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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Geoid, do you live anywhere near NW London because I have a small toaster oven which sits on the counter and you can cook anything in, from casseroles to toast and a portable camping gas hob which is very good too. In japan they put them on the table or counter and cook all sorts of amazing meals on them. If you want to borrow them that's cool.
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    France stuff + questions

    So when do you say Bonsoir? We had a night over last night and were merrily walking around saying Bonsoir but we were aware that people were saying Bonjour back. In Japan you say Konbanwa when the sun sets. Is it the same in France? It wasn't quite dark when we were out strolling about. I walked past a couple and the bloke was saying "sais, je sais....." I have wondered if he was saying "Mais je sais" and I misheard but I thought I'd ask the question. What does that mean? I thought it might be a colloquialism I could use. We love the farm produce vending machines in France. We totally love the crazy vending machines everywhere in Japan and it was really exciting to see them in France. We bought some cheese which I think is a kind of brie, am I right? We saw the moules farms off the beaches and bought frites and watched a fishing boat being unloaded in Boulogne by some rough coves I didn't dare photograph.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    My husband is home on Easter Sunday! I truly can't remember when he was last at home on a Sunday let alone Easter Sunday. Maybe thirty years ago. He's always worked them. We're being all traditional, he's cleaning the van on the drive while I do a roast then we're going to chill in the garden with newspapers and beer. We usually have our weekend on week days. It's strange that this actually feels different.
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    Easter swap 2019

    Thank you so much for my box of goodies. It was really fun to open. I was especially pleased with the Thin Blue Line wristband. That was very thoughtful. Coincidentally those are the colours of my nail varnish from a metal night out last night so that looks smart. I think the multi purpose scarf and the fingerless gloves will be well used. I was thinking of getting a pair for when I want to take photos in cold weather so that's brilliant. I will share my chocolate with DD who also loves chocolate. Thanks again.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Haha! Birds are funny.
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    Seasonal Thoughts

    I have a tiny apple tree that had no blossom at all last year. Obviously no apples but lots of greenfly. Bluetits did a great job of getting rid of those and I was very happy to see this blossom looking so beautiful this morning.
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    Notre Dame

    So sad to see fire devastating this beautiful building. It's not just the building itself but all the history it contains. I find cathedrals quite magical because of the skill of all the workmen who built and decorated them hundreds of years ago. I feel buildings hold the spirit of the people who built them. I hate seeing all their skill and hard work being destroyed.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    I'm almost sixty and for a birthday treat my daughter took me to Bath for the day. We visited the Abbey, the Baths museum and had brunch in the Pump Rooms. She is very energetic and I think we walked around the city centre three times plus a walk along the river. We saw all the sights. It was such a great day and I'm knackered. Fave photos coming up...
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    What have you all been making...part two...

    I've never thought of mosaic. I'm making a little workshop area in the garage for my stuff that I forget about like tumbling stones, cutting glass and soldering iron. I don't know what to do with the bits and bobs that I have but the idea of making lovely stuff pleases me. I'm currently knitting a little jacket for my lovely boy on Hokkaido. The Hokkaido fox, or kitsune (きすね) is a big thing there so I fell in love with this foxy 🦊 coloured wool. The wool is so soft too.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Pair of ducks who were staring at me like a pair of labradors while I ate my picnic.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

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    Seasonal Thoughts

    I grew up surrounded by Stonehenge, Avebury, Silbury Hill, the longbarrow I can't remember the name of, fields of random boulders. I loved it all and although I moved to London and love London to bits that bit of our country is still magical to me. Prehistory is still my absolute favourite. I was lucky because when I was little we could still explore all the sites and I remember sitting on top of Silbury Hill and burrowing into the long barrow. We used to clamber over the stones in Stonehenge. I know now that was wrong but I'm selfishly glad I could. I remember standing in one of the burial cells in the longbarrow and letting it all flow over me. I really grew to appreciate my surroundings. It wasn't wasted. I was very lucky I think. I guess everyone is the same about tourists. I love London more when there are less visitors and it's what passes for quiet 😂 This is the little plant. A bit faded now. Can you see the leaves OK?
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    Seasonal Thoughts

    Is this a violet because if so I have one growing up through the patio.
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    Travel pillow recommendations

    Sorry if I'm being presumptious I don't know your personal flight history but you might like to know this. Some things I've been really glad of on long haul flights are face moisturiser, lip salve, a travel toothpaste and deodorant in your carry on liquids bag. They just help you feel a bit nicer at the other end of your journey. Our flying time to our destination was 17 hours and very recent so if there's anything else you want to know....
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    What's the plant with the red stems?