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Cara Elliott/Andrea Penrose
historical romance author
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Nicola, I love walking in late summer twilight, when you can still see the wildlife coming out for the evening, and the colors of the sunset, which seem to linger longer in this season. But I love autumn, too. The crispness in the air, the leaves turning, the scent of ripening apples—all wonderful too. So am looking forward to the coming months!
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Oh, Karin fresh tomatoes is one of the real simple pleasures of summer! And corn! I console myself when they are disappearing with the fact that crisp apples are here!
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Nancy, that so true about the original Xmas! Maybe the northern climes developed all the hoopla because they needed something to brighten the winter solstice. A tree hung with candle and shiny ornaments—a plea for the sun to return??
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So true, Jackie! The shorter days make one want to curl up in front of a cozy fire with a book and sip hot chocolate. Totally get the primitive urge to hibernate! LOL
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Anne, I love Autumn too, the crispness in the air, the changing colors, the knowledge that it's fleeting, and bringing a colder, darker season makes me all the more aware of its nuances.
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Jenny, Nature can be so splendid—and terrifying too. Don't blame you at all for dreading the hot dry season and the threat of bushfires. Having experienced a natural disaster via a hurricane, I know how devastating such things can be. Hugs and hope your coming summer will be rainy enough to avoid the danger.
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Every region has its rhythms, Katherine. Yours is the reverse of our northern winters, when sometimes is daunting to think of going outside into the frigid cold. The rainstorms actually sound lovely, and seeing the land suddenly spring to life must be amazing. A great reminder on how resilient most of Nature is.
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Oh, Sherrie, there's nothing like summer scented air blowing through the house. And the taste of REALLY fresh vegetables and fruits. Tomatoes plucked from the vine are a quintessential summer treat.
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Ah, well said, Shannon! All things to savor—especially the fresh local produce. Corn picked just minutes ago in the field is something I love about August and early September. And apples! But that's a Fall pleasure
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You, you all in the Southern Hemisphere do have a reversed social calendar, as well as reversed season. For us, the Xmas holidays create a well-needed bright spot of activity and revelries as winter heads into its solstice. Funny how those rhythms get ingrained! I would find it very disorienting to have Christmas in the middle of summer!
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Cara/Andrea here . . .Wondering where the summer went! In the U.S., this Labor Day long weekend traditionally marks the end of the kick-back lazy days of beach reading, country walking and just plain relaxing. As more and more of us are finding life becoming increasingly frenetic, with the demands on our time pressing in from every angle, this interlude where we’re given tacit permission to “turn off” the usual pace is becoming more and more cherished . . . With many of us girding the loins to head back to “regular” work after the long holiday weekend, it’s interesting... Continue reading
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Yes, really enjoy all the comments on Wolf Hall. And you recommendation on Prince Rupert looks fascinating!
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Cate, I heard Bringing Up the Bodies was even better, too, which is another reason I'm pushing through on Wolf Hall. It does take some getting used to.
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Ann, I just WANT to like Wolf Hall, so am pushing through. (Oh, what we do for friends.) So glad you enjoy the monthly WWR as much as I do. I've gotten lots of wonderful recommendation from both the other Wenches and from our readers. Great fun to share!
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The voice IS odd, Shannon. That "in the moment" present tense really is hard slogging for me. But I'm getting a little more comfortable with it. I'm told Bring Up the Bodies is a lot easier. Sigh on the Afgan history. What a mess has been made is right. You would think government would learn. But no.
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Wonderful interview, Mary Jo and Anne. How delicious that readers have another mouthwatering story from MJP to savor—that WAY better than ice cream . . . even Gunter's flavorful creations! (I have to confess, I was lucky enough to get an advance nibble and it's fabulous.)
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Nacy, that's a terrible story about the will! You must have felt trapped in a Regency novel . . .but alas, it was real life. A friend told me that moving is considered one of life's great stresses, but I didn't really buy that until this experience. And reading the stories here seems to confirm it. Hope things have settled down and you are happy where you are now. (I,too, lightened up on my books because I've come to a place with less storage space—that hurt!)
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Maggie, the lake sounds wonderful, and clearly you knew from the first moment that the house was meant for you. So happy to hear you love your spot. I do love my new place too—I wake up each morning pinching myself that I actually live here now. I fell in love with it after within 10 seconds of walking in the front door. I t was a real ordeal to make it happen, and required several leaps of faith that could have landed me in the suds. But here I am, feeling so happy that I dared take the chance.
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Amen to that, Mary Jo!
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Shannon, you went through some REAL stresses. It's amazing what we can do when we have to. Hope you are all settled now, and the boxes are slowly being unpacked. Being at the mercy of a profligate father or brother would be awful—and it certainly happened often enough. I totally agree with you that "biting your tongue" to agree with your host would wear you down emotionally. And yes, loneliness and a sense of total isolation would be terribly depressing. As you point out, there would be little chance to meet kindred souls if you were an unpaid companion.
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Janice, I found moving so stressful in itself—I can't even imagine trying to cope with a family emergency too. What wonderful friends to pitch in and help in a time of need. Like you, I don't plan on going anywhere soon!
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That's so very true about the sense of desperation, that many modern people don't quite understand, Sonya. It's also true that expectations were different, but still, any inquisitive, intellectually sharp lady must have chafed over the lack of opportunities to develop and explore. I am laughing over your story of the mover on the scale! OMG, thank goodness I didn't have to weigh my stuff. One of the poor guys who had to lug all my books up to the third floor finally looked at me quizzically and said, "Have you ever considered a kindle?" At least he had a sense of humor!
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Cara/Andrea here, As I sit here amidst piles of unpacked boxes and stuff to be sorted into its new places, I am breathing a sigh of relief that the ordeal of moving from one home to another is over. I’m usually able to stay on an even keel through all the inevitable storms and squalls that spring up in the course of Life. But this was incredible stressful. There is, of course, the physical process of sorting through your belongings and deciding what to keep and what is merely weighing you down. That can be emotional. However, far more emotional... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2014 at Word Wenches
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Great post, Nicola. I love guacamole too, and am intrigued by the orange and roasted tomato tip. Must try it. (And thanks for the best wishes on the move. Almost there . . .barring any last minute disasters!) Jo, the WWI Anniversary is sparking such interesting programs on the era. As you said, it's so heartbreakingly poignant to to now what's coming, and how all those young men marched off with such idealism—what a handsome man you father was,, and how fortunate that he was among the lucky ones who came home.
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Glenda, I'm with you_ I don't want to do this again for a LONG time. It's incredibly stressful and time consuming. Reading has helped keep me sane, though it's been hard to find the minutes, and I tend to fall asleep right away at night.
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