my friend BernardLion (not, you may be astonished to learn, her real name) is a great friend. She divides her time between Rome and Luxembourg and makes my life much better.
She is entertaining company, a thoughtful listener, a considerate dispenser of advice, an imaginative cook, a trustworthy confidant, an enthuasiastic shopper, a generous hostess, a witty conversationalist, an honest critic, an acerbic commentator, a whole-hearted cat-worshipper and a capable drinker.
None of these, however, are her best feature as a friend.
She is all these things but above all she is an excellent buyer and giver of shoes:
Lilac suede! platforms! Peeptoes! 12 cm heels! These are my fabulous Christmas shoes, from Arezzo. I totally ADORE them! Thanks bern you footwear genius xxx They will hopefully be getting their inaugural outing tonight (assuming I feel a bit better by then and less achy.)