About my blog

Every day, little things happen, that make us laugh, or cry or simply stop and think.

For some time, I had been considering toting my camera most days, so I could capture some of these vignettes of life. This has lead to the creation of my blog.

Come along with me, an ordinary person, to see what I see, to go where I go.

This is Venice, 1980. Little did I know it was to become an obsession later in my life!

 


183 responses to “About my blog

  1. You’ve been quiet. Are you ok?

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  2. Great blog Yvonne! If you like Venice, you might like the post I wrote about our trip there last year! πŸ™‚

    https://changing-latitudes.com/2016/06/22/italy-part-8-the-floating-city-venice/

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  3. Great blog Yvonne! If you like Venice, you might like the post I wrote about our trip there last year! Such a neat city!

    https://changing-latitudes.com/2016/06/22/italy-part-8-the-floating-city-venice/

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  4. ok Yvonne—I got to noticing something stange–I said to myself..”self, I’ve not read anything in a long time from my Italian loving Aussie friend… in forever!!!” This coming on the heels of a few other little things I’ve oddly noticed in my little neck of the WP world.
    Several of those blogs I follow, fell off my reader list as I fell off the reader list of others. We’ve all had to go on recovery missions of sorts. reinstating one another, And this with blogs we all regularly read and comment on.
    Also I’ve noticed that comments I would make would not show just as others who commented on my posts would not show, those long time friends, as their words were out in limbo somewhere.
    We’ve mostly all sorted things out—which brings me to the latest sorting.
    I went in and “re-found” you and put you back in place—
    One other thing as well—you know our friend the black sheep—Pecora nera—well, all my comments are not posting. Not that PN would banish me, I don’t think–the only questionable time was when I was confused about his workabouts, having no knowledge of that program, I had placed his workabout lady friends in a seedy category much to his chagrin—luckily I was set straight and learned of that rather cool program…
    the next time you visit our black sheep friend- could you please tell him that I fear I have either fallen into his spam collection or have simply vanished to purgatory.
    I”ve tried commenting even on older posts where I had left a comment but even there I am a no show—-I miss his irreverent banter…
    anyway—i’m happy at least to have re-found your posts!!! as I need a good dose of Italian amore!!!
    hugs Yvonne—
    Julie

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  5. You have a lovely blog! Look forward to reading many of your posts:)

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  6. Ciao Yvonne, I really love your blog!
    Venezia is one of my favorite city in the world. So unique and unreal.
    Every time I visit this city I just fall in love over and over again!
    So, congrats on your blog: you have a TOP-‘topic’ to talk about:-)

    PS: I’d like to suggest you a great book with absolutely stunning pictures of Venice.
    It’s called ‘Venice Inside’ by Toto Bergamo Rossi and photographs by Jean-FranΓ§ois Jaussaud, published by Rizzoli.
    Check it out, I’m sure you would love it!

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    • Thank you for your lovely comment!

      Italy has so much to offer, but Venice is definitely the queen of the cities.

      I’ll see if Book Depository has that book. Thank you for the recommendation. (Happy cooking/eating.) πŸ™‚

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  7. Just wanted to say hi and to thank you for kindly visiting my blog. I look forward to returning soon to read more of your own which looks really interesting.
    Kind Regards
    Bob

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  8. Venice. Yes. Mostly in the winter.

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  9. Haven’t read all comments, Yvonne, however in six months September 22 we will have visited Venice, Florence, Rome…more I read on your blog, the more I look forward to it. Hope to get back to Courcelette next year.

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  10. I love Venice > For me the best times are sloshing around above my knees in water in church vaults looking for works of art. Put some money in the slot to turn the light on so you can see it. Amazing. I love the way the floor moves under your feet. Cant wait to wander around your posts πŸ™‚

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    • Isn’t it an amazing city! I just hope something can be done to preserve what they have. The overwhelming hoards of tourists, many of them there only for a few hours, are taking a toll on its very fabric.

      I’ve had some wonderful experiences in Venice, there’s is always something new around a corner.

      Welcome, and enjoy your wander.

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  11. I had already fallen in love with Venice when I was in my early teens. It took me 25 years before I made my first visit, along with Florence. Although Florence disappointed me, Venice took my breath away as I always knew it would. I also knew that I would never want to leave. I made a promise to myself that I would try and return every year, which I have so far. This year might be tricky though as I live much further away than I used to.
    It’s a pleasure to meet another as obsessed with Venice as I am. πŸ™‚

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    • It took me ages, but I’ve finally begun to see Florence with different eyes. However that darn Venice can’t be knocked off number one spot. I wonder if you’ll get there this year?

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      • I was very ill when I went to Florence, it was the middle of summer and there were complications with my original hotel booking. We didn’t get off to a good start. Venice however, treated me very differently and I was besotted. I think the high fevers I was experiencing put a rather fantastical spin on an already fantastical place. She got beneath my skin, and I dreamt about her for two weeks solid thereafter as I fought to get better.

        This year I am awaiting my provisional Green Card as I have recently emigrated to the U.S. from the U.K., and as yet still waiting. I won’t be able to leave the country for a while to come, I don’t think. This year Venice may have to wait.

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  12. I guess we’re all ordinary people writing about our everyday happenings. It’s nice to share a kind of open diary with the world at large.

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  14. Hi Yvonne. I had my first trip to England and France in in my salad days in 1980 – was that your first time in Venice ? We took the Emmlets to Paris (now I’m up to four visits there … and counting), London, Florence and Rome about 12 years ago – and we dashed over to Venice from our base in Florence.

    I loved – and still love Florence – and Rome. But despite it being really early in the season, Venice was wall-to-not very far away-wall tourists – it exuded the character of a Disney theme park – without the phoney smiles, but with the serpentine queues. And little things became a hassle – like no public toilets and ridiculous prices and the whiff of water moving too slowly. I was glad to crawl back into our little one star pensione in the heart of Florence.

    Maybe I had a bad attitude – as a victim of ceaseless house renovations myself, the constant repairs to lovely old buildings slowly rotting their way into the Venetian black lagoon filled me with a sense of hopeless futility. Literally trying to turn back the tide.

    Not criticising your love of Venice, but curious to hear some more about how you see her.

    Fond regards

    Emm.

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    • It seems that Venice is a victim of its own charms. The hordes of tourists, blindly following a tour guide, fills me with sadness. And, I don’t think the local Venetians benefit much from this influx, unfortunately. In fact, they are being priced out of their own accommodations and having to seek more economical rentals on the mainland. I don’t know what, if anything, can be done to preserve the Venetians and their lifestyle, let alone the buildings slowly mouldering away, coated by ugly scrawls of graffiti.

      I first went there in 1980, I wish I could remember what it was like then! Even since 2008, when I began to go there on a yearly basis, I’ve seen an acceleration of the decline of this once proud city. What draws me back is the friendships I’ve made there, and the little precious places you can still find, far away from tourist central. I like Florence very much, but not as much as Venice!

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  15. Its always fab to discover another Venetophile!! I’m so obsessed with the watery city that I moved over there in 2014 and have been there for 18 months so far…..it never gets boring does it?! Next time you come over, maybe we should grab a coffee! Keep up the great work!!

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  17. Seems a pretty healthy obsession as obsessions go.

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  18. Hello, I’ve nominated you for an award. I felt you deserve the recognition. I always enjoy your posts. If you do not accept awards, please do not feel obligated to respond.

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  19. Susan

    I followed your link from Midi Hideaway and thought your blog was sensational it reminded me so much of what we saw in Northern Italy and brought back such fabulous memories.I am just starting out as a travel blogger and still trying to figure out how to set my blog up.Thank you so much and keep travelling.

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    • Hi, Susan. You must be another Aussie! Thank you for your nice words. Sometimes, the posts write themselves, other times you struggle. It’s so nice when you get a few active followers who aren’t shy about leaving comments, that brings things alive! Good luck with your blog.

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  20. Yvonne, keep doing the good things that you do!

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  22. A pleasure to meet you. I’m glad you liked my comment on Doug’s (aka Weggieboy’s ) blog. We seem to have a running thing going where I’m always sticking up for Andy and Dougie over him.

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  23. Hi there! I nominated you for a Creative Blogger Award because who doesn’t like awards, right? (Sorry, Leonardo di Caprio…)
    You don’t have to accept but you might like to check out my post:
    https://cupidorcats.wordpress.com/2015/03/26/the-creative-blogger-award-with-added-rule-breaking/
    Have a great day πŸ™‚

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  25. What a treasure this blog is! Not just another shutterbug, but one with imagination along the way….Glad I found you!

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    • Well, thank you! When I started, my aim was not to do the usual (although beautiful) photos everyone seems to do. It has made me open my eyes, and slow down and look around!

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  26. Great website! Keep it up!

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  27. I love these candid shots of people doing ordinary and extraordinary things!

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  28. Thanks for the visits and like on my travel blog. You remind me that I need to revisit Venice.

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  29. Every time I go to Venice, it rains. I’m not joking.

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  30. Hey there Yvonne! Just stopped by your blog randomly and gave it a follow. Visit me if you’d like to see my crazy world: http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com. Thanks!

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  31. Venice, an obsession? Snap. I was first there in the 1960s.

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  32. Hello Yvonne,

    Thank you so much for visiting my blog and following it.

    Looking forward to see many more stories and images here.

    Have a great time πŸ™‚

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  33. I enjoy your blog very much and your pictures are fabulous. I’m a friend of Debra who introduced me to blogging. So if you decide to meet do let me know! Thanks –

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    • Thank you, Francis! It would be really nice to meet you folks along with Debra. I’m in Florence for 2 months, so I’m sure we can organise something. I enjoy your blog, and Debra’s, very much!

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  34. Which months next year will you be in Florence? I will be in Italy from mid Feb until mid June and I am often in Florence. Perhaps we could have coffee at Giacosa or lunch at Obika…or both?

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  35. Hello Yvonne, me again…

    Here’s a little message from TΓΌrkiye to say “thank you”. I appreciate your β€˜follow’, knowing how many interesting and entertaining blogs there are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my little corner of the world tries to offer an eclectic smattering of posts, from basic amateur photography, to sharing my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on our fruit farm in southern Turkey. I also throw in a few of my observations on life and lighter-hearted stuff for good measure.

    You are more than welcome to have a look around, stay a while and have a trawl through my small collection. There are plenty of drop-down categories within the menu bar to help in said digging process. Of course, if you have any comments, suggestions or concerns, feel free to let me know – I’m not easily offended πŸ™‚

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE
    uncle.spikes.adventures1@gmail.com

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  36. There are many other places in Italy that may evoke that kind of obsession (I know, Venice is magic), have you ever visited Rome? I live there. Next time you come you mau stop by. πŸ™‚
    Hugs
    Stefy

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  37. I’m really pleased to have found your blog, I’m an Italian living down under at the moment and I so enjoy reading/watching your posts.

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  38. Glad to have found the blog of someone obsessed with Venice. Me too. I’ll be following.

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  39. Thanks for liking my comment! I don’t have many doors on my blog, but lots of comics, if you would like to drop by! Cool blog you have here! πŸ™‚

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  40. Thank you so much for following our blog πŸ™‚ Will definitely have a trawl through your blog – looks like we will like it here!

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  41. Thank you for stopping by Storyteller. — Ray

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  42. Hi there, and thanks for the follow! I also try to capture those little things on my blog… but often I’m just not fast enough with my camera. Or I come across something that looks a bit curious, don’t take a photo, and then realise, an hour later, that it would have made an amusing blog entry. Ahrgh! πŸ˜‰

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    • Or, we don’t have the darn camera with us! I got to your blog via another, which one I can’t remember just now, of course! See you around!

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      • Expat Eye On Latvia…? She did a blog hop yesterday featuring moi πŸ˜‰

        I ALWAYS have my camera on me, it’s a compulsion I developed since I started blogging. I never had one before, and I don’t even know how to use my phone to take pics, lol. I bought the camera under duress, coz I thought blogs without any pictures are boring. (Not always true, I hasten to add).

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  43. thank you for following my blog! happy that you like it πŸ™‚ what an interesting blog you have!! for sure will be back here πŸ™‚

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  44. Ok, it was posted at 6:30PM, you have no excuse. πŸ˜‰

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  45. I really like your blog theme. It adds more than just and ordinary photo blog like mine. Very well done! Efren, aka: “Big Dog”

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  46. Hi, just want to say thank you for liking some of my older stuff. Also for reminding me that when I imported them from Tumblr, I didn’t reformat them all. Now I know what to do on this rainy Saterday. πŸ™‚
    P.S. Like your blog!

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  47. Hi- How funny– we clicked on follow at the same time. Thanks for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you are inspired. Your blog is beautiful and I look forward to more.

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  48. Ciao Yvonne, as you know I changed my site, I’d really appreciate if you can update the link in your blogroll.
    Thanks!!!

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  49. Jack's Mom

    Jack’s Mom thinks you are as cool as Jack does.
    You are officially the FIRST blog I want to / actually plan to follow.
    Love to you from your other Canadian friend.

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  50. pretty pleased i came across your blog, am looking forward to enjoying more πŸ™‚

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  51. Herman

    Hi there. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

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  52. Ah, you were beguiled by the sprites too? Saucy spirits, they never let me go! So happy to visit (via your pics), even when I can’t be there right now. πŸ™‚

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  53. Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog and reading pretty much all of my posts!! Linda πŸ˜‰

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  54. Ciao Ciao ytaba36—I’ve been meaning to tell you of my love of all things Italian—I often write about Italy or rather my adventures in Italy…since my college days when my roommates were certain that I was a secret love child of Sophia Loren’s …to my current day Firenze connections—I truly enjoy reading about and seeing the place I dearly love through another’s lens…

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  55. I went to Venice in 1987, I think. It was like living a fairy tale. I have an award for you, the Shine On Award. http://wp.me/p2jC53-1D5 Please accept it as my gratitude for the pleasure of blogging with you. πŸ™‚

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  56. Hi Yvonne, and thank you for following my blog!! I’ve not yet made it to Venice, but it’s on my “bucket” list – I hope to get there soon, and your blog is going to be very interesting reading in preparation!

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  57. Dear Yvonne,
    you always “like” my posts but only now I see how nice is your blog!
    I’ll ask you to forgive me adding your blog to my Blogroll.
    Gaia

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  58. HI, I nominated you for Very Inspiring Blogger award here http://praguebykaty.wordpress.com/2013/03/22/praguebykaty100/, beacuse I think your blog is really stunning.

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  59. Hello! I nominated you for the “Liebster Award”! πŸ™‚ Hope that’s ok…you can find the rules here:
    http://mapleandsaffron.wordpress.com/2013/03/04/thank-you-for-nominating-us-for-the-liebster-award/
    Ciao! Alessia

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  60. And once you are there hopefully a wonderfully fast high speed internet connection like I had. I really miss that. Mine here in Seattle is so slow in comparison….same Netbook…slower speeds here. Guess I need to upgrade.

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  61. Buon Natale, Yvonne. Thanks for keeping this up for all this time. Looking forward to your new posts from our beloved.

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  62. Jon (Bilbao)

    Many thanks for your posts that bring me closer to my beloved Venice. Merry Xmas!

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  63. Hi! I just saw that you added me to your blog roll – that ROCKS!!!! Thank you! I don’t have one of those, but will ad you when I create one. Cheers, Hope

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  64. Claudie Campagne

    Hi Yvonne!
    Thank you for your blog and your enthousiasm for life.
    I have a very precise question to put to you : where did you got the information about the pissote? I’m doing research about the XVI venetian writer Andrea CAlmo and i’m wondering why he calls Aphrodite ‘Venere pissota’ and i can’t find anything! Thank you for your answer
    Claudie (Paris)

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  65. Yvonne

    Chilly Canada is my home. Australia…… another wish. Maybe a good sgroppino one day!

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  66. Yvonne

    After retiring recently I have had more time on my hands. I recently found your blog, what a treasure!!! Thanks for sharing your incredible knowledge.
    My name on another site is Hooked, a reference to what happened to me on my 1st visit to Venice. I was hooked, reeled in like a fish on a line. When I’m not in Venice I’m just waiting, impatiently πŸ™‚ for the next time I can bite that hook. Until then, thanks for the window into your blessed life in Serenissima.

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    • Welcome to my blog. I am back in Australia again, but will continue to post. How does that Venice do it? She captures so many people with no effort. Maybe our paths will cross there, one day!

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  67. Kaye James

    I am under Her spell, as well. My first visit was Apr. 2009 (I talk about her every day and visit vicarioulsy by blogs(VDP, Venice Experience, Venice Blog and now yours!) Thanks for your beautiful, informative walks through Her streets! I will return! Kaye

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  68. Al

    I’m not even sure now how I stumbled onto your blog…but thank goodness I did. I have scanned back over a number of past entries and am sitting here just thrilled. I was back in Venice last May and have renewed my love of the city. Thanks, Al

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    • Hi, Al. It’s nice to welcome another lover of Venice! And, we’re fellow Queenslanders, it seems. Now I’ll have a look at yours to see what’s happening back home.

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  69. Adele

    I first went to Venice in 1963 and it has become an obsession with me, as well. I have been there many times and have pictures in every room of my house! Thanks for sharing..

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  70. Helena Pisani

    I admire your patience and effort at doing this. Every day I walk through Venice and am not sure what to do with the mosaic of images I’m left with by evening. Maybe we’ll stumble into eachother, both taking photos. Cheers, Helena

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  71. this is KZ by the way!!!

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  72. what a pretty cat and what an amazing thing to get to see!!!! they are real craftsmen aren’t they.

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  73. KZ!!!! What a surprise! I’m listening to good old ABC Classic FM right now. I little touch of home. XXXX to you, Fb and the beasts.

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  74. see i do read your blog!!! there are some beautiful photos. it did look bleak yesterday. KZ xx

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  75. Hi, Barb, nice to see you on this page! You’d really like Venice right now, so cool and crisp. Still too many flippin’ people around, though, and they’re definitely not all Venetians.

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  76. Barb

    Love the 1980 photos! Keep up the good work. Whether it’s about Venice or Australia, I want to “follow along”.

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  77. Bonjour Yvonne, comme vous j’ai connu Venise en 1980 et depuis je n’ai jamais cessΓ© de l’aimer, passion ou folie je ne sais pas, mais j’adore cela et je pense que cette maladie-lΓ  ne me quittera jamais !
    Γ  bientΓ΄t
    Danielle

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  78. Man, this blogging is a big learning curve. Don’t worry. No one seems to look at this part of my blog .. it’s our little secret! Hey, 177 days now. A mere nothing. I’m busy knitting scarves, hats, mittens ….

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  79. Steven

    Okay, I’m sorry to bother you again, but I figured out how to at least repost your comment from today. The others are long gone, but, well, at least not every single one… Please delete this comment and my previous one as this space should be devoted to expressing how interesting your blog is–and it is– rather than blabbing on about my own incompetence!

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  80. Steven

    I just tried to “address” your difficulty in leaving comments on my blog and instead only managed to somehow delete in one fell foolish swoop something like all of the last 30 comments left over the last I don’t know how many entries!! I fortunately have at least the last entry you posted today on my gmail account and even my response to it (also deleted) on my gmail–BUT I can’t put either of them on the blog as comments again. Can you repost today’s comment? Do you have it somewhere? I think I actually–after making a big mess–changed something that should allow you to post readily. If you don’t have what you posted and would like me to email it to you so you can re-post it, you could let me know that in your comment & then I’ll try to figure out how to get you my address…?

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  82. Norma Watson

    Hi Yvonne: Gay sent this on to me. Fantastic! You look terrific!

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  83. Cinzia

    Ciao Bella Yvonne, I love your blog!

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  84. Just because I twisted your arm, you did a spontaneous comment? See, not so painful after all. Well, maybe the arm is a little sore, that’ll heal AliDa. πŸ™‚

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  85. Alida

    AliDa is enjoying your blogs very much as well!

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  86. Sheila Bosch

    Silkie is enjoying your blogs!

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