Tuesday, November 22, 2016

An invitation to a duke’s wedding – and a giveaway!



You are cordially invited…..
The church is ready for decorating
Please allow me to introduce myself; I’m Althea Twyst, dowager duchess of Chellingworth, and I’m about to be known by another title, “mother of the groom”. Yes, I can hardly believe it, but my son is finally getting married. I had thought this day might never come, but, now it’s just a week away, I am beginning to believe it’s real. And about time, too!

Henry’s in his fifties, and I had feared he'd never get around to producing an heir, but he’s marrying a much younger woman – well, given my age (almost eighty) and hers (in her mid-thirties) I suppose I could call her a “girl”, but that seems a little disrespectful of a young woman who’s made her own way in the world, building a solid reputation as a public relations professional. She’s been the PR manager here at Chellingworth Hall for a few years, and has made some changes which mean it’s now a little easier for Henry to cover the exorbitant costs of upkeep for the place. Given that some parts of the hall were built back in the early 1500’s you can imagine how costly it is to keep everything in tip top condition.The church where the wedding will take place is of the same vintage, and it's been given a good cleaning, in readiness for the ceremony.
"Modernised" in the thirteenth century

But now we can all forget about that for a while, and concentrate on celebrating a ducal wedding. The ceremony will take place at St. David’s Church in the village of Anwen-by-Wye, then the happy couple and hundreds of guests will be led along a winding pathway by a troupe of Morris Dancers for about a mile, until they reach the hall itself. Henry thinks this is all a bit much, but I’ve told him – at his age – he needs every bit of help he can get to ensure his is a fruitful marriage, and Morris Dancers have led every duke and duchess of Chellingworth in this way for hundreds of years, so we don’t want to tempt fate.
Morris Dancers in action

Welshcakes and daffodils, ready for the guests
The entire village will attend, of course. I know there are plans afoot for the Young Wives’ group to make hundreds of Welshcakes for the reception, and Stephanie – that’s the name of my future daughter-in-law, and the next duchess of Chellingworth (thank goodness she isn’t named Kylie or something modern like that!) – has been working to ensure there’ll be thousands of daffodils in the church on the big day. A nice touch, I think, given that the event takes place on St. David’s Day, March 1st.

The plans seem to be well in hand…now all we can hope is that nothing goes wrong at the last minute.



Find out how the disappearance of a critical member of the Morris Dancing troupe threatens the wedding plans – and how the women of the WISE Enquiries Agency have to come to the rescue. THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER is the second in the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries' series and is available NOW! 

Leave a comment below with your email address BEFORE MIDNIGHT EASTERN ON WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 23RD to have a chance to win a signed copy! USA and Canada only

Cathy Ace writes the WISE Enquiries Agency Mysteries (book #2 THE CASE OF THE MISSING MORRIS DANCER was published in paperback on November 1st in the US/Canada), and the Cait Morgan Mysteries. Find out more about Cathy and her work, and sign up for her newsletter at http://cathyace.com/  

125 comments:

  1. I love all of the books by Cathy Ace.Would like to win a copy of The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer. Those Welsh cakes look good. choirlady27@hotmail.com

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    1. So pleased you like my books, Patricia P....and I can tell you the Welshcakes tasted lovely ;-)

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  2. Cathy Ace is a "new to me" author. I'd love to become acquainted with your books. servedogmom@yahoo.com

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    1. Hello servedogmom....I love that handle, as the "Mom" to two chocolate Labradors I understand! Nice to meet you :-)

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  3. Cathy Ace is also a new to me author. A mystery involving a wedding is always a good read. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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    1. Good to meet you Dianne - get your best hat ready for a wedding! :-)

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  4. I have not read one of your books as yet. I loved the post though and hope to read one soon.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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    1. Good to meet you Debby, and I hope you get to meet the WISE women :-)

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  5. Thank you. Looking forward to a new author to read. Lsum1258 at aol dot com

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    1. Hello LuAnn - I hope you get to meet the WISE women "in person" :-)

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  6. Thank you, fun post and pics. It's amazing how so many of those old churches remain.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. So pleased you liked it holdenj Yes, those old churches are just lovely :-)

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    2. Thank you for the opportunity to get one of your great books.
      slpetera@yahoo.com

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  7. This sounds like a great book. Dnrocker at yahoo dot com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  8. Sounds like a great read. bubs(dot)girl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for commenting Tonya - pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  9. Thank you for the chance! This is a new series for me.
    karen(dot)kenyon(at)rogers(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by - and I hope you get to explore Wales with the WISE women soon :-)

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  10. New to me, thank you.donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. Welcome to Wales, donamae - I hope you get to meet the WISE women :-)

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  11. Wonderful feature and giveaway. I enjoy Cathy Ace's novels. Intriguing and unique. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, petite - I'm so pleased you enjoy my work :-)

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  12. Thanks for this great giveaway which I would enjoy very much. Cathy's books are very special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hello traveler - I hope you get to visit Wales with this book :-)

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  13. A new series to me. Sounds like one I'd love to read. lkleback@hotmail.com

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    1. Good to meet you, lkleback....I hope you get to meet the WISE women too :-)

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  14. It looks so good; thanks for the chance
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

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  15. Thanks for the chance to win. Dmskrug3 at hotmail dot com

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  16. This looks good and so do those Welsh Cakes.
    jmcgrath221hotmailcom

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    1. So pleased you like the look of the book - and I can tell you the Welshcakes tasted as good as they look ;-)

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  17. I am attending a wedding next month but I don't think it will be anything like this. Perhaps they can book some Morris Dancers? Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie@gmail.com

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    1. Without any spoilers....I hope the wedding you;re attending goes better than this one! :-)

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  18. Interesting. I read a reference to Welsh cakes a day ago. When I looked them up I found two rather different recipes. What do you consider a "proper" cake?
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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    1. Hello Libby - an interesting question...each Welsh woman has her "own" recipe for Welshcakes. I have heard women argue (loudly) on the bus about their belief that theirs is the best in the world. The BEST recipe is whichever one you grew up eating, and I do what generations before me have done, and use Mum's recipe, with a couple of tweaks. Here's a link to my step-by-step guide to making MY Welshcakes: http://www.mysteryloverskitchen.com/search/label/Welsh%20Cakes

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    2. Thanks Mother knows best, right?

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  19. Love the sound of this book. Can't wait to try it! German chocolate.
    cjreynolds52(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Glad you like the sound of it :-) German chocolate???

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  20. I like the title.
    sgiden at verizon(.)net

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  21. My Great Grandparents emigrated to the U.S. from Wales, and I wish I had known them and the traditions they could have taught me -- such as weddings and the Morris Dancers. I would really love to win a copy of The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer and learn more about Wales and Welsh traditions. Thanks so much for the giveaway! bobandcelia@sbcglobal.net

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    1. Lovely to meet someone with a bit of Welsh blood in them :-)

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    2. Actually, it was my Great Great Grandparents -- one was from Merthyr Tydfil and one was from Aberdare. My Grandmother gave me their Gaudy Welsh china collection -- it is so beautiful and unique and has a very special place in my heart ~

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    3. Ah Gaudy Welsh is actually mentioned in the third book in this series. And great-grandparents count as having contributed to your blood :-)

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  22. Sounds tnteresting, would like to read it. Donamaekutska7@gmail.com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  23. Oh my goodness! So happy I came across your post on the Save Our Cozies Facebook page! This looks like the perfect series for me to read next. Can't wait to get started on it!

    Brooke4131@Hotmail.com

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    1. Hello Brooke - so pleased you found the post, and thanks for liking the sound of the series :-)

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  24. This sounds interesting. I will have to read more of this author's books.

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it, Cecilia :-)

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  25. I am a Cathy Ace fan! I loved The Case of the Dowdy Dowager...the setting, the clever dialogue, and the engaging story. I would love to have an opportunity to continue my WISE journey.
    kat8762@aol.com

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    1. Spell check changed my 'Dotty' Oops...

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    2. Ha! Spell check grrrrr!!! Thanks for your kind words, Kathleen - so delighted you enjoy time with the WISE women :-)

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  26. I've enjoyed every book so far.....waiting for the next. I made my weekly batch of Welshcakes yesterday!

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    1. Thanks so much for your support Marjorie....funnily enough the character who leads the Young Wives' group in their Welshcake-making task is also named Marjorie (but she's Pritchard, not Thomas!) :-)

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  27. such a beautiful cover! I'd love a copy!
    teabird17 [at] yahoo [dot]com

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  28. such a beautiful cover! I'd love a copy!
    teabird17 [at] yahoo [dot]com

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  29. Ooh those welshcakes look yummy. Thanks for the chance. turtle6422(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Trust me when I tell you, Jana, they tasted yummy too :-)

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  30. What an interesting book. The pictures are enticing. My fingers are crossed that I might win a copy of
    Cathy Ace's book. It is on my list of want to reads. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Mine would be crossed too - except that I'm typing, Robin ;-)

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  31. Sounds like a fun book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!
    angelhwk68(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  32. The Dowager had me hooked at the opening statement. Sounds great...please enter me and thanks for the review.
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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    1. So pleased Althea piqued your interest :-)

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  33. Love books set in other locals this the states.
    This sounds like a fun book that I'd love to
    read. thanks for offering a copy.
    Mary Lou at txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it, Mary :-) An easy way to travel

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  34. Great giveaway...good luck to me! LOL

    pjstaton64114@aol.com

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  35. I love these mysteries. Thanks for the contest.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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    1. So pleased you like my books, Sue :-)

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  36. These are new to me, but sounds like a fun read. The Welsh cakes look yummy. Thanks for the chance! dr(dot)oldsmobileaticloud(dot)com

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    1. Good to meet you Jeannie - and I can tell you the Welshcakes tasted excellent :-)

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  37. SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT BOOK FOR SURE

    PJSTATON64114@AOL.COM
    PAULA STATON

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  38. Really excited. Sounds great! Thanks for the opportunity!!foxysugarpita1@msn.com
    Louise

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  39. So pleased this tickles your fancy ;-)

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  40. I haven't read any of your books but I really want to, new books to me!! It sounds amazing!!

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    1. Good to meet you, Mary - I hope you get to spend some time with the WISE women :-)

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  41. I'm all for a good wedding! I love ancient buildings too.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  42. Looks like an interesting book to read.

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    1. So pleased you like the look of it :-)

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  43. Looks like an interesting book to read.

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  44. I haven't read anything by Cathy Ace, but "The Case of the Missing Morris Dancer" sounds like an intriguing read. Definitely adding to my TBR list.
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, I'm so pleased you're intrigued, Dianne :-)

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  45. The dance theme interests me. Love to read this one.
    judydee22002 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yes, Morris Dancing is quite an extraordinary style of dance :-)

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  46. The dance theme interests me. Love to read this one.
    judydee22002 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Double comment gets an extra reply ;-)

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  47. Thank you for the chance. It sounds interesting.
    wskwared at yahoo dot com

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    1. Delighted you like the sound of it :-)

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  48. This book sounds like a great read. Thank you for the chance. Zeta(at)iwon(dot)com

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    1. So pleased you like the sound of it :-)

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  49. HI Cathy, loved the information on the post. SO much information, I am ready for a trip. I would like to read one of your books, good meeting you here. Georgia

    queenvictoria50 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Good to meet you too - your handle makes me think you'd fit right in at a ducal wedding :-)

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  50. Nice book cover! New author to me. ninaatmyhouse(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Pleased to meet you, and I'm glad you like the cover :-)

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  51. This sounds like a great and fun read! fillmore(dot)carol614(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Awenydd....sounds as though you'd fit right in at a Welsh duke's wedding :-)

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  52. Thanks for the opportunity! Can't wait to read it. cheers@Marjimmanor.com

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  53. I would love to win a copy! sounds to be a good read! thanks for the chance! amandasmother(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Delighted you like the sound of it :-)

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  54. Having heard of Cathy Ace fairly recently, I have yet to read her books. But they are on my TBR. The Cait ones that is. The ladies of the WISE Enquires group sounds most interesting. Adding these. Love the post. I do hope this will be an early start to her books. Sooner. Rather than later. Della at deepotter (at) peoplepc ((dot) com

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    1. Hello Della - thanks for putting both my Cait Morgan books, and now my WISE Enquiries Agency books on your TBR list :-)

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  55. would love to win deb muir dammad58(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. I enjoy your books and this sounds good too. Thanks for this opportunity. jluebke (at) frontier (dot) com

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    1. So pleased you like my books, Nancy :-)

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  57. I have one of your Cait Morgan books. You don't see Morris dancing mentioned much in books, but I think I remember reading about a character doing that in one of the Aunt Dimity books by Nancy Atherton.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hello Michelle - I hope you enjoyed your time with Cait Morgan - and also hope you get to read about Morris Dancing with the WISE women :-)

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  58. I think I remember reading about Morris dancing in an Aunt Dimity book. I have one of your Cait Morgan books.
    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  59. This book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the chance. catwoman-1@comcast.net

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    1. Delighted you like the sound of it :-)

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  60. I want to attend that wedding!!! Lol, well at least I can read about it. Sounds like it might pair well with a single malt whiskey or a good beer. =)
    konecny7(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Ha! The drinks served at the wedding did, in fact, run to such libations ;-)

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