words by Miss. Nancy Mitford, pictures by teamgloria and a labyrinth.


a few pictures (by us)

and words by Miss. Nancy Mitford.

happy sunday.





“Twice in her life she had mistaken something else for it; it was like seeing somebody in the street who you think is a friend, you whistle and wave and run after him, and it is not only not the friend, but not even very like him. A few minutes later the real friend appears in view, and then you can’t imagine how you ever mistook that other person for him. Linda was now looking upon the authentic face of love, and she knew it, but it frightened her. That it should come so casually, so much by a series of accidents, was frightening.”

~ Nancy Mitford, The Pursuit of Love


“Mother, of course, takes a lot of exercise, walks and so on. And every morning she puts on a pair of black silk drawers and a sweater and makes indelicate gestures on the lawn. That’s called Building the Body Beautiful. She’s mad about it.”

― Nancy MitfordChristmas Pudding


“Sun, silence, and happiness.”

― Nancy MitfordThe Pursuit of Love


“Spring came late, but when it came it was hand-in-hand with summer, and almost at once everything was baking and warm, and in the villages the people danced every night on concrete dancing floors under the plane trees…”

― Nancy MitfordThe Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate


yes, you’re right.

that *is* a labyrinth.

and we walked it.


why, yesterday evening.

because That’s the Sort Of Thing one does in Malibu on a saturday after Tea.

just so you know.

what’s that?

oh we’re Sure Miss. Nancy Mitford would have adored a labyrinth (but only in the sort of shoes one wears to Garden and wearing a headscarf in suitably muted shades, of course).

21 thoughts on “words by Miss. Nancy Mitford, pictures by teamgloria and a labyrinth.

    1. they were naughty (and sort of Wrong about some things when one really looks at History and everything)

      but oh – the bobbed hair and cut-glass-voices.

      d i v i n e.

      1. Indeedy.

        Though Debo is still going.

        Her impressionistic memoirs are well worth a read and her letters to Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor a testament to one of the great platonic friendships of recent years.

        Yours ever
        The Perfumed Dandy

  1. Dancing in the evening beneath those vast, friendly trees! Were there brilliant paper lanterns handing from the branches? Was the light furnace-like, yet soft? I can only hope that it was, during those distant, dusky nights!

    (LOVE the first photo, with the brown pelicans flying in formation)

  2. labyrinths. *sigh* a lovely thing to get lost on a weekend!
    but in my current lighthearted moon all I’m thinking about is the maze episode from that j.k. jerome book ;)
    happy straightforward monday :)

      1. “three men in a boat to say nothing of the dog”?

        maybe it’s annoying from a brit’s point of view, I can’t tell, really. but from where I stand… it’s LOVELY :) witty, lighthearted, to the point, full of potential quotes and heartwarming characters… + a lot of landscape depictions and some british history!

        1. gosh.

          never heard of it.

          so glad you mentioned it.

          just *clicked* on the Request Materials Tab at the Los Angeles County Library and it’ll be here shortly (such fun)

          thank you!

          1. I hope you enjoy it! it’s really fine writing, and from today’s point of view even modern. am thrilled to hear your thoughts!

  3. Nothing like a little Nancy Mitford to cheer you up. Just got home from the movies: the story of a love affair between an Israeli and a Palestinian boy – beautifully done but I’m completely exhausted. Definitely not Love in a Cold Climate. XXX G

    1. so much fun because one can Only take one step at a time and not Plot to rush ahead because then would get hopelessly out of sorts.


      an excellent metaphor.

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