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By: Proserpina , 8:56 PM GMT on February 04, 2012

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JUANA LA LOCA, CONCLUSION (PART III)

(Parts I and II are found in the two previous blogs)

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Overjoyed at the prospect of seeing her father after five years of separation, Juana prepares to meet him in Tortoles where ‘together they will claim her throne’. Dressed in her best finery she meets her father who has ‘come home to her’. After a brief welcoming session, Juana discovers that her father just like Philip had no intention of stepping back and let Juana assume her throne. He set spies on Juana and began intercepting her mail. It was obvious that her beloved father became a stranger, a person she did not know. Sensing danger she decided that it was time for her coronation to take place in Toledo. Fernando’s response was that there would be no coronation of Juana, that her mother was dead and that he ruled now!

The final years with Philip and his web of deception came back to haunt her. This time she could not escape the depression that followed and she felt that indeed she would go mad. She had been betrayed too many times and no longer could tell what was real and what was delusional.

Indeed her father was working against her, forbidding anyone to go and see Juana, Fernando kept her isolated from anyone who might be of help to her. During this time Juana discovered that her father had married King Louis’ niece, Germaine de Foix, the same woman who had disrespected Juana during the visit to France. It was obvious that Fernando wanted a new Queen to provide him with a son and hence an heir for Aragon. Juana’s children would be prevented from inheriting the throne if Fernando had a son of his own.

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Mary interceding for Juana, altar piece.

Juana’s advisor suggested that they go to war against her father and win Castile for herself and her children but she knew what she must do. The following is a quote from Gortner’s book : “It had been with me all this time, the hour when I must face both my past and my future and decide my own course. I had been a pawn blown by the vagaries of fate for most of my life: an innocent girl used for a political alliance, a wife deceived and manipulated for her crown. Now at long last, I had the strength to be the woman I had always wanted to be, the queen my mother had believed I could become.” There would be no war, she forbade it. Castile would come first, she would no longer run. No matter where she went her father would pursue her and he would endanger the lives of her children.

Once more Fernando tried to get rid of Juana by planning a marriage with the kind of England but Juana would not agree to such an arrangement. At this point he demanded that she ‘voluntarily abdicate’ but once again she declined to do her father’s bidding. At this point Fernando knew what he had to do, just as Juana knew what he would do. The 'loving father' had his daughter locked in her room until a few days later when Fernando’s men came for her. They brought her to Tordesillas and dumped her in a fortress. The doors shut, she never left those walls. She was finally home.

Following Juana's imprisonment in Tordesillas in 1509, her father, Fernando of Aragon ruled Spain until his death in 1516. Upon his death the throne passed to Juana’s son, Charles (Carlos) of Habsburg. Charles always favored Flanders and heavily taxed Spain, but that’s another story. In 1555 Charles abdicated and bequeathed Spain to his son Philip II. Philip elevated Spain to prominence and power, at a heavy cost to the people.
Juana, the titular Queen of Spain, remained a prisoner even under the reign of her son, he too was hungry for power and did not care what happened to his mother.

Betrayed by her husband, her father, the Bishop, and her son Carlos I (also known as Carlos V), Juana the rightful Queen of Castile, remained a prisoner for 46 years. Juana La Loca died April 12, 1555 at the age of 75.

Juana and Felipe are buried side by side in the Cathedral of Granada, next to Queen Isabel and King Fernando.

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I have visited the tombs and am delighted to say that the Italian sculptor Domenico Fancelli, creator of the tombs, saw fit to sculpt Juana and Felipe looking away from each other. Forever together, forever unforgiven, forever unforgiving.

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Monument in Tordesilla to honor their famous 'prisoner'.


A Few Facts - Juana, daughter of Isabel and Fernando:

Queen of Castile and León
Reign 26 November 1504 – 12 April 1555
(50 years, 137 days

Queen of Aragon
Reign 23 January 1516 – 12 April 1555
(39 years, 79 days)

Juana and Felipe’s children:

Eleanor, Queen of Portugal and France
Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor
Isabella, Queen of Denmark
Ferdinand I, Holy Roman Emperor
Mary, Queen of Hungary
Catherine, Queen of Portugal


MAY THE COURAGEOUS JUANA AND HER LOVING HEART, REST IN PEACE.

I hope that the readers of this story enjoyed the slightly different kind of post.

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32. Proserpina
12:27 AM GMT on February 13, 2012
Well, I put up a new blog but I did not forget the nice people who posted on this blog recently.

Briar
, I truly appreciate your nice comments. You are kind. I also appreciate your visits, and I enjoy your blog.

Hi Sandi, you already know that I did not go to class yesterday but that I painted at home. I did more painting today. I think that I will paint the same subject in a different style and see which one I prefer.
It is in the low 20s right now and it is cold. Last night the wind howled all night and kept waking me up. More of the same is expected.
I just saw in the news that a mile or so away from me, a huge tree fell on a house (due to the wind), pinned the couple under the tree and it took over two hours to free them. The impact was so bad that the house was moved from its foundation! Yes, the house has been condemned!
Well, I still have three heavy blankets on my bed and they are going to stay in place tonight as well. I hate cold rooms. I like my temps to be at 70 degrees but heavy cold winds lower the temps quite a bit even in the house.

NumberWise, thank you so much for the appreciated comments. I am glad that you liked the story. It was my pleasure to write it up for those who were interested.
I am reading another book written by the same author, it is about Catherine de Medici. If I have the time and there is interest, I will write up about this Queen. She too was shipped off at the age of 14 to marry a 14 year old prince who became king eventually. In those centuries the royal or near royal young girls were bartered for political reasons. So sad.

Ylee, yes we did have nasty windy and cold weather. More of the same tonight. The odd thing is that Koko likes to sit outside in this cold! Strange little creature.

Hi Shore, I responded to your post on your blog. All is well here. Looking forward to your next literary inspiration.

Sandi and GardenGirl, hello. I answered your posts on your blogs as well.

Thank you everyone for stopping by and leaving a message or two. I welcome your visits.
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31. Proserpina
11:52 AM GMT on February 12, 2012
Good morning everyone. I posted the cited paragraphs below on Shore and Sandi's blogs and since I truly am in my lazy mood, I copied and pasted the entry here!

"It was a lazy day yesterday and did not even go to my class. I did do quite a bit of painting here at home so actually I used the time in a more 'purposeful' way. I will paint some more today.

I am also enjoying the new book that I am reading by the same author as Juana. This book is about Catherine de Medici who like Juana at the age of 14 was sent to France to marry the son of King Francis I. The same king who was married to Eleanor of Spain (daughter of Juana). Unfortunately the King's son, who was 14 years old as well, was not interested in beautiful Catherine. He preferred his 43 year old mistress Diane de Poitier! Goodness, I hope that I do not get it in my mind to write another blog entry like the one on Juana!"

After I have breakfast I will respond to the nice posts from yesterday.
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30. Proserpina
11:45 AM GMT on February 12, 2012
I 'borrowed' the lyrics below from Mass's blog. I am afraid that she foresaw her early death but was unable to get out of the hell she was in:
"And every road that I've taken
Led to my regret
And I don't know if I'm go'n make it
Nothing to do but lift my head:




I Look To You Lyrics

As I lay me down
Heaven hear me now
I%u2019m lost without a cause
After giving it my all

Winter storms have come
And darkened my sun
After all that I've been through
Who on earth can I turn to?

Chorus:
I look to you,
I look to you
After all my strength is gone
In you I can be strong
I look to you,
I look to you
And when melodies are gone
In you I hear a song
I look to you

'bout to lose my breath
There's no more fighting left
Sinking to rise no more
Searching for that open door

And every road that I've taken
Led to my regret
And I don't know if I'm go'n make it
Nothing to do but lift my head

Chorus:

My levees are broken
My walls are coming down on me
My rain is falling
Defeat is calling
I need you to set me free
Take me far away from the battle
I need you
Shine on me!
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29. Proserpina
3:06 AM GMT on February 12, 2012
RIP WHITNEY HOUSTON





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27. BriarCraft
7:32 PM GMT on February 11, 2012
Thanks for resolving the previous cliff hanger. What a tragic story, but one I enjoyed nonetheless. I very much enjoy your writing style, not only in this saga but in previous tales you've told.

I left comments on your recent photos, but I have to say again how much I admire your lovely roses and that drop-dead-gorgeous cardinal on snow. You do have a flair for the dramatic, not only in prose and poetry, but in your snapshots of birds and blooms.
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26. sandiquiz
9:47 AM GMT on February 11, 2012
Your gizmo says you are experiencing rain and it is about 34 degrees, so cold enough to change to snow ..... where on earth did Linda get minus 40 from yesterday... that is a tad chilly!! lol

I am staying put today. I awoke to minus 11C - so that's about 12F so a little chilly. The sun is shining now, but the temperature has only lifted to 24F ... so I doubt it will melt the snow where the sun doesn't shine - ie, my drive!!

Have a lovely day - isn't Saturday the paint class day?
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25. NumberWise
5:17 AM GMT on February 11, 2012
I've enjoyed both Juana's story and the comments along the way. Thank you for taking the time to put this all together for us!
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24. Ylee
4:36 AM GMT on February 11, 2012
Hi, Pros! Looks like you have some nasty weather in your future; be careful, and stay warm!

Like the rose picture!
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23. Proserpina
4:18 PM GMT on February 10, 2012
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Lurkers, visitors, blogless friends, this greeting is for you.
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22. shoreacres
3:43 PM GMT on February 10, 2012
Morning, Pros ~ I see you're nippy-chilly there today - 40 degrees! That's not the worst in the world, of course, and with that nice sunshine I hope you'll have a better day - maybe a nice walk with Koko? How's the darling doing, by the way? I haven't seen a post recently, or maybe I've missed it, since I've been mostly MIA for a few days.

We have rain here now - I just checked and we're just over an inch. Maybe two inches today? Gosh, that would be nice. But, I suspect we won't get there. Still, an inch is nice. I'm so excited I may make another bit of coffee!

I may take an hour today for one of my latest cleaning-out projects. I've got ten years' worth of Cooking Light magazines. They take up a terrific amount of space - so, it's time to go through them, pull out the recipes I want to keep and get rid of the magazines. Maybe I'll finally find the smoked salmon and linguine recipe I've been searching for without luck!
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21. Ylee
11:13 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
It is my understanding the ashes were the result of everything being burned because of the Plague.

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20. sandiquiz
8:00 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
A quick fly by to say "hi" .... hope you have a great Thursday :)


Ylee - why would you fall down after saying "ashes" ? At least if you sneeze you might fall over! lol
Actually I was sneezing yesterday - perhaps I will fall down!
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19. Ylee
4:28 AM GMT on February 09, 2012
Hi, Pros! Just to let you know that after this shift ends in the morning, I probably won't be back until Monday, so I hope you have a nice weekend!
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18. Ylee
6:29 AM GMT on February 08, 2012
We had that poem, too, but it was a bit different:

Ring around the rosies,
pocket full of posies,
Ashes, ashes,
They all fall down!


Pros, I hope you are doing well!
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17. sandiquiz
5:23 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
I remember singing that verse when I was little.... It is amazing how many nursery rhymes and songs had links to events in the past.
For instance..

A ring, a ring o' roses,
A pocket full o’posies-
Atish! atishoo!
We all fall down.

This is associated with the Black Death plague in 1665.

Hope you are having a good day :)

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16. GardenGrrl
5:13 PM GMT on February 07, 2012
Good Morning,
It's overcast and rather chilly outdoors. This will be the last blog stop today as I really need to get some things done around the house.
Hope you have a very pleasant day.
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15. GardenGrrl
10:59 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Hi Prose, Juana indeed was a powerfully strong woman given a very raw deal in life. Quite an amazing person. Thank you for sharing her story.
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14. Proserpina
8:27 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
It's possible that the "King of Spain's daughter" who is mentioned in this rhyme is Juana La Loca. She visited Henry VII in 1506.


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The illustration and the tune come from The Baby's Opera by Walter Crane (circa 1877).

I Had a Little Nut Tree

I had a little nut tree,
Nothing would it bear,
But a silver nutmeg,
And a golden pear.

The King of Spain's daughter
Came to visit me,
And all for the sake
Of my little nut tree.

I skipped over water,
I danced over sea,
And all the birds in the air,
Couldn't catch me.

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13. Proserpina
8:14 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Sandi, I love the report from SAfrica! Hilarious.

Alley, bless your heart! Thank you for the extremely kind comment. I take it as a great compliment to be told that I am a good storyteller. Funny, I remember a great great grandparent who used to tell me stories at night in front of a big fire. I was no more than 3 or 4 and have no idea which g gfather he was, except that he was from my mom father's side. Love you girl, and not because you gave me the compliment but because I like YOU.

Ylee, good to see you. I was getting worried until Sandi explained why you have not been on the blogs. As to the roses, I bought them. I brought a few of them outside on the deck, sat them on the railing and photographed them. I needed a little reminder of spring flowers!

"I didn't like how the story ended, but Juana was bowed but unbroken. Isn't that all we can hope for, if things in life don't go our way?", absolutely Ylee. She stood up to the men as best as she could, and she never gave up her title even though the men held the power! She chose 'madness' rather than lose her title or give in to the power hungry men. When I think about it, Philip was in the shadow of his father the Emperor Maximilian, Fernando was in the shadow of a powerful and smart Queen (Isabel), Carlos learned from his father and grandfather! So what to do? Usurp a woman's throne to satisfy their ego. Do you think Juana could ever sing the song by Bette Midler:
"Wind Beneath My Wings"

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh.
It must have been cold there in my shadow,
to never have sunlight on your face.
You were content to let me shine, that's your way.
You always walked a step behind.

So I was the one with all the glory,
while you were the one with all the strength.
A beautiful face without a name for so long.
A beautiful smile to hide the pain.

Did you ever know that you're my hero,
and everything I would like to be?
I can fly higher than an eagle,
'cause you are the wind beneath my wings.

Thank you Shore, glad that you liked my contribution to well written sentences!

Interesting comments in post #4, and very true. I could name a politician or two but won't.

Did I tell you that I went to your friend's blog and thoroughly enjoyed my self guided tour of the blog? I love that cardinal, the rendition is loose, colorful, intuitive,.... I bookmarked her site so I can go back and check on her new paintings. I also am inspired to paint a bird or two. I painted many birds when I was working in oils, I have a couple stashed away in some closet but I gave away most of them. They are hanging in my friend's walls still.

Bogon, “Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”

― Leo Buscaglia

You have no idea how timely this quote is! I needed this smart reminder after my sleepless morning hours due to unhappy thoughts. Thank you for posting this. By the way, Leo B. is one of my favorite people! I like his positive attitude, and his love of humans.

Jus, I think that you hit the nail right on the head. By not fighting and by allowing the men to have the power, she was able to retain her title of Queen until her death. More importantly, she prevented bloodshed in Spain (she was loved by the common people and were willing to go to war against her father), she safeguarded her children and grandchildren legacy and birthright. Not to mention that she was the mother of 5 children who all became Queens, Kings, Emperors.

I like the Leo B. story! Keep singing Jus, keep singing!

Gamma, it is a sad story but also it is a story of courage and self sacrifice for the good of her children and her nation. I will not reapeat what I said to Jus, Ylee, etc. but in those responses I gave my personal view of what she accomplished.

By the way, Juana's story has been the subject of many books, international films, songs, poems, paintings, at least one opera, etc. She lives on!


Time to prepare for the big game! I do not have any Patriots T shirts, etc., but my hubby has several Red Sox hats, maybe I will wear one of them. Close enough!
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12. sandiquiz
5:49 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
The cold blast from Siberia has spread its fingers far and wide.
I heard on the BBC that it is even reaching North Africa, and the temperatures are touching on freezing.

I went to look, and had to smile at the weather report I found.

The weather station for Remada today - February 5, 2012, 10:44 am: It is a COLD and NOT CLEAR today with an average degree of 7C, and a low of 2C. However, wind blow is STRONG so it feels NOT QUITE COMFORTABLE out here at the moment.


How wonderful....It feels "NOT QUITE COMFORTABLE"!! Priceless!!

Love the photos from your family... the B&B sounds perfect:)
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11. Proserpina
5:33 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
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Main house

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Herb garden

A cousin lives in Assisi, where she owns and runs an Agriturismo B&B. It has been snowing there for 5 days and still going! Unusual amount of snow for that area. Many are marooned in and without electricity.

The B&B is called Madonna del Piatto, this is the special title for Letizia Mattiacci who is a fantastic cook! She runs cooking classes at the B&B, people from around the world are the usual guests.

http://madonnadelpiatto.com/ Blog and recipes are in English!
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10. Alleyoops
4:05 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
PROS, a history lesson with a moral. Never underestimate those who are closest to you.

Loved this blog, you certainly are a great story teller and I must say I enjoyed this immensely. Thank you for doing this. BIG HUGS
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9. Ylee
4:02 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Hi, Pros! I didn't like how the story ended, but Juana was bowed but unbroken. Isn't that all we can hope for, if things in life don't go our way?

Love the rose! Is it from your garden? This has been about a "non-winter", hasn't it?

Have a great Sunday!
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8. shoreacres
2:28 PM GMT on February 05, 2012
Good morning, Pros ~

Just dropped by to see what was happening, and I saw that altar piece - was it here from the beginning? I missed it. Apparently your story was so engrossing I didn't pay any attention to the artwork!

I hope you had a good night and that your day is pleasant. It's gray and gloomy here, which is perfect. I need to be settled here at the computer today anyway, so no enticements to do other things is all good. The only thing I'm really going to have to work at is my new blog entry, and staying out of the cookies I baked for my aunt until I can get them to the post office tomorrow. Even writing the words wasn't a good idea - I can taste them! They're so good, and I haven't had any for years. Well, until yesterday, when I enjoyed a few more than I should have as they came out of the oven!

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7. sandiquiz
11:55 AM GMT on February 05, 2012
Quoting Bogon:
Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.

Leo Buscaglia

This is almost what I came to say after your post in my blog.... Take heart, dear Pros, and enjoy today.... it was given to you to enjoy :)

By the way - Ylee is not at work, he is home on a few rest days... so not on the blogs. He should be back tonight :)

PS - I forgot to say how I loved your blog... and thank you for all the work you put in, to bring the story to us:)
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6. Bogon
4:35 AM GMT on February 05, 2012
“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.”

― Leo Buscaglia
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5. juslivn
2:13 AM GMT on February 05, 2012
5th! Hee hee. I saw the rose and voted yesterday (not sure if I commented, but how beautiful especially for February!)
Well, echo Gamms on the outcome of the story. But, did like the quote:
It had been with me all this time, the hour when I must face both my past and my future and decide my own course. I had been a pawn blown by the vagaries of fate for most of my life: an innocent girl used for a political alliance, a wife deceived and manipulated for her crown. Now at long last, I had the strength to be the woman I had always wanted to be, the queen my mother had believed I could become.

Possibly by choosing not to fight (Sarah McLachlan quote) Juana actually did spare her children and her Dynasty?

Oh--ramble, ramble...there is another story of Leo Buscaglia, and I can't find it, or the quote from him...but I believe he was driving a convertable, singing an opera at the top of his lungs and going 35 mph on a highway. The police pulled him over and something he said was very funny about slowing down and not caring anymore and just singing at the top of his lungs.
Ok, that may not apply (hee hee) but with your rose quote, you reminded me of that story. It is one of my favorite stories when I drive along and sing at the top of my lungs on a sunny day! Now, I'll think of the rose, as well.
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4. shoreacres
12:38 AM GMT on February 05, 2012
Oh, my! I caught a glimpse of that rose in your sidebar, and then saw it here on the page. It's just beautiful.

I just finished reading the last chapter, and must say - I came to a point where I was about to administer a wholly appropriate sort of justice to one or another of those men. I'm not sure I cared which one. One thing seems obvious - the hunger for wealth and power hasn't changed much. The biggest mistake people are making today is thinking that hunger only wears a suit and tie and works on wall street. The worst of what Juana experienced is being repeated down here on the border, and in Mexican and US towns. The arena's a little different, but even drug "royalty" will go to some extraordinary lengths to maintain its hold on power.

Well, poor Juana. On the other hand, to survive to 75 after what she went through is quite something. I wonder what she did with all her spare time after they slammed the castle door. Embroidery?

On a happier note, we got an inch and a half of rain day, and may get at least a touch more before it all moves out. Two inches would be lovely. Three would be better, and if we're going to get three, it surely wouldn't hurt the weather gods to turn loose of four! But 1.5" is just fine, if that's what it has to be.

I've wasted the whole danged day trying to figure out what direction to go with photo processing. None of the programs I can find has everything I want. Doggoned Google, for taking away our picnik. I did commit to a 30 day trial of Corel, so I have to at least spend enough time with that to figure out if it's worth having, or if it's too much program for me. At least it's a decent free trial - a week or two wouldn't be enough.

Hope your day was great. I'm going to visit around for a few more minutes and then go and see if I can find a blog topic lurking somewhere. ;)
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3. seflagamma
9:07 PM GMT on February 04, 2012
second!!! Sandi beat me by only a minute or two
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2. seflagamma
9:06 PM GMT on February 04, 2012
Oh Pros,

I really did enjoy this story. it did not turn out like I wanted.. I really wanted her to fight for her right to be Queen but I guess she did not have a chance.

thank you so much for this lesson in history and a beautiful but tragic story!!!

Have a great weekend!
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1. sandiquiz
9:04 PM GMT on February 04, 2012
First!!

.... but I must post the winners of the Birds and Wildlife Calendar... due at 9pm - then I will come back!
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