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Postby LalaithUrwen » Thu May 01, 2003 9:00 pm

Hi, everybody!<BR><BR>Patriotblade, your story is hysterical! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Luthien, I was "ROTFL" for your entire post. It was funny! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Night, you are a brave person. Thanks for sharing the green hair story. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I'm sorry you're stuck inside, Arwen. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> I'll pray for rain, okay?<BR><BR>Mae govannen, Nim! You're welcome here, but I expect we'll have you reading the books before long. In much the same way that the books of our current obsession (you know, LOTR!) are waaaaay better than the movies, as terrific as they are, it is the same thing with the Anne movies vs. the books.<BR><BR>The books rule. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> (And, yes, they changed stuff just like in LOTR, and it annoys me immensely. I'm a purist, I'll have to admit.)<BR><BR>HS, I hope you start sleeping better soon!<BR><BR>Well, speaking of sleep, I need to get going. Oh, before I go, I'll share my nature news for today.<BR><BR>We got to see 12 newborn ducklings yesterday. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> They were soooo cute. Today, we got to see newborn goslings. Of course, they were sooo cute. And, in my bluebird house, I now have 6 or 7 brand new baby chickadees! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> (I couldn't tell for sure exactly how many were in the nest.) Oh! And, I caught an enormous leopard frog on Monday. He was about 18 inches from back foot to nose! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> He had quite the attitude as well. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>All right, leaving for real now.<BR><BR>Blessings,<BR>Lalaith
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Postby InnocentEvil » Thu May 01, 2003 10:18 pm

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh....<BR><BR>Sometimes entering a pleasant, comforting thread can be like slipping between clean sheets, complete w/ Teddy bear or cat who likes to cuddle, take your pick. This is such a thread.<BR><BR>To answer, or really not answer, someone's question below, I've never heard the story of the Venus shadow until I read it in the book, but who knows? The Anne's House of Dreams is easily the most romantic but unmushy book I've ever read. The tenderness just makes me sigh softly every time I read it.<BR><BR>We are trying to teach Paddy his whole name. Up to now he's thought, seriously, that his name was "Patrick 'Curg 14." Last night was about teaching him that his middle name is Alexander, which is my brother's first name. I told Paddy that he had Uncle Alex's middle name. Paddy nodded along and when prompted as to his middle name actually pronounced Alexander more than adequatley. <BR><BR>However, when I asked him who had the name Alexander FIRST he unhesitatingly responded "Me." <BR><BR>"Who ELSE is named Alexander?" <BR><BR>"Me"<BR><BR>"What about Uncle Alex?"<BR><BR>"Me first, Mommy."<BR><BR>Alex, my brother, is 27! <BR><BR><BR>Whaddayagonnado? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR>
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Postby larindyl » Fri May 02, 2003 1:36 am

<i>The Anne's House of Dreams is easily the most romantic but unmushy book I've ever read. The tenderness just makes me sigh softly every time I read it.</i><BR><BR>I know.. I feel that way too, and also in Anne of Windy Willows when she writes those letters to Gilbert. They do have such a perfect relationship don't they? And I think it is made all the better by Anne's having taken so long to fall for Gilbert.<BR><BR>Anne's stories - I liked the one where there was a minister's wife who buried a child in each graveyard she stayed in. At the time i thought it was funny, and so did Anne years later when she was talking to Priscilla, but I bet she never thought it would happen to her. Poor Anne <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>. Did you guys ever try setting up a story club? I did, but people around me weren't into it, and it folded after about two rounds. None of us could really write anything worth reading anyway, and we were all a bit self-conscious. LOL Then we went and climbed into the wardrobe and sat there for hours but Narnia never appeared...<BR><BR><i>(LOL I’m a fan of the Sound of Music too))</i> He he me too - to the extent where I can recite the entire script!
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Postby Hero's Song » Fri May 02, 2003 7:25 pm

So sorry to leave you out, Luthien <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> It was purely unintentional. You're on the list now <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Hello everyone! I have a very busy weekend, so you may not hear much from me. Keep your eye out for beauty externally and let it flow from you internally. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Fri May 02, 2003 7:41 pm

Hi, all!<BR><BR>IE, aren't kids the best? <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> Do you try to write down the funny things they say? I try to (and I get most of them).<BR><BR>I agree that Anne is romantic without being sappy or silly. Sigh. They're just such wonderful books!<BR><BR>My oldest daughter is enjoying the movie very much. My 4 year old even watched it with us tonight. (It was girls' night, since Daddy was playing softball.) We had popcorn and watched Anne, and all was well till my carbon monoxide detector started going off. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0><BR><BR>So, I straightened up the house very quickly, put some decent clothes back on (read: bra! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> ), put a bit of makeup back on, then called the fire department to see what I should do (knowing that they would insist on coming out to check). <BR><BR>They did; it was nothing, like I knew; the sensor has probably gone bad and we need a new one. (I knew it couldn't be anything; I have a bunch of windows open and no heaters on or anything.)<BR><BR>I was embarrassed to call them, embarrassed b/c my husband is a police officer, and I knew they'd know that. (Our town--different from where my hubby works--sends a police officer on every fire dept. call too, and he was the first one here.) Of course, he knew my husband, and I just felt like an idiot for asking them to come out, not that they seemed put out. They were really nice and everything.<BR><BR>Anyway, it just rained on my little Anne party. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I'll try to check back later.<BR><BR>Blessings, <BR>Lalaith
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Postby Night » Sat May 03, 2003 9:00 pm

I'm not so much brave as I am easily persuaded by adorable kids!<BR><BR>My best friend and I had a story club in middle school but to erase some bad memories we burned all the stories we had written when we got to high school. Before we burned them though, I remember each reading the other's stories out loud and they were just terrible! We didn't exactly lose much by turning them to ashes.
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Postby Hero's Song » Sun May 04, 2003 5:13 pm

Thinking about all the funny things Anne and her children did, inspired me to share one of my favorite stories about my oldest son.<BR><BR>He was three years old and we were in the car and stopped by the side of a busy road to use a pay phone (no cell phones back then). He was ansy and I let him get out of his booster seat, but told him to stay close to me and away from the road. As I neared the end of my conversation, I heard horns honking. Immediately I thought he'd run out into the road and hung up quick and ran toward the highway. Imagine my surprise when I saw him, shorts down to his knees, peeing in the road facing the traffic. (That's why everyone was honking <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0>) I grabbed his hand and pulled him back away from the road, pulled up his shorts and was giving him a tongue lashing for his behavior. Finally I ended with "Why didn't you at least turn around and face the other way?!!" He then looked up at me with big innocent eyes and said, "But Mommy, they would have seen my butt!!! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>" <BR><BR>Thought you might enjoy that one <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Sun May 04, 2003 8:32 pm

LOL!!<BR><BR>Yep, I enjoyed that one. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Lalaith
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Postby MeganBaggins » Sun May 04, 2003 9:02 pm

LOL!!!that is so funny!(and cute) <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR>Reminds me of my little brother when he was younger. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0>
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Postby Lidau » Fri May 09, 2003 7:08 pm

Hello there!<BR>Wow, I wonder, is everything okay here? This site is soooo fast tonight...(it´s 4 am over here)<BR>Hero´s Song, I enjoyed that story about your son, too.My friend used to write down the things that her children said when they were younger. I think it´s nice to remember when they grow older.<BR>I brought back 2 of the Anne videos from a recent short trip to England and stayed up very late to watch them (put some potatoes and cauliflower on the stove to cook at the same time, and almost completely forgot). I enjoyed watching them.<BR>Bye for now!<BR>Lidau
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Fri May 09, 2003 9:10 pm

Hi, Lidau! Well, I’m glad you didn’t burn your place down! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>You’ll have to tell us about your trip to Oxford when you get some time.<BR><BR>Hope everyone’s doing well!<BR><BR>Lalaith<BR>
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Postby Lidau » Sat May 10, 2003 2:49 am

Lalaith,<BR>Yes, I have to admit I was quite shocked when I went to the kitchen to get something to drink.--I wrote a rather monster post about the trip to Oxford over in the Followers thread, actually (it must have been May 5 or 6. I really enjoyes it.<BR><BR>Lidau
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Sat May 10, 2003 3:40 pm

Lidau,<BR><BR>I'll have to go back and check. (I apologize. Sometimes I forget what I've read on other threads, and sometimes I don't have time to fully read everyone's posts. It's the problem with having only limited time on the internet.)<BR><BR>But, I'm hoping that my hubby says we can expand our hours. Well, actually, I see it as a double-edge sword. I want to have more hours so that I don't have to be so worried about every little second, but the truth is I don't need to spend any more time here than I already do! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0> So, what do I do?<BR><BR>Ah well, if these are my only difficulties, I'll take them. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Hope everyone has a good weekend.<BR><BR>Lalaith
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Postby Hero's Song » Mon May 12, 2003 3:23 pm

Hello Kindred Spirits - sorry it's been so long since I've checked in here. RL has been hectic and TORC has been very uncooperative. <BR><BR>I'm halfway through Anne of the Island now. Wanted to share two snippets that show the humor and sadness in these books. <BR><BR>The letter Anne gets from Mrs. Lynde when she first goes to Redmond is priceless because of the story about the bow-legged minister. He's short, fat and bald and bow-legged and when he stood in the the porch doorway, a runaway pig got scared and ran through his legs. Being short, it picked him off his feet and went running through the yard with the minister on its back squealing at the top of its lungs. I have to laugh every time I read that! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Then a few chapters later we read about poor Ruby. Ruby has had her little talk about dying to Anne and as Anne walks home, Montgomery writes: "It must not be with her (Anne) as with poor butterfly Ruby. When she came to the end of one life it must not be to face the next with the shrinking terror of something wholly different-something for which accustomed thought and ideal and aspiration had unfitted her. The little things of life, sweet and excellent in their place, must not be the things lived for; the highest must be sought and followed; the life of heaven must be begun here on earth." <BR><BR>That's my goal - to live my life with one foot in Heaven. <BR><BR>Have a great day, Hero
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Mon May 12, 2003 5:50 pm

Beautiful, HS! I may put that quote in my signature or something. (I've been looking for something a bit more profound, something more Anne-ish than Legolas singing. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0> )<BR><BR>I'm reading Green Gables and Ingleside simultaneously. (It's a disease, really it is. I can never just read one book; I must always be reading about 4 or 5. Sigh. Maybe it's that split personality thing. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> )<BR><BR>Lalaith
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Postby MeganBaggins » Mon May 12, 2003 6:16 pm

Lalaith: I have the same problem, I can never read only one book. I have to have at least three going at the same time.<BR><BR>I am waiting till the winter to read the Anne books over, winter is so nice for that. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>WONDERFUL quote! I...wow..
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Postby larindyl » Tue May 13, 2003 4:38 am

I had an Anne moment today...! (Well yesterday)<BR><BR>My Mum is making my ball dress! It's very exciting! I feel just like Anne did when she got her brown gloria dress, and mine is Dupion silk. Mine's not quite finished though, but I know I shall feel just like she did and take confidence from the sleeves! (Mine has lovely off the shoulder sleeves). <BR><BR>A Question, how puffed were these sleeves? I remember watching the TV adaptation and thinking WOW they're big sleeves! I didn't actually like them either, I imagined puffed sleeves as small shoulder puffs like English Regency dresses....<BR><BR>Ah sleeves...
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Wed May 14, 2003 3:01 pm

Glad I'm not alone, Megan! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Larindyl, your dress sounds lovely! Have fun! And, I thought the same thing about the sleeves in the movie; some of the dresses of that time really were that puffed. I think they look better a little less puffed, though, too.<BR><BR>Sigh. Wish we could still dress like that sometimes, you know?<BR><BR>Lalaith
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Postby PatriotBlade » Wed May 14, 2003 10:51 pm

*sigh* Hope all goes wel. My dress for the Spring Social is unfortunatly not what I'm going to be wearing. I bought it last year and then gained 30 pounds. Sigh. Now I'm going to have to wear a suit. I'll look so old among all those teens... *sigh* Well, C-Y'all around.<BR>Always The Patriot,<BR>Heather. ------]--0
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Postby larindyl » Fri May 16, 2003 1:46 am

Oh I know, sometimes I wish I lived in a period drama and could wear dresses like that all the time! To think, a lot of girls complained about it then. They were lucky in some ways though <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-sad.gif"border=0>. Why, I'd be happy wearing those 'Utility frocks' which Marilla first made for Anne!! But my dress is very gorgeous and I'm so happy with it, although I'm dieting like fury to fit into it. But I've got 6 weeks, and it's going well so far.<BR><BR>Megan, it's so weird I found that pic ages ago and always thought it would be the one I'd use if ever I got a sig <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-shocked.gif"border=0> *sigh* I'll have to find another now !! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> It's lovely though isn't it?
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Postby shieldmaidenofrohan » Fri May 16, 2003 7:06 pm

Hey everyone! I've been meaning to stop by here for awhile now, been hearing a bit about it over in Followers of Eru, but haven't been able to until now. So I guess I'll introduce myself for the rest of you...<BR><b>Your actual age</b> 22<BR><b>How old do you feel? ie. How old's your spirit?</b> Right now, the same, but only because graduating is laying the weight of adulthood on my shoulders <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR><BR><b>Where do you live?</b>: Delaware<BR><BR><b>Describe the beauty spots around your house- think "Anne-ish" descriptions, now!</b> Behind the backyard of my house there's a luscious expanse of green that leads up to a stretch of woods. Right now they're covered in a mantle of green, but in the autumn it turns into a rich tapestry of golds and reds. This past winter I had a chance to walk back there after the big snowstorm, and it was just like a cathedral, all silent and silvery-white. There's also a hedge of trees that separates our land from the field next door, facing west. The larger ones are the perfect frame to watch the sun set through.<BR><BR><b>Anne had six children - If you have some, please tell us a little about them.</b> Too young!!<BR><BR><b>Age when you started reading Anne of Green Gables</b> I think I was seven or eight at the time. They were favorites of mine growing up along with the Little House on the Prarie series and Madeline L'Engel's books. I remember watching the first couple of movies when I was younger too. A friend and I stayed up all night watching Anne of Green Gables once and spent the rest of the night wondering why we couldn't find a "Gilbert" of our own... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0><BR><BR><b>How many of L.M. Montgomery books have you read? </b> Just the Anne series, which I'm currently re-reading now (in the middle of Anne of Windy Poplars.) I started reading the Story Girl once but never finished it.<BR><BR><b>What is it about L.M. Montgomery's writing that appeals to you? </b> Besides Anne? (she's one of my favorite characters ever. I think she's why I keep dying my hair red!) I really love her descriptions, especially of the beautiful nature scenes, and the obvious delight that Anne takes in the creation around her. <BR><BR><b>Describe an "Anne" moment you've had.</b> I love beauty in nature too, but the most vivid Anne moment in my life was one of her naughty ones...<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> I was in 4th or 5th grade, and one of the boys was teasing me and just wouldn't leave me alone. I didn't have a slate, but I <i>did</i> have a heavy duty lunchbox, which I promptly whacked him over the head with. Unlike Anne, I didn't end up marrying him though <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Hope you don't mind my ramblings, and that I'll find a couple of kindred spirits around... <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby Hero's Song » Fri May 16, 2003 8:57 pm

Welcome Shieldmaiden!<BR><BR>So glad you joined us! It's good to read more about you. I just started Anne of Windy Poplars myself. It's one of my favorites - nothing really terrible happens to Anne and so many of the stories are funny. I just love Rebecca Dew, the "Aunts" little Elizabeth and all the other memorable characters. <BR><BR>I'm off to add you to the membership list<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>
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Postby LalaithUrwen » Sat May 17, 2003 12:10 pm

Hey, SMOR! Mae govannen! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> I loved reading your bio.<BR><BR>Larindyl, good luck fitting into your dress. Patriotblade, I hope your social goes well. Megan, I love your sig pic!<BR><BR>HS, hi there!<BR><BR>I was lucky enough to take a hike at Clifton Gorge the other day. It's the most beautiful spot in this area, and it is positively Elvish. Sigh. The dark limestone cliffs are absolutely covered in vibrant green ferns. The water rushes through the narrow pass in a wild, tumbling waterfall. The forest on the other side of the gorge is absolutely ethereal with the sun shining through here and there in golden, hazy shafts of light. I can literally see Legolas walking through the woods there. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>We were lucky to spot a mother wood duck with her 10 ducklings floating along the narrow river. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> They were so cute, but I worried about them going over the whitewater areas. (They were just fine, though.)<BR><BR>Anyway, I need to run, but I wanted to stop by to say hello.
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Postby MeganBaggins » Sat May 17, 2003 12:33 pm

Thanks <b>Lalaith</b>! I like it too. (well duh, why else would I have it as my siggy pic if I did not like it?)<BR>My family owns 20 acres of forest with a small (one room) cabin on it, fifteen miles from any people. When I say forest, I mean FOREST. It is thick and very elvish, as a little family joke we call our land 'Mirkwood'.<BR>It is so beautiful up there and my little brother swears he has seen elves there (including Legolas of course <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-rolleyes.gif"border=0>) a few times (he is so cute<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0>). <BR><BR><BR>Welcome <b>shieldmaidenofrohan!</b><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> <BR><BR><BR><BR>I watched the Anne movies last night, and sobbed my eyes out. My mom came down stairs and was freaking out because of the state I was in...but when she saw what I was watching she understood.<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0><img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-tongue.gif"border=0><BR><BR>oooooh... they are sooo good! *sigh*<BR>(well, besides the newest one..but I didn't watch that)
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Postby Arwen_Sol » Sat May 17, 2003 6:17 pm

*sigh* now I really have to watch the movie otherwise my perverse sense of curiousity is going to torture me till I do. Hello everyone! <BR><BR>Welcome <b>ShieldmaidenofRohan</b>, great to have you in here <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>That is a beautiful sig.pic. <b>MeganBaggins</b>, your little 'Mirkwood' sounds like a great place to be. I wish we had more <i>deciduous</i> trees around here... nothing but conifers and somehow they don't exude the same sense of magickal-ness<img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> that the others do.<BR><BR>Bright Blessings,<BR>*~Arwen
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Postby PatriotBlade » Sun May 18, 2003 1:36 pm

Well, I didn't ba ck into my dress, and I thought I'd have to wear a suit(I didn't want to because It'd make me fel old with all the dressed up teens) but Mom saved the day by lending me one of her more dressy Sunday dresses, so I didn't feel so bad. It was a lovely evening and I'm even more determined to loose those thirty extra pounds at least, if not more! <BR>Welcome aboard, Shieldmaiden!<BR>Well, C-Y'all!<BR>Always The Patriot,<BR>Heather. ------]--0
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Tue May 20, 2003 11:29 am

<b>Your Actual Age:</b> 21... I’ll be 22 on July 14th<BR><BR><b>How old do you feel?</b> Honestly? About 12, sometimes! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> And sometimes more like a 100!<BR><BR><b>How is your spirit?</b> My spirit is both old and young, if that makes any sense. It depends, I guess, on what I am going through.<BR><BR><b>Where do you live?</b> South Africa<BR><BR><b>Describe the beauty spots around your house:</b> Well, let’s see... I live in (as I suppose some will say) a rural part of South Africa. It is a farming area, with acres and acres of sugar cane fields. The house we live in is at least 100 years old, built probably by the colonists when they first came here. Huge and rambling, it reminds one of the old English country houses, with its chimney and fireplace, and pantry and attic. The house itself is surround by various trees: pine, birch, fir and beech, fruit trees like mango, orange, and guava, and plenty of mulberry and blueberry bushes. There are also many, many kinds of flowers: roses, petunias, pansies, poppies, tulips... My mother loves flowers; it’s her hobby, as well as mine. My favourite tree is the apple tree that leans into my bedroom window upstairs, and fills it with its fragrance during the summer (and yes, I have named it “Snow Queen” <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>). In the back garden there is a huge oak tree that takes up almost half the space of the garden. But I love that tree, it has so many of my memories attached to its branches, and almost everyday a new memory is added to it. The previous owner had built a tree house on it for his daughters, but had not dismantled it when they left. It is one of my most favourite places in the whole world, and I still go there everyday, just to dream, perhaps, or watch the sky and stars. Behind the house, beyond the gates, there are rolling green fields, plenty of pines, firs, poplars and a few venerable oak trees, and a crystalline little lake about 10 minutes away, where weeping willows lay down their branches. The distant roar of the ocean can usually be heard from our house, since there are only a few hills between it and the ocean. I truly love this house, with all its history and memories... It is the place where I have truly felt at peace. The day we moved there, I felt such a sense of belonging... it was like finally coming home.<BR><BR><b>Anne had six children – if you have some, please tell us a little about them:</b> Well, I am not married yet, so no kids. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> But I hope to have some one day. Not as many as Anne perhaps, but definitely more than two.<BR><BR><b>Age when you started reading Anne of Green Gables:</b> About 12 or 13, I think. It was definitely <i>after</i> I started high school. I remember watching the animated series of Anne of Green Gables when I was around 11, but I never did get to see any of the movies... the recent ones, I mean. I saw the one made in 1934, in black and white... but it was very disappointing. They changed too many things, and Gilbert was so <i>not</i> what I had expected.<BR><BR><b>How many of L.M. Montgomery books have you read?</b> I read, and have, all the ‘Anne’ books except ‘Anne of Ingleside’, but my favourite is ‘Anne of the Island’. I have also read ‘Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm’ as well as ‘Emily of New Moon’, but that’s about it. The libraries here are so badly stocked it’s a wonder they are actually called libraries. You can hardly get any good stuff there. My only hope is the flea markets on Sundays, where they usually have these kinds of books.<BR><BR><b>What is it about L.M. Montgomery’s writings that appeal to you?</b> I love her descriptions of the island, of Anne (she is a lot like me with her ideals and fancies and dreams, as well as the kinds of scrapes she used to get into! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0>), creating situations and characters that are so believable and easy to relate to (I know of at least one person who is like Josie Pye! Yes, really!)... She makes you care for the characters she creates; they become like your family. There is such joy, optimism, and simple truth in her words that you cannot help but be moved by it.<BR><BR><b>Describe an “Anne” moment you’ve had:</b> An “Anne” moment... goodness, there were a lot of those when I was younger! Although I never had an incident quite like the one in “Diana Comes To Tea, With Tragic Results”, or “An Unfortunate Lily Maid”, I did come close! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> I have been a fan of Anne for about 10 years now; in a way I grew up with Anne. At almost every stage of Anne’s life there was something I could relate to. Unfortunately, I have never had a true “bosom” friend like Diana; I have spent my life moving around countries and places so often it is hard to make lasting friendships. But at least, here on TORC, I <i>have</i> found people who share my passions and who are “kindred spirits”.<BR>The “Anne” moment I remember the best happened a few months ago... in January. A few of my old high school friends and I got together for a weekend away, to the Drakensberg mountains; a sort-of mini-reunion, I guess. We went hiking, and stopped for brunch near a beautiful little waterfall. It was a gorgeous summer day: clear blue sky, fluffy white clouds, a gentle breeze, and the tinkling voice of the waterfall and the stream surrounding us. I was enchanted, and without thinking, said, “Isn’t this a most rapturous day?” My friends looked at me oddly, then burst out laughing. “You haven’t changed a bit!”; “Still the dreamer and poet!”; “Always in another world!” Well, I suppose what they said was true, but what I felt at that moment was just as true and real, and I have never apologised or felt embarrassed by it.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~<BR><BR>~Dream Weaver of Destinies and Memories<BR><BR>~Master Ring Holder at the <a target=new href="http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?start=0&catid=37&threadid=49731">Rings of the Elements Guild</a> <BR><BR>~True-Blue Bookworm! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif"border=0> (Visit the Bookworms in their <a target=new href="http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?start=0&catid=24&threadid=63971">Lounge, Garden and Gothic Hall</a>)<BR><BR>~Daughter of the Stars, Twilight Sister of the <a target=new href="http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?start=0&catid=37&threadid=52394">Twilight Guild</a><BR><BR>~Master Bard and Proud Member of the <a target=new href="http:// http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhiteco ... adid=61713">Bard’s Guild</a> <BR><BR>~Silk Ribbon Embroiderer of the <a target=new href="http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?start=0&catid=37&threadid=36615">Weaver’s Guild</a><BR><BR>~Gryffindor Student at <a target=new href="http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?start=0&catid=37&threadid=62422">Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry</a><BR><BR>
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Postby Lady_Galadriel786 » Tue May 20, 2003 11:29 am

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Postby eadoin » Tue May 20, 2003 11:56 am

<b>Bibbity Bop!!!</b>
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Postby Harvestar » Tue May 20, 2003 2:40 pm

shieldmaiden, welcome! <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0><BR><BR>Lady Galadriel, welcome! Silmarill (who is also from South Africa) gave me the link to a website of flowers in South Africa. I've seen so many lovely pictures of South Africa and I'd love to go there one day. <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif"border=0> <BR><BR>I just had to come and announce here that the desert has another flowering plant. The saguaros (the cactus with big arms) are in bloom but now also the ironwood trees are pink and purple. The palo verde are also yellow with blossom. I hope to have some more pictures up on my web site soon. The drive into work is so lovely. There is a valley all yellow and then the subtle colors of the ironwood and the dotted white spots of flower on the green saguaro. <BR><BR>These aren't my pictures, but they illustrate the beauty of the desert at this time of year:<BR><a target=new href="http://www.mesquitetree.com/landscapes.html">http://www.mesquitetree.com/landscapes.html</a><BR>
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