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Solitude Galaxy S6 Case for Sale by Sarah Vernon. Protect your Galaxy S6 with an impact-resistant, slim-profile, hard-shell case. The image is printed directly onto the case and wrapped around the edges for a beautiful presentation. Simply snap the case onto your Galaxy S6 for instant protection and direct access to all of the phone’s features!

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I created Solitude while I was still in Crete. Although I wasn’t thinking so at the time, you could say it symbolises my yearning for peace and solitude, as well as freedom from fear and anxiety, all of which I know that my cottage on the Isle of Wight will provide, even though it doesn’t look like the photograph by Antony Delanoix (Unsplash).  As you can see below, it’s quite bland and thus a perfect starting point for my playing. I couldn’t find any details but I imagine it’s Greece or Turkey or some Mediterranean country.

I used a grungy yellow background from my arsenal and a texture from Kerstin Frank and, though I say it myself as shouldn’t, I was delighted with the effect! Hope you are too.

“Solitude is fine but you need someone to tell that solitude is fine.”
Honoré de Balzac


“If you’re lonely when you’re alone, you’re in bad company.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

Solitude Postage Stamp
Solitude Postage Stamp by FirstNightDesign

“Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Solitude Watch
Solitude Watch by FirstNightDesign

Available at the following galleries:
Zazzle US
Zazzle UK
Fine Art America [14 fulfillment centers in 5 countries]
Saatchi Art

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Never let it be said that my passions fade. Here are some more cushions for your delectation, some old, some new.

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Is there anything quite so delicious as toasted Hot Cross Buns dripping with butter? I don’t think so.  Just writing about them is making me salivate!

Sadly, the supermarkets and bakeries – in the UK, at least – only sell them at Easter.  This photograph, however, is available all year round! You could hang it in your kitchen and be inspired to make them throughout the year.  Here follows a recipe link!

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This ‘Depression Cake’ recipe should prove useful at a time when we’re all struggling to survive on so little … and it actually looks delicious!

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Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast

This Sunday will be my husband’s birthday. Each year, Brett looks forward to just one thing; a cake that his grandmother made him every year since he can remember. Even when he left home in 1982 to join the Navy, Grandma Johnson would bake this cake and ship it to where ever he was station. When she passed away in 1997, I pick up where she left off.

The cake that she would make was called an “Eggless, Butterless, Milkless Cake“. What it really is a Depression Era cake. Depression cakes, also known as “War Cakes” date back to World War I. The recipe  was in a pamphlet distributed by the United States Food Administration in 1918 entitled “War Economy in Food“. War Cakes are listed under “Recipes for Conservation Sweets.” The United States Food Administration stressed the importance of reducing sugar…

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A delicious-sounding potato and yam accompaniment to any meal or a stand-alone dish for vegetarians.


The Celiathlete

As I mentioned, my CSA bin was exploding this past week with treats to help make any Thanksgiving feast complete.  Honestly…everything in there would go in a Thanksgiving meal.  And if I was making a Thanksgiving meal…that would be ideal.  As it was, being the token vegetarian among my roommate’s family, I am always asked to supply a vegetable dish.  And as I had green beans in my bin…I went with that.  Although, I honestly could have provided a healthy and fresh side item (forget canned yams and cranberry sauce…I could have made it from scratch with fresh and local ingredients), I stuck with what I was told to bring and let them open up canned yams and cranberry sauce.  That’s their tradition.

But I’m a firm believer in fresh is best and therefore now had a plethora of Thanksgiving fruits and vegetables to play around with.  As a result…I…

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