A break

I'm going away for a few days, well probably only two.  I have to have some tests done in hospital, nothing too bad I hope but I will be having a couple of days forced rest.  I found this embroidery on Pinterest and it said the pattern was available for $4.50 on Etsy. I thought it was Scandinavian but that title says Hungarian and when I visited the site it was something else again.  I like that 'bleached' pattern in the background of the fabric and the embroidery design, just glad I didn't click buy.  It just doesn't look Hungarian to me.

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Another find in the unpacking

Earlier I wrote about my interest,( that I have had since I was a young teenager,) in the Chinese Empress Cixi.  Just over a year ago I read the book about her by Jung Chang  and it stated that the author "had been given access to previously unseen material, including images."  That was partly true.  Now, when I was unpacking I came across a deck of cards that I must have had for over 20 years.  The printed translation material with them said that they were for playing Poker, which they say was invented in China.  I have just found them again in the unpacking.  I always hung onto them, even though I don't play Poker, because they had old Chinese photos on them.  Imagine my surprise when I realised there were a number of images of Cixi there.

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I might be wrong but she seems a bit older in this one.

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This one was in the book I think.

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Then there are the images with the wives of western diplomats.  Some very stern faces here.

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Or what about this one?

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And some of the images are rather sad.  Like this one of the last Emperor.

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And his famous concubine, she was so beautiful and just look at her costume and head dress.

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  So here they are on 3" x 2" playing cards.  It wasn't until I got a magnifying glass and could see the translations that I realised what a treasure I have.  Some of these photos featured in the book about Cixi but there are so many others here that I need to look closely at.

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