About

I’m apparently not happy enough to nag real people around me and feel compelled to invade also the virtual space. I’m an Eastern European in her early thirties, graduate of English Literature, a one-third-life crisis divorcee and custodian of a cat.

I’m a bad photographer and worse writer, which doesn’t prevent me from sharing my creations with complete strangers. You’ll find here regular outbursts of verbal sardonicism punctuated by snaps of my cats, shoes and other silly subjects. You’re welcome to enjoy yourself and share your sharp observations in comments.

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  1. Mara, your About page has inspired me to re-create mine!

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    1. Wow! That’s the sweetest thing anyone in the blogosphere told me 🙂 Good luck with your page!

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      1. Thank you. It really is an awesome page. Looking forward to reading your blog.

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        1. Thank you and you’re very welcome 🙂

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    2. mara you are so cute even with your hair cut. I live in Toronto, let me know if you want to trade for a few weeks. We have a island here but filled with sreamers and goose shit. other better places.

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      1. Well, why, thank you. Toronto sounds nice but a bit cold? And geese? No! I hate ducks and geese and hens. So, sorry, I can’t see the swap happening…

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  2. I just nominated you for the Liebster award . . . please recognize I am passing on the love from another blogger who nominated me and I realize it’s quite a rigamaroll to accept . . . nonetheless I do love your blog!

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    1. Oh, why, thank you!! This means to me a lot! I’m acquainted with the award, I actually was nominated once already and accepted – not sure if I can get it again? In any case, I appreciate it so much that you chose to send the love on to me!

      Incidentally, I absolutely adore the look and the feel of your blog (the cycling bird logo is just classic), alas, I’m neither a cyclist nor a cooking person, so I just occasionally take a peek and that’s it 😦

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    2. Birgerbird totally impressed i used to cook but it;s the toaster for me. Somethings look like yous, tuna from outdated can graced my plate last night but I was too tired to notice so i just ate.

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      1. I’m glad to see that other bloggers inspire you, and I quite concur, Birgerbird’s cooking is to kill for!

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  3. I am glad as a lark that your writing speaks about ‘irony’ and the words are real smart. I just love it. 😉

    Thank you for visiting my Blog. Thank you for appreciation. 😀

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    1. Oh, thank you, this is so kind of you, I’m almost blushing…

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      1. May the spirit of positivity from the Lighthouse keep flowing! 😀

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        1. Now it surely will – positive thinking!

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  4. I simply LOVE the idea of that photograph! Very innovative.

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    1. Aaww, thank you for indulging me! I doubt that it’s very innovative, but I had no better idea…

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  5. I’m glad to hear that! I thought the professor was the only one who couldn’t take nice pics! Nice to meet you. 🙂

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    1. No, you’re surely not the only, ehm, not so good photographer on the internet (as you describe yourself). Thanks for visiting a fellow amateur!

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  6. Cats are most definitely awesome, and you’ll get no argument from my sons about the awesomeness of cookies. 🙂

    I love your photography! Your monument post was particularly fascinating – I could study it for hours. There’s just something about trees that intrigues me, especially black-and-white shots of them. Lovely! 🙂

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    1. Thank a lot for stopping by and taking the time to comment! Glad to hear you’re a fellow cat and cookie lover 😉 I’m new to black-and-white shots, so I’m really glad that it’s working well! You certainly encouraged me to try more of these. 🙂

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  7. I’ve finally got home and guess what first major thing I do apart from unpacking is look through your blog as have been unable to whilst on holiday. It looks great, love the colours and OMG so organized, one could never get lost which is great. Did you make those black and white buttons on this page yourself? If so you should sell them, or re-create different types for others…..hint hint..haha…no seriously you have done a wonderful job and now I need someone to critique my blog xx huggles

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    1. Oh, you’re so sweet! And I’m quite relieved to hear you had a safe journey and are home and well 🙂 I’m very happy that you like the looks of my place, your opinion matters a lot to me!

      Sadly, I stole those black and white buttons from the internet, if you’d like similar ones, just search for, for example, “cat silhouette” on Google Images. I can’t make buttons, I can’t even draw a stick figure…

      Organised is what I am — you’d need to see my work table and my things and you’d see that I’m highly organised… Photo documentation here: https://maraeastern.com/2013/09/11/organising/. 😉

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      1. Haha you should come and organise me!

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        1. Well, when I’m done organising everything around me, I can come and organised you too 😉

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          1. Yay bananas that is great!

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    2. P.S. I honestly believe your blog is fine just the way it is — it’s very you, which I love! There’s a difference in that you have a premium theme, and an excellent one for that, so it requires very little additional work. And the work you did on your theme is good, I certainly wouldn’t spend any more time on tweaking your design and would just go blogging 😉

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      1. Thank you and I have the same theme for it’s a lonely place and eclectic then a different theme for living in east sheen but I like this too

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        1. The East Sheen theme is so beautiful too! I think it suits your content well — I’d go for a more colourful theme myself but it wouldn’t work too good when most of my content are photos. That would be too busy, I guess.

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          1. True I think themes suit the character of the blogger too somehow. Yours is neat, subtle and streamlined 🙂

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          2. Whew, you’re really far too good to me. I think you’re making me conceited :-O

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          3. Well, I’m bad at taking compliments. I always get very very conceited when someone compliments me… Bad me!

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          4. Do I need to spank you?

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          5. LOL! I’m not sure I incline to spanking 😆

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          6. Oh how else can I admonish you for being naughty if you are?

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          7. I’m hardly ever naughty! You don’t need to punish me! You wouldn’t be that hard on me right?

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          8. Oh yus…maybe a few naughties but if too naughty then some kind of admonishment, maybe I would be really mean and mess up your nice tidy drawer?

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          9. Noooo!! Please don’t you even think of messing up my pretty organised drawer! It would be a cruel and unusual punishment!

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          10. Awe shucks i thought it rather inventive?

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          11. So it’s an inventive and cruel and unusual punishment!

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          12. I think the whole idea unless you are kinky is not to be inclined towards spanking otherwise you would be enjoying your punishment! haha

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          13. Oh, I’m not supposed to enjoy spanking? Very well then, in that case I think I’m normal and not kinky after all 😉

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          14. Now I am confused…haha…well it is up to your body and mind whether you enjoy spanking. If you do that is fine but it is administered not as punishment, LOL…more as something else, but if you dont enjoy it then it is definately considered a punishment if administered…so…are we settled that you do not enjoy it?…To know that one would presume you have been spanked to come to that decision? ^^

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          15. LOL, you’re making me laugh really hard and hubby will think that I’m mad when I’m laughing for nothing (I’m of course not going to tell him what I’m laughing at)…. 😆 So, for the record, I don’t need the proof of test to be convinced that I would NOT enjoy spanking! 😉

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          16. Awe shucks again….so I have to resort to drawer messing now right? And that is the type of drawers you are putting pens in, not the ones you wear, sheesh the English language can really get one in trouble sometimes

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          17. Hehe, both my stationery and my lingerie drawers are perfectly organised (the latter by colour), so theoretically, you could choose any, but I appeal to you not to mess up with either!

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          18. OMG faints…wow, you so need to come here and sort me out..haha..

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          19. Hehe, I told you I’m very organised… You don’t have your wardrobe organised by colours?

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          20. Nooooo. I had a friend who used to, she came around once to sort my clothes out LOL…

            Phew just finished a post, my photo entry and RMI x

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          21. Oh dear, too much to manage now, I still have the proofs to do that I mentioned yesterday, paint my nails, pack my things… Well, second world problems, you know. I’ll be overwhelmed when I return from my holiday!

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          22. Nah, I will email you if something exciting happens that I think wow my fiance will definitely want to know that x

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          23. YES PLEASE!! Yay!! *happy dance*

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      2. Ps I saw your followers oh my over 300 yay congrats!! Nearly at your 500!

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        1. Oh, I’ve got over 300 followers?! Let me check… I haven’t followed the stats in much detail recently. Many of the new followers would be Blogging 201 people, though, it’s a great opportunity for connecting 😉

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          1. True I should utilize that hehe

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          2. I hope you’ll love Blogging 201, you like a nice chat, don’t you? The forums on The Commons are quite lively and I chat to people a lot 😉

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          3. It doesn’t surprise me your chatting a lot and it won’t make me jealous either!

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          4. No need to be jealous, you’re my one and only fiancée!!

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          5. Oh good I am re assured as I always was! 🙂 ❤

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  8. All this time I thought I was following your blog and I wasn’t, but that’s over with now. So, I look forward to your upcoming posts in my reader. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, you’re too kind! I must keep an eye on you too when I’m back from holiday!

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      1. Thanks and have great holiday.

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  9. I completely agree that cookies and cats are the best!! I love the photographs on your blog.
    Love&Light to you!

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    1. Glad to find a fellow cookie and cat lover! Thanks for stopping by and have a nice day!

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  10. Great place you have here and I love your humor!
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    1. Oh, thank you a lot for your lovely comment! It means a lot, especially from a major blogger like you 😉 I’ve just checked out your site in return and I’m impressed by its clear focus, unpretentious tone and friendly feel. Excellent!

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      1. Well, thank you right back! I am revamping as we speak, I mean as we write 🙂 I’m going to try doing a blog schedule and see how that feels…we’ll see.
        Happy blogging, new friend!
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        1. A blogging schedule is a great idea, it works well for me, so I for one recommend it 🙂 I’m curious to see what you’ll come up with! Happy blogging to you!

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  11. Hello there! 🙂 I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award! You can check it out here! http://markfaizey.com/2014/05/12/nominated-for-the-liebster-award/

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    1. Wow, thanks a lot, you’re very kind to pick me for the nomination! Alas, I’ve already been nominated, so I don’t think I can get the award repeatedly — but, I will at least acknowledge your nomination on my Awards page, OK? 😉

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      1. No Problem and yep that’s ok 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much! What a nice surprise! 🙂 It’s a shame that I have already been nominated for this very award and happily accepted. I think the idea is that you only get an award once, so I I’m afraid I’ll have to pass on this one 😦 But I’ll proudly display the nomination as such on my vanity Awards page, OK?

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      1. I kind of thought you had one. I mean it is you after all. 🙂

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        1. Haha, you amused me with this comment. Which is a good thing because today I got woken up at 4 AM by frantic bird twittering and I was not amused.

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      2. Oh and you will be getting two other awards shortly. 🙂 Just warning you. I just have to finish writing up my part of them.

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        1. Oh really?! Now that makes me unduly excited (though I’m hardly ever excited about anything that is neither cat nor chocolate) because I haven’t got the other two awards yet. It’s not like I’m collecting awards or anything. Not at all… But I’m flattered in advance.

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  12. You have been nominated for a Sunshine Award. You may already have one but I still want you to know have been a positive and creative influence for me. http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/sunshine-award/

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    1. Yay! I don’t have this award and I’m not sure that I deserve it: I’m afraid I’m anything but sunshine! But let’s not talk about it, I’m eager to grab the award when it’s offered, and I’ll happily look into the requirements for accepting the award within a few days 🙂 And THANK YOU!!

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  13. You have been nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award. You may already have one but your continued versatility inspires me to be so as well.
    http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/05/24/sunshine-award-2/
    I know it says sunshine in the link but it’s a Versatile. I did a copy thing. o,O I’m not very versatile.

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    1. I must have been very good today to get not one but two awards!! Thank you a lot, I’m childishly excited about being awarded…! And thank you for your kind words. I think of myself as “Jack(ie) of all trades, master of none” rather than as a versatile person, but whatever, let’s pretend! I like it that it’s a “Versatile Sunshine Award” in your version 🙂

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  14. You have a great blog and beautiful pictures! I will definitely come back again! 🙂

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    1. Thank you a lot for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment! I’ll need to check out your blog as soon as I’m on the PC 😉

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  15. You had me at “sardonicism”. lol

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    1. It’s my pleasure 🙂

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  16. I’ve nominated you for a Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Details will follow soon. 🙂
    Much Respect and Much Love
    Ronovan

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    1. Ha! I’m amazed that I’m very inspiring. It feels good to be inspiring to someone else, if not to myself 😮 Thank you so much for the nomination! I’ve been actually nominated for this very award by another blogger recently, but I haven’t done the acceptance ceremony yet, so I think I’ll combine the two nominations into one! Thank you again and all the best.

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  17. Hi Mara,
    I am part of a Virtual Blog Tour and I have selected you to be one of the next participants. Part of the tour is to name three people and you of course are one of those. 🙂 You answer just a very few questions about your creative work and then select three other people you would like to spotlight. It’s a great way to help your friends and get them noticed in a different way.
    Below is the link to where I was nominated so you can see what it’s about, and of course you can do it in your own style.
    My article posts Monday, June 30th, yours would be the following Monday, those you select would be the next Monday and it would keep going on and on and on.
    Much Respect
    Ronovan
    You’re the only photographer I have chosen and I really want to see the answers to the questions.
    PLEASE accept. This isn’t like having to do all that work for an award. It’s a lot easier.
    http://forgottenmeadows.wordpress.com/2014/06/23/virtual-blog-tour-the-stars-and-the-journey/

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    1. I’m honoured. Very much honoured. And I’m in! That’s an offer you can’t refuse 🙂 Thank you very much for choosing me!

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  18. Lovely blog, Mara! Just started reading, but it’s full of wonderful photographs! I’m a bookworm and crazy cat lady, too (although my dog hates it)!

    – Sabrina

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    1. Oh, thank you so much! I’m excited to meet a crazy dog & cat lady, what an extraordinary combination! I love the name of your blog, I must go check it out right now 🙂

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  19. very nice and refreshing blog- i liked pic and small one liner caption.

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    1. Thanks a lot, I’m glad that you’re enjoying my blog!

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  20. Hello Crazy Cat Lady! Love your eclectic subjects. Pop over and have a look at our wild cats this end … caracal, genet 🙂

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    1. Oh wow, you web is stunning! Seriously. I’m off to browse more of your beautiful photos 🙂

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      1. Appreciate the compliments, thanks for browsing. I’ve become fairly well addicted to photography, an amateur – well not yet professional.

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        1. You’re welcome 🙂 I suspect you might be on your way to become a professional…

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  21. The doctor post brought me here. I love the fresh look of your blog. By the way, we have such similar descriptions. Have you noticed? And there’s a little bit of green in my theme as well. Oh, and we’re both Eastern Europeans, with messy hair in the morning. Nice finding you, Mara.

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    1. Aah, thank you so much for getting in touch! I have actually noticed something similar about us, or our blogs, but I couldn’t pin it down. I think that it’s much clearer now that I know you’re from the same region! I look for diversity in my blogging buddies, but at the end, I’m most drawn to bloggers who are the same like me. I’m looking forward to exploring your blog! 😀

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  22. I have nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. Follow the link to see the details. Complete if you wish but I mainly want you to know how I think and feel about your blog. Not only for the style and look but the happiness I enjoy visiting you each time.
    http://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2014/08/04/one-lovely-blog-award-from-monika-cornec/
    Much Appreciation
    Ronovan

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    1. Ha! I’m flattered and humbled. Though it looks like I’ve already got this particular award — how ridiculous! In any case, I thank you very much for this major compliment, and I’ll check out your post to see how I could join anyway 🙂

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      1. You can just display the award wherever you do them. You do not have to actually participate. I don’t force anyone to do so to accept. I know how much time it takes to do these awards.

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        1. I know, and it’s always more of a pleasure than duty to me 🙂

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  23. Hello Mara! Thank you so much for the visit to my site – it is such a pleasure to meet you properly here on your page! I look forward to following and keeping up with you – cats, cookies and shoes are my most favorite things! Oh, and chickens, of course… Mother Hen

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    1. Oh, why, hello 🙂 I love it that you found me so that I could find you! It looks like I’ll be a huge fan of your humour. I’m not sure about my feelings about chickens, but I’m totally for a Mother Hen 😉

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      1. Hahaha! They’ll grow on you. Or give you a rash. One or the other, but either way, you’ll get an education! 🙂 ha!! So lovely to be connected!

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        1. As long as they don’t give me bird flu… 😉

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          1. You’re perfectly safe. My flock is bird-flu free! 🙂 haha!

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  24. I’m in stalker mode to tell you a couple of things: 1. I’m again grumpy that I don’t have Instagram so that I can like your photos. 2. I’m even more grumpy that I blocked myself from having access to my Instagram account. 3. I really like the sticky snail. 4. I had hysterics over “yolo said no cat ever” 5. I like lists. *Stalk mode off* I’m going to bed, but will reactivate stalk mode in a few more days.

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    1. 6. I also like commenting on people’s blogs so I can see their timestamps and by my calculations, your lunch time is now over.

      Oops, creepy mode still on.

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      1. Yes. My lunch is over and there’s still so much time until dinner… Boo, life sucks.

        Also, thanks for stalking me, it makes me feel less bad for requiting your stalking. Sorry if that doesn’t make sense. As you noticed yourself, my lunch is over.

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    2. I never say it, but, ROFL!! You’re clearly the funniest person around. (After me, of course. Heh 😈 ) I *hate* lists as much as I *hate* BuzzFeed, so, here’s my response:

      1. I’m actually flattered that anyone looks at the photos. Liking is not obligatory. (Yet.)
      2. Bet I’m grumpier.
      3. Awe, thanks!
      4. That’s the truth. If your hysterics should continue, you might need therapy. I can give you a number, if you want.
      5. I *hate* lists. Really.

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      1. 1. One you just wrote a list 2. I bet you’re grumpy that you wrote a list 2. No problem! 3. Let’s have a humour show down at 50 paces 4. List.

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        1. Heh 😀 You got me. I did write a list — but it was not an actual list, it was a subversive list. (That’s smart, right?) Also, hands down, humour showdown! Let’s start a countdown…

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  25. theblackandolivechronicles 19/09/2014 at 2:52 pm

    Your blog is such a feast to eyes!
    Even the most ordinary subjects seem enlightened under your camera lens! I always feel that someone who has the eye and understanding to click such gorgeous pictures, is a good person. How do you say? 😉
    Absolutely loved your photography and musings.
    Stay awesome!

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    1. Wow! Thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving such an encouraging comment! It means a lot. Happy blogging to you, now I’m off to check out what you’re up to on your own blog 😀

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  26. Hello there fellow cat lover !! I own two persian cats too, maybe our cats can go on a virtual play date ? lol
    So nice to meet you Mara, You have got a wonderful blog, I’m glad I wandered off here. Gonna stick around for your musings! ^_^
    With Love
    Zee ❤

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    1. Hello Zee *jumping up and down and waving* ! It’s my pleasure that you found me, and not it’s my turn to discover your blog! I have a hunch that I’ll love it, from one cat lady to another 😀 Thank you for your kind words and have a great day!

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      1. Awwh that is so sweet of you, You are welcome to visit anytime. I’ll be waiting for ya actually !
        Thank you, hope you are having a great weekend ! 🙂

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        1. I’ve been, I’ve seen, and I’ll be back. Loving your blog, it’s so cheerful and fun 😀

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          1. Awwh, Thanks a bunch Mara ! ❤ Don't get too comfortable with the cheerful side though I have tendency to write some depressing stuff (Which is not very often but I do) but hey you can freely skip that if you'd like, no problem at all 🙂 😀

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          2. Cheerful at times and depressive at other times is perfectly fine with me. That seems to be how I blog too 🙂

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          3. I knew there was a reason why we were getting along so well 😀 lol
            Thank you for understanding 🙂

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          4. You’re welcome 😀

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  27. theblackandolivechronicles 23/09/2014 at 10:41 am

    I nominated you for the ‘One Lovely Bog Award’. If you’d like to accept and participate, check out the post on my blog. If not, you’re welcome anyway!

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    1. Wow! That’s so lovely of you! Thank you very much, it means a lot! I have already been nominated for the award, and I doubt I can get it twice, but I’ll at least mention you and thank you on my blog awards page 🙂

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      1. theblackandolivechronicles 24/09/2014 at 12:00 am

        Haha! So generous of you mentioning that “mention you” part 😀
        Thanks !

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  28. Hey! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Details are here : http://redheadedwhovian.wordpress.com/2014/09/28/very-inspiring-blogger-award/ 🙂 Thank you for being such an awesome blog.

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    1. Wow, thanks so much! That means a lot 🙂 Strangely enough, I’ve already got this award, but the least I can do is to give you a shout-out and a huge thank you on my awards page 🙂 Again, thank you!

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      1. I’m glad you’ve gotten the award before, you have a great blog. 🙂

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        1. Likewise! Happy blogging 😀

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  29. Nice collection on your blog, it was great to spend time here…

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    1. Thanks a lot! The pleasure is mine 🙂

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  30. Hi there, I have decided to nominate you for the One Lovely Blog Award. No obligation on your part, but if you accept it, I would be happy. Here is the link to the post with rules of the award: http://wp.me/p4Do1g-mw

    Thanks for a lovely blog!

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    1. Wow! Thanks a lot for nominating me, it’s a huge honour! In fact, I’ve already been nominated for this award (strange though it is!), so you know what, I’ll just add your nomination on my modest awards page, ok? Thank you again, so kind of you!

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      1. Of course! Thanks for liking my Faceboo page. 🙂

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        1. You’re welcome 🙂

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          1. FacebooK, sorry. 😀

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  31. I love your blogs new look Mara!!!! Beautiful! Goran suits you!

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    1. Thank you so much! I think I love changing my themes more often than it’s advisable; but I just can’t help my enthusiasm whenever a new theme just to my taste appears 😉 Happy to see you around!

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      1. Taking a cue from you and changing mine soon! So great to hook up again!

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        1. Wow, excited for you! It’s true that sometimes it’s good to change your theme, though yours is looking very well, very clean, neat, and it’s obvious that much thought went in it.

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          1. I know! I worked so hard on it! I used this Google app- https://developers.google.com/speed/pagespeed/insights/ and found that the images on my front page does not improve speed on mobile phones 😦 so I might as well change it.

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          2. Hm, that’s a fascinating analysis, except I don’t understand a word of it… My speed is apparently very low though, probably even worse than yours because I have got lots of stuff on the homepage, including some feeds. It’s always hard to make a compromise between design and usability! Keeping my fingers crossed for you 🙂

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  32. Love it! THanks for dropping by so I can discover you! I’m following now. I hope I can reciprocate some entertainment for you as well!

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    1. Thanks, it’s my pleasure!

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  33. Your blog is so amazing,I don’t know where to start ,feeling like clicking everything at the same time 🙂 I don’t know why do you say you are bad photographer because that puts people like me to shame who are just learning 😀 Looking forward to see more from you. P.S the 1st picture of wooden bridge is stunning , regards,ady

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    1. Oh wow, you just made my day and I probably love you 😉 Thank you so much for your great comment, it’s surely very encouraging!

      It’s true that I wrote this About page when I started blogging, nearly a year and half ago, and meanwhile I’ve improved in taking photos a bit. I still suck though. If any of my photos looks fine, it’s because that I routinely photoshop them :-O

      Glad to see a fellow photo 101 classmate around, though! Here’s to happy shooting and see you around! 😀

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      1. I so wish I could learn Photoshop but its mind boggling to see hundreds of icons and the weird technical names 😛

        I am posting my photo101 on http://colorpaletteofady.wordpress.com . If you have time,check it out 🙂

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        1. Actually I work with Corel Paintshop, like Photshop, but in my opinion more user friendly (also significantly cheaper). It has in-built help and by test and trial, I learned to do quite a lot in it. Also, is has one-click smart photo fix — you click a button and your photo is automatically fixed to look its best.

          I’ve just discovered your photoblog and became your new fan 🙂 I still haven’t got over the enormous cuteness of your last squirell post… ❤

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          1. Blush blush blush 🙂 I feel so happy … Thank you very much 😀

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          2. You deserve the compliment. Thumbs up 😉

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  34. You got that right! Cats and cookies are the best 😉 I’m only mother to one cat but she’s a handful already.

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    1. Awe, a fellow cookie and cat lover! I’m loving it 😉 Oh yes, one cat can be a handful already, and two can wreak havoc. Thank you for stopping at my place, it’s a pleasure to have you!

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  35. Love what you said about your skills as a photographer and poet. While you made have said this in jest, I really do not see myself as a photographer or writer. Rather, I have a strong desire to express ME and blogging is the venue. I look forward to following your blog.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! Oh yes, I can very much relate to your desire to express yourself, that’s what I indulge in too, and perhaps most bloggers do! It’s great to be able to do it 🙂 See you around in the blogosphere!

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  36. You managed to squeeze 3 of my favourite things in one small paragraph – cookies, cats, and shoes! You might just about be perfect! 😉

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    1. A fellow cookie / cat / shoe lover, yay! *happy dance* Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the suggestion that I might be almost perfect, which is, of course, totally wrong, but enormously flattering 😉 Have a great day and see you around in the blogosphere!

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  37. Holy @#$% this blog looks really professional! Did you make all those cool icons on your about page? I’m really excited to explore your site! 🙂 Ellen

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    1. Awe, thanks for the compliment, though I must admit that I “stole” the black and white drawings (they should be licenced for free use actually), I think I’ll need to fix this and put here something of my own! Great to see you around, thanks for stopping by!

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  38. Hi Mara, love the photo in your header (main page). Where does it lead to?

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    1. Hi there and thanks so much for noticing the header! It’s a local wetlands area and the bridge crosses a small lake. Nothing too exciting, but a pleasant place to visit nonetheless 🙂

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  39. Hello Mara,
    I’m new here. Very well organised page. Why do you say you’re a bad photographer?! I’ve seen great pictures here…

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    1. Hello, Rebekah, it’s a pleasure to see you around 🙂 I admit that the About page was written about a year and half ago, when I started the blog, and back then my photos were even worse than they are now. I might not have the worst pictures ever but I’m still pretty amateurish, so I think a warning for the reader comes in handy 😉

      I just went over to your blog and the first I saw was a beautiful British shorthair kitty — I’ll browse further now but I know already that I’ll love your blog 😉

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      1. He’s McDuff — our pride and joy 😸. He turned 10 last Saturday.

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        1. And he’s got a Scottish name! I love all things Scottish. Ten is quite an age already, he’s looking great though!

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          1. My first cat, Hadassah, lived to be sixteen…

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          2. My first cat didn’t live to be a year because she got run over by a car, but here’s hoping to McCat the Second’s longevity and safety to all our cats 🙂

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  40. Now that Photo101 and this madness of NaBloPoMo is ending, I am starting to have good manners again. I hadn’t yet visited your blog except for your daily photos.
    Your blog is fantastic and I’m not surprised. This about session is simply inviting; I had to go all over 172 comments to get here…worth every effort! Looking forward to having more of you in the coming posts. Cheers!

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    1. OMG, I have got 173 comments on my About page :-O ! I never even noticed… Well, thank you for discovering my blog for me. Seriously. No need to apologise, again very seriously, I don’t feel neglected, quite the contrary, and I’m very happy for each time we connect online. One must have a life besides blogging, right. (Not like I have much of one, though 😉 )

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      1. You see! You’re famous and you didn’t even notice it!
        Of course you don’t feel neglected because you couldn’t careless that I was mortified – and again sleplrss – because of you. 😉
        Oh, a life without blogging…tough one! You’re going to be part of the #photo 101 rehab project…Andy, Cardinal Guzman and I, chatted today about being addicted to this daily madness. I suggested to start the photo rehab as an event, as we can continue posting everyday.
        I just saw you did it already. Fancy doing it again? You don’t have a life, anyways!
        Hey, I’m happy too with our connections!

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        1. Yes, sure, I’m as famous as Kim Kardashian. She also did nothing and grew miraculously famous. Anyway 😉

          Please do have a life besides blog, it might be too late for me, but you still stand a chance!

          #photo101rehab? Haha! I’d love that! Could I be an on-and-off participant? I can’t commit to post every day, I still haven’t quite recovered from my Project 365 challenge, finished in August… Yet I would absolutely love to be part of your group! Albeit a tiny and unimportant part.

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          1. Love the comparison! Kim K…of all people on earth? You are better than that. Unless you are on the butt competition. 😉

            I’m not addicted, just love it! Isn’t that what you all say?

            You’re in! Yay!! Of course it can never be a rigorous well organized rehab; remember, am a gemini….;-)
            Unless it had been organized by you, the master.

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          2. Heh, a fellow anti-Kim K fan, I see 😉 Nope, no butt competitions for me, thanks. I’m very happy to have a normal human-sized bottom.

            I am addicted to blogging while I love it… Ooh, thank you for taking me on the team! Now, what do I do? I guess I will learn in due time on your blog? And don’t worry, I’m absolutely not going to terrorise you with organising anything.

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  41. HI,

    I’m Tokoni, a student and poet. Its nice to meet you. I’d like to invite you to my blog at http://www.insanitybeautiful.wordpress.com if you’re interested. Thanks.

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    1. Hi and thanks for stopping bye! Hope you’re enjoying blogging 🙂

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  42. I like your sardonic style 🙂

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    1. Awe, thank you, I’m glad that you like! I love the unique subject of your blog, and hope to see you around in the blogosphere sometime 😉

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      1. Thanks – I’m quite new to it, but a thoroughly enjoying the process 🙂

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        1. Great then, here’s to happy blogging!

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  43. Hi Mara, I found your blog by way of Justine at Eclectic Odd n Sods. I’m so thankful to her because this place is fabulous!! You do lovely work with words and photos. I know I’m going to enjoy getting to know you here. 😉

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    1. Hello, Pixie, a pleasure to meet you! It’s great that we have Justine for a mutual friend, she rocks 😉 Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment, now I’m looking forward to exploring your blog in turn, and see you around in the blogosphere!

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  44. […] Mara Eastern’s Personal Blog […]

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  45. Hi, I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger award since I really enjoy your posts! There is no obligation to accept. Thanks for your lovely blog. Check it out: https://gfchopstix.wordpress.com/2014/12/22/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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    1. Thank you so much, you’re so kind! Surprisingly, I have been nominated for this same award before, so I’ll just add your nomination on my awards page, if it’s ok… Thanks again!

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      1. I’m not surprised that this isn’t your first nomination! No problem 🙂

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        1. Good then, and keep up blogging!

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  46. Hey there Mara, just found your blog randomly and liked it, so I decided to give you a follow. Come visit me if you like at http://www.thatssojacob.wordpress.com and hang out awhile 🙂 have a good one!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Your blog looks like fun, so hope to see you around in the blogosphere!

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  47. Just stumbled across your blog; looks lovely and I’ve enjoyed it so far. Looking forward to hearing more!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, I’m glad to enjoyed and I’m looking forward to seeing you around in the blogosphere!

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  48. There really is no one more inspiring than you, and I think you know that now…

    http://belgianstreets.com/very-inspiring-blogger-award/

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    1. Thank you, Andy. Your nomination is a major compliment for me. I appreciate it very much. Thank you again, and though I have been nominated for this particular award before and accepted, I will at least proudly display your nomination on my awards page…

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      1. That means a lot to me…

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  49. […] (and for a little extra local colour do read this from Mara Eastern) […]

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  50. BAD photographers? You are too modest! Your pics just rock! I wish I could capture pics like you…sigh…sigh…sigh…Too tired to sigh again, but for God’s sake, take out that ‘bad photographer’ bit! 😛

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    1. Well, I know, I have been actually called out on the bad photographer part a few times already — I admit that I’ve improved immensely since I wrote this introduction. Yet, I still feel as a bad photographer, so I think I will keep this phrase for a while 😉 Thank you for your kindness though! I’m much flattered!

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  51. Love the new look and feel of your blog Mara, realised I hadn’t actually told you, here…

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    1. Awe, thank you, Andy. You know the implications of the change and how much importance I attribute to it. So I’m glad I succeeded on the blog change front 😉

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      1. I am sure the change, and all the related implications, will be succesful and I wish you all you wish for…

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        1. Thank you. Same to you. ❤

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          1. Thank you, really appreciate that… ❤

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  52. Good nice you have such a beautiful website. I haven’t even had time to read your posts yet and I’m already hooked 🙂

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    1. Thank you a lot for stopping by! I’m a fan of your blog already (I discovered your place about five minutes before you discovered mine 😉 ), so it’s great to get in touch! Hope to see you around in the blogosphere!

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      1. Oh crap I see I misspelt goodness to “good nice.” Oops that was embarrassing. But yes definitely! I look forward to reading more of your posts, past and future 🙂

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        1. No problem! I autocorrected it to your intended meaning 😉 And likewise, let’s stay in touch!

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  53. …fantastic introduction :)!!! Well done ❤

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    1. Thank you very much, your compliment means a lot!

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  54. Now that I have stopped laughing … such a great About! Thanking you for stopping by my blog, glad to have been led here!

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    1. Thanks a lot! That’s the best compliment to hear that you had a good chuckle or two 😉 Thank you for stopping by and see you in the blogosphere!

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  55. Gary Dean Holdaway 16/02/2015 at 9:59 pm

    You are wonderful. That is all.

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    1. Wow, thank you, what a surprising compliment 😉

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  56. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I really like the way your blog is set up. Kindest Regards Cheryle

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    1. Thanks a lot, Cheryle, it’s my pleasure!

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    1. Ooh, thank you so much for this lovely nomination!! I appreciate this compliment a lot! The thing is I have been nominated for this award and I don’t think you could receive it twice, so what I’ll do is to display your nomination on my Awards page, ok?

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      1. *shrugs* Whatever you think! 🙂

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        1. As long as you don’t hate to be in my hall of fame 😉

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          1. My honour! *bows*

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  57. “cheerful negativism, morbid self-depreciation and bleak humour” – then this blog is right up my alley! Great to have found your blog Mara. Enjoyed what I read and saw so far. And, you aren’t that bad a poet 🙂

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    1. Oh, thank you, great to see a fellow sardonicist! Glad to have found your blog too, especially your photos are wonderful! ❤ See you around in the blogosphere!

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  58. Hello! You have very beautiful and interesting blog! I enjoyed it. 🙂

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  59. You had me at “must have cookies and cats!!!” It’s so nice to find your blog and meet you on the blogs here…

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    1. Awe, thank you so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! I hope to see you around in the blogosphere 🙂

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  60. I love your stuff so much, that I decided to nominate you for this award 🙂
    https://literaryfuzz.wordpress.com/2015/03/18/creative-blogger-award/

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    1. Whew, what a compliment to be awarded! Thank you so much, I’ll definitely look into it!

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  61. Hello Mara, hope you are doing great. I have came up with something throbbing, feel free to join or ignore otherwise

    https://themissiontomars.wordpress.com/2015/03/19/beauty/

    Love and peace 🙂
    Rosalyn ❤

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    1. Hello, Rosalyn! Thanks a lot for the nomination, it looks like I could have my fun with it! I’ll see if I can twist it into something sardonic 😉 Cheers!

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      1. Wow!! am looking forward to sharing its glimpses with you 🙂 take your time..big cheers!! 😀

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        1. The post will publish tomorrow 😉 Yay and thanks for your nomination!

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  62. so glad I came to here your blog is awesome!!!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! Hope to see you around in the blogosphere 🙂

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  63. […] Poem for the delightful Poetry 101 Rehab Blog Challenge hosted by Mara Eastern. […]

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  64. This is the beauty of blogging. You can express yourself without bothering about anyone criticizing you.

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    1. That is right 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and see you around in the blogosphere!

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    1. Oh, thanks a lot, Laura, I appreciate it! I’ve been already nominated for this very award and accepted, but the least I can do is to give you a shout out on my awards page, if that will do for you? Thanks again!

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      1. Oh that would be great, thank you!

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  65. Hey, I took the liberty of nominating you for the Creative Blog Award: https://epicbloggingnow.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/award/
    Hope you don’t mind!

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    1. Awe, thank you so much for your nomination, it means a lot! I have been nominated for this award before though and accepted, so I’ll just mention you on my awards page, if that’s ok with you? Thank you again!

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  66. A bold new look. A new you? I love it.

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    1. Thank you for approving, I’m relieved it works for you, more or less… Yes, a new summery me, brighter and bolder 😀

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      1. So good to hear (but be careful, aren’t you supposed to be a negativist…) 😉

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        1. You’re right but don’t worry, I shall not slip into optimism! That would be self-denying…

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          1. And can you be a real pessimist if you actually celebrate pessimism, would that not imply some positive sentiment? 🙂

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          2. Ha! You just outsmarted me.

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          3. That must be worth a drink, or two!

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          4. Just leave the cap off the bottle and kick back 😉

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  67. Cookies, cats, and cream.
    An icky feline dream 🙂

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    1. Thank you for stopping by 🙂 It’s good to know that another person shares the same tastes!

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  68. Nitin Chandran Nair 22/05/2015 at 4:05 am

    Many Happy Returns of the Day Friend! May all your wishes come true 🙂

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    1. Thank you very much for your well wishes, that’s so nice!

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  69. I adore your blog and I’m a huge fan of Ella! This one’s for her. You can share it too, if she doesn’t mind. 😉 https://babysteps22.wordpress.com/2015/06/02/premio-dardosno-im-not-cursing-you/

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    1. Oh dear, Premio Dardos, that’s very fancy! Thank you so much for your kind words and for your nomination, I’ll definitely check that out! 😀

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  70. dear Mara, I´m glad I found your blog, such an inspiration 🙂 more than a good photographer and a better poet, I believe that we should challenge ourselves and overpass our limitations and you’re doing it very well here, so please keep on going and enjoy life 🙂 all the best
    PedroL

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, you’re too kind! It’s true that I wrote this About page almost two years ago when I started blogging and since then I improved a little, so I agree that we should challenge ourselves! Thanks again for stopping by and see you around in the blogosphere 🙂

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  71. I nominated you for an inspiring blogger award. Please go to http://www.inspiringmax.com/starlight-blogger-award/

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    1. Thanks a lot, you’re very kind! I’ll look into it 😀

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  72. […] yeah, would love to see you attempt it. Stumbling For Balance Listen To The Babe Trimmed Words Mara Eastern In Noir Velvet Prompt Word: […]

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  73. […] Bhatt | Ruchira Parchur | Mara Eastern | Shilpa Arya | […]

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  74. Hello Mara, hope you’re doing good! Oops!! Is that “E”??

    I have nominated you for the “Allergic to ‘E’ challenge”.

    https://nitinnair.wordpress.com/2015/06/17/allergic-to-e-challenge/

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    1. Oh hello Nitin and thanks for your nomination! I wish I had the time and space to look at it, but I appreciate very much that you thought of me all the same 🙂

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  75. Nominated you for 3 Days 3 Quotes Challenge: https://epicbloggingnow.wordpress.com/2015/07/04/3-days-3-quotes-challenge-day-1/
    Hope you don’t mind! Happy summer!

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    1. Oh dear, thank you for the nomination! Sounds pretty challenging! I’d love to do that, but I’m too busy with my studies now, so I’ll take the liberty of postponing this fun challenge for when I have more time and less stress, if that’s ok! Happy summer to you 🙂

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  76. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. Last week […]

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  77. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  78. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  79. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  80. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  81. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  82. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  83. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  84. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  85. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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    1. Thank you! I hope you’ll enjoy 🙂

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  86. […] several weeks now, each Monday at 01:00 pm UTC, Mara Eastern has published a poetry prompt along with her response to it, you can see them all here. On 30 […]

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  87. […] Photo Rehab, my blogger friends Andy Townend, Cardinal Guzman, Desleyjane, Justine Nagaur and Mara Eastern and more ‘patients’ joined the fun. I’m eternally grateful to have met them […]

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  88. …White Mouse rocks…!!! Fantastic picture!

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    1. Thank you! I’m happy the mouse didn’t scare you! Some people hate mice, and I can feel them, I hate bugs, for example…

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      1. I think mice are cute – if they’re the domestic kind… I wouldn’t want to find wild mice or even rats like I did before in my cellar^^ Oh, but me too!!! All those legs…!!! And hairy big fatso spiders… they really scare me 8-o !!!

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        1. I had a pet white mouse once, so you can imagine… But no large cellar rats. And bugs just freak me out. Small or large, wild or domestic. *shudders* Let’s not mention them!

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          1. awww, cute white mouse ❤ Oh, a few weeks ago I photographed a yucky looking spider, intending to post the picture for a Halloween post… It freaked me out so much I blew the whole thing though^^

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  89. Do you know what? To my shame I have never ventured onto your site as I always read your posts in WP Reader! Will be back. Confession time – I’ve nominated you for an award (please don’t be mad at me) – take a look. You just might enjoy it – http://soulgifts.com.au/2016/02/24/my-acceptance-speech/

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    1. It’s lovely to hear that! I’m so flattered with your nomination, and I’ll definitely have a look into it. Thank you for it, and thank you for being my reader, via the Reader or otherwise 🙂

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  90. CaledonAcres 01/04/2016 at 6:08 pm

    I know you have been nominated before for the Liebster Award, but I mentioned you blog in my post too!! I really like your work! http://caledonacres.ca/liebster-award/

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    1. Awe, thank you so much for your nomination! I was lucky enough to have been nominated before, as you correctly say, so I won’t be really accepting this award and forwarding it to others, but I hugely appreciate the nomination. Thank you again and see you around!

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  91. I’m happy to follow your blog! I hope my cheerfulness doesn’t grate at you. I’m a Theatre teacher so I’ve really learned to fake it. 🙂

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    1. It’s a pleasure to have you! I’m always happy to meet a fellow suffering teacher (the premise being, of course, that all teachers suffer from indescribable torture), and your faking it is a skill I want!

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  92. Hello Mara, Your views on what I hate the least today have often curved my sometimes grumpy lips into a smile. For doing this I am passing on the MakeItUltra award to you. I hope you will accept this with honor and follow along. Here is my link and response to the award. https://wordpress.com/post/carmelasnelbaker.com/3544

    and here are the rules 🙂 hope you take the torch and run with it.

    ABOUT THE AWARD
    The MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award is an award given to bloggers by bloggers for quality content, originality and presentation. The intention of this award is to encourage connectivity and support in the blogging community and to increase exposure for individual bloggers.
    THE RULES
    If you have been nominated for the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award and choose to accept, write a blog post about the MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award in which you:
    1. Thank the person who nominated you and post a link to their blog on your blog. Take a moment to positively promote the person who nominated you.
    2. Display the award on your blog by adding it to your post and/or displaying it using a widget on your page (Save the image to your computer and upload it to your blog post).. Don’t forget to use the tag #MyUltraAward when you make your post!
    3. Answer the following MakeItUltra™ Blogger Award questions.

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    1. Aww, thank you so much for thinking so highly of my little posts and choosing me for the award! It made my day instantly better. I’m not much of a good blogger these days, so I probably won’t have the space to follow up on the requirements of the award, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t appreciate it very much. Thank you for this, and happy blogging!

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