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Teresa, how fabulous that it was all still there. I think a five-year-old can remember a lot more than most adults would expect. I was surprised when I recognized my old house straight away -- and it really wasn't all that distinctive. Last time I visited the town, more than 10-15 years ago, it was all a lot more familiar — now the old church has been bulldozed and a lot of the quiet areas are now shopping centres and highways. But I suppose it's better for the locals to have a vibrant growing city than a quietly fading town.
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What gorgeous word-pictures, Annette. I want to peel off my shoes and socks and walk barefoot in that sandy soft oak-leafy soil. And smell it. In one of the places I lived there was a stand of pine trees with pine-needles underneath a foot deep. We used to make forts out of those pine needles, and sometimes I'd just take a book down there and read, lying on a bed of pine needles. I don't think I'll ever forget the smell.
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Mary Jo -- yes it's extraordinary how we get imprinted. I was almost 8 when we left this town and I only ever drove through it after that, driving on my way to Sydney, rarely stopping and then only for petrol and maybe a hamburger. And yes, for all that, the feeling of "home" to be is so strong. I'm so glad development hasn't yet swamped your little piece of "home."
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What a lovely way to describe it, Sue. "the house I went to school from is the center of my memories, and the public places of St. Louis are where my sleeping dreams place events." Gorgeous!
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Lovely that you have it in your memory still, Theo. And it will have imprinted on you deeply, I'm sure.
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Wow, Margot, what a fascinating story. The number of people and groups who left their country in search of religious freedom is amazing -- from the pilgrims going to the US, and people to Paraguy and I recall some group of Welsh people who went to Patagonia (I think) and there is still a Welsh community there. In Australia, the colony of South Australia (now a state) was settled also by people searching for religious freedom. And as a result South Australia has always been more liberal than most places — they were the first place in the world to give women the vote, for instance. And there are many more examples. But I digress. What an amazing and exciting place Paraguay must have been for you kids — and how difficult it probably was for your parents. And how brave they were. I hope you write about your memories — that's a very special time in the history of your family.
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Kareni, some people recall different things. My middle sister doesn't remember half the stuff I do, even though she's a lot older. My oldest sister however remembers more, but it's different stuff again.
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A lovely story, Pamela — thanks for sharing. Isn't it fascinating how strongly some of those earlier memories, and the imprint of "place" can happen when we're young. And how years later we can be transported back there.
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Donna, I did exactly that here — I drove the route from my old house to my school -- just to see if I remembered it — and remember, we left here just before I turned 8. And I was shocked at how far it was, and how it was still pretty isolated, and how I was walking to school my myself at the age of 5 onwards. You're right -- it would never happen today. But I sometimes wonder whether it was any more dangerous for kids today, or whether we think it is because the media is so efficient that every single bad thing that happens is instantly known by everyone. Or whether society has broken down in part because people move so often that those basic community connections are broken. Interesting to ponder.
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How lovely to still be able to revisit in your dreams, Mary. I think suburban sprawl is so sad. After I dropped my dog at the kennels I drove out the "back" way to join up with the freeway, through outer suburbs that not so long ago was farmland -- and still is in patches. I found it quite disturbing to see on one side of the narrow country road, a recently bulldozed "hosing development with all the roads, gutters and driveways made, waiting for the houses to be built, and a bit further along there was wall to wall houses and roofs with barely a glimpse of space in between, while over the road there is a farm with some horses grazing, or a herd of cows -- being built out . . .
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Anne here, bringing you a very short post. I'm away from home at the moment and sitting in a hotel room, having eaten take-away Thai food while watching old reruns of Friends and Seinfeld. I drove up today to Wodonga, a town on the border of New South Wales and Victoria, about four hours drive north-east from Melbourne. I'm here to conduct a one-day writing workshop called Write That Novel, and I'm looking forward to it. I always find these things both a challenge and also inspirational: a challenge because I have no idea who will be in the class,... Continue reading
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Margot, if you want to send a little bit of love to some of your favorite authors, try "liking" their FaceBook page, or following them on Bookbub.com or Amazon. Even better, when you finish a book, leave a rating and a review — it doesn't have to be long or complicated or even glowing — just a star rating and a comment, which can be as brief as a couple of words. These things seem quite small and easy to do, but they actually make a real difference to authors. Not just in a "feel-good" way, which is lovely, but also in a professional way, by helping other readers find us.
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Doggerel before breakfast? A scary thought. Don't encourage me. LOL Happy to take the googly analogy — was raised on cricket, and yes, it did veer off at the end.
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Misti, what a wonderful thing for your mom to do. I'm impressed. Can you not take baked goods to schools any more? That's so sad. I don't think it's the case here. And yes, treat yourself to some lovely flowers and some chocolate.
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Pamela, he's a keeper all right. Flowers are always lovely to receive, aren't they? I love the idea of the rhizomes and bulbs, too. And kittens? Extra special.
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Oh, Quantum — wow, what a gorgeous poem. Thank you so much. In response, I just dashed off this one — and you will see that at the end I lost it somewhat and gave way to Aussie vulgarity, but you try to find a rhyme for "readers" at 8am The wenches all On Valentine's Send love to you, our readers. Your witty, wise And thoughtful posts Make us happy little bleeders
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Thanks, Annette. I suspect you could sop a scone in chicken gravy, but we don't. They're not usually made as a breakfast thing. I've eaten biscuits with chicken gravy — when I was in New York last my agent made me have a proper American breakfast with grits, biscuits and gravy etc and the biscuits seemed heavier than scones -- but then they would with chicken gravy all over them. I don't think the biscuits or scones debate matters -- they're both yummy.
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Diane, I think you were on that first loop many years ago, where this scones/biscuits debate got quite out of hand. I just looked up drop biscuits and they look like lumpy scones to me -- same texture. https://www.findingzest.com/so-easy-drop-biscuits-recipe/ "Drop scones" however are (weirdly) nothing like scones but are more like pancakes, so there's endless room for confusion.
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Yes, Amber, the regional variation thing is important, I think. I can't recall whether I ever had scones in Ireland or not, but Nana was Irish, so I guess I know what they taste like.
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Oh, Vicki, where's your sense of adventure? ;)
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Vicki I'm sure Canadian scones are much like ours. It's fun to experiment with recipes. Google lemonade scones — there are some variations. I'm not so sure about the mint chocolate chip ones though -- Nana made me a purist.
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Thanks, Malvina — that's it. I'm going to make them.
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Kareni, cream horns ... yes! I've been meaning to make brandy snaps for dessert for some card-playing friends. And mum used to make pikelets, and butter them when they were cold for afternoon tea. Heavens this blog is turning into food porn.
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Lil, yes, for me (and nana) scones can have fruit like sultanas or currants or dates in them, but that's about all. Certainly not nuts and chocolate chips. You're right — I'd call them rock cakes. I think people sometimes don't realize that the idea is to split the scones and add jam and cream or whatever -- some people like marmalade, or lemon curd. But, each to his own.
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Jenny what a shame about the wheat allergy. I think my friend Keri has a wheat-free alternative -- not sure. I know she's allergic now, but she used to be famed for her scones. I'll ask her. I've never made scones with sour cream, but I'm sure it would be delicious.
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