2021 Anniversary Part 2

Depositphotos_131678186_xl-2015 - CopyAnniversary Garden Party & Giveaway, Part 2

Collected by Mary Jo

Welcome to the second part of the Word Wench anniversary garden party, and this time, we're giving out books!  The Wenches will give books to seven winners chosen at random from among the commenters by Tuesday night. So tell us your thoughts!  (Commenters from both days of the anniversary posts are eligible.)

As on Friday, each Wench will summon one of our fictional couples from Pat Rice's magical library. Because libraries are all magical, here we can meet people from all places and times.  The invitation will invite our people to a party in Anne Gracie's Bellaire Gardens, which is a wonderful garden square that is completely surrounded by grand residences.  The garden is essentially the back yard of the houses, so residents can stroll and meet and mingle.

Come meet the other guests!

 

Nicola Cornick summons an elegant couple from the Tudor era:

One of the huge tomes on Tudor history suddenly sprang open with a snap and a tall, fair- Last Daughterhaired man stepped out, a sword held watchfully in his hand. “Stand back, Anne. I’ve done this sort of thing before.”

He glanced over his shoulder. “It’s safe, I believe. You may come out-” He stopped as he caught sight of his wife already darting from shelf to shelf. “Oh, you’re already out. Of course you are.”

“Francis!” The diminutive blonde woman turned to him, eyes sparkling. “Francis, it’s a library! Isn’t it marvelous?”

Francis chuckled. “It’s very fine, my dear, but if like me you had seen the British Library and the Bodleian in Oxford-”

Anne playfully swatted his arm. “Oh, you are always speaking of your travels when you know that I cannot compete with the places you’ve been! But now at last I have a little magic of my own to experience.”

Her eyes fell on the windows and the garden vista beyond. “Oh, how beautiful. It looks like the Queen’s bower at Richmond Palace. I long to explore it!”

Francis sheathed his sword and offered her his arm with a bow. “Then let us proceed.”

“Wait!” Anne hung back glancing down cautiously at her dress of red velvet. “Do we look sufficiently elegant, husband? I see some ladies in some very fine clothes whilst I am only in my second-best gown and you…”

GlassSummerhouseHer gaze softened as she looked at him. “Well, you look handsome as always, of course, but you were chopping wood before we arrived so you are a little dishevelled in your shirt and breeches.”

Francis laughed. “It is not like you to lack confidence, my dear. Remember that you are a Neville. Some of these guests may well be related to you. Not the Vikings, perhaps,” he added thoughtfully, “but since we are all northerners in our own way, I suspect we will find much in common.”

A burst of warm laughter from the gardens caught their attention. “Come along then!” Anne said, slipping her hand through his arm. “I seem to remember you mentioning a drink called champagne on your travels. Do you think there will be any…?”

The Last Daughter will be released in the UK on 8 July 2021

 

Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens-lo resAndrea Penrose's mystery solving couples finally meet! 

"Wrexford! Stop dawdling among the chemistry books,” called Charlotte Sloane. “The Word Wenches have taken great pains to arrange this gala picnic, so we mustn’t be late."

“Oh, fie, everyone expects me to be rude,” grumbled the earl, casting a longing look at a medieval treatise on gunpowder. “Why have us arrive in a magical library if we can’t—”

“Saybrook? Saybrook?” A tall, willowy lady suddenly emerged from one of the countless alcoves. “Excuse me, but do you perchance know where the botany section is? I fear my husband is hiding—”

“Did you say Saybrook?” exclaimed Wrexford. “Are you Sandro’s wife?”

“Why, yes. I’m Arianna—”

 “How delightful!” exclaimed Charlotte. “Henning has told me so much about you and your husband. At last we meet—”

“Hallo, Wrex! Fancy finding you here. I thought you hated parties.” Saybrook strolled through the archway. “Look, my dear! I found a book on Theobroma cacao—”

A loud crash from one of the adjoining alcoves cut him off.

Charlotte winced. “I fear the Weasels may have followed us—”

“Weasels?” Arianna’s brow furrowed in concern. “The Word Wenches have asked their dear friends Lady Charlton and Lucy to host the picnic, and they’re quite proud of Bellaire Gardens. I fear they would frown on any vermin invading—”

“We’re not vermin, we’re proper little gentlemen!” A dark-hair boy scampered out the shadows, though he covered in enough mud and other unmentionable substances to belie the assertion.

“Our ward,” explained Charlotte. “Where is your brother, Hawk?”

IMG_8419A less-than-tidy boy quickly climbed down from the bookshelves and then sniffed at the air. “Mmmm, something smells awfully good.”

Saybrook gestured to the two large boxes Arianna was holding. “My wife has brought a selection of her special chocolate confections to add to the refreshment table."

“Edible chocolate?” chorused both boys at once.

“Yes,” answered Arianna. “Flavored with sugar, cinnamon—”

“May we carry those for you?” asked Raven helpfully. “They look very heavy.”

“How very gentlemanly of you to offer.” Arianna bit back a smile as she handed them over. “The sooner we join the party, the sooner you can have a taste.”

Murder at the Royal Botanic Gardens (Wrexford and Sloane Mystery #5, will be released on September 28th, 2021.

 

 Mary Jo Putney's bit:

Somewhere in the far northern islands of Scotland:

Kai Ramsay was pleased to see proof that Thorsay was becoming prosperous, but he was tired of studying account books.  He closed the current ledger with a snap and left his office and went in search of Signy, who brought sunshine into even the dullest of days.Once a Laird

As he passed through the front hall, he saw that the tray holding newly arrived letters had a rolled scroll resting on top.  It was addressed to the Laird and Lady of Thorsay. As he broke the seal and read the message inside, his brows arched in surprise. Would the promised magic really work?

As expected, Signy was in the library.  She'd been carefully cleaning one of the ancient Viking chess pieces, but now her tall form was silhouetted against the window as she watched dark clouds and the high wind that sent crashing waves onto the shore below Skellig House. Without turning, she said, "There's a fine storm blowing in, my laird."      

He stepped up behind her and slid his arms around her waist to draw her close. "We've no shortage of splendid storms this far north, but today we can go to a garden party given by a group of historical tale tellers called the Word Wenches."

She turned in his arms, brushing a kiss against his cheek as she did. "Isn't it early in the year for a garden party, Kai?"

Garden 1 (1)"It is in Thorsay, but not in southern England." He handed her the scroll. "The garden belongs to Lady Anne of Gracie and it's in London.  Remember I promised to take you to London soon? Perhaps today is the day!"

Signy's dark red brows arched as she read the beautiful calligraphy of the invitation. She glanced at Kai, then looked around at the shelves of leather bound books. "Do you think this will work?"

"I hope so.  After all, libraries are magic and ours is the finest library in all the northern islands. Shall we find out?"

She laughed and studied the bookshelves.  "Very well, take my hand as I tap the scroll on this shelf of ancient tales and legends." After he took her hand, she touched the scroll to her chosen shelf of books like a queen wielding a scepter.

The air shimmered and filled with light as a tall portal opened in the bookcase. Signy gasped. "Merciful heavens, what a magnificent garden!  Look at the flowers and the wisteria tunnel and the glass gazebo in the center!"

"Not to mention the elegantly dressed guests."  Kai's eyes narrowed thoughtfully.  "Judging by their clothing, most seem to be of our own time, but that couple on the left appear to have stepped in from the court of Queen Elizabeth Tudor."

Signy gasped and squeezed his hand.  "The three couples over there look like Vikings! Do you think they can tell us more about Viking ships and chess sets?"

"There's only one way to find out, my love." Kai managed to one-handedly snag two flutes of champagne from a passing servitor.  Handing one flute to Signy, he said, "Let's go introduce ourselves to our Nordic ancestors!"  

Once a Laird, Rogues Redeemed #6, will be released on October 28th. You can preorder a copy here.

 

Susan King sends Scots, of course!:

Somewhere in 18th century Scotland … 

Stealing sophie final“Look!” Sophie set her hand on the bookshelf in the old library and glanced back at Connor. “There is an opening here. I think we can fit through. Come ahead.”

“Through a gap in the bookshelf?” Connor MacPherson asked. “In my own library? Perhaps there is a hole in the wall—this crumbling old castle requires constant repair.”

“I very much like your library,” she said. “Quite the collection. Milton, Shakespeare, Pope—even Walton’s Compleat Angler. And this one. Van Oosten.” She tilted her head to read the gilt letters along the spine. “The Dutch Florist.”

“Recently translated,” Connor said. “I thought you might like it, since you brought bags of tulip bulbs all the way to Scotland from the Netherlands.”

“Which are growing admirably, though you insisted nothing ever grows here at Glendoon.”

“Nothing did, until you arrived,” he murmured.

“Look, Connor—the light is coming from one of these books,” she said, shifting a volume or two along one of the shelves.

“A light coming from a book,” he repeated. “Sophie MacCarran, you must be mad.” Book nook 1

“I know you think it sometimes.” She smiled, gray eyes sparkling. “Perhaps it is just the fairy blood they say runs through the veins of my clan.”

“And you, lass, have more than a touch of it. Enough that you can set your hand to a plant that will not thrive, and suddenly it blooms—now you are seeing lights inside books. Gardening books, no less.”

“Your gardening books, sir, for your crops and fields and such,” she reminded him as she pulled an especially large old volume off the shelf. As she began to open it, light dazzled out of its pages like a lantern’s glow.

“What the devil?” Connor took the volume and propped it open on a shelf.

Sophie leaned forward. “Something is there—a garden! And people,” she said, glancing up at him. “It looks like some kind of celebration. Do you see?”

He peered over her shoulder. “I do indeed.”

The interior glow grew brighter, becoming a brilliant, translucent bubble of light. Sophie reached for Connor’s hand as the bookcase vanished in the light—

“A door,” Sophie whispered. “And the garden beyond that arch is beautiful! I have to see it—”

“Careful, lass,” Connor said.

“They are looking toward us, beckoning. Do you see them?”

“Fairy magic,” he muttered. “Not again.”

“If so, we are protected, for my ancestress was of that ilk. Come with me!”

“Be cautious, lass. You are too impulsive.”

“Impulsive! And who stole a lass away from her military escort and married her by force and persuasion before the night was out? That was not my impulse, sir.”

“No impulse, but a promise. I gave your brother my word to protect you.”

“And so you did. Now you can protect me again, or not. It is up to you. I am going into that garden.” Her impish smile proved, he was certain, her fairy ancestry. “Courage enough to blow up a bridge to stop the redcoats, yet you hesitate when a light comes from a book?”

He saw a shimmering doorway in the light, and beyond it, people waiting—ladies, gentlemen, even a few who looked like Norsemen and women from another age. And the garden, indeed, was beautiful. He felt compelled, though he would keep that to himself. After all, he had promised Sophie, with her magical way with plants, that he would help her create the finest IMG_8417gardens the castles of Glendoon and Kinnoull, his properties by right, had ever seen. Perhaps this magical light would show the way. “Hesitate? Sophie, my lass and my love,” he said, “I never hesitate.”

He took her hand and stepped with her through the bright doorway.   

Read Sophie and Connor’s story in Stealing Sophie, Book 1 in the Highland Dreamers series, coming in June! 

Happy Anniversary to my dear sister Word Wenches!

Thank you all for joining us. Share your thoughts and perhaps you'll win a Word Wench book!

Mary Jo & all the Company of Word Wenches

310 thoughts on “2021 Anniversary Part 2”

  1. Parties are for meeting new people, aren’t they? Thank you, Wenches, for these lovely introductions! And, again, Happy Anniversary! I’m sure the party guests join all of us in wishing you many more years of Wenchdom!

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  2. Parties are for meeting new people, aren’t they? Thank you, Wenches, for these lovely introductions! And, again, Happy Anniversary! I’m sure the party guests join all of us in wishing you many more years of Wenchdom!

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  3. Parties are for meeting new people, aren’t they? Thank you, Wenches, for these lovely introductions! And, again, Happy Anniversary! I’m sure the party guests join all of us in wishing you many more years of Wenchdom!

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  4. Parties are for meeting new people, aren’t they? Thank you, Wenches, for these lovely introductions! And, again, Happy Anniversary! I’m sure the party guests join all of us in wishing you many more years of Wenchdom!

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  5. Parties are for meeting new people, aren’t they? Thank you, Wenches, for these lovely introductions! And, again, Happy Anniversary! I’m sure the party guests join all of us in wishing you many more years of Wenchdom!

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  6. I love that you ladies are introducing us to your latest couples with the party! It is great getting a glimpse of their personalities. Thanks for the fun party.
    Happy 15th Anniversary Ladies!

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  7. I love that you ladies are introducing us to your latest couples with the party! It is great getting a glimpse of their personalities. Thanks for the fun party.
    Happy 15th Anniversary Ladies!

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  8. I love that you ladies are introducing us to your latest couples with the party! It is great getting a glimpse of their personalities. Thanks for the fun party.
    Happy 15th Anniversary Ladies!

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  9. I love that you ladies are introducing us to your latest couples with the party! It is great getting a glimpse of their personalities. Thanks for the fun party.
    Happy 15th Anniversary Ladies!

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  10. I love that you ladies are introducing us to your latest couples with the party! It is great getting a glimpse of their personalities. Thanks for the fun party.
    Happy 15th Anniversary Ladies!

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  11. What a truly delightful concept is this garden party! Recognizing various arriving guests feels quite like a real gathering. Well done!

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  12. What a truly delightful concept is this garden party! Recognizing various arriving guests feels quite like a real gathering. Well done!

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  13. What a truly delightful concept is this garden party! Recognizing various arriving guests feels quite like a real gathering. Well done!

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  14. What a truly delightful concept is this garden party! Recognizing various arriving guests feels quite like a real gathering. Well done!

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  15. What a truly delightful concept is this garden party! Recognizing various arriving guests feels quite like a real gathering. Well done!

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  16. Such a wonderful garden party – I am coming – take me as I am. I will not have finery to wear – but will hide behind a bush so I can watch all of the others. Lovely to see some I have come to love.
    Happy 15th Anniversary to all of the Word Wenches
    Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us here and in your books.

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  17. Such a wonderful garden party – I am coming – take me as I am. I will not have finery to wear – but will hide behind a bush so I can watch all of the others. Lovely to see some I have come to love.
    Happy 15th Anniversary to all of the Word Wenches
    Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us here and in your books.

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  18. Such a wonderful garden party – I am coming – take me as I am. I will not have finery to wear – but will hide behind a bush so I can watch all of the others. Lovely to see some I have come to love.
    Happy 15th Anniversary to all of the Word Wenches
    Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us here and in your books.

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  19. Such a wonderful garden party – I am coming – take me as I am. I will not have finery to wear – but will hide behind a bush so I can watch all of the others. Lovely to see some I have come to love.
    Happy 15th Anniversary to all of the Word Wenches
    Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us here and in your books.

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  20. Such a wonderful garden party – I am coming – take me as I am. I will not have finery to wear – but will hide behind a bush so I can watch all of the others. Lovely to see some I have come to love.
    Happy 15th Anniversary to all of the Word Wenches
    Thank you for sharing your stories with all of us here and in your books.

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  21. A garden party is my favorite type of event especially for such a delightful time of year. I am entranced with your novels which all sound enjoyable and memorable.

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  22. A garden party is my favorite type of event especially for such a delightful time of year. I am entranced with your novels which all sound enjoyable and memorable.

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  23. A garden party is my favorite type of event especially for such a delightful time of year. I am entranced with your novels which all sound enjoyable and memorable.

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  24. A garden party is my favorite type of event especially for such a delightful time of year. I am entranced with your novels which all sound enjoyable and memorable.

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  25. A garden party is my favorite type of event especially for such a delightful time of year. I am entranced with your novels which all sound enjoyable and memorable.

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  26. Happy Anniversary to all who are participating Wenches now, and to the wonderful writers who have gone on to that great typewriter in the sky or have stepped aside to pursue other endeavors here on earth. You’ve all brought hours of reading pleasure through your books and delightful community through this wonderful blog. Thank you!

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  27. Happy Anniversary to all who are participating Wenches now, and to the wonderful writers who have gone on to that great typewriter in the sky or have stepped aside to pursue other endeavors here on earth. You’ve all brought hours of reading pleasure through your books and delightful community through this wonderful blog. Thank you!

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  28. Happy Anniversary to all who are participating Wenches now, and to the wonderful writers who have gone on to that great typewriter in the sky or have stepped aside to pursue other endeavors here on earth. You’ve all brought hours of reading pleasure through your books and delightful community through this wonderful blog. Thank you!

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  29. Happy Anniversary to all who are participating Wenches now, and to the wonderful writers who have gone on to that great typewriter in the sky or have stepped aside to pursue other endeavors here on earth. You’ve all brought hours of reading pleasure through your books and delightful community through this wonderful blog. Thank you!

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  30. Happy Anniversary to all who are participating Wenches now, and to the wonderful writers who have gone on to that great typewriter in the sky or have stepped aside to pursue other endeavors here on earth. You’ve all brought hours of reading pleasure through your books and delightful community through this wonderful blog. Thank you!

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  31. Love your blog. Great bro on various topics of interest as well as keeping readers abreast of all new and previous publications from the “Wenches” as well as highlighting other authors’ works as well. Keeps me abreast of what is available. Many thanks for all your posts.

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  32. Love your blog. Great bro on various topics of interest as well as keeping readers abreast of all new and previous publications from the “Wenches” as well as highlighting other authors’ works as well. Keeps me abreast of what is available. Many thanks for all your posts.

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  33. Love your blog. Great bro on various topics of interest as well as keeping readers abreast of all new and previous publications from the “Wenches” as well as highlighting other authors’ works as well. Keeps me abreast of what is available. Many thanks for all your posts.

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  34. Love your blog. Great bro on various topics of interest as well as keeping readers abreast of all new and previous publications from the “Wenches” as well as highlighting other authors’ works as well. Keeps me abreast of what is available. Many thanks for all your posts.

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  35. Love your blog. Great bro on various topics of interest as well as keeping readers abreast of all new and previous publications from the “Wenches” as well as highlighting other authors’ works as well. Keeps me abreast of what is available. Many thanks for all your posts.

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  36. Summer garden parties are extremely beautiful. I will be there in all my finery. This is an anniversary with books that will be greatly treasured.

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  37. Summer garden parties are extremely beautiful. I will be there in all my finery. This is an anniversary with books that will be greatly treasured.

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  38. Summer garden parties are extremely beautiful. I will be there in all my finery. This is an anniversary with books that will be greatly treasured.

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  39. Summer garden parties are extremely beautiful. I will be there in all my finery. This is an anniversary with books that will be greatly treasured.

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  40. Summer garden parties are extremely beautiful. I will be there in all my finery. This is an anniversary with books that will be greatly treasured.

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  41. Thank you! No need to hide, Margot – everyone is welcome and with all the various costumes in evidence, you can come as you are!

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  42. Thank you! No need to hide, Margot – everyone is welcome and with all the various costumes in evidence, you can come as you are!

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  43. Thank you! No need to hide, Margot – everyone is welcome and with all the various costumes in evidence, you can come as you are!

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  44. Thank you! No need to hide, Margot – everyone is welcome and with all the various costumes in evidence, you can come as you are!

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  45. Thank you! No need to hide, Margot – everyone is welcome and with all the various costumes in evidence, you can come as you are!

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  46. Thank you everyone – it’s turned into a great party, hasn’t it! I’m off to sample Lady Arianna’s chocolates now … 🙂

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  47. Thank you everyone – it’s turned into a great party, hasn’t it! I’m off to sample Lady Arianna’s chocolates now … 🙂

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  48. Thank you everyone – it’s turned into a great party, hasn’t it! I’m off to sample Lady Arianna’s chocolates now … 🙂

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  49. Thank you everyone – it’s turned into a great party, hasn’t it! I’m off to sample Lady Arianna’s chocolates now … 🙂

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  50. Thank you everyone – it’s turned into a great party, hasn’t it! I’m off to sample Lady Arianna’s chocolates now … 🙂

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  51. An excellent garden party with charming hostesses and lovely, rather eccentric guests. What fun! I love the idea of your H/Hs getting together. What mischief will be wrought?

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  52. An excellent garden party with charming hostesses and lovely, rather eccentric guests. What fun! I love the idea of your H/Hs getting together. What mischief will be wrought?

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  53. An excellent garden party with charming hostesses and lovely, rather eccentric guests. What fun! I love the idea of your H/Hs getting together. What mischief will be wrought?

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  54. An excellent garden party with charming hostesses and lovely, rather eccentric guests. What fun! I love the idea of your H/Hs getting together. What mischief will be wrought?

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  55. An excellent garden party with charming hostesses and lovely, rather eccentric guests. What fun! I love the idea of your H/Hs getting together. What mischief will be wrought?

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  56. I love this party! Two of my favorite couples finally meet! I will be really impressed if the ladies get Wrex and Sandro out of the library. Of course Wrex will have to rein in the weasels before they decimate the refreshments table. Unless the Vikings and the Scots are guarding it.

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  57. I love this party! Two of my favorite couples finally meet! I will be really impressed if the ladies get Wrex and Sandro out of the library. Of course Wrex will have to rein in the weasels before they decimate the refreshments table. Unless the Vikings and the Scots are guarding it.

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  58. I love this party! Two of my favorite couples finally meet! I will be really impressed if the ladies get Wrex and Sandro out of the library. Of course Wrex will have to rein in the weasels before they decimate the refreshments table. Unless the Vikings and the Scots are guarding it.

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  59. I love this party! Two of my favorite couples finally meet! I will be really impressed if the ladies get Wrex and Sandro out of the library. Of course Wrex will have to rein in the weasels before they decimate the refreshments table. Unless the Vikings and the Scots are guarding it.

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  60. I love this party! Two of my favorite couples finally meet! I will be really impressed if the ladies get Wrex and Sandro out of the library. Of course Wrex will have to rein in the weasels before they decimate the refreshments table. Unless the Vikings and the Scots are guarding it.

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  61. Thank you for the invitation to the lovely garden party. I am so glad I was able to enjoy the company of all the interesting guests.
    Hope everyone is well and safe.

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  62. Thank you for the invitation to the lovely garden party. I am so glad I was able to enjoy the company of all the interesting guests.
    Hope everyone is well and safe.

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  63. Thank you for the invitation to the lovely garden party. I am so glad I was able to enjoy the company of all the interesting guests.
    Hope everyone is well and safe.

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  64. Thank you for the invitation to the lovely garden party. I am so glad I was able to enjoy the company of all the interesting guests.
    Hope everyone is well and safe.

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  65. Thank you for the invitation to the lovely garden party. I am so glad I was able to enjoy the company of all the interesting guests.
    Hope everyone is well and safe.

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  66. Happy 15th Anniversary!
    I would very much enjoy attending a garden party at which I could meet many of the characters from different time periods – and possibly sample Lady Arianna Saybrooks’ chocolate confections, unless the Weasels diverted all of them.
    This garden party has obviously been a lot of work to host. Thank you to all of the Wenches for the detail about each couple and also things like the illustration of the doorway in the bookshelf.

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  67. Happy 15th Anniversary!
    I would very much enjoy attending a garden party at which I could meet many of the characters from different time periods – and possibly sample Lady Arianna Saybrooks’ chocolate confections, unless the Weasels diverted all of them.
    This garden party has obviously been a lot of work to host. Thank you to all of the Wenches for the detail about each couple and also things like the illustration of the doorway in the bookshelf.

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  68. Happy 15th Anniversary!
    I would very much enjoy attending a garden party at which I could meet many of the characters from different time periods – and possibly sample Lady Arianna Saybrooks’ chocolate confections, unless the Weasels diverted all of them.
    This garden party has obviously been a lot of work to host. Thank you to all of the Wenches for the detail about each couple and also things like the illustration of the doorway in the bookshelf.

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  69. Happy 15th Anniversary!
    I would very much enjoy attending a garden party at which I could meet many of the characters from different time periods – and possibly sample Lady Arianna Saybrooks’ chocolate confections, unless the Weasels diverted all of them.
    This garden party has obviously been a lot of work to host. Thank you to all of the Wenches for the detail about each couple and also things like the illustration of the doorway in the bookshelf.

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  70. Happy 15th Anniversary!
    I would very much enjoy attending a garden party at which I could meet many of the characters from different time periods – and possibly sample Lady Arianna Saybrooks’ chocolate confections, unless the Weasels diverted all of them.
    This garden party has obviously been a lot of work to host. Thank you to all of the Wenches for the detail about each couple and also things like the illustration of the doorway in the bookshelf.

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  71. I am so looking forward to the further adventures of Charlotte, Wrex and the Weasels!
    A garden party with some of my favorite characters in literature would be a delight, even in the best of times, but especially in 2021.
    Thank you for this cheerful thought.

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  72. I am so looking forward to the further adventures of Charlotte, Wrex and the Weasels!
    A garden party with some of my favorite characters in literature would be a delight, even in the best of times, but especially in 2021.
    Thank you for this cheerful thought.

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  73. I am so looking forward to the further adventures of Charlotte, Wrex and the Weasels!
    A garden party with some of my favorite characters in literature would be a delight, even in the best of times, but especially in 2021.
    Thank you for this cheerful thought.

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  74. I am so looking forward to the further adventures of Charlotte, Wrex and the Weasels!
    A garden party with some of my favorite characters in literature would be a delight, even in the best of times, but especially in 2021.
    Thank you for this cheerful thought.

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  75. I am so looking forward to the further adventures of Charlotte, Wrex and the Weasels!
    A garden party with some of my favorite characters in literature would be a delight, even in the best of times, but especially in 2021.
    Thank you for this cheerful thought.

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  76. What fun! How I wish I could be at that garden party, mingling with the guests, and eating chocolate! Can’t wait for the upcoming Wench books, either.

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  77. What fun! How I wish I could be at that garden party, mingling with the guests, and eating chocolate! Can’t wait for the upcoming Wench books, either.

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  78. What fun! How I wish I could be at that garden party, mingling with the guests, and eating chocolate! Can’t wait for the upcoming Wench books, either.

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  79. What fun! How I wish I could be at that garden party, mingling with the guests, and eating chocolate! Can’t wait for the upcoming Wench books, either.

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  80. What fun! How I wish I could be at that garden party, mingling with the guests, and eating chocolate! Can’t wait for the upcoming Wench books, either.

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  81. Oh I just love the way this was done 🙂 I want to be at that garden party!!
    There are some wonderful books coming. Can’t wait.
    So looking forward to Wrexford and Sloane’s wedding. The Last Sister sounds intriguing.
    Enjoy the anniversary, all of you! This blog has been a life line during the awful time we find ourselves in.

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  82. Oh I just love the way this was done 🙂 I want to be at that garden party!!
    There are some wonderful books coming. Can’t wait.
    So looking forward to Wrexford and Sloane’s wedding. The Last Sister sounds intriguing.
    Enjoy the anniversary, all of you! This blog has been a life line during the awful time we find ourselves in.

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  83. Oh I just love the way this was done 🙂 I want to be at that garden party!!
    There are some wonderful books coming. Can’t wait.
    So looking forward to Wrexford and Sloane’s wedding. The Last Sister sounds intriguing.
    Enjoy the anniversary, all of you! This blog has been a life line during the awful time we find ourselves in.

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  84. Oh I just love the way this was done 🙂 I want to be at that garden party!!
    There are some wonderful books coming. Can’t wait.
    So looking forward to Wrexford and Sloane’s wedding. The Last Sister sounds intriguing.
    Enjoy the anniversary, all of you! This blog has been a life line during the awful time we find ourselves in.

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  85. Oh I just love the way this was done 🙂 I want to be at that garden party!!
    There are some wonderful books coming. Can’t wait.
    So looking forward to Wrexford and Sloane’s wedding. The Last Sister sounds intriguing.
    Enjoy the anniversary, all of you! This blog has been a life line during the awful time we find ourselves in.

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  86. Hrafn can look very intimidating when he wants to so he might be able to keep the Weasels under control 😊. (He’ll fight them for the chocolate anyway as all my Vikings have discovered they enjoy that).

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  87. Hrafn can look very intimidating when he wants to so he might be able to keep the Weasels under control 😊. (He’ll fight them for the chocolate anyway as all my Vikings have discovered they enjoy that).

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  88. Hrafn can look very intimidating when he wants to so he might be able to keep the Weasels under control 😊. (He’ll fight them for the chocolate anyway as all my Vikings have discovered they enjoy that).

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  89. Hrafn can look very intimidating when he wants to so he might be able to keep the Weasels under control 😊. (He’ll fight them for the chocolate anyway as all my Vikings have discovered they enjoy that).

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  90. Hrafn can look very intimidating when he wants to so he might be able to keep the Weasels under control 😊. (He’ll fight them for the chocolate anyway as all my Vikings have discovered they enjoy that).

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  91. ‘The invitation will invite our people to a party in Anne Gracie’s Bellaire Gardens’
    “The garden belongs to Lady Anne of Gracie and it’s in London”
    Crumbs! I lived in London for 6 years. I could meet old colleagues from my recent past as well as Vikings, Tudors and assorted historical characters. My mind is spinning with all these time lines. Where is that butler with the champagne. I need a glass or two and add a scotch whisky or two and whatever the Vikings are drinking.
    To help it down here is that delightful toast, courtesy of Constance:
    Some take their gold in minted mold,
    And some in harps hereafter,
    But I’ll take mine in bubbles fine,
    And give me the change in laughter!
    Cheers everybody!!

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  92. ‘The invitation will invite our people to a party in Anne Gracie’s Bellaire Gardens’
    “The garden belongs to Lady Anne of Gracie and it’s in London”
    Crumbs! I lived in London for 6 years. I could meet old colleagues from my recent past as well as Vikings, Tudors and assorted historical characters. My mind is spinning with all these time lines. Where is that butler with the champagne. I need a glass or two and add a scotch whisky or two and whatever the Vikings are drinking.
    To help it down here is that delightful toast, courtesy of Constance:
    Some take their gold in minted mold,
    And some in harps hereafter,
    But I’ll take mine in bubbles fine,
    And give me the change in laughter!
    Cheers everybody!!

    Reply
  93. ‘The invitation will invite our people to a party in Anne Gracie’s Bellaire Gardens’
    “The garden belongs to Lady Anne of Gracie and it’s in London”
    Crumbs! I lived in London for 6 years. I could meet old colleagues from my recent past as well as Vikings, Tudors and assorted historical characters. My mind is spinning with all these time lines. Where is that butler with the champagne. I need a glass or two and add a scotch whisky or two and whatever the Vikings are drinking.
    To help it down here is that delightful toast, courtesy of Constance:
    Some take their gold in minted mold,
    And some in harps hereafter,
    But I’ll take mine in bubbles fine,
    And give me the change in laughter!
    Cheers everybody!!

    Reply
  94. ‘The invitation will invite our people to a party in Anne Gracie’s Bellaire Gardens’
    “The garden belongs to Lady Anne of Gracie and it’s in London”
    Crumbs! I lived in London for 6 years. I could meet old colleagues from my recent past as well as Vikings, Tudors and assorted historical characters. My mind is spinning with all these time lines. Where is that butler with the champagne. I need a glass or two and add a scotch whisky or two and whatever the Vikings are drinking.
    To help it down here is that delightful toast, courtesy of Constance:
    Some take their gold in minted mold,
    And some in harps hereafter,
    But I’ll take mine in bubbles fine,
    And give me the change in laughter!
    Cheers everybody!!

    Reply
  95. ‘The invitation will invite our people to a party in Anne Gracie’s Bellaire Gardens’
    “The garden belongs to Lady Anne of Gracie and it’s in London”
    Crumbs! I lived in London for 6 years. I could meet old colleagues from my recent past as well as Vikings, Tudors and assorted historical characters. My mind is spinning with all these time lines. Where is that butler with the champagne. I need a glass or two and add a scotch whisky or two and whatever the Vikings are drinking.
    To help it down here is that delightful toast, courtesy of Constance:
    Some take their gold in minted mold,
    And some in harps hereafter,
    But I’ll take mine in bubbles fine,
    And give me the change in laughter!
    Cheers everybody!!

    Reply
  96. What a fun concept for your 15th Anniversary celebration – a garden party! I’ve enjoyed the various scenarios and H/h’s. That would be a fascinating party to be a fly on the wall…but high enough up the Weasels wouldn’t smack me (grin).
    I was late to the party since I was out of town this weekend but luckily for me the party was a 4 day event.
    Chiming in with my wishes for another 15 years – love all the different tidbits, rabbit holes, historical sidelights,thought provoking ideas and perspectives. Besides of course the monthly “What we are Reading” which stretches my purse and reading horizons.
    One of the best things about this blog I think is the diversity of writers – their subject matter, life experiences and literal locations. I’ve learned so much and it has also been interesting to see how the world is interwoven. Kind of like silken spider web lines of connectedness.
    I’m looking forward to all the new books coming out as well as rereading all the older ones from time to time.

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  97. What a fun concept for your 15th Anniversary celebration – a garden party! I’ve enjoyed the various scenarios and H/h’s. That would be a fascinating party to be a fly on the wall…but high enough up the Weasels wouldn’t smack me (grin).
    I was late to the party since I was out of town this weekend but luckily for me the party was a 4 day event.
    Chiming in with my wishes for another 15 years – love all the different tidbits, rabbit holes, historical sidelights,thought provoking ideas and perspectives. Besides of course the monthly “What we are Reading” which stretches my purse and reading horizons.
    One of the best things about this blog I think is the diversity of writers – their subject matter, life experiences and literal locations. I’ve learned so much and it has also been interesting to see how the world is interwoven. Kind of like silken spider web lines of connectedness.
    I’m looking forward to all the new books coming out as well as rereading all the older ones from time to time.

    Reply
  98. What a fun concept for your 15th Anniversary celebration – a garden party! I’ve enjoyed the various scenarios and H/h’s. That would be a fascinating party to be a fly on the wall…but high enough up the Weasels wouldn’t smack me (grin).
    I was late to the party since I was out of town this weekend but luckily for me the party was a 4 day event.
    Chiming in with my wishes for another 15 years – love all the different tidbits, rabbit holes, historical sidelights,thought provoking ideas and perspectives. Besides of course the monthly “What we are Reading” which stretches my purse and reading horizons.
    One of the best things about this blog I think is the diversity of writers – their subject matter, life experiences and literal locations. I’ve learned so much and it has also been interesting to see how the world is interwoven. Kind of like silken spider web lines of connectedness.
    I’m looking forward to all the new books coming out as well as rereading all the older ones from time to time.

    Reply
  99. What a fun concept for your 15th Anniversary celebration – a garden party! I’ve enjoyed the various scenarios and H/h’s. That would be a fascinating party to be a fly on the wall…but high enough up the Weasels wouldn’t smack me (grin).
    I was late to the party since I was out of town this weekend but luckily for me the party was a 4 day event.
    Chiming in with my wishes for another 15 years – love all the different tidbits, rabbit holes, historical sidelights,thought provoking ideas and perspectives. Besides of course the monthly “What we are Reading” which stretches my purse and reading horizons.
    One of the best things about this blog I think is the diversity of writers – their subject matter, life experiences and literal locations. I’ve learned so much and it has also been interesting to see how the world is interwoven. Kind of like silken spider web lines of connectedness.
    I’m looking forward to all the new books coming out as well as rereading all the older ones from time to time.

    Reply
  100. What a fun concept for your 15th Anniversary celebration – a garden party! I’ve enjoyed the various scenarios and H/h’s. That would be a fascinating party to be a fly on the wall…but high enough up the Weasels wouldn’t smack me (grin).
    I was late to the party since I was out of town this weekend but luckily for me the party was a 4 day event.
    Chiming in with my wishes for another 15 years – love all the different tidbits, rabbit holes, historical sidelights,thought provoking ideas and perspectives. Besides of course the monthly “What we are Reading” which stretches my purse and reading horizons.
    One of the best things about this blog I think is the diversity of writers – their subject matter, life experiences and literal locations. I’ve learned so much and it has also been interesting to see how the world is interwoven. Kind of like silken spider web lines of connectedness.
    I’m looking forward to all the new books coming out as well as rereading all the older ones from time to time.

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  101. Thanks so much for that lovely toast, Quantum — and Constance. The timelines coming together is great fun, isn’t it? As is seeing all the wenchly readers —old and new— here, having fun. Cheers!

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  102. Thanks so much for that lovely toast, Quantum — and Constance. The timelines coming together is great fun, isn’t it? As is seeing all the wenchly readers —old and new— here, having fun. Cheers!

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  103. Thanks so much for that lovely toast, Quantum — and Constance. The timelines coming together is great fun, isn’t it? As is seeing all the wenchly readers —old and new— here, having fun. Cheers!

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  104. Thanks so much for that lovely toast, Quantum — and Constance. The timelines coming together is great fun, isn’t it? As is seeing all the wenchly readers —old and new— here, having fun. Cheers!

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  105. Thanks so much for that lovely toast, Quantum — and Constance. The timelines coming together is great fun, isn’t it? As is seeing all the wenchly readers —old and new— here, having fun. Cheers!

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  106. Vicki, thanks so much for joining us, and for your lovely comments. This is a wonderful community, and know that we wenches truly value the company of our readers and commenters-on-the-blog. The diversity of commenters adds to the enjoyment too — we have some good discussions, don’t we? And people get to know each other via the blog,
    If it’s any consolation, the regular “What We’re Reading” posts costs us all, as we wenches often end up buying books as the recommendations come in — and we’ve often read them well before the post goes up.

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  107. Vicki, thanks so much for joining us, and for your lovely comments. This is a wonderful community, and know that we wenches truly value the company of our readers and commenters-on-the-blog. The diversity of commenters adds to the enjoyment too — we have some good discussions, don’t we? And people get to know each other via the blog,
    If it’s any consolation, the regular “What We’re Reading” posts costs us all, as we wenches often end up buying books as the recommendations come in — and we’ve often read them well before the post goes up.

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  108. Vicki, thanks so much for joining us, and for your lovely comments. This is a wonderful community, and know that we wenches truly value the company of our readers and commenters-on-the-blog. The diversity of commenters adds to the enjoyment too — we have some good discussions, don’t we? And people get to know each other via the blog,
    If it’s any consolation, the regular “What We’re Reading” posts costs us all, as we wenches often end up buying books as the recommendations come in — and we’ve often read them well before the post goes up.

    Reply
  109. Vicki, thanks so much for joining us, and for your lovely comments. This is a wonderful community, and know that we wenches truly value the company of our readers and commenters-on-the-blog. The diversity of commenters adds to the enjoyment too — we have some good discussions, don’t we? And people get to know each other via the blog,
    If it’s any consolation, the regular “What We’re Reading” posts costs us all, as we wenches often end up buying books as the recommendations come in — and we’ve often read them well before the post goes up.

    Reply
  110. Vicki, thanks so much for joining us, and for your lovely comments. This is a wonderful community, and know that we wenches truly value the company of our readers and commenters-on-the-blog. The diversity of commenters adds to the enjoyment too — we have some good discussions, don’t we? And people get to know each other via the blog,
    If it’s any consolation, the regular “What We’re Reading” posts costs us all, as we wenches often end up buying books as the recommendations come in — and we’ve often read them well before the post goes up.

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  111. I love reading all of your posts. I’ve been to Scotland three times and never gets old. Can’t wait to go back. Happy Anniversary to all of you!
    Hugs,
    Molly

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  112. I love reading all of your posts. I’ve been to Scotland three times and never gets old. Can’t wait to go back. Happy Anniversary to all of you!
    Hugs,
    Molly

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  113. I love reading all of your posts. I’ve been to Scotland three times and never gets old. Can’t wait to go back. Happy Anniversary to all of you!
    Hugs,
    Molly

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  114. I love reading all of your posts. I’ve been to Scotland three times and never gets old. Can’t wait to go back. Happy Anniversary to all of you!
    Hugs,
    Molly

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  115. I love reading all of your posts. I’ve been to Scotland three times and never gets old. Can’t wait to go back. Happy Anniversary to all of you!
    Hugs,
    Molly

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  116. I’ve enjoyed this second round of celebratory snippets in honor of your fifteenth anniversary. Congratulations to you all. Now don’t mind me; I’m heading to the refreshments table in hope of getting a piece of that chocolate!

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  117. I’ve enjoyed this second round of celebratory snippets in honor of your fifteenth anniversary. Congratulations to you all. Now don’t mind me; I’m heading to the refreshments table in hope of getting a piece of that chocolate!

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  118. I’ve enjoyed this second round of celebratory snippets in honor of your fifteenth anniversary. Congratulations to you all. Now don’t mind me; I’m heading to the refreshments table in hope of getting a piece of that chocolate!

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  119. I’ve enjoyed this second round of celebratory snippets in honor of your fifteenth anniversary. Congratulations to you all. Now don’t mind me; I’m heading to the refreshments table in hope of getting a piece of that chocolate!

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  120. I’ve enjoyed this second round of celebratory snippets in honor of your fifteenth anniversary. Congratulations to you all. Now don’t mind me; I’m heading to the refreshments table in hope of getting a piece of that chocolate!

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  121. Kathie, we spent quite a time pondering what we’d do for this anniversary, but I agree that it turned out well. Good company, flowers, champagne and chocolate–what more does a party need???

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  122. Kathie, we spent quite a time pondering what we’d do for this anniversary, but I agree that it turned out well. Good company, flowers, champagne and chocolate–what more does a party need???

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  123. Kathie, we spent quite a time pondering what we’d do for this anniversary, but I agree that it turned out well. Good company, flowers, champagne and chocolate–what more does a party need???

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  124. Kathie, we spent quite a time pondering what we’d do for this anniversary, but I agree that it turned out well. Good company, flowers, champagne and chocolate–what more does a party need???

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  125. Kathie, we spent quite a time pondering what we’d do for this anniversary, but I agree that it turned out well. Good company, flowers, champagne and chocolate–what more does a party need???

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  126. LilMissMolly–indeed, Scotland never gets old. It’s been too long since I’ve been there. (Actually, it’s only been three years since the last visit, but that is way too long!)

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  127. LilMissMolly–indeed, Scotland never gets old. It’s been too long since I’ve been there. (Actually, it’s only been three years since the last visit, but that is way too long!)

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  128. LilMissMolly–indeed, Scotland never gets old. It’s been too long since I’ve been there. (Actually, it’s only been three years since the last visit, but that is way too long!)

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  129. LilMissMolly–indeed, Scotland never gets old. It’s been too long since I’ve been there. (Actually, it’s only been three years since the last visit, but that is way too long!)

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  130. LilMissMolly–indeed, Scotland never gets old. It’s been too long since I’ve been there. (Actually, it’s only been three years since the last visit, but that is way too long!)

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