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Every Hidden Thing

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France 1942. a Jewish boy Aristide Meyer, sees his father arrested and sent to Auschwitz, betrayed by double agent Jacques Marteau. Twenty-two years after the war, Aristide returns to Paris, determined to find Marteau. He relinquishes his search when he hears that Marteau is rumoured to have died in an ambush in 1944. His investigation is re-ignited when Ari recognises Marteau, now known as Victor Dubois, a senior member of the Government. Now he needs to prove that a respected member of society was a Nazi agent. As he delves into Dubois’ past, his activities attract unwanted attention and Ari begins to realise what really is at stake.
Ari meets Michel Gaillard, now a lawyer, whom he first met in 1941. Michel also has every reason to want to prove Dubois’ guilt.
Libby Wentworth, Ari’s English assistant finds herself embroiled in the intrigue surrounding Dubois. Can she help Ari in his quest, or does she get so deeply entangled that her life is in danger?
More deaths – and the hunt is on to arrest Dubois, to avenge the lives he destroyed and prevent him from vanishing with the loot stolen from Jews during the war.
Can they find him before it is too late . . . ?

 

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In this busy busy world we don’t take enough time to stop and rewind. So take time to relax , holiday season is upon us so in the busyness of Christmas preparations take time out  to. . . just . . relax!

 

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Relaxation. Nothing like sitting in the middle of a stretch of water with nothing else to do but relax!

 

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Holidays!  Sunset, a glass of wine and excellent company.The deep relaxation after a busy day in the sun

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Nothing else to do after a picnic, but relax!

This post was in response to  a Weekly Photo Challenge : Relax

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1976. My first doll house, made from a grocery box and the figures made from clothes pins and the furniture made from found objects and cardboard.

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country kitchen made from a wooden wine box, my collection of miniatures has grown over the years. I find tiny objects irresistible!

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The study of an early 20th century explorer. Each tiny diorama tells a story as I have let my imagination go .

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Christmas Eve afternoon tea. I love the tiny tea-set!

 

The scale of all of these room boxes is 1″ in 12″ some of the contents are charms from Christmas crackers,  some are from junk shops. For the trophy heads I bought a packet of plastic animals, cut off the heads and stuck them to wooden discs. Such fun! I don’t think I have really grown up!


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Weekly Photo Challenge: Chaos

A few years ago we had to replace out kitchen floor-covering with tiles and the resultant chaos was hard to live with. We had to wait 2 days for the cement to dry before we could move everything back to its place, leaving us to camp elsewhere in the house, climbing over and around the mess in the dining room, fridge and stove and dishwasher and washing machine in the passage, piles of books in the sitting room. I took these photos as a record for posterity, I never thought I’d be posting them in a photo challenge!

One can’t help thinking how pathetic our belongings look where they are just jumbled together, and one can feel incredible compassion for victims of earthquakes. My chaos lasted a couple of days, then all was returned to its place; ancient towns of central Italy  have sustained devastating earthquakes in the last two weeks and their residents are having to live with permanent  devastation and loss. My heart goes out to themdsc07762dsc07768dsc07764dsc07773

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Transmogrify

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I found this charming tableau in a village in Switzerland. An ordinary log had been transmogrified into a monster; a rather benign monster, judging by the waggish expression of the gnome next to it!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

These photos were taken worlds apart. The dragonfly alighted on our  boat while we were ambling down a quiet river in France. Fortunately I had my camera at the ready for other wonders, but this elegant creature stopped just long enough for me to get a photo. It was his colour that caught my eye but, just for a moment he sat on the rail and shone!

The other photo was taken on a cattle farm  in the north of South Africa. It was last winter and we were on holiday there. The winter veld is a dismal brown as there is no rain for months on end and the winds were bitter. We had found a sunny sheltered spot where we could cuddle up to our mugs of tea. The turquoise flash of this lovely lizard engaged my attention and I was glad  was able to get a photo because the click of the camera chased him back into a crack in the plaster. It wasn’t until I saw the two pictures together I realised that they were almost a matched pair with their brilliant colour and jewel-like shine.

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