Last week, in addition to a book release, I had a visit from my friend Marian Thorpe, whose books I've spoken about here before.
Marian is one of my favorite writers, and also one of my closest friends. She drove down from Canada and we spent the better part of four days eating and talking and walking off all the food while talking some more. We both have our next books fairly firmly in mind because of all that plot walking.
One day we spent at the John Heinz Wildlife Refuge. Another was spent at Longwood Gardens, which I have somehow managed to never visit before this. I think part of me had waffled because of the $25 admission fee, but we ended up spending more than five hours there, so it was certainly worth it. All the photos here are from Longwood, because I forgot to take any on the other days.
It was absolutely perfect October weather - just cool enough, just sunny enough, leaves just beginning to turn.
By the time she went home, we had worn ourselves out. But is there any better way to be tired than from spending time with friends?