I've been thinking a lot about some of my amazing ladies today. As a result I've decided to start posting little tributes to these amazing women whom I'm lucky enough to have as friends. Today I'm starting with Cathy and Wendie. Mostly because I had this gorgeous photo of them both from my last trip home... I think I'll post a tribute every Saturday. It will be my treat for myself, a time to savour these wonderful women and remind myself that they are there, a little out of reach but never out of touch. Cathy adds sparkle to my life. She is my joy and my inspiration to turn the Neil Diamond up and dance on the couch. She is one of those very rare people with whom I always feel comfortable, always safe to be myself without fear that I will offend or bore her. Cathy is brilliant, funny, generous and warm. She loves to put up her little dome tent as much as I do mine and we can camp together just for the joy of waking up to see the sea. With Cathy I have dressed up and drunk countless bottles of fejoia bubbly wine. She can crow like a rooster and she is the ultimate "Dancehall Girl". I love Cathy and any day now I'm going to cut my fringe to look just like her. Cathy spreads warmth and a wicked sense of humour, and someone who didn't know better might underestimate her competence and professional skill - she makes it look so easy! When I'm with Cathy I know that it wouldn't matter if there were no-one else in the world - we'd still find reason to dance, and laugh and dream and our own little world would be a place of hopes and good-heartedness. Wendie and I are kindred spirits, so similar that we compete with each other and love each other for the competition. For more mornings than I could count Wendie has been there, waiting for me to pull on my runing shoes and head out into the day, running through our worries, our tears, our joys and our many projects. I've never run as fast as I do when I'm running a race with Wendie by my side. Wendie is the kind of woman who would make me terribly jealous if I didn't love her so much and know her so well. She is not only stunning and full of life, she is also frighteningly competent and hard working. She scares some people with her brilliance, but not me! I know she is as loyal and stubborn as I am and as long as I am me and she is she we'll be there for each other. Wendie shares my dreams and I share hers, we push each other to reach a little higher and then remind each other to sit and have a wee rest and take a long hot bath. I'm a lucky, lucky girl, and there are so many more still to come! This is fun!