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*Puts out Welcome sign* It's time for Fiesta!
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Altaira
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Jun 5, 4:07pm

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*Puts out Welcome sign* It's time for Fiesta! Can't Post

Greetings, friends, and welcome to a late-Spring early-Summer Fiesta!

Here in sunny Colorado we lived through the second weekend of our garage/estate sale and actually did pretty well. More to go, and lots of cleaning and wrangling of contractors and materials to do, but getting more things cleared out is a good step in the right direction to getting our old family home sold. We also watched the Endeavor take-off and docking. Amazing, amazing stuff!

What did you do this past week and/or what do you have planned for this weekend? Here's hoping our U.S. sibs are safely away from the current turmoil. Frown

Smaug fired up the BBQ about an hour ago (literally Laugh), so the buffet is well-stocked with shrimp, burgers, steaks and roasted veggies. There's also a yummy assortment of seasonal fruits, salads, and desserts, including a trifle, of course - my fav summer dessert!

For your amusement today, check out the Youtube video of the recent LOTR reunion! They still know their lines! LaughHeart

*kicks juke box* "Summer Nights" from Grease starts to play.

Enjoy the weekend, everyone!!




Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





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grammaboodawg
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Jun 5, 4:33pm

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*geeky tears* There they are!!!! :D [In reply to] Can't Post

 



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dernwyn
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Jun 5, 4:38pm

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Trifle? [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh, might I have some, please! Are there fresh strawberries in it?

So glad to hear that the sales are going well! Cleaning out a house is not easy - it's amazing how much "stuff" we can collect!

I loved that cast reunion! It was so much fun seeing them all together. There's still a "fellowship" among them. Cool

The azaleas and rhododendron are blooming like crazy here! We have very acidic soil, so I've just planted some hostas with a variety of leaf-markings around my mailbox. What's blooming in your area, Altaira?


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dernwyn
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Jun 5, 4:40pm

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Have you watched it yet, gramma? [In reply to] Can't Post

Just wonderful - in fact, you'll need to see it twice, I think, to catch everything! (I kept pausing it...)

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Altaira
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Jun 5, 4:47pm

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I've only watched one of the highlights videos so far, but it's wonderful. Will watch the whole thing this weekend. Enjoy, gramma! Heart


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





grammaboodawg
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Jun 5, 4:48pm

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Uhhhh... you've been peeking! [In reply to] Can't Post

I was too boggled to comprehend what was happening! So yeah... I'm at it again. *drool* They're so CUTE! And so happy to be together doing this!!!! The sun has come out :D



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grammaboodawg
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Jun 5, 4:50pm

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You can tell, right!? [In reply to] Can't Post

When I worked behind the stage at one of our ORCs, I was standing right there when Sean and Elijah met up... and they were nothing but hugs and excitement! It's very real :)



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grammaboodawg
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Jun 5, 4:53pm

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Do you have a lot of flowers/plants outside your porch? I'll bet it's wonderful to sit and enjoy that special space this time of the year :) I hope you have a wonderful weekend!



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Altaira
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Jun 5, 5:00pm

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Strawberries, blueberries, and bananas are among my favorites to include then lots and lots of whipped cream. B.G. impressed me when he first made one for me by whipping the cream fresh by hand (at the time, I would have just come home from the grocery store with a tub of the 'fake' stuff Shocked).

Our volunteer rose bush is just at the end of it's 1x summer bloom. It's one of those things that just appear in your yard that was actually welcome, lol. Best of all, it has the most lovely red rosehips on it through the fall and most of the winter. It is a beast, though, and requires regular pruning in the Spring (which I just reminded my self of when I went out to check on it and it's bigger than I am - again!

I used to love the azaleas and rhododendron when I lived in Texas - and the bluebonnets in the spring! Enjoy the colorful view!


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





dernwyn
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Jun 5, 5:09pm

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We have birds galore! [In reply to] Can't Post

Hummingbirds at the nectar and fuchsia, goldfinches and wrens and cardinals and orioles at the feeders. Baby squirrels trying to figure out what the furniture on the deck is. A tom bringing his hens to feed (later they'll bring the turkey chicks). The back yard has purple catmint and lots of green-and-white hostas which will bloom later in summer; the front yard has those rhododendron which must be 20' tall, I love 'em!

We used to live where the soil was sandy, and I'd planted a beach plum. Loved its fragrance - wish I could grow it here!

Did you have to dig up any plants to get the yard re-done at your house?


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dernwyn
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Jun 5, 5:15pm

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B.G. knows what the best stuff is! [In reply to] Can't Post

Nothing can compare with fresh-whipped heavy cream. Smile

You have a monster rose bush! Laugh It's obviously very happy where it is. The rosehips stay through most of the winter? That's a very hardy plant!


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grammaboodawg
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Jun 5, 7:56pm

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ok... I'm going to have to watch it at least 17 times (one for each box) just to watch each person's reaction to what is going on. I wish they'd sell this on dvd. I'd put it right in there with my EEDVDs. Billy killed me with his last part. And Sean A... We're so lucky!



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grammaboodawg
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Jun 5, 8:15pm

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Heavenly... so nice.... [In reply to] Can't Post

You could just sit there all day and night and just drink it all in. I'm so happy you guys have that retreat :) Do you make your own hummingbird nectar? I use 1/4 cup granulated sugar to 1 cup hot water (to dilute). I have at least 2 families of hummingbirds for years that fight over my feeder all the time! A 4 to 1 mix. The wild canaries and Baltimore Orioles love it, too.



The only thing I dug up was the sod that I transplanted over the place where I cleared the old dirt pile from the RR ties. I did move some white daisies growing in the yard to that space, too. Just a few... so far :)

Can you dig a deep, large hole and fill it with the proper sandy dirt for your beach plum? Creating a mini-ecological garden? I did that once years ago (before this home), and it worked! The roots that grew out from the soil transplant adapted and kept growing.



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“Courage is not having the strength to go on; it is going on when you don't have the strength." – Theodore Roosevelt

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Jun 5, 9:21pm

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Did somebody say *trifle*? [In reply to] Can't Post

Evening All! Has to be raspberries in a trifle for me - that's the best fruit, with sharpness to complement the richness of jelly and cream. It's what I grew up with anyway - my Mum used to make a fantastic trifle at Christmas in a big cut glass bowl.
I like the look of that beach plum - snag is, my next-door neighbour has an overgrown and unfruitful plum tree - a cooker I think - right by my hedge and it's suckering all over my garden! Furthest shoot from the parent tree is 12 yards away. Sheesh.... No idea what to do about it. I have feeling that if the parent tree was dealt with, it'd be a bit of an Obi Wan Kenobi situation - 'if you cut me down I will only become more powerful' (or something?) ! We had some rain at last - could do with more, to give the ground a proper soaking, but I'm grateful for what we had.
Have a good weekend, all - and stay safe!


Altaira
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Jun 5, 10:46pm

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Raspberries are awesome too! [In reply to] Can't Post

Was the Christmas trifle a raspberry one?

Too funny about the sucker plums. We have those from a type of birch tree one of our neighbors have that if I didn't cut them down would grow to 40 to 50 feet tall. Of course, like you implied, they never really go away, just grow back to be cut down another day. Unsure

Enjoy the weekend, GH!!


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Ataahua
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Jun 5, 11:15pm

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The continuous delight from Elijah is itself a delight. :) [In reply to] Can't Post

(I've watched it twice - the quickest 50 minutes ever.)

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Kimi
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Jun 5, 11:21pm

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A virtual BBQ [In reply to] Can't Post

would be rather nice, as the real ones won't be an option for the next few months :) Definitely wintry now, and we've had the fire going most days. Plenty of rain, too - it would have been more useful earlier, when the soil was still warm, but the topping up of water reservoirs is most welcome.

We're celebrating two weeks of NO NEW CASES! We'll almost certainly go to Level 1 next week, which will see the lifting of the remaining social distancing requirements. The borders will remain closed for the foreseeable future, but other than that (rather large exception though it is), things are returning to a sort-of new normal.

We went to our favourite cafe for the first time since lockdown began, and were welcomed back warmly. They even remembered our usual order :) They've moved out c 1/3 of their tables to maintain social distancing, but I expect they'll be moving them back next week, and it'll have its familiar buzz again.

No trifle here, but Mr Kimi is making crème brûlée for tonight's dessert. Looking forward to that!

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy weekend.


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Ataahua
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Jun 5, 11:22pm

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I think we're finally getting into a properly cold season. [In reply to] Can't Post

I might even need to break out the winter duvet. The South Island is getting snow this weekend but I don't know if it'll come up north yet.

On Monday we'll find out if we might just drop down to Covid Alert Level 1 next week, which would mean life pretty much returning to normal (expect our international borders would still be closed). I'm looking forward to getting back to the workplace just so that I can enjoy returning *home* afterward - make home more special rather than a constant.

I'd like to raise a glass of bubbles to my US TORNsibs and relatives: may you stay safe and find community and support in the people around you. Heart

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Ataahua
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Jun 5, 11:27pm

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We went to our favourite cafe for the first time since lockdown began, and were welcomed back warmly. They even remembered our usual order :)


How wonderful that you're getting back into your usual routine! You feel more like yourself, don't you?

I'm meeting up with a couple of friends for lunch today at one of our favourite eateries on the waterfront - I'm really looking forward to it as I haven't been able to see them in person for at least three months. Smile

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauron’s master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


Fantasy novel - The Arcanist's Tattoo

My LOTR fan-fiction


Altaira
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Jun 5, 11:32pm

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Progress! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sounds like everything is definitely moving in the right direction there. How fun to get to go to the cafe! I bet you missed them as much as they missed you. What's your favorite order?

We had planned to visit the South Island early next year, so we have our fingers crossed that things open up by then. However, lots of other ducks have to line up in a perfect row to get us there (via Hawaii and Australia - each with their own set of restrictions) that we're not holding our breath.

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend, and enjoy the creme brulee! Smile


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Altaira
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Jun 5, 11:39pm

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..that you get to go to Level 1 next week!

i hear you about coming home from work. The nice drives through rural areas is what I miss. I have some work coming up this month and need to check to see if we'll even be meeting at the client's office. Last I heard they're all working from home, so it may all be done online.

*echos your toast* Enjoy the rest of your weekend! Heart


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





dernwyn
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Jun 6, 12:20am

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Yes, that's the fomula! [In reply to] Can't Post

They do love that sugar-water - gives them plenty of energy for flying! Fascinating lovely little things, they are.

Do you have wild canaries there? Are they descendants of pet canaries which managed to escape?

I wonder if that would work here, creating a sandy soil hole! Thanks for the idea, gramma, I'm going to look into that!


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dernwyn
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Jun 6, 12:26am

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What a pain, the suckers are! [In reply to] Can't Post

All I can think of, is mowing them short regularly, but they do make a mess of the lawn.

Beach plum jelly is a local treat. I wonder how it would work, in a trifle, with summer berries...hmm...


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dernwyn
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Jun 6, 12:32am

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What a relief it is for you, getting out and around again! Cool

Creme brulee? Lovely! What's the dinner that's to precede it?


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dernwyn
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Jun 6, 12:40am

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Getting out the warmer bed-coverings! We recently removed our bed-quilt, time to wash it and store it in the cedar chest until the autumn.

That's so true about home being special when you work elsewhere. Even the commutes will be enjoyable!

*raises mug of tea* Thank you. Heart


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