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I replied to this earlier, but Type-Pad, not content with removing my apostrophes whenever I use my old computer, now thinks anything I send from it is spam. So here goes from the new laptop: I am so pleased to hear they're being rereleased, Janga. Thanks for that. Have not read your review of the new Balogh -- she is an auto-buy with me, so in that situation I wait and only read reviews after I've read the book.
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Linda, I used to think vampires and werewolves belonged in horror, a genre into which I -- a wimp of the highest order -- don't venture, but I've been enticed to read some of the paranormal romances, and I have to admit that 1) they're not horrific or gruesome, and 2) I've really enjoyed them. Pat and Mary Jo got me reading Patricia Briggs and others — some of the recommendations are in our monthly WWR column. I love alternative history stories, too. One of Mary Jo's books had the suggestion of Napoleon being exiled to Australia. That really got the possibilities spinning in my mind.
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Sue, I'm a huge fan of Mercedes Lackey too. I also think Juliet Marillier incorporates very believable magic/otherness in her fantasy stories -- set usually in early Ireland or other parts of Europe.
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Quantum and Pat -- while time travel machines are possibly bit tricky to start with, there's a very good set of instructions for build-your-own 747 in Bert Fegg's Nasty Book for Boys and Girls, which suggests that though the chaps at Boeing use some fancy materials, "for our purposes reinforced chicken-wire will do the job nicely." Pat, that seems more along our skill set. *g* (It will astound you to learn that the Bert Fegg book is by the Monty Python boys)
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Great post, Susanna. Janga, I loved Devil in Spring and the redeeming of Sebastian St Vincent. I also loved -- and it was a similar style of set-up -- Mary Balogh's hero , Frederick Sullivan, who was a bad hat in Courting Julia, then redeemed himself so beautifully in Dancing with Clara.
Toggle Commented Feb 14, 2017 on The Hero in the Black Hat at Word Wenches
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One of mine is a crossover design edged with bias binding, Michelle. Great design. I like mixed patterns, too -- a brightly coloured pattern helps hide the stains as well.
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Yes, Jeanette, blacksmiths and farriers wear really heavy duty aprons, don't they? Thanks for sharing your memories of Lydia in her apron. So nice that you had reading in common, too.
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Sounds good, Deb -- all equipped and ready to bake. :)
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Mel, the apron my sister made for me has no strings -- it fastens over your shoulders, and you can leave it buttoned and just drop it over your head. And it has two big pockets. It's a winner.
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I've read in so many old accounts that Monday was the traditional washing day. I've never understood why. I keep wondering what happened if Monday was rainy. Surely the best washing day would be whatever day the weather was perfect for it. My grandmother used to boil the sheets up in the copper, too. We are so lucky these days with all the modern conveniences.
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Love the story about your mum, Chris. Pockets are an incredibly useful part of an apron, I agree.
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Annette, I love that idea. I think I'd have a collage kind of apron, on a background of typeface, with other things collaged over it to reflect a range of interests -- flowers, my dog, beads, friends, and books -- lots of books. And then, of course, I would love my apron too much to ever wear it where it would get dirty. ;)
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Vicki, I wish I could see all your beautiful aprons, and I love that you love them. I think all these comments are renewing my appreciation of aprons in all their variety. My aprons are currently hanging on the line, drifting in the wind.
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Linda that black and white apron sounds lovely. I wish we could incorporate photos in these comments. So many people have mentioned aprons and I keep wanting to see them,
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Shannon, I used to make bread a lot when I was in a student share house, but I got sick of hours of work being gobbled down in a few minutes. Recently I've taken bread baking up again and am enjoying it. I just tried a no-knead recipe that was easy and delicious.
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Jane that apron with pockets sounds great - really practical. The apron I wear when I do use one also has two large pockets that are very useful,
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"Most of the time I'm in clothes that have already met food stains." Diane, I also resemble that remark. *g*
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Yes, some of those old-fashioned aprons were truly beautiful, Shannon. And of course, with an energetic littlie, and many fun, creative projects to be tackled, there is bound to be lots of mess — and fun — and smocks and coveralls and aprons become a necessity.
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LOL -- typos are a fact of life. And the rule is, you only notice them as they're disappearing off the screen . . . "Too late," she cried.
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Lillian, I'm a bit of a splatterer, too, but I usually wear a ratty old t-shirt when Im doing a messy job, and if it gets irretrievably stained it's no big deal. Grease I can easily get out by tipping some pure eucalyptus oil on it, then some woolly wash liquid and into the machine in a hot wash. Works a treat.
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Anne, I suspect ironing is becoming, if not a thing of the past, a much less frequent domestic task. So many things are drip dry or perma press, or dont really need ironing unless youre going out — Im thinking t-shirts and similar garments here -- not that we wear them to go out, I suppose.
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Teresa, I think if I had something as pretty and comfortable as those 1920s aprons, I might wear them -- theyre almost overalls, I think. But maybe too pretty to get messed up with food stains and grease.
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Mary, I loved sewing my cross-stitched gingham Scottish thistle apron, but I struggled with knitting at school. I hated it. But Im shocked at the refusal of your sewing machine gift. I took Mums sewing machine to a community education group that I used to work at — still do a few things there -- and which runs classes and groups for young people, immigrants, refugees, women etc -- and the sewing machine was snapped up, and then shared around.
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Mmmm borscht -- yum. It is, of course, perfectly sensible to wear aprons -- so its odd that people tend not to wear them nearly as much as in the past. For my grandmother and mother, an apron was an everyday necessity, for me, its more of an occasional thing. Pretty much the only time I wear mine is when Im preparing for a dinner party and have my good clothes underneath the apron.
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Roseanna, I know I wondered if the apron was becoming a relic of the past, but I hope they dont die out. Im going to wear mine more often from now on — after Ive washed the dust of neglect off them. *g*
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