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I'm with you, Sue -- we can moan and miserate, or we can focus on the good things and keep ourselves buoyant and positive. That doesn't mean we are unrealistic -- just determined not to let things get us down. And you mentioned one of the things I've been thinking about and appreciating lately -- making new friends. Doesn't mean the old friends aren't valued, just that there are new ones in the mix as well. I hope I never stop making new friends.
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Sue, in recent years I've scaled back on the Christmas decorations, but have found I get much the same enjoyment from a miniature display. I love the sharp, piney fragrance of a real tree, but those years when I haven't had one, I've compromised with a few small branch tips grown from big old trees growing at the side of the road. Pop them in a vase with a twist of tinsel -- or just plain, without any ornament, and it's the scent of Christmas for me.
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Lovely blog, Susan. I loved that you mentioned how Australians have cherries at Christmas. One of the little rituals I have is to fill a special bowl with cherries — the same bowl every year, a Chinese bowl that my mother gave me many years ago, from when they used to live in Penang, in Malaysia. Mary Jo, I too love the idea of placing the candle in the window to welcome travelers. In fact, my first Christmas story began with just that — a little girl placing a candle in the window. I wanted to call it "Candle in the Window" but my ed at the time had a preference for titles that were The Adjective Noun, so the story was called The Virtuous Widow.
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Jeanette, as a group we've only done two anthologies, but I know most of the others have written quite a few Christmas stories. I'll see if we can slip a list into the wenchly newsletter, which comes out in a day or two. You can sign up for the newsletter on this site.
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As it happens I bought Catherine Anderson's 'The Christmas Room earlier this week, Quantum, on a recommendation from a readers' group I'm on, so I'm looking forward to reading it.
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Teresa, I think you've just demonstrated why the ancients had a winter festival, and why Christmas was grafted onto it — to cheer people up, and celebrate life. I'm so glad your city responded to tough times with an uplifting, feel-good festival. I hope you and your daughter have a lovely time — and that the local economy revives soon.
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Thanks, Sue, yes, we're all agreed, that the wood is best left unpainted. More distinctive, and they'll match the original one I bought, as I never painted it, either.
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Thanks, Annette, yes, paint will cover up the story, won't it? Sorry to hear of the shrinking of your world. I hope you get to do some lovely virtual market exploring.
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Thank you Laura. Christmas always brings out the nostalgic in me, and though that time in Zurich was early December, it's my only snowy near Christmas experience. Even though here in Australia, Christmas time is usually hot, (and sometimes roasting) those of us of European ancestry have been brought up on tales of snowy Christmases, so we all want to experience it at least once.
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Thanks, Jenny -- yes, I think you're right. Once painted they could be anything. Ans my original ornament has survived very nicely entirely unpainted, so I'll keep these to match.
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Thanks, Laura. Yes, I never painted the original wooden ornament and it still looks lovely, so I think I'll keep these new ones the same. I, too love natural wood. I cringe at those TV demonstrations where they take a beautiful piece of wooden furniture and slap paint over it and then back it around with chains and things to make it look "distressed." I'm usually the one who's distressed. *g*
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Thanks, Kareni — the paua shell ornaments would be beautiful, I know. I love paua shell. (For others, paua shell is the NZ maori word for abalone shell). I have all kinds of ornaments that remind me of different things and people. Your mention of the instruments reminded me -- I have a little plastic Greek balalaika that I hang every year, a gift from a young Greek girl who came to my school on exchange for a year. After she went home, she sent me this little ornament and I think of her every Christmas as I hang it on the tree. The glass birds were lovely. I was so tempted to buy several, but resisted because I'm trying to get rid of "stuff". (I took the makers' card though.)
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Thanks, Tez. I meant to go last year, but didn't. This year there were two lots of inspirations — firstly I wanted to donate some of my foreign translations, which I did. And secondly, the market was just a small detour off the highway to the Mornington Peninsula where I was meeting up with friends for lunch. Serendipity. I didn't buy any food, because I thought having to leave it sitting in a hot car for half a day would do nothing any good. I just looked up Pfeffernusse and found this recipe for it. Looks yummy. https://www.daringgourmet.com/pfeffernuesse-german-iced-gingerbread-cookies/
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Sounds wonderful, Patricia. I can imagine that New York would do Christmas splendidly. I think Christmas markets are my favorite.
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Thanks, Mary Jo, but I didn't buy the bees for Napoleon — I'm still slightly spooked by your fictional suggestion of him being sent to New South Wales and how that might have affected us here *G*. The bees are in memory of my Dad, whose beekeeping I inherited. And because they're pretty. There were a lot more lovely wooden ornaments on this stall — the photo in the blog barely does justice to the selection, but I had to restrain myself. Sadly.
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Those batik paintings are lovely, Quantum — not what I expected at all. (I'm used to different kinds of ethnic batik.) My house is full of paintings, too -- I don't understand houses with no pictures, or hotel style chosen-to-match-the couch ones. As for the dodgy market stalls -- yes, I was tricked in London once, thought i was buying an antique piece of scrimshaw, and realized later it was some kind of acrylic imitation. But I still like it, and still have it and it reminds me of London markets in a different way. *g*
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Thanks, Kathy, I thought I might rub some beeswax into them.
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Anne here, thinking about markets, in particular craft and Christmas markets. I love going to outdoor markets. There's always a sense of adventure — what unexpected gem might you find? I recently went to a "German Christmas market" that was a fund-raiser for charity and run by volunteers from a multicultural old people's home. The weather was beautiful, warm and sunny, and even though I arrived just on opening time, it was still pretty busy. Lots of people had turned out for it. There was certainly plenty of German food, with stalls serving bratwurst and kransky sausages and frankfurters served... Continue reading
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I've read a number of prequels -- not thatI can recall any of the titles, off-hand -- and really, if the writing is good enough, and the story is enjoyable, I don't care when it comes. This isn't a book prequel but a TV one: I'm currently watching ENDEAVOUR, which is a prequel series about the early days of MORSE, the TV detective. There was a sequel to Morse, called LEWIS, which I really enjoyed, and I'm enjoying ENDEAVOUR just as much.
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Thanks, Mary -- I'm trying to track it down, too.
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I wish those Jayne Castle books would become available in kindle, Jeanette. I'd really like to read them, but my house is drowning in books, and kindle is my only option at the moment. And I hear you on shedding. I have a black dog and a beige carpet -- yes, madness, I know.
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Me too, Teresa — I devoured every Enid Blyton I could find, but the Famous Five, and the "Adventure" books and the Five Find-outers and dog -- were they the Mystery of series? — were my faves. I was also envious of children who could take their dogs wherever they went. I took our dog Prince everywhere, too, but people wouldn't let him inside!
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Thanks for loving my ugly dog, Binnie. I think ugly dogs often have the sweetest natures. And I'd forgotten all about that Paul Gallico story -- but "When in doubt - wash." reminded me. Mary Jo's comment also reminded me of the cats in Kerry Greenwood's Corinna books — they were scattered between apartments and each one had a very distinct personality.
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Oh, Faith yes -- Bouncer, isn't it, who keeps the heroine stuck in her chair for hours? And then there's Lufra, in Frederica — the Baluchistan Hound. Heyer did some lovely dogs. Millie-dog also protects me from possums -- Australian possums are smaller and sweeter than the ones you have in the US. Millie doesn't care though.
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No, Marguerite, your delusion is that YOU speak English. LOL
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