Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Feathered Friends~ A Tea tablescape & GIVEAWAYS!

You can enter A Little Scrappy's GIVEAWAY HERE:  Read on for another giveaway!

The unforgettable beauty of lavender
Occurs in both the earth
And in the colors of the sky.
An aromatic flower,
As well as part of the many changing
Shades of the daily heavens on high.
The creamy color of the sky--
Color of orchid dawn--
Is quickly there, and then is gone.
Light violet, lavender,
How unique is its special glow,
Colored in nature in light lilac,
Amethyst, and airy, purple indigo.
 ~ Gil Saenz ~


Lavender is so soothing, not just the color, but the fragrance to.  Lavender and purple transferware paired here with a bird motif' theme creates a lush garden feel with a touch of whimsy.

I began by layering a Ralph Lauren lavender bed sheet and topped with a white lace tablecloth.
For my centerpiece I used a purple transferware lamp from my shop.  I placed it on a cake stand to give a little added height and draped around it lavender and cream greenery garland from Decorators Friend,  creamy off white rose garland, and a darling hand cut bird egg garland from Curious Goods by Janie D Mattern



For my tea party placemats, I wanted some earthy elements and something with a lot of texture.  I found these Pigeon nest pads at In Your Face Media1 for $1 a piece.  
The texture of these pads blends and balances that of the bird nests on my inexpensive bird nest topped cookie cloche's I made using miniature trifle bowls and hand stamped ribbon from A Little Scrappy.
Other bird related elements were added to the table.  Beside each setting I placed a tea light with four birds perched around the sides and filled with lavender pip berries to add a punch of color.

At each place setting I used adorable teapot themed demi spoons, forks and knives.  Aren't they adorable?  These come in sets from Home and Teatime Elegance, a beautiful Ebay store full of tea related items.

I thought the demi spoons, forks and knives would make cute party favors to, placed in some hand stamped muslin bags from A Little Scrappy.

I love layering, as you all know that follow me regularly.  I love lots of texture in my tablescapes. 
I tripled napkins using purple, sheer organza from Always Elegant, some lavender eyelet napkins and vintage white lace trimmed napkins that my Mom gave me.  Each time I use the white lace (which is often) I am reminded of the many parties, luncheons and dinners my Mom hosted when I was little.  I can still see these same ones at the table in our dining room!  My napkin rings are transferware in the Tonquin pattern by Royal Staffordshire.


For fun I placed these faux chocolates from Donna Pitkoff studios on a small Charlotte transferware plate.  These look amazing real!  I've never seen any faux food with a more realistic look and touch than these.  Donna sculpts these delicacies by hand!

  Mhia from Mel Mellis Sweet Treats sent me these beautifully packaged cookies for the tea.
The dainty tea cookies were served in an oblong, ceramic bird tray from Decorators Friend.  I lined it with one of the lace napkins from Mom and laid out little rows of each of the cookies.
We had several varities, including Lavender Infused Sugar Cookies and   Alfajores (Dulce de Lech and Coconut) 


Mhia from Mel Mellis' Sweet Treats has kindly offered a $12 gift certificate to her shop to a Nancy's Daily Dish reader.
To enter The Cookie Giveaway please leave a comment for one entry, and for another entry visit Mel Mellis's Sweet Treats and let me know what kind of cookies you'd get with your gift certificate.
Winner will be randomly selected using a numeral generator at random.org on June 22.





    Linking to:


    Marty at A Stroll Through Life
    Hodge Podge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge Life
    Show Off Your Cottage Monday@ A House in The Roses
    Lady Katherine
    Tea Cup Tuesday at Artful Affirmations 
    Martha's Favorites for Tea Cup Tuesday


     http://linda-coastalcharm.blogspot.com/

    Wednesday Tea For Me and Thee at Silken Purse 




    77 comments:

    1. Mmm, I'd love the Lavender Almond Sugar Cookies - One Dozen. omydarlingblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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    2. Nancy, YOur table is exquisitely beautiful! These are so many elements and layers of detail that you put into building a truely spectacular bird inspired table.
      I love the lamp on the table! Lamp light looks lovely while dining!
      The cocoa mats you used for placemats are a stoke of genius! They look wonderful as part of your table. So very creative.
      And I see my favorite Charlotte Transferware. What a clever and again, beautiful presentation with the inverted cloches and the little bird nests!
      The candy, cookies, spoons, garland... I could go on and on.
      Just know that this stellar table is one of my all time favorites. And the work you put into it was well worth it!
      Yvonne

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    3. Your tea setting is beautiful -I enjoy reading your posts and love your pictures-you have a finishing touch on all your projects -I love that you post links to items you have used

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    4. What cookies would I love to serve at a tea -Oh most definately -the lavender cookies -they sound wonderful and they are pretty.

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    5. Being a lover of birds and beautiful tablescapes, I would surely LOVE winning this prize!

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    6. Nancy,

      This is so rich and elegant! I love the purple transferware..I am going to have to put it on my wish list for Christmas. LOL. It's just beautiful as is your entire tablescape!

      Miss Bloomers

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    7. Oh my, every single element of this beautiful table is just exquisite. Wow, I don't know where to begin. I love every single tiny detail. You have paid such attention to every element and it is all truly stunning. I definitely think this is one of my favorite tablescapes ever. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

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    8. Oh Nancy, you always amaze me at all the detail you put into every single tablescape. I would just love to sit down and join you for lunch or tea or just to gawk at all your pretties! :) Everything looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

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    9. Oh, how pretty, Nancy...the purple transferware is so pretty. It is always a treat to see how you have set your table for TT!

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    10. Nancy, your table is spectacular! Your dishes are beautiful and your desserts delicious!
      Thank you for sharing such a lovely and creative setting.
      Hugs,
      Terri

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    11. Nancy, Another beautiful table from you. I love the lavender transferware and all the wonderful accents. Using cocoa mats as placemats is such a unique idea.
      xo, Sherry

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    12. Simply beautiful Nancy! I love the whole lavender theme, and the transferware is just gorgeous! I love the bird theme as well; the nests, the adorable birdie tea light holders (precious), the placemats that tie in with the bird's nests and give it that natural, outdoor feeling...perfect! You continually out-do yourself Nancy...another amazing tablescape! Thanks for sharing Nancy! :)

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    13. Everything looks so stunning....you did not leave out any details! So lovin the birdie theme tablescape....I brake for birds, in other words, I have a soft spot for birdies and bunnies. You never cease to amaze me with your tablescapes. You keep on layerin' and layerin' girl cause it is so worth it!!!

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    14. Hi Nancy!!! Ooooh! I just love it all!!! I am a total nut for transferware. Brown is my favorite with green coming in a close second! I'm so happy to have found you! If you still want to join the Where Bloggers Create party on Saturday, drop me an email and let me know. I'll add your name to the list.
      xo,
      Karen
      My Desert Cottage

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    15. Such lovely things! My favorite item is the Black Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies - Baker's Dozen
      Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    16. Thanks for the giveaway ( :

      A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

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    17. I would get the lemon ricotta cookies ( :

      A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

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    18. Hello Nancy. you table is beyond words. That must be how royalty takes their tea. Lovely. Just lovely. Those birds are all so beautiful and... I'm just going to ramble if I keep going. Beautiful and well done. Take care.

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    19. hi, enter me please :)
      email me :)
      liz_crowny@yahoo.com
      pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com

      thankies for helding this sweet giveaway

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    20. hi, i am in lovey with http://www.etsy.com/listing/48690088/alfajores-dulce-de-leche-and-coconut

      email me :)
      liz_crowny@yahoo.com
      pintaliztiirene.blogspot.com

      thankies for helding this giveaway

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    21. Nancy, You are killing me!! You know how I love purple and you just keep doing it to me..soooo jealous! The lamp that you built the centerpiece around is so fab. All of the details, like the faux chocolates and little linen bags with purple printed ribbon, it makes me feel sooooo inadequate..but then I have to remind myself I am learning from the master! Hope you are feeling better today! xxoo

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    22. Oh My! What a lovely table with so many yummy things to look at! Candy for my Eyes..

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    23. Gosh it is like the secret garden...so much to discover and soooo beautiful! All the details are just stunning. You do such an amazing job with all the layers and accesssories. Love it!
      Thanks for linking up.
      Karin

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    24. So wonderful table! Lovely, lovely.

      Hugs
      Charo

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    25. Hi Nancy...

      My friend, this truly is one of the most beautiful tables that I've ever laid my eyes on! It's simply breathtaking!!! Ohhh...how I would love to sit and have tea with you at this table. You just did a fabulous job...there are soo many things to feast the eyes upon and I love that...all those many fabulous layers!!! Of course, I just adore your beautiful mulberry transferware dishes! And...ohhh...and those sweet birds! I love birds!!! You sure do have some pretty pieces, Nancy!!! Love your table linens too...and your table centerpiece is magnificent!!! I love it all!!! Thank you for sharing all of your pretties with us today, my friend!!! Such eye candy...such a treat!!!

      Also...thank you for doing this gift giveaway for us...how very sweet of you!!!

      Warmest wishes,
      Chari @Happy To Design

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    26. Hi Nancy...

      Just wanted to leave a second comment...I went and checked out Mel Mellis's Sweet Treats...mmmm, yummy! I would love to try the blueberry/white chocolate sandwich cookies...they look absolutely scrumptious!!! Thank you again for having this sweet giveaway for us!!!

      Warmest wishes,
      Chari @Happy To Design

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    27. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

      http://www.etsy.com/listing/49046462/mel-mellis-sample-box

      I'd put it towards the sample box. Mmmm!

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    28. ms(dot)verymarried(at)gmail(dot)com

      here's my first entry!

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    29. Add Lavendar toenails to match!! LOL
      I appreciate your descriptions...the tables are lovely, but telling us how to put them together is .....well.....Priceless!!
      Thank you so much,
      J

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    30. Hi: I have never seen such a beautiful table. There is so much to look at. I love the colors and bird nests, and how you put that lamp in the middle and made it look like it belongs there. It is just amazing. I take my hat off to you. It is stunning work. Blessings, Martha

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    31. I didn't know transfer ware came in purple. You know me, Purple Chocolat Home. Just loved every exquisite detail. You must have worked on it for hours! I would love lavendar cookies, or lemon. I loved your layering of the nakins. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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    32. Lovely as usual. Love all the birdies!

      sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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    33. I'd love to try the Charlotte aux pommes Cookies, they sound very interesting.

      sugareaterATgmailDOTcom

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    34. Hi Nancy! Oh, your table is wonderful! I love all of your sweet bird items and the lavender sounds wonderful. Thank you for popping in to see me.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

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    35. How lovely! I'd love to enter :)

      samyrocks92 at msn dot com

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    36. These- http://www.etsy.com/listing/33508019/alice-in-wonderland-brownie-bites look awesome :)

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    37. What a beautiful table I love the purple!!!
      So many pretty aspects to it!
      Thank you for visiting and entering my giveaway!
      As for the sweet treats I would have to pick the Chocolate espresso cookies : ) YUM!

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    38. Wow! I'm at a loss for words! I am loving your placemats. It all goes so well with the natural bird elements of the table. And you know how I feel about purple! Purple transferware especially!

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    39. AHHHH WHAT A GORGEOUS TABLE!!! AND ALL THE YUMMY TREATS ARE SOOO DELICIOUS :)

      THANKS YOU FOR STOPPING BY MY BLOG AND LEAVING SUCH A SWEET COMMENT FOR MY PEBBLES :) HAVE A GREAT REST OF THE WEEK :)

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    40. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!

      Such an awesome table! think I must start collecting purple transferware. I thinking the napkin rings are my favorite.

      Hope you can come and join us on Sunday for "Summer Sundays". It's all about what summer means to YOU!

      - The Tablescaper

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    41. How pretty this is -- it certainly has the feel of dining in a beautiful garden.

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    42. What a beautiful tablescape Nancy. I enjoy all the transferware and have a small collection of red and blue. I've been thinking about some of the purple for my sister who is renting a home with a purple wall! I'll come back to check out your shop.

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    43. love love love your table, great colors and such wonderful pieces~

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    44. I love lavender, both the color and the scent. This is a lovely table. And who could resist such delicate cookies?

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    45. What an amazing tablescape! I love all the layering, the bird items and the way you have grouped them.
      I would probably pick the Alice & Wonderland! Looks like a yummy giveaway!

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    46. Oh Nancy! I love, LOVE this tea!! I just want to sit down and gab and enjoy myself for a couple of hurs!

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    47. This tablescape is so beautiful. I love the colors, the layers...its all so organic but yet so lavish. You have a great eye. I especially love the birds. Wonderful job!

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    48. I love the soft colors of lilac and the beautiful birds and china!
      This is an amazing table, it must be fun to have a shop and create from it!
      Love this!
      Cindy

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    49. Enter me please, I love afternoon tea, the most dignified (and tasty) of British traditions!

      Kate1485 at hotmail.com
      http://ntfancy.blogspot.com/

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    50. I would pick the baker's dozen of Black Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies, yum!

      Kate1485 at hotmail.com
      http://ntfancy.blogspot.com/

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    51. I love all the layering that you do. The detail is just amazing.

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    52. Your table is oh so fabulous with that many details. I can't get ready to see all those cute little things. Really pretty. The purple transferware is gorgeous with all the nice and literally sweet things.
      Greetings, Johanna

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    53. dear nancy,
      i think this is the best tablescape i have ever seen!! every picture was another thing i loved...it kept getting better and better!
      LOVE it!!
      donna

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    54. Lovely table! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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    55. Dear Nancy, I just came by again, thinking that I hadn't seen this post. I quickly realized that I had BUT I am in love all over again. Lavender is my FAVORITE color! I love the poem at the beginning. It describes why I absolutely adore November and March - not only is the sky and mist like this, but, also, the buds on the trees are purple. There is a purple and brown mist everywhere.

      It's getting a bit busy, at the moment. I just want you to know that I'll be visiting but not able to comment.

      Love, Katy xo

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    56. What a pretty table...all naturals. Pigeon pads, who knew! The napkin rings are fabulous!

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    57. I love everything on this pretty table and the colours are so summery! I just adore the sweet little bird candle holder!

      Best wishes,
      Natasha.

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    58. What a first visit I have had! Your tea tablescape is overflowing with beauty and creativity. Love all of your layering and the thoughtful little touches. Simply delightful.

      ~jermaine~

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    59. My favorite are these ones : http://www.etsy.com/listing/48200819/lavender-almond-sugar-cookies-one-dozen

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    60. I have never seen a table set quite so lush and opulent. I love the way you've layered. It's really beautiful!

      Deborah in NC

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    61. I would love to try the lavender almond sugar cookies!!

      Deborah in NC

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    62. Everything is so wonderful. I, too, ahve a weakness for transferware. I will be following your blog from now on!
      Paige

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    63. I went to your etsy shop looking for that georgous purple transfer ware lamp...did you sell it already? Thanks! Holly S hasloat@msn.com

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    64. Enter me okay
      rinei.martiani at gmail dot com

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    65. Hi Nancy! I truly think your talents are a wonder! You make the tablescapes look absolutely beautiful and majestic !!! You have a wonderful gift there :) Thank you for sharing it with everyone... I also have over the last few years catering with my friend ...and it's been so fun to see you really doll up the tables :) Love it!!

      I don't know if I can participate or not in the cookie giveaway...since I'm listed here also or not...but just so you know my choice of cookie would be the Lemon Ricotta Cookies - Baker's Dozen...I'm a lemon girl :)
      Sally

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    66. Oh my goodness, what a lavish and sweet spread! I'm torn between the lavendar infused sugar cookies, or the coconut encrusted.. :) Delicious dilemma!

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    67. Those treats look so yummy and you presented them so well! ambrerose(!at)aol.com

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    68. I looked in the shop, and I needed a dishtowel cause I was drooling so much. I think the Blueberry White Chocolate Sandwich Cookies look so tasty! ambrerose(!at)aol.com

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    69. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL POST.LAVANDER THE AROMA AF LAVANDER IS SO UNIQUE YOUR TABLE IS SO NATURAL AND FEMENINE,I WOULD LOVE TO TASTE THE LAVANDER INFUSED COOKIES....THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR BEAUTIFUL TALENT

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    70. The attention to detail is amazing! I love everything about your setting. Very creative and clever! Wonderful cookies.
      Just love what you've done!
      Kathy

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    71. Just loving all your sweet bird thingies!

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    72. Enter me please ( :

      A_C_E_ at hotmail dot com

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    73. I would get the Lemon Ricotta Cookies!

      giveawayjunkie(at)gmail(dot)com

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    74. Hi Nancy,
      I just found your blog...and am eager to be a follower! I just LOVE this table. You are correct, the colors are so peaceful and relaxing. I also love all your layers. Everything looks so inviting and friendly. The little bird candle and dish are too sweet!And the treats! Wow, the look so yummy! Thanks so much for sharing.
      Sharlotte
      Ms. Sharlotte's...Southern Reflections

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    75. Your tables are always so gorgeous. But you tricked me with the candies. I was going to find out where I could order them, my mouth was watering - faux? I would forget and break a tooth! And I swear I detect a whiff of lavendar fragrance just looking at your tablescape!

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    76. Amazing table! Everything's displayed beautifully, with great attention to detail. Lovely photographs as well!

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