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22nd March 2018

Dear Bloggers,

No, I didn’t drop dead ! But you haven’t had anything from me for a few months, because I have been unwell.  However,  I’m now back on an even keel and about to resume my postings which I do hope you will find interesting. Don’t hesitate to respond if you should wish to make a comment !
 
 


“Bede at Worth”

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