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I just have to share with you: my 100th blood donation!!! Yay! I took some small presents to the personnel and they were so surprised because they never receive anything.
There is no medal for this number but the Red Cross rewarded me with a bottle of good Moravian red wine, so very welcome!
Before I drove back to Spolí, I decided to reward myself with excellent Indian chicken soup and fresh naan in one of two Indian restaurants in the town. Absolutely heavenly, it gave strenght to my body ( my spirit was and still is happy enough) because I was terribly hungry.
After coming home I didn´t want to relax at all. I took Rocky to the meadows to run and chase little birds. Then I washed my car and watered the trees (we have still drought here) and chopped some firewood.
Yes, night temperatures are below zero and it is colder and colder. Mornings are white with frozen fog, then there are several hours with some sun but at four p.m. the sun starts setting and then it is DARK.
It is time for candles, tea and cuddling my cat (who is not cuddly but likes the warmth on my lap).
I have already had a glass of that read wine - doctor´s orders, it is good for the red cells! *Winks*

St. Martin´s Day and another fish harvest in Spolí
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Sunday was the St. Martin´s Day. Here the saint is supposed to arrive on a white horse which is a lovely metaphore for snow. But this happens only rarely and this year it was not different. However we Czechs always celebrate this day in a typical way, by eating and drinking! This day, lots of families roast a goose and eat in with potato dumplings and stewed red cabbage. Those, who don´t want to cook or don´t have enough money (such a goose is COSTLY!) have the same meal in restaurants. Also special cakes are baked, both at home and also available in shops. Finally, after some stupid years quality prevailes, which is good.
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Looking back picspam
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This is the first change. Do you remember the piano? Well, I sold it to my friends. I didn´t play more than
20 years and I wouldn´t start again. I like the room much better now.
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Czech Republic celebrates her 100th birthday!
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28th October 1918 is the date of a foundation of Czechoslovakia after the fall of Austria-Hungarian Empire. A new, democratic and independent country in the heart of Europe soon became one of the respected newly created European countries.
Oh yes, there was a long and rich history of historical Lands  - from 10th century to 1627, when the we lost our soveregnty and became part of the Habsburg Empire. However Czechoslovakia was divided in 1992 into the Czech and Slovak Republics. Which I regret deeply, no matter how the politicians praise it.
There are big celebrations everywhere..
Long live our lovely country! Vivat the Czech Republic!

Weather
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We have received horrible weather from Germany. Rain is needed desperately but so far we are experiencing wild wind and windstorm with minimal water. I had a bad night as always, our house is exposed to the worst gusts of the wind, especially from the west (which is now). I secured everything possible in the garden and especially Rocky´s house. He is safe and I can´t see any discomfort  - only that we had to return from our morning stroll because it was impossible to walk in this wind! Rocky wanted to go home himself, which was a clear signal for me. Ollie tried to go out through his door several times but he it too clever and gave it up.
Update: I have returned from my dentist´s and it is raining! The wind is weaker now. My garden looks like a disposal place for leaves. There is no point in cleaning the mess until the wind calms down. I am waiting for a chance to take Rocky for his walk. According to the radar, it will be in an hour. We´ll see!
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Part 3: A day in London
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This was the warmest day and also our last day in England and also the most demanding day!
I promised Jitka to go wherever she wished. Well, she is young and history is not her priority, of course. Still, she saw Whitehall and Horse Guards and St.James´ Park and Buckingham Palace and The Mall and Trafalgar Square and National Gallery (even inside - I just could not miss Wilton Diptych!), and Leicester Square and Picadilly Circus. A she wished to see the main shopping areas, especially Oxford Street, we walked there via Regent Street. Mind you, these places I always avoid (once was enough) but I promised, so we went. It was almost the noon when we agreed to have lunch. And lunch we did, in a nice Italian restaurant, sitting outside, eating our yummy pasta.
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My wonderful trip to England part 2
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We stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Heathrow for two nights, with two breakfasts and two dinners, everything very good.
Friday was the best day for me! A perfect, warm and sunny day, windy but warm. After rich breakfast, we headed to Hampton Court Palace and Gardens. I was there in 1996 (my very first visit of UK) and now I could enjoy it properly. As usual, we found 2,5 hours unsuitable and too short, we didn´t manage to see all the gardens and, according to my previous experience, we didn´t go to the Maze. Last time, we ALL managed to get lost and it took some time to get out. And yes, I have always Three Men it a Boat on my mind! I didn´t want to end like Harris at all!:-)
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My wonderful trip to England part 1
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After 3 years! Finally! :-)
I have enver been to UK in autumn and I was a little worried but we were lucky and the weather was nice and warm. I could have left all my warm clothes at home...
Anyway. The worst part of the journey was, as usual, here in CR. My friend Jitka and me had to stay in a hotel overnight because our coach was leaving early. The coach also had to stop at four different places to take some other people on our way. The journey throught Germany and Belgium to French Dunkirk was uneventful (hurrah to that!) and tedious. We started in Prague at 6 a.m. and got to a plain hotel (F1) at 9 p.m. It was just to jump to bed and sleep.
The morning saw us at the port, going through the customs and all the procedures. Good to see that the security was tough, there were thourough checks, even a personal check. We got to our ferry all right. The sun was shining and soon we saw the white cliffs. This was Jitka´s first visit  - she was excited and spent the whole 2 hour journey on the upper deck:-).
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Birthday!!!!
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Happy birththday,linda_joyce!!!
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Birthday!
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There is never enough of birthday roses. One for you. Happy birthday, dear watervole!

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