mozart, blue shirt, pearls and a literary companion for a long drive south.


we’re about to get into the car and drive s o u t h as who-we-are-in-RL has a work meeting or two and we just wanted to get Out of Town as yesterday with the radio was ever so lovely but now we’re feeling a Tiny bit exposed and some quiet would be a Very good idea.

so we’ve packed the blue shirt and pearls.


and the Mozart import (from JAPAN) played by a deeply talented group from Berlin.


and the scrap of virtual paper with the most delicious sentences all put together by Mr. D. H. Lawrence:

Terra Incognita
There are vast realms of consciousness still undreamed of vast ranges of experience, like the humming on unseen harps, we know nothing of, within us.
Oh, when man has escaped from the barbed-wire entanglement
of his own ideas and his own mechanical devices
there is a marvelous rich world of contact and sheer fluid beauty
and fearless face-to-face awareness of now-naked life
and me, and you, and other men and women,
and grapes, and ghouls, and ghosts and green moonlight
and ruddy-orange limbs stirring the limbo
of the unknown air, and eyes so soft
softer than the space between the stars,
and all things, and nothing, and being and not-being
alternately palpitant
when at last we escape the barbed-wire enclosure
of Know Thyself, knowing we can never know
we can but touch, and wonder, and ponder, and make our effort
and dangle in a last fastidious fine delight
as the fuchsia does, dangling her reckless drop
of purple after so much putting forth
and slow mounting marvel of a little tree.

isn’t that Beautiful?

we will make like the fuchsia today.

now – sadly – we can’t take you with us – we need to Concentrate and so won’t be posting until tomorrow evening, late’ish.

so here’s some music to be going on with:

we were Most Particularly inspired by the tale over at Beguiling Hollywood this morning in which Ms. Vickie Lester discusses satiny slips and Ms. N. Simone and so instantly popped back to our Playlist and added in some lyrical-loveliness from the aforementioned goddess (Ms. N. Simone – but if Miss Vickie Lester has released a CD of classical or jazz music, we would be Utterly Delighted to add That in too).

we are also packing a slim volume – because we do like to take a literary companion with us on any sort of a road trip – or a Trip by plane, by sea – oh! for a sea voyage – like our good friend The Sophisticate.

we’ve just finished Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s All The Roads Are Open……..


and now we embark upon Death in Persia.

because when one is setting out (in Life) on a journey that has no course, no map, few directions, perhaps not quite enough provisions or courage it Truly helps to take (as one’s literary companion at least) other Adventurous Women who have Gone out into the Unknown and lived to tell the Tale.

the magical aspect (and there are many we’re discovering) about Ms. Schwarzenbach is that it is only fairly recently that we could have read her own words.

thanks to the gifts of the bilingual and the poetic like Ms. Isabel Fargo Cole and Ms. Lucy Renner Jones.

and now we set off once again.

the sun has come up.

it’s 0757 hours over here in this part of the world.

and we have Mozart, a blue shirt, pearls and a Literary Companion in Ms. Schwarzenbach.

an adventure awaits, we feel sure *shivers*.


6 thoughts on “mozart, blue shirt, pearls and a literary companion for a long drive south.

  1. I stumbled across your post and was touched and thankful that teamgloria had stumbled across mine and Isabel’s translations of Annemarie Schwarzenbach. I hope you had a good trip, with her, in your car. We were kind of in the back, I guess…
    Many best wishes
    Lucy Renner Jones

    1. Lucy!

      we did not spot your delicious note here until Just Now!

      writing about Ms. Schwarzenbach again today – will be sure to mention you with great affection.


      _tg xx

    1. we believe she was (and she took a full car repair kit too – luckily there are garages and triple-A if anything happens in southern california – not so in 1930s Persia!)

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