seaside and salt air.


oh dear.

best-laid-plans and all that.

you see we’ve come down with something unmentionable in the sickness of body and soul department (not terminal but not suitable for Town either).

and so the meetings in london must be carefully but gently eased out of and we are heading back to the seaside (a different one this time – we were there today – at the seaside – but brighton – and now – tomorrow – we’ll be heading to Whitstable where William has said the Herne Bay Suite is available for a healing rest before we go to do the Speech in Deia)

one Never knows what will happen you see.

but one thing that you can be sure of – if emotions are left unchecked and sniffles not Attended to – it can only get worse

but before we retire, a few pictures from the past two days to share with you if you’d be so kind as to hang around and scroll down and imagine the sea-salty-air and the shouts of the marathon supporters and quiet cups of coffee in a just-dawn-broken morning with good friends and late night suppers after Trips to the Supermarket and CD playlists burned and walks through a park – actually three parks – blossom heavy on the bough – a metaphor as well, we’ll admit – but not ours to tell – either of them – a walk – actually two by the seaside railings and a deep conversation or more – exploring – remembering – sometimes catching one’s breath – did That happen There? how did we ever recover from those days? and now? where to now?


where one can think and sleep and prepare to head to the other two islands on our trip.

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see you back at the beach tuesday morning for a catch-up (in a virtual sense – unless you’re planning on being in Whitstable too, of course, but we might not be able to come and hang out – much Rest Cure to be allayed you see).


About teamgloria

I used to make my living from writing. And then it all stopped and so I went and did something else, part of which entailed a whole new look from Brooks Brothers (it wasn’t really me, but it was necessary). But a decade later I started to write again (during nights and weekends and frustrated lunch-times and long haul business travel) and one of the things I wrote (or came to me – as I do believe in the whole Muse concept) was a character called Gloria. Gloria was a trainee angel and sat “up there” waiting for her first assignment. To occupy the hours she should have been studying humans and their foibles, she spent her time enjoying the new celestial movies-on-demand channel and became obsessed by Doris Day. So you can imagine the drama that unfolded when she came to Earth. Quite a shock to the system. But Gloria was determined to see Manhattan through the eyes of a vintage Doris Day movie and something magical started to happen – to me too. Because I started to do the same thing and life became easier (and then I got Tobias the tumor which changed the trajectory, for now). There are a lot of glorious people, places & things that help me get through my day – they make my life great – and so I call them “team gloria” (although they don’t usually know that). So I thought I’d start documenting them, and looking out for new people, places & things on a daily basis, and sharing them with you (whomever you are – do say hello. Oh, and tell me who your team gloria is :-)
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25 Responses to seaside and salt air.

  1. maedez says:

    I love Yeats. He is my Poet of Spring.

  2. Get out!!! Dodie Smith’s house?!! Nice going!

    The photos of the blossoms are stunning! I can almost smell them from here.

  3. D. A. Wolf says:

    Such lovely signs of spring – AND chandeliers! (Almost as delicious as your book, nearby…)

    Feel better soon!


  4. 1904 says:

    Darling, so sorry to hear you were brought low, but how great you have a Caring Household in Whitstable to which you can go and renew and refresh and recharge. I know you will feel better soon, XXXX G

  5. seoulflaneur says:

    Hang in there! Sending good thoughts from Seoul.

  6. Gallivanta says:

    Let the sleep and rest begin. I rested looking at your photos.

    • teamgloria says:



      it was very much needed.

      and thank you for resting by watching the photos scroll down.

      hope you’re enjoying the Royal Visit!

      • Gallivanta says:

        Poor Royals. We have put on dreadful weather for them so far.

        • teamgloria says:

          They’re British.

          They would be uncomfortable in other sorts of weather.

          Sadly they’ve been kicked off the front pages of the British papers by the awful demise of 25 year old peaches Geldof. *sad_downcast_eyes*

          • Gallivanta says:

            Aye, that is awful. The Royals may be back on the front page again soon. They had a day of rest yesterday, with no public functions. Perhaps they have read “How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World” and know the importance of bed rest. ;)

  7. judithar321 says:

    Beautiful images — a reminder that the colors of spring will come here too, and soon. And why do I feel that the shot of the Docs was just for me? Well, because you clearly have a gift for connecting with your readers. I hope you feel better soon. As it happens, I was a bit under the weather myself on Friday and also missed a meeting. I got under the covers, the faithful Karina at my side, and read “How to Stay Sane in a Crazy World” cover to cover again.

  8. Sophie says:

    Feel better! Hope the Whitstable and Balearic sea breezes chase away those malaises. XX

  9. laniersmith says:

    No one takes more beautiful photographs than you my dear. Hugs!

  10. William Godwin says:

    I must have known you were coming, as I spring cleaned a week early. See you tomorrow Madame Globetrotter. X

  11. YellowCable says:

    I really like the picture of the model car in the window.

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