April 2012 Guestbook André Rieu Fans

APRIL 2012
           ANDRE RIEU FANS


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  • March 31, 2012 Bob wrote:
    Hello to all!

    Maureen D , Hope you have many more of those birthday things. I've already
    had too many of them,

    Shirley : "March winds bring April Flowers ..."

    Jeanine Ann : Eucharistic ministers are soooo wonderful! You folks are the greatest! (Just ask my 97 year old aunt Jane) BTW, I think what you were referring to is the Litany of the Saints - Old rotten tobys

    Eve : Loved the comment about the scotch. After about 2 ounces of Glenlivet, Captcha starts to make sense!

    Moderator Bill,AZ : Not ignoring you but I don't think I'm ready to do much hiking / geocahing - yet. But thanks for lots of good info. Stay in touch!

    Shirley , Joplin MO: This is a baaaad weather time in the midwest USA as well you know. You all stay safe out there, ok? God Bless.

    Louise : My father was born in Glasgow. I love the summer but can do without burning sun. A couple of cloudy / damp days are very refreshing. Besides, they make a glourius Stradivarius (sp?) like Andre's sound magnificent! (Something about the effect humidity has on violins, I believe. Whatever ... ???"

    See you all at 16:00 est (20:00 gmt) for Andre's prayer.

    To all:

    Goodnight, Good Luck and
    Good News Tomorrow,

    Pittsburgh boB.

    Moderator Bill's note:  The weekly, world-wide prayer meeting for André is 1700 est (2100 gmt)

  • March 31, 2012 Moderator Adagio wrote:
    Happy April to everyone! Tomorrow is April Fool's Day. It was my father's birthday also. I used to play jokes on everyone, now, if I think about it, I might.
    Have a wonderful month everyone, may it be very musical with Andre's music!
    1. April 5, 2012 Webmaster Sally wrote:

      Moderator Adagio : I once put an egg in my father's slipper
       and when he put his foot in it.. smash!
      Seems I grabbed an un-boiled egg.
      I laughed .. my father .. Didn't !
      (good thing he was a happy man, whew!)
      I wasn't in trouble but he gave me the André eyebrow for a week!

  • March 31, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    Happy April everyone. I hope we see Andre return to his old self this month and feeling on top of the world again after his rest time.
  • April 1, 2012 katherine wrote:
    Oh, how sad, I will not be able to join in the prayer tonight as I have a social obligation. I will silently pray in my head, I hope that will be enough to give our dear maestro his energy and health the way he needs and deserves it!

    Wonderful Sunday!

  • April 1, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Bearing in mind I was very aware of the date. (I live with a prankster)and knowing your sense of humour I was actually waiting and hoping for you to come up with something. HOWEVER. During reading I did start to feel a bit green with envy and think 'How the heck did Bill manage this. How is he so 'in' with JSO. I want to know how he does it'
    So you half got me fooled Bill
    Great fun. Thanks for making my day. I am laughing my head off.

    Truthfully. First thought
    BILL YOU DIRTY RAT (James Cagney voice)

    Have a fun day my friend
    Lots of love Josephine UK xxxx
  • April 1, 2012 Ruth wrote:
    To you all sending best wishes for April. Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 1, 2012 Dorothy wrote:
    A great photo of Andre. Thank you
  • April 1, 2012 bob dooley wrote:
    Hope that this works because if it does not work believe me it will regrettably do more harm to the blog. I fell for the best april fools joke ever.
  • April 1, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    I wouldn't believe much of what Mr Bill says today! He's the official prankster.
  • April 1, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    HAPPY APRIL to all my beautiful fragrant friends who are like April Flowers to me
    Some like daffodils. Some tulips. Some primroses. Snowdrops .Crocus. All different but bright and beautiful in your own sweet way. I would like a whole big bunch of you all together in my home.

    Love you all lots xxxx
  • April 1, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    This is prayer dayso i will be doing eastern time,US time. I just read thatEnglish novelist Charles Reade once said, "When love & skill work together,expect a masterpiece". Isn't this what Andre does? That's why the world needs him well.
  • April 1, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Oh Happy Days, April is our André month!!! It is going to be sooooo good to have him back on stage again. Sweet FRIENDS, Wishing you all an awesome April!!! Love you so unbelievably much, Deirdré (Gauteng, South Africa) xxxx

    BILL, Neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever to be trusted again!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh SHIRL, What did you once call him:"Skinny Little Rascal?!" Then he has the nerve to call me "Little Miss Nuisance". Ha!!!!!!

  • April 1, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
    Dear sweet friends, May the month of April bring you joy, love and happiness. André will be back on stage soon!

    Quote for the month:

    "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind." Dr. Seuss

    Love you all from the bottom of my heart, Norma xxx

    NS- Please remember to join us in prayer!!

    1. April 1, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Norma, that has always been a favorite quote of mine. And I always say "what you see is what you get".
    2. April 1, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
      Norma, we will alway be in prayer with you and thank you for your hard work to this website. I really appreciate your and all the Andre Rieu friend's frienship.
  • April 1, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
    Oh Bill, oh Bill!!! Never a dull day with you on the blog. You are NEVER to be trusted. You said so yourself:" Many different personalities. I can never be trusted." NO MENTION OF GIEDRÉ?? Oh well I heard she was engaged to be married soon and that she is emigrating to New Zealand. She has been "Dreaming Of New Zealand" since she was a little girl. What a shame it is going to be never seeing her again. Love to you my heartbroken friend, Norma xxx
    1. April 1, 2012 Moderator Bill AZ wrote:
      Wait till you find out WHO she is going to marry in NZ

      For now, my lips are sealed

      1. April 2, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Ha-ha Bill, I am sure that it will not be you. I guess Deirdré has you worried my sweet friend!
  • April 1, 2012 Marlene Warren wrote:
    I wish you all a Happy April! Spring is here, sort of, still raining a lot where I am, but the days are warmer. Flowers and trees are budding and showing their faces. I love it.
    April showers bring May flowers...May should be great with flowers as it's raining on the first day of April!
    Is that logical? I hope so.
    Andre is supposed to return to stage this month! I'm so happy about that.

  • April 1, 2012 Ruba wrote:
    Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"
    —Robin Williams

    Oh dearest friends I miss all of you Spring is here with new beginnings I wish you all a Sweet month and lots of joy and love ... Tonight I send my dear Andre my warm prayers and for everyone here in this wonderful blog ...

    You have blessed us, O God,
    with the gift of friendship,
    the bonding of persons
    in a circle of love.
    We thank you for such a blessing:
    for friends who love us,
    who share our sorrows,
    who laugh with us in celebration,
    who bear our pain,
    who need us as we need them,
    who weep as we weep,
    who hold us when words fail,
    and who give us the freedom
    to be ourselves.
    Bless our friends with health,
    wholeness, life, and love.

    Ruba , lots of love

    1. April 1, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
      Ruba, this is so true and thanks for this beautiful prayer!
  • April 1, 2012 Bob wrote:
    To Bill and all others:

    That was fantastic, Bill. One of the best April Fools' pranks ever! There's gotta be a movie script in that one. "Journey to Maastricht" - something like that. Just wanted to say thank-you for making my day.

    Oh, by the way everyone, before I sign off: Stephanie phoned yesterday. She is going to run an idea by Andre that she and I do one or two of the Strauss piano duets with the JSO later this year. Piano duets can be a bit tricky, however. One sits shoulder-to-shoulder with one's partner, very close together on the piano bench. Some of the passages require that the partners are just about holding hands. Then, if one partner becomes confused with the pedals, a game of "Footsie" ensues beneath the piano. It's all quite challenging, actually. At any rate, Steffie and I going to meet in Saint Maartens next week and discuss future plans. I'll just take the Lear Jet and fly myself; airlines are so tedious these days. (Yes, I know that Princess Juliana Airport is a dicey approach but I'll be careful)

    For This Day Only,

    007, James Bond.
    (aka Pittsburgh Bob)
    1. April 3, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Sorry Bo b,you cannot out do Bill with a April fools joke,HE IS THE MASTER PRANKSTER.Regards.Philip.

      Moderator Bill's note:  There are some that think of me as a fibber; I prefer, Official Pot Stirrer

  • April 1, 2012 Bob wrote:
    I'm in for the Prayer Circle, everyone.

    To Andre: May God Bless you and keep you safe always. When you walk in His path, may He know of the love, peace and joy that you bring to His people. May the Lord bless you always and ever, now and forever. Amen. +

    Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 1, 2012 Eve wrote:

    JOINING in today's prayer for our Darling and not only; for all friends and fans of him, people whom he brought together, raised up to His beautiful self, made us one family.


    Lot of love to all, God bless!

  • April 1, 2012 Marlene Warren wrote:
    I'm here for the prayer. I'm listening to "You Raise Me Up", it seemed fitting for what Andre does to me. He raises me up with his beautiful music, he fills the world with music that cannot do anything except make us all feel wonderful, happy and at peace. We must not forget about the love we all feel for each other and for humanity. Wow, what a beautiful world it would be if everyone would allow something beautiful to raise them up above all the wars and strife, above all the hurt and pain, all the stress and worry of everyday life.
    Andre, when you return, the world will certainly be better because we will have your music and your smile and of course your love of music to make the world happier.

  • April 1, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Oh Marlene , On my way home from the marking center I listened to "You Never Walk Alone" and I thought of André, always holding his head up high. At the end of the storm is a golden sky and his music lifts us up and gives us new hope! Enjoy the week sweet friends, we are family and we care! Love, Deirdré (South Africa) xxx
    1. April 1, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Oh sweetie Deirdre I love that song also.  Just the title is full of hope.  Please drive carefully tomorrow my sweet friend.  Love and hugs, JA

    2. April 1, 2012 Marlene Warren wrote:
      Deirdre, You'll Never Walk Alone is one of my favorite songs as well! I almost played that one instead.
  • April 1, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello my sweet friends.should be trying to sleep but don't feel at all sleepy.
    Have had 'The red rose cafe' playing in my head all day. Played it this evening whilst saying my prayer for Andre.Probably hear it all night now. I don' t mind. I love it.
    I imagine myself sitting at a small table by the window. Watching for Andre to join me .I see him walking towards the Cafe. He smiles that special smile.and we wave to each other. We order coffe. Strong and black. Then we just sit. And sit. Talk about nothing in particular.just things that mean something to us. Alas it is time for us to part. Andre takes my hand and kisses it. Gently. Then he is gone. I hear his footsteps getting quiter and quieter until I hear them no more.Goodbye my love. Till next time.

    Goodnight my friends. Pleasant dreams to those who are sleeping. Xxxx
  • April 1, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    You Have given us once again a beautiful Photo Jeanine Ann how do you do it, such a beautiful face, I am never tired of Looking at Himself of them all I love the one that is on the cd "You Raise Me Up" I have that one above me on this desk I look up & think He is smiling just for me,oh well I can wish can't I, 

    Bill you are naughty I started reading & thought He will know how Andre' is, BBBB; Naughty boy;

    1. April 1, 2012 Moderator Bill AZ wrote:

      I prefer to think of myself as "fun loving" instead of "naughty"

      BTW, Jeanine Ann has enough photos of André, that she's taken, to post 100 photos of him EVERY DAY, for the next 365 days

  • April 1, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear all,
    Although I live in England, I always order from Ovations in Australia. I am now on pre-order for Australian $26.95 plus $10 shipping, total $36.95.
    The last time I ordered from Andre's official site it took 2 months to get my dvd as they swore blind they never got my money. However, my cheque had gone through my bank! I kept going on about it, even sending a copy of my bank statement and they still didn't believe me! They then said they don't like me paying by cheque even though their payment instructions include cheques. So now it is reliable Ovations for me. 

      By the way, I have just woken from a lovely dream where Andre touched my leg and made the pain go away and then we danced together and then I woke up. Bye for now. Hugs galore Sylvia, Keith and teddies

    1. April 2, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear sweet Sylvia , I hope your leg gets better and that you will soon experience no more discomfort. Take care my sweet friend. Love and hugs to you, Keith and the Teddies xxxxx
  • April 2, 2012 Linda Braxton wrote:
    Hi everyone,
    I thought you'd like to know (if you hadn't seen it already) that Andre has posted a message on his website (News).
    So good to read words from the great man himself!!!
    Love and blessings,
  • April 2, 2012 Mary wrote:
    Dear friends
    Happy Month of April to you all. Go to Andre's website, there is a message from him. I am so glad he is on his way back to us!
    Love to all
    Mary XXX
    South Africa
  • April 2, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:


    Mon 02 Apr 2012

    Dear all,

    I want to thank you for your love and support. I'm overwhelmed by all the sweet get well messages, cards and gifts. Although the best remedy for now is taking a lot of rest and doing special exercises, your support really means a lot to me and does me well!

    Music is my life, so I hope I will be able to perform for you all soon again. My next concert will be on the 20th of April in Denmark, I hope to see you there or at one of the following concerts later this year!

    Yours, André

    1. April 2, 2012 margaret wrote:

      It is so good to know you are so much better.
      Take care and dont overdo it!!!!!!!!!!!

      with love Margaret IOW
    2. April 2, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Get well soon sweet André. You are our life and we miss you. Thank you Jeanine Ann for posting this wonderful message on the blog. 
    3. April 2, 2012 Marlene Warren wrote:
      It's great to hear that Andre is getting better! I'm sure that he will return as soon as possible.
      Thanks Jeanine Ann for posting this for us to read.
      Rest can do wonders!
      It's nice that Andre sent this message for everyone.
    4. April 2, 2012 Eve wrote:

      THAT IS the news everybody is waiting for!
      Oh, how wonderful.
      Music IS Your life and You are our life!
      For you resting is best right now for us
      YOU are the best remedy!

      Waiting for You to come back, Darling ANDRE!

  • April 2, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hi all. Wonderful. Wonderful.Message from Our Darling Man on his site.
    I feel so Happy. I am singing and dancing and jumping for joy. Whoooppppeeee
    La la de da. Can't wait to see that beautiful face smiling again. Those long legs kickin again. Those sparkling eyes twinkling again.
    Love Him to bits
    Hope all my friends here are well
    Lots of love xxxxx
  • April 2, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    I forgot to as Jeanine Ann, on the video vault, I would like you to show Andre's Spanish Eyes please. thank you.
    1. April 2, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Okay Shirley, I will get that on for you.  Love you and have a wonderful day.  Hugs

  • April 2, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Life is not a highway strewn with flowers,
    Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,
    When the sun gives way to April showers,
    Here's a thought that we should never miss:

    Though April showers
    May come your way,
    They bring the flowers
    That bloom in May;
    And if it's raining,
    Have no regrets;
    Because, it isn't raining rain, you know,
    It's raining violets.
    And when you see clouds
    Upon the hill,
    You soon will see crowds
    Of daffodils;
    So keep on looking for the bluebird,
    And listening for his song,
    Whenever April showers come along.

    Though April showers
    May come your way,
    They bring the flowers
    That bloom in May;
    And if it's raining,
    Have no regrets;
    Because, it isn't raining rain, you know,
    It's raining violets.
    And when you see clouds
    Upon the hill,
    You soon will see crowds
    Of daffodils;
    So keep on looking for the bluebird,
    And listening for his song,
    Whenever April showers come along

    source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/
  • April 2, 2012 katherine wrote:
    Oh, the message from Andre himself! I would have loved it 200% if he had mentioned the prayers too, but unfortunately I never heard him talk about god or praying But I am sure he realizes his talents come straight from god. As it is, I am 100% happy with the message instead of 200%!
    Thank you Andre!

    1. April 2, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear Katherine, I am sure that André is aware of all our prayers although he didn't mention it.  I want to thank everybody for all your prayers and please keep it up. We serve a great God and I am sure that He knows our/André's heart. Love, Norma xxxx 
  • April 2, 2012 katherine wrote:
    I am sure of that too! I am just a little too demanding, I guess
    A long time without Andre makes a woman think crazy things, ha ha ha!
  • April 2, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    WOW GREAT NEWS this is something I have been waiting patiently for & I am the most impatient person; I imagine Andre' has spent some special times with His Grandchildren, they alone I think would give Himself lots of Joy & funny moments; I will still keep praying though for how else can a person thank Andre' for all He gives to us; Sylvia you surely had a beautiful dream carry it with you for a while; please can someone tell me what that large wall like building is that is on a hill at Schonbrunn it looks like some kind of memorial, is it please I am very ignorant when it comes to Europe & its building, I have a young Austrian friend who I asked but like me she did'nt know. Have a Rieully Great Day; Fay from Toongabbie N.S.W. Australia;
  • April 2, 2012 Judith wrote:
    I am back home after quite a day! Friday meeting with more 'quacks' to get today's results. More tomorrow - maybe?
    1. April 3, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
      Hellow sweet Judith, I see you have also been going for tests. I have had a week full of them and have hardly any more blood left in my veins to give. Yesterday wemt to doctor who confirmed that I am now diabetic. I have to test my own blood every day, the doc gave me a special little machine in which to do so, and follow a special menu. Well it is going to be a lifestyle change for me as I usually don't eat breakfast or lunch. And to top it all I've pinched a nerve in the back which is not very comfortable at all. But I suppose I should count my blessings as there are persons worse off than me - but I am not of the patient type and hate for anything to go wrong. I hope your results come back positive.
      Oceans of love, hugs and kisses
      1. April 3, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
        Shame Judith, my husband lost his two legs in the knee joints and they couldn't trace diabetes. After he went for the removal of a cataract they diagnosed him as diabetic. That was last year and he has stabilized his sugar now. Thank God for that. It is not so easy path, but walk it according to doctor's instructions and it won't be so hard. I will pray for you!!
        1. April 3, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
          Sweet Alta, You too are a very brave and strong woman! When are you going in for your back operation? Please let us know. You too are in my thoughts and prayers. Love and warm hugs, Norma xxxx
          1. April 3, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
            Thanks for your prayers Norma .

            I am going in on 16 April and the operation will be done on 17 April. Then I will be out of order for three weeks. So, I won't be able to end E-mails or anything. I am going to miss you all.
    2. April 3, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Sweet Judith, Good luck with your test results, my prayers are with you my sweet gutsy friend. Love you so very much, Norma xxx
  • April 2, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    Hi Fay, I have been to Schonbrunn a couple of times and it is truly beautiful but I never knew too much about Thew Gloriette which is the building at the rear. During the 19th century it was used by The Imperial Family for dining as the central part was glazed. It was destroyed during the war and restored in 1994/5. Now glazed again and used as a cafe. Hope my facts are right and this answers your question.
    GREAT news from Andre today, I am so happy!!!!!
  • April 2, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Josephine such beautiful words to such a great song I have loved Al Jolson since I was about 10 1/2 I wagged school & sat through the whole day watching The Jolson Story I was too frightened to go home, so I hid under a friends house & took off each morning I went back 3 days in a row to the movie, then I got caught & ended up with The Nuns for 2 1/2 of the happiest years of my life, we used to have movies once a month, & ended up seeing The Jolson Story once again, its a strange world; JUDITH you take care sweet Friend I will talk to The Man upstairs, I wonder if He ever gets sick of us I don't feel so I have had too many Prayers answered ;
  • April 3, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
    Hello all my beautiful caring wonderful friends on this beautiful site.
    I have received the results of blood tests that confirm that I am a diabetic. Not too bad at the moment and the doctor says it's not too late!!! What she mean't by that I don't quite know. But as long as I make it to August 2012 for Andre's visit to Cape Town that will be fine - A N D R E will revive my drooping spirit. 
    Eve , your prayer is most precious. Do these words of wisdom just come to mind or do you have a spiritual book because you are just wonderful in the way you put your words together in prayer.
    Darling Josephine , your words are absolutely beautiful too. Where do all you people find these verses or are they straight off the cuff so to speak. If so you are all very talented people. But then only talented beautiful people belong on this site!

    Where is our Philip ? Has he been moderated off the blog???? Haven't heard from him for quite some time. 

    To our darling of the blog, Deirdre , how is your toe doing? I hope you give it a rest every now and again so that it is 100% for Maastricht.

    Oh it is such great news to hear from the Maestro himself . Soon he will be back on stage strutting those tail feathers, but I do hope he slows down a bit. It really worries me when I see his calendar and now because he has had to postpone a few shows means he is going to go all out to catch up.

    To all our newcomers , a very warm welcome to our site love and compassion for each radiates forth. You are never alone on this sight. It is my security blanket that is wrapped around me so tightly @ so filled with love & care.

    To all our moderators , A BIG thank you for keeping us up to date with the latest news of Andre and for keeping this site running so smoothly. Bless you all, yes even you naughty naughty Bill AZ.

    1. April 3, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear Louise, You are in my thoughts and prayers. You too are such a brave person and I admire your positive attitude and guts! Love and many warm hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 3, 2012 Maureen wrote:
    Hello all,
    I just tried to send this message but think it disappeared into the ether!
    To all UK fans in case you haven't spotted it-Andre is on Sky Arts at 10.05pm this Thursday. Grrrr & I don't have a Sky subscription!
    Sooo glad to hear from Andre, may God bless him & keep him safe & well always.

  • April 3, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    Hi Peter, welcome to the blog.  I hope you will enjoy all the friends here.  We have a good time and discuss many things in addition to Andre.  Please come back and join us soon.  Hugs,  Moderator Jeanine Ann


  • April 3, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    JUDé and LOUISE and ALTA and SHIRL,
    My very brave and beautiful friends I admire you for your strength and beautiful attitude towards life. You are all an inspiration and I love you so much! I just know all will be well, all just have to be well. I so wish I could arrange a private concert with André for you girls, wouldn't that be magical!!! Good luck with all your tests and medical problems. You are in my thoughts and prayers, always. Love you 2 bits
    Deirdré (Gauteng, South Africa) xxx
  • April 3, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear all in England . For those of you
    who don't buy weekly tv guides, here are
    the Andre dvd's being shown on Sky Arts 2/Virgin 283 on Easter Monday, 9 April:
    2.00 - 2.30 Waltz with me (documentary)
    2.30 - 4.30 Songs from my heart
    4.30 - 6.35 Live in Maastricht II
    6.35 - 8.50 Live in Maastricht III
    8.50 -10.50 Live in Maastricht IV

    Hope that is a help and will make your
    day really wonderful. Hugs to you all
    Sylvia, Keith and all our lovely teddies
    1. April 3, 2012 Gloria Futcher wrote:
      Hi Sylvia

      Many thanks for this info - I will note it. Gloria
    2. April 4, 2012 margaret IOW wrote:
      Dear Sylvia and Teddies

      Thanks for the info, I usually check out Sky Arts 2 but have been so busy , havent so far, but now I dont have to, All those in one day, cant wait.
      Habent seen Songs from my heart, is dvd still available do you know?

      Love Margaret IOW
    3. April 4, 2012 Ruth wrote:
      Hi Sylvia thak you so much for the info. Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 3, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Sending a little sunshine
    To sprinkle in your day,
    Reminding you that you're thought of
    In a warm and special way!


    All my dearest friends on the blog who are not feeling on top form just now. Waiting for appointments or results or in pain .Keep strong my friends. We are all here for you. I hope you can feel the warmth and love we send you

    Much love Josephine UK xxxxx

    Moderator Bill's note:  Thanks, Josephine , for always including your COUNTRY, at the end of your comments.

  • April 3, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Bill, I sent you an e-mail on the the e-mail you sent me.I have had this problem before when I sent e-mails to JA and Norma,any way the jist of the e-mail was my annoyance of the new recaptcha code.
    Philip.Gauteng. RSA.
    1. April 3, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Philip my friend, since you live in Gauteng, you must live very close to Deirdre!  How lucky you are.  I would love to live there because the country is beautiful but more importantly because I would be close to my dear friend Deirdre. 
      You will get used to those captcha codes.  The more you do the easier they get.  I don't like them but I have no choice either.  Maybe there will be less spam.  Take care my friend.  Oh the DVD The Christmas I Love is my favorite of the Christmas videos and I play it every year.  The setting is just so sweet and beautiful and of course Andre looks so gorgeous!   Buckets of love to you.  Jeanine Ann, Pa. USA

  • April 3, 2012 Philip wrote:
    To all fans on the blog,I am in the process of enlarging my Andre Dvd collection,by getting some of his older dvd's,my recent addition is "the Christmas I love" I am aware you ladies are nuts about him as a person and his "looks",but from my point of view as a guy this is a brilliant violist, and this is so evident in this dvd, mind you with a grand prix under his belt one cannot expect less from him, can anyone
    tell me when this dvd was made?.I like to keep my dvd's in date order.Hugs and kisses for the ladies,and warm hand shakes for the guys,Bill if you behave yourself, I will give you a hug and a kiss???Regards to all.

    Moderator Bill's note:  I will start behaving myself, the day I start pushing up daisies.  I have all my DVD's in numerical sequence.  I put a little sticker on the edge of the album, & number them based on the year they were produced.  They are numbered #1 thru #30, which makes it very easy to replace the DVD in is proper place when I finished watching a DVD.

  • April 3, 2012 Ruba wrote:
    I am so pleased to read our amazing maestro message, I thank God to hear he is feeling better and being able to continue spreading love and happiness all over the world with his special music ..

    My beautiful friends I just want to give each one of you a rose, which represents love and appreciation … I'm sending it to you, because I'm grateful for being part of this wonderful blog. The day I met you here I knew that there truly are angels on earth…Thank you for being my friends and special kisses for our beautiful Moderators..

    Dear JUDITH, LOUISE, ALTA and SHIRLEY.. You're always with me in my heart and I pray that you well be GREAT soon and just remember that no matter how dark the winter seems, spring will come with a burst of sunshine and new life. There's always someone above watching over and guiding you, leading you along in the darkness and bringing you fragrant flowers in spring with a touch of newfound love. Never stop hoping for the sunshine, and never forget that things will get better.

    With all the love in the world~ RUBA , Jordan

    PS : Dear Bill , see I added my country 
    1. April 3, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Dear Ruba,  what a beautiful message you have for everyone here.  I would say that everyone here feels the same about you!  You are indeed a beautiful lady, inside and outside.  You are very caring and sweet.  I cannot wait for the day when I can meet you and give you a great big hug.  Take care of yourself and thank you for your heartfelt message to all of us.  Much love and many hugs to you my sweet friend.  Jeanine Ann

    2. April 3, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Thank you sweet  angel Ruba, we miss you on the blog. Take care and look after yourself. Love you too, Norma xxx


    3. April 3, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Dear Ruba , what a compassionate person you are. Thank you for including me in your thoughts. When I read something like this, from someone I've never met it touches me very deeply. I just got a card today from a friend in Australia, whom I've never met either, & in this card there was a little prayer card, onethat I will keep up by her picture.I don't know when or how long now that we've written each other, but oddly enough she has a sister named Shirley too. If I may I would like to show you the words to this card. I am overwhelmed & moved to tears, at some of the things Andre fans & friends do for each other.
      Every day I need you Lord
      But this day especially,
      I need some extra strength
      To face whatever is to be.
      This day more than any day
      I need to feel you near,
      To fortify my courage
      And to overcome my fear.

      By myself,I cannot meet
      The challenge of the hour,
      There are times when humans help,
      But we need a higher power
      To assist us bear what must be borne.
      And so dear Lord I pray
      Hold on to my trembling hand
      And be near me today.
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    4. April 3, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
      Thanks Ruba for your beautiful words. I am not even affraid of the operation because I am a child of God and He will protect me. The neurosurgeon who is going to do the operation is also my boss and I have confidence in him as he is also a child of God. Love. Will see and hear from you before the operation 16 April 2012.
  • April 3, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Phillip if you have The Christmas I Love watch the credits at the end it tells you the year it was recorded, I can't do that at this moment in time as I am here & I won't just Put Himself on & fast forward, thats very close to a mortal sin in my life; Sylvia a great day of Andre'it seems for those of you in England, I wonder what Waltz with Me is, will you let us know as I don't know that title, we are fortunate each Sunday lately the Studio channel on Foxtel have Andre' on usually about 6pm but the times do change, I usually record Him on the IQ box & put them on for Jasper when we go out, most people think I am crazy but Andre' keeps him happy; Maureen D thank you but the building I mean does'nt look wide enough to be used as a coffee place it looks like a monument, when you watch the Schonbrunn dvd the camera goes to it especially when all the Ladies are in the carriages you get a good view of it then. ?????
    1. April 3, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
      Dear Fay ,
      Waltz with me is a half an hour documentary that Andre made before visiting England to perform at the
      Royal Albert Hall. Hope this is the info you wanted. Love Sylvia and Christian (everyone else is asleep)
  • April 3, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet JEANINE ANN,
    I too wish you could stay in Gauteng. Wouldn't that be magical!! We could listen to André's music/DVDs and attend his concerts!!! Oh I can hardly wait for Maastricht to meet you and all my sweet friends! Take care my Sweets. Love you buckets and buckets full xxx

    OH JOSé, beautiful poem. Maastricht is around the corner, see you soon sweet Peach Blossom! Luv u 2 xxx

    SWEET RUBS, Your message is beautiful and and so are you. See you soon sweet friend! Love u 2 bits xxx

    Dear PHILIP, It would be great having Jeanine Ann living in Gauteng, we would so rock The Dome!! See you soon, I am looking forward to it! Emmers en kruiwaens vol liefde xxxx

    Sweet Beautiful SYLVIA,
    On second thoughts, I think I must come stay with you!!! We can watch André all the time. The UK rocks!! Love you too xx

    Then again I think I must come stay with you!! I will look after Jasper and then I can watch André DVDs all the time!! Thank you for all your wonderful emails. Love and hugs to you, Nellie and Sir Jasper xxx

    Wishing all my friends a glorious André day!! love you all so very much! Deirdré (Gauteng, SA)

    *** BILL, I too added my country and province!!!!!! Love you too my sweet Pot Stirrer From: Little Miss Nuisance xx***
    1. April 5, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Deirdre, Hello my 50km away neighbour, you realize of course, that when you and I hit the Dome in August, the dome will never be the same again,it will be called THE ANDRE RIEU DOME,this Gauteng province will know that you and I were there,and just to think I will see my beloved Stephanie in the flesh,and you, I will have to keep on a leash, with you near Andre, Andre will not be going any where let alone back to the Netherlands,while you are in Maastricht practice dancing with your hubby,because it is going to be you and me in front of the stage at the dome,you are quite a good looking chick,so I have to show you off to Andre,hence the leash serves two purposes, TO KEEP YOU AWAY FROM ANDRE and ANDRE AWAY FROM YOU, it would be great if Jeanine Ann lived in Gauteng,the three of us would have such a ball,but no rest for Gauteng.Liefde en drukkies vir jou my boere meisie.
      Philip Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 3, 2012 Maureen D wrote:
    Dear Fay , I rewatched the Schonbrunn DVD just for you, haha, the building with the statues on top and show while the girls are in the carriages, is the Gloriette and it has a glassed in section in the middle which is the cafe, don't know whether it is still used for that but it is very striking to look at. There may be a website where you can see it and the other buildings, it is worth a look. Hope this helps.

    Dear Philip , On my Christmas I Love DVD it is dated 1997, hope that will enable you to put them in order, I'm afraid mine are all over the place and I can never find the one I want, so I have to look through them all, all the time. haha !!!!

    Cheers Maureen
  • April 3, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    When I was 18 (1959) mummy and I were in
    Vienna (my mother came originally from Vienna) and we visited Schonbrunn and then visited the Gloriette which is a
    monument. We climbed up the steps which
    had people's names scrawled all the way up on the walls (I was naughty and put mine there as well, mea culpa).. At the top we walked around looking out at the palace. There was no cafe or glass
    panel there. I have forgotten what it commemorated. By the way, I have travelled in a fiaker (horsedrawn carriage) through Vienna. The people
    were expecting some celebrity that day,
    so were lining the streets and started
    clapping when our Fiaker appeared and
    looked so disappointed when they saw us
    instead. Bye for now. Love Sylvia
    (Keith and the teddies are still asleep 6.15 am
    glass panel there then.
  • April 4, 2012 Karen Barry wrote:
    Happy News about Andre's message to us all, at least he is finally listening to his body!!!!! Today I watched on our Austar Ovation channel "Love Around the World" at 9am, then later on in the afternoon "Live at the Royal Albert Hall". I had a Rieully great relaxing Day. I had some problems with my son's health, and lost my motivation to begin my day.
    I am so sorry so many of our ladies are not well and undergoing health checks, operations, tests scans etc. I send you all my love and you are all in my daily prayers.

    HAPPY EASTER TO EVERY MEMBER ON OUR WONDERFUL CARING BLOG, and to all our busy Moderators keeping us all in touch.

    Blessings and love
    Karen -- Varsity Lakes, Queensland, Australia.
    1. April 4, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
      Hi Karen, thank you for your prayers. I will need it for my back operation. I will also pray for your son's health and that it will be well with him soon. Enjoy your easter too. Love and peace!!
      1. April 4, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Hi Alta,

        I too will be praying for your operation.  I am sure everything will go fine.  My husband had the surgery and he is fine and that was 20 years ago!  Best of luck to you.   Love, Jeanine Ann    Happy Easter!


    2. April 4, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Karen,

      Happy Easter to you also!  I pray that your son is okay.  Take care my friend.

      Jeanine Ann, Pa. USA


  • April 4, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    I just looked up the meaning of "captcha", each letter stands for something & it says "completely automated public turing test to tell computers & humans apart".
    I understand the capt but what about the last part, cha? Anyway I guess it does stop spam.Helps keep out the riff raff. haha
  • April 4, 2012 Jean wrote:


    1. April 4, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:
       And a very Happy Easter to you and all Andre fans everywhere.
  • April 4, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear all!
    Passover falls at the same time as Easter this year, so may I wish any members of the blog a Happy Pesach.
    Shalom. Sylvia
    1. April 4, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi My Dearest Sylvia,  A very Happy Passover to you.  I love this time of year when Easter and Passover fall at the same time.  I love the Jewish Passover and love to read about the Seder meal.   Love to you, Keith and the Teddies.


      1. April 4, 2012 Ruth wrote:
        Hi All, I take it that the above are Andre Rieu Tulips, I bought 10, so far only 2 have buds, one opened the other day but it is not the lovely lilac!, mind you with the winds during last night and today it is a wonder it is still standing, the daffs are flat. Happy Easter to all, Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 4, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:

    Love you with all my heart!!!


    Deirdré Krüger (Gauteng, South Africa)

  • April 4, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet SHIRL, You are such a clever Girl!!! Ha-ha the only 'cha-cha' I know is the one I will be dancing in Maastricht with all my friends!! Love you to bits! xxx


    Oh Sweets you are my lifeline. You bring me sweet André Cofee each morning with the best stories eeeeeeeeeeeever. You brighten up my days and make me so happy. You are a wonderful friend and I love you so!! We are going to the coast for the Easter weekend and I promise not to bungee jump or do anything dangerous! Amazon xxxx

    Dear FRIENDS,

    Enjoy your Easter, we serve a wonderful and magnificent God!
  • April 4, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
    WISHING ALL A HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER AND PASSOVER! You are all in my prayers and I love each of you so very much. Norma xxx


  • April 4, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
     Thought everyone would like to read this.  It was sent to me last year from Sylvia

    Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? I never noticed this....

    The Gospel of John (20:7) tells us that the napkin, which was placed over the face of Jesus, was not just thrown aside like the grave clothes.

    The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded, and was placed at the head of that stony coffin.

    Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance.

    She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, 'They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they have put him!'

    Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple out ran Peter and got there first. He stopped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in.

    Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side.

    Was that important? Absolutely!
    Is it really significant? Yes!

    In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about Hebrew tradition of that day.

    The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every

    Jewish boy knew this tradition.

    When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it.

    The table was furnished perfectly, and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch that table, until the master was finished..

    Now if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth, and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table.

    The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, "I'm finished.."

    But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because..........

    The folded napkin meant,

    "I'm coming back!"

    AND SO HE SHALL………….

    1. April 5, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Thanks Jeanine Ann & Sylvia. I had never read this before.Quiet meaningful & true. While I'm here, want to wish everyone a Glorious & Happy Easter. It really is more than new clothes & colored eggs, but then that's a fun part too.
  • April 4, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear pals.
    Just woke up after a half an hour nap. I was dreaming of Andre (as one does) and moaning about my leg and Andre
    materialised and said stop moaning, just listen to one of my dvd's. However,just let me play you something on my violin first and he played for me
    Wien, Wien, nur Du allein which mummy and I used to sing together. When he
    had finished playing, I lent forward to kiss him and he told me somewhat severely, What would Marjorie say? and
    disappeared and I woke up. Am I going nuts? Hope everyone who is suffering pain or due to undergo an operation will feel soothed knowing we are all praying for you. Keith has just lit a huge, fat,scented candle in
    your honour. Shalom, mashallah, blessings on you. Love and hugs Sylvia
    of London, Keith and all the lovely
    1. April 4, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Sylvia, you certainly got the message that all of us need to get haha!!  Shalom to you my dear friend and to Keith and Teddies.  Love always, Jeanine Ann

    2. April 18, 2012 Elizabeth heinsohn-Deer wrote:
      Dear Sylvia I think it would depend on where you kissed André that would matter to Marjorie. If you did that European 'kissy' thing on the side of the face it would be ok.what a dream. I don't know you but thank you for your comments. Elizabeth aka Libby aka HRH EIII
  • April 4, 2012 Philip wrote:
    To all the good folk on this blog,what ever this holiday period may mean to you,may you have peace and joy.
    1. April 4, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Thank you dear Philip and I wish you the same!  Take care my friend.  Buckets of you know what!!!


      1. April 5, 2012 Philip wrote:
        Hello Jeanine Ann, thank you for the lovely picture of Stephanie,you really know how to make my day,Deirdre and I are approx 50km from each other by road,It would be great if you could come and live in Gauteng with the two of us, we will really liven up this province.Anyway will not be staying up too late tonight, mass is at 7am tomorrow morning,"STATIONS OF THE CROSS" is always sad and emotional for me, and takes some time for me to come to terms with it.Any way I will be thinking of you tomorrow.BOLHAK.(Buckets of love,hugs and kisses) for you
        Philip Gauteng RSA
      2. April 9, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
        Hi STephani, love you and your playing! I think it is excellent!
  • April 4, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    SYLVIA what a glorious dream SHALOM to you& may The Peace that passes all understanding be with you & yours always;Jeanine Ann thank you for the piece about the napkin, I have never heard that before; Phillip on my The Christmas I Love at the end it says 1998, have you watched yours yet? did you find your beautiful Stephanie she is so young, thank you too ladies for the info on The Gloriette I will google it now I know the name to see what it says;
  • April 4, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    Here is a video you will love especially all you JSO fans.  Some photos of Andre too!!!!   Thanks Deirdre!


    1. April 5, 2012 Ruth wrote:
      Thank you Jeanine Ann this was lovely to watch. Hugs and Luv Ruth
    2. April 10, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
      Thanks Jeanine Ann, I have enjoyed this! Will never say that these "untouchable" people is as normal as us. Love them all!!!
    3. April 21, 2012 tess wrote:
      how good is this clip i need to send you some off mine.....you will all love them...... Tess
      1. April 22, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Oh Tess we would love to see your clips! Thank you so much sweet friend. Love and hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 4, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Thank you ladies I looked up via Google Gloriette I now have my curiosity satisfied, also Sylvia I don't know if I have the correct spelling or name but 2 years ago goods came into S.V.D.Pauls where we worked this plate was among some of the items Seder Plate my son said He thought it was, He said Mum this is a Jewish Holy Plate we should not sell this so we took it to our Parish Priest who knew what it was, last Easter He used it to tell The Story between the cultures & how one can compliment the other, being the Jewish Faith & how Christians have intertwined the 2 Faiths It was so interesting; please may I take this moment in time to wish each & everyone a Blessed & Happy Easter & also a Blessed Passover, regardless of creed or faith we are all Gods Children;
  • April 4, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    I love the story of the folded napkin Jeanine Ann and Sylvia. Beautiful.
    Happy Easter everyone and Passover Sylvia and any other of our Jewish friends.
  • April 4, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    Thank you Jeanine Ann for the wonderful Easter story, I had not heard that either, so much out there for all of us to learn.

    Blessings and love to Everyone at this special time of the year.

    Maureen of Melbourne, Aus.
  • April 4, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    Loved the video, there was something there for everyone of us.
    Can't wait for the real thing.
    Maureen, Melb.Aust. xxx
  • April 4, 2012 roberto wrote:
    Da Roma un grande augurio di Buona Pasqua a tutti!!!!
    From Rome Happy Easter to all of you!!!
  • April 5, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello my friends
    I hope you don't mind me sharing a touching moment with you
    When my son was small I used to sing to him a lot. He always says I am like a non stop 24 hour Juke Box!!
    Anyway he had a favourite song and used to say 'Mummy. Will you sing me the song where the Cherry Tree Stands Like a Bride'

    Last night he phoned me and asked 'Mummy. Will you sing me the song about The cherry tree' Well. That made my day as he is 41 years old.

    This is the song

    When daffodils blow in the wind
    And blossoms fast are falling
    To roam the hills is my delight
    For then I hear Spring calling

    The cherry tree stands like a bride
    For her the lark is singing
    She shouts a wedding song of joy
    As upward she goes winging

    Sweet spring comes calling
    Day by day
    Each heart an answer making
    For old and young the wonder feel
    That in the world is waking

    Well. That not only made my Heart smile but started me thinking
    How do I know this song.Where did I learn it. So I did the usual. Searched the internet.

    What I discovered was it was sung in the 1940's by a choirboy called BILLY NEELY. He was born on Ireland in 1935 and he is still so popular that a CD has been released called Evergreen and this song is featured on it. I will just have to buy it so that I can listen to it.

    But it still doesn't answer my question. How on earth do I know this song.

    Does anyone know of BILLY NEELY please

    Have a lovely day my friends
    Thank you for being here xxx

                                                                      Photo from Josephine

    1. April 5, 2012 Gloria Futcher wrote:

      What lovely words and what a lovely son!! Whether they are 1 month or 41 we still love them and I can see that he loves you!
    2. April 5, 2012 Gloria Futcher wrote:

      My daughter lives in Cork in Ireland - will ask her if she knows of him.
    3. April 5, 2012 Ruba wrote:
      Oh thank you dear Josephine for sharing this with us , you touched my heart I always knew that you are such a wonderful lady and lovely Mom ... I love you God bless you
    4. April 6, 2012 Ruth wrote:
      Hi Josephine, Thank you for this, it gave me goose bumps!!. So wonderful to that your son also remembered. Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 5, 2012 Eve wrote:

    JEANINE ANN, I am trying to find veeeery nice words to wish the nicest Easter with a lot of eggs and bunnies around and when I try to make it grand it just comes out simple: Happy Easter!

    Will I still get my Easter egg, please?!?!? With a Gorgeous smile on that beautiful face?? Pleeeease!

    SYLVIA, MUTTI, what a dream! Oh, I am getting jealous here: ANDRE playing just for you! But, a good Mutti as you are you will send me that music, won't you? Cos if you do, my heart won't ache anymore with so much love (it really hurts!).
    If it comes to preferences I would choose the following waltz: ANDRE ANDRE Nur Du allein!

    DEIRDRE, sweet Amazon, thanks for the appreciation but if I am your lifeline you are like a life-guard to me, saving me when I am drifting too far on this ocean of love. (ocean with no rocks on the bottom to kick!)

    JO, darling, the star named JOSEPHINE is back on my night sky again, I can follow its/her route, keeps me company. Solid proof that you are there/here for me!
    How about sending me some sunshine from sunny England?!?! See, I am greedy, can't have enough.

    BOB, aka TUMBLEWEED, Happy Easter, I will be waiting for you to come and "water the flower", meaning sprinkle perfume on my forgetful head (forgot to add something on the email but will do later).
    It is an old Transylvanian custom: boys come to girls on Easter Monday to "water" them. In exchange they receive eggs and cookies.
    Originally it was a bucket of plain water on the neck of the girlie, but don't you dare do that!

    HAPPY EASTER to you ANITHA! What are the Easter customs in Denmark like? And the Menu??

    RUBA, sweets, what is the equivalent for Easter in your country. I know so little about it.
    AND: I would really be happy with some photos of your home town!

    LOUISE, my words of wisdom come to my mind every time I think of my wonderful friends here, on the blog and nicest prayer for me is their names!

    ENJOY spring, celebrate, feel happy and contented! La vie est belle!

    Always thinking of ALL OF YOU, sweet friends, the space here wouldn't be enough to fill it up with all the lovely names of all my lovely friends!


    Eve, Transylvania, Romania

    1. April 5, 2012 Eve wrote:

      THANK YOU!
      I have the Easter egg with triumphant ANDRE! The most beautiful sweet face in the world! That is how He will be back, glorious, sparkling!

      Thanks a million, good night, sweetie!

      1. April 5, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        You are quite welcome sweet Eve.  Wish I could give you a million eggs with Andre's beautiful face on them.  I hope you have a beautiful Easter season.  Love you so much.  Jeanine Ann

    2. April 5, 2012 Ruba wrote:
      My beautiful friends HAPPY EASTER AND HAPPY PASSOVER to all of you..

      Oh yes Eva the best place to witness the faith and celebration of Easter is in Jerusalem "My home town" On Easter Day, Christians of all ethnicity gathers in Jerusalem's Old City to follow in the footsteps of Christ
      Also the week is known as Holy Week and begins on Sunday with a gathering on the Mount of Olives to re-enact Christ's entry into Jerusalem, where he predicted his own fate to his followers. Monday of Holy Week is the time to visit the Dome of the Rock, the Muslim sacred site and the Jews Wailing Wall. Wednesday is a day to visit the Coenaculum, the place of Christ's Last Supper, where he administered the first holy communion to his disciples Good Friday is a day of epic celebration, with huge crowds gathering along the Ecce Homo archway ... on Saturday of Holy Week, in a traditional dating back some 800 years, that a Muslim family unlock the church, and on this day only, the Sepulcher (the Tomb of Jesus) is accessible to the public. Holy fire lights the candles, here and across the Christian world, symbolizing the resurrection of Christ.
      In Easter holiday people celebrate outdoors by going out to parks or to the countryside. In the morning, children color eggs and eat them for breakfast. For lunch, people usually have salted fish and leafy green vegetables. At night, there are special concerts also women used to make the traditional Arabic Easter cookie It is made of dates, covered with dough, and is typically shaped into a circle-- meant to represent the crown of thorns Christ was forced to wear during his crucifixion.

      Lots of love
      Ruba - Jordan
      1. April 5, 2012 Shirley wrote:
        Oh thank you Ruba, for that information.I always wished I could have visited the Holy Land. I had friends who did & they said it was very rewarding journey.
      2. April 5, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Oh thank you Ruba for this wonderful account of Holy Week in Jerusalem.  I so wish I could be there to witness all this.  There is so much tradition from the Jewish to the Christian rites at Easter.  Could you please tell me more about the word Coenaculum, the place of the Last Supper.  I have never heard the word before to describe what we call "The Upper Room".  You are so lucky to have Jerusalem as your home town.  Thank you again Ruba, love you much.  Jeanine Ann

  • April 5, 2012 Mary wrote:
    Dear friends
    Happy Easter and Passover to everyone.
    Thank you dear Deirdre for all the nice messages. Jy moet mooi ry en veilig terugkom! (Safe trip) Our roads are very dangerous and dodgy!
    Thank you dear Jeanine Ann and norma and all the lovely moderators for all you hard work.
    All the love in the world to each and everyone! God bless you all.
    Much love
    Mary XXX
    Free State, South Africa.


  • April 5, 2012 may toet wrote:
    Looking forward so much to the first Adre Rieu concert to be held in Glasgow in December this year.
    1. April 5, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi May,  I am sure you will have a wonderful time at the concert and I hope you will tell us all about it afterward.  Love and hugs to you.  Jeanine Ann, USA

  • April 5, 2012 Philip wrote:
    To all the good ladies on the blog,for the assistance you have given me re: the dvd A very big thank you, you are all super stars,lots of love to all of you.
  • April 5, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Bill ,the official pot stirrer,my other half,thank you for the cancer link,I will have a better look at it over the weekend,thank you for the smiles and laughter you bring to the blog,and THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU.Have a greeeeat weekend.Regards,
    Philip .Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 5, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    This beautiful photo is from Ruba.   Thank you Ruba!


    1. April 6, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Thank you sweet Ruba, this is so beautiful!. May you have a blessed Easter. Love and hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 5, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Good morning all you lovely people, at this moment in time in Australia it is Good Friday, such a day that holds so much in our lives & History , I personally love Easter it has special memories for me as a late comer to The Catholic Faith, I remember The Church of England at Easter they don't seem to my mind to have the ceremonys, that we celebrate, I wish I could share last nights celebration of The Last Supper, but my words cannot express what I feel; when you think of The Reality its hard to express, so dear Friends here we all share The Love we feel for Andre'can you imagine the fun He would be having with His Granbabies this Easter, I would like to be a butterfly in His Orangery & be there to share in those moments He loves, life would be short but how Glorious eh!?, I was talking to a friend Yesterday & sharing our prayer circle with her, the comment she gave me, "He is not only a clever Man but I believe He is an even nicer Person" I liked that;
  • April 5, 2012 Bob wrote:
    Hello to all,

    May we celebrate a joyous Easter and a holy Passover this springtime. Here in Pittsburgh spring has sprung about a month early due to unseasonably warm weather. It looks like early May rather than early April. I'm not complaining.

    Here's a classic blooper from a church bulletin you may or may not have read: "In celebration of Easter this Sunday, Mrs. Jones will come forward and lay an egg on the altar following the service." (poor Mrs. Jones)

    See Y'all later,

    Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 6, 2012 katherine wrote:
    I ma confused a bit, when people speak of Him and He on this blog, do they mean God or Andre???
    I hope it's the first, especially with Easter so close now .
    Andre is fabulous, wonderful, lovely and fantastic, but he is of course not higher than God.
    I wish you al an amazing easter, do not eat too much chocolate, listen to our sweet maestro to lift your hearts and much love and luck for everyone on this super blog!

    1. April 6, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Hi Katherine,I think most everyone here uses the Capital letter "HE" to refer to God, otherwise it's a small "he".
    2. April 6, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear Katherine, I am sure everybody refers to God when they speak of He/Him. We all love Andre very much but he will never take God's place in our hearts or on the blog. Wishing you a blessed Easter. Love and hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 6, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet FRIENDS,
    We are celebrating Good Friday at the coast in beautiful sunny weather. When I looked out over the ocean I experienced the greatness of God and his creation once more. I carry you all in my heart and pray for all of you and Andre each and every day.

    Sweet RUBS and JEANINE ANN, Thank you for the beautiful Easter eggs, you both made my day! Love you so xx

    Dear PHILIP, We are going to rock Maastricht and the Dome!!! Andre will definitely know that we were there! Buckets of love xxx

    Are you still an owl? I am careful on the beach and am looking after my toe.I will need all my toes and fingers in Maastricht to do all the things I want to do. Hope you will be able to keep up with me. Juandre reckons I have ADD!!! HAHA!! Love u 2 Sweets xxx

    HAPPY EASTER EVERYBODY!! Love and miss you all. Deirdre (Gauteng, SA) xxx
  • April 6, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

    April 6, 2012

    Many of us grew up celebrating Easter as the holiday where a cute little bunny rabbit brought chocolate and other delicious treats for everyone to eat. All we had to do was look diligently for the eggs hidden around the house and eventually it would lead us to the only thing we cared about: that giant basket of goodies.

    Many are still celebrating Easter in a similar fashion. It's become tradition - it's just what we do. This year I have a radical suggestion: start a new tradition. Something that goes much, much deeper than a furry rabbit & candy.
    Now don't get me wrong - I'd be lying if I told you there was no chocolate involved in my Easter weekend. I'd also be lying if I told you there were no Peeps or other marshmallow-y related food products. Or jelly beans. Or Twizzlers. There's nothing wrong with having a little egg hunt & candy at Easter - it's fun. But there is something wrong when Easter becomes all about the bunnies and the eggs and the chocolate.

    Easter is actually the greatest love story ever told - yet mankind has managed to water it down to an opportunity to devour a few extra M&M's and are actually 'offended' when they hear it. How could that be? What's offensive about this: The very first Easter weekend - three days that changed the world forever - took place over 2,000 years ago. Mankind was lost, floundering - headed for destruction. But because God so loved the world, He gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him will never die & have eternal life. And like the good Shepherd, Jesus laid down His life for the flock - and suffered greatly in doing so. He didn't have to - but He did. That is why we celebrate.
    And that is why we need to start a new tradition this Easter - whether you're Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, still thinking about it (come on already!), etc - because the holiday has nothing to do with chocolate. It's about showing love. Instead of just pounding some creme eggs & jelly beans - reach out to a friend or neighbor or total stranger. Get to know them - and look for ways you can help them. Donate your time. Donate some food. Whatever it is, just find a way to help someone in need.

    America's woes are easily solvable with that one, powerful, incredible word: love. That is why we are gathering this summer for Restoring Love in Dallas at Cowboys Stadium - to remind people of our greater purpose and stir us to action. It's also why I have great hope - because I know the American people & what we are capable of when we put our minds, and more importantly our hearts, to something.

    I look forward to hearing about your new Easter tradition - one that I believe will save the country.
    Have a great Easter!

    Laus Deo,
    Glenn Beck

    1. April 6, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      That Glenn Beck said it all didn't he? Thanks Jeanine Ann.
    2. April 6, 2012 Bob wrote:
      To Glenn Beck:

      Dominus vobiscum, senior! If you are the Glenn Beck of American radio fame I am honored to meet you. Muchas gratias for your wonderful post on 6 Apr 2012 about the meaning of Easter. We need thoughts like that, not only here in America but all over the world.

      Now, to everyone here: I do not know if Mister Beck has posted here before. Lots of us here in America are familiar with him. For those anywhere who are not, may I only say that I consider Mister Beck to be a serious political philosopher; one whose thoughts should be considered carefully. To agree or disagree with him is one's own decision.

      When I recently joined this blog I realized that it was not political. However, the weight of Mister Beck's thoughts compelled me to write this. I promise, no more political stuff from Pittsburgh boB.

      p.s. to Glenn Beck: I don't know how finalized your Dallas plans are, but you might want to do a Google Video search on "Andre Rieu Il Silenzio". I don't know anything about copyright issues; that would be up to your people.

      God Bless all!

      Pittsburgh boB.

  • April 6, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear English blog members!
    On Sunday the Sunday Express has an offer of 4 free Hot Cross Buns from a
    newsagent called McColl's! On the way to the Blackheath Farmer's Market, we shall be picking up our buns. Can't
    celebrate Easter without them. Hope
    you all are having a wonderful Easter/Passover from Sylvia and family
  • April 6, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    WOW that message packs a punch, sadly many people have forgotten what EASTER means, this year I have been more than Happy to see our Parish Church filled to overflowing, yesterday for The Passion we had the young people in our Parish carrying a huge Cross leading in to The Passion such moving moments during this , we had extra seats hastily pulled out of the hall so many people, our courtyard was packed, & during the part where people can venerate The Cross so many person encouraged their children to do the same, it was beautiful to be a part of this moment in time, we have a very multi cultureal Parish, Sudanise, Maltese,Shri Lankan,Chinese,Italian,& Australian born from many cultures, lots of Irish,we are a real mixing pot, it is so beautiful to be a part of all this specially at this moment in time, Christmas is Special But Easter I feel is more Poignant; last night on Foxtel Classic channel we had "Jesus of Nazareth" that I feel is the best Biblical movie of all time; after you have celebrated Your Easter Top it of with another celebration of your favorite Andre' dvd, I am not sure of my favorite so will have to watch a few, ha ha;
  • April 6, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    Two beautiful videos - the first one for Josephine and the second for Shirley. Enjoy!
    1. April 6, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Thank you so much JA. 2 great ones for sure. I loved the Spanish Eyes because you get a chance to see Andre behind the orchestra for a change. Of course I prefer him up front.
    2. April 6, 2012 Bob wrote:
      Absolutely beautiful! Thank-you, Jeanine Ann. God Bless you.

      Pittsburgh boB.
    3. April 7, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Excellent choice girls!!! Beautifully played by Andre. Love, Norma xxx
  • April 6, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    Dear Fay,
    Turned the tele on to SBS and there was a program on Schonbrunn Palace, isn't it funny how things like that happen.
    Cheers Maureen D xxx
  • April 6, 2012 Constance Reynolds wrote:
    happy holidays everyone
    1. April 6, 2012 Moderator Bill AZ wrote:
      Hi Connie,

      Nice to hear from you, been a while.  You've been conspiciuous by your absence.

      When I saw your name, I immediately thought of you & Norman when you came to Phoenix to see Andre & the JSO

      I hope you have a nice Easter.

      Bill in Arizona

    2. April 7, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Thank you Constance. It is nice to see you on the blog. Please feel free to post again. Hugs, Norma
  • April 6, 2012 Karen Barry wrote:
    Happy Healthy and peaceful Easter to all my friends. It has been quite calming to participate in The Passion and The Stations of the Cross yesterday at 3pm (Friday)
    Tomorrow is Mass at 10am for our whole family. (except for my son Paul who is suffering from Depression once again.)
    This will be the 1st EASTER I have shared with my youngest twin grandchildren. The family have returned to live and work on the Gold Coast.

    Alta and Jeanine Ann Norma thank you for your prayers and wishes to me witn my worries about my son.
    Alta I include you in my prayers too, am thinking of you in your back surgery which is looming quickly. You are very brave.
    Happy Easter Wishes, to all, even Andre has sent out a thank you. I am on his fans email listing
    Easter Blessings
    Karen from Gold Coast QLD, Australia.
  • April 7, 2012 Susan Martin wrote:
    I would like to know if it is possible to request a song by the tenors at the Manchester Arena concert on December 14th. I'm taking my mum for her 90th birthday
    1. April 7, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear Susan, I do not think it is possible to request any particular songs at a concert. Andre is playing according to a fixed program and do not normally play songs on request.Hope you and your mum have a wonderful evening. Love and hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 7, 2012 katherine wrote:
    Blessed and happy easter to everyone and to the ones who rule our hearts!

    1. April 7, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Thank you sweet Katherine. Blessed and happy Easter to you too. Love and hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 7, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    Has anyone made a simnel Easter cake?
    1. April 7, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear Shirley, I am not familiar with a simnel Easter cake. Please tell us more about it. Thank you sweet friend. Love, Norma xxx
      1. April 7, 2012 Shirley wrote:
        Basically it's a light fruitcake. I think it started in the UK. Anyway it usually has
        a layer of baked almond paste & marzipan. To signify the true essence
        of Easter, the cake has 11 marzipan balls spread around the top, which
        symbolize the 11 true deciples of Christ. Sometimes Christ is also
        represented with an additional marzipan ball in th middle. I've heard there are many different versions of this cake too.
        I've never made one but I have a recipe for one,if I ever get brave enough to try it that is.not this year for sure.

  • April 7, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Dear KAREN, I hope you enjoyed your day with your grandchildren and hope that you have recovered from your accident. Love you sweet friend xxx

    We are on holiday and I posted a happy birthday wish to Bela before we left home. We are on the same time zone here in South Africa and that is one of the reasons Andre loves coming here. I find Bela very charming and mischievous. He has a fantastic personality and always reads our messages on face book. xx


    1. April 7, 2012 katherine wrote:
      Sweet Deirdre, that explains it all! I just thought it was funny he responded to you, I guess you should feel honored
      I have a weak spot for Bela too, I admit it. I hope your holiday is great and I wish you and your loved ones a marvellous Easter!

  • April 7, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    No I don't make a Simnel Cake. I am not a lover of Marzipan.I know the eleven little marzipan balls represent the disciples.
    I made a scrummy Chocolate Cheesecake.
    I have family coming for lunch tomorrow.
    I am cooking a leg of lamb studded with rosemary and garlic and the cheesecake to follow. Yum Yum.
    Been a lovely Spring day today her in Hampshire UK. Been pottering in the garden. All the time beautiful Andre music and beautiful Andre face in my head.What could be better.La la de da

    Well my house is filled with daffodils and chocolate and music and love. Wonderful.

    Love to you all my friends

    2 months 15 days 9 hours 48 minutes 12 seconds. Woop Woop

    Byeeeeeeeeeee xx

  • April 7, 2012 Webmaster Sally wrote:


    Click for Easter Card


    1. April 7, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Thank you Dear Sally.  Hope you have a glorious Easter Sunday.  Love and hugs

    2. April 10, 2012 margaret wrote:

      That was beautiful..Mr gandsons loved it.

      Happy Blessed Easter

  • April 7, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
    Hello to all my beautiful loving friends on this blog CHRIST THE LORD IS RISEN - ALLELUIA! A very happy Easter/Passover to everyone.
    I have just come back from the Easter Vigil where they light a fire outside the church. From this fire they light a big paschal candle with insignia (the alpha and the omega, the five olive pins representing the wounds Christ endured when nailed to the cross). The Paschal candle is then carried into the dark church and from that candle everyone lights their little candles. We received people into the church, thus we had a baptism, a first holy communion and confirmation. The service is usually quite a long one and of course of all days it would have to rain tonight at the time of our service but our priest made some other quick adaptions and the service went off without a hitch. You were all in my thoughts during this beautiful service.
    Sweet Karen, how is your son doing? I sm so sorry to hear about him and I know what he is going through, as I have been down that road myself. Am on anti-depressants at present but sometimes wonder if they are the right one?
    Alta, what can I say. You have more guts than I have. I suffer from a lot of backache and have already had 2 ops and I vouch I will never go for another one. But this nagging pain just keeps on and on and debilitates one. I cannot bend down to put sock on or hardly bend to put washing in the machine.

    1. April 7, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Dear Louise, thank you for your Easter greeting.  Sounds like you are Roman Catholic.  We also have two baptisms at the vigil tonight.  When we lived in Florida (USA) my husband and I were in charge of preparing the Easter fire.  We had a very large fire and were always nervous that by the time the people would march out of the church, the fire would be ready.  It was really a nice ministry (we were part of the RCIA program) because we knew our fire would be the fire for the Paschal candle.  Hope you have a wonderful day tomorrow which is already Easter Sunday for you.  Love and hugs,  Jeanine Ann

  • April 7, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:

    Happy and Glorious Easter to all my wonderful friends here on the blog.  Love every one of you so much.  Have a beautiful day!


  • April 7, 2012 Moderator Adagio wrote:
    Happy Easter to all of you!
    Have a wonderful day!
    I hope that it's a beautiful day with lots of nice comfortable sunshine.

    1. April 7, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

      And a Happy Easter from me too.

  • April 7, 2012 Marlene Warren wrote:
    I want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!
    I hope it's a fantastic day!
    Love and Hugs to everyone.

  • April 7, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    It is so Beautiful to be able to share regardless of Faith Or Creed, & this is so The Very Best Time of Year in The Church so many beautiful ceremonies & so great to see so many people coming with all their Children, Faith renewed; Maureen D sorry I missed that about Schonbrunn, I did Google Gloriette That answered all my Questions, thank God for Google, I have learnt so much from watching DVDs whose can you guess???, He does take us around the world, I have learnt so much from Andre' I have seen places I did'nt know anything about, I have seen the world by watching Andre' & His music. did you all get an Email with some new items I have Ordered the Pillow, don't know that I will put my head on though, I have a mouse pad that I created via the photo from last years calendar I cannot run my mouse over though, so I give Him a morning & a goodnight Kiss instead, I know I am mad it helps to make the world go round; A Blessed Happy & Holy Easter Day to all of you Beautiful people;
  • April 7, 2012 Constance Reynolds wrote:
    bill a.k.a pot stirrer extrodinare
    the reason I have benn absent fromm the blog is because the blog that was before this did not let me in so I had to go through web mommy(sally chaney.but now that it is switched around.I can say hi with out going through her.
    sally no offense I LOVE LIKE A SISTER.CONNIE OX
  • April 7, 2012 Judit wrote:
    Happy Easter to all of you!
    I think, our biggest Easter-gift is the news, that Andre Rieu is getting stronger every day.I am looking forward to seeing our idol on the stage again playing Lady Stradivarius with such a tenderness or energy as before.God bless Andre Rieu!
  • April 7, 2012 Bob wrote:
    "He is Lord, He is Lord.
    He is risen from the dead for He is Lord.
    Every knee will bow,
    every tongue confess,
    that Jesus Christ is Lord."
    (From a Baptist hymn)

    This Easter and Passover:

    May Andre, the JSO and everyone of us be blessed by the love of the Lord, now and forever.

    Holy and glorious Easter and Passover to all.

    God Bless and Shalom and Shalom, brothers and sisters.

    Pittsburgh boB. +
    1. April 8, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

      Thank you Bob.

  • April 7, 2012 Terezie wrote:
    Veselé Velikonoce André Rieu, Sally, Jeanine Ann i všem fanouškům André Rieu. Terezie Palečková
  • April 8, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Jeanine Ann thank you for the lily is it really named after Andre' yellow is not my favorite color but, Andre' does wear a lot of yellow & looks good, but then He looks good in anything I think, I have never seen a man wear such a variety of colors & look so masculine;
    1. April 8, 2012 katherine wrote:
      LOL then you should look at some pictures of Béla, ha ha ha
      But I hear you, Andre has some pretty colorful clothes too. I just think his style is not always so good, but what do I know! He is millions of times more popular and sucessful than I am, so he obviously does something right.

    2. April 8, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Fay, yes it really was the Andre Rieu Lily but I don't know if you can get it anymore.  I love yellow (especially on Andre) and wear it all the time.  He does look good in everything doesn't he!!  Do you think we love him because he looks good in everything, or does he look good in everything because we love him.  Wasn't that in a song somewhere?? (different words).  Hope you and Nelly and little sweet Jasper had a great Easter.  All our crew here had ham.  Camellia loves ham but then Camellia loves everything that is edible.  Love to all of you.  Jeanine Ann

  • April 8, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    Have you ever been to an outdoor Easter sunrise service? This morning my thoughts went back
    to one my grandmother took me to.Where we lived there was a natural hillside,even a cave entrance,
    representing the tomb.By the side of that there was a choirstand, the choir all wore white robes,& as the sun rose
    it gave a rosy glow to the choir robes. It was so beautiful I still remember it to this day.

    Then when our daughter was young we took her to see the Passion Play,in Arkansas, where the Great Passion Play
    is regularly performed.From time to time some popular artists visited to perform there.It's a
    huge outdoor amphitheater.also on the grounds nearby is the Christ of the Ozarks statue, the largest in North America.
    As I was thinking this morning, about special Easter services, these came to my mind, as my most
    pleasent memories.I can't get out to services anymore, but there is always TV, although it's not the same.
    We did get to see 2 good movies on TV, King of Kings & The Passion of the Christ.
    1. April 8, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Shirley, no I have never been to a sunrise service.  Our church is more into the Easter Vigil since we usually have baptisms, confirmations and first Holy Communion.  The sunrise service sounds beautiful and you can always remember that.  Personally I think the sunrise service would be wonderful to experience.  Our church was filled to the brim this morning and we even added two overflow services.  Where are they every other Sunday?!  We got there early and had our regular seat.  Hope your Easter was beautiful Shirley.  Love to you and Dan.

  • April 8, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Our Church just overflowed into the courtyard & choir loft that is never used, that sunrise service sounds beautiful. we had a Youth involved Stations of The Cross, they started in Blacktown visiting churches on the way to Parramatta & 7 in all, there were nearly 400 young people, they left before midnight & arrived at Dawn walking all the way I am not sure of the mileage , it would have been a long walk & something to witness lazy me was in my bed; we had the most beautiful Movie on Classics, Jesus Of Nazareth, very true to the Gospels very long it was in 4 parts, I defy anyone to watch it & not be moved, I have seen it before but it had me in tears at The Scourging at the pillar & The Crucifixion, many well known actors had bit parts in it, Robert Powell took the part of Jesus.I have seen lots of Movies on the Life of Christ, I believe this is The Best Ever, if you ever get the chance watch it, it packs a punch;
  • April 9, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello my friends on a wet UK Bank Holiday Monday. Thank goodness for beautiful Andre.Plenty of DVD's to enjoy and He is on TV today. Yipeeeee The sun will shine in my house today when I see Andre's beautiful smile

    Like you Jeanine Ann.As far as I am concerned Andre looks good in ANYTHING. I particularly love him in his Tux on stage but off stage I adore him in his Red/pink jacket.Pink shirt and checked trousers. A-DOR-ABLE. Clothes just seem to hang so well on him.He has such a straight back. Walks so upright. My dear old Nan used to have a saying that I don't think I have heard from anyone else
    'He pays for dressing'
    Which I interpreted as it was worth spending money on clothes for that particular person as they will show them off to their best. Andre sure wears things well.

    This year we have quite a few important occasions happening here in UK.
    It is the 100 year Anniversary of the launching and terrible sinking of the Titanic. I expect Clyde is keeping up to date with that. Yesterday the HM Balmoral sailed from Southampton with lots of relatives on board, to follow the route.
    We also are celebrating our Queen Elizabeth's Jubilee Year and of course we are holding the Olympics here.
    Oh. Another thing. Most important
    Josephine is going to MAASTRICHT lala

    2months 13days 18hours 7minutes 38second

    Love you all
    Josephine Hampshire UK xxxx
  • April 9, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:

  • April 9, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:

    We had a magical time at the coast. I went down Africa's highest water slide with my sons and it was fantastic!! The sea was beautiful and the waves magnificent! Oh wow we had a magical time. Next on my to-do-list is MAASTRICHT!!!! Ooooooohhhh I can hardly wait!! See you there my sweet friends. Oh I am going to give you the biggest HUG ever!!!

    Sweet SHIRL ,The Easter fruit cake sounds delicious! I wish we lived close, I would have loved to bake you the cake!! Love you my sweetest friend XXXXX

    Dear PHILIP , We are back safe! I listened to beautiful André music in the car and it made the journey a joyride! Lief jou stukkend!! xxxx

    HAPPY EASTER MONDAY ALL MY FRIENDS!!! We serve a beautiful and passionate God!! LOVE YOU ALL SO VERY MUCH!! Deirdré (Gauteng,SA) xxxx

    1. April 9, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:


      Welcome back little one



      1. April 10, 2012 Eve wrote:

        I THINK that here, in this wonderful world on the blog we are all "little ones". Age doesn't matter we are all one beautiful family.
        This beautiful picture tells me more than a million words who my wonderful friends are!


        LOT of love,
        1. April 10, 2012 Philip wrote:
          Hello EVE,long time no chat,I pray this post finds you in good health.Eve you and Ruba have such a nice way with words,have either one of you thought about placing you poems and words into book form? there are a lot of people out there, that will find so much comfort and inspiration with the wonderful gift of words that both of you have,and although it is not the goal, but you could also make a little extra money,which we all could use a little more of.I really do not want to exploit you,but I am involved with a charity organisation that provides financial and moral support for battered women and children, are there perhaps some words I can give them to lift their spirits,and bring comfort to them? they really do need it.May GOD KEEP YOU IN THE PALMS OF HIS HAND.Take care.Love and hugs for you.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
          1. April 11, 2012 Eve wrote:
            PHILIP, HI,

            JUST TELL ME what you have in mind and I will be honored to do it!
            You are right, long time no see, but I have my excuses, very involved with surprises for a certain event in a certain place in Europe, in June.

            Thank you for your appreciation, may God bless you, take care, be safe, my lovely friend!

            P.S. ask Jeanine Ann for my email address, please!

            Eve, Romania
          2. April 11, 2012 bob dooley wrote:
            hi. Philip I do not think it will take long to get Eva to do a poem that you will be able to raise money on for your charity leave it up to me I will then attatch it to a background print onto canvas and you can auction it off Best regards Tumbleweed (bob UK)
            1. April 11, 2012 Eve wrote:
              HI, BOYS,

              YOU ARE so lovely having so much confidence in me! Yes, will be done soon and with your input, Bob, will come out fine. I would only like to know what you have in mind, Philip, anything special?
              So contact me somehow, please and we can talk it over. Anyway, consider it done!

              Lot of love to both of you,
              Eve, from Vampire Land
    2. April 9, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Hi D, sounds like you had a marvelous time for sure. Just the thoughtof going down that
      slide gives me the willys, but to be anywhere by the sea & listen to & watch the waves would
      be right up my alley! Glad you're back though. You were missed.Oh, & by the way, if we lived closer I would have let you bake me that cake.hahaaha
      It's the marzipan I would have the most trouble with.
    3. April 9, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Deidre,Ek is baie bly dat U en Johann veilig terug gekeur het,en hoop dat jy uitgerus is,terug skool toe vir jou onderwyseress,Masstricht is om die draai,so beter dat u nou begin dans oefen,laat daai toentjie van jou goed werk,D gaan Johann saam met jou Maastricht bywoon? Norma I am not going to translate this one,I think you can do it, we need to keep you on your toes.emmers en emmers vol liefde en drukkies vir albei van julle.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
    4. April 9, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Welcome back to the blog my sweetie.  Everyone missed you.  Maastricht is getting closer and I am not ready so I had better get busy.  So glad you had a good time.  My love to you and your family!!  Love and hugs, Jeanine Ann


  • April 9, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello my friends. Well it's been such a horrid day weather wise I have spent most of it glued to the TV enjoying Andre.No problemo.
    But problemo is I have just voted for Andre as I do daily and looks like the Jackson family are taking over. Elvis has been knocked down to 5th place.BUT Andre is still hanging in there in second place. So my friends Andre every vote he
    can get.
    Welcome back sweet Deirde. All in one pretty little piece I hope. Glad you enjoyed yourself. We missed you
    By for now. Lotsluv
    Josephine (Hampshire UK) wet and soggy xx
  • April 9, 2012 Judith wrote:
    Hello all my friends. Sorry I have not been posting but I Wish You All had a Wonderful Easter. My week leading up to Easter was filled with medically not-so-jumping-for-joy news. But, let me share what a magical inner body experience I had at this little church in Central NY, all one with nature/God, hills, streams, cows in the fields, the bluest skies on a moving Sunday morning in a far away church from home with the humble people from a farming village, where things just-slow-down (no jets over head, no cars speeding by, no bad news to listen to, no loud blasting rock music teaming in the air - just the thoughts coming from ones head and heart - very peaceful, uplifting and just the boost of natures purest form of medicine to heal my thinking. Forgive my babbling-on-like-a-brook, but this is absolutely what I needed. Happy thoughts to all!
  • April 9, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello dear Judith. So pleased to hear you have had some good health news. Grrrreat
    Your Easter day experience sounds wonderful. In this day and age of eveyone risking all for material things it's just such an uplifting feeling to be at one with nature. It costs nothing. It's just down to us to keep it that way. Mother nature is the best healer.(plus Andre and his beautiful music of course)
    So glad you are well and happy my friend
    Lots of love and hugs
    Josephine xxx
    1. April 9, 2012 Judith wrote:
      Hello Josephine and 'thank you' for your words of encouragement. It has been awfully hard for me during March facing lots of medical testing and not having that 'family' backing. 'Tis a lonely road to travel when one does not have a hand to hold or a shoulder to lean on. Don't get me wrong, I have always come across as TUFF with an up beat note and "positive" attitude-and I still stand by that!!!! However, this set of challenges just brought me to my knees at a bad time, in a bad place and no family support! Perhaps one day my children will find themselves in a not so nice place and realize 'oh maybe we should have made the time'. But anyways, I have vented my feelings (just a wee bit), getting back into my 'positive' mode and again stand on my own two feet, be it in a single lane, BUT positive!!,, after all I have many followers looking for me to keep them up beat and have courage to face yet another day, what ever that day may bring, so with that I leave you and continue to march to the beat of my drummer and spread 'happiness' positive attitudes and many hours of serenity - with a little help of head phones and the music of Andre!! xxxxx Oh yea, when I get down and nasty, I listen to the one and ONLY "ADELE"!!!!!! She is my girl.
      1. April 9, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Hi Sweet Judith,  I am so sorry you had to face all your tests alone.  If I lived closer I would have been with you my friend.  I have been praying every day for you.  I know you have a positive attitude and that helps you but it is always nice to have someone to talk with and you know you can email me or call me any time and I will be most happy to listen.  Email me for my phone number.  I would love to help you in some way.  We are family here and that is what family does.  We talk, we pray we listen and we do whatever we can.  So please get in touch whenever you need to talk.  I will always take time for you sweetie.  Love and big hugs.  Jeanine Ann

      2. April 10, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
        Hi sweet Judith
        So sorry to hear of all your problems. It sounds as though you and I are in the same boat. All my children moved to Scotland, I am not going to give reasons, but I still have a good relationship with them. But oh at time you just wish you could be with them. I am divorced living on my own with a dog, feisty cat and stupid parrot. I too get terribly lonely and have just been diagnosed as being diabetic. I hate having to test my blood every day but I suppose there are things in life that we don't like doing but have to do. I like your attitude, so perhaps we should sing "I have confidence in sunshine, I have confidence in rain, la la la la la la" remember that song from "The Sound of Music" with Julie Andrews swinging her bag quite merrily whilst singing it. Was it you Judith, who wrote on the other site to remind you to tell the story of the nuns wanting you to join the noviate?
        Lots of hugs for you my friend.
        Louise - Cape Town, SA
      3. April 10, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

        Judith, I know you've had a difficult time of it,but your positive attitude will get you through a lot. There's a little quote by Mother Teresa that I love.


        I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish that He didn't trust me so much". ~Mother Teresa


        Your sense of humor and positive attitude are what make you special. Our prayers and love are with you always.

      4. April 10, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Sweet Judith, My shoulder is brought enough to lean on! God's arms are strong enough to carry you through your difficult times. When you look back you will only see one set of footprints, that was when He carried you. You are always in my thoughts and prayers and you are setting a very good example to your grandchildren. Always stay as lovely and positive as you are. Lots of love and hugs, Norma xxx   

      5. April 10, 2012 Shirley wrote:
        Hi Judith,sometimes it helps to vent your feelings to someone. And remember, when you are "bought down to your knees, well that's a good time to pray isn't it.I don't know the family circumstances but some children are just thoughtless.I think we all have those times when life can overwhelm us too.But you seem to always keep your good humor going in spite of it all. You are a very plucky lady & I always enjoy reading your comments. Hang in there baby!
  • April 9, 2012 Karen Barry wrote:
    Dear Judith,
    I am thinking of you, God is great he will be looking after you as you recover from all those medical tests.
    You are in my prayers once again along with Alta waiting for her surgery in a week's time.
    It is difficult being a single woman having to cope and deal with medical examinations. Along with that it is lonely also, having no one close to care and share your feelings, worries etc.
    That is why this Fan blog of Andre's is our family too. We are all special people to one another. Music is our common bond, but our love for our friends, is high on our Caring list.

    It is Tuesday in Australia and the business world has re-opened. I have been to my GP this morning for the winter flu injection. As a senior citizen we are encouraged to have this yearly before winter commences.
    In 2 weeks time I will be in New Zealand for a few days and it could be colder than semi tropical Queensland.
    My eldest daughter, grandson and myself are flying to Wellington with the remainder of my husband's Ashes . He died nearly 18 months ago, and he wished to go Home to be with his family.
    My brother passed away just before Christmas 2011, I am the only next of kin and his Ashes are also to be interred somewhere in Wanganui. Not sure where yet, been putting that decision off!!!!

    Many joyful blessings from the heart prayers and love dear Judith,
    Karen Barry Gold Coast QLD Australia
  • April 9, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Judith I think you are a strong Lady, sometimes we get no help or understanding from our family, I have a similar thing with my other Daughter & also my Son, My daughter is a worker that always will come first with her so much so that her Daughter spent more of her young life with us, she is a great Joy for us so much so that I have asked her to have a power of Attorney in the case of my death both Stephen & Kerry will say a group home for Narelle, she is too independant & is terrified of that Happening so I wrote to Samantha my Grandaughter she is 26 now & asked her, giving her the chance to say yes Or no, She rang & said Nana you did'nt need to ask of course I will, she is the love of my life, born on my birthday 3months premature, we have always had a closeness that I treasure & she knows Narelle well having lived with us so long, so Judith somewhere there is a person for you even though you battle on your own, God has given you Faith & Strength to carry on, take life a day at a time washed down with lots of music Andre's of course, let its beauty flow over you, especially the cd "You Raise Me Up" do you have it? it is so ???????
  • April 10, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
    A big beautiful hello to all my wonderful caring friends on this site. Whilst you girls are gearing up for Maastricht I'm gearing myself up for the release of the new DVD "Maastricht under the Stars" which comes out in abou two weeks time. Better make sure that my DVD player is in 100% working order.
    Oh Judith , I really feel for you and if you want to contact me you may do so with pleasure. I'm sure one of the moderators will give you my e-mail address. I'm not sure where you hail from. Also I may have been mixing you up with Josephine in the nun business!
    Dear Deirdre , thank goodness you only told us after you have taken the highest slide into water or else you would have had us all worried to pieces. There's method in your madness girl but thankfully you are back in one piece this time. You don't let anything put you off - you are a real daredevil!!! ha ha ha. Maybe you should wear a red band with horns on your head to Andre's concerts - that would get him thinking!!!! ha ha ha. Jokes aside, go to Maastricht and have a blast and enjoy it. Maastricht may never be the same again be we will have a lot of reading to do about your adventures.
    Sweet Karen I hope you have fully recovered from your terrible car accident.
    Dear Fay I hope that Narelle is 100% and that goes to Josephine and her Darrell as well.
    To all my wonderful caring friends who act as my security blanket wound closely around me, giving me your warmth and love, I wish you a wonderful day/evening.
    Thank you too to our wonderful moderators who do a stirling job - you are ALL daily in my thoughts and prayers.
    Oceans (Atlantic & Indian) of love, hugs and kisses
    Louise - Cape Town, SA
  • April 10, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweetest Judé,
    I am called AMAZON by Evie! You may always lean on my shoulder/on me in times of difficulty. Oh sweet girl I so wish I lived near you. You can adopt me as your daughter(your very old daughter,ha-ha). I will spoil you rotten cause you always make me laugh! We can watch André DVDs and swivel on our chairs like forever!! Love you so much my gutsy little friend xxx

    Thank you for welcoming me back. You are the best and this blog is the best place to be. I call it HOME!!! LOUISE ,I had so much fun on the water slides and my sons told me that they are feeling very sorry for everyone who is going to Maastricht with me. Ha-ha!!! Whoopee, MAASTRICHT here we come!!!

    Wishing everybody a splendid week with lots of song and laughter! La vie est belle xxxxx

  • April 10, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    My name is Deirdré and I live in South Africa. I am going to see André in Maastricht in exactly 2 months and 10 days with a couple of friends on the blog. I am madly in love with a gorgeous man with a violin. I want to welcome you to our family of friends. Hugs and love xxx

    Dear PHILIP, Johann will not accompany me to Maastricht. He owns his own business and June is a very busy time of the year for him. He will go to the Dome with me and told me to have fun in Maastricht with the girls. He also said: "You girls are anyway only going to talk about André!" Love you stukkend xxx
    1. April 10, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Deirdre my dear friend,I am not going into details but I am pleased that your hubby has his own business,and that he has work,things are a little rough in SA, work wise at the moment,Kya sands has been hit with strikes because of this toll road nonsense,I really hope we don't have strikes when the man and his orchestra are here,he or us really do not need another situation like they had in past else were.I am sure you girls
      are going to have a blast in Maastricht,
      you will try and take some pictures of STEPHANIE FOR ME WON'T YOU?I don't know if I am going to make the dome as my oncologist today, has increased my chemo,but I will do my best to be there, as my kids will be going, and it will be a first time experience for them which they will enjoy, there is nothing in the world like a live Andre concert.Any way dear friend take care and chat to you again soon.Love and hugs,en emmers vol liefde vir jou.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
      1. April 10, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Hi Philip, please excuse my butting in on your conversation with Deirdre but I just want to tell you that you WILL make the dome.  I am going to be praying for you every day and God will take care of you.  Don't worry my friend all will be well.  Take care of yourself.  Buckets and buckets of love and hugs to you.  Jeanine Ann

        1. April 10, 2012 Philip wrote:
          Hello Jeanine Ann no need to apologise for butting in we all do it,it is a must,thanks for the encouragement it is just a poo day,and chemo really makes one feel poo,my late father had an expression " make your expectations small and your disappointments won't be be big" today was one of those days,I have been fighting this for two years, I have been in remission up until now,but I wont give up,the prognosis is not too bad,I think I am feeling sorry for myself,there is nothing worse than wallowing in self pity, but I really thought I was on the mend,oh well tomorrow is another day,and I will see the world through more realistic eyes,but thank you for the offer of prayers,prayers are the only salvation we have,perhaps a Novena is what I need to do.Please take care,buckets and buckets of love and hugs for you, and thank you for caring Philip.Gauteng.RSA
        2. April 11, 2012 Eve wrote:

          How lucky can I be to have you in my life! You and all my beautiful friends on this blog.
          Beautiful, all of You, cos we are doing something here. We are building something that is more everlasting than the pyramids!
          It is not palpable but it radiates energy, and - since you mentioned: dome - could be called the Dome of Love. And Friendship.

          I love you so very much, my beautiful beautiful Friend!

          1. April 11, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
            Dear Sweet Eve,
            You too have a beautiful way with words. Yes you are right when you say this site radiates energy and a Dome of Love. In fact it is my security blanket wrapped tightly around me with all the love from the beautiful people on this site. Let us not forget to pray for all the ones feeling under the weather and for our dear moderators who do a stirling job. I don't know how they manage it, but manage it they do! I can't recall but are you in Deirdre's party in Maastricht? If you are I am so envious, I wish I could be a fly on the wall there. I can just picture or imagine you all laughing and talking ten to the dozen. Oh I wish you all a glorious time there and can not wait to read of your adventures, escapades, etc. I think you will be able to write a book! Now that's something to think about.
            Oh and while I am waffling on, it seems everybody has got used to this "capthca" business as the blog hasn't slowed down any. We won't let anyone get the better of US CRAZY FANS especially when it comes down to our DEAR MAN ANDRE!!!
            Oceans of love, hugs and kisses
            Louise - Cape Town, SA
      2. April 10, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
        Hello dear Philip, I am sorry that your meds had to be increased. But have faith dear Philip in our Father God who looks after us all. I'm sure you are also in many people's thoughts and prayers. As Jeanine-Ann has already said "you WILL be there" at the Dome. Must I come and sing "I have confidence in Sunshine, I have confidence in rain, .........." You will tell me to shut up after I've sung the first few words, I know. Deidre, Jeanine-Ann please send Philip some lovely pictures of Stephanie to help keep his mind off the chemo business which I know makes you feel awful.
        God bless and watch over you Philip and restore you to full health.
        Oceans of love, hugs and kisses
        Louise - Cape Town, SA
      3. April 11, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Sweet Philip , I am so sorry to hear that you are undergoing chemo treatment. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Get well soon my friend. Love and hugs, Norma xxxx 

    2. April 11, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
      Hi dear Deirdre , Reading your comments of the water slides and your sons' feeling sorry for Maastricht, I wonder if I shouldn't warn their tourist office about the 'mad 5' or so party that are going to be in Maastricht in June. OK I won't because our dear man ANDRE will have picked up in the postings anyway that you will be there! ha ha ha. I believe the schools re-opened yesterday straight after the Easter weekend. How is your toe doing? If you riding on the high water slides it must be better. Take care my friend who always a laught in hand for me. I love reading your comments they usually have me rolling around the floor in laughter. Love you my friend.
      Oceans (Atlantic & Indian) full of love, hugs and kisses.
      Louise - Cape Town, SA
  • April 10, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello my dearest friends. It has been a beautiful day here in Southern England now the Bank Holiday is over and everyone is back to work. Typical. Sods law. That man has a lot to answer for !!!
    Been sad news on TV though. Lots about the Titanic which of course sailed from Southampton 100 years ago. Didn't realise what a terrible impact it had on the area with so many men being lost.So many families left without the breadwinner. A museum has been opened which I must visit.

    Well. Not long now till 20th and our Darling Man will be back on stage.Then
    2months 12days 9hours 52minutes 27sec
    MAASTICHT. It's gonna rock hoola baby . Rock.

    Love you all xxxxx
    1. April 10, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      We have 2 elderly sisters ,who live in our city, who are descendandants of the Titanic.
      They had 2 family members who survived & 2 who did not.A great grandmother
      but her husband did not, a great Aunt survived, but her husband did not.
      The sisters say that nobody in their family ever talked about it much because it
      was such a tragedy.Now these sisters are in their 80's themselves. They just recently
      told their story to our local paper, I guess because there is so much talk now about
      the 100 yr anniverary.
    2. April 11, 2012 Ruth wrote:
      Hi Josephine, I too have been watching most of the TV programmes on Discovery channel there was a programme called Titanic Aftermath it was so sad, what I could not understand that a 3year old boy was droened but he was unknown, I would have thought they bwould have had a passenger list.
      Hi to everyone. Hugs and Luv Ruth
      1. April 11, 2012 Shirley wrote:
        Hi Ruth,They must have had a passenger list at some point. The 2 sisters I talked about before, who were decendents, mentioned a great grandmother who had survived, but her husband did not, Their names were Clara & Charles Hays. The great aunt & her husband was Orian & Thorton Davidson,orion survived, her husband did not. These 2 sisters who told the story are in their 80's now.They said the family never talked much about the tragedy.
      2. April 11, 2012 Philip wrote:
        Hello Ruth,I apologise for jumping onto your post,may I clear up a few of your questions as regards the HMS Titanic.Most of the passengers who died either of drowning or hyperthermia,were steerage,or people with cheaper, tickets,who were housed at the bottom of the ship,although there were passenger lists there were also people who embarked late with steerage tickets, with out their names being recorded,there were also so many young children,between the ages of 6 months to 4 years, it would be very difficult for the authorities to identify the children except by the clothing the children wore.Any way the good news is that with DNA the identity of the little boy has been identified as Sidney Leslie Goodwin from England, the unknown grave was thought to be that of Gosta Palsson from Sweden,but DNA samples from the Palsson family, has been proved that this is not so.There is so much information about the Titanic on the net,just type HMS Titanic into your browser and you will have dozens of web sites you can visit.This DNA stuff is really great,The
        American military like Britain,France,and others also have a grave for the unknown soldier,except America had 3 graves for The unknown soldier for WW1.WW2.and the Vietnam war,but with DNA testing, the identity of the soldier from the Vietnam war was identified,his body was exhumed and returned, to his family for burial.
        Love and hugs to you Ruth.
        1. April 13, 2012 Ruth wrote:
          Hi Philip, Thanks for the info, I live in Colne Lancs England where the band leader Wallace Hartley lived not sure but my grandfather may have known him will have to ask a relative.We know have a small museum in Colne, but have not so far been in. My grandfather was also a musician playing flute, violin and piano he also gave music lessons. I can remember when I was young that we were not allowed in the front room (parlour) when he had students.
  • April 10, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Dear Judith , I said a Prayer for you I know it was heard I leave the rest to Him who knows you best, hang in there sweet lady we all care, we can choose our friends but not our families, selfishness is as bad a disease as cancer, don't let it eat your Soul away, try to listen to some beautiful music it will help you I have first hand knowledge of what Andre's music can do. sometimes it helps to dig a hole & put all your problems in it, then plant a favorite flower in the hole.
  • April 11, 2012 Maxine wrote:
    Hi All, I hope you had a fantastic Easter break. I went camping in the bush for 4 days with about 200 Venturer Scouts & almost as many leaders. Hoadley Hide is a competition Hike for 14-18 year olds, held every Easter for the last 60 years. I'm sorry the link for the tulips didn't work. If you google " tesselaars tulip farm" you should find it.
    1. April 11, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Sweet Maxine , It seems to me that not only Deirdré is the adventurous one on the blog! Love and many hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 11, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Oh sweet PRUDENCE ,
    Your words:"Welcome back little one" touched my heart! You are such a darling. Pleeeeeeeeeeease adopt me!!!!!

    Over the weekend we watched TITANIC in 3D. It was awesome. I had my 3D glasses on and even cried in 3D!! Now you see sweet louise, I am not only the 'wild' one, I am also the passionate one!! xx

    Oh no my friend, you WILL go to the Dome!! You are NOT getting out of this that easily. We WILL dance on 'The Blue Danube', even if I have to come fetch you myself!!! OK seriously, get well my dear friend, I worry about you! Love you so very much, more than all the stars in the universe! See you at the Dome! xxxx

    We are going to rock Maastricht. Evie has a way with words and can write me a beautiful love poem to hand to André. José on the other hand can waltz with me on 'The Blue Danube'. I have seen her waltzing! I wonder where, ha-ha!!


    Pleeeeease don't forget to vote for André! He is in the second position and we will have to vote him into #1 position where he belongs!

    1. April 11, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Deirdre,dankie vir boodskap,nee my hartjie die ding gaan my nie onder kry nie dis net n paar dae na die gemors, dat n mens so K-wire voel,nee ons Transvaalers is sterk ,niks kry ons onder nie.bly soet en kry jou dans skoene, on het n afspraak by die dome.

      Hello Deirdre,thank you for the post,no this nonsense is not going to get me down,it is just that after this poo is administered that one feels lousy for a few days.We Transvaalers are strong,nothing gets us down,Stay sweet and get your dancing shoes,we have a date at the dome,love and hugs.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
      PS. where is Bill our resident pot stirrer?he is very quiet.
      1. April 11, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
        Hi Philip, jammer om te hoor van die gesondheid. Ek loer ook maar so deur al die facebook boodskappe en bid maar vir wie ek kan. Dit hou 'n mens immers op die knieë. Ek hoop ek ontmoet jou ook by die Dome, want ek kom al die pad van Pietersburg. Hierdie man se musiek bring my skoon in ekstase. Ek gaan Dinsdag 17 April in vir 'n rug operasie en mag daarna vir 2-3 weke glad nie sit nie - so ek gaan lekker los lyf lê by die huis en my man nog bederf waar ek kan. En ek gaan die heeltyd met Andre Rieu op my rug lê en kyk en luister na die musiek. Ek sit my oorfone op, dan voel dit asof ek in die teater is waar hy optree. Ek bid so dat ek eendag die voorreg kan hê om 'n optrede is Maastricht by te woon - dit is my grootste begeerte. Ek het soveel vriende ontmoet met hierdie Andre Rieu Klub storie, dit is net nie waar nie. Bid nog steeds vir jou en sterkte. Sien jou by die Dome. Stuur vir my jou selnommer sodat ons iewers kan ontmoet en bymekaar kom. Dankie man!

        Moderator's comment:
        Dear Philip and Alta, I will  ask Deirdré to send you each other's email addresses. We cannot post email addresses on the blog due to the number of spammers who will misuse this information. Love and many hugs, Norma xxx

  • April 11, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    In memory of the Titanic and all souls aboard who died.  (Thanks Josephine for video)

    The Violin That Survived The Titanic

    When a search party from the cable-repair ship CS Mackay-Bennett pulled Titanic Bandleader Wallace Hartley's lifeless body from the Atlantic Ocean, they found a violin case strapped to his chest.  Reportedly, the violin - mentioned in a list of personal effects that accompanied the body back home- disappeared before reaching England.

    Yet, enticingly reports that the violin had been returned to Hartley's fiancee, Maria Robinson, persist.  That's due in part to this entry in Robinson's diary (a draft of a letter thanking officials in Nova Scotia for helping to return Hartley's body): "I would be most grateful if you could convey my heartfelt thanks to all who have made possible the return of my late fiance's violin.  May I also take this opportunity to express my appreciation to you personally for your gracious intervention on my behalf."

    The famous violin- which author Steve Turner calls "a symbol of self-sacrifice and unflappable dignity" was in a brown leather case with the initials W.H.H. stamped on it.  The violin bore the inscription, "For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement, from Maria".

    At press time (Strings Magazine), a violin said to be the one recovered with Hartley's remains may be offered by the British auctioneer Henry Aldridge and Sons. It is due to go on the auction block on the anniversary of the tragedy.        ----G.C.

    Editor Note:  On this date which was the first full day at sea for the Titanic, one hundred years ago the violin was being enjoyed by the passengers.

    1. April 13, 2012 Ruth wrote:
      Thank you for this, had heard a little of the violin. On thr BBC Northen News last night they did a small article on the museum in Colne. Hugs and Luv Ruth
    2. April 19, 2012 Webmaster Sally wrote:
      I wonder if the Violin was ever returned to owner's family?  I do hope so.   I also pray this special violin finds a loving home where it can 'sing' to us once more.

      What a great story!

  • April 11, 2012 roberto wrote:
    how I can vote?
    1. April 12, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear Roberto, Here is the link to vote for André Rieu. Hugs, Norma xxx

  • April 11, 2012 Philip wrote:
    To Jeanine Ann,Norma,Deirdre,and Louise,A veeeeery big thank you for your thoughts kind words, and Prayers.Love,and hugs to all of you.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 11, 2012 Ruba wrote:
    To Sweet Judith & to all the people who having a tough time – someone far away is thinking about you and pray for you..
    I read your comment Judith and read what you wrote and what you didn’t, because I feel you.. I wish I can express my thoughts in a good way "you know English is not my 1st language" but I will put it simply, I love you and I understand how do you feel because I personally and most of us had such tough nights.
    Just remember "Tough times never last, but tough people do.” And see there are many lovely people around you from the entire world, who love you and care about you hey you have International friends more than Hollywood stars …
    Lots of hugs and tomorrow hopefully will be better. . I read the comments in the blog and feel honored to be a part of this beautiful family..

    LOVE ...

    Ruba - Jordan
    1. April 12, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
      Hello my "Ruby" Ruba, don't worry about your English as you come across perfectly. [When I re-read some of my postings they hardly make sense anyway as I'll leave out words, make spelling mistakes, all because I'm in a hurry to get my message on the blog}! I love what you say that we have more international friends than the Hollywood stars..... That is very cute of you. But then its true that our Andre and all his fans are a cut above the rest of that Hollywood nonsense. You will never, or I sincerely hope never, read a bad report about Andre and why because he CARES about who he performs for. He has emotions just like you and I and when I see a tear rolling down his face you can rest assured I am bawling/crying my eyes out at his sincerity in his playing. Oh I could write pages about our WONDERFUL ANDRE but then who can't.
      Dear Philip, I feel like you did yesterday, full of ...... Had X Rays of my back and the discs at two levels are "diseased". Don't know what the quack meant by that - I don't particularly like that word and she has made me go and see a physio as I refuse to have a 3rd back operation. Oh enough of that. I think I must sing
      "I have confidence....." to myself and swing my briefcase up and down the pavement. That should cause a few laughs. I won't be able to give that little kick as Julie Andrews does in "The Sound of Music" though as I will land on my derriere.
      Another 2 weeks and Andre's latest DVD Maastricht under the stars will be out. Something to look forward to.
      Lots of love, hugs and kisses to everyone (from the waffler)
      Louise - Cape Town, SA
  • April 11, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello my dear friends
    So sorry to hear some of you are going through a tough time especially Philip. My healing candle is burning brightly beside me my friend as I say a special prayer for you. Be certain we all here love and support you.

    Every path has it's puddle my friend. Just put on your Welles and go splash about a bit.

    Lots of love and hugs
    Josephine. UK. Xxxx
  • April 11, 2012 Constance Reynolds wrote:
    dear philip,I am praying not only for andre but also for you.
    I hope the chemo nocks at cancers door and kills your tumors.

    deirdre,I have ben on here before my friend.I just had problems with the old way of getting on the page and also health problems. ox connie reynolds
  • April 11, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    Dear Robero,
    I hope I can help you to vote for our dear Andre.
    It is Persoon van het Jaar, ten click where it says Stem, then click again when the next page comes up. They will then send you an email and you have to confirm your vote within 24 hours
    I hope this works for you as we want Andre to get to number 1 as he seems to be at number 2 a lot.
    Eight more days until Andre returns to the stage, won't that be wonderful.
    Cheers Maureenxxx
  • April 11, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    This might be mor accurate for you Roberto
    Hope it works for you.
    Maureen xx
  • April 11, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear Philip,
    We are so sad to hear that your chemo has had to be increased, so Keith and I have lit a big, fat candle for you and said some prayers for you. Please try
    to keep your spirits up. Everyone on the blog is thinking of you. Bye for now Sylvia of London, Keith and the teddies
  • April 11, 2012 katherine wrote:
    Look what I found!  I lived in several countries, Netherlands being one of them, and I try to keep up my knowledge of the languages by reading sites in those languages.
    I found this article:

    Andre Rieu Article 

    About a hospital that allows people to listen to their favorite music when they are put under for operations. Most popular one is someone called Guus Meuwis, but it also says the favourite violinist of our heart, Andre Rieu, is a very popular choice!
    I wish more hospitals would do that, nobody would ever be afraid of operations again if they could listen to sweet Andre's sounds while drifting off into the white...



    **WebMaster Sally says:   Thank You Katherine!  We made a Post from the information you sent.  It is so kind of you to share with us!  Hugs for you always, Sally

    Here is the Link to the Andre Rieu Article Page Katherine helped create!

  • April 11, 2012 KAREN BARRY wrote:
    Dear Jeanine Ann, Norma and Prudence
    There is so much to comment on this Fans blog today for me, my brain has gone into overtime!!!! This is my family of friends who care.
    Louise thank you for asking how I am recovering from my dreadful car accident. My energies are still picking up but apart from that I feel good. My immune system isn't the best, I am still building up from cancer treatment which was back in 2004/2005. I had weeks of chemo and 4 weeks daily radiation. I keep well only for the immune system . I did a 2 year report each 6 months on color rectal cancer for the University of Queensland. I wanted to throw the 1st report away, too many pages and questions when not 100%. We need a register of our friends suffering with cancer that we could pray for, apart from Andre's Health.
    My son finds the drugs for depression although very advanced now, not always suitable for him. Many are trial and error. He is living with me again, I cared for John his Dad for many years. John had Advanced Parkinson's disease. Eventually John became too much for me to nurse, as I was on my own" fight for life."
    This is a little morbid, but please I really enjoy all the beautiful pictures that come through ,plus the Andre Videos. Music is relaxing when emotions
    take over your day.

    Joyful love and blessings to everyone of my friends.
    Karen---Gold Coast QLD -- Australia.
    1. April 12, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Oh Karen, There are many a brave persons on this blog and you are one of them! Love you so much, Norma xx
      1. April 12, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Hi Dear Karen,  I am with you also.  Norma said it correctly that there are many brave people here on the blog.  My sister gave us all a scare when she was diagnosed with breast cancer this winter but thank God she only had a tiny lump and they were able to get all of it and she only needed a local radiation treatment and is doing fine.  But it scared me and I was afraid to go for my mammogram which I get every year but thankfully it was fine.  There is history in our family so we try to be careful.  You are in my prayers Karen and always will be.  Love U and many hugs.  Jeanine Ann

        1. April 12, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
          Just a note - Maastricht 5 Under The Stars is now available for pre-sale from Hans Music in Australia.  Just ordered my copy.  $22.95 + Shipping

          Hans Music Australia

  • April 12, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Judith alone you can do very little but with God you can get through anything, its hard I know but take it a day at a time, when you can sit quietly & empty yourself, open your heart & mind, Leave the rest to Him who knows you best; tell Him You can't do it alone you need all the help you can get; its hard when you don't have anyone to talk with or help, I don't have anyone to share with its a lonely road, especially when you have to go for lots of appointments, the ladies here who I share all my problems with have helped so much; do you realise we also have Andre' to thank for this for its because of Him we are here, & because of Him we share & care; know you are cared about. Fay From Australia
  • April 12, 2012 Mary wrote:
    Liewe Philip
    Ek is so jammer om te hoor dat jy nie lekker voel nie en oor die Chemo. Ek verstaan dit kan 'n mens maar simpel laat voel. Ek dink aan jou en bid dat jy gou beter sal wees. (Sorry for Philip who is not well)
    Deirdre, ek is bly jy is veilig tuis. Ons was gister in Pietermartizburg en vanaf Harrismith is die pad 'n riller met die baie trokke! (Glad Deirdre is safe back home)
    Ek sal graag vir jou en Philip by die dome sien, ons gaan ook daar wees. Sien baie uit!!! (Love to see Philip and Deirdre at the Dome)
    To Shirley and all the other people on our blog who is not well. Thinking of you and pray for a speedy recovery. There is no medicine like hope.
    Happiness comes through doors
    you didn't even know you left open.
    To each and everyone, tons of love and happiness and beautiful music (ANDRE)
    Much love
    Mary xxx
    Clarens, Free state, South Africa
  • April 12, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    Questions From God
    If you never felt pain, then how would you know that I am a Healer?

    If you never had to pray, How would you know that I am a Deliverer?

    If you never had a trial how could you call yourself an overcomer?
    If you never felt sadness, How would you know that I am a Comforter?
    If you never made a mistake, How would you know that I am a forgiver?
    If you knew all, How would you know that I will answer your questions?
    If you never were in trouble,How would you know that I will come to your rescue

    if you never were never broken, Then how would you know that I can make you whole?

    If you never had a problem, How would you know that I can solve them?

    If you never had any suffering, Then how would you know what I went through?

    If you never went through the fire, Then how would you become pure?
    If I gave you all things, How would you appreciate them?
    If I never corrected How would you know that I love you?
    If you had all power, Then how would you learn to depend on me?

    If your life was perfect Then what would you need me for?
    I like to read this one a lot. I think everyone goes through a lot of this thing called life.We have to live each day as if it were our last because it well could be.We are alloted so many days on this earth."This is the day that the Lord hath made, rejoice & be glad in it".I've often ask myself, what! rejoice in this day?But that's something we have to learn isn't it. At least we are still here.
    1. April 12, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Thank you Shirley, I have read this too and I think it is just beautiful.  I want to print this and read it every day.  Thanks for the reminder.  Love U sweet friend.  JA

      1. April 12, 2012 Shirley wrote:
        Hi Jeaanine Ann, a long time ago, someone gave me a picture of an old man who had these words to say"" First,I was dying to finish my high school and start college.
        and then I was dying to finish college and start working.
        Then I was dying to marry and have children.
        Then I was dying for my children to grow old enough
        so I could go back to work
        But then I was dying to retire.
        And now I am dying
        And suddenly I realized I forgot to live.
        Please don't let this happen to you.
        Appreciate your current situation and enjoy each day."
  • April 12, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    Phillip I know what you are going through with that darn chemo believe me, but it works wonders. Keeping your spirits up is the best thing you can do for your body - thank heavens for Andre.
    Go for it Phillip!
  • April 12, 2012 katherine wrote:
    Oh dear oh dear, if only your hospital allows you to listen to music of your choice too! Like the one in the article I sent this morning, wouldn't that be fantastic! I hope and pray for the best resolution of this for you and I will ask my friends to do the same.

  • April 12, 2012 roberto wrote:


    To Roberto from Norma: 
    Sono contento che Roberto è riuscitoContinuate a votare !

  • April 12, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Oh sweet SHIRL,
    Your poem touched my heart! Thank you sweet friend for posting it. Love you to bits. xxx

    Sweet JOSé and JEANINE ANN,
    Oh I cried so much when they played 'Nearer My God To Thee' in Titanic. It was so unbelievably sad!! On our way home we listened to André playing the song in the car.I once again put my 3D glasses on and cried in 3D!! It is soooooooooo beautiful!! The youngest survivor on the Titanic was a three month old baby. Oh a little piggy also survived. It was wrapped in a baby blanket and when the passengers climbed into the life boats an officer passed it on to a lady, thinking that it was a little baby! The little piggy gave the children in the lifeboat something to play with until they were rescued.

    Sweet FRIENDS, I am listening to the CD: Les Melodies De Mon Coeur of André. IT IS BEAUTIFUL!!! Oh how I love that man!!! Love to all, Deirdré Oh sooooo in love xxxxx
    1. April 13, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
      My dearling sweet Deirdre, I too find the filming of the Titanic very sad. Everyone left shore with such a smile on their faces and ended up in tragedy. I haven't seen the film in 3D, the normal version was enough for me! The Hymn "Nearer my God to Thee" has more meaning to me now and especially when played by Andre as you can feel what he is going through whilst playing it. I may be crazy but I do have my emotional moments too - but then I don't think we would be human if we don't.
      Love and hugs to you
      Louise - Cape Town, SA
  • April 12, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello to all my darling,darling friends on this blog,I love each and every one of you to bits.From the bottom of my heart I thank each and every one of you,
    from the bottom of my heart for your prayers,your candle burning,and your encouragement.
    However I do need to put this chemo thing into perspective.I have a blood disorder, an extremely mild form of DE NOVO MDS(MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROMES)WHICH MY ONCOLOGIST HAS UNDER CONTROL.In it's current form it is NOT LIFE THREATENING
    and the reason my Doctor increased my chemo is that I have developed severe arthritis in the neck and shoulders,and
    feet,he is trying to ensure that the MDS
    does not change into AML(leukemia)or/and lupus.I have had this poo illness for 2 years and up to now, I have not had any
    side affects,I still have my hair,(the little I had when I was diagnosed)I have not lost any weight,and am reasonably
    healthy,why I mentioned the chemo,was after chemo I am depressed and in a Foul
    mood for 3/4 days, and depending when my next session in August would be, whether I would make the dome or not,this is where Andre and Stephanie come into play with their music,So my dear friends in all humility and in gratitude for all that you have done for me,may I be so forward as to ask you if we may close this(my chemo)subject.My heart breaks when I read the greater health problems of our dear friends on this blog,my illness is small in comparison to theirs.Thank you so much for understanding.With love and hugs to each and every one of you.xxxxxx
    1. April 12, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Dear Philip, thank you for your candor and your explanation.  We will close the subject as you request, however; you still have an ailment maybe not as life threatening as some so I for one will keep praying for you and I feel very sure that every other friend here will do the same.  We will do so without comment, so subject is closed.  Thank you my friend.  Buckets and buckets of love and hugs to you.

      1. April 12, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
        Hi sweet Jeanine-Ann, I know you want this subject closed but may I just mention that Philip still manages to do his bit for charity and that is for "Battered and Abused Women". I truly admire Philip as he is a wealth of information. You may not want to print this but I just feel we should adknowledge his contribution to charity.
        Oceans of love, hugs and kisses
        Louise - Cape Town, SA
        1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
          Sweet Louise, Our dear Philip doesn't want that much attention being  focussed on his condition and wants the 'subject' closed. I think he is a bit embarrassed by all the love us ladies give him. But I am sure that he wouldn't have minded that much if it was Stephanie, ha-ha!! We all admire his contribution to charity. That is what makes him an angel as well. Enjoy the weekend my beautiful friend. Love and hugs, Norma xx
        2. April 13, 2012 Shirley wrote:
          I agree Louise, he tends to downplay, not only his health issues but his accomplishments as well.I always enjoy reading his comments.Thank you for reminding us, and thank you Plilip for educating us about so many things.
  • April 12, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    I have a few other videos for you but I found this on my video channel on YouTube.  My channel is andresgirl1 if you want to see them.  Marina is there!!!

    1. April 12, 2012 Alta Knell wrote:
      Jeanine Ann, this is beautifull. I am so glad, I have ordered Andre's Collector's Edition. This is gorgious and I am on Cloud No 9 with this album.
    2. April 13, 2012 Marianne wrote:
      Dear Jeanine, I just love this video, but can't find your video channel on Youtube. Probably doing something wrong. Please tell me where I should go to find it. LOVE AND HUGSSSSS! Marianne
    3. April 13, 2012 Marianne wrote:
      Oops sorry, I found it! Great!!!
  • April 12, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Jeanine Ann,thank you for your post, and thank you for your prayers, am I correct in understanding that you are taking violin lessons? if so I admire you,and wish you all the success in mastering this wonderful musical instrument,Jeanine Ann just a thought and I am not looking further than my nose,so there might be pitfalls in this suggestion,would it not be possible for all the fans to have a photograph of themselves posted on the blog,then it would be easier to relate to the person we are chatting to.I have a picture of you,Deirdre,and Bill,but that is all,this is just a thought.Talking of Bill what has happened to our official pot stirrer? Buckets of love and hugs for you dear friend.Philip.Gauteng.RSA
  • April 12, 2012 Judith wrote:
    Greetings to all my caring friends. Just a brief note to "Thank" each of you for your loving thoughts, advise, words to live by. I have each and every post which I did not delete as I intend to answer each one by one. Had intended to do that today, because of a severe head ache and being soooo very COLD and just plain not up to anything, I am off to my 'woman's cave to retreat into the dark with my ear buds. I PROMISE to make good on my replies to each of you, this new unhealthy feeling is taking a toll. Fay and Shirley 'your' special words really hit a home run, lifted my spirits (just wish I had a printer) as I would have them laminated and carry with me. Enough for now. May our Caring God watch over all of you, including Philip, wish my eyes would focus, love you all. judith from WNY, USA
    1. April 12, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Dear Judith,  I am sorry you are having a hard time today.  I pray tomorrow will be a better day.  Don't worry about the printer, I will print Shirley's words and have them laminated for you.  I can send them through the mail.  Will not take too long.  Please take care my friend and don't worry about not writing, just get better my sweet friend.  Love and hugs, Jeanine Ann

    2. April 13, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Judith, it breaks my heart to hear the way you are feeling, but I still
      have to smile at your phrase "off to my woman's cave into the dark".
      Maybe because I've understood that cave.There are times when
      we all seem to hit that dark place.That little prayer, a friend sent to me, just seems to fit your situation.
      I'm glad our words helped you a bit, sometimes we can help,
      .Like the liitle prayer says,but we need a higher power.
      Can you feel me giving you a gentle hug?God be with you.
      1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Sweet Judith, Please play some beautiful André music in your 'cave', it will brighten up your day! Love you so much and I too send you a BIG hug, Norma xxx
    3. April 13, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello our Judith,It hurts to know hat you are going through such a bad time,if I could take your pain I would,I find that imagining situations is a great help,lie on your bed,close your eyes,so you don't have to have them focusing,imagine that each and every one on this blog are holding hands, and have formed a circle around you,and within the circle is the most beautiful blue light enveloping you,this is GOD'S LOVE FOR YOU,if you listen carefully you will hear Andre playing "YOU RAISE ME UP",Judith try this it will offer you a certain amount of comfort,my thoughts,love,and heart are with you,lots of love and hugs for you.
  • April 13, 2012 katherine wrote:
    Lol Philip, looks like our prayers already worked lol :p. Happy to hear it is not as bad as many of us imagined. Keep listening to that wonderful music to be sure it will be even better in the future!

  • April 13, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
    A Big Beautiful Hello all my beautiful friends,
    First to sweet Philip , I'm sorry I'm only coming back to you on this one now. But I think your thought of our beautifvul sweet Eve writing thoughts, devotions, etc. is a wonderful idea. I must say I admire your contribution towards "Battered women and children". I also agree with you regarding the photos of our fan club but I don't know when I last had a photo of myself taken I'd have to search through the archives but at least I'd be ten or so years younger! I find it a bit sad that my mom never kept photos of when I was a baby so I could hand them down to my children. She had her strange ways, God Bless her soul.
    Dear Alta , May you be the "Palms of His Hands" when you have your back surgery. I know it is is not pleasant and I can't lie still in one position for too long as they make you do whilst in hospital and then you can only turn when the nursing staff are with you to assist you. As you may have read earlier I also have back problems at 2 levels/sets of discs but I REFUSE to have another operation.
    Sweet Karen , yes I agree with you your whole bloody goes into flat mode with no energies when you are not feeling well. Thing a lot about you.
    Sweet Josephine , is Darrell back to full health yet or is he still undergoing therapy of some sort?
    Sweet Fay , How is Narelle doing? I hope she is totally pain free now! And as for Sir Jasper! Hmmmmmm I suppose being an aristocat he might taken offence if I don't ask after him.
    Sweet Sylvia , hope all the teddies are behaving themselves and not doing "stow-a-way" acts like the kitties we have on this site.
    To each and every one of you have a beautiful day FILLED with music from our DEAR ANDRE who will be back SOON SOON! HURRAY!
    Dear Deirdre , my mind still cannot get over the terrible tragedy of the Titanic! It must have been awful as that was the last thing on any of her passengers' minds. They were all enjoying themselves to the full when fate intervened. To all those who lost their lives RIP and to the survivors of that terrible tragedy it must be a sordid moment recalling/reliving those events. They are in my thoughts and prayers as well.
    Tons of love, hugs and regards
    Louise - Cape Town, SA
  • April 13, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet JEANINE ANN,
    I just loved "Jealousy", I am NOT jealous at all. I just don't like SHARING ANDRÉ!!!
    Oh goodness me Sweetie, I can not help it, I just love the Music Man!! I will share André with you and my friends on the blog, BUT that is where it ends!! Love you Sweets, enjoy your weekend xxx

    Dear PHILIP,
    We are going to rock the Dome!! I will have my dancing shoes on, cause I will still be dancing from Maastricht!! xxx

    I so wish I could come visit. I will cheer you up and have you roaring with laughter in no time! We will watch André DVDs from morning till noon. My philosophy is: "LIFE IS A CACTUS, BUT IT DOESN'T MEAN YOU HAVE TO SIT ON IT!" I will remove all the cactuses in your life and we can go plant them in the desert under a camel's ar...!! Get better soon my sweet friend!

    Sweetest LOUISE, 
    The Titanic was such a tragedy and André playing "My Heart Will Go On" is always magical. Such a beautiful love story. Oh I am soooooooooo in love when André plays these beautiful melodies with such love and passion. Enjoy your weekend my sweet friend xx

    OH MY SWEET FRIENDS, ENJOY YOUR ANDRÉ WEEKEND!! Love you all so very much!  
    Deirdré(Gauteng/South Africa) xxx

    1. April 13, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
      Darling Deirdre,
      On an innocent little note when you talk about "My Heart Will Go On" and the beautiful love story reminds me of when my nephew who must have been about 4 or 5 years was watching the video of "The Titantic" and guess which part he loved best? The steaming up of the car in which the two young lovers played by Kate Winslett and Leonardo da Caprio were obviously displaying their love for each other! As they say out of the mouths of babes. Love ya
      Lots of love, hugs and kisses to everyone
      Louise - Cape Town, SA
    2. April 13, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Deirdre,my Boere meisie,do the loving, caring folk on this blog realize that when Andre and the JSO come to South Africa ,they may not be seen or heard of for a while,WHY? because you and I are going to abduct Andre and Stephanie,and we will release them when they have played "THE ROSE" which they play so well on the dvd "Roses from the south",when that is done, Jeanine Ann on her violin,and I on the piano will play "the rose" for you,sounds like a good plan of hoe? Keep well and have a great weekend.Love and hugs for you.XXX
  • April 13, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:

    Photo of the Day!!!


    1. April 13, 2012 Josephine wrote:
      Beautiful Jeanine Ann. Thank you.
      It's Friday 13th. Unlucky for some.
      Sooo lucky for us here on this great blog being able to enjoy sharing words with friends and looking at beautiful pictures of Andre xxx
    2. April 13, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Drat! no shoes..
      1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Oh sorry Shirley but as you can see I could barely get the head and that is better than the other end haha!!!!!!!!!!

        1. April 13, 2012 Philip wrote:
          Oh MODERATOR JEANINE ANN you have a wicked sense of humor,I love it.HAHA.Buckets of
          love and hugs.
          1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
            Oh Philip I did mean the shoes haha!!  What did you think I meant by the other end!!!!  Buckets of love to you.  Your note to Judith was just outstanding!  You are a good person Philip.  Love and more buckets.  Jeanine Ann

            1. April 13, 2012 Philip wrote:
              My dearest Jeanine Ann,I quote DAME EDNA'S comment when Andre was in Australia,"AND HE HAS NICE NETHER REGIONS AS WELL"
              JA both of us being RC I must tell you a
              joke which my late parish priest Father o'Donnelly OMI told me, and With my warped sense of humor I find very amusing.Paddy the Irishman lived on small holding for many years with his faithful dog Toptop.
              Toptop passes away from old age and a very distraught Paddy loads the dog into his motor car and off to the RC church he goes.
              The conversation is as follows:
              Paddy: Father me faithful dog Toptop has passed away,could you do a mass for him?
              Father: nay paddy we only do masses for humans,why don't you take your dog to some church that will do a service for your late friend.
              Paddy:Father do do think 10,000 euros will be enough for the service?
              Fatheraddy why did you not tell me your dog was ROMAN CATHOLIC.
              Hugs and all other lekker things for you
              1. April 14, 2012 Judith wrote:
                Dear Philip, came out of my woman cave today just in time to see your sense of humor. Bless ya, my friend, had the biggest smile of the day plus a giggle that started even me. And as they say, 'thanks, I needed that'!
                I am also RC.
                1. April 14, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
                  Sweet Judith, I am so glad you came out of your woman cave! The sun is shining and the days are bright and beautiful, just for you! Love you sweet friend, Norma xxxx

                2. April 15, 2012 Philip wrote:
                  Hello Judith, I am pleased you are out of your cave,and feeling so much better.Much love and hugs to you.xxx
              2. April 14, 2012 Bob wrote:
                Good one, Philip

                Pittsburgh boB
      2. April 13, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Ha-ha sweet Shirley, no shoes BUT a beautiful, gorgeous face!!!
      3. April 13, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
        Oh sweet SHIRL,The head is MUCH better than the shoes!!! You must admit, André looks gorgeously handsome WITHOUT his shoes, ha-ha!!

        Sweet JOSÉ, I am so glad Jeanine Ann has a good heart. She doesn't mind sharing André. Love you sweetest friend, not long to go!!!
        1. April 14, 2012 Philip wrote:
          HALF OF ANDRE.
    3. April 13, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Oh goodness me, this is soooooooooo beautiful!!!! Thank you Jeanine Ann xxxx
      1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Hi Sweet Norma I am so glad you like this photo.  I thought it was sooooooo gorgeous!!!!  JA

    4. April 13, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
      OH WOW, THIS IS DEFINITELY THE PHOTO OF THE YEAR!!!!! STUNNING, BEAUTIFUL, GORGEOUS and TO DIE FOR!!!!!! I just love it!!! Wow, wonder where our Official Pot Stirrer is hiding???? He will give me a hard time with all my exclamation marks!!!
      Thank you Sweets, you are the best!! Deirdré (Gauteng, South Africa) xxxx
      1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Hi my sweet Deirdre,  thought you would like this.  I am catching up on comments while I have my dinner.  Dinner plate by my side and computer on my lap.  That is called multi tasking. haha!!  Love you so.  JA

        1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
          Ha-ha JA us girls multi task and André is just plain multi gorgeous! Love you, Norma xxx
    5. April 15, 2012 margaret I O W wrote:
      Hi Jeanine Anne
      Andre I came across birthday card by Hello Janine Ann
      Love the photo.
      Now can you help me, flicking through the dvds and cds for Andre I came across a birthday card by Andre which plays happy birthday and he a jolly good fellow, it has the music and a card to be used as a birthday card, BUT>>>>> it says only available in Aussies land, do you know if we can get it here??????

      Love Margaret
  • April 13, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hi my friends from a beautiful sunny UK.
    Sweetest Judith. I hope you can keep your spirits up my friend (Gin. Rum Vodka!!!
    I hope when you are feeling low you can close your eyes and imagine all of us,your friends, in that cave with you. It would be a bit cramped but I bet we split our sides laughing.
    We could all bring a pot of paint and paint the inside of the cave all the beautiful colours of the rainbow so that the next time you or any other one of us went there it wouldn't be such a dark lonely place to go.
    Love you sweet friend x

    I love the film Titanic but it does make me cry.For the last three Sundays we have had a TV series about people on the different deck levels and their experiences on board. It has been fantastic but of course sad viewing.
    I live only about 10 minutes from Southampton and there are lots of services and events taking place at the moment. Also of course lots of different theories about how it happened and could have been avoided.

    ONE WEEK TODAY. Woop Woop
    OUR most gorgeous much loved Man will be back on stage
    Yes sweet Deirdre. I say ours because like you I am willing share him with anyone else on this wonderful blog. IF I HAVE TO . But. No one else. Definitely a no no.

    Well all you lovely people. I wish you a weekend of sunshine,laughter and Andre.(And any left over chocolate you may have ) Enjoy.
    Lots of love Josephine. Hampshire. UK xxx
    1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Josephine, so you only live 10 minutes from Southampton!!  Clyde is a Titanic buff.  He has so many books and knows more about the Titanic than anyone I have seen except for the experts of course.  Do they have any areas around there where I could order some memorabilia?  If not I can check on line.  I know Clyde would love to be there right now.  Thanks my sweet friend.  Love you much.  Jeanine Ann

  • April 13, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
    Hi all,
    Does anyone know where our "Official Pot Stirrer" is? Hope he had his GPS on his last geo caching trip which would have been at the Easter Weekend? OK Bill you can come out of hiding now! We miss your punitive measures and nastry streaks!
    Love Louise - Cape Town, SA
    1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Hi sweet Bill, Please come down from the mountain. Your fans on the blog miss you, me too!!!! Norma xxx
  • April 13, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear Jeanine Ann,
    Please could you look at your personal email. I have just sent you a message re this. Love Sylvia
    1. April 13, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Yes I will Sylvia.  I was out all day and will get my email.  Thank you so much my friend.  Love you.  JA

  • April 13, 2012 David wrote:
    Thank you for your wonderful music. Praying (in Las Vegas!) for your complete recovery!

    Speaking of Vegas, has Mr. Rieu ever considered doing a rendition of Louis Prima's classic "Sing,Sing,Sing?"

    Maybe the Johann Strauss Orchestra could surpass Benny Goodman's version?
  • April 13, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Dear FRIENDS,
    Johann and I just came back from a 'ABBA Show'. We sat with the media and we rocked Carnival City. I had my dancing shoes on and was the 'Dancing Queen' and felt like seventeen! It was a MAGICAL evening. On Sunday we are going to see the stage production of "Phantom Of The Opera". This is indeed a magical weekend! Love you all my sweet friends and I so wish you were all here in South Africa with me. Love, Deirdré  xxxx

    Dear PHILIP , You better watch out. When I am at a concert and I like what I hear and see, I go bananas!! You and JEANINE ANN can make music, I will dance!! Luv u 2 xxx

    1. April 13, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Deirdre ,you have wonderful husband in Johann that treats so well,but then on the other hand, you are a wonderful wife and mother,and you richly deserve all the nice and good things he does for you.Please do enjoy your musical weekend.Love and hugs for you, and tell Johann I think he is a great guy.
  • April 13, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Good morning all you happy people, 6 days till Andre's Denmark concert I wonder how nervous He will be,He says He is always Nervous at the beginning of a concert. I went back yesterday to watch My African Dream, & also A Midsummers Night Dream they are both such Beautiful Concerts especially the talent from The Hout Bay Project, I hope that young girl Zinea can use her voice in Her adult life, somewhere in a dvd extras I have Carmen & Mirusia sitting watching the rehearsals in Maastricht & they comment about Her natural talent. Dear Judith I so know your Black cave maybe safe but not too happy a place paint a window & open it to Let THE SON in. Phillip we had a Prime Minister years ago who always said "Life Was'nt meant to be easy" what a statement that is eh,! LOUISE my Jasper is always being an aristocat He has such way & can be so naughty at times, I have a lot of skink lizards one comes under my screen door & tours the villa it is so cheeky Jasper tries to catch it, he is not as clever as the lizard who knows all the places to hide, it often runs right under Jaspers nose & is so quick; Deirdre" you will enjoy Phantom I just love the music especially when Andre' plays Music of The Night He plays it so beautifully; Josephine we have Antique Road Trip on down here they have just been through villages in Ireland & Wales it is so interesting, so much History, we don't have that we are too young down under, I love to see all the Historical places; Have a Rieully Great Day;
    1. April 14, 2012 Judith wrote:
      FAY you have so much wisdom and carefully chosen words, such as show in the above words about painting a window in that black cave and 'open it up' and let THE SON in. W-O-W, very powerful words, but just enough to get me UP and into a pair of shoes and join in the great celebration of life. (I know very well, let me tell you, that 'Life wasn't to be easy, but it has been soooo
      many years of one why's, what now, why me again, and I truly could go on - I have always bounced right back with a very Positive attitude, but as I said these set of circumstances really brought me down to my knee's questioning
      lots of things) BUT as suggested by my friend SHIRLEY, as I was brought down to my knee's, I did do a lot of praying, and slowly I Believe, I finally see a light in that tunnel, but I am venturing towards it with a newer appreciation of not running full speed towards that light until I am fully sure that is the direction I want to pursue. Guess, nough said.
      Judith/Buffalo Gal
  • April 13, 2012 Judith wrote:
    Oh you lucky girl Deirdre. I absolutely LOVE "ABBA". A very sweet lady which I looked after several years ago had me soooo mesmerized as she showed me photos she had taken when she was on Holiday in Sweden and she had something similar to VIP tickets to see ABBA before and after the show. Some how her hubby played the sax and some how knew one of the guys involved with their tour and blah blah blah, ya know. How did they look?????? This has to be like a come-back get together, no? Anyways, I am just going thru my emails just now and had to reply - I have a run way 'full' of backed up emails which I intend to answer. You should "hear" me moaning, himing and hawing and out right talking to myself and saying my friend actually got to see ABBA.........HHmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. p.s., this was looonnnggggg ago when they really HOT, not that they are not HOT still.
  • April 14, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello dear friends. It's raining cats and dogs (as opposed to men. Sadly) here in UK. Good excuse if one was needed to curl up in the warm with a gorgeous man and his music. La la de da I'm singin in the rain

    Sweat DEIRDRE . I bet you were singing your pretty little head of at the ABBA concert.Their music is a bit like Andre's. Just makes you want to sing and dance.
    If you haven't seen 'PHANTOM' before you will love it. I think it is my favourite Musical. I have seen it 3 times. Once with the fabulous Michael Crawford. Ooooh Betty!!!

    2 months 8 days 15 hours 51 minutes
    52 seconds. woop woop woop

    Lots of love Josephine Soggy UK xxx
  • April 14, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweetest JUDES my cave woman,
    Oh I am so glad you came out of your cave to bask in the sun and our love for you!! We saw "ABBA", not the real ABBA but a group from the UK who did all their magical songs! We were dancing in the aisles and it was fantastic!! Wish you were there! Love u 2 bits xxx

    It is a magical weekend full of music. Ha-ha Johann took a photo of me dancing on the beat of Waterloo!!I had my photo taken with 'ABBA' after the concert. Marvelous and sweet down to earth people. We had such fun and Phantom is going to be the cherry on the cake to a great weekend. This will be the second time for us. Love u 2 xxxx

    BILL!!! BILL!!!! BILL!!!! OH BILL WHERE ARE YOU???????????? I MISS YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!! Love and many hugs, Little Miss Nuisance xxx
    1. April 15, 2012 Eve wrote:
      OH, YES, BILL!

      WHERE ART THOU?? Lost in your hiking in some mountains in your beautiful country?
      Girls are missing you here! Everybody is missing you, I love your spicy style, so when you come back from hiking, please do send me a short reply: I am here, girlie, preparing my next hiking, this time in misty Dracula land, in mountains covered in thick fog where only local vampires can show me the way! Ha!

      OK, hope all is right with you, have a wonderful weekend,
      Lot of love,
    2. April 15, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Deirdre,you and I need to enjoy the stillness NOW!!!,Bill is hibernating with the bears up in the mountains,this is the lull before the storm,when he returns he is going to hit this blog like a ton of bricks,1 space 2 spaces exclamation marks,I before e not e before i,commas' question marks, full stops. Lots of love en drukkies my vriend.Philip.Gauteng.RSA
  • April 14, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    I found the dvd with Carmen & Mirusia also Kimmi speaking about Zinea's voice its the first disc in The Mexicana set, I had to go looking for it as I get P off if I don't recall things properly I do keep having TIA's, they kind of wipe moments from your brain & you have to go back to find what your looking for & rebank the empty spaces, mind you its not hard to have an excuse to watch Andre' I just love the photo on the cover of the Mexican concert container, He takes a GOOD PHOTO, don't you all think??? ; Ladies are you taking a banner to Maastricht & Approx. where are your seats, also how many concerts will you attend, I am sure the excitment must be starting to bubble; JOSEPHINE lucky you to see Phantom with Micheal Crawford, I remember buying a cassete tape of the Music, the girl in the shop asked me if that was The Man who Played Frank Spencer, I just love Micheal & think He is very clever, do you know He now lives in New Zealand, has been there 3 years, Have you read His book " Parcel Arrived Safely Tied With String" its so good. Have we all said our Prayer for the day, its 6am for me but not to worry Jasper wakes me up He doesnt know Day Light Savings has finished Hes better than an alarm clock;
  • April 14, 2012 Bob wrote:
    To all: regarding Moderator Bill AZ's absence from this blog, may I borrow from the poet H.W. Longfellow: "...Last night a ring 'round the golden moon, and tonight no moon we see ..." Hmmm...?
    Could it be that our Official Pot-Stirrer is brewing up a tempest in his teapot? ... Just a thought, heh! heh! After all, Andre will be back soon. So, we must all be veeeery careful of Mister Bill.

    Personal to Moderator Bill AZ: You pulled a real "Immelman" on all of us with the April Fools' story ... had us all on full after-burner chasing you and, there you were, suddenly, a mile behind us. BANG! You smoked us all! Nice job, Sir! Definitely top-gun material!

    To all, on a serious note, please: My prayers are with everyone here, especially those dealing with health issues. My neice, Jenn, (age 32), has been diagnosed with cancer and is undergoing chemo. She's a dam good fighter but can use all the help she can get. An MRI is scheduled for Monday for evaluation of progress. So please include Jenn in your prayers.

    God Bless all,

    Good Night, Good Luck, and,
    Good News Tomorrow!

    Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 15, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Fay Roberts,very nice to hear from you again,I disagree with the person that said life was'nt meant to be easy.I believe that it is the choices and decisions we make that makes our lives difficult.None of come with an,instructional manual when we are born, life is trial and error,and of course our parents do give us the best guidance they can give us,based upon their life experiences,but that is their life experience not ours,If I may,may I give you one example with the charity organisation I am involved with? Most of the People that I counsel are young people,and the stories all have one thread that is common,WE GOT INVOLVED IN A RELATIONSHIP,OR GOT MARRIED TO YOUNG.When we older folk were in our late teens,or early twenties,and dated young girls,the keyword was respect and high moral standards.When we were young 1st base was holding hands,2nd base was a peck on the cheek,3rd base was a kiss
    on the mouth, and there was no hanky panky till you were married We went out with the girl next door,or the girl that lived down the road, their brothers were our friends or we met at school,or social evenings at the church hall,which was supervised by the nuns or the brothers,and our refreshments were teas,soft drinks,biscuits or cake,visiting hours were regulated to weekends and for a certain amount of hours only.I married Esme after courting her for 5 years.and she lived 2 doors down from us. I had to qualify as an electrician ,so I could support her and our future family.I feel very sorry
    for the youth of today,they do not have nice places to go to meet nice people,so they meet in these drug and alcohol infested clubs,and within half an hour of meeting a member of the opposite sex their mouths are locked onto each other trying to suck the tongues out of each others throats,and then they go home and have hanky panky,then they are in love,get married, live together have children,and then find they have nothing to offer each other, so abuse in all it's wicked forms toward the women and children takes place, so terminate the relationship and hope for the best.HOPE IS NOT AN ANSWER,IT IS NOT AWAY OUT, THE WRONG CHOICE OR DECISION WAS MADE AT THE
    but in numerous chapters it states very clearly, NO HANKY PANKY TILL AFTER MARRIAGE.One cannot just take out of life,when one puts something back into life,it is then, THAT GOD SMILES THROUGH HIS EYES.The BIBLE is our spiritual hand
    book for a successful life.Lots of love and hugs for you,may you have a pleasant day.Philip.Gauteng.RSA
    1. April 15, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      very wise words!
  • April 15, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    Dear Judith, thank you for the lovely greeting card you sent me. The message is so beautiful & could be a message for all of us.
    "Someone taught you how to love,and probably didn't know it
    .And in return, with every day,It's now your turn to show it.
    When you love, you give a gift ,And when you're gone it stays
    To be passed on by the ones you loved To make some one else's day.
    So remember someone who loved you,And show how much you care ,

    By sharing all the love they gave With people everywhere.

    When you give away your love,That doesn't mean it's gone

    .Love will last forever,so open your heart...and pass it on."
  • April 15, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear Jill B, Judith, Deirdre, Eva, Norma, Jeanine Ann, Josephine, Bob, Ruth, Shirley and Fay for your wonderful blog birthday messages which
    Sylvia has printed out for me and which I have hanging up now. I felt sorry
    for myself being a year older, but your
    messages brought a smile to my face!
    Then I got ecards from Jeanine Ann, Fay
    and Eva! How lucky can a fellow get?
    We went to the Farmers' Market in Blackheath and Sylvia bought me a huge
    chunk of honeycombe honey from hives all over London. Nectar - food of the
    gods! We went to the Pizza Express this afternoon (we are members of their club) with the black teddy bear called
    Jean holding her baby Wallace which was
    given to us by Jean in Canada. The
    pizza was sublime. We decided to blow our diet for 1 day only and I had
    banoffee pie for dessert. The waitress
    and the manageress brought it in with a
    lit candle and sang Happy Birthday to me! I have never been so embarrassed in
    my life. Then we went to a lovely new cafe we know with a super owner from
    Croatia called Maria and had a pot of tea there and now we have come home
    exhausted. I never knew that having a wonderful day like today could leave one absolutely exhausted. By the way,
    Josephine sent me a fantastic camellia
    plant for the garden. I loved it for its beauty, but Sylvia loved it even more as it came from the Duchy of Cornwall's nursery. As Sylvia is besotted with Prince Charles (slightly
    less than Andre!) she particularly loved it. You have never seen such
    beautiful protective packaging in your
    life. I cannot say a thank you yet to
    Bob and Eva as I haven't played their present yet. Bye for now. Hope I haven't bored you. Love to unmnarried
    ladies on the blog and regards to the
    married ones amongst you
  • April 15, 2012 Ruba wrote:
    To Dear Andre :
    To All My beautiful friends all over the world:

    From : Ruba - Jordan

    May God be with those who need comfort and hold you in His arms; may His wisdom prevail for those who have tough decisions or just don't know what to do; may He guide those travelling and surround them with safety. For each of us may we see with His eyes and love with His heart and show compassion and grace to all ~ we never know when we will walk in their shoes.
    May each one of us finish today closer to God and His word than we started and may we be aware daily of the blessings He pours out on us, and the grace He extends to us daily... Amen
  • April 15, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet FRIENDS,

    PHANTOM OF THE OPERA WAS SUPERB!!! Oh when they sang "Music Of The Night" , I was thinking of André playing it beautifully on the DVD "New York Memories" and I prayed that he will return to the stage on 20 April. Wishing all a MAGICAL André week!! Love you my sweet friends, Deirdré (Gauteng, South Africa) xx
    1. April 15, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:

      1. April 15, 2012 Terezie wrote:
        Jeanine Ann krásně hrají Stradivárky, které ladí André Rieu pro nás všechny fanoušky. Zdravím všechny André, Sally i Vás. T.P.
      2. April 17, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
        How thoughtful of you sweet Jeanine Ann, you so made my day!!! Love you sweet friend, always. Deirdré xxx
  • April 15, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Wow Phillip you have given us all something to think about deep & meaningfull & so true. FAITH regardless of creed is a Gift from God, I personally can't think of my life without it, I have times in mt life when I would love to share it with some others I know, there are times when you can only hope a word dropped in friendship may grow & bloom, we Have to Trust in Him who knows best; Have a Rieully great day;
  • April 15, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dearest Eva and lovely Bob,
    Thank you so much for the wonderful poem Eva which Bob has put on canvas and I am going to frame and put on the wall. Also thank you so much for making me a CD Bob with you playing the guitar on 13 different melodies including Le Cygne and Send in the Clowns. Considering you have never met
    me, to take the time to produce such a
    professional CD is stupendous.
    Thank you both again for caring enough
    to give me such presents. It put the
    seal on a wonderful birthday. Hugs galore from Keith and family
    1. April 16, 2012 bob dooley wrote:
      Thank you Sylvia even though we have never met I feel that I know you from reading your comments on the blog. I will send you some more later.Just got to get the old fingers going.
      Im hoping that this email goes ive had 9 attempts.
  • April 16, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear all!
    The doorbell rang this morning at 7.30am and there was the postman with the Andre Rieu pillow and the new Andre
    bigger bear. The pillow is supporting
    my back and I have already kissed his
    picture on it! I need your help in
    naming this bear. I already have one named Andre. I have narrowed the list down to three: Pierre (named after his
    son) or Leon or Nicolas which are Andre's other names. Please could you
    help me choose. Thanks.You all made Keith so happy on his birthday with your
    greetings. What a lovely group of pals
    you are! Love and hugs from Sylvia of London and family
    1. April 16, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

      Keith deserved a special day and so did you. A beautiful day for a beautiful couple.Like a song says

      If you want to see
      How true love should be
      then just look at us

    2. April 16, 2012 katherine wrote:
      I think Nicolas the bear sounds sweet! So I would pick that
      Is the pillow nice? With a nice clear picture? I wish you lots of joy with your new gifts.

    3. April 16, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear Sylvia, I do think you should name your new teddy PIERRE!! You already have André and we already know that André and Pierre are inseparable. They go so well together.  If I were to have an André pillow, I am afraid I would want to sleep ALL day and then I won't be able to interact on the blog, ha-ha! Love and hugs, Norma xxxx
      1. April 16, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Oh Sylvia, I didn't realize you were limiting the name to certain names which I can understand now that I read your comment.  I agree with Norma.  Pierre is perfect. 

        I don't know what to order so will wait until after our trip.   I would love the bear and pillow.  But I love the scarf too!!!  Must try to save now but they will have them I am sure.  Good luck with your names my sweet friend.  Make sure you are not wearing lipstick if you are kissing the pillow. haha.  Love to you and Keith and all Teddies.  Now I am wondering what I would name the teddy if I get him. 

  • April 16, 2012 Mary wrote:
    Hi Dear Philip
    You must go to Andre's website. Something new and a very nice photo of Stephanie. ENJOY !!!
    Much love
    Mary XXX
    South Africa
    1. April 16, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Mary thank you,can't find it ,it is a big website, with many links, where on the website is it?Love and hugs for you Philip.Gauteng,RSA
      1. April 16, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Dear Philip, Here is the link to the Official André Rieu Website :  www.andrerieu.com   Love and hugs, norma xxx
        1. April 16, 2012 Philip wrote:
          Hello Norma,nice to hear from you,Norma I have most of Andre's websites tagged,went to the website you gave me,but all I have there are three pictures that alternate on the main page,under,THERE IS NO PICTURE OF STEPHANIE ON THE MAIN PAGE,under which heading do I look? picture,Andre+jso,guestbook,
          members? would you please come back to me? love and hugs Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
          1. April 16, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
            Dear Philip, You can register to become a FREE MEMBER and then you will be able to see all the pictures. You will find the photo of Stéphanie under 'News'. Hope this helps. Buckets of love, Norma xxx
  • April 16, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear Katherine,
    Do forgive me but I don't think I know you. I am from England. Where do you come from? The pillow is to die for!
    If you want to see it go on to Andre's official website to Webshop, then go on to fan items and you will see the pillow
    there. When Keith has been out of the room, I have surreptitiously kissed Andre. Tally (just for today) is 35 kisses so far! I have only had 3 replies so far to the request for a name for my new Andre Rieu teddy. You
    have said Nicolas, Eva said Nico and Jean said Nicky. I will wait for a few more suggestions, then make up my mind.
    Hugs from Sylvia, Keith and all our teddies
    1. April 16, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      What about Apollo or Barni  Love, JA

    2. April 17, 2012 katherine wrote:
      Oh, I am so sorry, I don't post too much I should have introduced myself to you. I am Katherine and I live in Spain (but I was born in Malaysia, long time ago).
      I have seen the pillow, but my boyfriend (so silly to call it that at my age, but he is) would not allow me to buy one, I think. I think he would be afraid my kisses would have to be divided, hahaha. He puts up with enough Andre knick knacks around the house as it is, so I will just steal glances at the pillow now and then.
      If our love ever ends, the pillow will be the first thing I buy

      1. April 17, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

        Hello Katherine. I really like your sense of humor.

      2. April 17, 2012 Philip wrote:
        Katherine, hello dear girl,you can tell me to push off if you like, and this does not concern me,but why do do allow your boyfriend to dictate your life,you invited him into your life,he does not own you, you are not a commodity,why do you allow him to control your life? you have allowed him to put in an emotional
        prison,he is so insecure that a pillow with Andre's face on it is a threat to his emotional security.5 days a week I counsel women to get away from the same situation you are in now, do you know how many married women,and women who are in relationships, on this blog adore Andre which they have the right to do,not one of them has mentioned that their partners have forbidden them to buy any Andre merchandise. I have no right I cannot and I will not tell you
        uncle. Gauteng.RSA
        1. April 17, 2012 Judith wrote:
          Thank you my friend Philip, you were here to address this 'very' important RED FLAG issue. Just ask me, go ahead ask me about it, are you ready to HEAR my story Katherine?? You order that pillow from Andre right after you read this, other wise I shall spill my guts and tell you how it really was 4-ME, How I had to open cereal boxes from the bottom so my ex husband didn't find out I had started the cereal before HE DID, how I wasn't 'allowed' to open any milk, juices, jams, "ANY" boxes, cartons unless he was there OR there was a price to be paid!! And boy did I ever pay some hefty prices, lots of bruises, black/blue eyes, hospital visits - personnel at various hospitals knew me by my first name - I don't think I for one, want to go back to that horrible place in my life!! It took me many years, with several tragic outcomes, I get sick just recalling many a dictated way of life. Any how, STOP!, regroup your thinking, I am working with many, many battered women, and lot of this battering isn't physical BUT, like mine it was MENTAL. Please listen to Philip. TAKE BACK 'YOUR LIFE' my friend Katherine. There is a beautiful world out here. I am off my soap box, it is too gruesome!!!
          1. April 17, 2012 Philip wrote:
            Hello my dearest friend Judith,I AM SO PLEASED TO SEE YOU ARE ON THE MEND.I am so sorry that you had to go through the abuse that you did,experience is a hard task master,sadly life gives you the experience first then the lessons.One of the most common threads of this is with teenage girls,she meets what she thinks is a nice guy who takes an interest in her,they start dating,and then he shows
            and indicates that he is jealous of her,and she thinks this is the greatest
            because he really loves her,what she does not realize he is in the process of
            controlling her life,she my not speak to or visit this or that friend,she may not go any where without knowing where she is,when he calls on the cell phone she must answer immediately,or why are there mens voices in the back ground,what she must wear,or how she must dress,and so he has put her in a cage where no one has access to her but him.I have been
            fighting for women the last 20 years,
            and explain that jealousy is emotional
            insecurity,and if they give their power to an emotionally insecure person,that is when the abuse in all it's wicked forms takes place.This is a very difficult subject to talk about, but it is a reality that takes place every day,
            and the answer you get is "he is jealous
            because he loves me" they just cannot see the danger signals,like you every day we deal with broken minds,bodies spirits,and the saddest words I hear on a regular basis is "WILL I EVER FIND
            A NICE MAN TO LOVE ME,OR "WILL SOMEONE LOVE ME AGAIN" and yes they do meet,all
            they want is to be loved, but more often than not,the past experience is repeated,because they do not read the danger signals,but let us not just blame men,there are some women that also abuse their partners in a very bad way.One thing I tell women is if a man strikes/beats/assaults you once he is going to do it again,unless you take back your power,and walk away from the relationship,there are good men out there, and they also want to be loved,
            but I have a very strong belief,if you want a good partner don't go looking for one,TAKE IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER,LET GOD MAKE THE CHOICE FOR YOU, AND IF GOD FINDS YOU DESERVING HE WILL PROVIDE A GOOD PARTNER FOR YOU.I might have been a little harsh with Katherine but I do care about her, as I care about every one of our ladies on this blog,and there is a very special place in my heart for each and every one of them,they are not my friends,they are my sisters.Any way dearest Judith this boy is going to hit the sack and practice my winter morning
            sleep in.With lots of love and cuddles for you.Philip.Gauteng.RSA
            1. April 17, 2012 Bob wrote:
              To Philip, Katherine, Judith and all here: Philip: Sir, your advice to abused women could only have been inspired by the Holy Spirit Himself. I am honored to meet you. TO ALL CONCERNED: Many years ago I became friends with a girl who had been through the terrible abuse syndrome. She was only 19 years of age but wise beyond her years. She conceived a child out of wedlock, married the father and then her personal hell of abuse began. So, finally, she did as Philip posted here: She "TOOK IT TO THE LORD IN PRAYER"! and she realized that GOD DOES NOT INTEND FOR A WOMAN TO LIVE IN HELL ON EARTH!! So she divorced and is now living a beautiful life with a kind and loving man.d Moral to all women/men in an abusive relationship: GET OUT - NOW! You are in what a pilot calls a "flat spin", from which there can be no recovery. EJECT! BAIL OUT! - NOW! Don't wait and say, "I'll give it one more chance". It only will make the situation worse.

              Katherine, I am trying to learn Espanol. Very bad at it so far, but, "Encardo, Senora" (Trans: "Pleased to meet you, Madame".)

              Judith, In Buffalo, I believe: Why do they call it "Buffalo"? Are there really buffaloes up there?

              To Maestro Andre: YOU GO, BIG GUY! YOU AND JSO!

              G'night, Good Luck and,
              Good News Tomorrow.

              Pittsburgh boB.
              1. April 18, 2012 Philip wrote:
                Hello Pittsburgh boB,Thank you for your post,with all due respect to you may we drop the "SIR" part? Philip is fine.I am
                pleased to see that you too are a great person of GOD.The person that leaves GOD OUT OF THEIR RECKONING CANNOT COUNT.Have a brilliant day.A warm handshake for you.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
          2. April 18, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
            Sweet Judith, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH MY DEAR FRIEND, FOREVER!!!!  Norma xxxx


            1. April 18, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
              Thank you sweet Norma for the great post.  Love you!!  JA

          3. April 18, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
            Oh Judith what you went through.  I love you my sweet friend, never forget that!!

          4. April 18, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:
            Oh Judith, this is horrible.And yet, for the most part, you seem to be a very upbeat lady.
            We really do admire you.

  • April 16, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    Doesn't our Andre look Gorgeous?????!!!!!!!



    1. April 16, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Oh wow André looks so happy and relaxed. He looks gorgeous! 
    2. April 16, 2012 Eve wrote:

      ANDRE ALWAYS does look gorgeous!
      I love those beautiful hands. Beautiful man! How can he be so sweet?!?!?!

      Thank you JEANINE ANN,

      Love you, my sweets!

    3. April 18, 2012 Karen Barry wrote:
      Jeanine Ann , all your beautiful photos of Andre make my day. I think he looks much better with his haircut shorter.
      Norma you are wise and your comments to us all are well thought out, sensible with love too. YOU HAVE GORGEOUS PICTURES OF YOUR Choice to go with comments. Prudence also chooses wisely, I count my blessings every day chatting to all our friends, and supporting one another.
      I wonder how you are Alta you are having your back surgery on 17th? It is now late afternoon on the 19th April Australia time. Lots of love and good halth germs until you are back on our blog.
      Judith are you feeling any happier now you are out of your BLACK cave. Thinking of your struggles to feel more in tune with your day.
      Father Philip of RSA -- your words of expression would make a lovely sermon in print as you advise the ladies and pour friends. Father Time so sensible and wise. I have a picture of you in my mind standing in front of all. Keep it up.
      Ruba your last prayer and thoughts recently are also well expressed, you are a caring person, they brings tears to my eyes. You have missed your vocation.
      Oh Yes we have a new lady called Katherine , my niece ih NZ shares the same name and spelling as you. I haven't seen her in many years,due to distance. I live in Sunny Queensland Australia. Welcome to our.
      friendship and fan blog.
      Love to all, Karen from QLD Australia.
      1. April 19, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Thank you Karen, You are so sweet. Love you too, Norma xxxx

        Dear Alta, I was thinking of you on 17 April and hope all went well. Get well soon dear friend. Love and hugs, Norma xxx

      2. April 19, 2012 Philip wrote:
        Dear Karen Barry,thank you for the kind words,may I correct you.I am a father of three children,but I am not a father in the religious sense,just Philip is fine.
        Have a super day.love and hugs.Philip. Gauteng.RSA
  • April 16, 2012 Ruba wrote:
    Oh my God what a photos , thanks sweet Jeanine Ann , this beautiful photos left me speechless , Million Thanks
  • April 16, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Oh my goodness. Andre. You look fabulous. I have fallen in love with you all over again.. Such a beautiful happy smiling face. You just look so full of joie de vivre . I am soooo happy to see you soooo happy. It's the picture I have been waiting for
    I think your beautiful hair is a little shorter Andre. Please. May I just have one little curl . I will take such good care of it. Promise

    PHILIP. You need to look at the news section on Andre's website to see the picture YOU are wanting to see of your favourite girl
    Hope you have all had a Happy Monday
    Lots of love xxxxx
  • April 16, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Our André looks stunning!!! Oh yes JOSé I am sure Marjorie has plenty of locks after the haircut!! Ooooooohhhh a pillow and a lock of hair will so make my day!!

    SWEET SYLVIA, I agree with Norma. Pierre will be a good choice for your new teddy. You will then have 'father and son'. Risa also asked that you name him Pierre. She was so worried that the new teddy was a girl and that Isadore would fall in love with her!! I am so glad that you and keith had a great day, you deserved it! Love you so much my beautiful friend xxx
  • April 16, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Jeanine Ann thank you for those photo's they are beautiful just like the subject, the camera even loves Him, I googled Andre' Rieu Photo's yesterday for those of you who like Photo's, there maybe a few, I don't know how many photo's there are hundreds, its really hard on the eyes looking at Andre' ha ha, Jeanine Ann I don't get any sound from Music of The Night, my sound is on & working; I suppose Andre' & Co are in rehearsals now as His fist concert back is on Friday, I hope & Pray all will be well, Andre' will be nervous as He always says He is, He makes the world a better place to live in for me;
  • April 16, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    I am SO happy to see Andre looking so well and hope the first concert will be a roaring success, there is always something missing from the world when Andre is not playing his beautiful music.
    Sylvia, I agree with others to name your bear Pierre, I think Andre needs Pierre close by and they make a wonderful pair.
    Three more days to go.....
    Cheers Maureen D xxxx
  • April 16, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear English blog members who have Sky
    Arts 2/Virgin 283
    Today, 17 April 11am to 12 noon
    Andre Rieu: Romantic Moments
    Thursday, 19 April 11.10pm to 12.10am
    Andre Rieu: Romantic Moments
    Love Sylvia, Keith and teddiesxxxxxxxx
    1. April 18, 2012 Gloria Futcher wrote:
      Thank you Sylvia for this - I will be sure to watch! Gloria
  • April 17, 2012 Mary wrote:
    Liewe Philip
    Ekskuus ek kom nou eers terug na jou.
    Jy gaan na Andre se amptelike Website, Click dan op News. Daar kom dan 'n klomp hokkies met prente. Die eerste een (With Spring comes a new beginning)
    click dan op read more. Hy gee die (impressions) Dit is 'n klomp fotos van die JSO. Image 6 of 15 is Stephanie. Baie mooi!! Hoop jy kom reg. (Just tell Philip how to see the nice photo of Stephanie)
    Tonne liefde
    Mary xxx
    Clarens South Africa
    1. April 17, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Mary,baie baie dankie my dierbare hartjie dat jy aan my gedink het,en my n leiding gegee het tot Stephanie se photo,dit is n pragtige photo van haar,is sy nie so deftig en fyn nie,n regte dame.

      Hello MARY,thank you dear heart,that you thought of me and gave me the link to Stephanie's photograph,it is a beautiful picture of Stephanie,she is so elegant
      and refined,a real lady.
      Dear Norma and Josephine,thank you for the assistance in helping me to locate the picture of Stephanie,all three of you ladies have made my day,I have such
      an abundance of love and consideration from all the folk on this blog,my cup is truly overflowing.Love and hugs to all three of you.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 17, 2012 Ruth wrote:
    Hi all, I too recieved my Andre pillow/cushion. It is lovely, the print is very clear. Needless to say it is decorating my bed, Lillie will be in for a suprise when she next sleeps over, think I will have a fight on my hands as to who sleeps on the pillow/cushion. Hugs and Luv to all and hope that those of you are unwell know you are in my thoughts. Ruth
  • April 17, 2012 Margaret Brent wrote:
    Hello everyone I also have a Cushion,key ring and a t
  • April 17, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear all!
    Thank you for your suggestions, the bear
    has decided he likes the name Pierre.
    We only have 1 problem now, he insists on us either buying him a Stradivarius
    or Keith making him one!
    Deirdre: I thought Risa was on her way here, but no sign of her. Anyway, Isadore sends her many kisses. Love Sylvia, Keith and the teddies
    1. April 17, 2012 katherine wrote:
      Pi-erre the Bear rhymes, so I congratulate you with this excellent choice.

      Maybe you can give the Pierre-bear a toy truck from WW2? It's bound to be cheaper than a Strad and the real Pierre would love that too

      1. April 17, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        I AGREE!!!!!
    2. April 17, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Excellent choice Sylvia!!  Ha-ha I think dear Keith must rather make Pierre a Strad. Do you think poor Risa sank with the Titanic? Love you my sweet friend, Norma xxxx


  • April 17, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Happy Tuesday to you my dear friends
    I have a new little friend sitting beside me today who also loves Andre. That's what it says on his shirt anyway.

    My teddy bear arrived today. He is just adorable. The cutest little face and he really does look as though he is looking at me. Just begging me to love and cuddle him. Which of course I will do

    The beautiful pillow also arrived so I am looking forward to lots of unforgettable evenings with Andre !!!

    Not a pleasant day weather wise her in UK. The wind is blowing a hooley so I decided to do some spring cleaning. With the help of Andre's beautiful music of course. I have been waltzing around and singing at the top of my voice like a demented chicken. Cluck cluck clucking away. It certainly makes a dull job easier though .

    Oh well.Nearly cuppa tea and cake time so from my new little teddy and me it's bye for now
    Lots of love and hugs
    Josephine UK xxxx
    1. April 17, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      LUCKY GIRL!!!! Love you too, Norma xxx
      1. April 17, 2012 Philip wrote:
        Hello Norma,don't they have a Stephanie
        pillow and teddy bear? I want a Stephanie pillow and teddy bear, and a lock of her hair.Love and hugs. Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 17, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Beautiful SYLVIA, Great name I am sure Pappa André Bear will be pleased!! I am so worried about Risa, she is sooooooooo in love and hallucinates all day long, thinking she is with Isadore ona ship on its way to Maastricht! she gets confused with all the Maastricht talk in the house! Love you my sweet, beautiful friend xxx

    OH JOSé, Woweeeee with that pillow under my head I will never want to wake up!! Sweet André Dreams Sweet Peach xxx

    My Gold Member package arrived yesterday with two beautiful pictures of our Music Man!! I was going to wear the key ring around my finger, but Johann just gave me 'the eye'! I am walking on Cloud Nine since I have read the news that our André is back, rehearsing!! THAT IS THE BESTEST NEWS EEEEEEEEEEEVER!!!!! Wishing all a Rieully Beautiful André Day xxx
  • April 17, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Sylvia I love your new Bears name most appropriate , next time you get a bear don't forget Andre' also has Marie as part of His name I wonder about that, perhaps it was a Confimation Name????. Yes everyone it is such good news to know Andre' is back rehearsing He looks good & Marjorie has had time to attend to His hair, like Himself it looks good, would it be nice do all think to run fingers through His Hair; I wish you could all see Narelle Jasper is on her lap, having His foot rubbed with such a look of satisfaction on His face, we have had 2 rainy days here & He misses going out early; Deirdre' that gold Members pack is well thought out even to the postage pack, if you look bag & pack are made in the Netherlands If you google the makers name they make a lot of nice bags, good thought have gone into this package, I took my bag with Narelle's xrays in it to Drs. weeks ago I got a few comments all good, there are so many persons who really love Andre':
  • April 18, 2012 katherine wrote:
    It's him, not Him But yes, it is very usual in Catholic countries to see men (usually the ones who are a little older) who have Marie as name too, it is usually a Christian name.


    1. April 18, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Katherine, I've always wondered about that too.But even more about why he has 4 names, & is he the only one in the family or do his siblings also have several names too?
    2. April 19, 2012 Louise Tomlinson wrote:
      Hi dear Katherine
      I googledthe name "Marie" and it is an international variation of the name "Mary" which we know there are many in the bible. It must be his confirmation name then.
      Wishing you all a great day and 1 more day until Andre's major comeback! YAY!!!
      Love and hugs
      Louise - Cape Town, SA
  • April 18, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Buenas dias Katherine!
    Yo tengo 70 anos e olvidado todo mi espanol! No tengo amigas con quien puedo practicar la lingua. Me gusta
    conocerla. Sylvia de Londres y familia
  • April 18, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Jeanine Ann and all OF you moderators,
    are you in contact with each other than posting on the blog? Why I am asking is GOD forbid that Bill is injured or ill that we have not heard from him,is it not possible that any of you can e-mail him? I am concerned about him,this is not like Bill, he will stay off the blog for a short while but not for three weeks.Love and hugs,Philip.Gauteng.RSA
    1. April 18, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi My Dear Friend Philip,  yes we are in contact and Bill is fine, just taking a little hiatus and probably working on his photo site or some mountain.  Thanks for your concern, I am sure Bill will see this and thank you for your kindness.  Buckets of love and hugs.  Jeanine Ann

      1. April 18, 2012 Philip wrote:
        Hello Janine Ann,thank you for the reply,I trust you are in good health and well. I am relieved that our Bill is fine,have a good day my dear lady,Buckets of love and hugs.Philip.Gauteng.RSA
  • April 18, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Eve,I am sure this post finds you in good health,Eve I have not forgotten about contacting you as regards the poems I requested,I am a little over loaded with counselling at the moment, as soon as things get a little slower,I will approach you again.Love and hugs Philip.Gauteng.RSA.XXX
    1. April 19, 2012 Eve wrote:
      PHILIP, HI,

      OK, just tell me please what the targeted age-group is. Is it gonna be for kids? Cos I thought of something, not exactly poems but short stories.
      What about the topic?
      And: do you think u can make use of any of the poems (and maybe short stories) that I already have?
      Take your time, when you are free, contact me, please!

      Lot of love,
  • April 18, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    1. April 19, 2012 Eve wrote:
      ME TOO! ME TOO!

  • April 18, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet FRIENDS, Please read the post: André Rieu's comeback in Denmark. It is magical and the photo is gorgeous! Thank you NORMA for posting the article. Love you all so much my sweet friends! La vie est belle, our André is back!!!
  • April 18, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Judith I have only now gone back to read all the post for the last few days, you must go out & dig that hole make it a bit bigger to hold violent men I have been there & done that sober I had the best man in this world, drunk well you don't want to know, sober it was me who had the problem things that happened whilst drunk He would not believe, still I left & became a very strong person with the help of some ladies I knew who were voluntary workers at a womens refuge, in time I too became a helper, & I have to say my ex & I at least became friends again before He passed away, I stress friends only as I don't think I am stupid, you too have become a stronger person I am sure, but you must bury those bad times & move out of your cave, the past is just that tomorrow is on its way full of Joy & Music. I have just gone back to watch Andre's concert in Amsterdam, I look at the care Andre' takes to make these concerts important, eg. His orange vest the mens bow ties the girls with an orange ribbon in their hair, & He used for me an old name for the Tenors ties & Dicky bow tie always as a child I remember thats what they were called dicky Ties. I imagine Andre' & Jso are on the road again to Denmark, lucky Denmark; Have a Rieully Great Day;
  • April 18, 2012 Eve wrote:

    NICE morning with an overcast sky here, but who cares, my sun is shining whenever I come to the blog and meet you.

    SYLVIA, MUTTI , the name you chose for the teddy is fine, though I find it kinda serious. Can teddies be serious? I mean whenever we talk on Skype they are blowing me kisses, my teddy is always eavesdropping, now how serious is that?!?!

    JEANINE ANN , how you always keep my imagination running wild with the photos and all. How can a poor girl resist to those photos?
    The result: more and more love poems.
    Ever heard of vampires writing poetry?

    JO , my lovely lady, you are another "so in love" girl who melts so easily on anything and everything to do with or about His Gorgeousness.
    Oh, Maastricht!! What's it gonna be like when we are all together there, in that beautiful square? It's gonna be a lot of little red hearts, one huge beat!

    DEIRDRE, AMAZON, now I know the secret of how you keep so young: it's Him or isn't it. It's all about Andre that keeps you so young and beautiful.
    Thanks for the pics and all!
    Thanks for being my inspiration!

    , we are missing you here. Come and listen to what the ladies are saying, I mean I know you read all the open secrets that are posted here but - every now and then - add a bit of Lancashire spice to our comments.

    RUBA & ANITHA , sweet girls how are you preparing for the concert and our meeting in Holland? It's not so far anymore.
    I hope you got my emails all right!

    BILL, I watched a nice show yesterday, it was on TV. Beautiful places in the mountains, real hiking heaven, just thought of you and how you would have enjoyed seeing it. And probably trying it yourself: dangerous canyons and mild meadows, beautiful!

    WELL, folks, that was all for now, saying my good bye and that I love you all! All ye who are on this blog!

    Eve (unofficial vampire) Romania
    1. April 20, 2012 Bob wrote:
      Madame Eve, STOP! You are killing me with laughter! -- "Eve, (unofficial vampire) Romania."
      I fell off this chair when I read that signature! YOU MADE MY DAY! Now that I have climbed back up to the chair and the household has returned to normal after my paroxisyms, one question, if I may: I know that the Count lived in Transylvania. Since I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, would that qualify me for "Unofficial Lieutenant Vampire"? --- Whoops, sorry, have to run --- some guy named Bram Stoker is ringing me up on the phone. Have to see what it's about.

      See You Later and
      God Bless. +

      Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 19, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Dear PHILIP,

    Oh Evie's short stories are the best!!!! She writes me a short story each morning with my André Coffee, and it is magical!!! Hugs to you xxx

    Dear FAY, Oh yes, I imagine André is on his way to Denmark and I bet he cannot wait to play his beautiful music to the world once again! How are you my sweet friend and how is Sir Jasper doing? It is growing a bit colder here in South Africa, but the weather is not too bad. Love you , Deirdré (Gauteng, South Africa) xxx
  • April 19, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hi my lovely friends.
    It has been a day of Sunshine and Showers here in UK. But hey . That's life my friends. Sometimes up.Sometimes down. Let's forget about the downs 'cos from now on THE ONLY WAY IS UP.
    We are all gonna be flying as high as a kite tomorrow when we get the red light that Andre. His Gorgeousness is back
    That is gonna be a day for Celebration. Pop the Champagne corks. Sing. Dance. Raise the roof. The King of Waltz will be back La la de da

    Soon my lovelies it will be Maastricht
    2 months 3 days 9 hours 25 mins 02 sec
    La la de da.
    Happy days to you all
    Lots of love
    Josephine UK xxxx
    1. April 19, 2012 Bob wrote:
      Hi, Josephine!

      Your post of life and its ups and downs reminds me of the story of Joe, the elevator operator: Joe met his friend on the street one day and his friend said, "Hey, Joe! Good to see you! How is life these days?" Joe, the elevator operator replied, "Oh, you know ... It has its ups and downs"


      Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 19, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Deirdre,How are you and that great man of yours(Johann)I have to watch how I write this ,you have two great guys in your life,one in RSA and one in Maastricht
    All this talk of relationships made me think of my own youth,when you and Johann started dating did YOUR father put out n OPSIT KERS.Let me explain to others on the blog what a opsit kers is,
    in the Afrikaans culture in the old days when a young man visited a young lady,
    he could only visit on a Saturday evening between 7pm +8.30pm then the young lad had to go home.To ensure that the time was regulated,the ladies father cut a standard candle into 12,each piece
    was 1 inch/25.4 mm long, burnt for 1+1/2 hours,when the said young man arrived the candle was lit.We were not allowed to sit next to each other but on opposite sides of the room and every now and then, either mom or dad would pop into the room to see that we were behaving our selves.When I started dating Esme this is what happened to us,this situation went on for awhile,and It was really ticking me off,one and a half hours once a week to be with the lady I was falling in love with,this was not on,then I remembered some thing from science class,if you add salt to the bottom of the flame the candle will burn longer,and this is What we did.The first
    Saturday night her dad walked in,at my departure time but the candle was still burning so I could stay,he walked in again at 9pm and the candle was still burning,he looked at his pocket watch then at the candle,his pocket watch again,walked out of the room the candle extinguished itself at 9:20.This went on
    for 3 weeks,on the 4th week he brought in an alarm clock,with two big bells on it and was set for 8:30,but those were days filled with fun,were are the days
    when we did not need money,to have fun we made our own fun,played cricket in the street,hide and seek,bingo at the local parish,supervised dances and games at the local parish,I am afraid our youth have lost out on what we called fun,and things will never be the same as they were.The other day I drove down the road and parked opposite the house where I was raised and Esme 2 doors down,
    The place had changed and a very heavy feeling came over me,I realized I was not sad,I was longing for my youth where the heck has the time gone? I look back and wonder what more could I have done with my life.Liefies en drukkies vir
  • April 19, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    Hello Philip my dear friend, I just want to thank you for all the work you do to help women who have been in an abusive situation.  I have never been in that type of relationship but I feel for those who have been.    It must be a terrible life to go through that abuse.  So I just want to say thank you to you and to anyone who helps these women.  Drukkies of love.  
    1. April 19, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Jeanine Ann,thank you for your post,like I said before, if we cannot help each other in their time of trouble with out having to receive financial compensation,then we might as well lie down and die,What were CHRISTS words "AS YOU HAVE DONE UNTO THEM, SO YOU HAVE DONE UNTO ME"I must tell you a very true story what happened to me and how GOD ANSWERED MY HEARTFELT PRAYER.I have been on my own for 22 years now,20 years
      ago I was sitting on the edge of my bed the curtains were open and the moonbeams from a full moon were streaming into my bedroom and falling across my bed,MY life like every ones life has not always been easy but with GODS help we always get through,God PRAISE HIS NAME, HAS VERY GOOD AND KIND TO ME,and on this moonlit night I asked GOD what I could do to repay HIM for the tender mercies
      HE has SHOWERED me with,The same night I had a dream,and in the dream there was a little girl who was following her mothers coffin to the grave yard,on the way this little girl saw a bird that was wounded through the breast,this little girl left her mothers funeral procession
      and picked up the wounded bird,and walked away to take it home to tend to it,a MAN nearby saw this and ask her,why she had left her mothers procession,and this little girl answered HIM." MY MOTHER NEEDS NO HELP FROM ME, I CANNOT DO ANYTHING FOR HER,BUT MY MOTHER TAUGHT ME, WHERE LIFE IS WOUNDED OR INJURED LIFE MUST BE HEALED AND PRESERVED,I awoke the next morning and I knew what GOD was saying to me,and what he wanted me to do for HIM,I realized that what is gone is gone, what is dead is dead,you cannot live with the dead,and there is nothing we can do for them, and that they are in better hands.The man I saw in the dream,although I did not see his face was CHRIST JESUS,THE LITTLE GIRL WAS THE LOVE, COMPASSION,AND TENDERNESS OF OUR LORD,AND THE BIRD WERE THE MANY BROKEN HEARTS THAT NEEDED TO BE HEALED,AND MADE WELL.
      I went on my knees and wept like a child
      who was I that GOD would allow me to help him,I have been proud for most of my life,but that day I was humbled, and I stay humbled, I am a mere speck of dust in the great scheme of things
      Although the work I do is heart breaking,once these people have been put together again there is no finer reward,money cannot buy this happiness,and when they thank me,my answer to them is always the same, do not thank me,thank GOD,for I do this
      through CHRIST who gives me the strength
      Of all the work I have done in my life,this is the most rewarding.My dear heart I am going to say goodbye now.Please have a good day,and may the

  • April 19, 2012 Bob wrote:
    TO Philip, RSA.

    Understood about the "Sir" thing. Sometimnes I get a bit too formal for my own good. Sorry about that.

    For some reason, your recent posts recalled to me a wonderful novel I read many years ago. I was too young to appreciate it at the time but re-read it when I was about 20 years old. It is titled: "Dear and Glorious Physican", by Taylor Caldwell. It is an historical novel of a man called Lucanus, who lived over 2000 years ago. Lucanus wonders, "What manner of man was my Lord?" Today we know Lucanus as Luke, the author of the third gospel who was also a great physician. Please try to find a copy of the book. It was published back in 1958, I believe. One of the most moving books I have ever read. (Suggestion: After reading the novel, listen to Andre's rendition of "Nearer My God to Thee". Then you will be emotionally devastated but filled with wonderful hope.)

    Sorry to ramble on, but one more thing - totally unrelated - a quiz question, if you will: "what doctor performed the first human heart transplant and where was the doctor from?" I'll bet even money you know that one off the bat!

    C U later, Philip and all,

    Pittsburgh boB,
    1. April 21, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Pittsburgh boB,Thank you for your interesting post,no sweat on the sir thing,ever brushed your teeth with shaving cream? not a very good idea,what an awful taste.I have not read the book,but will try and obtain a copy of it,there are so many versions of Christs
      Crucifixion out there,but I read some where that the true version is the Gospel according to Thomas but the RC Church has the only copy.Sorry but you had me stumped on the heart transplant thing for a moment,there was or is an
      American doctor James Hardy who did the first heart transplant in 1963/4 using the heart of a chimpanzee,although widely condemmed it opened the way for human heart transplants,Dr Hardy was also the first doctor to do a double lung transplant with out removing the heart,brilliant man,I am going to say some thing that might tick a few people on the blog off,but mt favorite version of "NEARER MY GOD TO THEE" is sung by the Mormon Tabernacle choir and I am a great fan of their religious music.Any way my friend I need to leave now and post to Deirdre, I am in hot water with her,the age thing you know,I tell you these senior moments can be troublesome.Warm heartfelt handshake for you,and have a pleasant weekend.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 20, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Oh Phillip what a dream thank you for sharing that, I often wonder how those who don't have any belief manage, I know I can't if I had no Faith, my life would be empty, I said an extra prayer today for Andre' & JSO for their first concert back, we know Andre' will be nervous at first, I would like to be a fly on the wall, but all will be well for them I know;
  • April 20, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hi dear friends.I wonder how Andre is feeling today.Excited. Nervous. But oh so happy. I would love to have been at tonight's Concert. To join with everyone there in giving him a tumultuous welcome

    I did a funny thing last night. I couldn't sleep as I have a dry patch on my foot which was itching like billyo. So I got out of bed in the dark. Found some cream and rubbed it into my foot. Got back into bed. Then I realised. I had rubbed it into the wrong foot!!! Haha

    Love to you all my friends xxx
    1. April 20, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Oh Josephine, I bet André feels nervous and excited, we all are!! Ha-ha is the foot an age thing or what. Just asking. Love and hugs and a beautiful weekend, Norma 

    2. April 20, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      I am laughing at your foot problem. I've done a lot of crazy things myself but not that one yet. Not to say it won't happen though.Did your foot quit itching?
      1. April 20, 2012 Bob wrote:
        I am laughing and thinking, what if a centipede had done that? Sorry, Josephine, that was mean on my part.
        But I just couldn't resist making a silly joke.

        God Bless and G'night,
        Pittsburgh boB.
    3. April 20, 2012 Bob wrote:
      Hello, Josephine!

      I once had a neighbor who told me of the morning when he was running very late to work. He said that, after his shower, in his haste, he mistook his wife's hair spray for his underarm deodorant spray. He said it left him feeling quite uncomfortable.

      Regarding Andre: Yes, I can understand his being nervous. But, because Andre is Andre, I know he will turn that nervousness into marvelous and sparkling energy once he steps onto the stage. Welcome back, Maestro Andre!!

      Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 20, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Dear boB,

    Oh I know!!!! The first successful human heart transplant was performed at The Grootte Schuur Hospital in South Africa by our own Dr Chris Barnard!! My mom was so impressed with this good looking doctor, that she named me Deirdré, after his daughter. Magical isn't it!!

    Sweet PHILIP,
    I an a bit young for the opsit kers, but I do know what it is. Groep Twee used to sing: 'Die padda wou gaan opsit', do you remember that song? xxx

    Isn't it wonderful that our André is well again and that he will be back on stage tonight, MAGICAL! What is even more magical is the fact that we were/are united in prayer for our Gorgeousness! Love you my beautiful friends (Oh José, Maastricht is just around the corner! Ha-ha in Maastricht I am going to kiss/hug André and tell him:"Sorry, I had a senior moment". ) xx

    SWEET FRIENDS, DON'T FORGET TO PRAY AND VOTE FOR ANDRÉ! Wishing you all a spectacular musical weekend xxx

    Deirdré (Gauteng, SA)
    1. April 21, 2012 Philip wrote:
      My dear dear Deirdre I am so sorry and apologize for my senior moment, I am getting so forgetful,how could I forgot that you have young children in their late teens and early twenties,but thankfully you did have to endure the opsit kers it was so archaic.Yes I do remember die padda wou gaan opsit,I am at the moment very impatient to get my hands on the Maatricht 5 dvd.May you and your family have a great weekend.Love and hugs.Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 20, 2012 Bob wrote:
    Deidre, Hello!

    Wonderful to know the origin of your name. The great Dr. Barnard wrote quite a few books, unfortunately I have only read one - his first autobiography entitled "One Life". A very inspiring work. In particular I recall the passage when he knew the transplant was good. In the operating room, he looked up and said to everyone, "Dit lik of it gaan werk."
    ("It looks as if it's going to work") Please forgive me; I do not know Afrikaans so I know I must have totally mangled the spelling and the grammar. Sorry. But isn't that a great motto for life in general? -- "It looks as if it's going to work". (Just out of curiousity, how DOES one say that in Afrikaans?)

    G'night all,
    Pittsburgh boB.
    1. April 21, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
      Oh boB,
      Your spelling is quite good! Chris Barnard said:"Dit lyk asof dit gaan werk." - It seems as if it is going to work. Yes he was a great man and the ladies were crazy about him and he about them! He tried all kinds of remedies to stop age but miserably failed. He was a true ambassador on had put South Africa on the world map. Enjoy your weekend my sweet friend. Luv u xxx
      1. April 23, 2012 Bob wrote:
        Hello, Deidre!

        Yes, Dr. Barnard was quite a man. I guess one could call him the "Andre" of surgeons. I believe it was arthritis in his hands that ended his work prematurely ... a tradgedy. But yes, he did put S.A. on the map. The world of medicine is greateful to such a one.

        Speaking of "On the Map", the photos of Andre & JSO are great! They surely put Andre & JSO back on the map! Nice job, Anitha. Looks like they were taken by a professional photographer.

        Ok, Deidre, I'm going to try to say something in Afrikaans. It's supposed to mean, "Thank-you, my friend Deidre". Dankie, dat jy vriend, Deidre. I surely hope I got that right.

        Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 20, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Phillip I read that book so long ago with much enjoyment, it gives you a different way at looking at The Birth Of Jesus as Luke witnessed The Star but did'nt know its meaning also the fact that He was on the outskirts of Jerusalem on the day of The Crucifixion, I had the book & went back to read it many times, I lent it & alas it went the way of most lent books, I did'nt get it back, another good read Is Clowns of God by Morris West, when you get to the end it will make you think I reread it almost straight away,it too left a lasting impression on my mind & Heart, you will only find it in a library these days as its old, or maybe an op/shop; Jeanine Ann do you think it would be a good idea if we kept our Prayers Around The World going, it would seem that if Andre' over does it his illness can re appear & we don't want that happening do we, also I find that people often reporters who should know, state Andre's violin as being 1600 & something I thought His violin that He plays now to be 1725, I have heard Him say this one has warmer tones than His first one;???? no news on His site yet about the concert in Denmark, maybe too early because of the time line, I can never work that

    Phillip I have read that book it left a lasting impression on me I read it a few times & lent it alas it did'nt come back to me, another good one is Clowns of God by Morris West, it will make you think, I reread almost straight away, very deep & meaningful, its old maybe a library or op/shop may have a copy; JEANINE ANN do you think we could keep our Prayer circle going with the hopes that this problem Andre' has does nor reoccur,that he remembers to take some time out for himself, also I notice a lot of reporters who should know better report His violin as being made in the 1600 & something whereas I am sure Andre' has stated His now Violin was made in 1723 & has much warmer tones to the other one He once owned???
    1. April 21, 2012 Philip wrote:
      Hello Fay Roberts.it is always good to hear from you,I trust you are well? Thank you for suggesting this book, that is 2 books I need to get,religion always intrigues me I like reading books of different beliefs,and see what their take is on GOD and how HE works.May you have a pleasant weekend dear friend.love and hugs Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 21, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:

    Anitha, Thank you for these wonderful photos of André in Denmark on Friday 20 April 2012.

    1. April 21, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
      Thank you ANITHA for sharing your beautiful evening with us! André looks wonderful and you look smashing with your banner! I just know that you are going to have another MAGICAL concert tonight!! Love you my sweet friend, Deirdré (South Africa) xxx
      1. April 21, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Oh I agree with you sweet Deirdre, isn't it wonderful to see Andre again and all thanks to Anitha.  I hope you have another wonderful concert tonight which you are probably already doing!!  Love to you both!!  JA xoxoxoxo

    2. April 21, 2012 Eve wrote:
      OH, ANITHA,

      WONDERFUL, just wonderful! Seeing Him back, beautiful!
      Girl, you look lovely! I know you are on cloud nine, don't come down! I'll join you like right now!

      THANKS for the pics, gorgeous girl!
      Love you a lot!

      Eve, Romania
    3. April 21, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Sweet Norma thank you so much for putting these photos on and thank you dear Anitha.  We have been waiting so long for the first glimpse of our darling Andre back on stage.  We will continue to pray for him every Sunday giving thanks to God for Andre's return to good health and also ask Him to sustain him on his musical journey in the future.  Love and hugs

    4. April 22, 2012 Ruth wrote:
      Thank you so much Anitha for the photo's Andre looks well and your banner is great I'm sure Andre loved it to. Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 21, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    My dear Philip, I am so sorry that I forgot to answer your post when you asked if I am still playing the violin.  I just thought of it when you mentioned your memory so mine is not much better than yours haha!  But in answer to your question I am still at it and trying so hard to get better every day.  It has been almost 4 1/2 years and I will tell you that at my later years (nice way of saying getting older) it is very difficult to play and takes a lot of concentration and dexterity and when you get older you lose both.  But I love it and have a beautiful violin made by Robert Kain of Cambelltown, Pa.  If anyone wants a nice violin he ships everywhere.  I told him I would give him a plug on the blog.  Thank you Philip for your kind thoughts.  Buckets of love to you.  JA
  • April 21, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet FAY,
    Go to the Official Website and you will find some news on André's concert in Denmark with some beautiful photos!Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Love and hugs to Nelly and Sir Jasper. Deirdré and Lulu xxx
  • April 21, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet FRIENDS,

    It is 1:00 in the early morning here in South Africa and I just spoke with Anitha. She just came back from her second André concert in Denmark and told me that André was much more relaxed than last night and that the concert was even more beautiful. She managed to take her camera in and took some more beautiful photos which she will share with us. Enjoy your Sunday sweet friends and don't forget our prayers for André!

    La vie est belle!! Oh life is so good xx
  • April 21, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    OH, Anitha, I am so happy after seeing your photos, thanks for posting. Andre does look a little thinner but still wonderful.
  • April 21, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    It's wonderful to see Andre looking so happy. I know he loved your banner. Thank you Anitha xx. I hope you enjoyed the second concert as much as the first, or even more. I know it will have been fantastic.
  • April 21, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Not a lot to share, I went first to Andre's site what great photos & He does look Good as always, I wish I could put into words How I felt when I first went onto His web site & read all the GOOD NEWS WOW, But I will keep my prayers going as its the only way I feel I can personally help Him; we have Andre's first concert in Australia on Foxtel 6pm on Studio,tonight, its the concert with The Castle filmed in Melbourne, we seem to be having them on a regular basis each Sunday, I record them on the IQ box & replay for Jasper when I go out to shop, also play them when I am on the computer, at this moment I am listning to & The Waltz Goes On it has such lovely music on but I guess as I think all Andre's music is soooo lovely;
  • April 22, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Janine Ann,Thank you for your more than welcome post,I have great admiration for you, that at this stage of your life you are taking up the violin.I tried it once gave it up, there are no frets to guide my fingers, the piano was more to my liking.Looking over the posts over the last few months and all the help,advice,and comfort our friends on the blog are receiving, and sharing with the rest of us,we should call this blog THE ANDRE RIEU HEALING CENTRE.I tell you I am in my element with all the happiness and joy our ladies are experiencing,by receiving their Andre gifts,that some thing so small as a teddy bear,a pillow,could bring some one so much joy,it is so wonderful,I can imagine Johann,Deirdre's hubby looking at her hand with the Andre ring on it,and saying "En nou daai ring"
    JA may you have a great Sunday.Buckets of love and hugs. Philip.Gauteng.RSA.
  • April 22, 2012 Moderator Adagio wrote:
    Thanks Anitha for the beautiful photos of Andre and the concert in Denmark! It was certainly nice to see him back on stage! I believe that the world smiled when they realized that he was back! I did, that's for sure.
    I'm sure all those Prayers Around the World helped but I also know that Andre himself, did a lot to get himself back in front of the people again. His love of music and bringing it to the peoples of the world is quite formidable!
    Love to everyone!

  • April 22, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    A good morning to all life is great now Andre' is back performing, He looks so good; we are having the strangest weather here in Australia, rain almost flood rain, our main dam has overflowed twice this year, whereas it had'nt overflowed in years its had a good clean out, I love this time of year its cooler & makes life far more pleasant, & on top of this Andre' is back doing what He does & loves best, so for me the world is as good as it gets. have a Rieully Great Day;
  • April 22, 2012 Karen Barry wrote:
    I have just finished reading the report from Anitha from Denmark.It took me back to the two concerts I attended in Austalia, such joy with beautiful smiling music from all the JSO members.
    Thanks to all who translated the report from Anitha's attendence in Denmark at the 2 shows. She took us back with our memories so well, so thank you so very much Anitha. Blessings and love
    Karen, Oueensland Australia.
  • April 23, 2012 Constance Reynolds wrote:
    sory I am late for this but any ways here it goes

    Dear lord I want to pray for andre as he recovers from his sickness.please guide him in the right direction when he does not want to stop when things are rough.I not only want to pray for andre ,I want to also pray for majorie pierre jso,carla, kimmy, kalki? ,kirsten and the rest of the staff.may they stay strong together as a team .amen ox connie ox P.S is that third soprano kalki?
  • April 23, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello dear friends. I have had such a happy weekend. I am usually a happy person but this week end I have been extra happy. Andre was back on stage. Oh how beautiful he looks. Can't wait for Maastricht.Then my son came to stay for the week end. Cooked lots of yummy food. Yesterday was the Classic Car run in our lovely New Forest which Darrell and I organised with a delicious traditional English roast in a lovely pub. Been reading our lovely Anitha's Concert report and looking at Andre. Looking at Andre. Again and again.St George's day today. Proud to be English. Been corresponding with my lovely friends. Looking at Andre. All in all. I am a happy bunny. Hope everyone on this super blog is feeling the GLOW knowing Andre is back
    Love you all xxx Josephine (UK) xx
    1. April 23, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

      I'm glowing

      1. April 23, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Oh Prudence, this is so pretty. I am glowing too! Bet this is how everybody going to Maastricht feel. Wish I had wings to fly there too. Love you, Norma xxxx
        1. April 23, 2012 Eve wrote:

          LOVELY! Wings to fly there, wings that bring you to cloud nine. Whenever I am listening to His music I got wings too!
          Actually I got wings now and I am already there, hovering over Maastricht, just checking and I can see that they are preparing for the concert, it is going to be magical!

          Thank you, girls, PRUDENCE, NORMA, wonderful!

          So filled with love, Eve,
  • April 23, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hi all. My Maastricht Countdown Clock has now dropped below 2 months
    1 month 30 days 8 hours 25 minutes 20 seconds
    La la de da. Xxx
  • April 23, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:

    The first video of Andre doing Marina since his illness!  Copenhagen 4/21/2012 - thanks Deirdre for sending us this video.  The next two I found on YouTube - same place and date.


    1. April 24, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Oh sweet Philip, have you seen our Stéphanie doing her moves on this video!!! André looks wonderful and as gorgeous as ever. Thank you, I just love it, Norma xxxx
      1. April 24, 2012 Philip wrote:
        Hello Norma,thanks for the post and the video info,I have a slow internet connection and it take sages to play a video, on which one of the three video's is Stephanie doing her moves.Loves and hugs Philip.RSA.
        1. April 24, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
          Sweet Philip, you will find Stéphanie doing her moves on the FIRST video: CUR fra Forum Copenhagen. She just loves The Marina and so does André. Hope you have a wonderful day! Buckets full of love, Norma xxxx
          1. April 24, 2012 Philip wrote:
            Hello Norma,thank you for the info,sadly I am not able to watch it, as the download cuts after 6 minutes,I have tried it through utube but the same thing happens for some reason or another it will not download from this site,perhaps Andre will do a dvd of this concert then I can watch it then,it is a pity, I would like to have seen it but thank you, for the trouble you have gone to for me,I need to ask you a question,do you moderators take turns in monitoring this blog,and why are some of the texts in different colors?LOVE AND HUGS TO YOU DEAR FRIEND.Philip.RSA
            1. April 24, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
              Hi Philip I am so sorry you cannot play the entire video.  Some video just stop abruptly when they are over and they do not always have an ending that makes sense, they just stop.  Maybe it is just ending.  That is the only thing that makes sense if it does the same thing on YouTube.

              As far as the moderators, there can be several of us on at one time depending on our location.  Here in the USA I am three hours ahead of Bill, Sally and Adagio.  So the three of us can handle the blog all day and into the evening.  While we sleep Norma takes over for most of our night, then all of us are on again.  Who ever finds the story if it needs translated we send it to Deirdre and she gives me the translation and I put the story on.  If Norma find the story she puts it on since she now knows how to do it.  Prudence takes care of the birthdays but she prefers that I put it on the blog since she is very busy.  The same is true of Adagio.  Bill usually does his own because he is more into the JSO.  We are so blessed to have Deirdre as a translator and Norma as a Moderator since Sally has been away due to her illness.  For a while I was doing most everything and I am so happy to have all these wonderful girls and Bill.  When Sally returns we will have our Webmistress back!  I hope this answers your question Philip.  Oh the colors sometimes we just use whatever color we want.  I like to use blue and I think Norma uses a dark red.  We all help each other especially during busy times.  We are a team.  Take care Philip and buckets of love to you my friend.  Jeanine Ann

              1. April 25, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
                Ah thank you sweet Jeanine Ann for explaining all so nicely. It is true, I love the deep red because it is the color of love, ha-ha! Wishing you a great day all my beautiful friends. Love and hugs, Norma xxxx
                1. April 25, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
                  Ah sweet Norma and do you know why I like to use the color BLUE - not the sky, not the ocean but the color of my true love's eyes!!!  Love and hugs to you.  JA

                  1. April 25, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
                    Oh sweet Jeanine Ann, I can just drown in those dreamy blue eyes!!!! Love you too.  

              2. April 25, 2012 Philip wrote:
                Hello Jeanine Ann,Thank you for answering my questions,we on this blog have much to be grateful for ,that you and the other moderators are there for us, and also keeping us in line.It is a pity that Mirusia is leaving ANDRE,but then Andre has two very good soprano's in Our Kimmi,and Kalki who is a mezzo soprano,I wonder how many singers have launched their career's off Andre's kindness, to open doors for them.Andre is such a super human being,if one thinks how many of the JSO'S music has improved under Andre's guidance.Dear friend have you heard any thing more from our Bill and when he is going to return to the blog,I for one miss having him around,if you do speak to him ask him if he would just drop us a line,ask him to circle back just to say hello, then he can go back to what he is doing,and have you heard how our moderator Sally is doing,and is she on the mend? JA have a good pleasant day and thank you for being my friend.Buckets of love and hugs for you.Philip.RSA.
    2. April 24, 2012 tess wrote:
      thank you for sharing these video clip, what a great way of having breakfast and watching Andre Back on Stage the the JSO. I wish i was their....Tess
  • April 23, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Thank you sweet Deirdre. I am supposed to be going to sleep. How the dickens can I sleep after watching Andre do Marina. Those legs just drive me wild.
    I also know a certain gentleman on this blog that will go wild when he sees the video. His favourite girl Stephanie is certainly enjoying herself
    Oh my friends. Isn't it so fantastic to see it all happening again. Happy days are here again
    Prudence. The fairy is wonderful.
    Lots of love xxxx
  • April 23, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    I have always been in the habit of logging on here first thing, but because of Andre's illness my habit changed to Andre's web site for news, WOW have a look at His last concert photos,as well everyone sight seeing & then Jeanine Ann to log on here for The Marina the day cannot get any better thank you; I found out why no sound was coming through I did'nt have the little bar at the bottom of my screen turned on duh, Have a Reiully Great Day everyone;
  • April 23, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    Isn't Marina just the best, Philip you will enjoy as Stephanie is making her presence felt.
    I find that the Captcha is the greatest challenge of my day so far but fingers crossed helps!!!!
    Enjoy your music today and every day, it just makes the world go around.
    Cheers Maureen xx
  • April 24, 2012 Mary wrote:
    Dear Friends
    Thank you to everyone for all the beautiful photos. It is so wonderful that Andre is back!!!
    I see Mirusia annouced a Home tour in Australia. Does that mean she is not with Andre anymore?
    Enjoy the rest of the week and some beautiful music from a wonderful man to all. Happy days are here again!!!
    Much love
    Mary XXX
    South Africa
    1. April 24, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Hi Mary it is so nice to hear from you again. Hope you have a wonderful day. Love and hugs, Norma xxxx
    2. April 24, 2012 Virginia wrote:
      Mirusia was not in Denmark and certainly will not be in Sao Paulo in July. I think she is breaking out on her own, as most of them do. I am so happy that Carla has decided to come back.
  • April 24, 2012 Ruth wrote:
    Thank you for the clips just brilliant, Andre does look thinner I noticed more in his face. But he does look well and hopefully back on form. Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 24, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Dear FRIENDS, Eve was given the task of bringing me André Coffee each morning together with a magical story. I just have to share this morning's coffee and story with you. It is soooo beautiful. Thank you my sweet and talented Eve!!! 
    Hi, sugar, here is your coffee and here is a girl in trouble (damsel in distress, ha!) what next?!?!?!
    I mean I know that I am supposed to come up with a fresh story, and I want to do it, but no ideas come to me.
    Well, maybe just a thought: yesterday I was just preparing myself to go to bed when the phone rang. A voice: lady, u got yourself a parcel, has just been delivered only u didn't answer to the door bell so we left it in front of your door, go check! And: click.
    So I got myself up and checked and there was the parcel.
    Brought it in and opened it. Well, I said to myself, nothing much: loads of blank sheets wrapped in transparent plastic.
    What is this? Looked carefully at the sender, no sender, just my name and address on the box.
    Unwrapped the plastic and took out a sheet of paper. Maybe somebody wants me to do my sketches on this special paper, cos it looked special, very good quality.
    White. White?
    Holding it in my hand it felt soft and hard at the same time and light and it slowly got a purplish color. And it started slowly undulating in my hand, became warmer (the paper, yes!) and a mask started to get shape on it. A white mask. And I heard the first notes of beautiful music: Phantom of the Opera!
    It was instrumental. A wonderful orchestra was playing and heavenly violin solo! It sounded like a Stradivarius!
    And slowly detaching itself from the mask there was a beautiful face. Beautiful face, lovely blue eyes filled with feelings, enthusiastic.
    I just looked at the beautiful face and into those eyes filled with love and listened to the wonderful music.
    When the piece of music came to an end the last thing I saw were the eyes and wonderful lips smiling and smiling. Then the whole picture slowly disappeared and the sheet of paper became white again.
    Oh, Wow! What a fantastic present! And I knew who it came from! I knew it!
    All the "musical" sheets were playing one item, each of my favorite ones.
    The second sheet played - u guessed - The Second Waltz and so on.
    There was joyful and there was sentimental beautiful music that brought tears to my eyes.
    It was a fantastic present!
    So, I said to myself, I will have to do something so beautiful that comes close - if possible - to this wonderful present I got yesterday. It is gonna be that sheet of paper which is still blank, as were the magical ones yesterday, but will get shape once I put the pencil on them.
    Cos that is how I do my sketches and write my poems and stories: it all starts with a blank sheet but the words, the shapes are already there. I just have to uncover them but they are there.
    So, my pretty lady I did deliver a morning coffee-story to you, didn't I? With your favorite idol: Andre Rieu.

  • April 24, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Oh I just looooooove video number 2: Tulips from Amsterdam with all the André close-ups!!!! I have just read that Carla AND Carmen will be in Maastricht. It is surely going to be a FABULOUS concert. They are my favorites and together with our own Kimmy, Maastricht is going to rock!! *** ONLY 56 DAYS TO GO!!!!!! *****

    Sweet MARY
    , It seems to me Mirusia will not be joining André for a while. I haven't heard from you for quite a while. How are you my dear friend? It seems to me winter is here. Love you 2 bits xxx

    Sweet JOSÉ , Oh I soooooooooooo want an André cushion!! We are going for rides on bicycles in Maastricht and will have fun picnics next to the Maas River. Maybe André will join us!! Love you 2 Peach Blossom xxxx

    Dear LOUISE,

    Where are you my sweet friend, I miss you! Love you 2 pieces xxxx

  • April 24, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Deirdre' I just love your story a real grown ups fairy story, what a joy it would be to sit & have a cup of coffee with Andre', no cake though I could'nt eat cake if Andre' can't its just not done, to make your mouth water I have a love of chocolate eclairs with fresh cream, I have'nt had one for so long, so to celebrate Andre' return I had one yesterday, I only ever buy them 1 at a time ; have you all seen the new sets of photos they look so good, some of the buildings look very dark is it because of age or????, I am so ignorant when it comes to Europe, I tend to forget it is so much older than Australia,I vote every day but I don't like the fact that Andre' is only ever 3rd, are there so many persons who prefere Micheal Jackson & Elvis Presley to Andre' where is their taste ?????.
  • April 25, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Good morning everybody!
    Sky Arts 2/Virgin 283 tv are showing Andre Rieu: The Flying Dutchman three times this coming week as follows:
    Sat. 28 Apr. 08.00 - 10.15am
    Tue. 1 May 14.00 - 16.10pm and
    Thu. 3 May 22.10 - 12.20am
    Hope this info is helpful as I know some people don't buy TV guides.
    By the way, I had a lovely dream last
    night. Andre knocked on my door and
    asked me out to his home in Maastricht. We flew in his private
    plane. We arrived at his castle where Marjorie was waiting for us. She had
    arranged for a lovely tea for us and then Andre played Toselli's Serenade for us. Then Andre and Marjorie said goodbye and I woke up. Wasn't that lovely? Bye for now dear friends. Love
    Sylvia, Keith and all the lovely teddies (particularly me, Pierre!)
    1. April 25, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Sweet Sylvia, What a beautiful dream. I bet Marjorie served tea without cake! Love to you, Keith and the gorgeous teddies, Norma xxxx
    2. April 25, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
      Beautiful SYLVIA , What a dream!!! Risa sends all her love and misses Isadore sooooooooooo much!! Love you sweet friend, Deirdré (South Africa)  xx
  • April 25, 2012 katherine wrote:
    I have so much catching up to do!
    I am cancelling all my appointments so I can spend the whole day looking at all the clips and videos from the first three concerts after such a long time.
    Thank you all! Do you all feel like you have been holding your breath for too long and now are finally free to breathe again?
    How silly we must sound to others, but luckily I stopped caring about things like that a long time ago

    I wish Mirusia all the best, how great would it be for here if she could be part time solo and part time with Rieu! She is wonderful and deserves every chance.

    1. April 25, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Oh Katherine, When it comes to André we can never sound silly. Not on this blog anyway. We will miss Mirusia, but we wish her all the best. She has a stunning voice and a beautiful personality. Love and hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 25, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello my friends from a soggy UK.
    KATHERINE , I understand completely how you felt when Our Beautiful Man was out of circulation. There was a huge gap in our lives. I am the happiest girl alive now he is back. Looking sooooo gorgeous. Sooooo handsome. Soooooo sexy. Soooooo fit.

    What a lovely dream Sylvia . I hope that when Andre comes to tea with me he will be a bit naughty and try a piece of my cake. You can't stop having the things you like all the time. A little of what you fancy does you good !!!

    I love red too Norma . The colour of Love as you say. I love that word. Love

    Bye for now . Hope you are all happy xx
  • April 25, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:

    Dear friends,
    “André Rieu Productions has decided to move the starting time of the concert on June 23 an hour forward to 21:00. The starting time for The Terrace (advanced packages) will now be at 18.30”.
    Thank you for this bit of info Christine and Marianne xxxx

  • April 25, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
    André shared this gorgeous photo on Twitter.


    1. April 25, 2012 Marlene Warren wrote:
      Andre looks absolutely fantastic! This is a really nice photo!!!
      1. April 26, 2012 Gloria Futcher wrote:
        Wow, Andre looks fantastic and so well!! Great to see him looking so happy too. he really knows how to dress....
  • April 25, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Beautiful Andre I notice you have had your hair cut. Please send a teeny weeny soft curl to me I promise to look after it and keep it close to my heart. In exchange I will send you the recipe for a delicious fat free cake or better still please come to tea and I will make you one.
    Lots of love. Josephine. (UK) xxxx
    1. April 25, 2012 Eve wrote:

      LOVE your idea about the curl! You know what, that beautiful hair should be ensured for a million bucks! And the hands too. Let's not forget the eyes, OK, the whole "package".
      JO JO JO! you aim high, my sweets, Andre for tea, wow!
      When he comes, make sure you take some photos and send them to me ASAP! Pleeeeease!

      Love you to pieces, my darling!
      Eve, Romania
  • April 25, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:

    Hi Everyone, I was just going to put this photo on and I checked to see if someone put it on so thank you Norma!!!  Isn't it FANTASTIC!!!!!

    Sorry everyone I was working in the gardens all day and I am completely exhausted.  I cannot do another thing except take some nourishment.  Thank you Norma for taking care of the blog today.  You are a gem!  And the same for anyone else who helped.  I am so happy to see this wonderful photo of Andre.  He looks so happy.  Bless his heart!!  Jeanine Ann

  • April 25, 2012 Ruth wrote:
    What a super photo of our favourite man, he looks so happy, as we all are!!!!. Sylvia what a lovely dream, wish I had dreams like that, usually I just "zonk out"!, only waking if blood sugar drops, mind you I do have my Andre pillow and my teddy called Andre plus I won an angel teddy on a Pop'N'Grow auction, I snuggle up to both and of course Winston. Talking of Winston we think we have cracked it with his diabetes, spoke to the vet today and I can leave him on the dose he is on now only test his urine every other day (great, he is a monkey with this as he stops going when the bowl is placed under him!). He does appear a lot happier now but will be on the insulin for the rest of his life, we don't spoil a pair do we!. Hugs and Luv Ruth. Colne. P.S. do any of the words we use for Captha count in Scrable??
    1. April 25, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Ha-ha the Captha and Scrabble is a good one Ruth. Take care and hugs to Winston. Love and hugs, Norma xxx
  • April 25, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
    Eve made this dessert to celebrate André's comeback.

    1. April 26, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Oh my! Which one is the dessert?
      Eve, maybe Andre couldn't eat that but I sure could! I'll be right over!
      1. April 26, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Ha-ha Shirley, I agree that it is hard to choose. I think I will take ... Guess who?
      2. April 26, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        I think the dessert is the one who can move!!!!!  But that cake does look gorgeous.
        Thank you Eve.  Love you so.

    2. April 26, 2012 Josephine wrote:
      Oh Eve sweet girl. That looks yummy. The dessert looks good too. Ha !!!
      What a tempting delicious treat. Andre and strawberries. I am salivating. In other words dribbling. That man is sweeter than the honey from the bee
      Better go before I say too much and get moderated.
      Byeeeeeeeeeee Lots of love. See you soon Evie xxx

      HAHA My Captcha word is ALLOWED. I don't think I am Allowed to think what I am thinking xxxx
    3. April 27, 2012 Bob wrote:
      Hello, Eve!

      Of course, you know
      the song Andre is playing? "If I knew you we're comin' I'd have baked a cake" by Eileen Barton.

      Now, stop tempting the Maestro with such decadent goodies, you naughty girl. You must first send them to Pittsburgh where their quality (and quantity) will be judged by,

      Pittsburgh boB.

      p.s. I LOVE this blog site!
      1. April 28, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Thank you dear Bob, this blog site is cool, isn't it! Enjoy your weekend. Hugs from Norma and the girls xxxxx
      2. April 28, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

        Hello Pittsburg Bob. We are happy you like our blog.Do you live near the pawnshop in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania?

        excuse me, couldn't resist that.

        1. April 28, 2012 Shirley wrote:
          haha, maybe Bob isn't old enough to remember that song, but I sure do,
          "There's a pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
          And I've just gotta get five or ten five or ten.
          From the pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
          Gotta be with my angel again". and something else like
          "she was peaches, she was honey & she cost me all my money".
          1. April 28, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:

            (There's a pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
            And I walk up and down 'neath the clock
            (By the pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
            But I ain't got a thing left to hock

            She was peaches, she was honey, and she cost me all my money
            'cause a whirl 'round the town was her dream (was her dream)
            Took her dancin', took her dinin' till her blue eyes were shinin'
            With the sights that they never had seen (never seen)
            If you should run into a golden-haired angel
            And ask her tonight for a date
            She'll tell you somewhere there's a rich millionaire
            Who is calling again about eight

            (There's a pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
            And I've just gotta get five or ten (five or ten)
            (From the pawnshop on a corner in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
            Gotta be with my angel again

            1. April 28, 2012 Shirley wrote:
              Aha, Jeanine Ann, you're younger than I am & you remember all the words?Do you remember Glenn Miller's Pennsylvania 65000?I've always had a thing about Pittsburg because of the football games I watched with my dad. The Steelers were always my favorite football team. I just liked their uniforms.haha Then there's the White House address,1600 Pennsylvania Ave, in Washington, so beautiful when the cherry blossoms are in bloom. Thanks for the memories. oh, oh, feel another song coming on? haha
  • April 25, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Oh Dear Glory Be Andre' is so slim where has He gone, Ha He does look so good & I imagine with that bit of weight off, He will be feeling like a new Man, could you just hug Him He is a lovely Person; Sylvia next time you are having one of those dreams please invite me I will travel across the astral plain to meet up with you; Who was the author who wrote so many books where he travelled across the astral plain ??? anyone remember; EVA, that dessert is to die for alas none for Andre' He is on a diet; this has made me hungry so I am off now to make some potato & leek soup just the weather for it I could invite Andre' to share some of that I will only add low fat cream; Have a Rieully good day; & Norma bless you for that photo;
  • April 26, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Oh my goodness! André looks wonderful!!! So slim and trim, just gorgeous!! All he now needs is a bit of sunshine and LOTS of LOVE, which we will freely provide!! Thank you for this stunning photo, it so made my day!!

    I missed you so! My days were empty without you! Oh I agree the it is so hard to choose. I think I will have both for dessert! Love you 2 bits

    OH EVIE, Your André, I mean, you dessert looks so appetising! Yummy!!! Love you too!! xxxx


  • April 26, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
    Another beautiful photo from the Official Website. Enjoy your day sweet friends, Norma 

    Ah sweet Norma, just made it a little bigger for you and everyone.  Isn't it gorgeous!!!  JA

    1. April 26, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Thank you sweet Norma.  I just went to put it on and you are one step ahead of me haha.  I am still beat from my big work day in the gardens.  Made this a little bigger for you and everyone.  Oh it is so good to see these photos!!!   Love you sweets. Jeanine Ann

      1. April 26, 2012 Gloria Futcher wrote:
        Another great photo - I love the jacket - do you think it is linen?
        1. April 26, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
          It looks like linen Gloria but not sure.  It looks so sharp with black.  Hope you are well and happy.  Nice to see you again.  Love and hugs.  JA

          1. April 26, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
            It does look SO smart and he has the button done up, just so we can see how svelte [gorgeous word, gorgeous man] he is now,he can't get any better can
            he??????? love MD
            My captcha word is order, am I to keep my thoughts in order??
          2. April 26, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
            Sorry wrong jacket, I was looking at the white one on Twitter, but same sentiments apply MD xxx
    2. April 26, 2012 Josephine wrote:
      Oh Thank you Norma.Andre looks soooo good. Like a peach with a chocolate centre.Good enough to eat.His beautiful curly locks are a perfect length and those specs. Ooh lala.

      1 month 27 days 12 hours 19 min 32 sec
      Till Maastricht. La la de da
      Lots a luv xxxx
    3. April 26, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      This is the way we like to see him! Violin in hand, ready to go! Now, I must go & make hay.
      1. April 26, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
        Well I 'made hay' yesterday and glad I did because today is cold and rainy.  That is why we worked so hard and we still have a day or two to go.  We are laying mulch and putting the weed guard down is the hardest part.  Hopefully we can get back to it tomorrow.  Love and hugs.  JA

  • April 26, 2012 Don Baron wrote:
    Attention Dear Friends -

    I have 6 tickets to the Maastricht June 23 concert + will be unable to attend from canada. Face value for tickets + can be reached  BY POSTING ON BLOG.
    Warmest regards,
    Don B

    6 Tickets. Rank 2; Vak A3. Rij 14. Stoel 1- 6

    Saturday June 23, 2012. 22:00
    Andre Rieu op het Vrijthof

    Price $85.00 EU each.

    Thank you so much Don.  If anyone is interested in these tickets please post here and I will send Don's email address to you.  Good luck Don!   Hugs  Jeanine Ann
  • April 26, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Norma thank you Andre' looks soooo good,I love that Jacket, He amazes me the colors He wears they always look great, these colors on another man would look strange, but on Himself they just enhance his personality, go back & look at him in Fairytale, He is wearing all Yellow, trousers,scarf & coat, give a verbal description of that to anyone & they would think yuk, but on Andre' well it just looks sexy & a bit more besides, His website is really keeping all up to date on their travelling around as well as concerts, it is such a joy to log on & read all; Has anyone taken advantage of that special offer in Maastricht, maybe expensive but what a treat to visit His studio, meal etc. etc,I will be there in spirit only; Foxtel Studio in Australia 6pm. Sunday The Stars come out. each Sunday now they have Andre' on which is great for Jasper as I can leave new ones on for him when I go shopping I put them on the IQ box rather than putting a dvd on the player, I treasure all my dvds; DEIRDRE' how is Lulu Jasper says hello Miow Miow;
  • April 26, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    I'm very sad after collecting my mail just now. There was a letter advising me Ovation Channel will close down at the end of May.
    It was Ovation Channel that introduced Andre to Australian audiences. If it wasn't for them we might never have heard of him, perish the thought.
    Bio Channel and Studio do play his concerts, but Bio only occasionally and Studio Channel have a lot of ads interrupting their programmes and their picture quality is poor, on our TV at any rate.
    Ovation Channel feature him most days, and also Helmut Lotti and Daniel O'Donnell are regularly on the programme, so I feel like going into mourning.
    That has totally ruined my day.

    Oh Jill this is really sad news! André needs publicity because he does not really market himself and relies on us and the media. Enjoy your weekend sweet friend and hugs to John. Love and hugs, Norma xxx

    1. April 27, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Gosh Jill,this is not good news at all.Why do you think they are closing down? Drat, no Helmut,no Daniel, no Andre? I will cry with you.
  • April 27, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Oh wow André looks wonderful and it is soooooooo good to see him back. I agree FAY , the Official website is keeping us up to date with all the places our André visits and the photos are really nice! Lulu is just fine. Johann took a travel suitcase down for me (Maastricht) and Lulu refused to get out of it. The poor darling thinks she is going to accompany me to Maastricht! Love to Jasper and Nelly. Take care and look after yourself. xxx

    Sweet JOSÉ and EVIE,
    I am working on our banners for Maastricht. OH WE ARE GOING TO HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME!!! I am applying for my Visa next week and I am constantly walking on Cloud Nine since out beautiful André is back. See you soon Peach Blossom and beautiful Evie. Love u to bits and pieces. xxx


    Thank you for enlarging the photo of André! Ha-ha I think NORMA was afraid to show too much of André. Some girls on the blog might just feint and never wake up again!! Please take it easy in the garden, I need you to be chirpy in Maastricht. We are going to rock the Vrijthof Square! Love you sooooooooo much and I cannot wait to give you the biggest hug ever!!
    Deirdré (Gauteng, South Africa) xxxx
    1. April 27, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

      Maastricht will never be the same after you girls have been there. Rock on!

      Oh yes Prudence, I am afraid Maastricht is NEVER going to be the same again with the gals there. They are going to have a magical time! GO GIRLS!!! Love, Norma xxx

    2. April 27, 2012 Eve wrote:
      I don't mind fainting! Then I will be entitled to the kiss of life, right!?!?
  • April 27, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Haha. Oh yes Prudence. We are gonna be Rockin an Rollin around the Clock in Maastricht. One two three o'clock four o'clock ROCK.No sleep.Just Rockin

    Deirdre - Miss dynamite, isn't gonna let us sleep.We've gotta get on our bikes and see the sights during the day and rock rock rock all night she says lala de da

    I am watching Andre Live in Sydney at the moment. Wonderful. Always makes me cry when Alan Jones sings We are Australian with the very enthusiastic Ozzie audience.

    It's such a wonderful feeling to know Andre is back and now we have so much good news about him and his concerts and gorgeous photo's of him. I'm hap hap happy

    Hope you are all happy and well my friends and have a great weekend
    Lots of love xxxxx
  • April 27, 2012 Carol from MALVERN UK wrote:
    Hi everyone it has never stopped raining here for three weeks and it is so cold we have a log fire going. We were fed up so looked at the website ,it is so great all the positive comments and photos of the gorgeous one . I now feelrealy happy thank you all you are all so funny and kind take a bow.
    Carol and John
    1. April 27, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
      Oh CAROL, this blog is definitely the best place to be on a cold and rainy day! Our André is past being gorgeous! Love to you and John in the UK, Deirdré (South Africa) xx
  • April 27, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
    So glad you all don't mind fainting . . . .!!!!!



    1. April 27, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Here is a Blu Ray photo from Under the Stars.  Source: Facebook


      1. April 27, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
        Oh goodness, this is soooooooooo beautiful!!! Oh wow, oh wow!!! Oh there is none like you my sweet and gorgeous André!!! Thank you Sweetie, you are the best and I love you so. Deirdré, Oh soooo utterly and unashamedly in love xxxx ( Just want to tell you all.. I fainted!!)
        1. April 27, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
          Hi Sweet Deirdre, I wonder how many others will faint! haha.  Hope Eve did not go to bed.  Love you sweets.  JA

    2. April 29, 2012 Marguerite Govoni wrote:
      Love, Love, Love the short hair & smaller tummy.
  • April 27, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:

    Attention Dear Friends -

    I have 6 tickets to the Maastricht June 23 concert + will be unable to attend from canada. Face value for tickets + can be reached  BY POSTING ON BLOG.
    Warmest regards,
    Don B

    6 Tickets. Rank 2; Vak A3. Rij 14. Stoel 1- 6

    Saturday June 23, 2012. 22:00
    Andre Rieu op het Vrijthof

    Price $85.00 EU each.

    Thank you so much Don.  If anyone is interested in these tickets please post here and I will send Don's email address to you.  Good luck Don!   Hugs  Jeanine Ann

  • April 27, 2012 harry porter wrote:
    Jill B, re your comment about Ovation channel. As I understand the situation, It is because Austar has been purchased by FOXTEL who won`t support Ovation. I am with OPTUS,and ovation is still there.Ovation is also available as a subscription. I watch Ovation more than Studio, and would be very disappointed to lose it.
  • April 27, 2012 Judith wrote:
    OMG!!! Fainting PLUS passing out PLUS Paramedics PLUS given "Strict" instructions not to view these photos unattended!!! PLUS.....the female EMT will not get off my computer, wants to learn MORE about this man!!!!! Need I say anymore? Lordy, I am "sweating" profusely!
    1. April 27, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Oh my goodness Judith, what have I done???  What is the prognosis??  Will you live?  haha   Jeanine Ann sending you love and care.

  • April 27, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    Thank you for the sympathy re Ovation Channel Jeanine Ann and Shirley.

    Harry I don't think Optus is available in my area, but I'm glad to hear they are still supporting Ovation. I have a $6 a month subscription to Ovation at the moment and it's the best $6 I spend each month.
    Their website has a message saying the channel can be viewed if you have one of the new "Smart TVs" whatever that means. I don't suppose I have one or else I'd know what it is.
    It's all very sad and disappointing. Sigh.
  • April 27, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    Norma - I left you out of my thankyous re Ovation sympathy,please don't feel neglected I'm just up and still half asleep xx
    1. April 27, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Jill, so nice to see you.  I hope you have a wonderful day.  I am just ending mine and going to bed.  Take care of John and we will talk soon.  Love and hugs, Jeanine Ann

  • April 27, 2012 Bob wrote:
    To Jeanine Ann:

    Regarding the "Fainting" photos: The one showing Andre talking to the two trombonists makes the Maestro appear to have three hands. He is not only holding his violin but a trumpet as well. He must be cautioned not to get bow rosin on the trumpet mouthpiece - bow rosin tastes awful. ... or trumpet valve oil on the violin bow?? ... oh, horror!!

    Reminder to Andre: Don't forget the trumpet is pitched in B-flat so you'll have to transpose a whole step from the violin.

    Sorry, folks, but I couldn't resist a bit of irreverant levity. GREAT to see Andre back!!

    Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 27, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Bob, Andre' is clever & may act at times as though there are two of Him but He only has 2 hands not 3 its a smart photo though eh' Oh JEANINE ANN they are super photos thank you the drool is still running,He is a lovely Man, My Grandaughter was her today she commented on all my new Photos, do you really like Him Nan she asked, Ha ha, lovely photos again on Andre's web site, its so good to see Him doing what He loves & does so well; Jill my Foxtel deleted Ovation ages ago, it went off & came back for a short while then was deleted again, I have a seniors package & don't have all their channels, I did miss Ovation though, although I have good reception for Studio, but Andre' is only on once a week, The new release Under The Stars is on this Sunday 6pm.
    1. April 28, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Ha-ha Fay, I hope you answered: "Nan doesn't like André, she LOVES André!" Enjoy your weekend my sweet friend. Love and hugs, Norma xxxxx
  • April 28, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    Hello Fay. Thanks for the information re Under the Stars. Studio has been prompt in showing it so soon after release, haven't they?
    My reception with them looks like we used to get when TV reception was slightly blurred and grainy. It's the only channel we have that problem with. However, beggars can't be choosers, and I'll tune in on Sunday night and be thankful that at least I can see Andre somewhere.
    1. April 28, 2012 Shirley wrote:
      Jill, at least you can get a chance to see him on TV. That's more than we do here in the States, at least on our local PBS.We haven't seen him on TV for a long time.
  • April 28, 2012 Philip wrote:
    Hello Jeanine Ann,I hope you are well rested after all your garden labor.Do you remember an American comic called "Smokey Stover" I am going back about 50/55 years,
    in one of the strips he has planted beans in his garden,butter beans.kidney beans,baked beans,human beans,and and has beans.Any way dear friend I am off to spend a day or two with the grand kids.have a great restful weekend and,don't work too hard.Buckets of all nice things for you.Philip.RSA.
  • April 28, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    Only 3 days of April left!Can you believe how fast she is passing? The time is getting closer for all you girls going to Maastricht.Or maybe the time is too slow for you? haha
  • April 28, 2012 Sylvia wrote:
    Dear dog lovers,
    I read the following poem in the Daily Express today which I think you might like. Author unknown.
    When God made the earth and sky,
    The flowers and the trees,
    He then made all the animals,
    The fish, the birds, the bees.

    And when at last He'd finished,
    Not one was quite the same.
    He said I'll walk this world of mine
    Andgive each one a name.

    And so he travelled far and wide
    and everywhere He went,
    A little creature followed Him
    Until its strength wasa spent.

    When all were named upon the Earth
    And in the sky and sea,
    The little creature said,
    "Dear Lord, there's no name left for me!"

    Kindly the Father said to him,
    "I've left you to the end,
    I've turned My own name back to front
    And called you Dog, My friend."

    I hope you all loved this as much as I do who is not into dogs. Love Sylvia
    1. April 28, 2012 Gloria Futcher wrote:

      Thank you for this - we have a lovely 10 year-old Boxer called Josie who is 10 years old - she is dearly loved by all the family.

      Looking forward to our Flyins Dutchman.

      I have had an 'Andre Day' as my husband is playing golf in Spain with our three sons - TV has been on since lunchtime!!!

      Love to you. Keith and the teddies xx
    2. April 28, 2012 Ruth wrote:
      Thank you Sylvia for this lovely poem, I am going copy it and put it on my wall next to Winston's Family tree. Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 28, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Ha BOB. Well spotted. It does look as though Andre has 3 hands doesn't it.
    Got to come clean though and tell you that the hand holding the violin bow is mine. I was snuggling up behind Andre giving him a cuddle when this picture was taken

    Yes. I know . Wishful thinking. A girl's gotta dream though.

    Oh this weather in UK is shocking. Rain. Rain and more rain.. Last month we were told we had a drought so this is now being called the wettest drought on record.

    My Maastricht countdown clock says
    1 month 25 days 13 hours 54 min 56 sec
    Love you lots
    Josephine. Soggy UK xxxxxxxx
    1. April 28, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      You know I kept looking at that hand and thought Andre was holding that horn and then I saw his hand with the bow.  It does look funny.  Guess we don't miss anything do we!!!  Oh Josephine the hand holding the violin is mine!!!!   I already got the other hand when I got my hi fives!!!!  Oh just the thought of it gives me goosebumps.  Love you all. 

      PHILIP I am not a comic buff and must say I have never read the comics in my life but Clyde reads them all the time and I will bet he may know that one.  I was always a weather girl and after I read that I was finished with the newspaper.  Still am a weather girl (After Andre).  Take care my dear friend and buckets of all good things that life has to offer to you.  Jeanine Ann

      boB  I remember that song very well.  In fact I have been singing it all morning since I saw your comment.  Thank for the memory! 

      1. April 28, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
        Oh which hand? I so fainted and couldn't remember a thing, ha-ha! You may all have André's hand, I will have André!!! Enjoy the rest of the weekend sweet friends and don't forget to pray tomorrow. Love you all so much, Norma xxx


    2. April 28, 2012 Ruth wrote:
      Hi Josephine, I too agree with you, watching the TV about thr drought, wonder where they are looking! certainly not around here and it is so cold again. Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 28, 2012 Ruth wrote:
    What lovely photo's Andre looks so happy.I recieved my two Andre teddies yesterday, do I hear you all say 2 teddies!!!,I have got 1 for Lillie, as part of her birthday present, her birthday is in September. Have also ordered Under The Stars. Wow not long now to your trip to Maastricht, we will all be eagerly await the concert reports. Hugs and Luv Ruth
  • April 28, 2012 Constance Reynolds wrote:
    thanks for all the pictures here.for give me for my wild child ways but looking at andre and it is 71 degrees.no wonder I am melting lol.connie
    1. April 29, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Oh Connie, you are forgiven ha-ha! These photos are to die for. Enjoy your day. Love and hugs, Norma xxxx
  • April 28, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Sylvia I love your poem there must have been a lot like that at one time; When to the flowers so beautiful, The Father gave a name, Back came a little blue eyed one all timidly it came, & standing at The Fathers Feet & gazing in His Face, it Said, in slow & trembling voice,& with a modest grace, Dear Lord the name thou gavest me alas I have forgot, The Father kindly looked it down & said Forget Me Not. ; we had lots of poetry to learn as a child, not these days alas; Oh Norma funny we were talking of the future & Samantha Has power of attorney to protect Narelle , I showed Her where all papers are, music for my Mass Guess who's, also items for the top of my coffin I had written a photo of my favorite Man, check with Father, She said lets hope He likes Andre' eh Nan; I like that first photo of Andre' but my all time favorite it the cover photo on " Yo Raise Me Up" I have it above me on our desk; don't forget to vote yesterday Marjorie's name was on the right of the screen, I had to vote for Her I feel she must be a really lovely Person, the way Andre' always mentions Her;
  • April 28, 2012 Bob wrote:
    To All, regarding the 3-handed Andre photo:

    Hopefully, you will all decide who's hand belongs to whom; meantime Andre must be feeling very confused.

    To Philip:
    "Human beans" - that was a good one, Philip! My grandmother used to tell me I was "full of beans" when I talked too much. Then she would threaten to spread Vegamite on my toast if I didn't quiet down ... Yep, that stuff was available in the US ... Gawdafull concoction! "Makes your mouth frown and your body smile" was the slogan, I believe. Yuck!

    To Sylvia: Wonderful poem about the dog. Noelle (dog) says thank-you. She likes to sign her name: ABCDEFGHIJKMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ. Hint: No L.

    To Fay Roberts: The reason for the 3-handed photo error is probablly because the photographer was totally focused on (besotted with?) the subject and forgot to check the background. In aviation we call that "Target Fixation" WARNING TO ALL MEN ON THIS BLOG: A "Stephanie Alert" for target fixation is issued immediately!!

    To Shirley: Yes, I remember the Pawnshop song. I was about 10 years old when it was popular. And the Steelers ... NONE BETTER !! "Mean" Joe Green bought a house a few blocks from my house after he retired. Joe Green was only mean in a football game. In real life he is a very kind and gentle man. But yes, he is HUGE!!

    To Fay Roberts (again) Not familiar with Astral Plain but did you ever read "Walkabout", a novel by James Vance Marshall? It's about a boy and his older teenage sister stranded in the Austrailan outback after a plane crash. They are befriended by an aboriginie boy on his walkabout, the boy's rite of passage into manhood. Great read! Published around 1960, I think. Somebody made a movie of it in the early '70s ... the movie was terrible but the book is wonderful.

    It's about 1:30am on Sunday here and I gotta quit rambling and get to bed.

    Goodnight night all,
    Good luck and,
    Good News Tomorrow ...
    Love from
    Pittsburgh boB.
  • April 28, 2012 Eve wrote:

    I NEVER mind fainting when it's for such a good cause: those photos are exactly what the doctor ordered for any girl with a beating heart.

    boB, in Pittsburgh, boy, are you good!
    And so right, he really appears to have three hands (mistake of the photographer) but you know what? I don't mind! More hands, more to cuddle (or cuddle with?!).

    AND: I try not to tempt anyone with goodies, but my name is Eve, remember?! (Paradise, apple etc).
    And: good idea u have, I will send them goodies to Pittsburgh first for you to taste, see if they are of quality and give me the go: the Maestro will love them.
    And, yes again, I am singing when in the kitchen especially when making desserts, I'm singing "Sweets for my sweet sugar for my honey ..."

    SYLVIA, Mutti, that poem is so lovely! I love dogs and I think they are a good and faithful companion. The breed I like most is the one Winston is: so sweet and fluffy.

    DEIRDRE , when you say we are gonna have the time of our lives I just go back to yesterdays good laugh we had and I am sure it's gonna be exactly like you predicted.
    Oh,sweets, Maastricht is right round the corner!

    I love you all, my sweet friends, have a beautiful weekend with lovely music!

    Eve, Romania
  • April 29, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Sweet André friends,

    Wishing all a glorious Sunday filled with beautiful music! I am in my element because I am busy making banners for Maastricht while listening to beautiful André music!! What better way to spend a Sunday. Love you all sweet friends xx

    Beautiful SYLVIA , I just love the poem. Risa wants to know if there are any poems for teddies!

    OH JEAN , Welcome back sweet friend, I missed you so much! Love you xxx

    Sweet LOUISE,
    I am so sorry to hear about your fall, I missed your humor so much on the blog. Get well soon my sweetest friend! Love you too xxxx

    Ha-ha bOB , I just love your Vegamite story, it must taste awful! André once tried it and did not like it either. We have Marmite in South Africa and I love it. Take care dear friend xxx

    Ha-ha we had such fun on Skype! You are so darn funny and I love you my sweet friend. Not long now, see and hug you soon. Lief jou xxxxx

    Ha-ha I better tell Johann: "Only André music at my funeral." I want them to play the 'Radetzky March" and dance on 'Marina" at my grave. I think that it will be a happy and cool funeral. Oh but not yet, I need to see my friend and André in Maastricht first! Love u 2 xx

    PHILIP, Where are you? I miss you!!!!!! Liefdetjies xxxxx

    I love you today and every day. Love you always and forever!! Please take care and look after yourself. See you soon in 51 days!!!!


    1. April 29, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Hi Sweet Deirdre and Sylvia, Eve boB, Philip, Jean and welcome back Louise.  Didn't know you had been ill.  Please get well soon so you can hop back to the blog.  Good morning to everyone, please don't forget to pray today.  Please also pray for a dear friend of mine Judy who is very ill in the hospital.  She and her husband Bob have been good friends since the 1980s.  Thank you.  Love and hugs to everyone on the blog.  Jeanine Ann

      1. April 29, 2012 Gloria Futcher wrote:
        Jeanine Ann

        So sorry to hear about your friend Judy - I will pray that she is alright.

        I hope that you have recovered from your marathon gardening!!!

        Love Gloria
        1. April 29, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
          Thank you Gloria my sweet friend.  I will keep you and everyone informed.  Love and hugs

      2. April 30, 2012 philip wrote:
        Hello Jeanine Ann, how are you my dear heart? The family, friends,and I did our prayers for all last night and special attention was given for your friend JUDY,THE FAMILY THAT PRAYERS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER,our late priest(RIP) had a saying."A tree without roots is no tree" You JA and all the moderators are the roots for this tree(BLOG),tell your friend Judy and her hubby BOB NOT TO DESPAIR HELP IS AT HAND FROM ABOVE.
        Louise you are /were ill and you never said anything to anyone?this is not on, we need to know, so we can pray and comfort you.Love and hugs to all of you.
        1. April 30, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
          Hi My Dear friend Philip.  I am fine, thank you for asking.  I want to thank you so much for praying for our friend Judy.  She is not doing well and all her life she has always done so much for others even when she was not feeling well.  She has been a diabetic for 25 years and has suffered so many illnesses due to wounds not healing and just from being in poor health.  She has never complained but I feel she is starting to despair due to all the pain in her back which they are not even worrying about at the moment so that they can try to find the reason for her constant nausea.  Bob and Judy are just plain nice, kind people who would make candy covered pretzels in volume for the church and buying bicycles for poor children.  God must love them very much because He allows his best followers to suffer the most. 
          Thank you Philip for your kind comments on the blog.  It is fans and friends like you and all the others who make this a great place to assemble.  Love and hugs to you my friend.  JA

  • April 29, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    Fay I'm so pleased you told me "Under The Stars" was on tonight. What a great show! John and I enjoyed every minute, especially Mary Poppins. I wonder how they did that? We wondered if it was a hologram of Mirusia. Maybe someone who was there could tell us...please.
    1. April 29, 2012 Moderator Norma wrote:
      Dear Jill, That was really Mirusia 'flying' through the air. She did the same in "Live in Australia". Brave girl! Love and hugs, Norma xxxx
  • April 29, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hello dearest friends. I'm still singin in the rain here in UK.Is it ever gonna stop

    Just had my naughty but nice slice of gooey cake and cup of tea. Dreaming of Tea for Two. With you know whooooo
    Mr Rieu xxxx

    Hi JILL B. I was lucky enough to be at the fabulous Maastricht Concert last year and it definitely was a real live beautiful Mirusia flying through the air. Even in the pouring rain she was singing her little heart out.

    I shall be lighting my special beautiful rose scented candle tonight for Andre's continued good health and also say a prayer for Jeanine Ann's friend Judy. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

    His Gorgeousness doesn't have any concerts now till 4th May so I am imagining him at home. Enjoying his beautiful Orangery with the butterflies. Or in his kitchen. Singing and Waltzing around. With his pinny on cooking a tasty but healthy meal. . Or on his bicycle tearing around the streets of Maastricht. Ringing his bell. Laughing and waving at everyone. Wobbling about all over the place. Nipping into his favourite coffee shop. Or just sitting in his favourite chair at home. Relaxing. Chatting with Marjorie.
    Whatever he is doing I hope he is feeling well and happy

    Here goes
    1 month 24 days 13 hours 16 min 28 sec
    To MAASTRICHT. La la de da

    Bye for now. Lots of love and happiness to you all Josephine (UK) xxxx
    1. April 30, 2012 Moderator Jeanine Ann wrote:
      Thank you dear Josephine for your prayers for Judy. I will let you know how she makes out with all the tests. Love you.

      1. April 30, 2012 Shirley wrote:
        Seems like our prayer list is growing doesn't it? I pray for all The fans too, whether they are ill or not.And please, don't forget to thank God for all his blessings to us. Without
        His love & forgiveness, we'd be about as useful as a chocolate teapot.
        1. April 30, 2012 Judith wrote:
          Yes, Shirley, the list does seem to get a bit longer as we go, BUT our blog fans are
          continuing to grow so there are many, many
          caring friends here supporting one another. I have always included 'all' my blog family in all my prayers - and you are so very correct when reminding us to never forget to thank God for the many blessings we continue to receive. I can always count on you Shirley to lift my spirits! Useful as a chocolate teapot - I have that picture in my head and can't stop giggling
  • April 29, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    Well, I think Mirusia did brilliantly as Mary Poppins. I've just watched it again and I can't see any wires holding her up - and she went so high.I loved the bit where they showed her shadow flying across the church.
    Josephine could you see the wires when you were there? I looked carefully at the start of the DVD when it was daylight but couldn't see anything.
  • April 29, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Bob I thought you were a man of culture, not liking Vegemite we in Australia love it, but it is a taste only Aussie's seem to like maybe because we even put it on babies dummys; JILL pleased you got Andre' ok if you don't get a clear picture perhaps a word to your provider, your dish may need an adjustment,I am hoping this years concert will be live streamed once again, Andre' & JSO look so good on the big screen, & as I don't think we will see Andre' here until well into next year I live in Big Hopes that He will remember us down here with fondness; re Mirusia she had to be attached to something but what is the question as it was impossible to see & we saw it on the big screen last year, very clever staging but then we shoul'nt be surprised, Andre' was billed here at one time as The Magicial Andre' Rieu, Wow, can you just imagine the conversations between Andre' & Marjorie, also look on utube for the ballerina in "HOME FOR CHRISTMAS" flying also; have A Rieully Beautiful Day. XXXX 000 MIOW.
  • April 29, 2012 Maureen D. wrote:
    Oh Bob. we so love our Vegemite here in Aus, it must be because we are offered it when we are tiny tots, Deidre if you like Marmite you should be fond of our Vegemite, you may be trying some unusual tastes in Maastricht,Europeans certainly like different things as seen on Andres CD, Feast where he has a recipe for Herrings, ugh.
    GUESS WHAT, Andre is NO 1 on the voting site today, 19 votes, we must all be doing the right thing, keep it up.
    Cheers especially for Jeanine Ann's friend Judy who is in hospital, I hope she is able to perhaps listen to some beautiful music played on the violin.
  • April 30, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Bob I put a google program into my brain & did a search the name I could'nt remember I found, Dennis Wheatley, I loved His books.these days I tend to read a lot of rubbish, but there is one I go back to when life is tense & that is Marjorie's book My Music My Life" it is so funny in parts I almost need to change my undies; JOSEPHINE I love your title His Georgeousness, it fits Him to a T, you were at that Maastricht Concert Last year How did Mirusia Fly???, I admire her talents she comes across as a really nice down to earth person, & although Her parents are from The Netherlands She is Australian & she does us proud;
  • April 30, 2012 katherine wrote:
    Hi Fay!

    What conversations between Andre and Marjorie?????? About how Mirusia should fly? About how they call him magical??? (AS THEY SHOULD BECAUSE HE IS!)I want to speculate too, so help a sista in Andre out here

  • April 30, 2012 Shirley wrote:
    I really liked Mirusia. I have her autographed picture up above my head, right beside Andre. I will miss her being with Andre, but really, I think she misses home & most of all,her kitty, Blinky. As for vegimite, yuck! Jill sent me some once & I gotta tell you, it really does have to be an aquired taste.
  • April 30, 2012 Deirdre Kruger wrote:
    Dear Friends,

    I just had an awesome day with Marianne and Ronel. We met in a shopping mall and spend FIVE HOURS talking about ... ANDRÉ!!! We share photos and paged through photo books and feinted several times, ha-ha! The poor manager of the coffee shop had his hands full with us and was so kind to take photos of us, holding pictures of André. I met these wonderful friends through André. Oh yes, I call him: RIEU MAGIC!!! Love you all xx


    Risa says Happy Birthday to her Great Grandmother Risa, and carries the name with pride. Love to you and all the teddies. Deirdré and Risa xxxx
  • April 30, 2012 Josephine wrote:
    Hi my friends on a beautiful glad to be alive UK day.
    Hi KATHERINE . I am hoping Andre and Marjorie don't always talk shop. I hope they just relax sometimes and just talk about how much they love each other. How much they love their children and beautiful Grand children. Just do normal things than normal families do. Like. Nothing sometimes

    JILL B . I was quite close and I couldn't see any wires holding Mirusia up. Of course they were there but certainly not big thick hefty things. Very clever. Perfection. But then of course our Gorgeous Man wouldn't do it any other way

    We don't have Vegemite here in UK but we do have Marmite and I love it. Nothing nicer than a slice of toast and Marmite.

    Well my friends.Maastricht is one day closer than it was yesterday. La la de da

    Bye for now. Lotsaluv Josephine (SUNNY UK) xxx
  • April 30, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    Judy and Bob sound like wonderful people Jeanine Ann. I do hope she'll recover soon. You hate it when friends are going through a bad time.
    Vegemite and fresh bread or toast is a common food given to people who aren't feeling well here,and is often the only thing they will tolerate. I'm wondering if Shirley would say that is just what she feels like when needing a pick-me-up .........
  • April 30, 2012 Jill B wrote:
    A message just popped up on my Facebook page that it's Gary Bennett's birthday today. Happy Birthday Gary. For those of you in the Northern Hemisphere it's already tomorrow down here in Australia.
    1. April 30, 2012 Moderator Prudence wrote:

      So, would that be April 30th or May 1st? I'll add him to my list.

  • April 30, 2012 harry porter wrote:
    Jill B. Thanks for the tip to see Mirusia`s shadow fly across the church wall in the "under the stars concert. I would not have noticed it. I was pleasantly surprised the video was in english, but disappointed no song titles were displayed particularly the last trio. I have no idea who they were, or what they sang. Thanks again for the tip
  • April 30, 2012 Fay Roberts wrote:
    Katherine, Andre' said in an interview when He & Marjorie sit on the lounge she comes up with the ideas & He has to carry them out, other conversations of course are private & not for us,Jeanine Ann a prayer has been said for your friend I use the prayer on that little prayer card I sent you I just put in the persons name I think it is a nice prayer, together with some Ave's; all those years ago when Mons Fulton Sheen was in Oz He told the girls a story about The Lord & St. Peter walking through the Gardens of Heaven, Jesus commented about a few who came through the gate rather easily, & St. Peter kept saying well you know Your Mother Lord, in the end Jesus said why do you keep blaming My Mother, St Peter said Lord every time I shut the gate She opens a window, it took me at the age of 11 a week to understand what He meant, I go in via that window to Her so often. Her Rosary kept me going for years until I became a Catholic, & still I think thats why we have 10 fingers to use if you cant get your beads out,Have A Rieully Great day ;
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