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How to make a Spinach and Ricotta Pie


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Fiona Memoriam


Heal the intangible heart? Real tears, virtual tears, streams of salt water-- flow over your soul. You gasp for air watching gold fly through the air. Small hairs land softly. Once a reason to grab a vacuum now a twinkling memory. Hide her toys, wash away her delightful smell? Stop looking at photos. Talk about the weather? She is there-- forever in your heart. She licks from the inside. Kissing and playing— Jumping, running and wagging her tail. Again, you gasp. She will never leave. You might as well vacuum. Original link
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Assumptions

I’m back. I’ve submitted my info to TEDx IVC. The outcome is yet to be determined, but I’m glad I challenged myself to move on it.  During my “downtime” I was able to breathe a bit, although a tropical island is still calling my name (I’ll get there!). I also had the opportunity to reconnect with someone I hadn’t seen in many, many years. We discussed our respective lives and pursuits. Eventually, we discussed my book. He admitted to having cheated on a few girlfriends in his youth. It seems infidelity is a rite of passage in some odd way.  We eventually chatted about marriage, something he’s never experienced. I asked if an infidelity conversation before committing to marriage would be an o...
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Anyone who loves Tintin...


...will love this guy. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Vegetarian for a day


Sometimes we go off meat and fancy being virtuous. This was our supper last night: macaroni pie made with milk, cheese, eggs, peppers, onions, tomato, chives and a hint of garlic. Add a few slices of courgette on the side. A thrifty way of using up veggies. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Intangible Grace


There are times the universe will ask you do something in return. Perhaps as payment for the sunny days, the healthy days, the perfect days. Your resolve doesn’t waver during these times. You focus and follow through and accomplish what is needed with a flourish and a smile. Later, as all of it comes together and rises to fruition, you wonder how the heck it happened. What made you do it? How in the world was all of it possible? Your eyes pop open in the middle of the night and you realize this is beyond your doing. You are merely a stronger tool displaying as much grace as possible. A cog in a mighty wheel. A note in a song. A drop of rain in a bucket. This Saturday, The Legends of Wildomar...
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Nothing makes me happier


Than seeing my old dog brought back to life by having his two younger 'brothers' racing around him. My family. Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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From the farm to my table


We visit the local market on foot every Thursday where a couple have been trading their farm produce for years. Such is their reputation that the queue is long for fresh lettuce, peppers, parsley, melons, peaches, apricots, anything which is in season and even their own honey. The taste and value are in incomparable. The same applies to fresh chickens, eggs laid that morning, ducks (wild or domestic), handmade unpasteurized cheeses, freshly caught local fish, even oil made from grape pips. So the carrots are a bit wonky and not that glorious irradiated Chernobyl orange. But the flavour! Thank you, God, for letting me return to the land of my soul. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Preparing for the village fete


...by making buntings. Took us three hours! #ILoveFrance Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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How to BarBQ chicken in 38 degrees C


Use a wood fired stove and stay cool by starting to cook when the punishing sun  goes down. That, unfortunately, means eating at 9.00pm, later than I would like. Today at my house in SW France. Wood collected on dog walks. #savethefuckingplanet Photo copyright SvD. #ILoveFrance #Buggerbrexit Original link
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Pinky and Fiona Update


I don’t have much to say except they are confused about outside and inside. No matter what happens it is either too cold or too hot outside for them. Inside is much nicer. In their eyes, it’s luxurious.   We can leave them outside for an hour and they will either head for the emergency puppy pads in the bathroom or, if they don’t feel like climbing stairs, they might leave little puddles near the door. On the unlikely chance that they make it to the pad, they put their front paws on the pad while their backside is hanging off anyway. I guess they get points for trying, but it’s not that cute. Or fun to clean up. Still, they are loved. Bunches. Anyway, the weather will change but it won’t mak...
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Happiness is....


...babies snoozing on mum's lap. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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They died so that millenials could be free


10 June 1944, Oradour-sur-Glane. Look it up: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oradour-sur-Glane Photos copyright SvD. Original link
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Summer Collaborations


The following poem is written by a famous poet who inspired me many years ago. To me, his poems are like snapshots. This one, a type of summer photo. While folks are at the beach, or visiting iconic landmarks, I am enjoying a seasonal harvest of fruitfulness.  This Is Just To Say BY  WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS I have eaten The plums in the photo came from my neighbor's yard. They reminded me of this short, succinct poem by William Carlos Williams.  the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold A week before, my generous neighbor gave us apricots, which I made into jars of delicious, jam. The plums were made...
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Newest member of our family


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Impatient Characters


Sometimes, the story is carried by dialogue, and at other times the story is breezing through required narrative. Then something happens. You are thinking about a certain way to phrase something and can’t come up with the exact way to describe it. What shade of blue? There are hundreds to choose from. Cobalt? Turquoise? Cornflower?  Are the  trees the color of junipers or multi-colored like jasper? Is it a golden or yellow sunset?   Pink or peach flowers? Lavender or Lilac? Sometimes, the details can be left to the reader’s imagination. Everyone knows that roses are red. But not your roses. These are special roses and you have to figure out how to describe each petal. The way they might glis...
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Porridge days...


...after a long, dry, sizzling spell, the oats are ready for harvest. Photo copyright SvD. Original link
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Wasps or hornets?


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Unfortunate names...


Please, no silly jokes. On a recent trip to France. Photo copyright  SvD. Original link
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Country fun...


....known as 'darting' here in the countryside. We keep ourselves amused. Photo copyright Ian C. Original link
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