from high heels! :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
This is an amazing story. I have to confess I would not have been social enough to do any of those things. Your friendliness is so deeply a part of you it is truly who you are. I love reading your stories!
posted June 7th, 2010  
Such a great story to go with a great photo! :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
This is a very lovely picture of your friend. I enjoyed reading your story :) And enjoy your day Louise. :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
what a lovely tribute to someone who seems a dear friend. the pop of color is brilliant against her white shirt and background! (i have one question, though...is that what a "tea cozy" is??)
posted June 7th, 2010  
Good story, great picture! And the cutest tea cozy ever!
posted June 7th, 2010  
It's not only "a tea cozy", Enid was laughing about it today, and said she thinks "it's a bit tizzy"...such a great Aussie word!
posted June 7th, 2010  
Great photo & story. Love the tea cozy!
posted June 7th, 2010  
Awesome!! I love this shot :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
a very pretty and colorful porttrait :) have fun with your daughter and son-in-law :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
Lovely portrait and a great story,ive never seen a tea cozy quite like it before...
posted June 7th, 2010  
cute story. I got to get me a tea cozy like that
posted June 7th, 2010  
You have desert tortoises?? Tell me you had this conversation with my mom! They have desert tortoises! And funny enough, her comment about my hibiscus picture was the same as yours... she said how much our tortoises LOVE them! =)
posted June 7th, 2010  
I like the teapot... warming... thing. x3
It's very colorful. [:
posted June 7th, 2010  
Know that you aren't expected to be superhuman. Spend time with those you love! ;)

What a special story about you and your friend. I truely believe that some people we are just meant to meet! What a special and beautiful friendship you two share. Great story, great picture! :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
Great story Louise! What a wonderful photo of your friend Enid!
posted June 7th, 2010  
What a lovely story. The world is such a small place really! Oh and by the way I LOVE that tea cosy!! You dont really need one here but we always had one on the pot at home :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
Lovely phgot and story Louse. Love, love, love the tea cosy. Growing up we always had one on the family teapot. Sad that we don't use a tea pot any more, but if I had a tea cosy like that I would.
Love that you think "Tizzy" is such an australian word, isn't 365 amazing for showing the little differences in our vocab depending on where we live.
By the way, thanks for your comment on my concentration picture and the link to your photo. Do we concentrate harder cause when we hand write because we cant hit the delete button and use spell check???? Food for thought.......
posted June 7th, 2010  
That's a beautiful picture.... I too have a tea cosy - well - maybe a few of them! Love using proper tea pots.
posted June 7th, 2010  
Great story Louise. Love the way you befriend people - you have a tremendous network going! Maybe "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" should be changed to "Six Degrees of Louise & Ken" :).
posted June 7th, 2010  
Awwww what a sweet looking lady! You have the life Louise :o) xXx
posted June 7th, 2010  
this photo is beautiful! another lovely story in the description again!
posted June 7th, 2010  
Thanks, Louise! What a great story and what wonderful friends you have. I love things that change our life and we don't realize it at the time but only upon reflection do we see it. Your chance meeting with this lady while on a vacation changed both your lives and others too! I am very glad that you met Enid and that I have 'met' you! Thanks for sharing your story!
posted June 7th, 2010  
What a wonderful story! Isn't it funny how the people we meet shape our lives so drastically? This is a wonderful photo of Enid, and it illustrates exactly what I was saying yesterday about your easy way with people shining through in your photos.
posted June 7th, 2010  
A wonderful shot and a great story to go along with it. I think you must truly be the friendliest person on the earth and I love that I've met you through 365 :)
posted June 7th, 2010  
Oh, how lovely and such a great story. I love this photograph - her expression is wonderful.
posted June 7th, 2010  
Wonderful wonderful photo, beautiful lady and the tea cozy is absolutely stunning. I have a friend in Australia, he is called Mister Teapot:)
posted June 7th, 2010  
Great story. I like the sweater for the kettle!
posted June 7th, 2010  
That teacozy is what really caught my eye. I love it!
posted June 7th, 2010  
the colors of the tea cozy are grerat, expecially against her crisp white shirt!
posted June 7th, 2010  
Good saying "good neighbours make good friends" love the tea cosy did your friend kitt it/
posted June 7th, 2010  
The thumbnail threw me--I thought she was holding a cake and couldn't figure out what people were talking about (tea cozy?). Oh dear--can't find those reading glasses... Nice photo
posted June 7th, 2010  
That's the best tea cosy I ever did see!! Could really do with one of those, my husband is a tea freak, must get through galleons a day!! What lovely friends you have!!
posted June 7th, 2010  
I love reading your stories too. And I thing friends are so important in our lives.
posted June 7th, 2010  
what a great photo to remember fond memories of friends and places!
posted June 7th, 2010  
what a lovely story of friendships stretching right around the globe. That is a magnificent tea cosy!
posted June 7th, 2010  
Thanks for your nice comment about my girls on my June4~Friends photo. We think they are pretty special too ;)
posted June 7th, 2010  
Really nice! I like the contrast of the white and the colourful teacosy.
posted June 7th, 2010  
both the photo and your story are SWEET. i was going to say that what she's holding looks like a cake and i want stuff my face with it but i guess it's a kettle "dress" of some sort? =)
posted June 7th, 2010  
i'm amazed (well, not really surprised :) that you always have so many interesting stories to share! and just by look at this picture, i know you and her will "hit it off" right away. she is so "your type" LOL!!! how cute is that kattle!!!
posted June 7th, 2010  
Another great story Louise! Great portrait! That tea cosy is amazing! It reminds me of some of the hats thatmy dear departed Nana used to knit me when I was little, I loved their wackiness! : )
posted June 7th, 2010  
Really love this portrait!
The light fairly shines from Enid's face!
Love her tea cozy, too! :-)
posted June 7th, 2010  
PS...hope the kids arrived safe and sound! :-)
posted June 7th, 2010  
That's a great story, Louise. I was in the Sydney area in July of '94 and August of '96. I won't be surprised to find you and Ken in one of my pictures. :)
posted June 8th, 2010  
Love it!! Great photo and of course a great story to go along with it. I was going to ask if that was a tea cozy but I read through the comments first and see that's what it is. How lovely!
posted June 8th, 2010  
this is one beautiful portrait. and this is so colorful!!!!
posted June 8th, 2010  
Beautiful picture....and such a beautful story! Thank you for sharing all of this about yourself. I know what you mean about wanting to do it all. I used to tell my husband that...and he would say to me. "Do what you can but more importantly take care of yourself because then you can't do anything. " I thought you' might need to hear this now....Hugs!
posted June 8th, 2010  
What a wonderful picture and story, Louise!! I love the colorful teapot cover (is that what it is - it's gorgeous!) Enid seems full of joy and happiness, just like you! No wonder you became such good friends in no time! Apparently Nova Scotia is full of charm - once you go there, you don't want to leave! And everybody seems to be so friendly!! :-) Enjoy the time with your daughter, and don't worry about 365 - days are meant to be lived, not spent in front of the PC screen ;-)) (Although I catch myself doing a lot of that - why photos are so addictive?) :-)
posted June 8th, 2010  
What a lovely portrait and simply beautiful tea cozy!
posted June 8th, 2010  
yayyyyy aussie aussie aussie oi oi oi !!!!! lovely story so glad u pair found eat other and hit it off !!! Id enjoy a cuppa tea from that tea pot with u lot !!!
posted June 8th, 2010  
You just have the best friends!
posted June 8th, 2010  
What a great story - just love hearing about all your friends and happenings :D
posted June 8th, 2010  
Love your story about your friendship and the photo is great. The colorful tea cozy against all the white is terrific! It's funny, I too, just entertained friends visiting from London several weekends ago, and I have always marveled at how our friendship began and grew stronger with each passing year. Neil worked a table next to mine at a convention many years ago...and for some reason, we just bonded. It wasn't long before he and his wife were visiting us in Chicago, and we we were staying with them in London. I think it has something to do with past lives or something. :-)
posted June 8th, 2010  
Thanks for sharing your story! Great portrait - the tea cozy makes a big statement. :)
posted June 9th, 2010  
What a great story of how you "met" Lunenburg! I first looked at the picture on my phone and it looked like Enid had a brightly coloured cake in front of her.
I'm glad to read you have such great friends, it makes me hopeful for what might still come my way as I get older! :)
posted June 9th, 2010  
Thats the best tea cosy I have ever seen! Great photo and story.
posted June 10th, 2010  
Such a sweet picture!
And my grandmother would adore that tea cosy, hehe.
posted June 11th, 2010  
Lovely story and lovely tea cosy.
posted June 11th, 2010  
How perfectly wonderful to have such a great friend. Enjoy every second you are together!
posted June 13th, 2010  
Louise, thanks for providing the link to this post...somehow I missed seeing it...and I, too, love the story of how you all met and ended up being summer neighbors. I cannot top that but I did have a little travel story adventure about 10 years ago...I had a 3 week fellowship to Japan once that allowed me to travel with 20 other educators from 5 different continents. By the end of the 3 weeks we had all bonded and all invited each other to come visit...2 years after the fellowship it happened that I was one of 4 chaperones of a WWII high school trip to Europe...we took 20... 16-18 year olds....we traveled to 5 countries and visited museums, cemeteries and such places that were prominent during WWII...the trip ended in London and I stayed on an extra week ....after my group left for home, I took the train an hour north of London to the home of one of the guys from the Japan fellowship.....I felt pretty brave doing that...funny story about that stay in Leicester was that the guy thought I was interested in him when really I was just taking him up on his offer of what I thought was just hospitality...after the first night he invited me to stay in his room...I was shocked as I am so naive that that thought never crossed my mind...but I must say once I made myself clear (and offered to leave) he was a complete gentleman for the rest of the week...though it was a bit awkward...but I was there alone so did not really have any other good ideas about where to go for the rest of the week!
posted June 20th, 2010  
love the portrait of her! the tea kettle with the handknit thingie on it ... adorable.
posted June 21st, 2010  
that's a really neat story. :)
posted July 27th, 2011  
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