The road to paper-making, Part I

By: Proserpina , 6:18 PM GMT on May 30, 2012


Have you ever wondered what the world would be like if paper had not been invented? Imagine a world without accessible books, no newspapers, no magazines, no toilet paper, no watercolor paper, no writing stationary, no paper cups and plates, … The list of modern conveniences made with paper is endless.

Communication has been a basic need of human beings and written communication has been the center of civilization.

From the earliest times of history man conveyed his thoughts and information without using paper. Oral transmission was the obvious method but man needed to communicate in ways other than verbal means. Cave drawings provided a non verbal means of communication but cave walls are not portable and man had to find other means to communicate.

Photobucket Lascaux

Cave paintings at Lascaux, France

Some of the early surfaces for ‘written’ communication were stone, clay tablets and clay bricks, metal, wood, wax tablets, ivory, palm and olive trees leaves, bark, papyrus, and parchment. Obviously most of these materials were not practical and thus not conducive to widespread use.

Before paper as we know it today was invented, there were two important materials for making acceptable writing surfaces, papyrus and parchment.


The English word papyrus derives, via Latin, from Greek πάπυρος (papuros)

Papyrus ‘paper’ was first used by the Babylonians and since 3000 B.C. by the Egyptians. The ‘paper’ was made from the Cyperus Papyrus plant which grew on the shorelines of streams and particularly in the Nile Delta of Egypt.

Papermaming Papyrus

Papermaking Papyrus plant

The primary type of paper made with papyrus was in the form of scrolls. Scrolls were used to keep records of happenings in the Egyptian society. Some examples of existing scrolls are: Book of the dead, treaties on medicine and surgery, treaties on mathematics, folk tales.

Papyrus Book of the dead, Egypt

"Book Of The Dead" on papyrus

The following is a description of how the papyrus ‘paper’ was made: “The "paper" from the papyrus plant was made from the stem of the plant. The outer rind is first stripped off, and the sticky fibrous inner pith is cut lengthwise into thin strips. The strips are then placed side by side on a hard surface with their edges slightly overlapping, and then another layer of strips is laid on top at a right angle. While still moist, the two layers are hammered together, mashing the layers into a single sheet. The moisture or juice from the strips function as adhesive between the layers. The sheet is then dried under pressure.” ( of_paper)

The papyrus ‘paper’ was also used in the Mediterranean region, particularly by the Romans and Greeks.

Of interest is the Villa of the Papyri found at the ancient town of Herculaneum, destroyed in the eruption of the volcano Vesuvius in 79 AD. The Villa which was unearthed in 1753 belonged to Julius Caesar’s father in law.

villa dei papiri, mosaic floor

Villa dei Papiri, (Mosaic floor)

Within the Villa is found the only library preserved from the classical world. Included in the library are 1,785 papyrus scrolls, carbonized but preserved by the pyroclastic flow of superheated gas, steam, and mud. They are known as the Herculaneum Papyri.

Papyrus at Herculaneum

Carbonized Papyrus Scroll

Obviously the scrolls cannot be unrolled as they would disintegrate, however modern technology using multi-spectral imaging has assisted in actually reading the scrolls!

Papyrus at Herculaneum

Papyrus Scroll at Herculaneum

Another example of classical literary illustration on papyrus (from the Mediterranean area) is the Heracles Papyrus. This is a fragment of a 3rd century Greek manuscript of a poem about the Labors of Heracles. It contains three unframed colored line drawings of the first of the Labors, the killing of the Nemean Lion.

Heracles Papyrus

Heracles Papyrus

The photos below are samples of very interesting papyrus remnants:

Papyrus, Ephesians

One leaf of the Pauline Epistles (P.Mich.inv. 6238, also known as P46), Ephesians VI:20 - Galatians I:8. This is the oldest copy of Paul's letters in existence, dating to the late 2nd/early 3rd century CE.

Papyrus, Homer's Iliad

Homer's Iliad 1.32-57 on papyrus (P.Mich.inv. 13). This fragment dates to the 2nd/3rd century CE.

This was going to be a simple, short blog on paper-making but I got interested in other facets of the topic and the 'short blog' has grown into several posts to follow this first part.

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For hours we have alternated between tornadoes watches and warnings. We have has some good sized thunderstorms, and now flooding.The photos are of my backyard and flower beds. The little creek which is usually just a trickle is right now a torrent and has pretty much inundated my flower beds.

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109. Proserpina
8:36 PM GMT on June 16, 2012
Hi Mass, thank you so much for the kind words, kudos, etc.

Today has been a beautiful day. I did walk around the yard and after I got back from my class, I took Koko for a walk. However I spent the rest of the day finishing up my part II of the Paper Blog. Now I am ready to go feed Koko, and maybe I will eat something as well. A book is waiting as is the crossword puzzle, so time for relaxation.

I hope your day has been a pleasant one. Enjoy your evening Mass.
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108. masshysteria
3:53 PM GMT on June 16, 2012
Good Morning, Pros ~

Glad to learn that your recent health concerns seem to be somewhat stabilized at present.

Major kudos on your beloved grandson's celebratory academic achievements upon his graduation day from middle school! It sounds like he has a very bright, grounded and notable future ahead of him! This year, he has gone through quite the rites of passage, i.e., first his confirmation at church and, now, middle onto high school. He should have no problem adjusting to the more challenging curriculum and activities when entering high school this fall.

So nice to see Kat posting again! I certainly hope she and her hubby are located in those much safer spots of Colorado, especially, during the ongoing outbreaks of massive wildfires spreading throughout its more northern territories. So scary to see how many acres have already been consumed! Hugs and prayers to you, yours and nearby friends, Kat!

Pros ~ Hope your Saturday provides you with some welcoming sunshine and comfortable temps in which to take that early morning stroll amongst your roses. It must fill you with much inspiration while attending those subsequent Sat. am art classes! ENJOY!
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107. Proserpina
11:14 AM GMT on June 16, 2012
Good morning Sandi. I hope you will give us a peek of your work. I have the art class today and if the mood hits me, I too will paint. If not, I will be looking at the work and techniques of a professional artist (video).
I am overdue for a walk around the blogs yet have not been able to, soon I hope.
Have fun today.

Good morning GG, thank you for stopping by, I know that you are busy. Thank you for the nice comments. Ye, I do feel relieved, the situation was really weighing on my mind. Now I have to be vigilant for any changes of vision and act immediately by going to the retina specialist.
Have a wonderful weekend GG. You are an inspiration to me and many of us.

KAT, my buddy! Thank you for your thoughts, words, kindnesses. You bring me laughter and thus healing! Thank you for thinking that grandma had a little to do with grandson's successes via his father, my son. I tried hard to be a good mom, sometimes I failed, but sometimes I did pretty good. As to the math genes, they definitely came from his father and grandfather (my hubby). I am helpless and hopeless when it comes to math! And machines, I might add!
You posted a new photo of your owlet visitors, another real good one. Keep enticing them and keep taking those photos, please.

My cup of coffee is almost gone which means that Koko will wake up soon and will need my attention. Also I want time to walk around the garden to smell the roses! Then it will be time to go play with paints. Have a wonderful day everyone.
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106. sandiquiz
10:05 AM GMT on June 16, 2012
Sandi, I want you to know that I did not bring leftovers home, as I promised

LOL - you are a good girl, and teacher is pleased to see you learnt your lesson... the hard way!!

Going to jog through a few blogs and then get paintbrush in hand for the rest of the weekend! Have a great one, yourself:)
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105. GardenGrrl
9:53 AM GMT on June 16, 2012
Hi Prose, was so happy to hear that your eye will be okay. Such a scary thing to think about. Glad you got to have a wonderful feast to celebrate the good things in your life.
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104. ColoradoKat
2:41 AM GMT on June 16, 2012
Hi Pros!
SUCH good news about your eye. What a weight
lifted from your shoulders! Happy Day!
And how about that Grandson of!
It seems all you hear about kids these days
is bad news, so it is just wonderful to hear
of a child being rewarded for good things!
It is a compliment to his parents, and therefore,
to his Grandparents, as well! Good genes being
passed down through the generations!
All your good news has left me with a BIG smile
on my face! Thanks for that!:-D
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103. Proserpina
11:43 PM GMT on June 15, 2012
Hello Calpoppy and janetlee.

Calpoppy, thank you for all of the congrats. Yes, momma and dad are very happy and proud of their son, and I am proud of the work that my son and daughter in law are doing with their children.
So sorry that your white poppies are not yielding the usual size poppies, maybe next year. Glad that you have little babies that will give you poppies in the future. I planted several packets of different sunflowers and the seeds were all eaten by birds and squirrels! I still have a few seeds left of two varieties but it may be too late to plant them now, but if I do I will cover them with chicken wire or something....
Thank you for stopping by.

, thank you for the congrats. Indeed I had several sinful items to eat. We went to a restaurant called Chez Francois where they serve a feast (fixed lunches and dinners with tons of choices). We had two different kinds of hors d'oeuvres, fancy salad, entree with veggies, specially prepared breads, desserts. Wine was part of the meal but we do not drink so our friends enjoyed our libations. As always the best part for me are the desserts. Today I chose a blackberry tart which came with homemade ice cream served on a special cookie, and flavored whipped cream. I ate the tart and left the rest. I felt virtuous leaving part of the dessert! We used to go to this restaurant often but not recently, today our we and our friends decided to go back soon. I'd say that I just gave free advertising but the place is so busy that reservations must be made weeks in advance! They do not need my praise.
Thank you for stopping by.

Sandi, I want you to know that I did not bring leftovers home, as I promised.
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102. janetlee
4:55 PM GMT on June 15, 2012
a very proud moment indeed! A big congratulations to the whole family.

Enjoy your lunch and have something sinfully delicious!
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101. calpoppy
2:01 PM GMT on June 15, 2012
Hi Pros! First a very happy belated 49th anniversary!!! Next, what great news on your eye!! And last but not least, congrats to your grandson for all his awards!! That is a special proud mama moment!

No good pics of my white poppy this year as the flowers were much smaller then normal. I blame it on my being a bit lazy about cutting off the seed pods which had developed from last year's bloom. So this year I will be out with clippers in hand! At least I have 2 new plants that have come up from the original plant. So it makes a total of 4 new plants!! I am hoping that the whole area will become all Matilija poppies!

I sure hope your flower garden recovered from all the flooding.

Take care, Pros!
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100. Proserpina
1:49 PM GMT on June 15, 2012
Just received this info on another blog. Please allow me to brag about my grandson (and his parents), just a little!

Sooo proud of ------ just received 3 awards for middle school: Presidents Honor Roll, student of the year for math, and an overall team excellence award. Humor me my proud mama moment - so proud!"
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99. Proserpina
8:53 AM GMT on June 15, 2012
Sandi, one more note and then I am off to bed.

Thank you so much Sandi, as Ylee said, a big weight has been lifted off my shoulders.

That's a lot of rain! I guess it gives one lots of time to stay in and paint or read a book or take naps...... Despite the rain, I hope your day is a wonderful one.

See you later.
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98. sandiquiz
8:40 AM GMT on June 15, 2012
Well, my dear, that is the best news I have heard for ages - enjoy your lunch!!

You asked if it is still raining - the answer is a resounding YES!!!
At the moment I have the electronic weather station in my office beeping every ten seconds to tell me the pressure is dropping. It has gone from 997 when I got up a couple of hours ago, to 989... a falling!
Also it is "bucketing" down outside!!

Have a wonderful day, you deserve it!!
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97. Proserpina
8:28 AM GMT on June 15, 2012
Good morning Linda. I've slept pretty well tonight until a short while ago when I woke up and just cannot fall back to sleep. So here I am.

What a great surprise with your news about the moving of the Ghirardi Oak! Being the curious but impatient person that I am I went looking for news and a video. Found both and what a lovely story it is! I have not searched the history of the area and the people who planted that oak, etc. I will let you do it. I am looking forward to your photos and insight. I hope that you write not just a WU blog but one of your lovely stories weaving all kinds of thoughts. Thank you for the preview!

As to the eye, I am glad that you are doing well also. The causes for our problems are different but the end result can be the same. Not something to look forward to, minor pun intended. Of course I still have a hurdle, my local specialist has no idea that I have been to JHH! It was my family physician who orchestrated the second opinion. I am having the results of the second opinion sent to the local specialist, I am glad I will not be there when he first reads this 'second opinion'. I am a bear for punishment!

Good morning Ylee, thank you for your kind comment. Yes, my load is a lot lighter for the moment. Today we are meeting friends for lunch at a nice restaurant to celebrate a bunch of postponed birthdays, but it will also be a celebratory lunch for the good news.
I hope all is well with you, I have not been around the blogs for a few days except for an occasional hit and run.

, thank you for your nice comment. I appreciate all of the kind support I have been receiving for the last few months.

Now I am headed back to bed. See you all later.
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96. shoreacres
3:02 AM GMT on June 15, 2012
What wonderful news! Even though my eyes have settled down, I remember how panicked I was two years ago when I wasn't sure what was happening. Losing vision is a terrible thing - how wonderful that you're in the clear for now, and that you can be checked without having to travel forever to have it done.

I found the most interesting article tonight in my quick scan of the news. It's about paintings found in a Spanish cave - perhaps the earliest yet. I do find all of this so interesting.

I've been working on the boats, but I've been involved with a project here in our little town - a matter of great civic pride, I might add. Notonly that, there's an Italian connection - by this weekend I'll be ready to post pics of the moving of the Ghirardi oak. Just phenomenal. I don't want to do it in dribs and drabs, so I'll just wait.

I know you'll sleep like a baby tonight - at least I hope you do!

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95. Ylee
1:25 AM GMT on June 15, 2012
That's awesome news, Pros! I'll bet the weight of the world was lifted off your shoulders! I'm so happy for you!

Hope you get some good sleep tonight!
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94. janetlee
11:20 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
wow, what great news for you! that must have been a real relief to find improvment. No wonder you slept better! Happy for you.
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93. Proserpina
10:05 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
I have had a busy week and will continue to be busy, tomorrow is lunch out with friends and Sat. I have a class,....

Yesterday was a tiring day. I had an appointment at Johns Hopkins with a retina specialist. Most of the over 6 hours at the hospital were spent waiting for something to happen. Occasionally there would be a 5 minutes of something happening and then hours of wait... After a technician, a doctor, several specialized photos of my eyes (such as laser photos), I saw the specialist. I was with him a total of about 3 minutes. The good news is that he lifted The Sword of Damocles that has been hovering over my head for the last two months. My eye has improved and things are pretty much back to where they ought to be! So now I will be monitor by my local specialist.... I am grateful for my reprieve from blindness in my right eye.

Allye, did you enjoy your glorious nice day? It has been pretty nice here too. I sure do hope that you sleep well tonight.

, thank you for the Flag Day greeting and graphic. May our flag be a symbol of freedom forever. I wonder how many were flying a flag today? We were but then we fly it every day of the year.
My husband always remembers his sister's birthday since she was a Flag Day baby!

janetlee, I did get some rest. I was so beat that I actually slept more than the usual, and that's a good thing for me.
I read somewhere about the books that you are reading this summer. I too like to read and today I received a book that I had pre-ordered months ago with Amazon. It was published a few days ago and arrived in a timely fashion as promised. Can't wait to read it! Of course I have to finish the one I am reading right now, it sure is a long book and it is taking me forever to finish it.

Sandi, thank you for your encouragement. It all worked out for me, for now anyways. I was due for a little positive news!
I am sure that I will be telling you about my gourmet lunch tomorrow. I will take your advice and not bring home any leftovers.
Raining still?
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92. Proserpina
2:49 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
All is well. On my way to class. Talk to you later. I do want to say thank you for stopping by Alley, Mass, janetlee.
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91. Alleyoops
2:36 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
Good morning PROS. Just a quick stop by to see how you are doing. Lovely day here, lots of sunshine, nice breeze and cooler temps in the high 70s. Next week the heat returns again, not looking forward to it but its that time of the year that brings the high humidity readings. The old AC will get a workout again.

Well dear one, gotta run and get some breakfast in me before my tummy starts acting up. Have a great day. Make it the best you can....
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90. masshysteria
2:20 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
Good Morning, Pros ~

Sounds like you may have had a specialist's appointment somewhere out of town yesterday. How aggravating to be feeling miserable and then punished further by having to tackle many miles of traffic to and from in order to be seen by one!!

Hope you somehow managed to get a good night's rest and feel more rested and composed this am. Thought I'd also leave you with the gentle reminder that it's Flag Day today.

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89. janetlee
1:20 PM GMT on June 14, 2012
WOW you had a very long day! Hope you get some rest after all that..
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88. Proserpina
10:51 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
Left the house before 7:30 am and just got back (6:30 pm). I am exhausted from doing nothing but wait and wait and wait and then crawl on the last leg of the road home. More later. Need to hug Koko and take a nap. In that order!
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87. masshysteria
5:37 PM GMT on June 13, 2012
Good Afternoon, Pros ~

Sorry to learn that you, too, continue suffering from lack of sleep. I've been feeling the same these days and hope it's not a sign of worse to come in time ahead. Ugh!

I noticed you mentioning below of the free photo-editing site, Picmonkey. I believe it took over some of the fine features of the now defunct Picnick. Hopefully, it will expand its currently free features even further to where Picnick left off. Understandably, no one wants to fork over extra money for yearly subscriptions during these economically hard times.

Wish we, in Mass., could capture some of your current weather and temps right now. We're back to rainsoaked and cool today, which is also dampening the spirits. Tomorrow looks better and, hopefully, things will increasingly pick up by Father's Day this Sunday. Hey, it's the least well-deserving dads should be given other than a tie or hankie. LOL!
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86. janetlee
11:45 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
In answer to your question on my blog-its a mimosa tree. Most people do not like them in their yards because they are so messy after blooming. We do not mind, the aroma is great and we need all the mulch we can get on our lawn. It is so sandy!
Hope you slept well...
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85. sandiquiz
7:37 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
Hope today goes well.... and as you said - "Well, I am persistent, that's why."! So hang in there!
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84. Proserpina
12:53 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
Hi GG, thank you. It seems that you are having a wonderful time. Keep on enjoying your vacation.

manetlee, isn't the program nice and easy to use? Love it. I will try to get some sleep, I sure could use and good night's rest.
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83. janetlee
12:48 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
thanks for the picmonkey suggestion, it is so easy. That is exactly what I need!
Hope you have a good night.
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82. GardenGrrl
12:43 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
Hi, what great news; Happy 49th Wedding Anniversary!
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81. Proserpina
12:35 AM GMT on June 13, 2012
Hi Ylee, all is well. Home is the place to be! Have a wonderful evening.
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80. Ylee
11:53 PM GMT on June 12, 2012
Flyby before I go home! Hope you are doing well! :)
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79. Proserpina
12:53 PM GMT on June 12, 2012
Woohoo Sandi! You are painting too? Superb! Of course you have a goal in mind and I am a dilettante. Either way we do relax via colors.
We woke up to a rainy day, at the moment it is a nice gentle rain but later we are supposed to get some strong rains and maybe thunderstorms. Has the rain left your area?
I have been trying to write the second post to add to the current one but I just can't get into it. I've read a lot, downloaded a lot and reread, tried to put a few paragraphs together.... but I just don't have my heart in it. I will do it though because I said I would! Hubby says 'Why write it? No one really cares.' Well, I am persistent, that's why.
Have a good day Sandi.

janetlee, I did peak at your blog yesterday but I did not see a new 'view', I will check again today.
It seems that we are getting enough rain today to help the garden stay alive, I hope you will also.
I used to use photobucket for my collages but I can't figure out the new program so I followed shore's example and went to picmonkey. It is so easy! To use picmonkey you need flash something or other which you can easily download if you already do not have it. If you need it, a message to the effect will pop up when you try to use picmonkey. Good luck.

, thank you for the link. I had a hard time understanding all of the Italian jargon related to banks, etc. but I got the important points of the article. Italy, just like many countries in Europe, is having a huge economic problem. People are worried and with good reason. Strong measures need to be taken, measures that are not palatable to the people but there is no other recourse. Berlusconi left the country in a huge mess, and there just are too many social programs and not enough taxing. This is just my opinion based on what I observe, I really do not know if I am making too many baseless assumptions. Of course people cannot afford to be taxed a lot since there are no jobs available in Italy! What a mess!

Hi BF, thank you for the anniversary wishes. The big year is next year, I hope we are well enough to celebrate.
Limoncello is a liqueur made from lemons. If my memory serves me right, it is delicious. We have been teetotalers for over 40 years. The cake is a sponge cake like base with a delicious frosting and filling. Both flavored with Limoncello. I am pretty sure that you can get the same taste by using lemon juice! Having been born in the land of oranges and lemons (including a sweet eating lemon), I love the flavors of these two fruits.

I hope you have a wonderful day, safe, healthy, and fun.
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78. sandiquiz
8:12 AM GMT on June 12, 2012
Happy Tuesday... a painting day today, both sides of the Atlantic!

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77. janetlee
4:12 PM GMT on June 11, 2012
thanks for stopping by...
I am happy to see your lovely garden has survived.
I am hoping we will get more rain. We are really starting to dry out again. I've had to start the watering routine again.
(btw- whose collage program do you use? I was using one & it is no longer avalible so am trying to find another)
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76. sandiquiz
8:50 AM GMT on June 11, 2012
Hi There,

I hope you had a wonderful weekend, with lots of celebratory food!

Funnily enough, I had not heard the word limoncello for years, then you talk about it, and whilst watching a cookery programme on Saturday the chef made a limoncello drink to go with a pudding!! But he used neat vodka and freshly squeezed lemon juice, so it was probably the stuff to blow your head off!! lol

Happy Monday :)
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75. shoreacres
12:19 AM GMT on June 11, 2012
Hi, Pros - thought you might be interested in this. I found it in a google-English version and put it back in the original for you. Pretty interesting stuff - and some irritated commenters!

Italian bank declares "holiday".
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74. Proserpina
5:25 PM GMT on June 10, 2012

Ylee, Briar, and anyone who is interested to know what happened to my garden after the other day's deluge. As you can see all is well.

Hi Shore, Ylee, BF, thank you for the anniversary greetings. Now we can get ready for next year's 50th celebration and or a trip to Yellowstone or Italy.
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73. Barefootontherocks
3:28 AM GMT on June 10, 2012
Hi Prose,
Just realized today is your wedding anniversary. I trust you and your hubby had the best anniversary yet! Have no idea what Limoncello cake is, but it sounds like a great way to celebrate.
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72. Ylee
3:06 AM GMT on June 10, 2012
Happy Anniversary, Pros!

Sounds like you had a most excellent day! Hopefully the espresso won't keep you up until the wee hours! :)

Glad your flowers are making a comeback! My garden is too!
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71. shoreacres
2:34 AM GMT on June 10, 2012
Oh, my. There are times when I really think I ought to be on Facebook, since that's where all the action seems to be! But, I'm not going to do that, so I'll just have to miss all the wedding photos and such. What I don't want to miss is sending along all good wishes for your anniversary - it's anniversary week on WU!

The photo that Mass posted is wonderful. You both look solid and content - not a bad thing at all. Giddiness is for the young!

I'm almost ready to drive over to the liquor store right this minute and pick up some of that limoncello. I've been going on over at my place about how much I like lemon - and this is a new one to me. My summer drink of choice usually is Campari and soda, but I'm thinking a change may be in order. Not only that, I did some looking at recipes, and found an amazing one for limoncello cake with Meyer lemon curd filling and a goat cheese, thyme and lemon icing. I know, I know - but I'll bet it's good! I don't know whether to try it or a Pavlova first - these light and lemony desserts are a sure sign that summer's here!

That's really a shame about the art classes. You're exactly right, too - so often we think about the children's needs, and rightly so. But those of us on the other end of life have needs, too, and far too often the thought is, "Oh, well - they're not going to be around much longer anyway, so who cares?"

Maybe you should teach a class! You could do it at the church, perhaps - the congregations in our area host everything from exercise and dance classes to nutrition classes, so why not painting?

Even though I've not been posting much I've been reading along, and I'm glad to see your garden is coming back after that dousing. Nature will recover, given half a chance. Given a little help, she does even better!
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70. Proserpina
11:25 PM GMT on June 09, 2012
Thank you, thank you, thank you for the anniversary comments and postings.

, I feel like an 'antique' or a dinosaur! Yet when I look at OGal and her hubby I see how young they look and I try to convince myself that we are all still young and vital. OGal made a beautiful bride, I am sure you have seen her photo of her wedding day.
Yes, June 9 must be a good day to get married. By the way if you know Dy Pepper (from the photos she posts or from FB) she too got married on a June 9!

, thank you for stopping by with your good wishes and the comments about art. Your daughter was lucky, there are too many school systems that denigrate the arts.... I know from my teaching days that often the art and music teachers had to battle the mighty powers to help them make the decision to keep the arts in our schools.
As a tax paying citizen I resent that my dollars are going everywhere except in the one thing that keeps senior citizens alert and interested in life. In my current class we have a gentleman in his 90s who paints like a pro and who looks forward to a little bit of art heaven! Poof, it will be taken away come September.

Sandi, how right you are about my waist! Yes, we just got back from an Italian restaurant, the same one I and my friends patronized yesterday. Why did I choose this restaurant? I just wanted another slice of the Limoncello cake! In fact I had double the amount I ate yesterday! I'll complain tomorrow but tonight I am enjoying my expanding waist. By the way I also had doppio espresso, I am in dessert heaven.

Mass, you are so good with splicing and recreating photos! Great job! Thank you very much for the comments you made and for the time you spent to make the beautiful card. I showed it to my husband and he loves it. I will copy and save this nice card.
How right you are about the art and what it can do for the mind!

, thank you for stopping by. I did eventually fall asleep.
Working hard this week?

Alley, so glad that you turned on the AC, not worth it to save a few pennies and then suffer with your health.
Your babies are so lucky to have a mommy who lovingly feeds them. We have a huge gray cat who basically lives in our yard but we do not feed her, she is already well fed. She belongs to my neighbors across the street. This morning she was waiting for me in the driveway, almost daring me to do something about her presence!
I am counting on Morpheus to stop by my house soon so that I can sleep well tonight! I hope you also sleep like a baby.

Briar and Ylee, tomorrow I will post some photos I took for you so that you can see some of the flowers in my garden. Fortunately the plants along the creek are resilient and are coming back nicely after the 'deluge'.

BF, I am glad that you did not cut down the fence to take a photo. I would not want you to face an irate farmer/cattle owner with a weapon in his hands!
Glad that you are writing new pieces of work and revising the one about the storms. I hope that your work will be picked right up for its intended use.
The story on the horse sounds intriguing and I hope that you will write it.
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69. seflagamma
7:42 PM GMT on June 09, 2012
{{{Dear Pros}}}}

I found out on FB that today is You & Your Hubby's 49th Anniversary.
Ogal & Hubby have 1 year on you two!!

I guess June 9th is a very good day to get married!!!

Happy Happy Anniversary to you and your husband!

I saw your wedding picture on FB and it is just beautiful!!!

Happy Anniversary Picture Cards
Happy Anniversary Pictures @
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68. janetlee
7:02 PM GMT on June 09, 2012
Happy 49th. I hope you have a wonderful day!

I am sorry to hear about the art classes ending after this term. I wholly agree with Mass. In fact i do believe it has been proven Art in the schools helps. Our daughter was fortunate enough to have attended an elem. school that had a Masters program that included the arts in all subjects. From what I have read SB Karens postings her school does sort of the same thing.

enjoy your day
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67. sandiquiz
6:34 PM GMT on June 09, 2012
A wedding anniversary in this blog, too !!
What a great day this must have been. Congratulations to yo both. What are you doing to celebrate? Are you going out again to 'expand' your waist line again, like yesterday!!! Lol

Have a happy, happy day :))
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66. masshysteria
5:41 PM GMT on June 09, 2012
Quoting Proserpina:
Good morning. Before I leave, I want to add that today hubby and I are celebrating our 49th Wedding Anniversary!

Good Afternoon, Pros!

Firstly, I want to wish you and Raindad a most HAPPY 49TH WEDDING ANNIVERSARY. Amazing how you and OGal share the same wedding date, with each couple having married just one year apart! As you probably already know, she and Steve celebrate their big golden (50th) one today. Big kudos to you both! Seriously, your youthful looks continue to much bely your years. You've got to stop showing up the rest of us aged-looking underlings!! LOL!

Sorry to hear of possible cutbacks effecting all future county art classes being offered nearby. It's so painfully sad to see the arts being cut out of regular or adult education these days. I truly believe that the arts help to increase, not only one's creativity, but positively stimulate the brain to greater potential for learning as well.

Glad you had an enjoyable luncheon with friends the other day. Hope you make the most out of those remaining art classes and are able to find a decent future substitute!

Again, may you and Raindad get to enjoyably celebrate your 49 yrs together. You've certainly earned it!

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65. Proserpina
12:34 PM GMT on June 09, 2012
Good morning. Yes, luncheon went well and my waist is proof to the good food, especially the desserts.

I have an art class this morning. Today is the first day of a 10 weeks sets of lessons and then art ends for good. The teacher is retiring and the county is not going to offer any more adult recreational classes as in the past. There will be a few limited classes being given in Timbuktu! So either I find a private class somewhere nearby or this is the end of my fun. Have not decided yet.

Once again I have to say that I will answer your lovely posts soon, hopefully today after class. As a dear person I know says 'carry on".

ADD: I am about to leave for my class but I before I leave I want to add that today hubby and I are celebrating our 49th Wedding Anniversary!
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64. Ylee
9:22 AM GMT on June 09, 2012
Hi, Pros! I see that you've been up, too! Glad your luncheon went well!

Take care!
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63. Alleyoops
8:53 AM GMT on June 09, 2012
Good morning Pros. Hope your day went well and that Saturday will bring you another good day. Yes I am up feeding my kitties at this ungodly hour but will be heading back to bed for a couple more hours of sleep now that I have turned on the AC...its way too warm in here to try to get a comfortable rest. Maybe now I can get the needed sleep that has been evading me tonite.

Take care dear one, stay well and be safe.
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62. masshysteria
3:32 PM GMT on June 08, 2012
Good Morning Pros ~

Hope that co-sponsered birthday luncheon, you're presently off to, is an enjoyable success. At least, your weather appears picture perfect for any/all occasions today.

We're finally waking up, ourselves, to a sunny, blue-skied day with only a few white puffy clouds seen. Unfortunately, it's temporarily masking the prospect for a few serious pop up t'storms to arrive on the back of a cold front later this afternoon. Yuk! At least, our weather-week ahead looks to be a real winner! It will feel so nice to finally thaw out again. LOL!

May sunny, warm days and blue-filled skies be surrounding you all week as well! Enjoy your activities and pace yourself.
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61. Proserpina
2:40 PM GMT on June 08, 2012
Good morning. All is well. I am about to leave for a birthday luncheon I am cosponsoring for a friend. Thank you for stopping by. Will post later. Please have a wonderful day.
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60. sandiquiz
8:19 AM GMT on June 08, 2012
Good morning to you - on this damp and dismal morning.
Rain forecast for the next two weeks!

I blame the water authorities who put a a hose-pipe ban in place on the 9th April after the driest 6 months on record. It began to rain the day after, and has rained ever since! lol
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59. Ylee
3:32 AM GMT on June 08, 2012
Hi, Pros! My garden is slowly making a comeback! Only the watermelon seems to still suffer from last weeks' storm! I don't think the yields will be as high as they originally looked to promise, but it's still a lot better than nothing! :)

How's your garden? Did the floodwaters wash away the slime mold? :)

Take care!
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