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A sword and a pistol by his side

I’ve been absent for several weeks whilst we deftly orchestrated and executed a somewhat major and moderately emotional move.  I will write of that on Friday, but in the meantime, lest you have missed me even the teeniest smidge, here, as a trifling placeholder, is a picture of a rather cute couple snapped by my husband a few days ago.  It seems to fit rather snugly with the Photo Challenge of the Week titled Liquid of which you can find a veritable treasure trove of other entries here .  It was only when ambling through my recent photos to find something pertinent to the theme that I noticed the tiny turtle.  I have a propensity for the romantic, for which I make no apology.  Therefore, I see her gazing longingly at a suitor positively transfixed by her petite loveliness.  For the avoidance of doubt, my fanciful leanings didn’t lead me to intervene and give him a peck on his wide froggy mouth to test for Princeliness.

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PS:  The title is a line from a song I have sung gustily and quite possibly tunelessly since childhood: Froggie Went a Courtin‘.  Here as your bonus is Bruce Springsteen with my favourite of all favourite versions of the shenanagans of the amorous amphibian.  I sincerely hope this little croaker is armed with neither sword nor pistol.

By the by, I don’t know if this is a green frog or a bull frog – perhaps a herpetologist  could help me out ….

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  1. I’m truly disappointed that you didn’t kiss me when you saw me. Fortunately someone else did. I think his name was Guillaume.

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    May 16, 2018
    • My apologies … what I actually did was to net you and walk you down to the pond because you had decided to make a new colony of froggies on the pool cover! Next time, Peter – I promise I’ll recognise you next time 😉

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      May 16, 2018
  2. Lovely to see you back again, and look forward to the story of your move. There’s probably a non-PC joke in there about kissing frogs while you’ve been in France for so long, but it would be beneath me to make it 😉 xx

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    May 16, 2018
    • Only you Clive, only you! Thank you for your ribald remark – it has made me smile broadly! xx

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      May 16, 2018
  3. So glad you’re back. Can’t go wrong with The Boss — but here’s the version I grew up with — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmw0n0HTWdc
    My father LOVED Burl Ives.

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    May 16, 2018
    • I was torn it must be said because Burl was the version I grew up with so I thank you for sending it to me. I too LOVED him!

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      May 16, 2018
  4. Of course I missed you! But I knew you were moving ponds but I had no idea the transformation was so complete! Looking forward to the true tale on Friday

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    May 16, 2018
    • Thank you Susanne – I’ve missed you too 🙂 I rather fancy being a hatchling turtle just now ….

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      May 16, 2018
    • I love the reference to ponds, Suzanne. Of course, Osyth probably included a subtle word play about her move in this choice of photo but I would have otherwise missed it! 😉

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      May 17, 2018
      • Susanne with an ‘s’, sorry! x

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        May 17, 2018
      • Ah, writers you both are! Susanne for the clever reference to whence I came and you for picking up the nuances of language deliberately sprinkled in this piece. May we long rejoice in the written word!

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        May 17, 2018
  5. Welcome back Osyth!!!

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    May 16, 2018
    • Thank you so much – it’s lovely to ‘see’ good friends like you 🙂

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      May 16, 2018
  6. Missed you and your whimsical humor. The frog looks like he is singing “it’s not easy being green “.

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    May 16, 2018
    • He absolutely does! Maybe that is what he and all his chorusing friends are booming out each night by the light of the silvery moon!

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      May 16, 2018
      • ….by the light of the silvery moon (doris day, 1953)?

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        May 17, 2018
      • Definitely (and how I love that song and how I love everything DD every sung!)

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        May 17, 2018
  7. Oh I’ve missed you Fiona! CANNOT WAIT to hear about your adventure coming over!

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    May 16, 2018
    • The Bean has committed to write her own story of the journey … she feels she may be of use to those wondering what it is like to fly with a dog (she has crossed the Atlantic 6 times now, travelled across France by plane, train and automobile countless times and is a little smug so I’m going to have to keep a beady eye on her words :D)

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      May 17, 2018
      • Hahaha. Love it! Can’t wait!!

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        May 17, 2018
      • xoxo

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        May 18, 2018
      • Jenny Adams #

        Sapphie eagerly awaits the Beanblog! xx

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        May 19, 2018
      • She’s working on it at this very moment which is why I’m typing on the ipad not the big keyboard 😂 xx

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        May 19, 2018
  8. I am so glad that you are settled and have not been reduced to kissing frogs…

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    May 17, 2018
    • Thank you, Helen. I can now start to make a mighty nuisance of myself, stir a few pots and generally make my presence felt (at least in my head). As to frogs – I have a past which involved rather too many of the creatures … at one point in my life it was like groundhog day! We have two of those in the garden too actually 😀

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      May 18, 2018
  9. This Frog is so cute. Love the photo!

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    May 17, 2018
    • I love frogs, Gary – which may explain why I’ve kissed so many in my life 😉

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      May 17, 2018
  10. Gribbet! So great to see you back and look forward to hearing your travel tales. 🐸

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    May 17, 2018
    • Thank you, Miriam … it’s good to BE back. I’ll pass on the froggy greeting to my amphibeus friend!

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      May 17, 2018
  11. I echo the I missed you and look forward to the next installment.

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    May 17, 2018
    • Thank you so much. It’s lovely to be back and I have missed my contact with people I consider to be good friends, even though we have never met. You are surely one of those. I’m working on the next installment now 🙂

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      May 17, 2018
  12. I’ve kissed a few frogs in my time but never a turtle. I do have penchant for those creatures who carry their homes on their backs. Poetically appropriate for you! And yes, you’ve been missed!

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    May 17, 2018
    • I rather fancy being thought of as a little turtle pottering around with my home on my back. I, too have kissed some frogs – too many but fortunately the Prince eventually arrived to rescue me as, I know, did yours! Thank you for missing me – it’s mutual x

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      May 17, 2018
  13. Missed you. Can’t wait for the next installment. We are planning a move too.

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    May 17, 2018
    • Tu m’as manqué aussi, Nadia. I hope the move is a welcome one and look forward to hearing all in due course. Stay strong …. it’s quite the challenge and certainly fires high on the richter scale of stress but I imagine you are well versed in that with your international jetsetting lady of mystery journey through life 🙂

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      May 17, 2018
  14. I have waited hour after hour gazing into our murky ‘mare’ in the hope of seeing one of the very vocal frogs and toads sans success…….Marc however seems to have them leaping out of the water every time he walks past (maybe because he is a frog!)
    When I read the title of this post it struck a chord (quelle surprise), as for some strange reason, I have had an ancient ‘Thin Lizzy’ album on continual play at the house and the lines ‘I first produced my pistol, and then produced my rapier’ from ‘Whiskey in the Jar’ immediately frog leaped to mnd.
    Absolutely FAB photo – congratulations to the photographer xx

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    May 17, 2018
    • HB2 is getting swollen headed with all the praise for his photo but it is a little stunner so I’ll let him have his moment! The frogs here should be living in notre grand mare BUT every year they decide it’s a far better idea to make use of the rain, snow melt and fallen leaves in the pool cover and create their own habitat. So every year there is a frog rescue moment when the disgruntled little croakers have to be caught and moved to their rightful habitat. When I was here in 2016 there was one that was so persistent in hopping back up the (almost 2 acres) yard that we eventually drove him to the river and released him there! Thin Lizzy and I have history which is not for the sharing here but suffice to say I know all the words to that brilliant song and now have Phil’s unique voice ringing in my head! Your froggy, by the way, courted and caught a cracker but I suspect he knows that 😉 xx

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      May 17, 2018
  15. That is a truly amazing shot. Congrats to the photographer. I won’t be able to read your post tomorrow 🙂 but perhaps I’ll catch up later

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    May 17, 2018
    • He says ‘Thank you kindly’ 😊 If I am right about why you stand be able to read the post tomorrow, I wish you all the very best for a successful hospital sojourn and a comfortable and trouble free start to a speedy recovery once the deed is done. My warmest wishes to Mrs Knight and tell her I shall be thinking of you both in the coming days 🙂

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      May 17, 2018
  16. I can imagine the frog thinking, this human can’t possibly see me here…I hope he won’t squish me….whew! he’s gone now…what in the world was he looking at…
    Looking forward to all your news tomorrow!

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    May 17, 2018
    • Ha! He really does look as though that is the thought process …. I’ll try not to disappoint tomorrow … am working on the structure now 🙂

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      May 17, 2018
  17. Fab little post 🙂

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    May 17, 2018
    • Thank you, Naomi – it is kind of you to take the time to stop by and comment and I am very glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

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      May 17, 2018
  18. Great to have you back dear friend.
    What a lovely capture. Don’t they make the most adorable couple? X

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    May 17, 2018
    • Oh, they do! I have here kitted out in a tiny veil and tiarra in my head! I’m glad to be back – I have missed my friends on here. HB2 is getting quite swollen headed with all the praise, but it is a wonderful picture (even if he had no idea the turtle was there when he took it …. ) X

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      May 17, 2018
      • Haha, he deserves the credit regardless. I hope I receive an invitation for the royal wedding 🎩🐸

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        May 17, 2018
      • I thought of making a reference to Harry and Meghan but decided against as I didn’t want to offend anyone so early on in the return!

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        May 17, 2018
      • Have to ease back into it!
        Looking forward to watching the Royal wedding though. Enjoy your upcoming weekend Osyth ❤️

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        May 17, 2018
  19. Good to see you back and looking forward to news of what you’ve been up to. I found two toads in a passionate embrace in our swimming pool yesterday. They did not seem happy to be hooked out…

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    May 17, 2018
    • Thank you – it’s good to BE back! I have missed the friends I have here and getting back to it in some way has made me more settled in my new place. A constancy, I suppose. I imagine your toads were highly peeved at your interruption of their ardent clinch but there are limits to what is allowable in one’s pool! Perhaps you need to put up one of those notices that grace all municipal pools the world over with ‘no diving, no bombing, no peeing etc’ and include no bonking toads!! À demain …….

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      May 17, 2018
  20. So glad you’re back, Osyth! You’ve been missed. Lovely post…looking forward to reading about your adventures! 🙂🌻

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    May 17, 2018
    • Hi Tonya! It’s so lovely to be back … I have missed my friends here and now that I am starting to interact again I somehow feel more settled … a constancy, I guess. Have a lovely day!

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      May 17, 2018
  21. Love that little frog. He’s enjoying his life.

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    May 17, 2018
  22. Lovely shot of the frog there. The blogging world has missed you more than a smidge. Welcome to the US, glad your back. Look forward to your post on Friday sugar

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    May 17, 2018
    • Thank you so much …. it seemed to fit. I’ve missed you all too (and y’all) and now that I am back in the saddle I seem to be feeling more settled back in my US of A roost which is my win!

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      May 17, 2018
  23. I too have missed you. What you couldn’t possibly know is that this early morning when my problems and ‘soucis’ didn’t let me sleep I wondered quietly to myself why I didn’t hear from you anymore. I was hoping that it was for ‘all the good reasons’ and I’m pleased to read that at least on this I was pretty close.
    I wish you the best of luck in the States, only at breakfast (in our slightly rusty but wonderfully scenic veranda) I said to HH: Do you realise that the ‘bad’ development in your working career most probably saved your life? For 2 years we could more or less be together, he worked in his part-time job from home, we had many, many meals together, we ate when we felt like it and most importantly, he could recover from his former stress and be away from the mobbing.
    Now, he signed a contract for a company back in Switzerland and we will, in due course (and when we know if that job IS what it looks like and will ‘do’ until long in the future), put our beautiful home on the market. (And I shall ask you per private mail about that super-careful removal company, for putting out feelers already….)
    Be welcome back, dear Osyth, you were dearly missed. Kisses all round, hope the ‘transfer’ wasn’t too stressful for Bean.
    xoxo K xoxo

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    May 17, 2018
  24. What a fabulous couple! That’s a gem of a picture, Fiona. Whoever could resist that tiny cute turtle? 😉 Great to see you back here! 😄 xxxxxxx

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    May 17, 2018
    • Thank you Sarah … it’s lovely to be back – I’ve missed it more than I knew. And now that I am back in the saddle I feel more settled … something to do with constancy I guess.

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      May 17, 2018
  25. What a fun post… so nice to have you back! Totally would have missed the turtle if you hadn’t pointed her out (in keeping with your assumption that she was smitten by the handsome frog)! I must admit my favorite rendition of “Froggie Went a Courtin‘” was by me and the rest of my third grade classmates as we presented the song – complete with timely croaks and everything – to our enthralled audience on Parent’s Day when I was in school.

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    May 17, 2018
    • Oh how I wish that had been recorded for you to share with us all! The turtle was only spotted by me yesterday when I was pondering ideas for the challenge. My husband was very surprised when i emailed him his picture and told him to look again! And she must be a she, simply must!

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      May 17, 2018
  26. You’re most welcome back. tWould’ve been okay too if you had arrived back without turtle and frog.

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    May 17, 2018
    • That is a hugely smile-worthy comment …. thank you so much – j’suis content 🙂

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      May 17, 2018
  27. Its great to see you back and in good form. I am looking forward to your news. The little turtle and frog are so cute together. 🌼

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    May 17, 2018
    • Thankyou Bridget – it’s really nice to BE back and it turns out that the process of reading and writing in this place has made me feel more settled – I guess it’s continuity at some level.

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      May 17, 2018
  28. welcome back, Miss O! 🙂 well, as you know I’m not a “Froggie”, but… I’ve loved the Boss for decades!!! ❤
    * * *
    have a great weekend and do like turtles:"festina lente!" = hurry up, slowly! 🙂

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    May 18, 2018
    • Hurry up slowly is good advice – I might adopt ‘festina lente’ as my motto! Glad you enjoyed the post – just a little bit of nonsense really but an excuse to slip in The Boss at the end seemed too good to miss!! xx

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      May 18, 2018
  29. It’s a lovely photo, I hope you are settled from your move soon.

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    May 18, 2018
    • Thank you – I take no credit for the photo but it did seem to fit a silly story to kick of with. Being back here writing, reading and interacting is doing wonders for the settling – a continuity amidst the chaos but yes, Spring is Sprung and summer beckons and being outside in a lovely place can’t be beat!

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      May 18, 2018
  30. Welcome Home.
    Such a tiny turtle – and a large frog.
    The Boss singing about a courting frog – never would have thought. 🙂

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    May 18, 2018
    • There are lots of versions of that song – Burl Ives did the one I knew as a child but Bob Dylan did one and Woodie Guthrie but I just love The Boss’ version – it’s SO unexpected! Thank you for the welcome … the turtle and the frog say hi!

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      May 18, 2018
      • I do vsguey remember it from somewhere – may – but I know it wasn’t the Boss singing it! 🙂

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        May 19, 2018
  31. Paul is a great fan of Bruce Springsteen – I am not. I am, however, a fan of adorable frogs.

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    May 18, 2018
    • We are opposites (and so are our husbands!) …. overall though – the frog wins every time!

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      May 18, 2018
  32. Hey Osyth, I’m glad you’re back, I’ve been wondering where you’ve been !! … I’m very anxious to know your latest news (what you call a major move)

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    May 18, 2018
  33. Looking forward to your update. Et Heureux de vous revoir.

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    May 19, 2018
    • Milles mercis, ma belle amie … j’suis très heureuse de te retrouvaille!

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      May 19, 2018
  34. Great to have you back Osyth. You have been missed indeed not by a teeniest but by a MEGA smidge 🙂

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    May 19, 2018
    • Oh how flattering you are! It’s really good to be back and I am finding the process of interacting and reading and writing in this blogging place very settling … a continuity of sorts, I suppose. So there will be much more!

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      May 19, 2018
  35. Looks like two old friends having a chat. LIke the photo.

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    May 19, 2018
  36. A welcome way with words to brighten my weekend. Could do with kissing a “frog” right now..or maybe I should say instead a Transylvanian one who will whisk me back to a palace of my dreams.

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    May 19, 2018
    • Worth waiting for, then … may the dream be reality very soon indeed 🙂

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      May 19, 2018
      • Three weeks and counting. Then goose bonding while I paint their fencing primrose yellow. Amazon sent the cans as cheaper than Brico Depot..daft really. If you were not far away I would insist handing you a paintbrush…there is an awful lot of slats to paint!

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        May 20, 2018
      • The gozzies will be so chic in their cheerfully painted corral! I’m a fan hand with a paint brush so when I’m next nearer I’ll happily help with whatever you need 👩‍🎨🤣

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        May 20, 2018
  37. I loved the tiny turtle staring at the frog! I can’t tell you how many turtles I have rescued that were the size of a frying pan…

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    May 19, 2018
    • Isn’t it a darling? It’s the first I’ve seen this time and no snappers yet but I don’t doubt that will change! X

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      May 20, 2018
    • Ps to you …. I thought of you on Friday with the tragic news from Houston. Take good care …. when these things are close to home they are even harder to bead and you are such a sensitive spirit xx

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      May 20, 2018
      • Thank you, Osyth. It is hard to imagine but I think I am becoming inured to them because they are so common. A bit like a war zone.

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        May 20, 2018
  38. Good to have you back, and on my side of the pond…love the picture..xxxkat

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    May 21, 2018
    • Glad you like the photo …. they are rather cute, non? I’m happy to be back in the US and it turns out that getting back to blogging is helping me to settle…. double win! Xxxx

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      May 21, 2018
      • Well I miss your writings…I am thinking that my cousin is turning off the internet and tv soon for I maybe MIA for a short time…the downsides of selling. XXXkat

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        May 21, 2018

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