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  • I painted a quick autumnal sketch for Jacques' birthday card last night whilst he was talking to an old friend, who had phoned him from Germany.

    She responded to my Facebook message reminding all our friends and daughters and son that it was his birthday the next day.

    Jacques does not go near the internet, so I relaid all his thank you messages back to far flung friends, most of whom we met when we lived for three years in Findhorn.

    Because Jacques is at home all day now, there was no possibility for me to nip out quickly and buy him a surprise present; so I made sushi and mushroom soup for lunch instead.
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