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Sage Goddess Gem Haven

Click on the image above, or go  here  for a wonderful range of high quality beautiful crystals, and a Blog with a wealth of information.

I have been buying crystals for a while now from Sage Goddess in California U.S.A. and they have brought alot of joy, comfort and beauty into my Life.

Here are pictures of some of my treasures.

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Red Onyx Apple

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Onxy Mini Fruit

Credit:  The 2 photos above are from

the Sage Goddess website

I am in the Sage Goddess affiliate programme, so if you make a purchase within 24 hours of clicking on the Link provided at the top of this post, it will help me.

Sage Goddess also has delightful perfumes.  Thank you!

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Hello, is anyone there?

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A long long time ago …. I had one of these beautiful Royal Albert china telephones!   Well it was just for show, it didn’t work.  After a while it got broken by my cat.  Our Shandy cat loved to sun himself on the window-sill in my study.  One day he hopped off the window sill onto my low book-shelf on which my phone sat —  kitty accidentally knocked the telephone off the book shelf onto the carpet and it broke.

Never mind.  But lately I got to remembering when we had a real dial telephone at my childhood home and even a telephone stand and chair which you sat on …. and if you had lots of numbers toward 9 or the zero at the end of the dial to use …. you would have to wait on tenterhooks when you were in a hurry waiting for the rotary dial to slowly ever so slowly wind its way back a circuit, so you could put your finger in the 9 or the 8 or whatever!

Tonight I saw someone on a television auction programme selling a retro rotary dial telephone and it got me thinking what would it have been like to have been there at the time of the switchboard exchanges —  telephoning the Operator and asking to be put through to someone.

The telephone exchange is a telecommunication system which revolutionized the use of the telephone. When Graham Bell and Thomas A. Watson invented the telephone, the utilization of this device was limited. By 1876, the longest call made was a distance of only two miles.  The use of the telephone was then limited to business purposes.

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Tom Thumb adds !

Tom Thumb is a character of English folklore. The History of Tom Thumb was published in 1621, and was the first fairy tale printed in English. Tom is no bigger than his father’s thumb, and his adventures include being swallowed by a cow, tangling with giants, and becoming a favourite of King Arthur.   Apparently Tom Thumb was good at calculating too.

When I was at High School, I was awarded the Honour Certificate for being the best History student in Year 12.  I love to think about the origin or source of things, and about history.

I bought a beautiful working Tom Thumb adding machine / slide adder in mint condition, together with stylus, case and instructions from the Vintage and Mod Shop on Etsy !!

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Dumfries House & Murano Chandeliers

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Click   HERE   for wonderful photos of Dumfries House including the Pink Dining room with its Murano glass chandelier !

The YouTube video below shows the complete documentary on the restoration of Dumfries House.

Designed by the brothers John Robert and James Adam and furnished by cabinetmaker Thomas Chippendale, Dumfries House, set in 2000 acres in Ayrshire, is considered the most gloriously intact 18th-century house in Scotland.   It was built in 1759 for Earl William Crichton-Dalrymple, the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and Knight of the Order of the Thistle (in 1752) .  The substantial estates were inherited by the Earl’s nephew, Patrick Macdouall-Crichton.

The estate passed onto the 7th Marquess of Bute but in 2007 there was no money to maintain the up-keep of the grounds and of the beautiful stately house, and it was put up for sale.  The house contains some of the most important collections by master furniture-maker Thomas Chippendale.  Due to its significance and the risk of the furniture collection being distributed and auctioned,  in 2007 the estate and its entire contents was purchased for £45m by a consortium headed by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, including a £20m loan from the Prince’s charitable trust.

The vision of HRH is to restore Dumfries House to its former glory and to preserve British workmanship and architecture, as a part of Scottish heritage, for present and future generations.  Regeneration has by no means been confined to the house.

References follow.

https://dumfries-house.org.uk/

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/glasgow_and_west/6244662.stm


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Winning the Watching of the Rio 2016 Olympics – Channel 7 (Seven) Coverage

This is a guide for watching the broadcasts in Australia but the same principle applies for watching television and the “app” in any Country.

First of all, you may have a Book or a newspaper item or magazine with a general Schedule of events, for example I have a magazine called “Official Australian Olympic Team Guide to the 2016 Olympic Games – what to watch in Rio” which has a very nice 2 page spread (not removable) showing coloured blocks for all days of the Olympics denoting the Events scheduled, separating out the Medal events.

However, you really need a precise guide of the exact scheduled times of the Events to make “head or tail” of watching what you really want to watch on TV or on the Channel 7 App here in Australia.  I learned this the hard way.

I found that if you simply type  Rio Olympics Schedule  ( or Olympic Games Rio 2016 ) into Google you should get the day’s scheduled events pop up, then when you click on the arrow above “All Events” down the bottom, Google kindly shows much detailed information ( but don’t worry – you won’t see any Results ).  See screenshot below.

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NOTE:  that Google will kindly show you the  LOCAL  times.  Click on “Overview” to return to the screen above, if you have navigated to one of the other Pages.

If Google isn’t the “search engine” that you use, just type Google into your search field, then click on the resultant link – to go to Google.  You will know you are using Google because their name appears at the top of the Search area.  Make sure that the Date and Time on your mobile device or computer’s clock is correct.

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The Little Flower

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Here is a photo of my beautiful print of Saint Therese of Liseux, unusually painted on metal.  I got it online years ago and it brings me much comfort.   I was brought up Catholic and my twin sister was named Therese after the “Little Flower” and I was named Celine after The Little Flower’s sister, Celine.

I am currently reading a book about St Therese and her “Little Way” to give me some encouragement to look at my own Life from different angles – the perspective that what I might think / feel to be my trials or tribulations are opportunities for learning and for spiritual growth.

To that end I have also purchased a lovely small St Therese Prayer Card, to carry around in my purse!  I bought this from a very kind ebay seller –  whom has lovely religious items for sale with a small postage cost to Australia.  Click   HERE  for info.

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I love the reference to the child Jesus when it comes to Therese of Liseux and like to petition or pray to the child Jesus myself, in times of need.  Once years ago I had an interesting dream in which I was among a council of spiritual beings and they said that I was to go to Earth to be the “Rosary Gate”.   To me this meant – to bring joy to others.

However as I am getting older I have struggled to do this, and am now turning toward the Little Flower to try to re-invigorate this “gift” in me, for I have been told that I do have a Gift – of spreading happiness and comfort to others.   I think that I had to learn to do this for myself ( so not just help others, to my own exclusion ) and with The Little Flower’s help, I am truly realising that happiness comes from being at Peace.