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Topic: Anyone had to spend days alone without anyone to talk to?

  1. Paw Prints
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    25 December 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hello Hanna,

    I hope Mr Sam's tummy is ok today & you both get to go out & enjoy a quiet town without the crowds

    Christmas hugs for you & ear rubs for Sam

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    Merry Christmas to you and Sam. I hope it’s pleasant however you’re spending it x
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  3. Hanna3
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    26 December 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws and Katy, Grandy, everyone

    Did you do anything to treat yourself for Christmas Paws? We had a quiet one but it was very hot so that's all we wanted. It's nice to veg out and watch movies!

    Sam is going OK on the new diet a bit at a time, it's making him lethargic but that seems to be usual when you change their diet.

    Everthing is closed here for a week including cafes and even take away places. It's very quiet. Was hoping to get to the dog park this afternoon but a severe storm is threatening and they roll in very fast here. It's frustrating as we want to go out but if we get caught in a storm it's nasty as there's flash flooding.

    I've been trying some online 3D jigsaw puzzles and they're quite good!

    Hugs from us here 🙂👍🐕🐾🎄🎉🎀🎁💞

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    26 December 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna,

    It's good to hear Sam is managing the diet transition ok so far...

    A cool day today after a very mild Christmas day... which is nice after a few hot days earlier this week...

    Do be careful if there are storms about your way... there have been some quite nasty localised weather events in NSW lately...

    We didn't do anything special here yesterday... did you do anything nice for yourself?...

    Hugs

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  5. Hanna3
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    27 December 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws and everyone

    Sorry I've been caught up in some family stuff with my brother.

    I binge watched 3 movies Xmas day as it was too hot to go out much. It was great to just relax and chill!

    I take Sam to the dog park here regularly now and the dogs all have a great time!

    Trying to do some cooking and freeze meals ahead in case I need to isolate. They're recommending people plan ahead in case of this happening. If I catch Omicron I can still be pretty off colour.

    Hope the snake is staying away!

    😊👍🐕🐾💞

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    27 December 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    Hi lovely Hannah 🐕 and everyone ☺

    I read quite often here hun been slack posting but know I do care and feel very deeply for your situation and your poor eyesight you poor love it's so important.

    Hope Sam settles soon with the change of diet.

    Sounds like a very wise idea to cook ahead saves when we don't feel up to it having something prepared love it.

    Those at the park seriously it's there loss not talking. Many people I've realised are quite shy and tend to stick to their clicks. The more they see you and I'm guessing you're comfy around people something might strike someday well I hope so anyway. All people can be hard work at times.

    I really like your positivity. Our dear Doolsy commented once how nice and relaxed it is here or to that effect. True.

    Wishing you and everyone a far better new year with plenty of positives and peace.

    Take care darl won't you and everyone ⚘💗

  7. Hanna3
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    29 December 2021 in reply to demonblaster

    Hi Deebi, Grandy, Paws, Katy, Dools, everyone

    Thanks for your post Deebi and nice to see you here! Yes it's tiring trying to focus on a tiny phone screen and it's hard to see BB well on the phone. I'm sure I miss things people have written and I am sorry if this happens as I don't deliberately ignore anyone!!!

    I cooked ahead in case I had to isolate or got sick, as it means I have enough for a week without needing to bother anyone for assistance.

    A couple of the ladies in the dog park have thawed out and are chatting nicely now. I take Sam quite often, the little dogs all have a lovely play and we sit and chat. It's nice now, so I'm glad I persisted!!

    We sometimes get to an outdoor dog friendly Cafe in the morning. People usually get talking.

    There's an exhibition at the art gallery here I want to get to. I have an elderly friend in the city I talk to when I can, but she's getting dementia and getting very demanding poor thing.

    Sam had an arthritis injection at the vet today and tomorrow I have the hairdresser and it's going to be hot for several days which I definitely don't like!

    I hope you and everyone is OK! How nice of you to come by.

    I've been reading a blog called letters of note on the internet, it's letters from famous people and some of them are incredibly witty and clever.

    Big hugs from us here! 🤗💞🐕🐾🐰🦝🦊🐙🐬🐏🐑🐄🐘🦏🐀🐹

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    29 December 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna, wave to everyone,

    That is great news that the locals have finally started chatting... it must make such a difference for you... & for Sam having lots of new playmates

    Given the rising rate of covid infections in NSW I think you are very wise to provide ahead for yourself...

    What is the exhibition you are hoping to go to? I have treated myself a christmas present & bought the biography of Vincent van Gogh that was written with the full assistance of the van Gogh foundation/museum & has great reviews... I will have a wait for it though as it won't ship for about 2 to 4 weeks...

    The hot weather is due here later this week too... not looking forward to it

    I hope your contact with your brother is going ok... I remember you saying previously he is hard to deal with.

    Keep cool

    Hugs

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  9. Hanna3
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    29 December 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws,

    That book on Van Gogh sounds good, you must be a fan of his paintings? I have a book on Margaret Olley out from the library, the interiors she did in her apartment in the city are wonderful, I've always admired her work.

    The exhibition here is Brett Whiteley. Some of his paintings are lovely. I got chatting with a couple of people who were sketching in the park here today, they were up from Melbourne and had been to see it.

    Yes we're in for a heatwave here, I loathe hot weather now! At least the lounge room now has air-conditioning but it's hard to sleep at night and too hot to walk during the day.

    A couple of the ladies at the dog park are pleasant now, and Sam loves the playtime with the other dogs. We sit in the shade underneath the trees and chat while the dogs run around. Yes it's good to have them to talk to.

    I'm reading Yuval Noah Harari's book Sapiens at the moment. I like him a lot - I don't think he's always right but he's always interesting and the book is fascinating. I watch/listen to some of his interviews on utube.

    My brother is a mess. He lives in the big city in your state. It's our parents' fault. What gets to me is the appalling mess they made of raising us. Highly educated and abusive. My intelligent, highly educated, highly successful in his field of work, trained-to-be-a-concert-pianist brother is so avoidant he can't manage relationships with anyone.

    So I go on trying to sort through the wreckage!

    Hugs. 💖

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    30 December 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna,

    I have read very different reviews about Sapiens... it seems to be a book that people either love or loath...

    I like a lot of Margaret Olley's work too... I know the name Brett Whitely, but I must admit I can't think of a single piece of his work... I will have to google him now... Yes I love van Gogh's paintings especially how he took to using the new paint colours that were just being created in his lifetime...

    Having a brother with those issues must be hard work... I think it is wonderful you try to engage with him in a way he can possibly cope with... he is lucky to have a sister like you...

    Hugs

    Paws

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  11. Hanna3
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    31 December 2021 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws and everyone

    We'll another year about to start, this one with Omicron. Oh joy! We are surrounded by very loud parties here, I'll have to put headphones on and play music!

    I am finding Sapiens fascinating but I did anthropology at Uni so I guess it's a book that suits me.

    We had interesting chats in the dog park yesterday and Sam seems to be doing well transferring to the new diet.

    We had a nice day today. The weather was nice as although very warm there was a lovely breeze.

    I hope you have a peaceful evening Paws, it's going to be noisy here!!!

    Hugs! 🤗😁🐕🐾🎉🎈🎊🎇💖

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  12. Hanna3
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    31 December 2021 in reply to Hanna3

    I'm also reading Wayne Macauley's book The Cook which is a satire on haute cuisine and so far it's very witty! He is an Australian writer.

    Have you been reading anything good Paws?

    Loud fireworks here, scary for the poor doggies but lovely to watch!

    I hope 2022 will be a good year for everyone! Thanks for the friendship and support Paws, Katy, Grandy, Dools, Deebi and everyone on BB! You're all so great!

    😊👍🐕😃🎈🎉🎊🥨⏱️🏆🎶🍻🥂🍾😷

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    1 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna, Paws, Katy, and everyone...

    Popping in to wish you a peaceful and Happy New Year...

    It was very quiet in my town,,,not hearing fireworks or seeing any...My girls were peacefully sleeping..Oh Kya was in a deep sleep...poor girl snores so loudly...or should I say poor Ebony and me...😂she kept waking us up....

    I am pleased you enjoy reading...it’s something that I can’t do anymore....my concentration is not good, even with audio books my mind wanders from the story.....

    Not at all enjoying these hot days...Love the sunshine..but not the heat...😁..

    Happy New Yesrs from myself and my little fur princesses...I washed them yesterday, and have tied a ribbon on their hair...kind of like Pebbles from The Flintsones.... 🤗🤗🐕🤗🤗🎊...

    Grandy..

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  14. Hanna3
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    1 January 2022 in reply to Ggrand

    Hi Grandy

    That's a lovely picture on your avatar! Thank you for the New Year wishes and I hope you have a good year too.

    I am close to where they have the fireworks here so I could watch them from the porch but Sam was very frightened and I had to look after him.

    It's very warm today, we are off to the dog park and will sit in the shade.

    Reading comes back with practice if you can try to do some with no distractions around it helps!

    Hugs! 🐕😷🥂🍾🎉🎈🎊💖😃🎇

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    5 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Dear Hanna,

    I am pleased you like my Avatar....

    Popping in to do a little check on both you and Sam...

    Its been so hot and muggy the last few days...I do hope that you are both finding ways of staying cool....

    It’s good that Sam likes to have a swim in the river....enjoy your day today lovely Hanna...the best you can....Hoping that the predicted storms for this afternoon, cools things off a bit...

    Hugs to you both,,,,and a bone 🍖 for little Sam...

    Grandy..

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  16. Hanna3
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    6 January 2022 in reply to Ggrand

    Hi Grandy

    Thank you for your good wishes, it's been very hot for days now.

    There's hardly anything in the supermarkets here, the shelves have been swept almost clean.. No toilet paper or long life milk or tinned fruit... I know supplies are affected too, but it's a pain... Here we go again! I'm glad I've bought a fair bit ahead.

    I hope you are being careful getting up and you're not still feeling wobbly on your feet.

    I was dying for an ice cream this evening but the ice cream shop was packed with a queue out the door, so it wasn't worth the risk of getting the virus from standing in the crowd...

    Went home and had the fruit salad I made instead!!!

    Big hug, and try to stay well! 😊🌠🌟🌜🐕🐌🐸🙉😼🐡🦗🍄🥪🥗⛪🎢⛅🧩

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    6 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna, wave to all,

    Do you have any idea what has set them off panic buying this time?... the news hasn't mentioned anything happening out your way that would spook people that I noticed.

    Your hot muggy weather has hit us here today after a few lovely cool days... we had thunderstorms all afternoon & they are staring again now... but no rain... though apparently there was heavy rain & large hail in the big town where I go.

    I'm sorry to hear you couldn't get your icecream today... are you being over run by holiday makers?... I hope you managed to spend some time by the river with Sam...

    Hugs

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    6 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Hey Hanna:-)

    You are spot on as always...Im in Sth Eastern Vic and its hot & sticky....ugh! The supermarkets are full here....are you getting people panic buying? The mind boggles.....

    I think Grandy's profile pic is the bees knees....Nice1

    Cool Hugs

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    Hi all just a note on why shelves are bare and why people might be panic buying.I heard on the news that their is such a shortage of staff with staff getting covid and people have to isolate in the supply centres to get the supply's to the supermarket so that causes the panic buying.Its the same here where I am the shelves are empty and toilet paper is always the first thing to sell out.So I always use how much toilet paper is on the shelf as a gauge to what is happening in people's buying habits and could see this coming.
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    7 January 2022 in reply to Matchy69

    Hi Paul and hi Matchy,

    I've been buying ahead because I'm in regional NSW and as you would know from the media, thanks to our new premier Parott Head (☹️) we had all precautions lifted heading into Xmas (don't get me started about how #####!!!! stupid THAT was!!!!!) & people stopped wearing masks and distancing 😯 and now we have virus everywhere. 😕🤧😷

    And yes there's panic buying because people are worried about getting sick and/or having to isolate (both of which are a legitimate worry at the moment) and staff and apparently the delivery truck drivers are getting sick. There was news about this in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Guardian online.

    I've cooked and frozen meals ahead and have enough to get through about a week if I get sick without having to ask for help. I live alone so I need to take care of myself and my dog. 🐕I have extra dry food for him, his food has been unavailable for months due to staff in shipping jobs overseas being off sick - a guy who works in transport told me the containers are all stuck in the depots or on the wharves! 🚚🚢

    Yesterday I managed to get a packet of panadol at a chemist as it's nearly impossible to get. Also things like throat lozenges, thermometers, are sold out.

    People are panicking which is unhelpful, a girl at the chemist told me the phone calls for RAT tests are non-stop but the government is taking them all back off them so they have none. The govt is panicked (duh!) I also heard from another pharmacist the govt is recalling all RATS from them.

    I also have enough medication to get me through about 10 days.

    People amaze me, they're still not wearing masks, they're sitting in crowded indoor cafes especially older people, they're crowding into the local ice cream shop which had heaps of cases previously - I guess they're just fed up, but it's not helpful. I wish they would think of the poor hospital staff & here in the country our small hospitals can't cope.

    So it's fun times again in NSW on top of a heat wave that goes on and on for weeks (but hey, there's no climate crisis, we all love coal!) and I'm in an uninsulated fibro getting cooked alive with my poor little dog! But otherwise everything is wonderful... 😃

    We will be OK I like a quiet life, but these are certainly interesting times!

    Meanwhile our PM is hoping a tennis player & tough talk about borders will distract us all from the mess. Nope!

    So what's it like where you guys are??? Nice to see you here!

    Cheers! 👍😊🤧🤒🐶🛒

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    7 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Hi Hanna I live in a very small country town and all we have here is a post office and a pub.I only go into the post office once a week as I have to collect my mail as we don't have it delivered here.It seems really normal out here as its very quiet.Its when I go into the big town that everything changes and it's like a different world with covid.The supermarket shelves are empty and that many people most seem to be wearing mask.Its interesting to note that WA has very few cases as they have kept their border closed and here in Qld since opening our border are up to 10000 a day now.It has put so much stress on everything.Huge lineup at testing centre and people are scared and angry and are panicking.I have enough food to survive here for weeks if I have to as I have plenty of vegies in the garden growing and chickens are laying eggs with some rice and pasta in the cupboard.I don't know if my kids would eat it all the time but I could survive easily on my own.I have a fortnight's supply of cat food for my cat.

    I hope you and Sam can manage ok.He would be great company for you in these times.

    Take care,

    Mark.

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    7 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Oh and Matchy,

    I don't think there's a single roll of toilet paper left in town (and this is a very large regional town not that far from the city) so what does that say about the mood here I wonder.. It's strange that on one hand people are clearly panicky and yet others crowd into the pubs and cafes and shopping malls. Go figure!

    Looks like 2022 is going to be a fun year! Lucky I bought loo paper ahead too! 😃👍

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    Hi Mark,

    You sound well placed with the veggie garden and chooks! I'm on a pension so I can't afford to buy too much ahead, the supermarkets will have to start rationing again. I don't have a big fridge or freezer either. I have tinned soup and pasta and rice.

    I chat online with someone in Melbourne so I'll ask her how things are there.

    My neighbour has retired from being a nurse at the hospital here and I'll try to ask her how the hospital is coping.

    The govt says to ring your GP if you get covid, my GP is a lovely little thing but she can barely cope with the patients she has already, if people with covid keep ringing her the poor thing will collapse from exhaustion!

    I'm off to an outdoor Cafe! Keep in touch my friend!

    Cheers 🙂

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    9 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Dear Hanna...

    I read on another thread that your going to get your cute little Sam groomed tomorrow...,Please do be very careful as their are lots of positive cases their...

    Both Coles and Woolworths in my closest shopping town (w)...has lots of empty shelves...My friend went a couple of days again and told me....Oh well, just have to do with what I’ve got....I have always heap of 2 minute noodles...luckily I like them 😂😂...

    I only have potatoes, spinach and tomatoes growing atm...and a pumpkin patch that’s taking over a big part of my lawn...without pumpkins growing on it,,,

    It is so hot isn’t it?....I don’t like the heat at all..their is no real escape from it....I felt the wall in my laundry this afternoon and I’m sure if I cracked an egg on it..,it would have cooked it on now time.., my air conditioner is even struggling to get under 21 deg...

    Hugs to you, and everyone..including all the beautiful fur children,,,🧸🤗🤗🐘💜💜.

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    9 January 2022 in reply to Ggrand

    Hi Grandy

    It's not until after lunch tomorrow and usually we have a nice walk there first and I take lunch to have in the park afterwards so I don't spend much time indoors. It's going to be hot again but it is a bit cooler in that town.

    Town here is very quiet today, people are staying in or in the parks. I'm about to take Sam for a walk now.

    Yes not much fresh food here. I've made a lovely tropical fruit salad and I have that with some plain Yoghurt it's lovely in the hot weather.

    You take care over there!!! 🙂

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    10 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3

    Hello Hanna, wave to everyone,

    I hope your trip to get Sam groomed wasn't too hot & that you managed to find a coolish spot to have your lunch... I'm sure he will appreciate having shorter fur with the constant heat you're getting... at least we've been getting breaks with cool days between bursts of heat... though this week it is expected to stay in the 30s & worst of all it will be humid... I swear 20 even 10 years ago we didn't get the humidity we now get...

    The covid hospital figures in NSW are scary... I know you are good at taking precautions... but do take care lass even out doors try & keep your distance...

    I will be going into big town to the chemist later this week & I will pop into Woolies to get my fruit & veg... I'm hoping we don't have the supply problems you're having...

    Stay cool

    Hugs

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  27. Hanna3
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    11 January 2022 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws and everyone

    It was soooo humid and hot yesterday we didn't stay longer than we had to to get Sam groomed. Humid here today and stormy. I have no doubt the climate is changing!

    Busy day and only 2 staff in the supermarket so an hour to be served and I felt sorry for the two people working!

    Paws I'm going to be very off and on here I think. I have very real concerns about some things on the forums, nothing to do with anyone here as you're great, but please excuse me if I take regular time out.

    Big hugs I'll be a bit off and on for a while. You take care of yourself and I'll be in touch from time to time 🙂💐💌

    🐕👍💕😷

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    11 January 2022 in reply to Hanna3
    BTW Paws,. There's a review of your Van Gogh book by The New York Times which is worth reading, you can Google it. You said he reminded you of your brother I think? I'd be interested what you think of the review. Cheers 🙂
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    Hello Hanna,

    Well the NY times review doesn't sound like the reviewer was a fan of the book... I find his complaint that the authors didn't try to classify Van Gogh's illness strange... no one can can accurately diagnose the man years later... especially as he seems to have self medicated with alcohol & he had syphilis which as it progresses affects the brain... I think it far better just to document his behaviour as they did...

    I also think the critic misunderstood their comment that he suddenly took an interest in art at age 16... they do talk about his sketching in his childhood & about how he liked earlier painters... my reading was that when he went to work for his uncle in the art dealership at 16 he saw all the different styles of art & he suddenly wanted to know more about the newer styles & forms & it awakened him to wanting to be an artist himself... it was only after this that he first starting painting... I didn't get the sense that the authors derided his early taste in art.

    I also think they made a cogent argument regarding how he got his final wound...

    I disagree with the critics comment that the book was full of put downs & cynicism or that it simply depicted him as someone with anger management issues... yes they referenced the opinions of those in VG's life who put him down... but I found their depiction of him realistic especially the contradictions in his life... how his words did not always reflect his actions... how he used emotional blackmail (possibly unconsciously)... his grand plans without any basis in reality... his apparent inability to understand how his behaviour was often excessive or why others avoided him because of it... how the negative responses of those about him also affected his mh & that it is possible to be a gifted/intelligent person & still have mh issues which make your life spiral downwards... plus they made it clear that there was no real understanding of mh or practical help available in his lifetime...

    Paws

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  30. Hanna3
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    12 January 2022 in reply to Paw Prints

    Hi Paws

    I haven't seen the book and our library doesn't have it,but the NYT often has interesting free reviews. It's good to read different opinions as it makes us think. Nothing like a challenge!

    I never trust Goodreads much, I chat with several book reviewers and they often spot someone there who has a personal interest in either giving a book a positive or negative review and they call them out. It sounds like a fascinating book!

    Town here is almost empty except for the parks where everyone seems to be trying to go. Indoor cafes I passed nearly empty. It's tough on businesses but people don't want to get sick. My pharmacist busy vaccinating people in an attempt to get the pressure off hospitals and ambulance services.

    The days tend to drift a bit as it's very warm but nobody wants to congregate much!

    I hope you are OK there. My book is excellent and the river here is flooded for some reason and lovely for the dogs to swim in!

    Waves to everyone 🙂🐶👍

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