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A Heartwarming Tale of Peace Hope & Joy
21-DEC-2009

A Heartwarming Tale of Peace Hope & Joy

This pretty brooch was sent to me by a dear friend who lives in California.
As I only wear it at Christmas time I hadn't noticed that it had gone missing
from my jewellery box.
A few weeks ago, another friend saw me stopped at the side of the road. Not
realising that I was simply taking photographs (as usual), she pulled up to
check that my car hadn't broken down. As I chatted, I admired her brooch,
adding that I had one the same which had been sent from America. She then
unpinned it and handed it to me, saying it was mine. Her daughter had found it
outside their house two years ago and she had been unable to trace the owner.
She had been wearing it that day as she had been meeting up with a group of
mums from the school our sons used to attend in the hope that one of them
might recognise it. I was delighted to be re-united with my brooch with its
festive message.
And as an aside, three women appeared in the local court during the summer
after the police had raided a house which they suspected was being used as
a brothel. The women's names? Two were called Hope and the other Joy, which
I guess were the expectations of those visiting the house. Charges against them
were dismissed due to an error on the summons.

Nikon D90
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maggie_falconi23-Dec-2009 09:33
Nice brooch and a wonderful story Mairead, thanks for sharing!
Sheila22-Dec-2009 22:08
Lovely brooch and two great stories.
slhoornstra22-Dec-2009 20:08
A lovely story of your brooch, glad it came home. V
jlm22-Dec-2009 18:43
Nice story
Johnny JAG22-Dec-2009 17:02
LOL at your story of the brothel, I guess some were going for a peace too ;-)
Lovely little brooch nicely done.
bill friedlander22-Dec-2009 16:06
A lovely Christmas ornament and an appropriate story for the season. V
Blandine Mangin22-Dec-2009 15:54
very lovely ! v
Neal Nye22-Dec-2009 12:14
A wonderful story but particularly nice at this time of year. It's such a pretty little brooch and so expertly photographed.
Ali Majdfar22-Dec-2009 12:08
So lovely! ~V
laine22-Dec-2009 09:47
That's a pretty ornament, Mairead.
Stephanie22-Dec-2009 07:53
Love the pin, but the story is SO heartwarming!
Betty Vlasiu22-Dec-2009 05:38
Very nice colors. .v
globalgadabout22-Dec-2009 03:53
glad to hear Hope and Joy are around for christmas...and a heartwarming tale of the brooch's return...a delightful piece it is too...stunning against the black background...alas though the angels' message is a tad idyllic...these are dangerous times...V
pkocinski22-Dec-2009 00:32
What an amazing happening!
Mary Terry22-Dec-2009 00:22
What a great story! I'm glad your brooch made its way back to you before the holiday.
Phillip Normanton21-Dec-2009 23:51
That's almost spooky - must be the ghosts of Christmas doing their thing :o)
Colin Storey21-Dec-2009 23:06
Whatafantastic story, perfect for christmas, being reunited with a old friend. Great shot also. v
Keith O'Brien21-Dec-2009 22:54
Very nice, works well with the black background. V
Ann...21-Dec-2009 22:47
Delightful!!
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