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Danville's 4th of July Parade, Danville, California, USA
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Celebrating July 4th 2015

Every year on July 4th, thousands of Americans across this great continent adorn their homes in the stars and stripes, don their red, white and blue, attend local parades, and light up their BBQ’s to celebrate America’s independence from us, the …

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Christmas shopping at Prescence gift shop in Danville
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Christmas Shopping in Danville

There is something special about this time of year, a mystical wonder in the air, the anticipation of the season. Daylight fades much earlier, evenings are longer, there is a distinct chill at night and early mornings are fresh and …

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Hartz Avenue, Danville, California, USA
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Danville, the place we call home

Recently I have been busy networking with other writers, talking mostly about Provence. When the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce tweeted about me last week they referred to Shutters and Sunflowers as ‘a fun Franco British blog with a US flavor’. …

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Recipes to warm your heart and soul

Spoiled as we are by the continuing warm weather in Northern California, there are still signs everywhere that Autumn has danced her way back into our lives. Leaves carpeting the ground, acorns scattered below the trees and a distinct chill …

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In Market Hall, Rockridge, Gourmet Grocery store, Oakland, California
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A visit to Market Hall in Rockridge, expect the unexpected!

I have found in life that things often happen when you least expect them. Yesterday morning I stopped in a wonderful store, I am seldom in the neighborhood to visit, Market Hall in Rockridge, (just along College Avenue from Berkeley) As soon …

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Muir Woods ~The best things in life are all around us

Meandering amongst the trees, staring up in wonder at the daylight peeking through the branches, rays of sunshine streaming down the towering trunks of the redwood trees in the Muir Woods 10 minutes drive north of San Francisco, one can …

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Ice hockey: The San Jose Sharks v The Toronto Maple Leafs!

I have to admit I know virtually nothing about ice hockey. I grew up watching rugby, occasionally soccer, Wimbledon tennis and of course always Formula 1 racing!! I played field hockey in high school but no one played ice hockey neither …

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San Francisco’s Muir Woods

12 miles north of San Francisco lies a breathtaking cathedral of redwood trees, the Muir Woods, named after John Muir, the Scottish born Naturalist. Muir dedicated much of his life to the preservation of such stunning wilderness spots. In Muir’s own words; “Everybody …

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Above The Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
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Motorcars, aeroplanes and boats!

Motorcars, aeroplanes and boats, they nearly all have an engine so it is no wonder that the men in my family love to watch them perform, love to perform in them and love to tinker and polish…particularly the cars! This …

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