342: Years

~6 Years With WordPress~

Yes, 6 years !  Thank you for being my friend.  342 posts !  I wrote some drivel, didn’t I ?  29,037 comments.  What did we talk about ?  137,709 spam stopped.  Shame really, as I would now have 10 suitcases of Viagra, my laptop would be perfected by those Delhi Bellies and $10 billion in my bank from those generous Nigerians !  Anyway fellow blogger, you may have to put up with me a little longer.

~Memories Of Spain~

Ralph pointing to tiny baby Sonic. 2003
Samantha curled into her mum Dizzy while Sonic checks out the milk in Calahonda, Spain
Samantha liked her new home in Benalmadena, Spain. 2004
Sonic likes the chair that Samantha warmed up
Samantha & Sonic curled up in the flower pot
Morning newspapers in Benalmadena Pueblo, Spain. 2003

~Pets Loved And Lost~

Star, a lost kitten which I adopted. 9 months later she died of kidney failure. Cortes de la Frontera, Spain.
One time I coudn’t find Star. After an hour of searching there she was.
Fiesta, a Bichon Frese, was unnecessarily put down by my friend’s daughter. I was so sad and angry.
Ralph playing with Fiesta

~Cats Are Funny, Aren’t They ?~

Sonic & Samantha enjoying the high life. Cortes de la Frontera. 2004-2012
Wash day for Sonic
Silly Sonic
Nice warm car.
Before ………
…… After. “What’s your problem Daddy ?”
“No, you can’t have your office chair back Daddy !”
“What’s going ON Sonic ?”
Glug, glug !
Samantha being cooked under the log burner

~Ralph’s Fashions~

Ralph was such a sweetheart in his OOTD
Ralph couldn’t decide what to wear.  Got to hang my hat somewhere I suppose and I was taught to always lift my hat to a lady.  I’m such a gentleman !  😉
At last I found something to wear !

~Goodbye Spain~

Natascha and I, both WP bloggers, decided to become an item ……
…… so after really difficult arrangements, Sonic, Samantha and I left Spain for Austria

~Hello Austria~

Natascha found us a home in Graz, Austria ……
….. for ourselves, Murli. Natascha’s cat ……
….. and Sonic & Samantha.

~And Now~

After months of stupid bureaucrazy paperwork, I was able to relax …….
…… and marry the gorgeous Natascha

What’s next ?

Are Your Years Worth Remembering ?

I hope so.

Ralph xox ❤

All these photographs are mine, some digital and some before digital, when cameras were hewn from rock, lenses made from ice and lightning provided the flash. 

97 Comments on “342: Years

  1. I will be reaching six years at the end of October. Congratulations, Ralph. 🌷 Great photos btw – pretty funny. 😊 Sorry to hear of the losses of your fur-friends.

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    • You as well dear Lynette. Wow, well done !
      BTW thank you so much for the wedding card. It was really lovely and topical from where you live. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Good to hear you got it. 🙂 Took me a while to get it out (I mailed it from the south as I am taking holidays now) – systems just are not as efficient in the north. We are “old” bloggers! 🙂

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      • Yes, we are old bloggers !
        I see ! I can imagine how difficult it must be for you to get things done quickly where you live dear Lynette. Thank you so much for putting yourself out to send it ❤

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      • Right? How DID I get this old? 😉

        This card was really no trouble (I had to remember to mail it when I had tge opportunity 😉 ); I just wanted to explain why it took so long. 🙂

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  2. Can’t help but noticing the size of the wide brim cowboy’s hat used in the birthday suit photo Ralph.
    A little dainty French beret would not have looked nearly as impressive, so (respectfully) with you on that!

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  3. What a great, if somewhat revealing, trip down memory lane. I had no idea you lived so many places in Spain. And now you are in so many ways in the best possible place, that is to say with Natascha.
    Congratulations on your blogging anniversary!
    Your wifi,

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    • It was a fun post to do Linda, it bought back a lot of memories. Yes, I lived in three rentals and four purchased homes one after another in Spain. You are right my friend, I am in the best place with Natascha.
      Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox ❤

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  4. Congratulations on 6 years of blogging, Ralph. And, my goodness, what a busy life you have had. No wonder you are flat out (on your bed) sometimes. I hadn’t realized until now how long Samantha and Sonic have been with you. I hope WordPress sent Samantha and Sonic congratulations for all their blogging contributions. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Gallivanta. The six years have flown by. More to come I hope. Thank you for your wonderful comment my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  5. Toutes mes félicitations pour tes 6 ans de blog….Les animaux sont heureux chez toi. Merci pour ce beau partage. Bon dimanche à vous deux et une caresse au chien et aux chats >3

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    • Merci beaucoup Georges. Six ans de blogs, c’est long, n’est-ce pas? Mes chats sont heureux de vivre en Autriche et j’espère passer le reste de notre vie ici.
      Passez un bon week-end mon ami. Ralph 🙂

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  6. congrats, ralph. and i’m glad that the happiness engineers in wp, nigeria, and all of those official offices couldn’t take you down. i’ve enjoyed following your journey and look forward to your next adventures –

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    • lol. No, they couldn’t take us down, but made us down the few times. There is another one which as just happened, data protection became data collection. Oh boy !
      Thank you for following our story dear Beth. I am sure there is more to come.
      Have a wonderful day. Ralph xox ❤

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  7. Wonderful post Ralph and your six years of blogging has brought joy to
    so many. I have enjoyed everyone since I started following you.
    Your pictures from Spain make me nostalgic. I love the cosy and pretty breakfast room. Indeed they are all beautiful and funny. The cats are an
    entertaining lot.
    I wish you and Natasha happiness and health in the so very different Austria.
    Keep writing
    🤗 .

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely long comment dear Miriam. I am sorry to take so long in replying. Other things took priority, but I am here now. Your comment is so sweet my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  8. What a sweet post Ralph and wow 6 years is a long time,sure wp wouldn’t be the same place anymore without you ,Natasha and the cats❤️

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    • Wow ! Eight years ! I don’t know how you did it ! Congratulations anyway Al, especially for winning the worst blog of the year. I wondered who beat me, now I know 😉
      Have a great weekend. Ralph 🙂

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  9. You covered a lot of territory in 6 years, Ralph. Here’s to the next 6 years – may they be full of love, fun and laughter.

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    • You are so kind to say so dear Leslie. I cannot imagine me lasting another six years. Anyway, let’s see ! At least your blog is full of creativity on your part and I am sure that yours will never stop. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  10. Happy Blogiversary Ralph. I hear Spain is roasting at the moment…. I guess it is only little cooler in Graz. We all have this heatwave, but who is complaining. I love it! ♥

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    • Thanks dear Ute. Your blog is one month older than mine, so I bow to your experience 🙂
      Yes, it was hotter in Spain. Weird weather here in Graz, sunny, rain or thunderstorms. Take your pick ! I am so happy for you that you had a few weeks of real summer. Bugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  11. Congratulations Ralph! This is a wonderful “Best Of” Post. My fave part in this post are the before and after pics of Samantha and the wicker chair. OMG! I adore those shots, especially the after shot. Cats are very good at arts and crafts.
    I feel bad about Star and Fiesta, but at least they had the joy and warmth of knowing you & being held and loved by you.
    My last 6 years have been great, and include both good and sad experiences. The Art Gowns were started 5 years ago, and have become important to me. Me & my Art Gowns were written up in a UK magazine last month. Here is the link to the E Version. https://issuu.com/xanaduluxury/docs/july-2018 I’n on page 14 & 15.
    Sending love to all! ❤ xoxoxoxo

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    • It’s about time I answered your lovely comment dear Resa, isn’t it ?
      Heehee. Cats love to do their own thing, don’t they ? I am sure that Jeep and Johnny keep you on your toes !
      Five years, wow ! Every post has been wonderful. I have read the review. Awesome ! You are definitely the designer to watch !
      Hugs from all of us. Ralph xoxoxo ❤


    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Magick Mermaid. Happy ever after to you too my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much dear Annette. I hadn’t enough fingers to work out what 6 times 6 more is. It’s a lot ! 😉
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤


  12. Happy 6 year blogversary! Ralph, enjoyed your life in photos, but missed not seeing China Cat! You & Natascha & your blended cat family look so happy! Austria suits you. Enjoy! 📚 Christine

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    • Thank you Christine. I am so pleased that you enjoyed this post. China Cat is resting at the moment and will be back sometime soon. Yes, we are happy here in Austria.
      Happy Monday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you the so much Crystal. Six years is a long time, isn’t it ?
      Take care. Ralph xox ❤


    • Yes it is ! I never thought when I started to blog that I would last this long as I am always on a knife edge wondering what to post next, but something always turns up just in time.
      Have a lovely weekend Jan. Ralph xox ❤


    • Cheers Des ! So that is how you work out blog years. I learn a lot from you, don’t I ? 😉
      Have a great day my friend. Ralph 🙂

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    • Thank you so much Gail. Definitely a milestone not a millstone, thank heavens 🙂
      Take care my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  13. Congratulations! And again very happy that you are now together with your beloved 🙂
    Next year it will be 6 years for me…hope I can keep it up.
    Congratulations again 😀

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Takami. Yes, it is wonderful to be with Natascha here in Austria.
      Your photographs are brilliant and I am sure that you will go beyond six years easily.
      Take care. Ralph 🙂

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  14. Congratulations, this was great, what a beautiful story for you all there Blessing and Happiness, Thank you, Love, nia

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    • I am so pleased to read that you enjoyed this post dear Nia and thank you so much for your blessings and happiness my friend. I hope you are having a lovely day out and about with your camera. Love Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment dear Star. I am so pleased that you enjoy reading my posts. Total madness sometimes ! I wish you well and I hope that your dating shenanigans become more settled and you find the right one for you my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


    • What a lovely comment and so true Smiley 🙂
      Have a lovely day my friend. Ralph 🙂


  15. What a wonderful post, Ralph! Congratulations on your 6th year of blogging. I really enjoyed your reading your blog post. Cheers for many years to come!😊

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    • You are so kind dear Lilly. I am so happy that you like my posts and I promise to improve them in the future. lol
      Have a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Thank you so much dear Amanda. I love the emojis ! Have a a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  16. Drivel?? Never! Awesome drinking out of the toilet photos, and yes, go claw that chair seat kitty. That’s what chair seats are for. Well, and for sitting, but it looks sit-able.

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    • Heehee. I just love your comment Julia, the way you have picked out two of my favourite cat moments, probably not at the time, but now great memories.
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  17. I had a good few chuckles reading the details of some of those photos. It was so wonderful to see them all. I hope you, Natascha and the puss-cats are all well and happy in Austria. X x Kate.

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  18. Congratulation Ralph on 6 blogging years👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻, what a lovely post of a snapshot of your journey to meeting Natascha and your wedding. Wishing you both many many more years of joy and blogging to give you reasons to go out and find the next adventures in Graz and beyond 💕😺😽

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    • Thank you so much dear Charlotte both for your congratulations and your wonderful comment. Thank you. 🙂 Ralph xox ❤

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    • Wow, yes, it was quite a journey, wasn’t it dear Miriam. I love to read about your jouneys too.
      Thank you For the congrats my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  19. Dear friend Ralph,

    Congratulations! It seems like you have been posting for more than 6 years – hah!

    Here’s to many more years of blogging!


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    • Heehee. It must seem to be much more than 6 years to you and the other reader of my blog (who only understands Icelandic) 😉
      Thank you for being fun my friend. Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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  20. Ralph – this is such amazing history and adventure – well prepared story and joy to read over and over.

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    • Hi Mihran 🙂
      Thank you so much my friend! You are so kind.
      Take care and have a great week ahead. Ralph 🙂


    • Thank you so much for your congratulations my friend. 6 years has gone by so quickly and, amazingly, I have a new post in the works. Usually I have no idea what I am going to write about, then a seed of an idea blossoms into a post. Have a lovely evening. Ralph xox ❤

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    • Oh no ! I had forgotten about the fashion week too Katie. Best forgotten eh ? Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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