No longer a one trick p(e)ony

I had a little peony
Nothing would it bear
But a tiny blossom
every other year……

and even that was after many years of bearing nothing at all.

But this year my peony, which is at least a decade old, decided it was time to show me what it could really do. No longer is it a one trick p(e)ony …..

Look what I can do! I have more than one trick up my leaves.

Look what I can do! I have more than one trick up my leaves.

And in the spirit of ‘anything you (peony) can do, I can do better’… neither am I , just a one trick pony !

Because after umpteen years at the computer I have finally learned how to make a video.

Making the video, and daring to publish it, would not have been possible without the support and encouragement and inspiration I receive from my wonderful WordPress community. My heartfelt thanks to you all for being with me on my WordPress journey. I completed my third year this week.

Β© silkannthreades

159 thoughts on “No longer a one trick p(e)ony

  1. sheridegrom - From the literary and legislative trenches.

    What a lovely blog you have here. I do love peonies and after killing one with kindness this year, I plan to have a go next spring with 3 named ‘Kansas.’ They are bright red and are supposed to take full sun all day! The one I lost was a deep magenta color I love.
    White roses are still in bloom along with apricot ground cover roses that were transplanted to large pots at the beginning of spring. Take care.

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  2. Leya

    How could I? Forget to send my congrats on video and anniversary…But – I’m sending them now. Congratulations! You have enriched my life, and does so every time I read your posts and see your comments in mine. Always wise and thoughtful, sending a soft shimmer over the blogosphere. Thank you – dearest friend. I still use your butterfly mark πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I am so pleased you still have the butterfly bookmark, and thank you for your congratulations. I am finding it harder and harder to get posts written and read but perhaps that is a good thing because it means I am beginning to interact more with our recovering landscape.

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  3. Fabio

    Congratulations, dear Gallivanta, for your third year at WordPress! You enrich so much our community with your beautiful contributions. Thanks so much, and a big and loud Bravo! πŸ™‚

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  4. Leya

    Wonderful peonies – how I adore them. That red colour is not so usual anymore here, but I have got one. Yours are lovely. They do not last for long – but enjoy!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      My pink peony is about to flower now so I don’t feel so sad about the fading red blooms. As peonies are an export crop for NZ, I expect the growers must grow colours which are fashionable overseas. I am happy with simple pink or simple red. πŸ™‚

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  5. restlessjo

    Where have I been since 30th October???? Ann, this is wonderful! I must enroll for lessons immediately. πŸ™‚ So delightfully whimsical. We have a passion flower that’s slow to perform. I wonder if you might encourage it?

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Please play the video 3 times a day to your passion flower. Prescribed by Dr Gallivanta. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ ps If that doesn’t work, invite it on a trip to the Algarve.

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      1. Cynthia Reyes

        I look forward to your saying one day (like Leo) “I made it!” I can hardly wait. And hey: if a woman with multiple injuries can finally complete a book and watch that book become a success, think how much better you can do! You are such a beautiful, wise writer. (And I know good writing when I see it!”)

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  6. Sheila

    I love your poem and the video. I guess the peony is showing us that it’s possible to bloom at any time and at any age. Thank you (and your peony) for making me smile.

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  8. Wendy L. Macdonald

    Hooray for three years of blogging and productive peonies. Congratulations on making a lovely video too. I have some faithful white peonies, but my red ones need to take a lesson from yours. I won’t give up on them yet.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      All of us take our own time to bloom. Plants are no different. I wouldn’t like anyone to give up on me!, and possibly our plants feel the same way. πŸ˜‰

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Your comment reminds me of the political thriller, The Constant Gardener. I must confess I didn’t quite understand the motif of the constant gardener, but perhaps it was the idea of someone who doesn’t give up. πŸ™‚

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Karen. I am looking forward to your posts on your new home town. Guessing there won’t be any peonies in the area, although there will be lots of other lovelies to compensate.

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  9. Tiny

    Congratulations! It was a great video! I’m happy you’re learning new tricks…it’s a joy, which I have also experienced πŸ˜€ You peony is beautiful, as is your whole garden. I hope to see more from there this summer (yours)!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Tiny, I do hope my garden will be bountiful as well as beautiful this year! If not I may have to borrow a trick or two from you and make digital art from my photos. πŸ˜‰

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  10. cindy knoke

    Love your video! and Bocelli and peonies are my favorite flower even, or maybe because, they don’t grow at The Holler. I have been with you since the earliest days of blogging. We both started at around the same time. Happy Anniversary. You, and your blog, have enriched my life!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      And what riches and wonders you have added to my life Cindy. These past 3 years I have barely moved from my house yet, thanks to you, I have seen the world. Glorious.

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  11. LaVagabonde

    Wow, if only that peony were aware of this wonderful tribute. πŸ˜‰ Congrats on the video slideshow. Very well done.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I wonder if it would flourish even more if it were aware? Plants are very knowing. I suspect it already knows that I moved my desk over the winter to its present position so I would have a view of this part of the garden come spring!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you Sheryl. At first I wasn’t going to mention the anniversary but, after a bit of thought, I decided it would be a shame not to celebrate all the goodness and learning which has come my way via the WordPress community.

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  12. Lavinia Ross

    Congratulations, Gallivanta! A beautiful first video and lovely peony. I have not tried growing them, yet. Our soil is heavy clay, and I wold need to amend it wherever the peony went in.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Many thanks, Lavinia. The soil here was mostly heavy clay when we moved in 15 years ago. We have improved the soil…slowly….some areas of the garden are very good, soil wise, now.

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  13. Mrs. P

    Hooray for victories…flowers that really decide to bloom and learning new cool tricks with machinery. You’re one step ahead of me on creating videos! Happy Days…spring is here…at least for you! :D:D

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Mrs P, I may be one step ahead of you with videos but I am light years behind you on house renovation! And car assembly. Not to mention painting. I am glad we are here to encourage each other with cool, new tricks and polishing up the old ones.

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      1. Mrs. P

        Four days later and I can finally respond! Whew! It has been a busy week…several crisis situations, none bad or detrimental but all needing my immediate attention.

        Plus, there was a special deal on framing with 80% off and I had a picture that I wanted to frame but hadn’t completed yet…but the sale was only good through Saturday! So, a last minute mad rush to finish my painting was attempted yesterday evening. And, of course when I went to put a dab of blue paint on the palette is squirted right past and landed on my painting. Argh! Blue paint all over the sand! Well, I was determined not to let it ruin my plan and with quite a bit of coaxing, I patched it all up and completed my painting just before dinner and was able to take it to the framer’s this morning! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        After saving every one else I need a days respite in the garden. Cleaning up the weeds and trimming the plants did my soul good! I can spend days working in the garden and never tire of it…and the flowers are so grateful and their new blooms in abundance are the best reward.

        I am actually propagating several plants from our real home so that I can bring them to our project home. I think that will add a nice special touch to the place.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Four days is a bat of the eyelid compared to the length of time it has taken me to respond to you. Don’t know what I have been doing. Certainly not weeding judging by the smiles on the flowering faces of the weeds! I am glad your painting was saved, and that you are saving/propagating plants for your project house. The plants we pass on to another place are always extra special. πŸ™‚

  14. KerryCan

    How cool! I love seeing your experiment with photos and music–and, of course, I love that music! I’ve read that peonies won’t bloom if they are planted too deep in the soil. BUT, every year, they lift themselves a little higher in the soil, until they get to the height where they can bloom–I like that . . . lifting themselves up and blooming.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh, that’s so very interesting. And quite possibly another reason why this particular peony has taken so long to bloom fully. The soil it is in is dense and heavy so it would be hard work lifting itself up far enough to bloom.

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  15. Clanmother

    I LOVE your video. The beginning of an amazing adventure, for once your start, the next will follow. With our technology, there are many possibilities. You have brought together nature, music, words – a testament to the creative spirit. Thank you for this gift. Hugs coming your way. πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Clanmother. We are having amazing adventures.:) What shall we try next? πŸ˜‰ I was tempted to buy a selfie stick (as you did) but decided it wouldn’t really improve the quality of my photos!

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  16. Steve Gingold

    Congratulations on both the anniversary as well as the video which turned out quite well. I have never tried one at all, aside from using my iPhone which is not truly making a video, so I am in awe and inspired. BTW, you have a lovely voice. πŸ™‚
    I am happy for your successful flower bounty this year. They are a lovely deep shade.We have had great luck with our peonies although there have been years that were less than successful. We grow several varieties of both herbaceous and tree peonies. The lighter colored ones seem to be the more scentual. πŸ™‚
    It was interesting to learn of a Cassie flower. Unknowingly, I chose that name for my first beagle. (It was actually short for Cassandra and not Acacia.)

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      With your photographic/technical and artistic skills, I am sure you wouldn’t have any difficulty putting together a video. I am not sure how far I will pursue video making. I wanted the challenge. I wanted to know how to do it but video making is unlikely to become my passion. I would rather learn how to paint. πŸ™‚ Have you done posts on your peonies? They would be lovely to see. My light pink peony has the most beautiful scent. Far stronger than this darker peony. Wasn’t it interesting to learn about the cassie flower…Steve does find the most interesting information.

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      1. Steve Gingold

        I have done a couple but I shoot more wildflowers. Maybe I’ll post a couple tomorrow for Throwback Thursday.
        I’ve thought about painting or some other media like colored pencils, but photography draws me more. πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Wait till I find the courage to dance before the camera! Hmmmmm…….don’t hold your breath on that one. I think I will leave the dancing to your lithe loveliness.

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  17. utesmile

    What a wonderful video with a beautiful Peony. Happy third anniversary! Love your garden, and now for you Spring it will spring to life and you can have many hours of enjoyment out of it! Make the most of it!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Ute, we have had a beautiful weekend, weather wise, and I have enjoyed some time in the garden. The next projects are planting out tomatoes and strawberries, and putting up a climbing frame for the beans. That should keep me busy!

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      1. utesmile

        That sounds great, I just had a tomato still now to harvest and there is another one nearly red too. By the way remember the building which had the railings and the open window. They have taken the railings off, closed the windows and put the railings back up. Looks all ok know. Luckily! πŸ™‚

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          I bet those tomatoes are extra delicious for being late in the season. Good to be updated on the windows. But how do they open them now? Did they lower the railings? Wouldn’t you have loved to see the building owner’s expression when he saw the mistake?

        2. utesmile

          I would have, and they cannot open them … what a waste of a window really, it just lets day light in…if you ask me that is not a very good design, what an architect…. πŸ™‚

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      That’s the trickiest part; remembering how. I am sure it was a wonderful video. My digital equipment is quite old so getting quality pictures to make into a video is not easy. Making my first video has suddenly reminded me of the first photos I took with my first camera. I was about 12 or 13. I still have the photos somewhere. What do you recall of your first photographic adventures?

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  18. shoreacres

    I laughed at your comment about forgetting how to embed a video. I made one video, and posted it, and now I hardly can remember how I went about it. I had another in mind to do, though, and you’ve given me encouragement to go back and put it together. I especially liked the music you chose. It combined so nicely with the photos.

    Your peonies are beautiful. When I was growing up in Iowa, they were considered the perfect flower for cemeteries, because they were winter-hardy, and would come back in the spring. Of course, they were beautiful, too, and everyone liked them. Both my mother and grandmother had numbers of bushes: primarily pink, white, and deep crimson. They’re one of the flowers I miss here in Texas, along with lilacs, forsythia, and flowering almond. We have our own beauties, but I suppose we never forget the blooms of our youth (or the bloom of youth, for all that!)

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Linda, the blooms of my youth were all tropical, and they hold such a special place in my heart. As much as I love peonies, a frangipani, if I had one, would trump them. I do hope you will make another video, if for no other reason than to remind yourself how to do it! I have put together a second video featuring my little dog…..but I made rather a hash of it so it is restricted to family viewing. It was particularly hard to find music to go with a video of a little schnauzer doing nothing much except ‘schnauzer’ around the garden. πŸ˜€

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  19. tableofcolors

    Peonies are my absolute favorite and my best. I planted three peonies last year and one flowered several beautiful blooms this summer. One was completely green, but beautiful nevertheless in its foliage and the third one just didn’t make it through the winter. I now received a transplant from a friend from her garden. We shall see how this one does. But even if they do not flower immediately, patience in the end is often rewarded! Your peony is just lovely!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      How lovely that one of your peonies bloomed for you already. The others will,too,…..eventually. Your peonies have to cope with much harsher conditions than mine do. That probably makes them all the sweeter in perfume and colour.

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  20. diannegray

    Congratulations on your anniversary and I love the peonies. Great work making the video (and I love the music). This WordPress life can teach us so many things πŸ˜€

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thanks Dianne. I haven’t managed to write a novel yet or do anything like your photographic art but you and other bloggers show me what is possible, and I love that.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I try, I always try. I may be a one video pony though. I have been working on another video today and it. is. NOT. going. well. πŸ˜€

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  21. thecontentedcrafter

    Congratulations – three years is a long time in the blogging world I am told! The video is lovely and shows the flowers off to perfection. My peonies are still making buds and those may be nipped if this icy and windy spell lingers for much longer!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Icy spell? Oh dear, that will probably head our way soon. I will hold off planting the tomatoes. I am sure your peonies will bless you with their beauty. πŸ™‚ They will not succumb to a little ice; southern peonies will be made of stern stuff.

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  22. clarepooley33

    Congratulations Ann! The video is very good – you are clever! Peonies are so fussy and really object to being moved. I haven’t got one in this garden but have had them in the past and love them despite the problems. That scent!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      This peony came as a cutting from a cousin’s garden about an hour’s drive from me. Since it took so long to flower at all, it was obviously very put out by the transfer to my garden! Peony scent is heavenly, I agree.

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  23. Heather in Arles

    Isn’t that amazing? It is a perfect symbol. We keep going! A warm congratulations for being brave about the video and for your three years of sharing so much that is beautiful and important.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Dear Heather, your warm support is always so welcome. And I will keep trying to find a way to comment on your blog. There must be a way to do so. πŸ™‚

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  24. afrenchgarden

    Peonies seem to be a bit tricky. I have had some that got right in there and started flowering from the word go and others that are primadonnas and have never flowered. What a success for your first video! Way to go! Amelia

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I am glad to know that even your beautiful garden grows non-flowering peonies. I hope now that my peony has figured out how to flower it will continue to do so. I would be sad if it went back to sulking next season. πŸ˜‰ The video was fun to do but time-consuming.

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  25. Steve Schwartzman

    Congratulation for three years completed and a fourth one beginning. You started in a leap year and have now leapt through 36 months.

    That’s quite a smooth video for a first attempt: well done.

    Your inclusion of the beginning of the Flower Song from Carmen set me to wondering what kind of flower Don JosΓ© (now in prison for letting Carmen escape) is remembering that she’d tossed to him. I checked the lyrics of the opera and found it identified in French as cassie. I then went to an online dictionary and to the French version of Wikipedia, both of which, to my surprise, identified the tree as Acacia farnesiana, which is native in (among other places) central Texas, and alongside one of which I happened to find myself standing (but not singing) yesterday. The Wikipedia article notes that people have transplanted this tree to many warm places around the world, so southern Spain (the setting for Carmen) is reasonable. The flower globes are small but very fragrant,

    https://portraitsofwildflowers.wordpress.com/2015/04/21/a-close-look-at-some-huisache-flower-globes/

    so it’s also plausible that Don JosΓ© would feel intoxicated by the aroma. Still, I can’t picture Carmen tossing such a small flower to him; it wouldn’t travel very far. Oh well, maybe it’s poetic license.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I was so absorbed in video making I quite forgot to consider what sort of flower Carmen was a-tossing. The cassie does make sense; a flower used for perfume, which could be easily tucked into her clothes in lieu of expensive fragrance. As to how far it would travel…… next time you are near a huisache perhaps you could try some tossing of your own. πŸ˜‰

      Thank you for adding a very interesting floral note to my post.

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  26. jennyredhen

    You are so accomplished Gallivanta…I dont know how to like someones post.. how do you do that.. let alone making a video!! Isnt it fantastic that awful winter is over and now its spring.. well late spring.. My mother had many peonies and I have transplanted many to my garden where they are all about to bloom. Cant wait

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      How wonderful to have some of your mother’s peonies. My oldest peony usually blooms early November but I think some varieties bloom later. What colours do you have? I used the Youtube video editor to help me put together the video. It was very good for the basics. There are other video making programmes but I am not ready to try those!

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      1. jennyredhen

        They are all that commonly seen dark red. its a gorgeous colour. I dont really go for the pale pink ones or the frilly ones I like that sumptuous dark red,,

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  27. wheremyfeetare

    Your peonies are lovely. Congrats on the video and 3 year anniversary. This community is awesome, isn’t it? I’ve had the same problem; I’ve had a peony for about 10 years, if not longer, that would give me one flower a year. I moved it last spring, too late in the season, and didn’t get any flowers. Maybe next year? I’ll settle for the one! πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Maybe next year will indeed be the year for your peony to shine. They obviously like to take their own sweet time. Also we have had a colder winter than we have had in many years, and that may have been beneficial. I look forward to your peonyful post next year. πŸ™‚

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It’s worth the wait! There is another peony in the garden which would most likely be more than 20 years old, possibly older. It was here long before I was. I wonder if it started as a one trick peony. πŸ˜‰ The music is gorgeous but a little sad. Never mind. I am amazed I figured out how to add any music at all. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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  28. womanseyeview

    Your peony is rewarding you for your love and patience☺️. And I guess it’s the same with your newly aquired video talents – patience and perseverance wins out….lessons I could sorely use. Lovely photos and music.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Patience and perseverance, and perhaps a dollop of laziness with regard to the peony. It always seemed easier to leave it where it was, and hope for a miracle, than go to the trouble of digging it up! Isn’t the music lovely! I should play it to the peony as a thank you present. πŸ˜‰

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          πŸ™‚ I probably shouldn’t disturb them. They are in a quiet, sheltered part of the garden, and they may prefer it to stay that way, with only the gentle hum of bees to tickle their petals.

  29. GP Cox

    Good for you!! I still haven’t made a video, although there is a setting on my camera. Yours came out so well, I’m surprised to hear you say it is the first!! Way to go, Ann!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thanks GP. I haven’t been blogging much lately, so the hilarious thing was that once I had made the video, I realised I had forgotten how to embed a video in a WordPress post. At my age, it’s wonderful to learn how to do new things but unless I do them consistently my new knowledge doesn’t embed itself in my brain! I am sure you will surprise us with a video one day.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          That’s how it is when I go to some of the blogs I follow. The notification arrives, I go straight to the post and yet at least 20 people have usually beaten me to the first like! But dear Ladysighs you are kind…..I have yet to reach a 100 plus likes 😦 on any of my posts….sighs. πŸ˜€

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