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Thank you very much, dear Füsun. And we wish and pray for you a healthy, fruitful and beautiful 2016. May there be many wonderful opportunities opportunities to see and enjoy.

Ian & Margaret

And there have been some very heavy rains of late. I presume your home is safe from flooding in Blumental.

Best wishes,

Ian

Dear Leo,

Nice to see some recent images of Blumental, telling me that you are still in Bluemental... though you have ventured to the sea coast recently.

Seven years since you were in Brisbane and Sydney!

We send you both our love and best wishes for a great 016. Happy New Year.

Ian & Marg

Greetings Berend,

Our main purpose in being in Belgium was to explore Messines, Ieper and Polygon Wood, but in the brief time available we had to include Bruges for the very reason you give... it's collection of interesting buildings and diverse architecture. Loved it.

Ian

Danke, Jürgen. And I wish you a wonderful 2016. Recently my history book was published. The story begins in SW Mecklenburg during the Thirty Years War, and later includes a chapter on Boizenburg.

Here is a short quote from my book:

"Beside the ring canal were several cobblers or shoemakers, and here Franz found a workshop that was very pleased to welcome a journeyman "von Blücher" for he would certainly be a good one. Boizenburg was a busy town, with new opportunities opening up for it was a port on the River Elbe and river trade and passenger movements were increasing. As Franz Stebens began his new ife in this town, the Lemmschen shipbuilding yard began to build its first river boats and barges. Boatbuilding continued here for almost 200 years until the reunification of Germany in 1991, when it was one of may former East German government enterprises to close. At the time of closure, three Stebens women, Maron, Brunehilda and Angelika worked in that yard, daughters of Eva and Erwin Stebens, a Blücher man.

"When Franz arrived in the town, it was a time of political ferment, and a time of new social mobility. Franz Stebens was learning fast, but having found his first workshop in a town, he was less likely to ever return to the countryside, so the question of land was not particularly applicable to him. But he learnt of masters on the estates who had cringed before their own labourers, and granted them all their demands, including unreasonable ones. He heard of masters who mounted their high horse and compelled their labourers with sword and pistol. Others would no longer ride about their fields without a couple of rifles in their wagon."

From the Edge of Oblivion, Stehbens IR, 2015, p25.

Mejuah-juah Pak Musliono... salam mjj i Chile nari!

Nick Thanks for stopping by. It's been an interesting year, but friendship makes every day a great one. I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. -art

Fabuleuse vue. F+L. Vous avez une galerie superbe. Bonjour de l'Isère.

Dear Ian,

It is really perfect balance! Very nice capture!

I wish a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and Margaret .

Love Füsun

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