Sunday, 31 January 2021

Us, Ourselves and We



'Teddy, Jane and Lance At Home', Painting by Orr Máté


In this era of 'Me, Myself and I', when social media is littered with flattering images, mostly, one suspects, photoshopped to a greater or lesser degree, of beautiful people intent on recognition, self advertisement and/or self promotion, we hesitate, after an absence of almost six years, to appear to follow the same route. But lest we should be totally forgotten by those who have faithfully continued to follow, we felt a little reminder might not go amiss. And for this we ask your indulgence.

The painting, 'Teddy, Jane and Lance At Home', now hanging in our Budapest Drawing Room, was not a commission. We should hope that our arrogance does not extend that far. Rather the artist, Orr Máté, to write the name in the Hungarian way, thought, with a portrait competition in mind, that it might be fun to portray Teddy, who has not had a public outing for some considerable time, in this way. We are included to give balance to the composition! That said, we were, and are, delighted to have Teddy immortalised on canvas and, even more so, to count Máté as one of our closest friends here in Hungary. Represented by the Várfok Gallery in Budapest, he has established an international reputation and his work is now widely collected.




These are uncertain, difficult and challenging times when human contact, real and virtual, perhaps matters more than ever before. What better time to make a come back to the world of Blogger and to catch up with past friends and, hopefully, forge friendships anew. 


Drawing Room, Budapest


Teddy on the Regency sofa on this Winter afternoon

We much look forward to the times ahead.


136 comments:

  1. Hello, and good to see you. I noticed you visited my blog yesterday. I do like the painting, perfectly balanced. News from Norwich is we are getting through lockdowns pretty well without a lot of fuss and bother just as you would expect of us.

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    1. Darling Rachel,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      Yes, we looked around to see who, if anyone, still remained on Blogger but there you were and how good is that!

      It is good to know that you are safe and well and getting through as well as one can. These are strange, difficult and, on occasion, frightening times, so positive connections are to be treasured.

      Keep on, keeping on!

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  2. I had to look twice when I saw Hattatt on my dashboard and was delighted that my old eyes have not deceived me. My gosh, it has been six years since we last read your posts and I, for one, am so glad to see you back on Blogger. So much has changed; many have left for other venues, and more so since the virus, but there are still some of us who enjoy this outlet.

    I like the picture for many reasons but mostly because it is just fun.

    Welcome, welcome back, Jane and Lance.

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    1. Darling Arleen,

      It seems like an age but, also, a mere moment, that we were last communicating. It is so good and reassuring to find you here in Blogland.

      Your latest post hinted of a possible withdrawal from blogging. Please stay. The tide is turning in your country and positive times lie ahead. All will be well and old as well as new connections are to be treasured.

      Yes, posing for the picture was huge fun. Red lipstick and nail varnish and spotty socks gave us both courage. We love Máté's work and are so privileged to be able to count him amongst our closest friends.

      Thank you so much for your kind and warm welcome. We send warm virtual hugs to you from a cold and wintry Budapest. xx

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  3. Dear Jane and Lance,
    It was such a pleasant surprise to see you come up on my reading feed. I'm so happy to see you back in blogland. That's a fabulous painting of you and Teddy. How delightful to have such a lovely and personal work of art! The artist did a beautiful job. The images of your home are truly a feast for the eyes on this very cold Sunday morning. I'm so glad you're back!
    I too have not posted in a while, and as you will notice, my blog is no longer Musings From Harmonie House as I have moved away and now live in my sweet Ninth Brook Cottage. I believe your return might be the inspiration I need to return to blogging.
    Yes, during these difficult times it's always lovely to connect and reconnect with friends near, far, and through the written word.
    Blissful Tidings,
    Sandra

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    1. Darling Sandra,

      We shall definitely seek you out in your new Blogger home!

      We are delighted that you like the painting. We love it and the artist and it was huge fun posing for the preliminary photographs and then watching the painting come to 'life'. It ended up bigger than planned so it is a good job that we had the space since we always imagined it in the same room as the sofa upon which Teddy always sits.

      Do return to Blogland!! We have had a quick tour of the Blogosphere to see who, if anyone, is still here and there are a number of significant gaps. Let there be a revival since connecting across countries and continents has never been so needed in our view.

      Thank you so much for your kind comment. Sending you warm virtual hugs and wishes for a joyful year ahead. xx

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  4. My goodness, dear Jane and Lance, after you popping up on Pat's blog, where your comment brightened my wet and dreary morning, I thought I'd come here yet again just for old times sake, and here you are in all the glory of the Budapest apartment (so familiar to me), and I couldn't be happier to see you both and learn that you are going to blog again!!! I almost shed a few tears, and could't wait to share this great news with Bob.

    Orr's painting of the three of you ("hi Teddy") is so
    fabulous - and I'm thrilled knowing you still have the apt. - it holds great memories for Bob and me of course.

    So my dears, please post more and update us all who have missed you so much. We have missed traveling terribly this past year - and sadly even now don't see much happening this year either. I'm homesick for Devon, my family and friends.
    Stay well - be safe - and know we always keep you close in thought.
    Mary & Bob XX

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    1. Darling Mary and Bob,

      Thank you so very much for these kind words. Kindness is to be treasured, especially in these strange and difficult times, and your words have touched us both very much.

      We remember fondly your time here in Budapest. It is always a joy when the virtual and real worlds collide and we look back on that time of our meeting with pleasure. Such moments mean even more these days with isolation all around.

      We are so pleased that you like the painting. We love it and find that it brings smiles to the faces of all who see it. It is joyful and lifts the spirits in so many ways. Teddy looks on from his permanent post on the sofa and we do wonder what can be going on in his sawdust head!!!

      We shall be popping around Blogland catching up with everyone as soon as we can. When we first started our blog we were isolating and, now, here we are again, so it seemed a good time to resume our activities.

      We have missed our blog chums very much but we hold you all close to our hearts.

      Keep safe. xxx

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    1. Darling Sue,

      Thank you so much.

      Please let us know if you still blog since we have lost so many connections.

      We hope that you will find something of interest in our future posts.

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  6. Hello Jane and Lance, You two and your blog simply could not be forgotten. I think of you a thousand times, when your interests come up, or Budapest, or I review an old blog and with enjoyment re-read one of your classic comments.

    What a great portrait with Teddy, excellent in so many ways. Orr Máté seems destined to make a splash in the art world--from his Instagram page, he must be making it already.
    --Jim

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    1. Darling Jim,

      Thank you for such a kind and warm welcome back.

      We have considered a return on many occasions but today seemed like the day to resume our activities.

      So many of our blog chums seem to have disappeared so it is really good to reconnect with those still penning words in the Blogosphere.

      We are so pleased that you like the painting. Orr Máté does indeed go from strength to strength. Indeed, keeping up with producing paintings when so many collectors want the work is a happy problem which he has.

      We shall hope to see much more of you and your interesting posts in future months. Until now, we send warm virtual hugs from downtown Budapest.

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  7. Visiting you from the Weaver of Grass, where the pleased comments about your return to the land of Blogger made me curious. I will look forward to getting to know you here, and will go back and read some past posts too. It's a rainy and snowy day here in West Virginia in the USA, a good time to read and stay inside.

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    1. Darling Susanna,

      Thank you so much for investigating.

      Our blog chums are more than kind. We have been absent for far too long and reconnecting with old friends and, now, new friends, makes the return so joyful.

      We shall hope that you will find something of interest in what we write and, in the meantime, shall visit you.

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  8. Well hello! Why does this painting remind me of that Hockney? I’m sure you know the one I mean!
    Lovely to see you again!
    Sx

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    1. Darling Ms Scarlett,

      How fabulous to see you still here in Blogland!!!

      Yes, shades of Hockney.... Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy [a cat]. So pleased that you can see some parallels.

      Lovely to see you too... we shall visit!!

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    1. Darling Donna,

      That is very kind. Thank you so much.

      If only we could fathom out how to follow your blog, we would!

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  10. Goodness ... what a surprise ... welcome back.

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    1. And, surprise, surprise to see you too!

      Thank you....let us know how to follow you.

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  11. Welcome back Jane and Lance. It has been too long since we all heard from you. Your gentle and kind words have been missed.

    You are not going to believe this, but last week I was 'cleaning' the list of blogs I read, getting rid of ones that haven't been active for quite some time. When I came to your blog, my cursor hovered over the delete button for a while. But then, I decided that I should keep your blog on the list for a little bit more. I didn't have to wait very long for your blog to come back to life. Maybe I had a premonition.

    Teddy is just so cute. I am glad he has been immortalised.

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    1. Darling Loree,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      Yes, far too long and we have really missed our blog chums.

      So pleased that you did not press delete and now we shall delight in coming to see what exactly you have been up to since our last communications.

      Teddy is Lance's childhood bear and we think him adorable. The stories he could tell...

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  12. Welcome back to Blogland Jane and Lance. A beautiful painting and, as Ms Scarlet mentioned, shades of Hockney.

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    1. Darling Sue,

      Thank you for your warm welcome.

      And, how wonderful to connect with you and read of your adventures.

      We are delighted that you like the painting. It was fun to pose for the photographs and a joy to see it every day.

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  13. Lovely to see you back again. I've been hoping all is well with you.

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    1. Darling Z,
      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Just catching up with things and see that so much has happened to you in our absence. We trust that the darker occasions have been replaced by more joyful ones even in the strange and difficult times in which we all find ourselves at present.

      We are fine. Isolated for months. Spring is round the corner. All will be well.

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  14. While I laughed at your description, it was quite inspired of Mate to include yourselves as incidentals in the work.

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    1. Darling Andrew,

      How we smiled at your comment. Indeed, Teddy was also rather 'strapped for cash' as one might say to pay for the tribute!

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  15. Welcome back, Jane and Lance. For some reason I was not alerted to this shiny new post and had to find it manually. Hopefully I will be kept up to date automatically from now on, but who knows. If there is a delay from me, it's not of my doing. You have been missed.

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    1. Darling Tom,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      You are definitely one of the very good reasons for our reappearance in Blogland. It is such fun reconnecting but rather sad to see that so many of our contemporary bloggers have now retired from the screen. It was so reassuring and made our hearts skip a little faster to see that you were still there....a voice of passion in the virtual world.

      We look forward to hearing more of Iford Manor and a particularly personal view of current affairs!

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  16. This is just wonderful, as is your special reappearance.

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    1. Darling,

      Thank you so much for your kind welcome.

      If you do have a blog, please let us know. We should love to follow you.

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    2. Thank you, I have, though I have been rather tardy of late...It is over on my website www.deborahvass.com. It would be lovely if you visited and I might just get around to a new post!

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    3. Wonderful!. We shall look you up.

      Do be inspired to write more. Now is definitely the time to reach out and connect.

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  17. As others have said already it was a real surprise, and a delightful one, to see you on my blogroll again! Here's to reading you again! xo

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    1. Darling Savannah,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      It was a spur of the moment decision to make a reappearance but it is with great joy that we are seeing so many of our blog chums still in Blogland.

      And, we look forward to reading your posts. A wind of change has blown through America!

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  18. Welcome back. You are so right; we need more company in this second year of our great uncertainty. Thank you for coming by my blog.
    If you do not suss out a way to read Donna Baker's blog, leave me a note and I will tell you how to copy and past her blog address to your reading list. She is an artist to meet!

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    1. Darling Joanne,

      Thank you for your kind comment. It is good to reconnect once again.

      Yes, these are indeed times of great uncertainty and it is reassuring to hear the adventures of friendly blog chums. We shall stay in touch.

      And, yes, we shall keep trying to follow Donna. Such a lively spirit in her posts. Any help you can give will be greatly appreciated. Keep safe!

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  19. What an absolute delight to see "Hattatt" on my blog list today. Welcome back to Blogland, and what a fabulous painting Teddy has organised. Orr Mate has captured you all, and the sofa, impeccably. I am so pleased my blog housekeeping is non-existent, thus enabling such pleasant surprises as a return to blogging. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures and your beautiful apartment.

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    1. Darling Patricia,

      Thank you for your warm welcome and kind comment.

      Teddy really is such a star and fully deserves pride of place in the Drawing Room! The stories he could tell.....

      Housekeeping of all kinds is very much overrated in our view and we are delighted that 'Hattatt' has not been swept aside and that we are reconnected with 'Red Cardinal' once again.

      Let us travel the world virtually together until it is safe to do so personally. Take care and stay safe, dear friend.

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  20. I think I entered the Blogosphere after you left, but I occasionally came across tantalising references to your blog. Now there is something definite to follow. I love seeing pics of your stylish apartment. I once stayed in budget accommodation in Budapest just opposite the Four Seasons Hotel. Our tiny balcony overlooked the hotel's rooftop veggie garden.

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    1. Darling Margaret,

      Yes, our paths have not crossed until now, but thank you for reaching out and following. We shall hope that you will find something of interest in what we write.

      We did not realise that the Four Seasons Hotel had a rooftop vegetable garden. The Hotel was just a blackened, burnt out wreck of a place when we first came to Budapest. It has certainly seen a renaissance since then but how people afford the eye-wateringly high prices mystifies us.

      Thank you for your kind and generous comment.

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    2. Oh dear, sorry: I must have had a senior moment! The rooftop veggie garden was in Istanbul. For me , these exotic locations must have merged into one. How embarrassing! Now having a G&T in our new lockdown, hoping to be a bit more sensible in future.

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    3. Oh what fun! we have always wanted to visit Istanbul but have never managed to get there. Now we have a vegetable garden to seek out!!

      A G&T for breakfast seems rather daring.....but, then, we realised you are in Australia!!

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  21. What a spectacular painting!

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    1. Darling Lisa,

      Thank you!

      It is fun to be back and to reconnect.

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  22. Just the other day my sister was asking whether I had ever heard from you again. She still prefers to remain anonymous, and has stopped leaving comments on my blog, but she still follows and sees who has been visiting.
    How delighted she will be when I tell her that you have returned to Blogland!
    I am happy to see you back, and like some of the others here, I had to look twice when I saw your blog appearing on my dashboard.
    What better way to begin the working week than by getting re-acquainted with old blogging friends?

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    1. Darling Meike,

      How wonderful it is to here from you, to know that all is well in your corner of the world and that you are till here in Blogland.

      Please say hello too to your sister. So strange these virtual friendships. Sometimes they feel more real than those in reality....now why should that be, we ask?

      Whatever, we are pleased to have made the spur of the moment decision to reconnect. We missed travelling the world from our armchairs and reading about adventures great and small and far and wide.

      Thank you so much for your kind and generous comment. We shall stay in touch.

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  23. How lovely to see you here and a very cheering way to begin February!

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    1. Darling Deborah,

      Thank you for your kind comments.

      We have now rediscovered you. What beautiful work you are producing, definitely something to lift the spirits!

      Take care and stay safe.

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  24. Hello Hattatts, I saw your name on Pat's comments and remembered you from way back when I used to read your posts. Looking forward to having a new blog to read over my breakfast in the morning. ( I am in Harpenden, Herts)

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    1. Darling Frances,

      Thank you for your warm welcome and kind comment.

      It has been too long since we last posted and it is so good to reconnect with blogging chums who we have missed so much.

      Already our post has reached a global audience from Hungary to Harpenden and how wonderful is that. Take care, stay safe and enjoy your breakfast reading.

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  25. Absolutely delighted to see you back in my blog post feed! Since you last 'came through' we have moved to Greece and are almost neighbors!!

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    1. Darlings,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      There have certainly been many changes for you since we last connected. How times change, but none of us could have predicted the immense disruption of the last year.

      Greece looks to be wonderful. Although we have never visited, it is a country which fascinates and intrigues us. One day....

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  26. What a super painting! I've a portrait of me an artist friend made, playing the double bass in a jazz band. It's wonderful but I've yet to have it framed. I put it off because I felt a bit uncomfortable with it. I now, a few years later, feel the opposite! I wonder if that's a common experience with portraits?

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    1. Darling,

      Thank you. We are delighted that you like the painting.

      Yes, we know exactly what you mean.

      It does, at times feel rather strange to see oneself peering down from above. However, we think that you should get your portrait framed since not only will you get used to it, but it serves as a reminder of the artist and the fun of the making of the work.

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  27. Thanks for visiting my blog, btw. I didn't realise you'd had such a long break. I took a several-year break from blogger, too. I used to follow you back then, under a different blog-name!

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    1. Darling,

      We are thrilled to reconnect.

      Sadly, many blogs have withered on the internet vine, but it is fun to see so many past blogging chums still in action.

      It was a spontaneous decision to return. In these strange and difficult times, connecting seems more important and significant than ever before.

      Please remind us of your previous persona.

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    2. Certainly. I was "made out of words".

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    3. Thank you. It certainly was an apt description!

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  28. Glad to see that bloggers "of old" are making a renaissance! I must concur with Ms Scarlett and Sue - "shades of Hockney" was the very first thing that came to my mind, too... Jx

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    1. Darling Jon,

      Thank you for your comment.

      More blog,less old, in this renaissance!! After all, we are all Peter Pans or Wendys, aren't we?

      Yes, Hockney seems to spring into the minds of many who see the portrait. Well, Máté is certainly amongst illustrious artistic company!!

      Such huge fun your video of the day!

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  29. What a pleasant surprise! Did our paths cross in April 2019 Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife?

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    1. Darling Mitzi,

      How we have missed you, your glamorous lifestyle, sharp wit and all things wonderful. There is nothing in the real world to match this!

      Alas, Tenerife is not a resort known to us, although we would not mind travelling on that darling yellow train, bumpy rides and all.

      So thrilled that you are safe and well.

      Take the greatest care, dearest virtual friend. We shall stay in touch.

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  30. Oh, I am delighted you are back! Your blog was one of my favourites.

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    1. Darling Jenny,

      Good to see you too.

      just like old times. Let the parties begin!!

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  31. How wonderful that you are back again in the blogosphere! And I love the whimsy of that beautiful painting! Looking forward to reading more new posts from you!

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    1. Darling Debra,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      It is wonderful to reconnect with our blogging chums and catch up with all their news and adventures.

      Too much time has gone past. We shall endeavour to post more.

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  32. What a lovely surprise to wake up to! Thank you for starting up again - please know how much you've been missed! Bless you both!

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    1. Darling Kim,

      How good of you to pop by and leave such a kind message.

      Connection is so important in these strange and difficult times and so it is good to meet our virtual friends once again and to meet some new acquaintances too.

      Perhaps you can be persuaded to fire up your own blog posts once more? That would be great!

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  33. What a Happy February, indeed! Kim just jingled my phone to tell me the news, and I'm echoing every syllable and word of each WELCOME HOME! So lovely to hear you're back in Fine Form, Fettle and Fashion. You have been MUCH missed. rachel

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    1. Darling Rachel,

      How we have laughed with joy at your comment!

      Yes, thankfully, we are in fine form, fettle and fashion and it is good to know that you are well too. We have so missed all the CAPITAL LETTERS and the sheer joyfulness of your posts.

      But, darling Rachel, you seem to have had a very long blogging break. Not as long as ours, we grant you that, but long enough! Now, as you have cracked open the keyboard, please treat us to more of your thoughts and ideas of daily life. It always makes for an enjoyable and informative read.

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  34. Oh, Dear Lord in Heaven!! I scrambled to the computer the second I got Kim's message, dashed off a fervent hello, and then settled in to read again. A second look at the painting revealed a stunning coincidence---I am at this moment wearing those very cloud-socks. Black ones. They were the proverbial sheep in an all-pink Christmas trove of goodies, and I feel quite the fashion-plate in such lofty company. And double-thrilled to know we'll again be in touch.

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    1. Darling Rachel,

      Thank you again for returning so soon and favouring us with another of your kind and heartwarming messages.

      And, how perfectly wonderful to think of you in matching monochrome socks. It will make us smile to think of this every time they are worn and, of course, we shall be reminded of them permanently when we look at Máté's work.

      Connection is so important in these strange and difficult times. Staying in touch will be a pleasure. Take the greatest care and stay safe, dearest friend.

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  35. Welcome back, from another blogger who re-activated a longtime blog recently, too! Blogging is making a resurgence, thankfully. It's a way to combat the Insty/Facebooky/Twittery vapidsphere!

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    1. Darling Holly,

      Welcome back to you too. And, how wonderful to make a new blogging chum!

      It will rapidly become apparent to you that we shall need all the help we can get from your blog 'The Merry Needle' since even replacing a button is a major undertaking in our lives!!

      Oh yes, whatever we must not be drawn into the 'Vapidsphere' [love this title] where all is picture after picture without the beauty of hardly a written word.

      Let us stay in touch!

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  36. You have no idea...no idea, how tickled I was to see your comment on this snowy day here in Bucks County. I have often thought of you two and hoped you were well. The painting looks excellent in the drawing room. It has a fun feel to it. A friend of mine who used to paint with oils, started doing pastels and watercolors. About two years ago he asked me to nude model for him as he wanted to start doing human subjects and wanted to enter a art exhibit here on all mediums of art, showcasing the nude human form.The show was doing quite well and then sadly got shut down due to the pandemic. But the series he did, three of his works sold. Recently he and his partner downsized and moved away...and he gifted me the one of the two of myself that didn't get sold. I will always treasure it. I still can't believe some days I did that. So I say enjoy being immortalised in art!

    Welcome back Jane and Lance!

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    1. Darling Mistress,

      Thank you for your warm welcome and kind message.

      We must confess that nudity [often his own] plays a large role in the works of Máté Orr, but we were simply not brave enough [nor, wisely, did he ask] to offer to pose in the nude.

      How wonderful your portrait sounds. We trust that it has pride of place somewhere where visitors can admire and appreciate it!

      The pandemic has, sadly, curtailed much of cultural life but at least online platforms are providing a means for artists to still show and, more importantly, sell their work. These are difficult times, but your gain of a work unsold is a lovely benefit and reminder of the happy memory.

      Immortalised in art and the blogosphere....what more can one ask for in life?

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  37. I don’t know how I found you but what a treat. Fabulous painting, I really need to try harder to be glam, inspirational.

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    1. Darling Jenny,

      No matter the way, we are delighted that you have arrived. And, if only we can work out where you came from we shall seek hard to track you down.

      We are so pleased that you like the painting. We love it and Máté the artist.

      Lockdown [since 11th March and counting] has taught us that delight can be found in the simplest of pleasures and one has so much more time to reflect and just be. we are certain that you will be glamorous and inspirational by just being you.

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  38. Welcome back great to hear you are both well. Great painting.
    Stay safe and keep well, Diane

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    1. Darling Diane,

      Good to see you again.

      We are so pleased that you like the painting. We enjoy it very much.

      Happy to reconnect to your new blog. It has been too long, let us stay in touch!

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  39. Hello, we have not met but I have been seeing you on many of the blogs I follow and I then discovered you have followed my blog. Thank you for following and welcome back to blogland! I was only just beginning to follow a few blogs when you last posted and I did not start a blog myself until a year ago.

    I very much enjoyed reading your return post and the painting you have shown us is wonderful! In fact I had to go visit the artist's page and was so happy to find it!

    It is wonderful to meet you both!

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    1. Darling Bonnie,

      Thank you for your kind comment. How wonderful that our paths have crossed through mutual friends.

      We are delighted that you like the painting and have visited Máté's page to see more of his work.

      We hope that you will find something of interest in our future posts and look forward to being in touch again.

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  40. My dearest Jane and Lance,

    Welcome back! It's absolutely wonderful to welcome you back into the circle of friends again. I do love the painting by Orr Máté. What a talented painter. It looks fabulous and reminds me a little bit of David Hockney's 'Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy' at Tate Britain.

    I hope you both are keeping well, staying safe and Teddy is watching over you.

    With warmest wishes, ASD

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    1. Darling ASD,

      It has been far too long that we have been away but you have never been far from our thoughts.

      It was with great delight that we returned to see your latest post and to know all in well in your corner of the world.

      We are so pleased that you like the painting and know that you would love Máté as we do. When we can all be in the same room together, that would be such a joyful occasion. Let us hope that this virtual dream will be a reality one day.

      Yes, Teddy and Edward watch over us each day. It is good to have their silent support without fear of judgement!!

      Sending love. J and L xx

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  41. Hi Jane and Lance, How lovely to hear from you it has been years. Whenever I think about Budapest I think of you both. It will be interesting to hear your news, I'm afraid despite no longer working I seem busier than ever with volunteering on a few projects, so I don't appear so often on blogger as in the past. Hope to stay in touch. Sarah x

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    1. Darling Sarah,

      Yes, it has been years....six in fact and way too long.

      It was fun to discover you still 'Down by the Sea' for this is a part of England which we love.

      Thank you for your kind comment and for popping in. No matter the frequency, let us stay in touch.

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  42. Hullo Dear Jane and Lance!

    I was so surprised and delighted to see your capital 'H' appear on my followers list, for although we hadn't met before in the blog world, your reputations did precede you! I believe our paths did cross when I had a brief foray into Instagram, so I had the opportunity to admire the portrait of Teddy & Co. ahead of some bloggers, and feel for once that I'm not always late to the party.

    My own adored teddy does live in the wardrobe, to protect his ageing form from the elements, but he is acknowledged and fondly regarded whenever my eyes pass over Mr. P's folded cashmere jumpers (he needs a comfortable resting place like your own Teddy reclining on his elegant sofa).

    I'm very glad you've come back to dip your toes in the blog-waters, as I feel there is much quality and fine company to be found here, and look forward to seeing you and reading your future missives.

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    1. Darling,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      How wonderful that you have arrived. We saw the excellent company which you keep in the Blogosphere and were immediately entranced by your intriguing posts. We shall hope that you find something of interest in what we write.

      Both Teddy and Edward have been with us since childhood and so have the war wounds to prove it. We love it that you too give your furry friend a comfortable place to relax and unwind.... it is, we think, a stressful role for a teddy bear as confidant to all our innermost secrets without spilling the beans to anyone else.

      It has been far too long since we were last in Blogland and we have missed our blogging chums very much. There have already been many delights to greet us on our return and we shall look forward to many more fruitful encounters.

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    1. Darling Haddock,

      The bookcase is inherited from a relative and this is the only place where it has truly looked its best. Our other houses have been too low-ceilinged to show it off to its best advantage.

      It is filled with gardening books.... mementos of our previous gardening days....

      So pleased that you have found us since that has enabled us to find you and your wonderful photography.

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  44. I don't recognise the artist, Orr Máté, but I think he did a lovely, balanced job - a formal couch, a very informal extended husband and an upright, elegant wife :)

    Be healthy and well, both of you!

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    1. Darling Hels,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      It is fun to be back and to reconnect with our chums in the Blogosphere. We are so pleased that you like the picture. IT is rather odd seeing oneself on the wall every day, but it is always intriguing to learn what others see in the picture.

      Hoping that all is well with you in these strange and difficult times. Take care and stay safe.

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  45. I’m glad you’ve returned to blogland it gave me a chance to see your beautiful home.
    Thank you for calling by blog here over in Lancashire UK.
    It’s lovely to meet you both.
    I’m blogging a lot more frequently now, writing seems to be a good release and focus in these troubled times.
    Take care
    Lynn x

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    1. Darling Lynn,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      It has been a long time [six years] since we were last here and so much has changed but, as you say, connection seems to be ever more needed in these uncertain times.

      And, we have missed so many of our blogging chums who give the opportunity for virtual travel around the world.

      So pleased that you will be blogging more frequently and we look forward to sharing your adventures.

      Take care and stay safe.

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  46. Goodness, you are back. I have often wondered about the two of you, your whereabouts, your thoughts on current affairs, you health and wellbeing.

    To judge by the painting, all three of you are well which makes me glad. I don’t know what the situation in Hungary is pandemic-wise, but do stay safe and sane. Easier said than done.

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    1. Darling Friko,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      In a spur of the moment decision, we returned to Blogland, perhaps spurred on by the reassuring need to connect in these uncertain times. And, what joy [tinged also with some sadness] that is has been to reconnect with 'old' chums and make new acquaintances in the blogging world.

      Pandemic wise, Hungary has taken a route one might have anticipated. Heavy lockdown, curfews every night, closed borders, compulsory mask wearing etc.etc. all enforced by the police and army with draconian fines for transgressors. And now, we are to welcome Sputnik, not for flight into space but for vaccinations. Hey ho....at least the numbers of cases are much reduced from those elsewhere.

      We are fine. Isolated and shielding upon consultant advice since 11th March but this has given much opportunity for reflection and amusement at home.

      We were sad to read of your personal losses and hope that the imminent arrival of Spring to your delightful garden will restore your spirits. As you say, easier said than done.

      Take care and stay safe. We shall be looking in!

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  47. Hi Jane and Lance - thanks for the visit over to see the little St Kilda 'postal' boats ... sounds like you have an interesting life ... and I shall enjoy visiting and seeing more of what you do etc ...
    I'm in Eastbourne ... so relatively protected from life in large cities ... and so it goes on ... stay safe - and see you around - all the best -Hilary

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    1. Darling Hilary,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      It was fun to visit you. Indeed, the 'postal boats' were most intriguing and totally apposite for the strange times we find ourselves in and when human contact has never been so cherished.

      We know Eastbourne quite well and often talk about our visits to the Towner Gallery which held a particularly memorable Mapplethorpe exhibition in years gone by.

      We shall keep in touch.

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  48. Dear Jane and Lance, I'm delighted to count your noses among the survivors! I, too, have been reaching out to those with whom I've enjoyed sharing online conversations, hoping to learn what divertissements they employ to furbish their pandemic confinement. * Since we last exchanged notes, I've downsized and relocated to a small flat with a sunny patio. May I hope that as spring unfurls you master gardeners will share some ideas for container gardens? (I'm growing snacks rather than meals...)

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    1. Darling Beth,

      Thank you for reconnecting.

      As you say, it is all very interesting to see how people are making creative use of their time in quarantine. Reaching out and connecting in Blogland has the added benefit of seeing the whole world from one's armchair. Bliss!

      Our gardening days are behind us but no doubt we shall include some hints and tips of favourite plants as we go. It is so satisfying to grow one's own food and harvest it straight from the garden. Even a snack tomato tastes so much better than shop bought.

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    1. Darling Annie,

      Thank you for your warm welcome.

      It has been a long time but now is a perfect time to reconnect. Good to see that you are still flying the blog flag!

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  50. Dear Jane and Lance,

    Absolutely lovely to read one of your posts! Perhaps I may follow your example😃! Love the painting Ohr made of the three of you. It's good to see that the three of you have not changed at all! Sending Love ❤️

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    1. Darling Madelief,

      How truly wonderful it is to reconnect with you here where it all began what seems like several lifetimes ago.

      Yes, yes, please do make a comeback to Blogland. We are certain that your blogging chums will have missed you and will be delighted to see you back again.

      In these uncertain and strange times, you offer such colour, vitality and warmth to brighten dark days and nights. It would be wonderful to have your company here.

      We are so pleased that you love the painting. Máté captured our best profiles!!!

      Sending virtual hugs and love. J and L xx

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    2. Oh sweet Madelief - so happy to see you here visiting with Jane and Lance. You, your garden and flowers, your family, and your always amazing vintage fashions are missed so much in blogland. My husband is always asking me if you've popped up also!
      Hoping you are well and happy and will start posting again soon.
      Best wishes and warm hugs are on their way to Rotterdam.
      Mary (A Breath of Fresh Air)

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    3. Darling Mary,

      We absolutely agree with you!.Madelief is a blog treasure and is cherished by all who read her. We shall continue to hope that she makes a return too!

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  51. Welcome back to blogging! What a marvelous portrait of you two. It captures so much of your personality as well as the charm of your gorgeous flat. It's so nice to reconnect! These days I'm more active on twitter (@SarahWLaurence), but I return monthly to my blog for book reviews or posts too long for a tweet. I'm relieved that you are well.

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    1. Darling Sarah,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      We were so thrilled to find you still in Blogland, even if your appearances are less frequent than of old.

      So pleased that you like the portrait. It has taken some getting used to being stared at by oneself but it is fun to have.

      Yes, wonderful to reconnect in these uncertain times. And, good to know that all is well with you too.

      Keep warm in snowy Maine. Take care and stay safe.

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  52. Wowwwww!!....welcome back...a lot happens on this site of the world....read my blog....so sad times for me ...I am so glad I have Leaf arround me...love from me for you two....🍀💕💕🍀

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    1. Darling Ria,

      Thank you for the warm welcome.

      Yes, we noticed that such a lot has happened, not all happy, in your life in the time we have been away. But, how wonderful it is that you are still in Blogland sharing your beautiful pictures which lift your readers' spirits.

      leaf looks adorable and, as you say, so wonderful to have the company of a dog.

      Virtual hugs coming back to you.

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  53. Welcome back. I hope in your enforced lockdown you find plenty of subjects to blog about.

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    1. Darling Graham,

      Thank you for visiting us and your warm welcome.

      We have no shortage of ideas since although we are physically locked down, our minds are forever roaming!!

      We are considering a move to Scotland should we ever be able to cross the Hungarian border. We shall keep in touch.

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  54. Of course, I've seen the painting when it first came to you but... seeing it again and in this place pricks my eyes with tears. Those times connecting with you through blogging were more precious than I can say!! One of the happiest memories of my life, in fact! I mean, holytoot!! It's amazing! You've invaded the deep corners of my imagination and have been a light when it was very dark for me. I'm sure you don't even realize! So much love to you both!! xxo

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    1. Darling Katy,

      Holytoot!!

      Now here we are, assembled once again in Blogland. We looked for you 'In the Sunny Spot' but it was languishing without a post. So sad.

      Do, do make a return. Now is definitely the time to reach out and connect. So much has happened over these six years, but here we all are keeping on.

      Thank you for your very kind and generous words. They mean so much Come and join us in the virtual party!!

      Sending you much love. Stay strong. Stay safe. xxxx

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  55. I do remember reading your posts many years ago. How nice to see you in blogland again, and thank you for visiting me.

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    1. Darling Elizabeth,

      Thank you so much for your warm welcome back. We are delighted to reconnect with you after too long an absence.

      It is fun and reassuring to reconnect with blogging chums such as yourself. In these difficult times, it is good to continue reaching out to others.

      We are delighted and reassured to see that you are still blogging. We shall continue to stay in touch.

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  56. What a good idea, to immortalise teddy. Who knows, he may even go viral? We should perhaps immortalise our wee stuffed koala in the same way. I'll ask him if such a move would take his fancy. And of course we'd include Jenny and me "for balance".

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    1. Darling Nick,

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Viral Teddy, now that would be something. However, we are not sure if we should welcome his divulging his many secrets to a global audience!!

      No, far better is your suggestion of immortalising your stuffed koala, who we do so hope we may be permitted to know his/her name.

      Yes, we can see it now... Koala, Jenny and Nick go viral. Blogland will never be the same again.

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  57. Oh! Hello! I was wondering recently what had become of you. I rather lost touch with blogging myself for complicated reasons but I always remember your erudite posts and the joy of reading (and seeing, as here) what feels like a cultured approach to living. Welcome back! Quality words, thoughts and pictures are lamentably rare and to see yours again is an uplifting reminder that nuance still exists and not all internet content need be polarised and polemical. I also feel a degree of guilt that my own old teddy is relegated to a spare room. I shall fetch him forthwith and give him pride of place on the sideboard. Hurrah!

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    1. darling,

      Hello! Long time no see and no write. Too long.

      Thank you for your most kind and generous comment. We returned on a whim and the feeling that strange times called for strange measures and nothing at the moment seems more needed than connections. "Only connect..." write Forster and how true that is in today's fast-paced and often self-centred world.

      We do so like to think of your Teddy released from imprisonment in a spare room. Our Teddy is very sociable, not that at the moment there is anyone to be social with and not that he said very much even when there were guests. But, such stories these bears could tell....

      Oh do return to Blogland. There are still a number of chums here and other delightful new acquaintances to be made. It could be fun!

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  58. What a surprise! I am still trying to figure out how you visit so many of our blogs. You simply must divide and conquer.... What a keepsake the paining is especially since the internationally famous artist is a friend.

    I am well aware that the vaccine isn’t 100% Our son in law is on the board at the CDC. The kids and grandkids we visited had all been recently tested or had recovered from the virus.

    So pleased that you guys are back....and how interesting and eccentric your uncle was!

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    1. Dear Janey,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, when there are two, then more is possible. We do divide the tasks but one of us holds the editorial final decision.Otherwise, we could envisage blood being spilt and chaos all around!!!

      We do love the painting and, as you say, it means so much more as the artist is a dear friend. So interesting to see ourselves as others see us but rather alarming to see ourselves looking down from above.

      We are so pleased to be back. It has been too long. Reconnecting has been bittersweet as much has changed over the past six years but being in touch with blogging chums has been wonderful.

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  59. I was writing about serendipity the other day - and then wow 'Hattat' pops up on the reading list. Six years, has it really been that long - I think many of us old bloggers have waxed and waned in that time. A new book (on blogging) coming out this year. Nice to see you back. Oh to visit Budapest one day soon...

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    1. Darling Mark,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      It is good to reconnect and we admire your discipline in continuing to post for the time we have been absent.

      And, what remarkable strides you have made in that time. The topics covered and the way in which you write have been incredibly wide ranging and all carefully crafted and expressed. We shall stay in touch.

      Yes, one day.... when we are able...it would be good to make a real rather than virtual connection.

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  60. Love your house, my dogs would raise such a ruckus there!

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    1. Hello Dave,

      Thank you for your comment and your kind compliment.

      We miss our cats who are now both, sadly, dead. However, they created havoc with the curtains. Now we just have shutters. Pets are members of the family, one just has to accommodate them as best as one can.

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  61. So so wonderful that you are back to blogging (pretty sure I wouldn’t even remember how at this point). And how generous of Maté to include you in his lovely portrait of Teddy. ❤️

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    1. Darling Alexa,

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

      How lovely to see you here and how wonderful it would be if you could join us in the Blogosphere too. It is surprising how many of our previous chums are still here but we miss so many, like you, who have abandoned the blog for other online adventures.

      Life is certainly in many ways on hold at the moment but we are so pleased to see that you are safe and well.

      Yes, Máté was kind to include us and he and his girlfriend, Viki, have been wonderful companions in these strange times. They live close and have been a great comfort to us to know they are nearby.

      Continue taking care, dearest friend, and stay safe. Love to you and Blanche. J and L xx

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  62. Hello, I'm happy to read your blog again, Jérôme

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    1. Darling Jérôme,

      Thank you so much for leaving a comment.

      It is fun to be back and we are enjoying reconnecting with so many blogging chums.

      And, is 'Maison de Lin' still in the Blogosphere as we do not seem able to find you.

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  63. So thankful that you are back writing here! Your posts are filled with beauty, a wicked wit, and substance.

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    1. Dear Megs,

      Thank you so much for your kind comment.

      We are very much enjoying reconnecting with old blogging chums and making new acquaintances too. We had forgotten how much fun it all is.

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