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Delta, British Columbia, Canada
I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

ABC Wednesday - Welcome to the letter "D"

ABC Wednesday is brought to you today by the letter D.


I'm so glad you decided to come back and visit me at my Domicile again this week. There's so much more to show you! First of all, do park in my Driveway - there's lots of room beside my car.















The Doorbell is to the right of the Door but if I don't hear it, you might Dare to come around to the back patio where I might be Day-Dreaming on my chaise lounge.



















The first thing I'd like to show you is my most precious Decoration. My sister gave me this "gift" for Christmas a few years ago and I love it so much that I keep it out all year. I plug it in during the winter so I can enjoy its glittering beauty, but I always get comments on it even in the summer.


















I'm glad you Decided to stay for Dinner this time. This is where I keep my Dishes. Would you like to help me set the table?















We'll sit in the Dining room tonight since we can look out into the garden as we enjoy our Dinner. I think we'll Dine on cold roast Duck with a Date chutney and Devilled eggs on the side.

"Would you put this Dish of Dill pickles on the table for me, please."


"Well, I'm full now!"









Come on into the other room and I'll show you a few more of my special things. Here is a book about Dolls that belonged to my mother. She was an avid Doll collector and even made a few herself. She also sewed the clothes for a precious baby doll. My sister has that doll now, even though I wanted it. (But I got the book!)

















These are the two Dolls that I inherited from my mother. The one on the left reminds me of my two Daughters as they both had such long blonde hair when they were younger. The Doll on the right is "Emily of New Moon," depicting a character from one of Lucy Maud Montgomery's famous series of books for girls. The stories about Emily are similar to Montgomery's earlier and more famous Anne of Green Gables series.









You might remember that I am a big Dog lover. The little black Scotty here is just like the one my mother had when she was a girl. One year, I couldn't figure out what to get Mom for Christmas and when I saw this Dog, I knew it was perfect. She used to tell us stories about Jock so I knew she'd love him. I put the tartan ribbon around his neck and carefully wrapped him up in a box. Mom, in the full throes of Alzheimers, was thrilled when she saw him and he always sat on the back of the sofa - until she passed away. Now I have the pleasure of keeping Jock safe. For companionship, I found a little Boxer puppy one day and I named him Bullet. I've had three Boxers in my life - one when I was a girl and two since then. Jock and Bullet get along famously.






I've saved the best story for last. As you know, I have two Delightful Daughters. I Distinctly remember the Saturday back in October of 1989 when my parents took the girls out for the Day. I wondered where they were going, but they only said that it was a secret. Both the girls got Dressed up in Dark skirts and their best white blouses and carefully did their hair. (Now that was unusual in itself!) So off they went, giving their Dad and me some time alone. I forgot all about their Day's outing with their grandparents until Christmas Day. Unbeknownst to us, the girls had arranged an appointment with a photographer to have a formal photograph taken of themselves so they could get it framed and give it to us as a Christmas present! They got their grandparents to go along with the secret since they needed an excuse to go out somewhere without us. None of them ever let the secret out of the bag. My Delicious Daughters also paid for the sitting all by themselves by saving their money!

Thank you for coming today! I really think we're getting to know each other better, Don't you? Please Do come again....maybe next time I'll show you my photos of Mount Etna.

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42 comments:

RuneE said...

Someone else has posted D for Dictionary, but I think you beat her to it! Impressive.

Aileni said...

Dddddddd - I am Duh'd :)

Texas Travelers said...

I am bowled over with D's.
Great photos.

Nice "D" today.
Our "D's" are Done, Click here.
We added a Dragonfly update.
Troy and Martha

sally in norfolk said...

fantastic i love these tours riund your house and through your life.. thanks for sharing x

ellen b said...

What a fun little visit to your domicile. I love how thoughtful your daughters were to plan this wonderful gift for you. SWEET! :0)

CaBaCuRl said...

This must have taken you ages to complete...a mighty effort! So many many Ds!

me ann my camera said...

Definitely a 'D' day for you with an interesting and informative post.

Miss_Yves said...

Everything you've exhibited is ...
Delightful!
Miss Yves

onangelwings said...

This is adorable. I love this meme. Cute.

photowannabe said...

Delightful discussion of D's.

Katney said...

Delightful day ful of Ds here. Goodness. As soon as I saw the doll on the right, I thought of Anne of Green Gables. I have my mother's doll, too, and there is a story as to how I acquired it involving my brother and my sister both. Perhaps I will tell it some day--but maybe not. My brother reads my blog.

Kim from Hiraeth said...

Wow! That's a lot of 'D's! Great post! : D

Lynette said...

You have a delightful D post!

PJ said...

Your D's are dizzying. Now I'll be going through everything counting d's. No, I'm going to beD.

naturglede said...

I did not have worlds for this ABC. Beautiful, and som many nice photoes and worlds. Thank you!

Bear Naked said...

What a delightful tour you have given us of your home.
The *Gift* is stunning.
I would love to get one and like you, I would keep it out in view all year lomg.

Bear((( )))

Gary said...

Thanks for the tour of your Domicile, it was different and delightful.

I bet you were thrilled with your Daughters gift that year!

Thanks also for the A+ score for my post - you teachers never retire, do you!!?? lol

Gary
Bodge's Bulletin.

Old Wom Tigley said...

ha! my I'm all 'dee'd out now.... you certainly put some time and effort into this.

Denise said...

Leslie, I love this tour round your home. For ABC Round 4 I am going to do the same. It will encourage me to keep the place tidy! LOL!

Gordon said...

Thanks for the delightful tour of your Domicile.

ArneA said...

Daughters.
They are beautiful.

lv2scpbk said...

You picked some good "D"s. Some of them were so simple and right there in front of our faces and I couldn't think of them. Anyway, great shots.

Nydia said...

It was a delight to be in your home again, Leslie. I loved every bit of this visit, but the last story was surely the best one! What a delicious surprise your daughters gave you! Your home is definitely cosy!

Dainty post! ;o)
Kisses from Nydia.

Tommy V said...

Great series of pictures for ABC Wednesday and letter D.

Daryl said...

Delightful ...


:-Daryl

Kim said...

I love your story, thank you for inviting us into your home :) I really do like your gift from your sister, it is a wonderful piece. Great job :)

Jo said...

You have a LOVELY home, Leslie!!! I can hardly wait until I can come and stay in your Delightful guest room. :-)

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

YAYAAY!! I love it when you do these kinds of posts, Leslie... it's fun... I'm all in about helping setting the Dining Table cause I know Dinner is just around the corner... hehee

Your daughter's gift idea is awesome... what a sweet story... what a delightful photo.
Great post! =D
Mountain Retreat

D Herrod said...

Very cool. TY for stopping by mine.

Suburbia said...

Good collection of D's! What a lovely surprise to have the photo of your daughters.

starnitesky said...

I loved your D tour of the house it has been Delightful. What a wonderful surprise to get that lovely photo of your daughters.

babooshka said...

Delightful collection of d's although I have never been a doll fan.I find them a little scary.

Rambling Woods said...

What a beautiful memory from your daughters and thank you for your kind words about my daughter...

Gemma said...

Delightful domicile! Thanks for your hospitality.

nancygrayce said...

Happy D Day

Liz said...

That was a wonderful tour of your home and you did indeed save the best until last.

Annie said...

Thanks for visiting my place Leslie..and thanks for telling us all about your domicile...and your delightful daughters...what a lovely present...so thoughtful of them!

Annie

Neva said...

wow....you spent a lot of time on your D and I love it! lovely home and daughters.....I am amazed at home many D's one can find when looking(or after the fact for me!!!)

Susie said...

Hi Leslie,
Thanks for stopping by. You did a wonderful job with this meme (such fun to read)
That back brace looks uncomfortable, but hope it offers some support and relief from your pain.

Louis la Vache said...

You have some very clever posts, Leslie!

Thank you for sharing with us what your Delightful Daughters Did!

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Oh, I love everything in these pics, especially the flowers by your front door, your decoration, the dolls and toy dogs!

Columbo said...

Wow that is a lot of D's with awesome shots. Great posting I enjoyed it.