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henrietta_fielding
Posted: Monday, April 8, 2019 3:21:00 AM

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It's a bright, spring-like Monday morning here, for a change! Maybe the seasons are actually changing, rather than giving us a hint and then heading back to winter, sharpish!

A coffee would do very nicely, thank.you. ☕
elizabethblack
Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 9:56:14 AM

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We have had beautiful days, with sudden very warm weather that is forcing buds and bloom everywhere. Truly lovely and worth trying to ignore the political world for as long as possible. I am house/dog sitting this week and it is a lovely vacation. Two sweet dogs to pet and a lovely house that I don't have any piles of my papers to attend to. I read lovely fiction and relax.

I have so much trouble with my computer I do wish I wasn't quite so clueless. Be nice to read my emails rather than getting so frustrated that I just go do something else. Hours spent hitting refresh every time I try to open
, reply, delete, file. It keeps saying it can't open, can't send, etc. So I hit refresh and I just keep hitting refresh making each email a major time consuming chore.

After noon, so perhaps a glass of iced tea please.



Survivor
Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2019 10:24:58 AM

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It's just after noon here. Toodk the pup for a short walk. Lovely spring weather. I will doing more gardening today as the lawn serevice is mowing for the first time this season.

Tomorrow is my tri-weekly infusion. I got a CT scan report today. I am doing quite well with my immunotherapy.

Gotta go, after I have my last cuppa java for today.

Cheers all (regae)


henrietta_fielding
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 3:49:41 AM

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Survivor wrote:


It's just after noon here. Toodk the pup for a short walk. Lovely spring weather. I will doing more gardening today as the lawn serevice is mowing for the first time this season.

Tomorrow is my tri-weekly infusion. I got a CT scan report today. I am doing quite well with my immunotherapy.

Gotta go, after I have my last cuppa java for today.

Cheers all (regae)


Sounds like good news, Larry. Hugs to you! (hugs)

I'll join you with a coffee. :)
Survivor
Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2019 6:17:15 AM

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henrietta_fielding wrote:
Survivor wrote:


It's just after noon here. Toodk the pup for a short walk. Lovely spring weather. I will doing more gardening today as the lawn serevice is mowing for the first time this season.

Tomorrow is my tri-weekly infusion. I got a CT scan report today. I am doing quite well with my immunotherapy.

Gotta go, after I have my last cuppa java for today.

Cheers all rr


Sounds like good news, Larry. Hugs to you! (hugs)

I'll join you with a coffee. :)


The day is beginning with my first cuppa java.

The pup and I are resting after a tiring night of sleep. flower

AnnaMayZing
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 11:11:09 AM

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Yesterday, in Beaumaris, on the Island of Anglesey, North Wales, I found an amazing butchers/Deli shop.

In their heated pie cabinet they had the most gorgeous looking pies and sausage rolls I have ever seen.
Minted Welsh Lamb, Steak and ale, etc, etc.
Sadly, due to my health, I had to walk away but they looked so good I could not have stopped at just one...

I will drown my sorrows with a double espresso please. coffee

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
Survivor
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 12:28:45 PM

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AnnaMayZing wrote:
Yesterday, in Beaumaris, on the Island of Anglesey, North wales, I found an amazing butchers/Deli shop.

In their heated pie cabinet they had the most gorgeous looking pies and sausage rolls I have ever seen.
Minted Welsh Lamb, Steak and ale, etc, etc.
Sadly, due to my health, I had to walk away but they looked so good I could not have stopped at just one...

I will drown my sorrows with a double espresso please. coffee


Tell you what, Anna, next time I will joyfully try those pies and have some java with you.

Time for my last cuppa for the day.

Cheers, all. rr


fuzzy1954
Posted: Friday, April 12, 2019 1:32:06 PM

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AnnaMayZing wrote:
Yesterday, in Beaumaris, on the Island of Anglesey, North Wales, I found an amazing butchers/Deli shop.

In their heated pie cabinet they had the most gorgeous looking pies and sausage rolls I have ever seen.
Minted Welsh Lamb, Steak and ale, etc, etc.
Sadly, due to my health, I had to walk away but they looked so good I could not have stopped at just one...

I will drown my sorrows with a double espresso please. coffee



Anna, reading this made me a little sad. First that you had to walk away and second because I was not there to try the lamb, and have you catch me stuffing a couple of sausage rolls in my backpack

Hot mug of coffee with a fine friend is definitely in order on this cold April afternoon








henrietta_fielding
Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 5:01:06 AM

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AnnaMayZing wrote:
Yesterday, in Beaumaris, on the Island of Anglesey, North Wales, I found an amazing butchers/Deli shop.

In their heated pie cabinet they had the most gorgeous looking pies and sausage rolls I have ever seen.
Minted Welsh Lamb, Steak and ale, etc, etc.
Sadly, due to my health, I had to walk away but they looked so good I could not have stopped at just one...

I will drown my sorrows with a double espresso please. coffee


That is a shame you had to walk away from such delicious treats, Anna! Hope you are having a wonderful time on Ynys Mon (Welsh for Anglesey) and got a look around Beaumaris Castle!

Coffee for me, please. ☕
AnnaMayZing
Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2019 1:19:20 PM

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henrietta_fielding wrote:


That is a shame you had to walk away from such delicious treats, Anna! Hope you are having a wonderful time on Ynys Mon (Welsh for Anglesey) and got a look around Beaumaris Castle!

Coffee for me, please. ☕


I have had to back away from such delicious treats as I have high cholesterol, high(ish) blood pressure, and a family history of heart problems due to clogged arteries so I have to be careful.
That said however, next time... and there will be a next time... thumbup kekekegay

P.S. I didn't go in the castle but I did take a trip on the Welsh Highland Railway from Caernarfon to Porthmadog two days before. That is a fantastic way to spend a day. (I have dotted some pics around the forum. See if you can find them! laughing6 )

The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
gypsy
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 12:13:41 PM

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Devastated to hear about the fire at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.

So far at least no human casualties are known, and my heart and thoughts go to the fire fighters and emergency workers of Paris.

Those men and women are the valiant and courageous first line in all disasters. As catastrophic as the damage to or total loss of a monument is, loss of human life or injury is far worse.



Que les conséquences soit moindres par rapport aux risques.

That the consequences are minimised in proprtion to the danger.



The subject who is truly loyal to the Chief Magistrate will neither advise nor submit to arbitrary measures. Junius



AnnaMayZing
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 1:08:17 PM

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I too am devastated to see the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame so severely ablaze.
I desperately hope that something can be salvaged of this beautiful ancient monument.




The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
elizabethblack
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 7:43:10 PM

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My heart is broken. To have this massive destruction to an icon of human endeavor is hard to absorb. And I agree with "hooray" to our first responders and the brave fire fighters that work in such dangerous conditions and so selflessly. I can only imagine the shock and pain to so many people around the world, and especially of course, those from France.


hayley
Posted: Monday, April 15, 2019 9:18:05 PM

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elizabethblack wrote:
My heart is broken. To have this massive destruction to an icon of human endeavor is hard to absorb. And I agree with "hooray" to our first responders and the brave fire fighters that work in such dangerous conditions and so selflessly. I can only imagine the shock and pain to so many people around the world, and especially of course, those from France.


Don't be heartbroken... all is not lost. The main facade is intact (made of solid stone) and that includes the two big bell towers. The bells too appear safe; they would have been irreplaceable. The side walls, also stone, seem intact. They date back to before 1250.

The iconic spire is gone but that was never part of the original cathedral having been added in 1844 or thereabouts. It was mostly timber and lead so no wonder it went up like a bonfire blazing. It will be restored and, hopefully, in more robust materials.

The restoration that was going on seems to have saved the bronzes, the statues having been removed along with some of the art work so as to not be in the way. Sadly, probably all of the remaining art will have been lost. Most of those pictures are too big for any firefighter to carry out alone.

For me the greatest loss will be the stained glass, especially the windows. But there are artisans today who can copy stained glass windows from pics with utterly amazing accuracy. Of course it will not be the same but for most it will suffice.

Watch Notre Dame rise from the ashes. France needs a pick me up, Paris especially, soooo ... 'from the ashes of disaster grow the roses of success'.

God moves in mysterious ways... and this restoration could just be what Paris needs to distract itself from the men and women with automatic weapons that lurk in doorways and, nonchalantly, roam the streets because it is deemed Paris is not safe and, sadly, not what it used to be.

Thoughts and prayers for the firefighter reported as seriously injured.
Kavyansh
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:45:56 AM

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My most recent photographs of Notre Dame de Paris, taken in July 2018, fifty five years since I first went to Paris and as a star struck fifteen year old fell permanently in love with the city and its many treasures. Notre Dame will rise again from the ashes,I just hope it is in my lifetime.







aussie_kitty77
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 2:12:47 AM

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I am too am feeling heartbroken about the devastating damage to Notre dame de Paris but am glad that their were no human casualties and some of the historical relics were saved.

During the news broad they mentioned that they are calling for funds to restore this monument and two billionaires have already donated quite a large sum however much more will be needed.

AnnaMayZing
Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2019 1:33:12 PM

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hayley wrote:

For me the greatest loss will be the stained glass, especially the windows. But there are artisans today who can copy stained glass windows from pics with utterly amazing accuracy. Of course it will not be the same but for most it will suffice.


It appears that the three rose windows have survived intact but, even so, the glass in them is not original anyway. However, that said, it is a great sign that the Cathedral will rise again in splendour.

" The Rose windows are a trio of immense round stained-glass windows over the cathedral's three main portals that date back to the 13th century. All three appear to have been saved. Culture Minister Franck Riester said that the three windows do not appear to have suffered catastrophic damage."

"The original Great Organ, one of the world's most famous musical instruments, dates back to medieval times. Over the years, organ makers renovated the instrument and added onto it, but it still contained pipes from the Middle Ages before Monday's fire. The position of titular organist, or head organist, carries great prestige in France and around the world. The Archbishop of Paris confirmed the organ is safe, CNN affiliate BFM TV reported."

"The Paris Fire Brigade tweeted that the cathedral's stone construction has been "saved," as have the "main works of art." As more information emerges, what has been rescued from Notre Dame is becoming apparent."

(Via CNN)


The third part of this epic journey starts here... https://www.storiesspace.com/stories/drama/the-long-road-home-chapter-1.aspx


"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." George Santayana
elizabethblack
Posted: Saturday, April 20, 2019 6:03:22 PM

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Kavyansh wrote:
My most recent photographs of Notre Dame de Paris, taken in July 2018, fifty five years since I first went to Paris and as a star struck fifteen year old fell permanently in love with the city and its many treasures. Notre Dame will rise again from the ashes,I just hope it is in my lifetime.









What wonderful pictures you take Keith. And certainly you have done an excellent job of capturing the beauty and Majesty to this beautiful place. Thank you for posting them.

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