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  1. Lynne
    February 17, 2017 @ 10:53 pm

    Such a wonderful post for all of us hopelessly romantic but failed cupids.


    • Gerda Saunders
      February 18, 2017 @ 9:31 am

      How easy it is to dream up romance but takes so many steps to put it into practice! I love your notion of “failed cupids”–since they are angels too–those wings!–they are a kind of fallen angels, I suppose.

      Love you–and when can take the many steps to get together for lunch? I’ll be in touch. 🙂


  2. Carrie Blake
    February 18, 2017 @ 6:35 am

    I enjoy your writing very much. Thank you.


    • Gerda Saunders
      February 18, 2017 @ 9:28 am

      Thanks so much for your lovely note, Carrie. I am glad you like my writing. I love your support–thank you!


  3. Rieks
    February 18, 2017 @ 7:12 am

    Pragtig, wens ek het so ‘n woordeskat om alles so mooi te beskryf.


  4. Doreen Keyser
    February 18, 2017 @ 8:54 am

    Hi Lana I enjoy reading your messages —- and I am glad you have got rid of your flu — it can be such a nuisance!!! Mickey and Tertia came for tea this morning and brightened up our Saturday morning!!! Our weekends can be quite boring at times as Tienie, likes watching his sport on Saturdays and is not keen on going out!!! Love to you and Peter



    • Gerda Saunders
      February 18, 2017 @ 9:27 am

      Always so lovely to hear from you, Doreen. I’m glad to hear Mickey and Tertia visited you for tea. I have been meaning to call Tertia for ages–maybe I’ll get to it now that i have my energy back! Please give my love to Tienie–you should get a laptop computer and watch a love story while he watches his sport!
      Lots and lots of love,



  5. Peter saunders
    February 18, 2017 @ 9:33 am

    My dearest “swooning Victorian” lady of love.
    Your words and thoughts are intoxicating far beyond a fine glass of single malt whisky, even one aged for 49 years. My African rough edges need smoothing at times and you are the best at it.
    I hope that those “memory germs” of yours are eating away at any bad memories that I created.


    • Gerda Saunders
      February 18, 2017 @ 8:33 pm

      How lovely to hear from you here, my Knight of the green-hoofed horse who writes me such poetry! The tough times we’ve had in our long-haul relationship are not bad memories, but badges of honor to the fact that we have loved each other enough to make it to 49 years. Going for fifty? Yes. And more yes-es, as in the final lines of James Joyce’s Ulysses, “O and the sea the sea crimson sometimes like fire and the glorious sunsets and the figtrees in the Alameda gardens yes and all the queer little streets and pink and blue and yellow houses and the rosegardens and the jessamine and geraniums and cactuses and Gibraltar as a girl where I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down Jo me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”


  6. Shauna
    February 18, 2017 @ 8:45 pm

    Gerda….you are the most beautiful writer! I’m so sorry you’ve struggled with the FLU….ugh! And how awful to have it when you were trying to celebrate with your Peter! It sounds like you all managed to celebrate his special day! You two have such a beautiful LOVE STORY! HAPPY BIRTHDAY Peter Saunders!!! You’ve never looked younger!!!!!!! 🙂


    • Gerda Saunders
      February 20, 2017 @ 1:28 pm

      Thanks for your lovely note, Shauna. I will tell Peter you say he looks younger than ever–he’ll love that. Can’t wait to see you in person this week.


  7. Kathy
    February 18, 2017 @ 9:40 pm

    Gerda and Peter – Your writings are so beautiful. It makes me look at Bruce and try to say more than I love you. Thank you.

    Lunch some time soon?


    • Gerda Saunders
      February 20, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely words, Kathy. I would love to have lunch–you say when!


  8. Brian Benington
    February 27, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

    There’s scarcely a time that you and Peter (as fellow South-African expatriates) are not in my mind. I so love your blog writing, and don’t get to them as often as I should. Can’t wait to buy your book! I look back on my own life with a mix of whimsy and regret, over the times that I have not spoken or acted my love for my spouses — first my ex-wife, and now my husband — out loud for each to know and see! My best, Brian B.


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