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Well, you've got a lot of fabulous reading ahead of you then!
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Oh, well, Laura, I might just have to reread The Last Hellion again to see if I agree with you.
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Janga, I've have to agree with this choice, too. Damerel stole my heart, too.
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Anne here, interviewing Mary Jo Putney about NOT ALWAYS A SAINT, the latest in her wonderful "Lost Lords" series. Mary Jo sent me an early copy which I thoroughly enjoyed. The critics agree. Romantic Times gave it a 4.5 Stars Top Pick and said: “a beautifully crafted, emotionally intense love story. With her signature strong, unconventional characters, beautiful prose and incredible feeling, readers are gifted an unforgettable story that is heart and soul stirring.” Library Journal, gave it a starred review and said: "A caring heroine with a sordid past who doubts her self-worth and a hero plagued by soul-destroying... Continue reading
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Thanks Linda -- I now have a number of reasons to visit Cincinatti.
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Sonya, I can not imagine kinchi icecream. I love Korean kimchi, but as an ice-cream? Wow!
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Kantu, I've had ginger ice-cream, but I've never eaten durian let alone durian icecream. My father ued ot love it -- durian, that is-- byt he could never tempt me to try it. The smell put me off. But maybe next time I go back to Malaysia I'll try it.
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Kay, home-made icecream is just yummy, isn't it? Even when mum's used to go a bit wrong and be a bit icy, it was still yummy.
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Oh, another reason to visit Cincinnati — I have a friend there who promised me something called "Cincinatti five-ways" (or it might be four ways) -- whatever, it's some kind of delicious dish that involves chilli, so I'm sure it'll be good. And maybe an ice-cream to follow
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I remember other people having Blue Moon flavored milkshakes, and maybe that's the ice-cream that Sonya mentioned, but I'm a chocolate gal and have always been so. I invariably consider all the many other flavors, ponder, dither, hesitate . . . and then choose chocolate. Best of luck with your painting, Theo -- it's a big disruptive job, but fresh paint gives such a gorgeous lift to a house or room I think
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Elinore, I can see I'm going to have to visit Wisconsin. I remember when I first when traveling in New Zealand (my first backpacking adventure) dairy foods there were subject to government subsidization, so were amazingly cheap to buy -- as well as being delicious. A 2 pint tub of ice-cream was something like 15 cents and some of the young male backpackers at the youth hostels would devour an entire tub of icecream every morning for breakfast!
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Sounds delish, Yvonne. I don't remember that chain, but my folks were pretty stingy with the ice-cream buying. Special treats only
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Sonya, I don't know what might be the trouble opening the site, but thanks for the warning. I don't remember any bluish icecream from my childhood, but I do recall that ice-cream came in brown, white, or pink or "neapolitan" which was all three. Enjoy your trip and all that delicious gelati.
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Lilian, that sounds yummy — I often think it's not just the flavor that counts, but the circumstances and the company — the atmosphere that feeds into the experience.
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Anne here, blogging on the eve of an excursion -- in Australia!-- with Mary Jo, to be followed by REWAustralia's annual conference, but more of that next time. In the meantime, I'm thinking of ice-cream. There's a new ice-cream parlor opened up near me and despite the cold winter weather (in Melbourne, Australia) there are lines of people waiting to buy. I can't imagine what it's going to be like in summer. It seems to me that since domestic ice-cream-making machines have become easily available, people have been experimenting more and more with flavors and ingredients, and that has certainly... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2015 at Word Wenches
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Great photo of the kangaroos in the cemetery, Sonya. Yes, the early portrayals of much of the Australian plant and wildlife were often so wrong -- it's as if they were wanting them to more like British creatures. As for the foxes — they were imported by some lunatic near Geelong who bemoaned the fact that there was nothing to hunt. With no native predators the foxes multiplied and spread, and decimated much of the native fauna as a result.
Toggle Commented Aug 11, 2015 on Birds of a Feather . . . at Word Wenches
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Hi Laura -- thanks for dropping by. Italy has so many beautiful places, and the seaside is glorious — which is why some towns here are named after Italian seaside towns that became tourist destinations in the Victorian era. Here we have Sorrento and San Remo -- San Remo is the gateway to Phillip Island in fact -- but there are more in other parts of Australia. I know what you mean about the desert -- it's so huge and stark and extreme -- elemental.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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Karin, drifting in a kayak on a lake surrounded by the forest sounds lovely, as does the idea of a storm on the Great Lakes. One of my favorite places that I sometimes retreat to has densely forested mountains (hills really) that come down to the sea, so you have forest, mountains beach and sea. Just perfect. And at this time of year the roadsides are thick with freesias that have naturalized and escaped into the wild — small creamy flowers that smell heavenly.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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Theo, it's hard for me to imagine the size of the Great Lakes, and not think of them as a sea. I've only seen them from a city hotel window. One day I'll get there and see them properly.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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Claire, I don't know how many books I read while sitting in a tree. I have such precious, vivid memories of sitting high up in the branches, looking out from my own leafy castle -- and then diving back into the world of the book. Thanks for reminding me.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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Quantum, I meant to add, the Great Barrier Reef is wonderful, and there are many gorgeous places all along the coast. My sister and her husband and kids once sailed the Whitsundays and she wrote to me from the boat, and ever since I've always wanted to do it. Here's a google image search for "the Whitsundays" -- see what I mean ? http://bit.ly/1MWRkDx
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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Quantum, that's how I feel, too -- "sound of the sea and the sight of white surf glistening in sunlight somehow strikes a deep resonance." Yes indeed. I also think that modern life puts us at a distance from the natural world and the sea -- and the forests and the mountain -- reconnects us.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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I think that's so true, Anne -- "It's the liminal place between one world and another, I think. At least it is for me. The edge -- the place where sea and land meet -- is always changing, always tempting." I remember paddling in the mighty Mississippi and feeling the mystique of it. I brought home a few pebbles and some driftwood from there, too <G>
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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We get pelicans here, too Mary Jo, but I've never been to the British Virgins -- any of the Caribbean islands -- and I so want to go.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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Cara/Andrea I would love to visit some of the islands in north-east North America, especially in the autumn. Anytime.. really, but the autumn colors would be an extra treat. We don't have large forests turning color here — the Australian native trees aren't deciduous, so the autumnal change of color happens mostly in people's gardens and some street trees.
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2015 on The Sea . . . at Word Wenches
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