About the mad mouse

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Machrie Moor on Arran

(Known on WordPress as Cybele Moon aka The Dune Mouse (not always here and never all there), Dagmar Productions,or Hana Hoo.

 “Not all who wander are lost” – or have attention deficit disorder!

I am a rather simple soul, somewhat introverted (but passionate), now living on an island in the Pacific Northwest.  Though college educated with a major in English Lit, way back when, I remain an enthusiast without many credentials. However, I am a traveler in many realms, where I still seek old bones, tomes, and philosopher’s stones,- and other such nonsense and treasures.

hydra

“She once wandered through the Mediterranean area, Italy, Africa…  and lived for a while in Greece on Leonard Cohen’s former haunt, the island of Hydra….

Hearing the call of ancient valour, the pipes and old standing stones, today she has followed the wind back again to more northern climes where she is at home in both the Hebrides and Ireland.”- from an Interview by Sue Vincent

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The dark island (ant’eileann dorcha) sung by Mary Duff

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Loch Ness

I often wander off the beaten path in search of adventure and am a great friend of  Murphy who states “when all else fails, read the instructions” -or in this case refer to the map (GPS). Just ask my daughter, the navigator, and keeper of time, who, by the way, is a grand travel companion, never misses a train- and keeps me on “track.”

I am largely self taught with an interest in history, astronomy and paleontology (adventures in the time machine). My blogging first began a few years back with a story of a virtual world which then morphed into the more creative Following Sister Moon and Gateways and Journeys.  I like to create visions and tales that compliment each other so if you like storytelling and photography, welcome to my world and let’s share a tale!!

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A few endorsements!

guest storyteller on Sarahpotterwrites –  Tales of the Tuatha de Danaan

Leanne Cole’s Introductions (of the dune mouse) in July, 2014

Hot off the Press -Around the world in 10 photos

New World Notes Cajsa Lilliehook and Wagner James Au Reports on Virtual Worlds


and some flattering and lovely testimonials ( squeaking loudly)

Ed Mooney, author at The Ruin Hunter (Ireland) says–
“There are very few authors that can draw the reader into the story, where time ceases to exist and you feel like you are part of the tale. You Cybele are one such writer. Thank you so much for sharing these stories with me. In ancient Ireland you would have been known as a Seanchaí “ re: A Canticle for Meg and Tales of the Caravanserai
 A graceful, gothic swell to the storytelling, laced with sudden tragic turns, lovely phrasing,  and poetic moments– Stephen Thom
“your stories are simple, captivating and profound” – Peter Nena
Words fail me, Cybele! These images are so MAGICAL!  Ali Isaac, Guardian of Irish Mythology
More endorsements here

 

 

 

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or visit the virtual mouse here

 

148 Comments Add yours

  1. Melinda says:

    Thank you for responding! I hope I have permission to pin more of your work and will definitely make sure your credits are included (will be glad to send you a link each time if you require).

    Here is the link: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/6192518216117441/

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    1. certainly- let me know!

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  2. Melinda says:

    I just discovered you through a SL reference. I would like to pin some photos to Pinterest but wanted to check with you first. Is your work copyrighted?

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    1. Hi Melinda, that is kind of you- they are only copyrighted in that I am given full credit and reference!! If you could give me the link that would be lovely! Thank you!

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  3. Hello,

    I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.

    You are under no obligation to accept.

    To find out more about the award click here: http://wp.me/p47Ymh-3l9

    Rob Goldstein

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  4. A-ha! Another Canadian! I saw a few of your comments on Ed Mooney’s blog… and am a fan of Dune (“the mouse shadow on the second moon: Muad’Dib). So, I thought I would drop by and see what you are up to. 🙂

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    1. thanks for dropping by and I will drop by your blog too!

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  5. robert87004 says:

    When did you change your blog layout and color? I like! ☺

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    1. so pleased you like it Robert! Kind of like rearranging the furniture!!

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  6. pattimoed says:

    Hi Cybele. I just saw your review of “Montebello” on Amazon and want to send you a very special thank you for your kind words and for reading my book! It is so gratifying to me that you did this! I am so glad the story touched you. This is why I write after all. Once again, many, many thanks. –Patti

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    1. you are very welcome Patti! I enjoyed it so much!

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      1. pattimoed says:

        That is wonderful to hear!

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  7. Did you ask me to send you a play I wrote and you wanted to collaborate with me on a project? I can’t remember who asked me that recently.

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    1. yes, we could perhaps and yes do send!!

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  8. themofman says:

    I don’t use Flickr much anymore either.

    Thanks for taking a look at Modes of Flight a while back.

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    1. you are welcome. I have posted a few there (Flickr) lately!

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  9. sedge808 says:

    i’m a big fan of history too.

    Gavin.

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    1. thanks for reading Gavin!! 🙂

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      1. sedge808 says:

        U R most welcome. Thank you for all of the support ☺

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  10. betunada says:

    multi-omni-dimensionality lurks and prevails here ~

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    1. many thanks for reading betunada!!

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      1. pattimoed says:

        Hi Cybele. Thanks so much for the book review on Amazon! I am delighted that you liked the book! Many thanks for your thoughtful and enthusiastic evaluation. I love when my book has an impact on others! It’s “music” to my ears. I wanted to make sure that you received this–so I am sending it to you directly, as well as a reply to you on my blog.

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      2. You are most welcome and deserved!

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  11. alexraphael says:

    Couldn’t tell if you accept awards or not, but wanted to remind you how good your blog is and wish you a great weekend https://alexraphael.wordpress.com/2015/05/23/awards-three-of-a-different-kind/

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    1. thanks Alex! I don’t as a rule due to time constraints though I appreciate them. I’ll take a look though!

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  12. Hannah says:

    Hey CybeleMoon, amazing blog & the photos are exceptionally captivating! 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting!!

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      1. Hannah says:

        Anytime! Your blog = thumbs up! 🙂

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    2. PS: I just visited your blog as well!! Lovely writings and photos! – I write too- mostly stories etc!

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      1. Hannah says:

        Hey the dune mouse, thank you so much for stopping by.
        I’m glad you liked it! 🙂 stay tuned!
        I look forward to more amazing posts from you! 🙂
        Have a nice day!

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      2. see you soon!! 🙂

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  13. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

    I had such a wonderful time wandering within your thoughts and images, Thank you for sharing them with us
    you have such a wonderful energy surrounding your space, I will enjoy coming again to wander
    Thank you for being you….
    Take Care…You Matter…
    )0(
    maryrose

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    1. what a lovely comment. Thank you so much and hope you will enjoy more of my offerings.

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      1. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words says:

        You’re Welcome, and I know will enjoy more 🙂
        )0(

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  14. Hi, I just want you to know I nominated you for the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge. You can read more about it on the bottom of my post at the link bellow. You already pretty much post a photo with related writing daily so I think you can do this easily if you choose. Cheers! Sky
    https://skybluedaze.wordpress.com/2015/04/22/clay-faces/

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    1. thank you for the nomination Sky!

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  15. jannatwrites says:

    I like your sense of adventure and your wide range of interests. I’ve become too much of a home body, I think… I need to embrace my inner traveler and see more sights, I think 🙂

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    1. oh thanks so much for visiting Janna! I’m a homebody too except when the spirit moves lol!! It’s moving more slowly these days! But yes, travel (anywhere) is wonderful, even into a woodland park!! I hope you will read some of my stories too.

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  16. Anita says:

    I greatly appreciate your follow, Cybele, thank you! This week is turning out to be a pretty busy one so I’m lagging behind on my visits. I’ll wander around yours as soon as I’m able to!

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    1. you are welcome! Come by and visit anytime!! 🙂

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  17. Bojenn says:

    I love your WP site. Fascinating and it pulls the reader into your enchanted story. Ioved visiting and will be returning soon…

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    1. So pleased you like it Bonnie!! Yes please return!! I like your blog also!!!

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  18. Dee & Gee says:

    I love your photos and your work. You definitely sound like a kindred spirit. I’m very much looking forward to following your work. -Dee

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    1. I’m very honoured Dee!!!! Thanks for the follow!!!

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  19. svtakeiteasy says:

    Hi Cybele, I have finally had the opportunity to take the time to wander through your beautiful site. What a great mix of photos and haunting writing. You are very talented. I am now following you, and thank you for your own follow, likes and support. Chris

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    1. I’m happy to follow your adventures and beautiful photos! Thank you for such a great compliment!!! Glad to have you aboard!! 😀

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  20. Angeline M says:

    Thanks so much for following my blog so that I could meet you here. Your photography is lovely, and I’ll love seeing more.

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    1. You are very welcome, I enjoy your creative vision too! I hope you will visit me again!!

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  21. DG MARYOGA says:

    Thank for the follow and all your likes ! I gladly followed you back,I love your “cosmos” and I’ll do my best to come by your blog regularly although my spare time is very limited.Nice to meet you my friend 🙂
    Doda

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    1. I’ll be happy to see you here any time you are able!! And will be reciprocating!! Good to meet you too!!

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  22. Norma says:

    Hi Moon. I’m so glad to meet you. I’m already enjoying my journey here. There are some great collection of photos in the Leanne Cole Photography. I loved the daisies and waterlily.
    Thanks for the visit and follows. 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much for you follow and visit too Norma!! Yes the Leanne post was quite an honour!! I’m glad you enjoyed it!! I love story telling and photography is such a great compliment to it. Adding music too lol!! Blogging is wonderful in this way!! I get to meet other great bloggers and people of imagination!! I’m very happy to find your wonderful blog!!!

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      1. Norma says:

        Same here. 🙂

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  23. Swoosieque says:

    I am so happy you visited my site and I happily reciprocated! Your “about” page makes a visitor feel welcomed and relaxed become a regular visitor. 😀

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    1. thanks so much Swoosie (love your name). You are most welcome to visit!! and I will be visiting you as well now!!

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  24. Thanks so much for the Follow. I am interested to see that even in virtual space it’s a small world. For example, we both have been fortunate to have been introduced by Leanne Cole (you in July, me just this week) and we both were included in the WordPress “Hot off the Press” feature earlier this year. I believe your image was like 2 pictures away from mine. So of course I will be following you. It was meant to be.

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    1. thank you for your follow!!! yes I believe in fate!! and kindred souls!!

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  25. Tim Shey says:

    Here are a some hitchhiking stories that you might like to read:

    “New Camaldoli”
    http://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/new-camaldoli/

    “Hitchhiking Stories from Digihitch”
    http://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/hitchhiking-stories-from-digihitch/

    “High Plains Drifter (short story)”
    http://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/high-plains-drifter-short-story/

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  26. Nurul Lubis says:

    Great Photo Collection Cybele… Thank you for your visit to my blog.

    have a nice day..

    cheers,

    Nurul

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  27. svtakeiteasy says:

    Hi Cybele, thank you for visiting our site… I enjoyed taking a wander through your blog and admiring the great mix of images and and story telling. Chris

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  28. sixpixx says:

    It’s taken me a while to meander this way and find out who writes who those wonderful old world fantasies and creates images of alternative universes.

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    1. What a sweet thing to say Six- and much appreciated!!! I’m an old fashioned alternate universe kind of girl!! 😀 Glad others like that too!!

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  29. Arl's World says:

    Hi there! When I thought of blogs to nominate for this award, you were one to come to mind. Thanks for always following and commenting on my blog. It is so appreciated!! You can see my post here: http://wp.me/p4bcab-11D. Wishing you a great week! 🙂

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    1. thanks so much Arl!! I appreciate the nomination!! I can’t accept as I am getting ready for a trip and time is limited but grateful you thought of me!

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      1. Arl's World says:

        You are welcome! Wishing you a wonderful time on your trip! I look forward to pictures 🙂

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  30. Thanks for responding on my blog, Cybele. Found you in the Monochrome Madness with the ‘Lovely Lokisdottir’. (sounds Icelandic; I’m an Iceland addict, although I’ve been there only once) I like your poetic, weird, moody shots. See you!

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    1. thank you Harrie. Yes, I love Icelandic and Norse myths – and myths in general including my own!! 😀

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  31. Hi Cybele!

    Iris Greenwald from Wandering Iris invited me to be a part of the Virtual Blog Tour to which I have agreed. I will be posting on Monday, July 21. By participating, I have also been asked to invite one or more people whose blog I enjoy and would like to introduce to my readers/followers. There are four questions to answer and you can post photos if you choose to your post. I’m writing to invite you to become a part of the Virtual Blog Tour. Should you accept, your post would be for Monday, July 28th. I hope you’ll say yes because I love your blog and wish to share it with others! If you accept, I’ll give you more details! Linda

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    1. that sounds like a great tour!! And thank goodness it gives a bit of time!! lol. Thank you for thinking of me!! Yes, what fun!!

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      1. Excellent! Here are the instructions that were given to me and I’m passing them on to you! Can’t wait to see your post! 😉

        The Virtual Blog Tour is a relatively new project for bloggers. The rules are fairly simple:
        Compose a one-time post which is posted on Monday (date will be given to you from whoever passes on the tour)

        What am I working on?
        How does my work differ from others of its genre?
        Why do I write/create what I do?
        How does your writing/creating process work?

        Answer four questions about our creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires us to do what we do.

        Then pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers. Get their permission first and give them rules and specific Monday they are to post. Yours is July 28th.

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  32. From what I have seen and read so far I think you have a wonderful blog. Skipping through the posts right now to read more of the Tales of the Tuatha. Once caught up with that I’ll double back to view some of the other posts then off to read the other stories. Not only am I ‘Following’ you but have you bookmarked so I don’t have to worry about the ‘Reader’ missing any of your posts. 😉

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    1. Thank you so much Justin!! I am perusing your wonderful blog too!!

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  33. Arl's World says:

    Hi there! I wanted to nominate you for The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award. For more info see here: http://wp.me/p4bcab-Xo Thanks so much for your continued support of my blog. 🙂

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  34. Yours is an amazing blog. Just loved your photography style.Looking forward to future posts 🙂

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    1. thank you so much Nomad!! I will head over to yours when I get home today!!

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  35. Robyn G says:

    Hello Cybele 😀
    I love your blog and its great to read about you and your journey.
    Cant believe I havent read it before now.
    I think we share a few things in common.
    Keep doing what youre doing. You inspire!

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    1. thanks so much Robyn and the feeling is mutual!!

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  36. emeraldwake says:

    Hello,Great Blog You have,my best regards,EM
    http://emeraldwake.wordpress.com/

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  37. Thanks for visiting my blog! I see we are sharing a common affection for Paleontology. It was my major, when I was a student of Geology back in the 90’s.

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    1. Yes, we do have a few sites on the island!! and a wonderful museum. thanks for stopping by!!

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  38. Arl's World says:

    Hi there! I just nominated you for the Versatile Bloggers Award. You have a great blog and are truly deserving of this. Accepting is optional of course. 🙂 http://wp.me/p4bcab-OG

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    1. thank you Ari!! I will check it out!

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      1. Arl's World says:

        You are welcome!

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  39. Self-taught or not your images are beautiful. I’m looking forward to exploring the world through your eyes a little. … Found you through Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness … Be well, Dorothy 🙂

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    1. Welcome Dorothy and thank you!! I will visit you too!!

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  40. Beautiful precious words bio, you have an fantastic blog, poem, photos, musing tales and more. That’s great talent. My compliment! I wish; keep it up! Thank you for your kindly visiting on my photo poem blog, I appreciate it very much. Warm regards @Della

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  41. Raconteur says:

    Fantastic blog 🙂

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  42. you’re welcome and thank you for following mine!!

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  43. James Keegan says:

    Thank you for following my journey into photography. I really enjoy your photos and the stories that accompany them. Keep up the good work.

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  44. Love what I’ve seen of your blog! So much to see, so little time! 🙂 I have always wanted to visit Ireland and Scotland and now that I know my ancestors are from County Antrim in Ireland (from waaay back!), it’s on my list! So wish me luck!

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    1. thank you for your visit!! I’ve been in County Antrim. You will love Ireland. I’m hoping to get back this year and also Scotland,( two branches of the family). If you haven’t already, check out my travel blog for photos of these two places sometime. And yes you must go!!

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  45. Yana says:

    Hi! Thank you for stopping by my blog and for the ‘like’. Im really amazed with your profile, site and photography! Best wishes!

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    1. thanks Yana and you’re welcome!!

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  46. I am a storyteller/writer in Seattle who started blogging about two years ago. Through my blogging I discovered a way to actually use all the photos–as visual aids to my online stories. I had to smile when I read your ‘About’ statement, as I am also a former English major, history enthusiast, and a passionate traveler who loves sharing those adventures with my family and my blogging community. I am glad I discovered your blog!

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    1. pleased to meet you and I hope you enjoy some of my stories!!

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  47. Rajiv says:

    This is brilliant stuff.you have a marvellous blog

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    1. thanks for your visit and compliment!!!!

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