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*Buffy*
July 13, 2005
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King Alfred's stomping ground? Interesting! And not 'that' far away from moi!! Maybe I walked past you and didn't even know it!!!

By the way - thanks for what you did for us in the War.

Iv'e always wanted to say that! : )

Yes, we girls love a man in uniform..........aaaaahh...

Anyway, thanks for your good wishes; I do feel as though things are on the.....ssshhh.....the ....up...

Have a great one!

~love charlie~XX

July 13, 2005
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P.S. Captain? Cool!!

July 13, 2005
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charlie - War - not that old my love. My stint was post war!
Winchester barracks -cor got some
stories not to tell you but i remember the girls very well. I was 18 when I did my basic traing there - they locked us in the barracks for the first six weeks and fed us Bromide in our tea. Not in need of the bromide now - pity because all I have to offer is wonderful conversation over a bowl of red wine.
Have fun charlie you are still so young - have fun!!

July 13, 2005
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Oops! : )

I have no idea how old you are, AC! I guess it was you mentioning remebrance day!!

I'm hopeless with dates!!

You must mean the Sir John Moore barracks then. Six weeks of bulling boots and ironing and adventure training....all the way up to Captain!

Hot and humid, listless and sleepy today. Still no news, but some good news regarding a matter to do with my sister and mother...a long story!!

Hope your flowers are looking lovely..

~love and hugs, charlie~XXX

July 13, 2005
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charlie - now that has been done and dusted I feel a little younger for that!
I have just been reading a novel - by Margaret Mayhew ' I'll Be Seeing You'. A great 2nd world war novel. Strange thing is that I also have a wonderful true war time story Part of it was published as a middle page spread in a Suffolk newspaper.
During the war my sister married a member of an American air crew, She (after the war) went back to America as a war bride - with a boy child two and a half year old. Marriage broke up - she returned to England pregnant again - leaving her first child behind, Thus I had a nephew that I last saw when he was just a baby.

50 years on I searched for him as a missing relative on the web. Found him - he is a senator - he has now been over and has been reunited with his English cousins ( 5 boys) A long story which only your pen could really do credit to . A massive story really and worth professional telling.

My sister's life was ruined by this war time marriage - she never really recovered and lived her life out within the shelter of my parents. The welfare state never existed in her days - she worked on two jobs a day to bring her English child up --- I could go on charlie but I would be here for weeks telling you it. Margaret Mayhew could get another best seller from it!

AC.

July 14, 2005
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Just fed Buffy after the very hot daY

July 15, 2005
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AC : )

It WAS hot wasn't it? Phew!!!! My hanging basket is hanging low in protest!!

Btw, were you in Winchester the same day as the Queen? Wintonians were not aware that she had graced our fair city, until the weekly free newspaper came out!! Security tight at the moment..

What an amazing story about your sister. I really felt for her, having to be separated from her eldest son...

You did well to find him again - how exciting that must have been. And it must have been some reunion!! Life always surprises us in the end!!

Just a thought...Buffy will always remain a chick...how lucky she is to be in a perpetual state of youth...maybe she represents the things of youth, and in so doing reminds us that whilst it was good to be a kid, it's awesome to be a grown-up!!! : )

~love, charlie~XXXXX

July 15, 2005
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P.S. Do you ever have a list of "Things To Do", which never seems to end? Our car has been hit three times since March - same place each time - nearside front bumper.. I have so much to get done - I wish I could just jump on a plane... or a river boat...just want to be experience freedom again - and then of course my mind turns to love. Still not feeling it with my husband............

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July 15, 2005
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lists - Oh yes! Been catching up with old friends today - more things to do -----do do! But hey the hectic life lets you know that you are still wanted charlie.

July 17, 2005
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AC

Hope you're having a wondeful weekend!

Me? - Work, movies, a riverside bike ride, a great paella and some of my finest writing yet (started a new project!!)....

Talk to you soon mon ami!!!!!!!!!

~love, kisses and hugs, charlie~XXX

July 17, 2005
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charlie - I made the mistake today of getting the old photo's out. My past caught up with me in a big way.
Glad you are so up!
Love. AC

July 19, 2005
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AC

We all do that...we all look back and stare in wonder (disbelief?), at earlier moments, and people and places, captured so tantalisizingly out of reach ~ as we hold close, paper photographs...

I found a poem which captures this...

"My brothers, the things I loved in life...trees, birds, stones..

Would all look back, if they could, upon their lost youth,

Like eons-buried cities, civilizations
disappeared, silted under by indifferent time

And wonder at what they were then, in face of what they are now, and will yet become.."

What we have to remember is that more of the same will be captured tomorrow, and the next day, and the next......

I will be back later on for a chat, and although I have not visited the 'coffee shop' recently - I will put the kettle on and make us both a brew - do you take sugar? Or are you sweet enough?!!

~love and hugs, charlie~

P.S. S.W.A.L.K. X

July 19, 2005
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charlie - I am ok today. My son had a suit case full of old photographs relating to his mum and my past. I wanted a few to display around my new home now the ex has gone out of my life. She hated anything that related to my previous married life. Yes I survived the memory lane bit and now have standing in glory a tribute to his mum and I.
Love. AC

July 19, 2005
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Oh - thnks for my cuppa!

July 21, 2005
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Aye Captain!! ; )

Always wanted to say that too!!!!

Tea ~ YOU are ALWAYS welcome!! My kitchen is a little messy, but if you overlook all the clutter, you'll see it's a warm inviting place to be!!!

Anyway, we will have our tea in the garden - that's what summers are for!!!

Lots happening in Charlie world..maybe got to a fork in the road sort of thing...

Hope you're around later!!

~love kisses and hugs, charlie-girl~XXXXXXX

July 21, 2005
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Tea would be nice any day in your kitchen- Mrs Dale - the diary of.
Well charlie I think you would make many a man happy just to be around you - on a good day !(smile)
My son is coming around today to bake a cake for his twin sons birthday on the 2nd. He is a good cook - once had his own flat in the Barbican.
So what are you cooking up in life at the moment?
Sending you good health and laughter!
Love. AC

July 21, 2005
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PS - This fork - is in the shape of a man? Sun's out so let's sit and talk about it in Concarl and eat osyters on the sands. Well of course some lemons and french bread. Clink - this white is just to die for charlie.
You would be the perfect type to take to France and swoon!!!!!!.
But the Regiment has hold of my pips so I must not drop my rank today - sorry another day soon! ( Smile)

July 21, 2005
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Sorry charlie I have a spelling correction. CANCALE!

See.the painting - John Singer Sargent's Oyster Gatherers of Cancale. This is how I try to paint.
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July 23, 2005
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Beautiful thoughts and visions and flavours...you just say the word, and I'm there!!

Will chat more, soon, perhaps on a new thread?

~love charlie~XX

July 24, 2005
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charlie
Yesterday we attended the Bristol Harbour Festival - we were aboard our boat. A narrow boat sailed by which bore the name of ' Twelfth Of Never' I said " I wonder how that name came about" so my partner sang me the Johnny Mathis song----go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/bristol and see for yourself something of The Bristol Festival. A Wonderful day among many tall ships.

You ask me how much I need you, must I explain?
I need you, oh my darling, like roses need rain
You ask how long I'll love you, I'll tell you true
Until the Twelfth of Never, I'll still be loving you

Hold me close, never let me go
Hold me close, melt my heart like April snow

I'll love you 'til the bluebells forget to bloom
I'll love you 'til the clover has lost its perfume
I'll love you 'til the poets run out of rhyme
Until the Twelfth of Never and that's a long, long time

July 26, 2005
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AC

Your partner sounds like a lot of fun - serenaded by spontaneous outbursts of song can't be bad!!!

I have been a little busy of late, and will continue to be so, also going to France for ten days, and Chester for seven, in August, so if I am not around as much over the summer, don't think I have forgotten you (I never will). You have given me sooooooooo much, and I send good thoughts to you always, even if I have not had a chance to reply.

Lots more to say, but will keep this short. Hope to check in as often as I can..

~love hugs and lots of kisses, charlie~XXXXXX

July 26, 2005
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charlie - thanks for your words. It was never a one way street! France well girl got me interested with that throw away. But I sence you are feeling ok and this brings a song to my heart. I will wait for more news after you get back. Stay cool loverly one.
AC

July 28, 2005
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thowing corn and scatching around

July 28, 2005
5:26 pm
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Bawk! Bok! Bok!

AC!!!!!!!!!

You cutie!!! How could I resist that post??!!!

Yes off to Brittany and Normandy soon. Can't wait to just get away for a while. Will think of you while I am over there, and send you a cyber postcard when I return!!!

Some French related quotes (Disclaimer:- just for fun!)

"France has neither winter nor summer nor morals. Apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country. France has usually been governed by prostitutes."

—Mark Twain

"I would rather have a German division in front of me than a French one behind me."

—General George S. Patton

"Going to war without France is like going deer hunting without your accordion."

—Norman Schwartzkopf

"The French are....not dressed any better, on average, than the citizens of Baltimore. True, you can sit outside in Paris and drink little cups of coffee, but why this is more stylish than sitting inside and drinking large glasses of whiskey I don't know."

—P.J O'Rourke (1989)

"How can anyone govern a nation that has two hundred and forty-six different kinds of cheese?"

- Charles de Gaulle

"A Frenchman both common and noble is quite self-assured because he regards himself personally both in mind and body as irresistibly attractive to both men and women. This is why the French are constantly attacked by the Prussians and the English."

- Leo Tolstoy

"I just love the French. They taste like chicken!"
[* Buffy cover your ears!!!!!!!!!!!!!!}

- Hannibal Lecter

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~je t'aime, charlie~XXXXX

July 29, 2005
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Good morning Captain!!!

Just that.

Oh, and this : )

~love charlie~X

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