Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Friends and a Sheltering Tree

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


Sheila R said...

Isn't it great to find new friends and finally meet them after "talking" with them?

What an amazing look tree! It is so neat to come here and see exciting new things from around the world.

Have a blessed day.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tammy,

It must have been great to meet up with your new friends in Sri Lanka and how wonderful to sample the food and music.
The Banyan trees are amazing and remember seeing them in Noumea, when we stayed at Club Med once.

Happy day

Mariette said...

Dearest Tammy,

Glad you found another 'Banyan' in your life. It is such a rich experience meeting kindred spirits that are no kin but grow into our hearts!

Lots of love,


Heather said...

Sounds like a lot of fun enjoying good food together with friends. I hope you have a great day Tammy! :-)

rosarod said...

Hi Tammy, What better than to have dinner with good friends! Your history of ancient trees is interesting, nothing more to see his towering and beautiful as thick root shows that they are trees that have many years, beautiful! tammmy greetings, Rose Marie

Linda said...

How interesting! I love trees and these in particular are so fascinating. :) I rarely meet new friends outside of blogging because I don't go anywhere to meet them and I'm a bit of a loner when it comes to that. Happy for my few close friends that have been in my life forever, and my husband, who is my best friend of all :)

Susan said...

Wow, that is one great big tree, Tammy. Great post. So happy you have your new friend. I agree that friendship is a sheltering tree and a precious one, too. Susan

Claus said...

Every time you talk about food...I get hungry! I have this idea in mind that Asian food is so delicious! you are so lucky!!
thank you for sharing!
have a lovely day.

Jan said...

Your trip to Sri Lanka is so inspiring and how wonderful that you have made a new friend. She's beautiful and so is the clothing that she is wearing! Love the colors!

Buffet style is my favorite....pick and choose to make a plate!

Great picture of all of you Tammy and the Banyan tree is super beautiful. When we were in Hawaii we visited one that was HUGE!

Take care and have a lovely day my friend

crochet lady said...

Sounds like a lovely time Tammy. How wonderful to have those tastes of different cultures.

design elements said...

sounds wonderful. i like the quote too. lovely greetings

Stella said...

That tree is wonderful. Just think of all the history it has seen. Your new friend is lovely. So glad you were able to meet and share a meal.

glor said...

What a beautiful quote! So profound. You certainly have amazing travels and so grateful that you share them. It must be absolutely awesome to stand under that tree. There is a tree in a nearby town that dates back to early 1700's or late 1600's. I remember always being awed by it as a little girl, actually still am.. Its still stands today and is carefully cared for. Nature can't be outdone. Its amazing what she has given us.
Have a blessed day.

Elyse said...

hi tammy,

i always enjoy seeing how food is display and served. looks like an amazing trip! thanks as always for sharing!


Diane said...

Nice to see your family together Tammy and your new friend. Very nice post. Thanks for the information on the banyan tree. Now I know!!

(Queenmothermamaw) Peggy said...

That is indeed a great quote and I love the trees. Things look so inviting and friendly there. You are a blessed lady.

Rizzi said...


Kathleen said...

I love to read your blog, lots of times it's so different to my everyday and that's what makes blogging so rich and interesting. The tree story is amazing. TFS.

Serena said...

New friends, good food and great experiences...what could be better? I LOVE trees and these ones are magnificent!

Anonymous said...

Sri Lanka looks like such a unique and wonderful place to visit. I have really enjoyed seeing all the different sights, customs and greenery around the country through your pictures. I'll put it on my list of places to visit one day...


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