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Lovely image Andrea. Evoking the delightful scent of old books. Shops where you can browse old books and sip coffee now seem to be a nostalgic memory ... love the contrast of the old and the new! 😊


A very happy new year to you, too! Happy reading (and writing).

Andrea Penrose

Glad you like it, Quantum. Old and new is a good balance, I think. One can't stand still (As physics and chemistry tells us, we're always in a state of change, whether we like it or not!)

I love the scent of old books too, though, alas, it's getting harder and harder to experience. But I like to think it will always be there.

Andrea Penrose

Thanks, Kareni! I assure you, all the Wenches are busy wielding their pencils!

Mary T

I'm joining the chorus to wish all you wenches and all who enjoy this blog, a very happy and blessed 2018!

Sue McCormick

I am also joining in to wish everyone on the list a happy and joyful 2018.

Andrea Penrose

Thanks, Mary! We're grateful to you and all our wonderful readers for being part of of the Wenches.

Andrea Penrose

Same to you, Sue! We're so happy you're part of the wench family!

Anne Gracie

Waving to all our lovely wenches and wenchly readers, from downunder, where it's already 2018.


Dear Wenches, Your missives in my mailbox make the days less oppressive, and today's delightful picture is a shining example. Thanks for your wonderful books and for your thoughtful and creative posts. Happy New Year to you all and to the community of readers who love you!

Andrea Penrose

Thanks so much for your lovely words, Margaret. They truly mean a lot to me and all the Wenches.
Wishing you a 2018 filled with happiness and lots of wonderful books!

Karin Ahmed

Thank you to all the Wenches and my fellow readers! It's so much fun to converse online with all of you, about some of my favorite topics.

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