The Black Cat And The Strawberry Moon

Before I got the news about Dad, a ‘Strawberry Moon‘ appeared in our June skies. So-called as it marks the beginning of strawberry season, this full moon was a rare occurrence because it coincided with Summer Solstice on June 21st, the first time for almost fifty years.

Strawberry Moon, June 21st 2016 (c) Sherri Matthews

Strawberry Moon, June 21st 2016
(c) Sherri Matthews

As if by magic, while taking the above photograph, Eddie, our black cat, appeared on the roof of the Summerhouse.  I’ll save this one for Halloween, I thought at the time.

Eddie And The Moon (c) Sherri Matthews 2016

Eddie And The Strawberry Moon
(c) Sherri Matthews 2016

Eddie was born in a barn and loved every second of it.  Raised on a Dorset farm until we adopted him as a ten week old kitten, ten years on and he still thinks he can come and go as he pleases.  But we keep him at night as much as possible.  Strangely, on cold, wet nights, he does not protest.

But whatever the weather on Halloween, we always keep him safely indoors because some people have strange, superstitious ideas about black cats.  Others, this year it seems, also have strange ideas about clowns.  I hope we don’t see any tonight…

But I don’t like to think about all that as we carve our pumpkin…

Eddie gets into the spirit of Halloween (c) Sherri Matthews

Eddie gets into the spirit of Halloween
(c) Sherri Matthews

And set out treats…

Trick or Treat? (c) Sherri Matthews

Trick or Treat?
(c) Sherri Matthews

The Strawberry Moon has been and gone, but I wonder still at the memory of its ethereal, shimmering beauty lighting up our Summer Solstice skies.  I wonder if Dad looked up into the sky that night?  I like to think he did…

And I wonder, did he remember a night in 1969 when we stood side by side and stared up at the moon, imagining what it must have been like for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin the first time they walked on the moon only a few months earlier?

Dad and I often talked about the moon and the stars and the skies.

Memories of Halloween spent with my children; of sky-gazing with Dad; of Eddie running wild as a kitten: all threads woven into the fabric of storytelling.

But I expect the only story Eddie will be telling tonight will be the one about a full tummy and a nice, cosy chair to curl up on.  No worries about clowns or black cat superstition for him.

Keep safe, have fun and Have a Happy Halloween!

Jack (c) Sherri Matthews

Jack
(c) Sherri Matthews

About Sherri Matthews

Sherri has been writing full time since 2011. Currently working on her memoir, 'Stranger in a White Dress', she has been published in a variety of national magazines, websites and three anthologies. Sherri raised her three, now adult children, in California for twenty years and today, lives in England’s West Country with her hubby, Aspie youngest, two cats, a grumpy bunny and a family of Chinese Button Quails. She keeps out of mischief blogging, gardening, walking by the sea and snapping endless photographs. Her garden robin muse vists regularly.
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88 Responses to The Black Cat And The Strawberry Moon

  1. jennypellett says:

    Aha! I knew you’d be a-Halloweening! I’d never heard of a strawberry moon, how lovely. And Eddie is your perfect accessory for tonight. Enjoy! And great to have you back in Bloggsville 🎃🎃🕷🕷👹👻😁

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  2. You and Eddie make a great team, Sherri, and with “Jack” rounding out the art work, this is such a fun post. Like Jenny, I’d never heard of a strawberry moon, so I loved learning of this. My grandmother had taught me about blood moons and shadow moons, and in science class I learned about the rest, but this was my first strawberry.
    It’s so good to have your blog back. Many hugs! ❤ ❤ ❤

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…when Eddie cuddles up to me in the morning as he always does before I get up, I’ll tell him that you said we make a great team Marylin 🙂 I had never heard of a strawberry moon until this past June either. I thought it was called that because the moon at that time of year looks sort of pinkish and larger than usual…but no! It was pretty amazing to see it. I love that you learnt something new in this post, especially as I learn so much from you! Good to be back Marylin, thank you, and more hugs back! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. Heyjude says:

    I want Jenny’s emojis! And yes, lovely to have you back in the blogosphere even if you do have some creepy looking photos…
    Jude xx

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  4. What a priceless shot of the strawberry moon and Eddie. Don’t you just love that life is filled with juicy memories. Cats are so curious about everything. Yours is enjoying his lesson in pumpkin carving. Hope you have a lovely Halloween. I think it’s going to stop raining for the kids. 🙂

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks Marlene, our Halloween is almost over now, just as you’ll be getting ready for yours and hopefully the rain has stopped. We had a slow start, then loads of kids. Had to bring in the pumpkin, as I ran out of candy! Didn’t want any evil clowns turning up on our doorstep…yikes! Eddie is more like a dog in many ways, follows us everywhere. He was curious about me being outside that time of night and had to join in to see for himself…I think he was as mesmerised as I was! Have a great time tonight, Happy Halloween! 🙂 xo

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  5. Tom Merriman says:

    Happy Hallowe’en, Sherri. A suitably spooky photo of Eddie there for the occasion! Love the Full Moon, and the clouds in your first photo give that an eerie feel as well. Wonderful!

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks Tom! I knew you would enjoy that photo of Eddie and the moon! Oooh…glad you did, I have never been able to take decent photos of the moon, these are the best I could with a certain nighttime setting on my camera, but still…would love to get those really amazing shots! One day…one day! Happy Halloween Tom…heading to see what’s going on at the Mansion… ! 😀

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  6. Oh how I love the strawberry moon. It’s probably one of my favorites, Sherri. Promise me, when DFD and I come to visit, you’ll make Eddie behave himself. He looks quite spooky in the shot with the moon!. Happy Halloween! xo

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    • Sherri says:

      Isn’t it so beautiful? Haha…oh Jill, the thought of you and DFD coming over to visit makes me want to do a little dance! I’ll vouch for Eddie’s behaviour…he promises to be as sweet and as cuddly as he can be…no spooky business here lol! Thanks Jill…Happy Halloween to you too! ❤ xoxo

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  7. What an excellent shot of Eddie and the Moon Sherri – and it is so lovely to read something from you again! Halloween has been and gone from this part of the world – it isn’t part of our culture really and makes barely a glimmer anywhere except in the shops. Lots of love to you until next time. ❤

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…thank you Pauline, it’s lovely to see you again too! Trick or treating and all that goes with Halloween is a fairly recent import from America here, certainly not something I grew up with. It’s all over with now for another year, but of course, one thing we have here we didn’t in America is upcoming Guy Fawkes night on November 5th. I’ve already heard a few fireworks going off in the neighbourhood…! Hope all is well with you…about to enter your summer, right? I bet your garden is a delight at this time of year 🙂 Lots of love right back to you and see you very soon! ❤

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  8. lisakunk says:

    My fuzzy black cat is inside and safe tonight too. Glad you shared sky stories with your dad. Precious.

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  9. A strawberry moon is new to me too.
    Imagine your cat getting into that picture at the right moment to be caught, that is.
    Wonderful photos.Eddie is gorgeous. My daughter used to have a black cat. Black IS beautiful–and shiny too. 🙂

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  10. dgkaye says:

    What a lovely and seasonal post Sher. Wow, that picture of Eddie on the roof in front of that moon is Spooktacular! Thanks for sharing your beautiful story of the Strawberry moon, and I’m thinking your dad probably winked at you right through it!
    You really do a bang up job with the decorations my friend. And it looks like Eddie wanted to eat some pumpkin, lol. Hope you had a fun night with the tricks and treats! Big hugs! xoxo ❤ ❤

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  11. Sunni Morris says:

    I have a black cat too and always keep him safe inside. People are crazy these days. The picture of Eddie with the moon is a nice one. Thanks for sharing that and your happy memories. I hope you had a nice Halloween.

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    • Sherri says:

      I love your cats Sunni, and know how precious they are to you. The craziness is getting too wild… Thank you, it was fun. I hope you had a Happy Halloween too! Lovely to see you again… xoxo

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  12. Luanne says:

    Happy Halloween . . . Eddie is a doll! Kana says HI to him :). My daughter dressed as a black cat for Halloween by the way!

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks Luanne, hope you had a Happy Halloween too! Ahh…Eddie says Hi right back to Kana…they are pals! Oh how cute…I think I’ll do the same as your daughter next year, great idea!! 🙂 xoxo

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  13. Mabel Kwong says:

    So lovely that you got the spot a full moon on the night of the summer solstice. It sure looks big, round and very fat, and very much full of light and life. Maybe Eddie thinks that some of his cat friends lives on that moon far, far away….

    Happy Halloween, Sherri. Hope nothing out of the ordinary happened and nothing went bump in the night over at your neck of the woods. Some people here in Australia like to get in the Halloween spirit by dressing up, and candy always goes on special at the grocery store this time of the year. Yesterday on the way to work, there were free goody bags filled with chocolate and candy being given out on the streets. I took one and it looks like a lot of candy to last a while. Hope you had your share of sweet treats too, and take care my friend 🙂 ❤

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Mabel! Wow…sounds like you had a fun Halloween with that free goody bag! How nice! We had a good time handing out candy to trick or treaters, all very well behaved I might add…and not nasty clowns, as we had been warned thank goodness! I certainly did get my share of treats thank you…always make sure to put some back for later 😉 🙂 And yes, it was wonderful to witness that full and fat and very round moon! Haha…I think Eddie definitely was thinking mystical thoughts as he looked out at the moon that night! What timining, eh? Lovely to see you again my friend, I’ll see you very soon and catch up with you in your neck of the woods! You take care too…big hugs 🙂 ❤

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  14. Norah says:

    What a beautiful post for Halloween, Sherri. I hope you enjoyed the evening spoiling trick or treaters with treats. Looks like you were well-prepared. We had no one knock on our door. Halloween is not big over here, though it is becoming more so with each year; and there are no children (sad face) in our neighbourhood.
    I hadn’t heard of a strawberry moon. It sounds beautiful, magical, and other-worldly. How considerate of Eddie to enhance your photograph with his well-timed pose.
    I hope things are progressing smoothly for you, Sherri. Take care.

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    • Sherri says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Norah, thank you! Yes, it was a good evening, quiet at first and then it went a bit crazy! We are one of the few who put out a Jack ‘O Lantern, so the kids know where to come 🙂 Halloween is definitely getting bigger over here too. I will never forget the sighting of that beautiful – and other worldly! – strawberry moon. And yes, Eddie’s timing was impeccable, haha! It’s nice to get back to light hearted posts. Hoping to keep progressing. I hope too things are going well with your business Norah. Great to be back at Carrot Ranch too! ❤ xxx

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  15. Great photo of Eddie. I saw you had a good halloween. I’m afraid it passed by unnoticed by us, our street and seemingly the entire neighbourhood. Even Aldi wasn’t selling Halloween trinkets and sweets. I did get something in at the last minute, just in case, but we have ended up eating it ourselves. Lovely memories for you Sherri of your Dad and the moon and Halloween and your time with your children in the country where Halloween is a big deal. Lots of love 🙂

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  16. I love the picture of your pumpkin Sherri! Matthew and I thought about carving one last night but decided to have a restful night with just the two of us instead. What a fantastic spread of treats you made! We never have any visitors since we live in an apartment but I wish that we did as I would love to put little treat bags together! Hope you had a safe and fun Halloween my friend. ❤ Heather

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    • Sherri says:

      Thanks Heather! I don’t blame you having a quiet night in, it went a bit crazy here last night! Unexpected, as it was so quiet at first but Halloween does seem to be getting bigger every year here. But still not like in my old neighbourhood in California! Ahh…one day I hope you’ll get to make up little treat bags my friend! It’s an easier way of handing out treats, that’s for sure! I’m sure you and Matthew enjoyed your nice relaxing evening…sounds great to me! 🙂 ❤

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  17. You have a soothing way of telling a story. You shared your memories so passionately.

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  18. Amazing photo of the full moon and your beautiful black cat. Captured on the Summer Solstice for Halloween. How fitting. (That was a gorgeous night.) Looks like a wonderful time. Good to see you, my friend. 💛 Love & light, chocolate & wine.

    Happy Halloween! 🎃

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  19. Hi Sherri, I must say, I loved your pictures of the strawberry moon, too and the ones of Eddie. I also have a black cat and I sure wouldn’t want her running loose on Halloween. People can be a little crazier than usual on that night.

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    • Sherri says:

      Hi Donna, lovely to hear from you, glad you enjoyed the pic! Not every day you get a photo of a black cat in front of a strawberry moon!!! Ahh…I do adore black cats, all cats. Mustn’t leave our Maisy out…she’s a grey and white tabby and 14, bless her. How we love all our cats! xoxo

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  20. Oh how I wish I’d caught this On Halloween. Eddy is the perfect cat in my eyes on Halloween or any day! And what photos, so haunting and beautiful. The memories you share of your dear Dad touch the heart. Thank you. lots of love, di di xoxo

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    • Sherri says:

      Thank you dearest Diane…Dad would have loved Eddy; infact, he loved listening to stories about him and looking at photos of him and Maisy on my phone during our visits. It was Dad who brought home our first ever cat, a Siamese kitten called Misty. So many precious memories to share my dearest friend with lots of love 🙂 ❤ xoxo

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  21. Eddie is obviously a very canny poser, knowing how good he’d look outlined against the moon 🙂 I love the warmth of your Halloween memories Sherri and I hope you’re doing okay ❤

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  22. Sherri Im in love with that image of Eddie and the moon. Its amazing. Hope your Halloween was fun. Im a bit freaked by this new clown craze, some people have way too much time on their hands.
    Kath.

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…thanks Kath! Great timing on Eddie’s part! Our Halloween was busy after a quiet start and it was fun…hope the same for you. And yes, I totally agree, this clown craze is out of hand. What times… Have a wonderful week my friend, see you very soon 🙂 ❤

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  23. Your photo of Eddie looking up at the Strawbery moon would make a wonderful book cover, Sherri. The only problem would be that Eddie may then ask for some of the royalties. However, I’m sure an extra treat here and there would also be very acceptable to him.

    I hope you had a wonderful Halloween. I always enjoy this time of the year although Toby does not like the fireworks (poor thing). Hopefully, the security jacket we got him last year will help calm him during the evening of 5th November. It seemed to do the job last year and I really don’t mind taking him on his last walk of the day after the fireworks are all done.

    Have a wonderful weekend.
    xx

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    • Sherri says:

      What a wonderful idea Hugh! I think Eddie already gets enough ‘royalties’ as it is…any more, and it might go to his head – or his tummy, lol 😉 We’ve since chatted about Halloween and already, bonfire night has been and gone…where does the time go? We didn’t do fireworks this year, spending the weekend with my brother instead. I hope the security jacket helped Toby again this year and your after-fireworks walk was enjoyable. Strangely, Eddie isn’t fazed by them, but Maisy, our 14 year old tabby, hates them. She hides away and doesn’t appear until she thinks it’s safe to do so. Thank you Hugh, we did and I hope your weekend was wonderful too…perhaps with an ongoing celebration, or two? 🙂 xxx

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      • Well, having now got my hands finally on my book (Ok, it was only a proof, but the feeling was wonderful), we did have a few celebrations, Sherri. I’ve already found a few minor mistakes in the proof. Only small things like gaps between the last word and the full stop, so I’d recommend anybody writing a book, for the first time, to get that proof and check it again. I think I can see that publishing light now. 😀

        Have a wonderful week.
        xx

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  24. Charli Mills says:

    So that’s a strawberry moon! In the states we have a harvest moon which is it’s fall counterpart. I love that thought of you and your Dad sharing glimpses of the same moon, not just last June but throughout your life. There’s some sort of deep connectivity in having shared lunar glimpses together. I got so silly-excited over our own moon conversation that I was determined to find moonstone at one of the many local rock shops in Zion Canyon. That sent me on quite a chase — evidently, everyone was out of stock. At last, I found some raw pieces. They are not the iridescent milky-white stone tumbled for jewelry, but raw pieces. They signify “new beginnings” and oddly, moonstone is the birthstone of June — the same month as your strawberry moon! I have them in a jar of water, sitting outside, soaking up the waxing super moon. Oh, I how I wish I could share Halloween with you! I love a good Halloween party! Without weird clowns or black cat superstitions, of course.

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    • Sherri says:

      And a splended Super Moon Monday to you my friend! Isn’t it amazing that I shared these photos of the strawberry moon from June and you found moonstone on Mars in time for your super moon today! Haha…love ‘silly-excited’! I loved our conversation too, you’ll see my message to you about needing some of that zapping moon energy, so imaging those beautiful raw pieces you found – and what a mission for you to find them, I wonder why so out of stock? – and what they represent, and I didn’t know that moonstone is the birthstone of June – wow…these coincidences!…- and now you have them soaking up all that super Harvest Moon energy! So beautiful. Dad would get such a kick out of knowing this, a powerful extension of those ‘shared lunar glimpses’ ❤ I am not surprised to know you love a good Halloween party Charli…one more thing to put on the list! C misses Halloween in the USA to this day. I do my best to recreate it…with Eddie's help, of course 😉 And as for those clowns, I'll be doing the chasing if I clap my eyes on one! Super Moon Monday and New Beginnings rock…and so do you Charli! 🙂 ❤ 🙂

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      • Charli Mills says:

        Turns out I’m a week off on the Super Moon! It’s still waxing so we’ll just let the moonstones bask another week! I was delighted to see that southern Utah embraces Halloween. People really get into decorating their yards and businesses. We were traveling that night so I’m not sure what the trick-o-treating was like. It was eye-popping passing through Las Vegas where folks on the streets thought costumes meant discarding clothes! I saw more men in g-strings that ought not be in ones! Tricks! Not treats!

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        • Sherri says:

          I just saw that on FB and posted a link to you! I hope we both get to see it! The more those moonstones bask, the better! It sounds the same as where we lived in CA, everyone went to town with their decs, it was so much fun. I’m so glad for you! As for Vegas, I can well imagine…their idea of treats sound out there…or should I say, barely out there! Yikes!!! 😮 😀 😉

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  25. simplyilka says:

    Oh Sherri! You still have your passionate flowing interesting writing style. I love how Eddie walked into the picture. I think cats know exactly what they are doing 😉 BTW, our cat also comes and goes as he pleases.

    I like to think that your dad looked at the sky that special day as well.
    All the best, Ilka xxx

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    • Sherri says:

      Ahh…thank you so much dear Ilka, I’m really encouraged that you still enjoy reading my posts, even though they are thin on the ground these days, and it’s so lovely to see you again. We remain connected through the years don’t we, one way or another! Haha…you are right about cats, they know who is in charge, and it isn’t us lol 😀 No matter what else happened, Dad always urged me to keep looking up 🙂 Have a wonderful week my friend xxx

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  26. Annika Perry says:

    Sherri, I think the real star of this post is your Eddie! Wonderful haunting photo of him against the moon – I remember this one from June and it was astonishing and reminiscent of raw pagan times. Lovely memories of you and your father – even today I will glance at the moon and be awed by the thought that humans walked on its surface. Hope you had a special Halloween – you look well prepared for a big party!

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    • Sherri says:

      I agree Annika! My nighttime shots are never much cop, not having the right equipment, but was really chuffed to get this shot, thanks to Eddie’s impeccable timing, on this occasion at least, ha! Thank you my friend, precious memories, and I do just the same when looking up at the moon, always in such awe. I confess that ‘party’ photo is one from a few years ago. This year it was a quieter affair but of course, I never skimp on the candy 🙂 xxx

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  27. Ste J says:

    Those clowns were a strange phenomena, hopefully a passing one. I love the silhouette of Eddie, the silhoueddie as I shall now term that photo.

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    • Sherri says:

      Let’s hope so…they freak me out at the best of times! Haha…what a great name…a new name: silhoueddie. Perfect!

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      • Ste J says:

        I love mixing words…I owe you a Stemail too, it will be on its way when I get some proper time to compose it.

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        • Sherri says:

          Love your Stemails…look forward to it! But no pressure my friend…you take care, and I’ll be over to your site soon…

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        • Sherri says:

          Hello my friend, I just tried to comment on your ‘Rilke’s…’ but I think it has gone to spam 😦 It’s happened to several blogs this afternoon. So typical, just when I thought I had a bit of time to get a little caught up but nooooooo. So annoying. I’ve contacted akismet, so hopefully I can get it sorted asap. Meanwhile, I thought I’d message you here to let you know I have read all your poetry posts (but didn’t comment) and was particularly intrigued by Haiku Rhapsodies which sounds like such a captivating and delightful book. I’ve only written one or two Haikus for some reason, would really like to explore the writing and reading of in time… You did so well to get all those posts out in such an amazing and enjoyable poetry-fest for you and for your readers 🙂

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          • Ste J says:

            I always check my spam first these days as every so often people get randomly put in there…never sure why that is. Thank you for reading, it was a ton of words for you to go through and I do appreciate it. I don;t think I will be quite so prolific next time I have a week on the same genre lol…although it was good to be focused on writing.

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            • Sherri says:

              I really need to remember to check my spam too, I’ve got into a bad habit of fogetting to do that, so thank you for the reminder. I really wanted to read your ‘poetry week’ and I’m just sorry I missed it while it was ongoing. But it was such a pleasure to read your thoughts and as always, be introduced to some fine reading I had never heard of. So thank you my friend!

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              • Ste J says:

                I was going to build up to it so people knew it was coming but time, work and the rest of the usual got in the way. It means a lot that you caught up and read through the mountain of words I created. I like going off piste, so to speak, to find new and exciting authors and ideas.

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