Today I am sending the best birthday wishes to my wonderful friend Marion, who I have known since we were about 4, so that's.... a lot of years.
We grew up in the same street, just 3 doors away from one another, and were often in each other's houses.
Since then we've worked together, survived camping and boating holidays, and I can honestly say there is nothing in wouldn't do for her. I particularly remember one drunken night after a party somwhere falling out of someone's car singing "ain't no mountain high enough..." although I doubt Marion remembers that rather embarrassing scene.
We both moved away from our village, but have stayed in touch over the years and she's visited her a couple of times too.
Marion (left) with our great friend Rosie on a visit to Barcelona a few years back.