happy birthday to who-we-are-in-RL!


you’ll never guess who just became “une femme d’un certain age”..




maybe you would because, well, you’re Here.



how did That happen?


thank goodness for Ponds Cold Cream and that nice soft pink tin of moisture morning cream from Boots The Chemist.

and a delicious wicked card from Mr. William Godwin featuring the cast of The Good Life from the BBC 1970s-era programme.

williambirthdaycardand some gorgeous blooms that we met yesterday while driving around in an urban farm flower grower’s van talking about Eastbourne (true story – we both went to school in the same town in England and here we are – the grower and who-we-are-in-RL – both in Los Angeles – isn’t the world completely magical?)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAnow there are many Deeply interesting people born on March 9th.

we wrote about some of them Last Year

while in 2012 who-we-are-in-RL was in PARIS, on very important Business.

what about March 2011?

you know we’re not Entirely sure what we were doing then.

it was (just) before we started to write here, as teamgloria.

which is when it all began…….

to be correct, for who-we-are-in-RL, it all began in 1969.

and That was a fine year for many others who also now live here (very near) to the Hollywood Studios to pack their celestial accoutrements, chose a set of parents (or more than one set, that happens too), a place to Start (and not, for us, to stay), and set out on the journey to becoming who-They-are this time around (doesn’t everyone think like this? it’s Delicious).


we’ll say it again: GLORIAous.

so she’s getting ready as we’re taking her for Brunch and then there’ll be a small supper with friends later and perhaps a walk and generally a lot of lying around feeling glorious and Of A Certain Age.

because tomorrow in our role as a Foreign Correspondent we shall be Reporting at the Los Angeles Fashion Week so who-we-are-in-RL needs her beauty sleep for that.

and the dark glasses and probably the pearls too.


38 thoughts on “happy birthday to who-we-are-in-RL!

  1. Happy Birthday to you and many more. Loved reading your book. It is a crazy world.We had another snowstorm yesterday Driving was horrible but the snowfall was beautiful,clean sparkling

    1. thank you Susan!

      and welcome to teamgloria.

      so very, very grateful to you for buying the book and reading it and taking time to let us know that you enjoyed it!


      _teamgloria (sophia xxx)

    1. don’t tell anyone but we got them from one of those shops that teenage girls buy their bling in ;-)

      it’s all in the attitude….and the Accent (British)

  2. A bit late but how could I made it differently when you don’t even look like a 40 yo!
    My best wishes “pour ce printemps supplémentaire”!

  3. Happy Birthday precious girl! Your photo is a combination of diva and cherub and is quite marvelous.

    Trust me, hold on to your thanks – in another 10 years, you will be giving them to a trowel, chisel and pancake layering.

    I hope your celebration rolled Gilded Age style: with swaths of smilax and a diamond bracelet in every glass of champagne!

  4. I’m a brand-new subscriber (via Heather in Arles), and I want to add a rousing HAPPY BIRTHDAY to the chorus!

    1. oooo, did you go on the Pier and rent a deckchair and see the tiny oil paintings at the small museum in old town and have a frothy coffee at the italian cafe on the seafront?

      1. I was only there for an afternoon so it was a whirlwind tour. I did see the Pier and had a huge English lunch at the Toby Pub and Carvery with treacle! Then a drive out to Alfriston. A poke around a lovely bookshop and ale at an old pub. I could not find the burnt cakes that King Alfred burnt all those years ago. It was a day trip from London to visit some friends I met online when I was making movies with The Movies game by Lionhead. I had the best time that day!

  5. Dearest G
    Happiest, splendid-est, loveliest, most supreme, most special and, bien sur, most Gloria-ous. B’day.
    Too many, many more.
    *Raising a boule of something pink and fizzy to you*
    Yours ever
    The Perfumed Dandy

  6. Happy Birthday! May it be the start of a wonderful, fun-packed year for you. My birthday’s on the 17th of this month, and I’ll be 45 too. Wasn’t 1969 a bumper year??? ;)

  7. Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Gloria and who she is IRL, happy birthday to you! Wishing you a day full of all the things you love – pink and white roses, pearls, vintage goodies, marmalade toast, and Sybille B! I could go on and on…xo

  8. Happy Birthday! Pearls, posies, and a perfectly wowza you in RL! (I do know it’s you-in-RL’s-birthday, but do you happen to have any more novels you’ve written lying around? I want another!)

  9. *tapping microphone*
    “Haaaaapy Biiiiiirthdaaaaay toooo youuuu,
    Happpy Biiiiirthdaaaay toooo youuuuuuuuuuuu,
    Happy Birrrrthday dear sophiiiaaaaa,
    Haaaappy Birrrthdaaaay tooooooo youuuuuuuuuuuuuu!” *glass cracking at high note*

    Hooray!! Oh my, I hope I look that good at 45! Wait, I will be in a few months! :à hehehe
    I hope that you have an absolutely Glorious Day and that all of your Birthday Wishes come true. Methinks that you have one fabulous year ahead of you, wonderful one.
    Gros, gros Bisous,

  10. Tina Turner, eat your heart out!

    Well in honour of your birthday we are having a beautiful summers day here in blighty.

    Happy Biryhday darling, here’s to the new 35. Obviously I am still ’34’ for a few more weeks. Hopefully you will be here in my birthday week. :)


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