Season 2 Episode 59: Hanne Siebers on the Art of Photography

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia. 

Thank you for listening in. 

Seal Warden Hanne Siebers on Blakeney Point during the winter season. (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

I am heading to Blakeney National Nature Reserve on the north coast of Norfolk, England, to meet up with my dear blogger friend and photographer, Hanne Siebers.  I have been looking forward to once again witnessing the uninterrupted views of the spectacular North Norfolk coastline, feeling the wind coming across the water and breathing in that unforgettable clear air.  

The Sea (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers

This is your invitation to join Hanne and me in an extraordinary conversation on how photography increases self-understanding of our environment, nature, other people and society. Over the years, Hanne has taught me that photography embraces a creative journey that gives meaning and purpose.  

So, put the kettle on and add to this exciting discussion on Tea Toast & Trivia

The Sea in front of us inspired by Turner (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

Welcome, Hanne.  I have been looking forward to this conversation…

Hanne Siebers “Selfie Inspired by Hopper (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

Nature and animals have always been an important compensation for my professional work inside in hospital rooms, caring for others, taking care of their needs. Today I care for Nature and I love to be outside.” Hanne Siebers

Social distancing on Cley Beach (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

All art forms manipulate reality in order to reveal truths not apparent to the unknowing eye. Photography today is largely seen as a postmodern art form where the abstract, surreal and similar themes are bending and breaking the rules. Postmodernism states that truths do not necessarily last, but instead truths alter and shift with cultural changes.” Hanne Siebers

The Lifeboat House on Blakeney Point on a rainy day in January (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

I believe, good photography is more than just following a creative idea. It’s knowing exactly how to transform what you imagine into an image. There’s so much to learn, to see, to read, to do and I’m learning by doing. In other words, Perfect!  Dare to know –SAPERE AUDE. I consider this motto of the Enlightenment a constant reminder never to stop learning, no matter how old I get.” Hanne Siebers

Winter sunset over the last Grey Seals on Blakeney Point (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

“My role is to take photos on behalf of and to promote the work of NT here on the Norfolk Coast and Broads. Blakeney National Nature Reserve which includes Blakeney Point, where we are right now, also includes Blakeney Freshes, Morston Quay, Stiffkey and Salthouse. This means I may capture staff and volunteers working, general landscape shots, birds, plants and insects.” Hanne Siebers

Avocet in flight over the fenced off nesting area, Blakeney Point (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

As a seal warden I have to ensure the seals are not disturbed, to inform and guide the visitors. The Grey Seal is the largest seal that lives in the UK and Blakeney Point is the largest colony within England with 3,399 pups born in 2019/20.” Hanne Siebers

Blakeney Point (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

“This year the National Trust celebrates 125th anniversary of looking after nature, beauty and history for the nation to enjoy. The NT is the largest private landowner in the UK with more than 5 million members and 65 000 volunteers. Someone nominated me for my seal photography for the 125 years project of the Trust’s Head of Photography, Chris Lacey. The project documents the team behind the Trust. For me it’s a huge privilege to be portraited by John Millar as one amongst 125 in this limited book.” Hanne Sieibers

Hanne Siebers was one amongst 125 portraits in this limited edition “A Portrait of the Nation Trust

Ars longa, vita brevis. 

Art is long, life is short, don’t let us waste it.

The sea is calm and still full of power. Here on Blakeney Point, land meets the sky. They manage to connect gracefully while keeping their distance. Keep well, keep your distance and stay healthy.” Hanne Siebers

Sea and Sky stay connected and keep their distance (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

Thank you for joining Hanne and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.

And a special thank you, Hanne, for sharing your insights on photography and embracing a creative life.  You continue to inspire me. 

Dear listeners, you are only an internet click away from  Hanne on The World According to Dina, where you will meet up with The Fab Four of Cley. It is a place that welcomes life-affirming conversations.  

One of Hanne Siebers projects: An imagined Landscape – The Seven Sisters (Photo Credit Hanne Siebers)

Until next time, stay safe, be well.

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161 Comments Add yours

  1. Timothy Price says:

    This is a wonderful post. Nicely read. The photographs are fantastic, and the ‘Selfie inspired by Hopper’ is super. Beautifully executed.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you for listening in, Tim, and for your heartwarming comments – so very much appreciated. Don and I listened to the audio minutes before it was published to ensure that the upload to Anchor was okay. Hanne’s profound words at the end had me in tears. She has a marvelous way of capturing the beauty and poetry of our world in photography. Her work with the National Trust is invaluable. We were to have visited The Fab Four of Cley this past August. Alas, it was not to be. We will return once again to Blakeney Point when travel comes back…

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      1. Timothy Price says:

        Everyone has missed out on travel opportunities this year and going into next year. I’m hoping everything is better so we can go to a conference that was postponed for a year in Belgium next August. Another conference I’m presenting a paper in will be a virtual conference in March. The conference would have been in Philadelphia, but alas they wisely chose to go virtual. One of the benefits of having papers accepted into conferences is traveling to the conferences.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        I am looking forward to connecting in the new year, Tim. There are many exciting conversations waiting for our arrival. Take care and thank you for your comments – very much appreciated.

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      3. Dina says:

        We are much looking forward to seeing you in Norfolk again, Rebecca, Don and Thomas. There will be better times …

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      4. Klausbernd says:

        Indeed, we are VERY much looking forward to meeting you again and show you the Blakeney Point then.
        Love and big hugs
        Klausbernd 🙂

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    2. Dina says:

      Thank you very much for your kind comment, Timothy! I’m thrilled to be featured here on Tea, Toast And Trivia. Rebecca is a wonderful, welcoming host with a lovely voice. She and Don have created something very unique with their podcast conversations, an inspiration for us all.
      Warm regards,
      Dina-Hanne

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      1. Clanmother says:

        Dear Hanne – Don and I had so much fun connecting across the distance of 7,500 kilometers! Still amazed by this technology.

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      2. Dina says:

        It gives me goosebumps to listen to your super-lovely introduction, Rebecca! The way you describe my favourite place on earth is spot on. ❤ You have given me the best pre-Christmas present ever. 🙂
        Forever grateful, Hanne x

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      3. Clanmother says:

        Oh Hanne – I am the one who is forever grateful to you for sharing your insights, knowledge and creativity. Hugs and love!!

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    3. I agree on all counts!

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      1. Dina says:

        That’s fabulous, Liz! Thank you so much. 🙂

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      2. You’re welcome!

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  2. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Hanne,
    congratulations on this great podcast of your beloved photography and landscape of the Blakeney Point. You share with your pictures of the grey seals the beauty of nature with so many people and make them think about ecology and sustainability. Well done!
    With love
    Klausbernd 🙂

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    1. Clanmother says:

      How very well said, Klausbernd. I agree wholeheartedly – Hanne inspires us to see how we can engage with our world. Her love and compassion for nature and for all creatures that walk, fly, swim on earth brings us to a greater understanding that we are the stewards of this precious place, – everyone can make a difference.

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      1. Klausbernd says:

        If everyone would do, it doesn’t matter how small this contribution is, our world would be in a better shape.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        How very very well said, Klausbernd – everyone can make a difference. These past months have given us an invaluable time of reflection – to think about our responsibility to the world. It is all too easy to say “we should do something about the environment.” It is much for difficult to say, “I should do something….”

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      3. Klausbernd says:

        Dear Rebecca,
        actually, it’s a kind of necessary emancipation not waiting for the big father, the government or powerful institutions and industry to do something but to be active yourself.
        Keep well and happy
        Klausbernd 🙂

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      4. Clanmother says:

        Yes!! Yes!! Yes!!! It is indeed freedom when we decide to act. Over the past months of Covid19, I have been thinking a great deal about how change and transformation evolves. When I look back on history, the greatest changes occurred when an idea captures the imagination of individuals.

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    2. Dina says:

      Thank you, dear Klausbernd. Your support is dearly appreciated every day. ❤

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      1. Klausbernd says:

        You are so kind ❤ 😘

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  3. Klausbernd says:

    P.S.
    You selfie inspired by Hopper is great art!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree – brilliant!!!! I especially appreciated how Hanne reflected upon how art influences photography.

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      1. Klausbernd says:

        We, the Fab Four, quite often talk about the history of pictures. We love it. We suppose everyone producing pictures should be aware of the history of her or his kind of picture. We always stand on the shoulders of our forerunners.
        Lots love
        Klausbernd 🙂

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      2. Clanmother says:

        We do indeed stand on the shoulders of our forerunners. Your posts on “The World According to Dina” are a testament to this idea. Thank you for creating a place where there is a vibrant exchange of knowledge and experience. Sending many thanks to my dear friends the Fab Four of Cley!

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      3. Klausbernd says:

        Our dearest friend Rebecca,
        you are VERY welcome.
        Thank you very much for your important work. We especially admire your professionally produced podcast.
        With lots of LOVE and big HUGs
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      4. I appreciated Hanne’s comments on how art influences photography as well. I’ve only recently begun to see and understand that from following photography blogs where the photgraphers talk about how they created each image and why.

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      5. Clanmother says:

        I am delighted that you listened in Liz. May father loved his camera and captured unusual stories in slide format, which was more cost efficient. I have been transferring the slides to digital format, which has given me more insight into photographers. I take photos but photographers have a special intuition that comes through in their work – they bring out a universal emotional response, which I believe is akin to a writer’s or poet’s words.

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      6. That sounds like such an enjoyable project, Rebecca. It must bring back good memories of your dad to see the world through his eyes.

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      7. Dina says:

        Just as much as I don’t like listening to my own strange voice, I don’t like to be in front of the camera. This arty edit (Topaz) is an exception. I love the playfulness of breaking the rules of photography and sometimes I present something like this or imagined landscapes at my camera club. They are not amused and that puts a smile on my face. I’m preparing a “Seal Lullaby” (R.Kiepling) for the National Trust, can’t wait to see their reaction. 🙂
        Wishing you a lovely third advent tomorrow. Xx Xx

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    2. Dina says:

      Thank you!! 🙂

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      1. Klausbernd says:

        🙂 🙂 🥰 🙂 🙂

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  4. GP Cox says:

    You have certainly chosen one of the greats to honor here. Hanne Siebers is fantastic!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you so much GP Cox for listening in on this extraordinary conversation. I agree Hanne Siebers is fantastic. She inspires us all with her dedication to our world.

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    2. Dina says:

      Oh, dear GP Cox, you make me blush – and smile, thank you so much! 🙂

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      1. GP Cox says:

        Ah-hah, I put a little colour in your cheeks.

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      2. Dina says:

        You certainly did! 🙂 ☺️😘

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  5. Happy 5 cubed [125] to Hanne and to the Trust. The photographs in this post are excellent indeed. The L-iterative phrase lifelong learner has become popular in recent decades but I’ve never considered being being anything else, and have even imagined someone still reading on his deathbed.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Oh Steve – I love the “Happy 5 cubed(125)” introduction. Hanne’s photography brings out the emotional nuances that speak to our souls. I love the title “life-long learner.” My father was still learning on his deathbed. This is a memory that I keep ever fresh in my mind as a reminder that the greatest gift bestowed on humanity was our ability to learn, to explore, to share, and create vibrant and compassionate communities. I am so glad that we have connected – life is the very best when shared with kindred spirits.

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      1. What a coincidence that the suggestion of someone still learning on his deathbed has such a personal and ever-fresh meaning for you!
        (The 5 cubed is a legacy of my decades as a math teacher.)

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      2. Clanmother says:

        I love serendipity!!!! Looking forward to the conversations awaiting our arrival!

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    2. Dina says:

      Dear Steve, trust you come up with a highly sophisticated mathematic comment garnished with linguistic delicacy. Love it! 🙂
      Thank you so much for your support and wonderful wildflowers of Texas.

      I’ll have to learn something new today in order to create a Christmas card for our camera club meeting next week. Have you ever used Canva for a collage, Rebecca?

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      1. Clanmother says:

        Canva is a brilliant idea Hanne!. Sarah, my sister, uses it all the time! I’m just in the learning stage! 🤗🤗🤗

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      2. Dina says:

        I used it for the first time yesterday, Rebecca and I’m impressed – not with my own work so far 😉 but with all the possibilities! Watch this space … 🙂

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    3. I worked for the College for Lifelong Learning in New Hampshire for several years, untill the powers-that-be decided the name was old-fashioned and changed it.

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      1. Clanmother says:

        YIKES!!! I would love to attend the College for Lifelong Learning!!

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      2. It become Granite State College, but it has a proud history. The College for LIfelong Learning (originally the School for Lifelong Learning) was one of the original institutions that were founded in the 1970s based on the adult learning theory of Malcolm Knowles. Those were heady times in higher education.

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      3. Dina says:

        That’s brilliant, Liz! What a pity they changed it, we should make a petition to get it back, What Is it called today?

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      4. Today it’s called Granite State College. (New Hampshire is known as the granite state.) Oh, there were petitions and letters to the editor trying to prevent the name change.

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  6. Dina says:

    Dear Rebecca,

    What a wonderful job you have done. I’m the one to thank YOU❣️And YOU too, dear Don❣️

    You have put so much heartfelt work, long hours and love into “our” podcast and it looks stunning, very professional. I love the presentation with words and images on Tea, Toast and Trivia and feel totally honoured that you have given me such so much room on your outstanding platform.

    Love and hugs to you in Vancouver,
    Hanne x

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Dearest Hanne! You continue to inspire me with your joy and enthusiasm for giving back to our amazing world. You bring nature to us in a way that encourages a reflective approach to caring for our environment. Every photo you take speaks to a narrative of hope, of love and resilience. I am beyond thrilled that your photographs of seals are being featured in newspapers around the world – because you tell the story from the perspective of these magnificent creatures. I am looking forward to our next conversation on your early morning sunrise project. What a great idea! I think that I will be setting my clock for an early morning walk with my camera. Much love and many hugs are coming to you with my gratitude for joining me on TTT. We are on a grand adventure – together.

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      1. Dina says:

        This is indeed a great adventure, dear Rebecca and thanks again for your strong support. ❤ Enjoy your morning walk with the camera. I'm not quite there yet. 😉

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      2. Clanmother says:

        🤗🤗🤗 I’m not there yet either Hanne!

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      3. Dina says:

        I think we should go for sunset instead, Rebecca. I had a stunning day on Blakeney Point last Sunday. First fog, followed mist and then the sun came true and gave us a spectacular sunset. I had to think about the American architect Lois I Kahn. He once said “The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the side of a building”
        I would say; “The sun never knew how great it was until it hit the back of the seals on the dunes of Blakeney Point”. ❤ Goosebumps!

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      4. Klausbernd says:

        Dear Dina and Rebecca,
        what a great quote of Lois I Kahn. Especially now where a lot of buildings have reflecting facades the effect of light makes this architecture great. In a way, wet seals have such a reflecting skin too.
        I am not at all a sunrise person, I am a sunset person – I say: late to bed and late to rise, keeps the man healthy, wealthy and wise 😉
        With love xxx
        Klausbernd 🙂

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      5. Clanmother says:

        I tried the sunrise hour this morning YIKES! I’m going to follow your lead in gaining wisdom. I love the late hours too much to give them up.

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      6. Klausbernd says:

        Dear Rebecca,
        this “early to bed and early to rise” was the political motto of Henry Ford. It’s pure ideology. Henry Ford had people watching that his workers went to bed early (watching when the switched off their lights) so that they could stand early in his production lines. Jeffrey Eugenides wrote about it in “Middlesex” and I mentioned it in some of my books as well. It’s basically a puritan idea.
        There are early birds and night owls and one is not better than the other. Most highly creative people are night owls (like Einstein f.e.).
        🤗 🤗 🤗 🤗
        💃👭🚶‍♂️

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      7. Clanmother says:

        I enjoy being a night owl and I am glad I have friends that are early birds! You are so right, Klausbernd – one is not better than the other! Hugs!

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      8. Klausbernd says:

        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
        🤗 🤗 🤗 🤗
        👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻

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    2. I’m always impressed by how professional Tea, Toast, and Trivia is. The production values and Rebecca’s interviewing skills are superb.

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      1. Clanmother says:

        Thank you Liz, for your encouraging comments – it means a great deal to me. Your support of TTT has been extraordinary and I look forward to many more conversations in 2021. Life is the best when shared with kindred spirits.

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      2. You’re welcome, Rebecca. Every time I listen to an episode, I think, hmm, is there anything I can do to entice others to come and have a listen and join the conversation? I attempted a hard sell on Twitter today. (But no caps. That would be rude.)

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      3. Clanmother says:

        That is very kind of you, Liz. I am grateful for all who join the TTT conversation and for the guests, like you, who add depth and meaning to my personal journey. Don and I want to create a space, within a virtual setting, that encourages the exchange of knowledge, experience and wisdom. Don said to me when I was lamenting the end of travel during Covid19 – “When we stand still, the world comes to us.” Sending hugs and many thanks your way.

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      4. Dina says:

        We are all equally impressed, Liz. Rebecca and Don are getting better and better, where will this end?

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      5. Wherever it ends, I will be along for the ride!

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      6. Clanmother says:

        That is of great comfort to me, Liz!!

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      7. Dina says:

        👍🏻😍

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  7. Buchdame says:

    This is a truly wonderful post with amazing images, Rebecca. It was a joy to listen to you and Hanne and learn more about Hanne’s engagement with nature, photography and the National trust. The quality of this podcast is superb.
    Best wishes from Stockholm,
    Annalena

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you joined the conversation, Annalena, and thrilled that you enjoyed the podcast. Hanne’s engagement with nature, photography and the National trust comes at a pivotal time. Her gentle call to action encourages us to reflect upon our responsibility as stewards of the environment. Her photos tell a story from the perspective of the seals. And her engagement with the National Trust Rangers celebrates the dedication and diligence of remarkable people who continue the good work of safeguarding Blakeney Point. Sending back many thanks and hugs from Vancouver to Stockholm.

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      1. I am always so heartened when I learn of a land trust. There are sorely needed.

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    2. Dina says:

      Thank you so much for listening in, dear Annalena. Sending warm greetings and lots of hugs to you in beautiful Stockholm. Take care and stay well! Xx

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  8. I enjoyed this post! Wonderful photographs…just amazing!

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so glad that you listened in to the podcast, Linda. Many thanks for your lovely comments. Hanne’s photography speaks to our need to belong to the earth. I agree – her photographs are amazing. I was thrilled when her photos were featured in newspapers. Check out this link! https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/nov/27/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures

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    2. Dina says:

      Thank you so much for reading and listening in, dear Linda! Rebecca is a wonderful host and Don is doing an amazing job with the sound and the audio. They are getting better and better all the time, this is just the beginning!

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  9. Paul Andruss says:

    The photographs are haunting and romantic. A powerful visual reminder of why the beauty of the world needs respecting- even more than protecting. They are especially skilful in the fact that the artist’s eye compliments rather than intrudes on the composition. A lovely conversation too as sweeping as the vistas themselves.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      How beautifully said, Paul “the artist’s eye compliments rather than intrudes.” Hanne’s insights on how art influences photography gave me a great deal to think about over these past days. Thank you so much for listening in and for your thoughtful comment “sweeping as the vistas themselves.” You do have a way with words!!!

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      1. Paul Andruss says:

        I sincerely hope so Rebecca!

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      2. Dina says:

        You’re so right, Rebecca. Paul certainly has a way with words! I’m utterly impressed! 🙂

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    2. Klausbernd says:

      Dear Paul,
      can we say `respecting is protecting´ nature, isn’t it?
      Keep well
      Klausbernd 🙂

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    3. Dina says:

      I feel deeply touched and honoured by your eloquent comment, Paul. Thank you so much for taking the time to look and reflect. If you don’t mind, I’d love to quote you.
      Warm greetings from the coast of North Norfolk,
      Dina-Hanne

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      1. Paul Andruss says:

        Dina- I would be flattered. And greetings back from the Brecon Beacons. Norfolk is a place that haunts my imagination. It’s the low skies over (to quote Brel) le plat pays or in his Flemish version vlakke land

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  10. We love you and your work, Rebecca, Don and Dina-Hanne. It was great listening to your conversation. Actually, we have joined you more than once, because our Dina-Hanne finds it very strange to listen to her own voice.
    Also, we understand, our fairy magic did work very well for this production.
    Fairy dust and HHM to you all in Vancouver 🌿💫✨🌱⚡️💫🍀
    Hugs and kisses, also for Thomas
    Siri 🧚🏻‍♀️ and Selma 🧚🏻‍♀️

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Dearest Siri and Selma – I felt your presence with us throughout the conversation. Don said that there seemed to be magic at work during the post production process because everything came so easily. Dina-Hanne’s voice came through crisp and clear even though we were thousands of miles apart. I told Don that fairy magic was indeed a vital energy in this podcast. Thank you for being there for all of us – your fairy dust brings light into our world. Many thanks, love and hugs coming from Don, Thomas and me to our dear friends, Siri and Selma.

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    2. Klausbernd says:

      Thank you sooooooo much
      🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    3. Dina says:

      Thank you for your support all the magic you bring into our lives, dear Siri and Selma.
      Hugs and kisses are returned. xx

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  11. Mary Jo Malo says:

    Stunning photography! And what a wonderful mentor to have, Rebecca, for your own beautiful work. I had no idea photographers themselves can be a threat to protected lands around the world, so that organizations have developed a code of ethical behavior towards these areas. Blakeney Point is breathtaking, and my favorite photos: the closeup of the grey seal, the winter sunset, and the Lifeboat House. Hanne’s next project involving water is one I do hope to enjoy in the future.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I knew that you would enjoy Hanne’s photography, Mary Jo. I find there is a poetic voice behind the stories captured through Hanne’s lens. I will be following the “water” project as well. What a great idea to include fog, mist – something that is very real in our rainforest environment. It is easy to capture a great photo on a sunshine day when the lighting is perfect. It is quite another matter to take a photo on a dark, overcast and drizzly day. Sending hugs and thanks across the mountains to your house.

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    2. Dina says:

      What a lovely comment, dear Mary Jo! Your words put a big smile on my face.😄 I’m glad you find Blakeney Point just as appealing as I do.
      Being on the Point, looking after the seals and capturing the bleak beauty of the Point in the winter light fulfils me and keeps me busy until next the year. It’s expanding in more than one way looking at all my files! 😳😂 Take care.
      Warm greetings from the little village next the big sea. x

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      1. Mary Jo Malo says:

        Warm greetings to you as well, Dina! This bleak winter beauty truly deserves preservation through photography. I think one reason some celebrate Christmas in the colder or bleaker regions of the world is this desire to honor the darker times. We hope for light and warmth while we endure with dignity. ❄️☀️🎅🏻🎄

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      2. Dina says:

        Endure with dignity, yes that’s the way to go, Mary Jo!! 🙂
        The Christmas tree is decorated and shining bright, Klausbernd and Siri and Selma are making a cosy fire, I have put the kettle on and lit the candles… You are so right to say it’s in honour of the darker times. Where I grew up in Norway, we had much shorter days and more darkness and good lights and warming candles were important for our wellbeing. Thank you for your heartwarming words! x

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      3. Mary Jo, I love your phrase, “endure with dignity.”

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  12. Rebecca and Hanne, thank you for this gorgeous post. The photos are glorious! Such depth and clarity — and who could resist the animals. It was delightful to visit with you two. Hugs on the wing.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you for listening in, Teagan, and for your lovely comments. I agree – who can resist the animals. Check out Hanne’s photo that appeared in The Guardian – mother and her pup. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2020/nov/27/the-week-in-wildlife-in-pictures. Sending hugs back on the wing.

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      1. It is a touching image!

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    2. Dina says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Teagan. I’m glad you enjoyed the visit to Blakeney Point with us.
      I’m listening to you reading your “Hullaba LuLu” right now, you have a lovely voice❣️
      Hugs are returned to you and Rebecca 💞

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  13. restlessjo says:

    Love the photographs, and it was great being able to hear Hanne talking about the things she loves so much. Thanks a lot! 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 4 people

    1. Clanmother says:

      Isn’t it wonderful that we have technologies that allow us to connect across the globe. This podcast bridged the distance of 7,500 kilometers, which continues to amaze me, especially since I lived during a time before microwaves. I am grateful for Hanne’s generosity in sharing her insights. I enjoyed our discussion and look forward to following her adventures on The World According to Dina! I am thrilled that you joined the conversation.

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    2. Klausbernd says:

      Dear Jo,
      so many people did ask about Hanne-Dina, how she looks like, how she sounds. Here you have it all. The secret Dina is revealed 😉
      Love from the sea. Have a happy holiday season
      Klausbernd 🙂

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      1. restlessjo says:

        Not happy for me, Klaus. I’m too far from those I love, and feeling raw. But I love and appreciate what Hanne does. Wishing you a fruitful festive season. With hugs 🙂 🙂

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      2. Klausbernd says:

        Sorry and thanks, dear Jo

        Liked by 2 people

    3. Dina says:

      I have to thank you, dear Jo, for listening in and supporting us!! 🙏🏻
      Warm greetings to Portugal 🤗

      Liked by 4 people

  14. Ms Frances says:

    What an inspiring conversation! Enjoyed hearing about photography and the photographs. I am sure this artist has the camera attached to her hand. Some artists use brush and paint to create their masterpieces, it is good to hear and see someone who creates masterpieces of art in a different way. Her busy life was an inspiration to me! Thank you for sharing this look into the gift of our cameras.

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you listened in to Hanne’s podcast. You are so right – Hanne’s camera is at her side always. I enjoyed meeting up with Hanne and Klausbernd a few years ago. We walked Blakeney Point together. It was wonderful to experience the sea air – fresh and clear. Truly unforgettable!!!

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    2. Klausbernd says:

      I suppose in our times, a lot of art has to do with mastering high tech. Without high tech cameras and editing on the computer, you could neither produce these pictures nor this podcast.
      All the best
      Klausbernd 🙂

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      1. Ms Frances says:

        So true, you have analysed correctly

        Liked by 4 people

      2. Clanmother says:

        Klausbernd – let me introduce you to my mother, Ms. Frances. I just spoke with her last night and she was so excited to listen to Hanna-Dina’s thoughts on art and photography!

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      3. Klausbernd says:

        It’s a pleasure to be introduced to you, dear MS Frances. I have to admit I didn’t know you are Rebecca’s mother. Hanne-Dina just told me when I was lighting the fire in our sitting room just a while ago and then Rebecca introduced me to you. It’s a pleasure to meet you here.
        All the best to you, keep well and happy
        Klausbernd 🙂

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    3. Dina says:

      Dear Frances, I’m overwhelmed and so happy that you took the time to listen to us. It’s a great you joy to listen to you and your two gifted daughters, three powerful voices and a source of never-ending inspiration coming together. Hurrah and huge thank you! ❤️🙏🏻🤗

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      1. Ms Frances says:

        Thank you so much for your encouragement!

        Liked by 5 people

      2. Clanmother says:

        Thank you Ms. Frances for listening in – I KNEW that you would LOVE this podcast, Mom!!!

        Liked by 4 people

  15. Ah, Rebecca, thank you for this introduction and interview of Hanne. I’ve been following / admiring her photography for a long time and it was lovely listening to her too! Many hugs xoxo

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Dear Marina – isn’t it wonderful to hear the voice of the artist/photographer!! Hanne’s photography is iconic, with stories from the sea and the land. She connects us to the earth and reminds us with her landscape and nature photos that we are part of a grander narrative. Although we are explorers looking towards the sky and to the horizon beyond the ocean, we are at home and at rest on the land and soil. As Thich Nhat Hanh said: “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.”

      Liked by 2 people

      1. Klausbernd says:

        I always have the feeling that Hanne-Dina’s photography brings me down to earth (I need that as an author 😉 )

        Liked by 3 people

    2. Dina says:

      Thank you so much for taking the time to listen to us, dear Marina. Your lovely, lovely comment puts a big smile on my face. I’m preparing my gear to spend another day on The Point this weekend, I’m still on the lookout for the rare black seal pups.
      Have a great weekend, take care. x

      Liked by 4 people

      1. Oh, I’m so happy to hear that and I hope you do find black seal pups!!!!!
        A wonderful weekend to you! xo

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  16. I’ve not been to this part of England, Norfolk sounds fabulous, lovely interview. Keep safe x

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    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you enjoyed this podcast. We visited Norfolk several years ago and met up with Hanne-Dina and Klausbernd. I still remember feeling the wind coming across the sea. Unforgettable moment.

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    2. Klausbernd says:

      Dear Charlotte,
      the North Norfolk coast is worth visiting. Besides the great nature, you find some idyllic villages here. Norwich, the main city here, is a Literary City of the World (Unesco) and an affluent and beautiful university city – actually, quite a small city. Oh dear, I sound like the PR officer of Norwich and Norfolk.
      Thank you very much for liking Hanne-Dina’s interview 🙏🙏
      Love from the sea
      Klausbernd 🙂

      Liked by 4 people

      1. Clanmother says:

        And you are a fabulous PR office of Norwich and Norfolk,Klausbernd.

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Klausbernd says:

        Thank you 🙏🙏
        dear Rebecca
        🤗 🤗 🤗

        Liked by 2 people

  17. Annika Perry says:

    Rebecca, a delight and privilege to listen to this wonderful podcast which has me Hooked! The warmth and friendship shone through. Below is a comment I left on The World According To Dina. A joy to learn more about her work! Xx ❤️


    Hanne, I’ve just finished listening to the podcast with the wonderful Rebecca and wow! It was amazing, as if I was there, taking part in the conversation— you just didn’t seem to hear me! 😀😀 Congratulations on your fantastic success within the National Trust and I’m off the get the book!! Can’t wait to see your featured images in print! Your work with the seals sounds and looks incredible and what a humbling and inspiring task. You describe your natural landscape with such beauty and you brought alive the infinite emotion I experienced when visiting the area a few years ago. Good luck with your projects this year, thank you for inspiring me, your enthusiasm and energy is infectious! Finally a very important message at the end expressed with finesse and magic of the natural world! A privilege to listen in to you two very special ladies and your articulate and creative conversation. Xx ❤️”

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Annika – reading your comments is a wonderful way to begin my day. Your eloquent words capture the essence of what I felt when Hanne and I met over FaceTime to record this conversation. By the way, you were born a writer!!! Sending many hugs back your way – thank you for listening in!

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  18. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Rebecca,
    I just got an email from my sister in Cologne. She really liked your talk. Next to art, her great joy is listening to crime stories. She wrote that you have the ideal way of talking that is needed for reading crime stories. She loves your intonation and the drama of your voice.
    With lots of love and hugs
    Klausbernd 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Clanmother says:

      I am overwhelmed with this heartwarming message. Please tell your sister that I will now look into reading crimes stories that are in public domain. Once I have recorded something, I will send it to you and ask that you forward it on to your sister. I would like to have her opinion on the outcome. I have never thought of doing this before and I am looking forward to this exciting project. Sending much love and hugs to your sister in Cologne and my dear friends, The Fab Four of Cley.

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Klausbernd says:

        Dear Rebecca,
        I am happy to do so 🙂 🙂
        With lots of love & hugs
        Klausbernd 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

      2. Klausbernd says:

        Dear Rebecca,
        my sister is looking forward to listening to your reading. She just mailed this.
        Love
        Klausbernd 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

      3. Clanmother says:

        🤗🤗🤗🤗

        Liked by 1 person

      4. Now, this is an interesting development!

        Liked by 2 people

      5. Clanmother says:

        The adventures continue – I’m reading for 2021!!!!

        Liked by 1 person

  19. Dina says:

    Annika, you made my day with your eloquent comment, thank you so much for taking the time to listen to our conversation. I feel blessed and I’m so grateful for being able to do what I love the most on this iconic strip of land.
    All the best for you and your projects too. If you ever consider a visit to North Norfolk and Blakeney Point again, do get in touch and I’ll guide you, you are most welcome!
    Thanks again for your heartwarming words. ❤

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  20. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Rebecca, we just got this message on our blog.

    Dear Rebecca,

    I have just written a long comment on your Tea Toast and Trivia, but I cannot post it as I have no WordPress account. I was hoping I could register with my email address and a name like I do here, but your settings are different so I have come back to this space; I just want you to know that I really enjoyed listening to your podcast, it so well done!
    I love the sound of your voice and the inviting music and the beginning and the end. I have learned so much about nature, art, the National Trust and about what’s close to your heart, well to Hanne’s heart. Hanne is a friend of mine for many many years and I’m so happy for her. The recognition she gets is rightly deserved, thank you for featuring her work.
    Klem and love from Norway, Hjerter ❤

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    1. Clanmother says:

      Thank you, Klausbernd for adding this heartfelt message form Hanne’s long time friend in Norway, Hjerter. Please relay my gratitude for his words about Hanne. His words resonate with me as well as those who know Hanne. She inspires us all!

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Klausbernd says:

        We do our best for saving our planet.

        Liked by 1 person

  21. Klausbernd says:

    Dear Eglund,
    thank you very much for your great article about this podcast and Hanne-Dina’s photography. Thank you VERY much for making it known and approachable for the German audience. Hanne-Dina and I very much appreciate it.
    Keep well, happy and healthy and thanks again
    Klausbernd 🙂

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Clanmother says:

      I am so very pleased and beyond thrilled that Eglund shared this story for a German audience. Thank you!!!!!

      Liked by 3 people

      1. Klausbernd says:

        Dear Rebecca,
        we were so happy about Eglund’s article that will appear on his magazine next week as well
        http://www.berglink.de/podcast-die-robben-von-blakeney-point/
        and he will make a send out to a lot of German newspapers and magazines in the beginning of next week.
        Wishing our dearest friends in Vancouver all the best and sending love and hugs
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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      2. Clanmother says:

        This is exciting news. Hanne’s photography sends a message, a gentle call to action that encourages us to see that we can all make a difference. Safeguarding our earth begins at the individual level that, when combined together, has the strength and resolve to build a global movement.

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      3. Klausbernd says:

        YES, we absolutely agree!
        Love
        The Fab Four of Cley
        🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    2. Dina says:

      Dear Eglund,
      I’m speechless, your article about this podcast was a huge surprise, thank you so much for your eloquent post. I’m absolutely thrilled.
      This was indeed a great pre-Christmas gift, thank you for listening in and translating it to the German audience.
      Dina-Hanne x

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  22. Klausbernd says:

    Für jeden, der deutsch lesen kann, empfehlen wir sehr die Website http://www.eglund.de. Das ist die Berliner Zeitschrift BergLink, die es sich lohnt zu lesen. Dort wurde nicht nur über Hannes Podcast sondern auch über mein Podcast berichtet. Ihr findet dort wie auch bei TTT zeitgeistige Themen und Buchbesprechungen. Unbedingt ‘mal reinschsauen! Das lohnt sich.

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  23. Another triumph of a podcast, Rebecca, Don, and Hanne! I greatly enjoyed it and the conversation it prompted. Hanne’s comments about deciding what story she wants each photograph to tell resonately very strongly with me.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Clanmother says:

      I have come to see that there is a strong connection between photography and poetry, Liz. Thank you for your heartening comments.

      Liked by 2 people

      1. You’re welcome, Rebecca. I’m glad to be learning more about photography as an art form.

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  24. I feel very much like Hanne.
    Being outside, especially taking photos of insects, connects me to nature and gives me peace.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Clanmother says:

      I am delighted that you enjoyed listening to Hanne’s marvelous insights. I too am fascinated by insects – they create the biological foundation for all terrestrial ecosystems. Without them the cycle of nutrients, pollination seed dispersement would not occur. We owe them for maintaining our soil structure, fertility etc. Thank you for listening in and for your comments – very much appreciated.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. My pleasure!
        You are always Kind, that’s what i like.

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      2. Clanmother says:

        Thank you for giving joy to my day!

        Liked by 2 people

  25. Resa says:

    …. and I am also inspired by, and in awe of Hanne.
    Rebecca, you turn us all onto the special and wonderful points of a person’s endeavours. You’re the best!
    Hanne, thank you for what you do!!!!!
    I’m almost speechless, and totally humbled.
    The photos are A++++++
    The baby seal is a heartbreaker!
    This is a remarkable interview. The world needs more people like you, Hanne!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Clanmother says:

      I agree, Resa – The world does need more people like Hanne. And you are one of those people. I have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of guests who have shared their knowledge and experience. These past months have been a huge reminder to me that friendships and connections energize our lives with new ideas and possibilities. When we participate in a compassionate community, hope and courage thrive. Happy New Year, my dear friend. Hugs and more hugs!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Resa says:

        Happy New Year, Rebecca!
        You really are connecting with some fabulous people, and sharing them with other fabulous people!
        {{{HUGS}}}

        Liked by 1 person

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