I recently received an email from my new friend, Rizwana.
Our husbands have been getting together and talking over the past year. We were finally able to meet during our trip to Sri Lanka.
We went to dinner one nite at an outdoor restaurant called Nuga Gama that is designed as an old Sri Lankan village. There was a bit of traditional music.
And, of course, traditional Sri lankan food set up buffet style in a hut.
The village area is canopied by magnificent banyan trees.
I looked up a bit of history on banyan trees:
One of the most famous species of Banyan, called the Sacred Fig [wiki] or Bo tree, is the Sri Maha Bodhi [wiki] tree in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is said that the tree was grown from a cutting from the original tree under which Buddha became enlightened in the 6th century BC. Planted in 288 BC, it is the oldest living human-planted tree in the world, with a definitive planting date!
This tree makes me think of my new friend and the quote: "Friendship is a
sheltering tree." (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
Wishing you a day filled with beauty and blessings! Tammy