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The View from My Kitchen Window

#StayatHome blossoms — this is the view from my balcony and kitchen window at the moment. And by way of a bonus image, a pair of ducks (visitors from the banks of the Rhine, which is just a few 100 metres from my home) that were making a ruckus round about the front hedge while […]

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Spices!

The sort of online rabbit hole one is liable to fall down in lockdown times … There’s a company named Spirit of Spice that specializes in “whole seed” spice mixes all coming in their own little mills: I’ve been a fan of theirs for quite a while, though so far I’ve been buying their products […]

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Pandemic: Desperate Measures

Desperate times call for desperate measures … I’d never have believed I’d ever let a monstrosity like this cross my front door, but with supermarket and drugstore shelves persistently empty in my area (despite rumors that elsewhere in this country, the hoarders have had their fill and stocks are being replenished), the other day when […]

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Cheshire Cat Mug

The Cheshire Cat coming out from hiding behind his smile.   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1951953/post

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A Summer Saturday Afternoon in “Balconya” …

I have a few busy days ahead of me, so I’m catching what laid back moments I can today — and what better way than with the BookLikes crowd (and entertainment curtesy of my cell phone)?   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1774389/post

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Book Gifts

They’re here and looking phantastic — thank you so much, Tigus!!   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1766126/post

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Football / Soccer World Cup 2018 – Preparations

Let the games begin …   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1765883/post

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Public Spirit

The Guardian is one of my go-to sources for international news; refreshingly, they’ve so far refrained from putting up a paywall.  I’d like their content to be able to continue being freely available on the web, but more importantly, I think these days it’s more important than ever to support journalists and media organizations that […]

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Stay Inside Festival!

“The Books” should be featured larger of course, and personally I can do without video games — but other than that, seeing as it’s raining outside …   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1765394/post

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Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Let the cult begin! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The show in full length: See also: From Twitter (for the resident Aficionados): Eurovision Acts as Early Modernists   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1668347/post

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Summer Temperatures – in April.

This is insane.  We’re in April — and not so long ago, we were still battling winter temperatures.  Well, if previous instances of the same pattern are anything to go by, that means we’d better enjoy these temps right now, because they won’t be making much of a reappearance in summer …   Original post: […]

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Christmas Book Gifts

Christmas book gifts from my BFF — in addition to various teas, spices, home made holiday baking, and a CD.  She spoiled me … as she always does!   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1626512/post

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White Fairy Dust

Our garden, earlier today.  Just a teeny tiny bit of white dust, and it won’t last — in fact, it’s raining again already, and the white coating of the fir trees is already gone again.  But for it to snow at all here all the way at the bottom of the Rhine valley is not […]

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Magical Creatures!

(In answer to Arbie’s question in the comments here.) …and the most magical of all creatures! (Around here, anyway.)   Original post: ThemisAthena.booklikes.com/post/1613583/post   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Addendum This is the dialogue (under another BL post from a day earlier) that prompted this particular post:

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