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SILVER BELLS – CROATIAN BELLS – CELEBRATING HOLIDAY RESONANCE…

As I post about Croatia during this holiday season I’m poring through the 1,700 photos made on the trip & realizing how many images I made of bells. I suppose I was thinking of the requests I get to do slideshows at ABA conventions. [The American Bell Association is an international organization for bell collectors of which I’ve been a member for 30 years.] Of course the “silver bells” part notes my long time passion for making small bells,…

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CROATIA-VENICE-AMSTERDAM… PART TWO KOTOR & MOSTAR..

There were two excursions from Dubrovnik planned on the itinerary I inherited.  The first taking us to Kotor, Montenegro… another to Mostar, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina… country names with which I was rather too vaguely familiar from the war in the 1990’s, but I still have not grasped that history with much understanding.  Seemingly mostly religious intolerance… about which I might observe as being “not my thing”, until I realize that bit of lazy thinking makes most of history “not…

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CROATIA-VENICE-AMSTERDAM… PART ONE: DUBROVNIK…

Where is the beginning of this saga? Since no story truly has a beginning… there can only be a before…  The before of this travel had my sister Merrilee & Diana, our Sister-in-Love, arriving for their first visit to Soundcliff, after these two decades I’ve been here with Stephen. Our joy in that bloomed over any pinch in our schedule, which is typically often pinched. We enjoyed the fabulously rare time to share our lives in garden & beach walks, stories…

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RE-ENTRY & A PASSAGE…

After an absence nearing a year it seems obvious I cannot just slip back into what I’ve been ignoring… with sadness & to my disappointment. the year is being its own kind of animal… giving a bit of a wild ride! Winter poured our total annual average of rainfall by April. Inside grey moods, weeding would only make mud wallows. Slip & sigh… A significant mud-slide immediately to the south of us honed our awareness of our fabulous fragility… We found…

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PATH DOWN FROM THE NORTH GATE…

This post has been languishing in my drafts long enough! A long-time dream-garden design came to fruition just before Thanksgiving, while having been started some weeks before, when Tom & I finally took salvage on an abandoned utility pole nearby… after which the builder in me had lusted for several years. We went out with the chainsaw, but discovered it had rotted at the ground enough that Tom simply attached a rope to the original stabilizing cable attached near the top…

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