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Have just been having a clean out of people I never hear from and who don't post.The vast majority hadn't friended me back. If anyone has been removed and doesn't want to be, just PM me to be added back. I do love making friends on LJ, but want folk on my list I'm in contact with and know who they are. I've kept people who I used to be in frequent contact with who vanished just in case they return.

July Blooms

Flowers seen today in neighbouring gardens (and Harry, of course!.

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Tigers in the jungle

The boys and a few flowers.

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My friend came and we took the boys out in the yard. My friend is still on about what her daughter says, this time that Harry never had a choice over the cat flap as I didn't push him through it. He has watched Leo and he waggles it with his paw when it's open. Today, he wanted to go out but quickly went back indoors. I'm so glad he is content indoors as 2 poor cats were poisoned the other side of town last week. Leo stayed out for a while in the yard.

Leo now has decided he wants to drink out of a cup!

The weather is nice today. Yesterday, I had an afternoon nap and was convinced I'd overslept as it was almost dark when I awoke. The clock said 5.15Pm and a few moments later there was a torrential downpour.

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July 4th

Hope my friends in the USA enjoy your holiday on July 4th.

I was sent this card by a cat rescue group, showing all their cats and playing American patriotic music, which I thought the cat lovers on my list might enjoy.

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July Teitho

Teitho: July challenge "Brothers"
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:29 am (PDT) . Posted by: mirach_ravaia
In July, out theme is Brothers. Thanks to Seoidin for the suggestion!

Amrod and Amras, Elrond and Elros, Elladan and Elrohir, Boromir and Faramir... there are many pair of brothers in the history of Middle-earth. This month, you can explore that special bond and relation between them: a part of sibling rivalry and a part of brotherly love.


The relationship doesn't have to be between two brothers, though: Finrod was a brother to Galadriel and Eómer to Eówyn. Big brother and little sister? It may have looked like that, but it may not. Sometimes the relationships can be rather surprising...



1 Teitho: July challenge "Brothers"
Sat Jun 25, 2016 8:29 am (PDT) . Posted by: mirach_ravaia
In July, out theme is Brothers. Thanks to Seoidin for the suggestion!

Amrod and Amras, Elrond and Elros, Elladan and Elrohir, Boromir and Faramir... there are many pair of brothers in the history of Middle-earth. This month, you can explore that special bond and relation between them: a part of sibling rivalry and a part of brotherly love.


The relationship doesn't have to be between two brothers, though: Finrod was a brother to Galadriel and Eómer to Eówyn. Big brother and little sister? It may have looked like that, but it may not. Sometimes the relationships can be rather surprising...



But the topic doesn't have to be about blood siblings, either. Some brothers can be adopted, like Estel to Elladan and Elrohir, and some share that special bond even without any official relation. Soldiers from the same unit or rangers from the same patrol came perceive each other as brothers through shared toil and blood, just like two close friends can feel the some brotherly love as true siblings.



The deadline for this challenge is July 30th already with an extension due to a planned holiday, so do not ask for one this time.



For writers: send your stories to teitho.contest@gmail.com mailto:teitho.contest@gmail.com. The contest is anonymous and the story can't be posted publicaly until the results of the challenge are announced. Aragorn or Legolas don't have to be main characters, but at least one of them must be mentioned in the story.


For artists: Submit your picture into the Teitho gallery folder of Arda-Inspired http://arda-inspired.deviantart.com/ at deviantArt. The picture should be new, drawn specifically for the challenge. State that you are submitting it to the contest in the artist's comments.

Happy writing and drawing!
Your Teitho-moderator,
Mirach http://mirachravaia.deviantart.com/

Leo's Daily Cheese- Video click to play

Leo has a daily half slice to cheese to try to fatten him up a fit. He loves it and knows if I have it in a pocket.

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All Comes to Those who wait

Theme: Waiting
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So at last Faramir and Éowyn and Meriadoc were laid in beds in the Houses of Healing; and there they were tended well. For though all lore was in these latter days fallen from its fullness of old, the leechcraft of Gondor was still wise, and skilled in the healing of wound and hurt, and all such sickness as east of the Sea mortal men were subject to. Save old age only. For that they had found no cure; and indeed the span of their lives had now waned to little more than that of other men, and those among them who passed the tale of five score years with vigour were grown few, save in some houses of purer blood. But now their art and knowledge were baffled; for there were many sick of a malady that would not be healed; and they called it the Black Shadow, for it came from the Nazgûl. And those who were stricken with it fell slowly into an ever deeper dream, and then passed to silence and a deadly cold, and so died. And it seemed to the tenders of the sick that on the Halfling and on the Lady of Rohan this malady lay heavily. Still at whiles as the morning wore away they would speak, murmuring in their dreams; and the watchers listened to all that they said, hoping perhaps to learn something that would help them to understand their hurts. But soon they began to fall down into the darkness, and as the sun turned west a grey shadow crept over their faces. But Faramir burned with a fever that would not abate.
Gandalf went from one to the other full of care, and he was told all that the watchers could hear. And so the day passed, while the great battle outside went on with shifting hopes and strange tidings; and still Gandalf waited and watched and did not go forth; till at last the red sunset filled all the sky, and the light through the windows fell on the grey faces of the sick. Then it seemed to those who stood by that in the glow the faces flushed softly as with health returning, but it was only a mockery of hope.
Then an old wife, Ioreth, the eldest of the women who served in that house, looking on the fair face of Faramir, wept, for all the people loved him. And she said: 'Alas! if he should die. Would that there were kings in Gondor, as there were once upon a time, they say! For it is said in old lore: _The hands of the king are the hands of a healer_. And so the rightful king could ever be known.'
And Gandalf, who stood by, said: 'Men may long remember your words, Ioreth! For there is hope in them. Maybe a king has indeed returned to Gondor; or have you not heard the strange tidings that have come to the City?'
'I have been too busy with this and that to heed all the crying and shouting,' she answered. 'All I hope is that those murdering devils do not come to this House and trouble the sick.'
Then Gandalf went out in haste, and already the fire in the sky was burning out, and the smouldering hills were fading, while ash-grey evening crept over the fields.
Lord of the Rings, Return of the King, Chapter 8: The Houses of Healing

Author's Notes: Some words in the story are taken directly from Tolkien. With grateful thanks to Raksha and Deandra.
Summary: A healer can only watch and wait as the Black Breath kills his patients.
Word Count: 1403

The familiar characters are the property of the Tolkien estate. This story is written for pleasure, not profit.

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More Photos

Harry makes a new friend, a win at the church bingo, some flowers and a meal out

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More Photos

Not so many photos this week as it has been too hot to go out. You can see a few flowers, the church garden party in pouring pain, a welcome end to the heat and the ginger boys. Also some more colouring.

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Latest Photos

Here are the photos I've taken during the last week. There are flowers in neighbouring gardens, some pansies in mine and a friend's cat, Nelly. She is so tiny!

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