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18 February 2017 / leggypeggy

Celebrating the multicultural aspects of Australia

carving a squash

An expert carves a patty-pan squash as part of a Chengdu cultural display. An already carved squash is on the left at the front and a watermelon is on the right

Following on from yesterday’s uplifting reblog about a Muslim woman who was shown much kindness by a stranger, I’m pleased to share another good-news story. This one is about this weekend’s 21st annual Multicultural Festival in Canberra.

We’ve seen this festival grow and grow since it’s first outing in 1996, and have watched scores of cultural performances, learned about differing cultures, and eaten all sorts of interesting and tasty cuisines.

Egyptian stall at multicultural festical, Canberra

Had to visit the Egyptian stall

Usually we try to attend as a group so we can buy plate after plate of food to sample and share—it’s the best way to try up to 10 different dishes—but today it was just Poor John and me.

We set out early (11am) to be sure to get a parking place. I have a secret selection of spots that are hidden away and free of charge on weekends, and sure enough there was one waiting for us. No, don’t expect me to tell you where it is, but it is on the edge of downtown and only two streets away from the start of the festival action.

cooking Iranian chicken kebabs

Industrial quantities of Iranian kebabs on the barbecue. The seasoning was sensational

We started with a shared plate of Iranian food—saffron rice with chunks of chicken and lamb kebab pieces. Oh my, these were so perfectly seasoned that I could have eaten another plate on the spot, but we thought we had to spread around our custom and challenge our taste buds.

As we enjoyed our Iranian food, another couple sat down next to us and we were immediately tempted by their plate of Czech potato pancake, which looked like a giant hash brown. With all it’s buttery goodness, it was as good as it looked. The server kindly cut our share in half.

Polish national dress/costumes

We loved the colour and intricacies of the Polish costumes. Aren’t the kids gorgeous?

Macedonian dancers

The Macedonian dancers have a quick practice

Before indulging in yet another course, we figured it was time to explore the stalls and check out some performances. There were about a dozen stages with activities taking place on about half of them. We saw acts (musicians, dancers and/or singers) from Tonga, China, Poland, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Macedonia and Indonesia.

Pounding spices, Jordan

At the Jordanian stall, I forgot to ask what she was pounding

We also visited embassy and country-info stalls for the USA (to sample homemade lemonade), Zambia, Palestine, Jordan, China, Ethiopia (for a sip of their local coffee) and Egypt, which just happens to be where Poor John and I met all those years ago.

Couldn’t resist having our picture taken at the Filipino stall. If we’re lucky, we might win the trip to the Philippines they are giving away. Fingers crossed.

Competition for the Philippines

Could we win?

Our last stop was at the main Tibetan food stall. We visited them on our way in, only to learn that the steamed momos (their delicious vegetarian and/or meat dumplings) wouldn’t be ready for quite some time.

We first had momos in Tibet in 2011 and then again in the north of India in 2013 (in Mussoorie). We’ve had them a few times since, but the Tibetan and Mussoorie ones were the best. Today’s were pretty darn good too. I could have gone for a second plate, but just didn’t have room. The chilli–soy sauce was a perfect addition.

Planning to revisit the festival tomorrow. Just have to wait until I feel hungry again. I’m thinking I need a German sausage, a Thai or Indian curry, and maybe a South American empanada.

P.S. Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the actual food on plates. Too keen to eat. Maybe tomorrow.

Peruvian musicians—Inkamarka

Peruvian musicians—Inkamarka—entertained for almost an hour

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  1. beetleypete / Feb 18 2017 9:09 pm

    Looks like a great event, Peggy. I am with you on that German sausage too! I hope that you win the trip, and look forward to your reports from there.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. IreneDesign2011 / Feb 18 2017 9:25 pm

    All good luck to win this trip, Peggy 🙂
    It looks like a great place to visit and challenge the taste buds too.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 9:37 pm

      Thanks so much. I’m sure many entered, but it would be fun and surprising to win.

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  3. Sy S. / Feb 18 2017 9:31 pm

    Peggy,

    It is 5:30am here and I am up, surfing the net. This wonderful festival is exactly what I need, since I don’t travel any longer to foreign countries. Maybe like in Star Trek you can beam me up and into the Multicultural Festival in Canberra. Sounds like a great festival to see different cultures (dancing, playing instruments) and SAMPLE FOODS! I especially like all the food in the Iranian part of the world, so Iranian Lamb Kebobs would be my first area to check out.. then some Tibetan dumplings.

    Hungry Sy
    (The Owl, up early)

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 9:34 pm

      Oh wow, Sy, if I could beam you up, I would. If I could deliver some delicacy to your door, I would. Luckily, I know you live in New York and chances are you can find some of these treats. Let us know what you find and how good they are. And sorry you have to start your day hungry.

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  4. Eddy Winko / Feb 18 2017 10:45 pm

    I love a good food festival, especially from mixed cultures, sounds yummy.

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  5. weggieboy / Feb 18 2017 11:32 pm

    Sounds like a great way to spend the day! I love sampling cuisines of different countries this way, and like to surprise myself by trying things I don’t think I’d ever eat, but do…and like!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 7:59 am

      Poor John does the same thing. Chooses the food he doesn’t know or recognise, and then we share!

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  6. redandgoldweb / Feb 18 2017 11:36 pm

    A great post with fabulous photos to accompany, what a shame some people fail to embrace differences.

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  7. Rashmi Gopal Rao / Feb 19 2017 12:29 am

    Looks so nice!

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  8. Sheryl / Feb 19 2017 1:07 am

    The festival looks wonderful. The food carvings are amazing.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 8:04 am

      I thought so too. The carver was working so intently.

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  9. Vicki / Feb 19 2017 1:08 am

    Looks and sounds like a great celebration of all the best our Multi-cultural country has to share. (and I would’ve eaten the food first and forgotten the photography too……just ensure you take some food pics tomorrow, Peggy).

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 8:05 am

      I’ll try, I’ll try, but then there will be all that food. 🙂

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    • redandgoldweb / Feb 21 2017 12:48 am

      I often eat the food before photographing it and then can’t blog because I have no food photos.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 21 2017 8:48 am

        Yep, I know the dilemma.

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      • Vicki / Feb 21 2017 9:15 am

        I did that same thing when I was making an Italian dish for a Food Photography Competition because the recipe was so yummy. I had to make the recipe the next day and take the same photos all over again 🙂

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  10. spearfruit / Feb 19 2017 2:08 am

    What an exciting festival, full of culture, food and celebration. Thanks for the tour, look forward to day 2. Good luck on winning the trip Peggy. 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 8:05 am

      I imagine thousands will enter, so don’t expect to win, but you never know.

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  11. susan@onesmallwalk / Feb 19 2017 2:52 am

    What a delight. Now that you’ve given me a real appetite, it’s a lucky thing I’m half a block away from a great Mexican restaurant 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 8:06 am

      I hope you got a great meal. I love Mexican food and am pretty good at cooking it.

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  12. Sherry Thomas / Feb 19 2017 3:30 am

    Miss you and john!

    Sent from my iPhone

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  13. sportsattitudes / Feb 19 2017 5:04 am

    The Canberra Festival looks wonderful. Pictures making me hungry…I’ll take care of that in a bit. In the meantime good luck towards winning that trip. “Sauerkraut slathered sausage.” There’s a winning headline!

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  14. Steph McCoy / Feb 19 2017 7:04 am

    From the food, colorful displays, costumes to performances look like there’s a lot to take in and big time fun! It’d be great if you won the trip to the Philippines.

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  15. Brenda / Feb 19 2017 7:28 am

    I shouldn’t have read this before dinner. There’s a little pavlovian drool reaction going on. Honestly, the food sounds amazing. I wish I could have joined you in sharing the taste testing. Oddly enough, it almost seems refreshing and quaint these days to see a celebration of the richness of different cultures. It makes me happy to see all that color, beauty, variety, and pride. Enjoy the sausages and sauerkraut.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 8:12 am

      We are very lucky to have so many cuisines featured in our restaurants here, but the festival brings out those talented home cooks who are still making the recipes their ancestors made. Oh and it is so wonderful to see the national costumes.

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  16. dave ply / Feb 19 2017 8:19 am

    What a great idea – having all those different cultures in the same space. We’ll have former parking lots filled with different food carts/trucks on a routine basis, but I don’t think we have that much diversity.

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  17. Elouise / Feb 19 2017 9:56 am

    What a fabulous spread! Gorgeous photos, even without the food. 🙂 And yes, I hope you and Poor John win the trip! 🙂
    Elouise

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  18. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Feb 19 2017 10:12 am

    Such a wonderful event – food and culture – can’t top it. Wish I could join you tomorrow.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 10:44 am

      Maybe next year?

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      • Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Feb 19 2017 11:10 am

        Australia is definitely on my wish list but my bank account is laughing at me and asking who the hell I think I am to even entertain the idea of a wish list. LOL!

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 11:24 am

        Well if you get here, I’ll buy you lunch! 🙂

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  19. gerard oosterman / Feb 19 2017 10:14 am

    I’ll be patriotic here; where is my barbequed prawn? I hope you and Poor John took the time to eat a good raw but pickled Dutch herring?

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 10:46 am

      I buy herrings all the time. Love ’em. As for prawns, I’ll barbecued some if you come to visit.

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      • gerard oosterman / Feb 19 2017 4:40 pm

        Look very forward to visit you and Poor John even without prawns. Give us a couple weeks to sort out the air-con and we’ll be pronto at your doorstep. We will just follow the Bbq prawn trail from Lake George onwards.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 5:52 pm

        Always welcome. The dog will let us know when you arrive. She hits the front door like a freight train when anyone rings the doorbell. Don’t worry—she doesn’t bite and the door is double-glazed. 🙂

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  20. Louise M Oliver / Feb 19 2017 10:30 am

    Peggy, this sounds wonderful. I’ve never been but you’ve inspired me to try to go next year. Thank you for all the wonderful descriptions.

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  21. BoomingOn / Feb 19 2017 1:32 pm

    Have just come back. Didn’t eat any food! Was too busy taking photos of all the colours and sights. Pictorial post coming soon.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 5:59 pm

      Wow, now that’s showing real restraint. When your post is done, I’ll link to it from here.

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  22. mommermom / Feb 19 2017 1:57 pm

    How wonderful to experience and taste a variety of foods. It is quite amazing how diverse cultures and food can be.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 6:03 pm

      The food is wonderful with so much variety. It’s the same with the performances and costumes. When I arrived today the first performers were scantily-clad belly dancers.

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  23. Bun Karyudo / Feb 19 2017 6:04 pm

    What a great idea for a festival! I’d love to visit something like that myself. (Incidentally, you’re right! The kids in their polish costumes were very cute.) 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 6:28 pm

      Love the cheeky looks on their faces. Especially the littlest one.

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      • Bun Karyudo / Feb 19 2017 6:39 pm

        My thoughts exactly! They’re all such great models, but the little girl at the front with her cute pose steals the show.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 7:00 pm

        Pity I didn’t get a quick video of her getting herself into ‘character’.

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  24. Andrew Petcher / Feb 19 2017 8:29 pm

    Nice Work Peggy!

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  25. Green Global Trek / Feb 20 2017 2:17 am

    What a wonderful global multicultural event!! What fun! The food spunds yummy…mmm my favorite thing to do ~ sampling different ethnic foods.
    Peta

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 20 2017 10:12 am

      The food is always wonderful and deciding what to order is almost impossible.

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  26. koolkosherkitchen / Feb 20 2017 7:47 am

    Thank you for sharing this amazing celebration of cultural richness and spirit!

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  27. milliethom / Feb 20 2017 10:51 am

    A fabulous event, Peggy, and it continues the general theme of your reblog perfectly. Particularly relevant at the present time, too. The event seemed to be mostly a food fest! How great to be able to sample all those wonderful foods, though I’m sure the dancers and musicians were all wonderful to watch. The German sausage promises to be yummy, so have a great day!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 20 2017 10:24 pm

      Yes, food is the biggie, but the performers are fantastic too. I think almost 100 cultures get represented. Can’t wait until next year.

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  28. voulaah / Feb 20 2017 6:13 pm

    Wow that is so great event Peggy, that you so much for good sharing
    I really hope that you win the trip
    Have a very nice beginning of week
    Kisses

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 20 2017 11:22 pm

      Fingers crossed for the trip, but I think a lot of people entered. Who knows! Kisses back to you.

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  29. macalder02 / Feb 20 2017 7:00 pm

    Try the flavors of different cultures, it is fascinating and enjoy the music, the better. Surely you’ll like Peru. Good luck on the trip.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 20 2017 11:22 pm

      It’s always great to try new foods and cultures. Thanks for the good wishes.

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  30. mirandavoice / Feb 20 2017 7:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post.
    I have shared the link of this post in my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MyOfficialDiary/

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  31. Curious to the Max / Feb 21 2017 2:53 pm

    Leggy P.,
    When you are old and tired (like me) you will still be able to travel the world and stay at home while you do it. Just take pictures, look up facts and write your posts – most of us will never know you never left Australia!

    Loved the picture of the children!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 22 2017 12:01 am

      Oh Judith, why didn’t I think of this before? It’s a brilliant idea and so economical. Trust me, I won’t tell you when I’ve switched over to this new system.

      Yes, the kids are gorgeous.

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  32. Aquileana / Feb 21 2017 3:14 pm

    The Multicultural Festival in Canberra seems fun… a great tribute to a country with so many different people and cultures. I guess it has to do with the “island” situation, which is often related to the itinerant, mobility and openness 🍀☘️
    Beautiful post and photographs!!! 😀 much love & best wishes 🙂

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 22 2017 12:04 am

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for commenting. Canberra’s Multicultural Festival is always great fun and does a fantastic job of showcasing the many cultures that make up Australia. I wish the current federal government was more sympathetic to the floods of refugees waiting to be welcomed somewhere.

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  33. Roberta Pimentel / Feb 23 2017 8:05 am

    I hope I get the chance to travel one day as much you do 🙂
    Great photos!
    Cheers!

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  34. Joel F / Feb 23 2017 1:58 pm

    Beautiful experience. I hope you win the Philippines Trip and visit Palawan , it’s a beautiful place.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 23 2017 3:35 pm

      It would be so great to win. I’ve not yet been to the Philippines.

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      • Joel F / Feb 23 2017 7:35 pm

        Who knows someday you might. Thanks for the great post.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 24 2017 9:30 pm

        Fingers crossed.

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  35. Forestwoodfolkart / Feb 23 2017 4:23 pm

    The multicultural festivals are fantastic! I am a bit sorry I didn’t see the Polish folk art costumes for real in Poland.But so lovely to see them here. So colourful, happy and bright.
    Really this a great collection of photos, Peggy. Showcases well the diversity and richness of cultural heritage we have in this country!

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  36. voulaah / Feb 24 2017 4:40 pm

    Have a very nice end of week Peggy
    kisses

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  37. jeanleesworld / Feb 25 2017 11:32 pm

    What a lovely day! When the kids are a little older I’d love to take them to Milwaukee’s several cultural events to learn about other peoples…and to eat other food. Well I’D eat other food. And lots of it. You made me hungry! 🙂

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  38. Deb / Feb 27 2017 12:10 am

    Wow what a great festival! So much to see, do and eat!! Hope you win the trip. ☺

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2017 7:22 am

      I’m not sure when it’s announced. Better go check. 🙂

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      • Deb / Feb 27 2017 8:44 am

        Oh yes, I’m sure you won!! 😉

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2017 7:23 pm

        I can’t even find the results of who, if anyone, did win!

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  39. eths / Feb 27 2017 1:07 pm

    Yum!

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  40. J.D. Riso / Feb 28 2017 8:12 pm

    All that FOOD. Even Czech food managed to make an appearance. I’m impressed.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 28 2017 8:39 pm

      Not only did Czech food make an appearance, but we loved it. A few years back we visited Czech and a former exchange student who spent six months with us in Australia. Ate a lot of great Czech food and drank some excellent beer.

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      • J.D. Riso / Mar 1 2017 12:14 am

        It is an underrated cuisine.

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      • leggypeggy / Mar 1 2017 7:07 am

        If I can find a Czech cookbook, I’ll make something from it for my cooking blog.

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  41. philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 2 2017 11:43 am

    Food. Music. Sounds like fun!

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  42. Lynz Real Cooking / Mar 2 2017 1:00 pm

    This looks lovely Peggy

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  43. voulaah / Mar 3 2017 11:35 pm

    Have a very nice end of week dear Peggy
    Kisses

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  44. Miriam / Mar 6 2017 12:19 pm

    What a colorful festival Peggy. Looks absolutely wonderful. And that food, yum! Now if we could just get those aromas added as a WP feature we’d be set. 😊

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  45. Cradle of Joy / Mar 8 2017 12:34 am

    Very good post,dear!Could you please help me to tell from where and how you changed your site from WordPress.com to simply. com. Because I am also thinking to buy my website but how and where??? Please tell me, thanks!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 9 2017 7:07 pm

      Thanks. I got my blog name simplified through WordPress. I pay about $25 a year to have it. Hope that helps.

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  46. bacardi gold / Mar 8 2017 1:43 am

    Hoping you’d win the Philippine tour and experience the beautiful white sand beaches it has to offer.

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  47. The Whitechapel Whelk / Mar 8 2017 7:01 pm

    The toothsomeness of German sausages is neither here nor there as far as I’m concerned. However, I would like to borrow quite a large sum of money from you at zero interest and with a tacit understanding that you’ll never see it again.
    See to it will you?

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  48. tony / Mar 18 2017 3:45 pm

    Great Place Palawan in the Philippines not only but especially for Scuba Diving. Hope you win!!! Also an interesting picture of a special couple!

    However, there are other fantastic things to see in Palawan province especially yacht cruises and isolated beaches but much more:

    I recommend Coron on Busuanga Island (great wreck diving but also wonderful for a day’s boat trip out of the port).
    http://breadtagsagas.com/what-travel-costs-2-scuba-diving-in-the-philippines-1/
    And Puerta Princessa on Palawan Island itself: (Gateway to the Sulu Sea but remarkable for other things and possible cruises.)
    http://breadtagsagas.com/what-travel-costs-3-scuba-diving-in-the-philippines-2/
    Tony

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 18 2017 11:04 pm

      Thanks Tony. This is great info for future reference. The prize seems a little dodgy. It’s been a month and the results still have not been posted, and absolutely no info on the website about the comp itself.

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      • tony / Mar 19 2017 6:35 pm

        I’d be very envious if you won!

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  49. the Author / Mar 19 2017 9:48 pm

    Reblogged this on Wag 'n Bietjie.

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