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*Passes out sparklers* It's time for another Fiesta Friday celebration!
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dernwyn
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Jul 2, 2:14pm

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Ouch! [In reply to] Can't Post

BIG ouch! And no time to rest for it to heal right away! Pirate

Best of luck for the rest of the move and cleaning, make sure you get a big root beer float afterwards! Cool


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Kimi
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Jul 3, 12:33am

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Ow, Gramma! [In reply to] Can't Post

You poor thing. Toes are inclined to make a big fuss even when it's a minor knock, let alone a nasty like that one. Please do keep an eye on it - Mr Kimi had a similar injury a few years back, and it got infected, which was Not Nice.

You've been doing sterling work! Hope you can take it easy (by Gramma standards, anyway) soon.


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Kimi
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Jul 3, 12:43am

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Happy Long Weekend to those celebrating. [In reply to] Can't Post

We were just enjoying homemade pizza in some lovely winter sunshine when a mass of rain clouds came over and drove us indoors. Very changeable just now. But a good excuse to visit Fiesta :)

Our Seville orange tree is bearing more generously than usual, so (inspired by Paddington Bear and Her Majesty) I made a batch of marmalade this morning. It took a lot of oranges for a small batch, but they do make delicious, intensely flavoured marmalade. I also made some cereal, and Mr Kimi made a cake (as well as the pizza), so it's been a morning of pleasant indulgence. We bought some fruit trees this week to replace a couple we lost last year - two pears and a nectarine - and will plant them this afternoon once the rain goes off.

Wishing everyone a pleasant weekend, with healing and rest for those in need of them.


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Annael
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Jul 3, 3:35pm

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mmm marmalade [In reply to] Can't Post

I had a brief marmalade-making frenzy last winter here - it is a burst of sunshine on toast! Very rewarding - must be all that much more so when it is your own oranges. We grow pears and apples very well here but not citrus, and the peaches and nectarines prefer the less-soggy climate on the dry side of the Cascades.

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Greenwood Hobbit
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Jul 3, 4:57pm

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Late to the party this weekend - [In reply to] Can't Post

my friend and I went on a tiring but very enjoyable day trip to London on Friday (first time out of our comfort zone in ages!) to see 'The World of Stonehenge' exhibition at the British Museum. It was wonderful and well worth seeing, but sadly at some point during the day we both picked up covid. Grrr! I blame the train down - it was very crowded due to other trains being cancelled, a thing that's happening quite a lot at present. We returned to London Euston in good enough time to find out about OUR planned train home being cancelled <meep> and to jump onto an earlier one, mercifully! Funnily enough that wasn't crowded at all. I can only assume most people didn't get there in time to make use of it when they found the 20.07 wasn't running. How about 'Last Train to Clarksville' for a fiesta juke box moment?!
Sorry to hear about various ailments from which people are suffering (that toe, gramma - OW!) and I hope you all find yourselves in more comfortable places very soon. I coughed a lot yesterday and my ribs are sore, but just feel like I have a cold now - am hoping it doesn't get any worse. I have to self-isolate for five days (daughter has dropped off essential shopping and cake) and stay away from anyone vulnerable for another five, to be on the safe side. At this time of year with good weather forecast that's no hardship, actually.
Stay safe, people, enjoy 4th July if you celebrate it and make the most of whatever wonders nature surrounds you with! Sitting on my patio I can hear baby blackbirds cheeping in the depths of the tangled jasmine, while the parents fly to and fro tending to them. In the absence of a hazel thicket (I only have one hazel at the end of the garden) that will have to be my uplifting Sam Gamgee moment! Cheers, folks.


ElanorTX
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Jul 4, 2:48am

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Like Tom kicking the troll, [In reply to] Can't Post

though we hope you heal much sooner. Glad you could still enjoy driving the BIG truck!


Have you given daughter a lifetime quota of moves with your assistance?


Best wishes for the holiday itself.

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ElanorTX
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Jul 4, 2:58am

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Your Secret Garden [In reply to] Can't Post

Perhaps a robin will show you a key.

DH and I went on a small after-hours tour of Stonehenge in 2018; we were allowed to get right up to the stones, though the park authorities were watchful that nobody touched anything.

Best wishes for a full recovery, and cheers to you, too!

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dernwyn
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Jul 4, 3:01pm

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Fresh-made marmalade! [In reply to] Can't Post

Wonderful stuff! Will you be making scones for them? And I'm curious: what kind of cake did Mr Kimi make?

I hope the trees are happily planted now! Had you lost the old ones in a storm?


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dernwyn
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Jul 4, 3:17pm

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That looks like a fascinating exhibit! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm glad you had the chance to see it. But what a bother with getting Covid - I wouldn't doubt it was the crowded train. Here's hoping the symptoms stay very mild!

Here you go - what a trip down the memory train-tracks: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcXpKiY2MXE

What a delight that is, to sit on your "new" patio and enjoy the blackbirds! Our baby hummingbirds are constantly draining the nectar, and the baby cardinals and finches have begun swarming the feeders. There are times one could simply watch and listen to birds for hours!


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Greenwood Hobbit
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Jul 4, 8:59pm

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It would have to be a robin - or a sparrow - [In reply to] Can't Post

in my garden there's nowhere the thrush knocks, sadly! They prefer a more open area. Years ago I was a member of the Pagan Federation for a while and we had a gathering after hours with full access to Stonehenge; it was a very special experience.


Greenwood Hobbit
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Jul 4, 9:07pm

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1966. Ye Gods, now I feel really OLD... [In reply to] Can't Post

But not as old as all the great stuff I saw at the exhibition! Just one example - Google 'Shropshire Sun Pendant' and marvel at the workmanship in something only 4.7cm long. How the creator achieved such a precise effect I can't imagine.
Hummingbirds? Wow! They are such remarkable little creatures, like jewels. I've only ever seen them on tv and online.


Altaira
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Jul 5, 4:23am

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Fun times! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sounds like a proper good weekend you had planned there.

I had a virtual doctor appt about 10 days ago to get more muscle relaxers, but the back's back, so to speak. I thought I was making good progress, then over the weekend I ended up bed-bound again with no real reason to point to as to why. Pirate So, yes, when I can walk a medium distance again we're getting me to the doctor!
I'm sorry to hear you have back problems too. I fully appreciate now how our back muscles contribute to pretty much every movement we make, so I hope you get it sorted and get good tips for future prevention. Heart

Cheers!


Altaira
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Jul 5, 4:28am

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Owie! [In reply to] Can't Post

I hope the toe is healing ok. You're such a trooper to keep on going, but with such a big job I can understand why. I hope you're snug at home now relaxing and recuperating from the move!

*gives gentle hugs while pouring relaxing chamomile and honey tea* Heart


Altaira
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Jul 5, 4:32am

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A weekend of good food [In reply to] Can't Post

Cake, marmalade, pizza? Sounds like a good foundation for the basic food groups needed to survive to me. Laugh

Hope the tree planting went well - always easier to plant in soft, moist soil than the rock-hard clay we have in parts of Colorado.

Cheers!


Kimi
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Jul 5, 5:16am

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It took me a long time [In reply to] Can't Post

to learn not to plant things with little chance of success - in fact it's a lesson I'm still learning, to some extent :) We don't have sufficient winter chill for some crops (e.g. cherries), peaches sulk in our humid climate, and it's marginal for apricots and nectarines, all of which grow brilliantly in suitable parts of the country. We're in a great area for citrus, though, and apples and pears do very well, too. The Seville (bitter) oranges are not much use for eating, but they do make superb marmalade, and yes, it is very satisfying!


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Kimi
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Jul 5, 5:21am

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scones will be in our future :) Mr Kimi is a keen scone-maker.

The cake is (was - all gone now) one he makes quite often: a crunchy base, a cakey top, and very nutmeggy - we always grate whole nutmeg for use, and the flavour is quite intense.

The trees: a mix of old age and an accumulation of damage, I think. Those ones had been bearing well for decades now, so I can't complain. Pears do take a while to start bearing, but we've a couple of others doing well, so can afford to be patient.


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Kimi
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Jul 5, 5:25am

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Yes, all food groups covered :) [In reply to] Can't Post

Plenty of soil moisture at the moment, so definitely a good time for planting. We even got on and staked them right away instead of waiting "till we get a moment", which is practically an invitation for storms.

Ugh, rock-hard clay is more or less what we had when we first got this property. Our soil has improved vastly over the years, with large amounts of compost, but I still remember those early struggles, broken spades and trowels and all.


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dernwyn
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Jul 5, 11:44am

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We never do pay enough mind [In reply to] Can't Post

to the artists of ages ago, do we - what an amazing skill that pendant's crafter had!

The hummingbirds are so tiny and delicate-looking! We have a tall thick bush against our house which they seem to appreciate for building their nests in. I'm thinking we may need to put up a second nectar feeder, the goldfinches and newly-arrived Baltimore orioles have been taking sips from it as well.


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grammaboodawg
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Jul 5, 2:48pm

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Love all the activities in your area :) [In reply to] Can't Post

There's so much going on for you to get gifts, entertained or inspired :D I'm with you on the hot temps; and we are desperate for some rain in my area.


So you made it home from your Island Adventure :D Have you got your next time figured out already? I hope the rest of your holiday weekend was restful and internal battery charging!



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grammaboodawg
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Jul 5, 3:03pm

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*gasp* Beautiful Drive!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh how wonderful that mountain road is! I can see why it's one of your favourites. I'll bet it looks different driving in both directions :D

That festival sounds so great! So maybe your shoulder will be healed enough for you to join in on the axe-throwing contest ;)

I hope your trip is a wonderful respite... and I'm so glad you're feeling well enough to make this great escape! ENJOY!



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Jul 5, 3:16pm

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That's incredible! [In reply to] Can't Post

So much illness of so many different types makes it almost impossible to avoid catching something. *warm hug* The scrambling and inconvenience is bad enough, but to try and maneuver through all of it when you're sick is punishment! I hope you're feeling better and this momentum is stopped short. My Mom caught the flu and norovirus that was plaguing the hospital she stayed at overnight to make sure her a-fib was under control, which she didn't need to do... especially since they knew that had 2 contagious illnesses running rampant through the hospital. At 94yo she was otherwise very healthy/strong, but she just couldn't gather the strength to fight them both.


I hope you're okay and that everyone comes through this plague and nuisance safely :)



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dernwyn
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Jul 5, 4:36pm

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That's a perfect activity! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sort out the furniture, then relax from your labors in it! Laugh

I hope you had a great Fourth! Smile


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dernwyn
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Jul 5, 4:53pm

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Well...we took the "long way" home! [In reply to] Can't Post

Our ferry to R.I. was scheduled for Tuesday morning. On Monday we got the message: the ferry is having mechanical issues, they've re-booked all of us for the Yarmouth (Mass.) ferry instead, then a tour bus would transport us all from there over the Cape Cod bridge to the R.I. ferry to pick up our cars. So in the end it took a couple hours longer to get back, but we sat in the front seats of the bus and had a nice time chatting with the driver (a retired Boston metro driver).

In a couple weeks we'll be heading down to N.C. to visit some old friends, including the silneldors! Cool Then we'll return home in time for a weekend family reunion in N.H., which has been planned by our umpteen nieces and nephews. Heart

A busy end to the month!


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cats16
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Jul 5, 9:11pm

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It was! [In reply to] Can't Post

Fireworks in LA are so chaotic, but I think it was a smidge less chaotic than last year's, so it's a win in my book. Sly

Oof, keeping my fingers crossed and hope you have a steady stream of fun things to read/watch in the meantime! Totally agree with you - I pinched *something* in my back a few years ago, and couldn't believe how immobile my body was as a result. Even basic tasks were both painful and nearly impossible to accomplish. But thank you!

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Kimi
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Jul 5, 9:40pm

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What a gorgeous view. [In reply to] Can't Post

I can see why that road's a favourite, with such lavish beauty on display.


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Do we find happiness so often that we should turn it off the box when it happens to sit there?

- A Room With a View


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