Friday, 3 June 2016

Where's Barb?

Hello everyone, Paul here.

Shall we have a bit of Friday Fun!
Where's Barb?
I will give you some clues:
She is in America
But where? in San Francisco
But where? on the top of a building
She is very happy!
So, the first person to guess correctly
by leaving a comment on today's blog
will win a £10 Clarity Voucher.
I will let you know tomorrow.

Paul x


Hey there.
Thanks for stopping by.

Only a few more days to go of blogging ahead,
and then a normal service will resume on Monday.

So lets dive into today's pizza box
and have a bit of a splash around

Lets have a look at what else has been used:

The background has been created using the Gel Press.
A perfect backdrop for the dolphins.
Lynne Hammond
Pretty in pink.
Unknown

This would look lovely in a box frame and hung on the wall.
The Seaweed stencil has been used on the outside frame
and the Seed Head stencil in the background.
Linda Spencer 
Linda Spencer

The background on this piece has been created
using the Seaweed stencil by applying one colour,
then moving the stencil and applying another colour.
Dee Paramour

Dee Paramour

A simple, but elegant piece from Kirsty.
Kirsty Goodwill

Have a lovely day/evening.

Love and hugs xx

104 comments:

  1. Top of the Mark restaurant at the Intercontinental Hotel.....with her son Mark! (and Dave, Steve and Grace too)

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  2. Is Barbara at the Walt Disney Museum?

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  3. hi, thank you Paul for blogging every day, it was great fun. looking forward to sunday, when you Show the new plates.
    I guess Barbara is in the Cheesecake factory,
    bye and see you on sunday , gisela

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  4. Hi Paul. I would go for the Museum of Modern Art. Right up her street I would guess!
    I absolutely love those Dolphins. xxx

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  5. Hi Paul, is Barb at 345 California Centre, it's one of the tallest buildings in San Francisco. Thanks for all the blogs! RUth

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  6. Hello all my lovely friends. I hope you've all had a good day. I've managed to keep myself awake all day, by a little bit of H*******k (there's that swear word again!!) and quite a bit of embossing and colouring. But now I'm going to give in and get on the settee. As I said to Dot this morning. I've been up since before 3am, when I had to go to daughter's house to help calm down grandson. He is autistic, and at 16 year old is getting very difficult for his Mam to manage on her own. So I may be at the campfire Brenda if I fall asleep too soon!! Please have some flapjacks standing by..just in case Haha! Love and Hugs to you all. xxx

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    1. Hi Morag,
      How dare you swear on the blog!!! Sorry to hear you've been up since 3am, I bet your daughter is so thankful to you. Have a good rest tonight my friend, love and hugs Alison xxx

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    2. Good to know you have been crafting & helping your daughter with your grandson hugs xxx

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      Hi Morag, well you have been so good to your daughter. We all need help from time to time. I know what you mean, the same with my grandchildren they need help one way or another. Have a good rest tonight and come back refreshed tomorrow. Hugs Lynn xx

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    4. Hi Morag if you're still hanging in there us Grannies are needed with our special grandchildren good to know you are with me on that one how's your Grandson doing any help and advice from oor Brenda and yourself would be a appreciated although I have 5 grandchildren my life evolves mainly around my wee Amy I want the best for her if you know what I mean and I will spend the rest of my days doing that and thank God our Brenda has helped me so much...xx

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    5. Hi Morag - sorry to hear that you have been awake for such a long time. Bless you for being such a big help to both your daughter and your grandson. I hope that you have a really good night's sleep and a lovely crafting day tomorrow - love and hugs Gilly xx

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    6. Your daughter's lucky to have you xx

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    7. Well done Morag, that's what grandparents do isn't it. Lovely though to know that we're needed. Hope you get a good night's sleep tonight. We've taken two of ours out for the day today, Had a lovely time at Stratford on Avon. It's been good for me taken my mind off worrying about my brother in law whose had to have an emergency operation again today for internal bleeding. He has got through the operation so that's great news, we heard after lunch that he's in recovery. Waiting for a phone call to hear how he is. Love and hugs Pam xx.

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    8. Wow Morag, you are a special mum and granny. It was a struggle to get my mother to baby sit my two normally well behaved girls when they were wee. On the odd occasion that she did we still had to be back for 10pm.

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  7. On top of Macy's after buying a new bag!! Xx

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    1. Well done on being picked as one of the top 5 xx

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  8. Bank of American Centre San Fran. Bring home the sun. Thank you.

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  9. El Techo??? Looking very happy indeed xx

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    1. Stunning samples have a great sell out Sunday Paul crafting hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Sheila,
      Hope you're ok today, love Alison xx

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    3. Evening my dear blog family of friends I had my bloods taken this morning and this afternoon managed to Finnish a card I've been making over many days so I've had a good day today ,had a chat with a very dear crafting friend who has just had major surgery and now recovering at home so that was good . Sending lots of hugs to you all and hugs to all on the blog xxx

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    4. Hi Sheila - glad that your dr managed to get your bloods sorted today and what a bonus to be able to finish your card too. It sounds very you - to help out your friend who has just had surgery - take care dear friend, love and hugs Gilly xxx

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    5. Glad it's been a good day x

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    6. Big hugs right back at you Sheila isn't it great how life and happiness revolves around friends you have never met but feel for them and how they help us every day as if you have known them a lifetime and for that our Barbara I Thank You Nuff said my friend Sheila..LOVE..Dot..XX

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  11. Hi bloggy friends. Hope everyone is well. Congratulations Alison, enjoy choosing new goodies. Xx

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    1. Thanks Donna and well done you too! Looking forward to deciding what I want! Love and hugs, Alison xx

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    2. YAH my wee pal is TOP 5 again time to start a wee blog go on girl {Your worth it} Love ..Dot...xx

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    3. Congratulations Donna on been in top 5 very well deserved good end to a very stressful week and hope it perked you up you will be on the design team soon hugs for you and phoebe xxx

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    4. Congratulations Donna - hope that Phoebe is ok and I hope that you are recovered too! Hugs Gilly xx

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  12. Hi Paul,
    I have to say I wouldn't know where to start trying to guess where Barb is. I've never been to America and wouldn't even know which city she was in! You've done a brilliant job standing in for Barb so thank you very much. The samples today are again fabulous, I'd actually forgotten about the dolphin stamps. Love Alison x

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    1. Hi to my lovely blog friends,
      Hope you're all ok. Well I've had a great day today starting with opening the challenge blog to see that I'd won!! Well you could've knocked me down with a feather!! I am so looking forward to spending my voucher! Then just sat down with my coffee and the postman came - my envelope has finally arrived Yeah! I can now understand what you were all so enthusiastic about - I absolutely adore the Groovi shells, the carnation and the stencil! Not long to wait for this month's either ( hopefully!) . I must a massive thank you to Paulmfor getting things sorted out for me. I've also got to say a big well done and congratulations to the top 5 too especially Donna. Your cards were all fabulous and probably better than mine! So all in all a brilliant day for me. Love and hugs to you all, Alison xxx

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    2. Wow Alison what a wonderful day your card was stunning so pleased you got your envelope stunning contents all 3 wasn't they enjoy spending your voucher lots of happy smiles and hugs xxx

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    3. I'm So Chuffed for you Alison well done my friend and you've got the wee fab NDC envelope too couldn't be better ...Love ..Dot...xx

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    4. Well done Alison! Richly deserved - your card is beautiful! So pleased to hear that you have now received your goodies - enjoy! Love and hugs Gilly xxx

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    5. Very pleased for you and a lovely card xx

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    6. Well done Alison, have fun choosing some new goodies.

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    7. Congrats Alison, a lovely design, enjoy your voucher x x

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    8. Delighted for you Alison - spend wisely!!! x

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  13. Havnae got a clue Paul maybe a skyscraper restaurant wi a bit of an arty feel and thats the menu in front of her who knows just know the lady is looking great and so chuffed for her and Dave and the wee butler in the buff keep having a ball you three where ever it is....love Dot..xx

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    1. Evening Dorothy a weekends rest for a busy gran are you crafting xxx

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    2. Hi Dot - I hope that you have a good weekend, with maybe some crafting thrown in! Love and hugs Gilly xx

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    3. Hi Dot,
      Hope you've had a good day, love Alison xx

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    4. THanks ALL
      Wee crafty prob anybody used the gold tinta inks Emma uses on her groovi DT samples she's busy lady don't want to bother her ...xx

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    5. Hi Dorothy I think if you click on Emma's blog and ask a ? I'm sure she would answer you craft problem sending your special hugs my dear blog friend xxx

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  14. Beautiful artwork - so soothing and creating pleasant pictures in the mind.
    Looking forward to Sunday. Just been paid so guess where some is going.
    Should be a prize for the worst answer - Not a clue but wish I was there.
    Happy weekend to all the bloggers
    Anne (Reading)

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    1. Happy weekend to you too Anne xxx

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    2. Hi Anne - enjoy your spending! I hope that you have a really restful and restorative weekend - Gilly x

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    3. Hi Anne - hope things have improved for you and your family over the course of the week. Take care, Susan x

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  15. I reckon she's living it up at the Hilton! Xx haven't a clue really! X

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    1. Hi Jackie - have a good weekend - hugs Gilly xx

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    2. Thanks Gilly, and you, hope it gets warmer here, think Sunday might be better ! xx

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  16. Burger Bar, top of Macy's in Union Square on Geary Street

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  17. Hi Paul, I couldn't even have a guess where Barbara is, me who's rarely allowed out of this (what feels like) prison cell! I've got to severe the tip of my finger almost completely off to be allowed further than the garden!!! I could probably point on a map the rough area San Francisco is in, but that's about it!!!! But thanks for sharing the photo, Barbara is looking great and the complete break appears to have done it's job :-).

    I hope you've got your prep finished Paul so you can have a well earned day off tomorrow. And if so please do something more enjoyable than chores and afternoon nap! Groovi is a bit of a double edged sword for you all eh - innovative concept, very successful product, which is great for Barbara, Dave, you, and all at Clarity, but sometimes you must also be cursing it because of the length of time it takes to prep for a Groovi show.

    Lovely pizza box designs again, I particularly like unknown's and the background in Dee's is very cool. Hope all of you can make every second count of your last couple of days away.

    Love Brenda xx

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    1. Hi Brenda - I hope that you have had a better day and had some sunshine to enjoy! Hugs Gilly xx

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    2. Hiya messaged yi oan yesterdays blog chuffed yir ok the day makes me feel guid a lot.. wish I could be their fir yi awe the time but if ever yi need me email Clarity for ma phone/email address and I will be their for yi if ever yi need me ...here's yir cuddle...xxx

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    3. Hi Brenda,
      Like Gilly I hope you've had a better day, love and hugs to you, Alison xxx

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    4. Oh Dot, what a special thing to say and offer me. How very kind and generous, especially when you already have your hands full with your family. I will keep it in mind. Thank you so much for feeling and thinking of me like this, means an awful lot to me. A big cuddle back xx

      So far nothing else has gone wrong today. Got some wee bit s and pieces finished, craft stuff. If tomorrow's ok I'm going to try catch up with my colouring in too. I'm guessing you're all waiting on me to move onto the next bit. xx

      Congratulations Alison, enjoy spending your winnings. I couldn't work out what you'd won, was wondering what I'd missed. Then I remembered it's the start of June and the penny dropped!!! xx

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    5. Nae bother hen got ma bus pass and wee Amy's wee SS contacts to insure yi am ok if ever yi need me...xx

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    6. I kept forgetting to say to you Dot. When you said Amy's birthday was coming up, I don't know how she is when she's given presents. Many of us, me included, find it really difficult when given presents that we don't know what's in them. I know, that sounds crazy to normal people, as that's the whole point. But for us it's scary, and gives us the bad feelings we get to do with the problems we have with the unknown, sudden, surprises, change. Even though it's a good thing, it doesn't make a difference to us. It's like being told we're going somewhere or doing something but it's a surprise, I could never handle that either. I don't know if you've experienced this with Amy? I've had to learn to mask it with people who don't understand. What helps me if confronted with a present/surprise, if it's someone that understands my problems, I would ask them what it was. They'd ask me back if I really wanted to know, and when I said yes, they'd tell me, or at least give me an idea. That would make me feel less bad so I could go ahead. I don't know if that helps any xx

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    7. AyE think I've got it Brenda what you mean I've noticed the day before if you tell her what's going to happen the next day its easier like on Sunday when it was her brothers Liams birthday she seemed to to get it and even was happy for him.
      It will be her Birthday on the 13th of June although she shouldn't have been born then as my daughter was 24 weeks pregnant at the time AMY was born at 1 pound 4oz she is our wee miracle..... Brenda thank you so much for your help...xx







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    8. No you're right she doesn't get surprises well better to know what's happening I get it my friennd Thankyou...xx

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    9. Nae worries Dot. I should add, that my good support people were working on it with me, like giving me reassurances and saying it's fine, it's nice, not scary etc. to help me be able to have that good thing in life - enjoying the surprise of something good. And they sometimes used to bring in wee surprises, and I was getting a wee bit better at it. So it is something you can maybe help Amy not to struggle so much with, the wee things anyway. I'm better opening presents on my own, not in front of the person because that gives me the time my Asperger's brain needs to process and work out how to say whatever, how to be, even when I really love the present. You might find that with Amy, she may not be happy with something new right off, but wait and see, in a bit when she's had time to think and be used to it, that might change. She sure is a miracle baby, surviving, and doing as well as she is, truly. xx

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  18. Hi Paul, you have stepped up to the plate while Barbara has been away. Looking after us all. Many thanks from us and it has been lovley to see some wonderful art work which has been in the dark for a while. Looking forward to Sunday take care
    Lynn x

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  19. Not a clue but it looks great.thanks for all the great art

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  20. Hi Paul - I was also going to guess that Barbara is at a rooftop restaurant in Union Square, after Dave taking her to Tiffany's in Union Square! Reason being - you're right Paul, she does look happy and she is also partly covering the significant finger on her left hand! Hope I'm right! Thanks Paul for taking care of Barbara's blog so well and please come and chat to us from time to time. Love and hugs Gilly xxx

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    1. Hi to all of my blog friends - another beautiful day here in Cornwall! Lots of sun and warmth again! Nice evening for the people who have come to enjoy the Music Session at the Eden Project - Duran Duran are headlining! We are only about a mile away from there and we might just hear some of the music - love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx

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    2. Please Please tell me Now.. OH aye remrmber them ave a great time oot the back door hugs ...Dot...xx

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    3. Hi Gilly,Pleased you're having good weather still. It's been another cloudy day here, although I did go to pick Dave up near Northallerton and it was absolutely beautiful, got back home and it was cloudy again! Used to love Duran Duran and Ordinary World is one of my favourite songs. Love and hugs, Alison xxx

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    4. I think your right gilly as if you look carefully you can see a little of a shiny new wedding band xxx

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    5. What a lovely thought Gilly ! x

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    6. Guys please think about Barbara and Dave, give them some privacy and peace. IF they have got something to tell us let them do it in their own time, when they are ready, it's none of our business such private things. Please think about if it was you in their place. Not being bad at you, just trying to help you see xx

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    7. Bless you Brenda! You are so thoughtful, but I'm sure you needn't worry my friend. I'm certain wherever she is Paul will have had Barbara's permission to do this. Everyone is sure to be just imagining the very best scenario for them. Love and Hugs

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    8. I'm sorry, but if you read what Paul has written, he asks for guesses as to WHERE Barbara could be, NOT what she may or may not be doing in her personal private life. That's none of our business. I'm pretty sure no human being would like total strangers scrutinising, guessing, and starting rumours about their private personal life, especially in such a public place as the internet. xx

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    9. When you explain it like that Brenda, I can understand perfectly what you mean. Love and Hugs xxx

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  21. Hi Paul your stint will soon be done. I think the cheesecake factory at Macy's.

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    1. Congratulations to the top five. Hello to those I haven't replied to individually this tablet is so slow when it decides to work at all xx

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    2. Hi Chris - I hope that you have had another enjoyable day and still got some energy left! Hugs Gilly xx

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    3. Hi Chris,
      Hope you've had a good day, love Alison xx

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  22. Never been to the States, but do believe there is a restaurant there called Top of the Mark. So that is my guess

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  23. Hi Barbara and Paul, A fabulous piccie, and Barbara looks so very happy, the holiday has done her good. I have never been to America and have no idea where Barbara is, but wherever it is, she is beaming, and she is covering part of a book and also covering her ring finger, whether they are clues I don't know. All I know is that she is looking so very happy and that is such a good thing.
    Lovely pizza box samples again, fabulous !!
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  24. I would have no idea where to start guessing but Barbara looks very happy and also very healthy. I think the long holiday has done her good. You have done a brilliant job of standing in for her and I am looking forward to watching your shows on Sunday. xx

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  25. Hi Paul, haven't a clue where Barbara is, sorry. She looks very happy though. Hope you've had a good day. The cards are beautuful, really love the last one. Love Pam xxx

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  26. Outside terrace at The Cheesecake Factory 8th floor Macy's Geary Street. Love those cheesecakes!

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  27. The Cheesecake Factory at the top of Maceys.

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  28. Not sure where she is but I do see a hint of a sparkle on the ring finger of the left hand that she is trying to hide.

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  29. Hi to all my lovely friends, hope you've all had a good day, sorry can't comment on everyone as still at my Sons. Had good day out with our grandchildren today. It's been good as was upset this morning , my Brother in law had to have yet another operation this morning, taken my mind off it for a bit. He's had the operation now as was in recovery after lunch, so hoping to get more news later. Love and hugs to everyone.xxx

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    1. AH our Pam hope all goes well with your your Bro in Law sendng hugs...xx

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    2. Hi Pam - sorry to hear about your brother in law, fingers crossed that he will improve tomorrow. Glad to hear that you've had a good day with your grandchildren in Stratford on Avon - we often travel up that way, as my sister lives in Warwick. Perhaps we could meet up there some time? Sending you love and hugs, and hopeful thoughts - Gilly xxx

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    3. Thinking about you and your brother-in-law Pam. Hope they've got him sorted now so he can start to recover xx

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    4. Get well hugs for your brother in law xxx

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    5. Thank you all so much for your lovely kind words, still haven't had anymore news. Trying to be positive in thinking no news is good news. Congratulations to Alison winning the card challenge, beautiful card and so much detail. Well done Donna for getting in the top five again, also well done to the other 4 in the top 5 congratulations all of you.

      Gilly yes, that's a good idea if we can fix up to meet in Stratford it's about an hour and a half journey for us from home though. Do you come up on the M5? We are just north of Bristol, we could always meet at Cribbs Causeway junction 17 on your way up or back. There's a Shopping Mall there, that gives us a few options.
      Hugs Pam xxx

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    6. Hi Pam - not sure if you will see this, but as you are north of Bristol, that makes it easier still, as we obviously pass along your way when going up to visit family in the Midlands. Will let you know when we are going to venture up next time - hugs Gilly xxx

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  30. I think she is on top of Tiffany's in Union Square, San Francisco. I hope Dave has made her very happy! Xx

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    1. I deliberately didn't read the other posts but now I see Gilly had the same idea. Must be our name takes us along the same thoughts.

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  31. On top ofMaceys in Union Square

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  32. Hi Paul, well Barb does look very happy, but I have no idea where she is, it looks like others do though. Love the artwork with the dolphins, so many different ideas. Bx

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  33. Love today's samples, and the photo of Barbara has put a smile on my face too. She's definitely in a place full of happiness, so that's my guess, as I don't know SF well enough to name a specific building! Good luck with the shows this weekend Paul - have them on record to enjoy at my leisure. Susan x

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  34. Well Barbara does have a big smile on her face but where she is specifically in San Francisco I haven't a clue, but enjoy the last day of your holiday the three of you. Hope all your prep is done for tomorrow Paul so you can relax a bit today. x

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  35. Hi Paul, I reckon Barbara's sitting outdoors at the Cheesecake Factory at the top of Macy's in Union Square, having just eaten a fab meal. Katy.

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x