quotes, poems and playlists entwined amongst moments of reverie over vision board creation on a dark winter’s night.


a few choice moments for you from our grazing-of-popular (and some most classical) Culture.

“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all of the miseries of life.”
Somerset Maugham.



“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”
― Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar.

some music to do the washing up to and plan a long Voyage to France (yes, the accordions said thus)


Then is it scentless, weightless, strengthless, wholly
Untruthful? Try whispering it slowly.
No, it means you. Or, since you’re past and gone,
It means what we feel now about you then:
How beautiful you were, and near, and young….
– Philip Larkin



just in case you need to wake up and get in the car and d r i v e into the morning (as opposed to slip into a warm bubble bath fragrant with lavender) – here’s a good mix (we’re Loving this 8tracks site – it appears to be full of 20 somethings filled with angst and Vinyl and homework-to-do and fantasy television evenings with friends sharing beautiful playlists with each other across continents and other worlds.)


need a giggle?

look No Further!

and now let’s w i n d down c o m p l e t e l y.

pull that blanket closer and gaze into the tea light flame on the mantlepiece.


e x h a l e

and we made a tiny satin-covered vision board because we just wrote about doing so for Good Housekeeping (the British one) for their March Issue *shiverswithdelight* and wanted to have a few up-to-date shots to send The Picture Editor (who is very nice).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthis is the back if you hadn’t guessed – do you recognize those pins?

we bought them the day George took us to the flower mart. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

did you spot the oil burner?

delicious fragrance of lavender oil throughout the apartment here at teamgloria towers.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


and here’s the finished piece!


it’s tiny.

and there’s a lot of bejewelledness. 

which goes very well with the early morning sunrises…..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and this was the sky over Beverly Hills as we drove back from meeting friends for coffee by the beach – Santa flying between the buildings.

how very los angeles.

in a really Very good way.

11 thoughts on “quotes, poems and playlists entwined amongst moments of reverie over vision board creation on a dark winter’s night.

  1. I am now thinking that the substitute vision board on my ceiling should have had some jewels and hat pins. Then I would see it sparkling in the night, as I lie in bed :)

  2. yes, the very early morning we ventured downtown and saw and smelled acres of flowers and had coffee and bought pearl-headed hat pins. You can’t make these things up. Very real. There are pictures. XXXXXXX

  3. Do you ever have those mornings where you wake up after having had a very strange or upsetting dream and you can’t shake it even though you know it is just a dream? Well, today was one of those mornings. But this set me right up (although I haven’t listened to the audio files yet am saving that to listen to on my desktop as the sound is nearly kaput on my laptop), straight off with a favorite Maugham quote that is all too true right on through the sequins and sunrises.
    All in all, the epitome of tg, n’est ce pas?

    1. Oh yes. And it’s very unsettling. We always write it down on a piece of paper and at the top write “what was that about??” Generally it’s clear by the time we reach the bottom of the page. Sometimes the psyche is e x t r e m e. Sending warm thoughts. ..

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