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Pinky and Fiona Update


I don’t have much to say except they are confused about outside and inside. No matter what happens it is either too cold or too hot outside for them. Inside is much nicer. In their eyes, it’s luxurious.  We can leave them outside for an hour and they will either head for the emergency puppy pads in the bathroom or, if they don’t feel like climbing stairs, they might leave little puddles near the door. On the unlikely chance that they make it to the pad, they put their front paws on the pad while their backside is hanging off anyway. I guess they get points for trying, but it’s not that cute. Or fun to clean up. Still, they are loved. Bunches. Anyway, the weather will change but it won’t make...
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Happiness is....


...babies snoozing on mum's lap.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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They died so that millenials could be free


10 June 1944, Oradour-sur-Glane.Look it up:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-GlanePhotos copyright SvD.Original link
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Summer Collaborations


The following poem is written by a famous poet who inspired me many years ago. To me, his poems are like snapshots. This one, a type of summer photo. While folks are at the beach, or visiting iconic landmarks, I am enjoying a seasonal harvest of fruitfulness. This Is Just To SayBY WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMSI have eatenThe plums in the photo came from my neighbor's yard. They reminded me of this short, succinct poem by William Carlos Williams. the plumsthat were inthe iceboxand whichyou were probablysavingfor breakfastForgive methey were deliciousso sweetand so coldA week before, my generous neighbor gave us apricots, which I made into jars of delicious, jam. The plums were made into jam too, ev...
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Newest member of our family


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Impatient Characters


Sometimes, the story is carried by dialogue, and at other times the story is breezing through required narrative. Then something happens. You are thinking about a certain way to phrase something and can’t come up with the exact way to describe it. What shade of blue? There are hundreds to choose from. Cobalt? Turquoise? Cornflower?  Are the trees the color of junipers or multi-colored like jasper? Is it a golden or yellow sunset?  Pink or peach flowers? Lavender or Lilac?Sometimes, the details can be left to the reader’s imagination. Everyone knows that roses are red. But not your roses. These are special roses and you have to figure out how to describe each petal. The way they might glisten...
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Porridge days...


...after a long, dry, sizzling spell, the oats are ready for harvest.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Wasps or hornets?


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Unfortunate names...


Please, no silly jokes.On a recent trip to France. Photo copyright  SvD.Original link
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Country fun...


....known as 'darting' here in the countryside. We keep ourselves amused.Photo copyright Ian C.Original link
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The Wise Grasshopper


Grasshopper, this bundled month, I made homemade apricot jam ratherthan spend time on edits.Editing my book is like a patriotic parade,with funereal slowness. A sad march.Characters are intimate friends. I’m sensitive to their needs.They want me to linger.But I’m going swimming.Plug in the fan,turn on the air.I’m crocheting a blanket.Reading a book with dreary characters.Local play rehearsals are my new diversion.Town had a historic bell-ringing celebration. Glad I could make it.There’s the woman’s group,the city meeting at Elks,and of course,church.Jittery dogs need a walk.Reruns on television.It doesn’t seem fair to repeat quiz shows, though my answers sound impressive.I’d rather be an ear...
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How the ordinary can be extraordinary...


We're enjoying the sun at the moment, a rare commodity in Northern Europe. The field where I walk every morning and evening is bustling with vibrancy and activity. Within all the turmoil of life at its summer peak, we take the burst of life which this season brings for granted. Just like in our everyday lives we forget that the ordinary is equally extraordinary. We may too busy, too harassed and too self-absorbed to recognise that small gestures can be reassuring, calming and life affirming. A smile could make your day for example and equally, just smiling at someone else could lift their spirits too. I was reminded of this by watching the grass this morning, the seed heads standing like sen...
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Infidelity Statistics

Infidelity statistics, hard statistics, are difficult to gather because of the many variables involved with infidelity. It’s not just a simple jump in the hay which usually turns out to be anything but. There is a myriad of external influences, internal turmoil, backstories, relationship woes, stressors real or imagined, health conditions, gender differences, brain chemistry, anthropology, economics: the list goes on and on–and on. But, statistics are a guide as to what is possibly shaping action. They’re a valuable resource to gauge a trend, unfortunately, infidelity has been a forever trend with no real let-up in sight. My mission is not to eradicate infidelity, that’s a lose-lose situatio...
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Love is....


....sharing pyjamas...Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Cooking is for the birds...


...so easy. Our supper tonight. Anyone can do this. Bake haddock fillets in knobs of butter with salt and pepper at 220 degrees C uncovered. On the stove, fry one bunch spring onions, coarsely chopped in dash olive oil. Add a ton of chopped garlic, one blanched, peeled tomato cut into cubes and a dash of dry white wine. Simmer. Add the juices from the fish. Add cream. Simmer 'til thickened. Add the fish. Serve with roast potatoes or chips and a salad. If you want to learn how to cook, get an old French cookbook such as Escoffier. Modern celebrity TV 'chefs' have simply ripped off traditional European cuisine as their own and they can't actually cook.Photo  copyright SvD.Original link
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Pretty Poppy


In the field this am. They are everywhere this year and lasting longer than usual. Oh, so pretty. This wild variety does not have a sinister side and bees love it!Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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Missssster snake made himself comfortable...


We had been watching the tadpoles grow and had even swotted up on when their legs would appear and how long it would take before we had little frogs racing to freedom from the safety of their pond. Unfortunately as is often the case in life, there are those who lie in wait as sworn enemies. Enter Mr Snake who was seen slithering into the pond and then basking in the sun looking somewhat pleased with himself. The tadpole population is currently zero and the carp are starting to worry. Mr Snake has taken up residence in the compost where his wife/girlfriend/mistress has given birth to several eggs. We're assuming Mr Snake shed this skin, how he found the time we don't know!In the compost. Phot...
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Springing Into Summer Reading


Do you know you can read books on your Smart Phone? All you have to do is download the Amazon Kindle App(pictured above), and a world of books will be at your fingertips! Believe it or not, I've known this for a long time, but even with my new super-strong reading glasses, I prefer my eReader. Imagine my consternation when my eReader decided to freeze like a Popsicle during a heatwave? We tried everything. It went kaput. On the blink. Dead as a door nail. We tried pushing the on/off button for several seconds. Turning it back on, etc. Nothing but a dark sky. No stars.The charger didn't work either. Everything was stuck, like that kid who licks the icy pole in A Christmas Story.  I searched t...
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Guess where porridge comes from...


....oats.Ten steps from my front door.Photo copyright SvD.Original link
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The bleeding obvious


Helpfully, the fish counter at my local supermarket advises me that the raw turbot on sale contains fish.And this is the finished product. I'm still alive, in case you're wondering.Photos copyright SvD.Original link
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