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The anthology is doing its job if it take you into the peace of the holidays. That's the great thing about Romance. Reminds us there are happy endings.
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Thank ye kindly. There's a book -- Every Man Heart Lay Down -- that I read every year at Christmas. I don't know why I love it so much. https://www.amazon.com/Every-Man-Heart-Lay-Down/dp/1563971844/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1542031705&sr=1-1&keywords=every+man+heart+lay+down
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My True Love Hath My Heart. In it, we meet a legendary jewel, a heroine seeking revenge, a handsome scoundrel, housemaids gossiping, a bit about jewelry design, young love, and somewhat older love which can be complicated the second time around. And . . . well . . . Christmas Continue reading
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I see chickens in the old photos. Dogs too, of course. Once,a cat. I had always wondered how they managed the chickens. Nets under the wagon. Now I know.
Toggle Commented Oct 31, 2018 on The Romany in the Regency at Word Wenches
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True about the books. I'd have to cover all the walls of the vardo with books. And have pull-up racks under the floor. And some way to drop down shelves from the ceiling ...
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I know folks go off walking with donkeys in Europe, town to town, or take horseback rides along the Rockies. Maybe there's someplace they do wagon-trailing with cozy cafes along the trailside to sit and meet friends and have a cuppa tea. Or I can always invent the fantasy of these trails and the inns along the way.
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You might like to read this book by Jan Yoors about travelling with the Gypsies. An armchair journey to fulfill old dreams, as it were. https://www.amazon.com/Gypsies-Jan-Yoors-ebook-dp-B00HFZXHI0/dp/B00HFZXHI0/ref=mt_kindle?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2018 on The Romany in the Regency at Word Wenches
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I think it was Roald Dahl who put a vardo behind the house and used it for his writer's cave. Now THAT makes great sense.
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I'm getting a bit old for rough camping, I'm afraid. Sleeping in blankets on the ground would leave me stiff and aching. And I put on my wool sweater outside even when it's only in the sixties. But there was a time I enjoyed roughing it. The lure of being out under the sky with nothing but quiet around you is very great. It stays with you even when the time comes that "the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak."
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I'm sorry your dreams came smack dab up against sad realities. I think I'd be able to do without the mod cons reasonably well, really. I've done lots of camping travel and managed okay. Basically, after a while, I miss hot showers when I can't get them. I suspect I'm kinda sissy.
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I loved Enid Blyton. I'm sure her influence lurks somewhere in the back corners of my brain. I don't remember the Gypsy wagon though ... Not all her works made it to the US, I think.
Toggle Commented Oct 30, 2018 on The Romany in the Regency at Word Wenches
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I think those travel wagons are cool --though I don't want one for myself because I'd be afraid to drive it. Good way to see the countryside.
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Now Stevenson says: I will make you brooches and toys for your delight Of bird-song at morning and star-shine at night. I will make a palace fit for you and me Of green days in forests and blue days at sea. I will make my kitchen, and you shall keep your room, Where white flows the river and bright blows the broom, And you shall wash your linen and keep your body white In rainfall at morning and dewfall at night. And this shall be for music when no one else is near, The fine song for singing, the rare song to hear! That only I remember, that only you admire, Of the broad road that stretches and the roadside fire. ... which likely sounds like more fun that it would actually be.
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The Romani — the Sinti, Manouche, Bohemians, Roma, Gitano, Gypsies — were a well-known presence in Europe during the Regency. They would have been a familiar sight, travelling the road or camping in woodlands, from Scotland to Hungary. We meet them from time to time in Regency Romances, sheltering the runaway heroine, being colorful as they dance around the campfire, or welcoming the hero, the owner of the land they're allowed to camp on, to their wagons. As a people,they originated in northern India. Educated Regency folks might well be aware of this. The idea would have been floating around scholarly circles. Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at Word Wenches
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I don't know what's in the hummingbird mind .. . but they aren't scared of people at all. You can walk right up to them and they treat you like a chair or something. They're noisy too. I had a feeder on the back porch till the bear pulled it down.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2018 on Wenches and the Wild at Word Wenches
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I am much relieved. Those things are the size of turkeys ...
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*g*
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One of the Helpers. That's you. Possums are incredibly useful in the wild ecology,so you were also doing a good deed for Mother Nature. I imagine -- I hope -- you get repaid with teams of wild birds flocking in your trees.
Toggle Commented Oct 16, 2018 on Wenches and the Wild at Word Wenches
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Nature is, like, red in tooth and claw and all that. I've had bats in the house a couple times. Opened the door and held up a bed sheet as if it were a wall, slowly moving toward the bat. What I remember most is the bat making a slow figure eight around the living room, perfectly silent ... Spooky
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Where are all the hens? Why is your yard full of turkey bachelors? We have a little flock of turkeys out in the woods near the big road but I never gave it any thought as to whether they were hens or toms. Do you suppose there are flocks of hens somewhere else? I mean, like Ents?
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They sense the delicate, expensive plants. It's like there's an invisible price tag attached to them. Mother Nature says, "Eat grass." Deer and rabbit say, "Nah."
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We have resident turkey buzzards here. You're right. They are BIG birds. The size of a chicken. I wonder if they'd carry off a cat? We are directly on the line of the hawk migrations here, but I never seem to see them. I should walk around with binoculars.
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2018 on Wenches and the Wild at Word Wenches
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I worry about the suburban ecosystem a little bit. Some animals are comfortable there ... So comfortable they become nuisance species. Should we be encouraging coyotes, I wonder ...
Toggle Commented Oct 15, 2018 on Wenches and the Wild at Word Wenches
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I feel we bearly escaped ...
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I love animals and grew up on a farm, but I have no tales of devil red hens, mega-roosters, or sinuous copperheads. There have been plenty of cats and dogs in my life, and my woodsy suburban neighborhood has lots of squirrels and chipmunks and deer and foxes and bunnies. (I hope those last two don't meet up often!) But for real drama, I'll have to turn to Botswana. Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2018 at Word Wenches
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