englishwomen in california.


there’s a reason why englishwomen come to california.


the weather is a Huge Factor.

but also the freedom to escape one’s roots: whether one was born top drawer, middle of the road, or packed off to an orphanage, like Sheilah Graham, Hollywood Columnist from the 1930s. 

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we picked up Ms. Graham’s fascinating book “College of One” at the Requested Materials shelf of the Los Angeles County Library yesterday.


like many smart women she used the premise that would get her written about (she was the last love of the sadly doomed F. Scott Fitzgerald) but expanded and enlarged and other-words-that-mean-made-bigger her own Tale and created a glorious autobiography.

another smart englishwoman who is forging ahead with her own Life is Rachel Ashwell and we just happened to write about her beautiful creations in our column this week.  Screen Shot 2013-05-31 at 7.52.54 AM

and then there’s our story.

we’re still not sure how that one ends (obviously – and hopefully not at all soon).

the beginning we’re also not sure about (because we’ve been told various myths and memories and there were not good circumstances at the time, put it that way).

early years – well – mostly in our Head (and at times, out of it and often imagining climbing inside other people’s heads – that way madness lies – although one Can make a living doing that in later years – it’s just weird when you’re seven).

Yet – by being an englishwoman (nominally and passport-wise – if not in looks or the greater part of our blood lineage – from time to time in Accent, when required) in california one thing we are completely comfortable with –

……..there is no script.

nothing laid out – no expectations – no path to follow – no people to have to fall in line with – one is free – scary as that is.

but you know that don’t you?

because we’ve noticed recently that (almost) everyone that visits here and leaves nice comments is not living-in-the-place-where-they-were-born

we all seemed to have e s c a p e d.

isn’t that delicious?

9 thoughts on “englishwomen in california.

  1. I didn’t know any of this about Sheila Graham (other than the gossip columnist and F. Scott Fitzgerald and Deborah Kerr parts….) but –

    I love this – the notion of living “without a script.”

    Some of us must, and feel strangled when we are constrained too tightly, too long, too conventionally. Even going “scriptless” has its price to pay of course, but a lesser one for those who feel inclined (or destined or free enough) to live it their way…

    Don’t. Ever. Change.
    Unless you wish to, and however that suits in the mythology or reality.


  2. Ooh, that gave me goosebumps! It did.
    Off to read the column.
    And then will be spending the next few hours pondering how I would have turned out if I had stayed in the Midwest…

    1. imagine the hairstyles.

      that’s what we do.

      or the tiger print that one might have adopted……as a blouse option from whence we came.


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