well that was a wonderful wednesday. how was yours?

hello darlings

everyone else seemed to be in a somewhat festive mood.

and it was sort of contagious in a very nice way.

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we went to a lovely party (yes, we edited out the people as someone pointed out – but there were lots there – we just prefer “atmosphere” to generate a mood unless one is lighting a face properly and doing a headshot or two and it wasn’t that sort of a gathering)c2c36b626cf511e380301215423c68e1_8

the boarding school (one of two, the other one went bankrupt so it would be unlikely to send out a Christmas Message) was very Modern and sent an email which was delightful. c94264d46da411e3861d0e55fd92b12f_8

then there was lots of taking-the-long-road home after (see below) a delicious Wednesday morning breakfast-with-friends.

(does anyone know why the house on Lookout Mountain has a giant publicity shot from The Women? Mr. google hadn’t a clue but we thought you might). f25a5c446d9711e385e012ed285b77e9_8moments from breakfast.

always especially wonderful when Mr. Diego-the-dog is present.

and despite not being interested in actually celebrating christmas, we have to say we Do enjoy watching other people do it.

especially in French.

so now we’re off to watch this:

because, a little earlier today, we already watched this:

Houseboat

hb-lobby1come to think of it, there are lots of things we like to Watch others do but not necessarily do in RL.

houseboat-end-title-screenof course we’re Itching to get back to writing and who-we-are-in-RL is eager to start the new consulting term and there are photographs to take and deadlines to meet – but only when everyone has finished doing this Christmas thing.

*sighs*

when the weather looks like this:

e6c0fabe6ced11e38e6612704970d118_8it’s sort of hard to take the whole “Holidays” thing seriously.

and don’t even get us started on the “New Year Celebration”.

we’ll be in a convent for that.

did we not tell you?

*winningsmiletocamera*

not under orders or taking orders but quite voluntarily – and yes, we’ll be in black – it’s a habit one finds hard to break.

plus our British Publicist at the UK Publishers (such a delicious word) agreed it would be a good “talking point” to say that one had spent the last night of 2013 in contemplative silence when one is promoting the book.

*farofflooktothemountains*

what’s that?

oh yes!

good idea.

we haven’t seen That for a while.

the last time we got to sing the Nuns Chorus was when we were staying with a friend somewhere (*saidvaguely*) near the Hudson river in, what was it? 2005? yes, NYC. and we both watched the film and found we could harmonize rather brilliantly – but we let him do Mother Superior’s solo – we were the Guest after all – it’s only Polite.

actually, we heard that they don’t dress like this anymore.

The-Sound-of-Music-the-sound-of-mussince Vatican 2 there was a move to more poly-blend-jump-suits in pastel shades in this sunny southern california for the Sisters of Mercy (not the band, although they prefer wearing black too)

*closerlookatthepicture*

actually, if you take off the wimple, you’re right – we dress Exactly like that.

gosh.

how delicious.

did you have a lovely Christmas?

many mince pies?

tea.

that’s the best solution for too-many-mince-pies.

and an early night.

christmas prep in cinema and song.

darlings

we don’t celebrate christmas in RL.

but we ADORE it at the cinema and in Song.

so we’ve been doing Lots of that.

to start off this piece of “post” with good cheer and a rousing Voice – ladies and gentlemen and those as yet in transition or of the 3.5 gender classification – we give you Darlene LOVE*!

*wavestocamera4thatsweepsovertomusicset*

*if Mr. google won’t let you see that Transmission in your territory Ms Love has a room of her own (online) as every woman really must.

now – let’s see – what other Prep have we been doing?

do you have a large pot of tea nearby?

we should warn you – there’s Quite a few pieces of photographic exposition with a not-so-deep (although there’s always subtext as Mr. Barthes would have opined).

we’ll wait…..

*checks_nails*

oh good.

you’re back.

let’s go…..Christmas Prep – voila!

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we’ve been Writing (too early to say what it is – but Ideas are Ruminating)4eeb5e4a6a6e11e3b74b1270dd981a11_8

we went to visit the (outside of the) house-of-Christopher in the Santa Monica Canyon on a lovely Saturday morning (mini) road trip with George.6a5ba20c6b4a11e3bb561286f3f88ddb_8

and spent time gazing out into the Ocean (actually this shot was yesterday – we do need to sort through our Slideshow but we’re in Haste to post before heading out into Monday you see – the perils of not Pauline, but a busy life-of-not-Brian but teamgloria darlings)7e0556f069e611e3a47a127177f7ba2e_8

oh! this evening was delicious – this was Friday and we went a-caroling with our lovely friend RH and it turned out to be Christmas Songs as opposed to “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (we like that one, most particularly) but it was still such Fun. 8c2bb58c6b1a11e3a73f0e21cff7f392_8

what’s this?

oh.

yes.

the sunrises have been gorgeous this season. just had to share another one.
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ah! this is at the Natural History Museum – it’s called Heroic Figure – a museum is always a lovely place to visit right before everyone heads inside their houses to pop on a christmas sweater and peel the carrots, non? edifying. indeed. 47edbe0069ea11e3abd812de0c587746_8

here we go – out of order – the Christmas Song Experience in downtown los angeles. 50a889c86ace11e3a27f0e1c4bab99dd_8

and so many CHANDELIERS are in Town this season!63add1366b7811e3ac8712ae8506c2d1_8

yesterday evening we had another cinematic christmas reverie – with Beguiling Hollywood and the Mister (yup, in RL – we had a blog outing and it was delicious and there was cashmere worn against the slightly surprising low temperature of Hollywood Boulevard by night).

what did we see?

why – Mr. Grant!

you know who used to go to Movies at the Egyptian, don’t you?

yes. Ms. Pickford *shivers*

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so this was Yesterday *thinks* – yes, yesterday – and we were Most amused to find a roaring fire at Shutters On The Beach (it really is on the Beach and there are indeed Lots of Shutters, all painted white like a Ralph Lauren photo shoot from 1987.)

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this is another christmas display – complete with fake snow on-the-hour (how nice of it to be Timed – and not cold at all) – at The Grove – where we saw another Christmas movie with our friend the Duke that was very funny and sometimes so Naughty (in a funny way not a dodgy movie in the back alley of Soho, London shops sort of a manner we hasten to add) that we had to giggle and stifle a *gasp*. 98821b0e6a8011e3a9d60e8644d622dc_8

now in between all this festive cultural activity we had had to Stop and rest a little while to enjoy european magazines and a pot-of-tea (no change there then – a year-round enjoyment, that one). d4d1e2d26a6d11e390ca0e8c429a00d0_8

out of order in the slideshow again (yes, we do know how to “re-Org” but we just don’t have Time today – forgive?) – this is the view from Christopher Isherwood’s house – yes – i n s p i r i n g indeed for him and mr. Bachardy who still lives there (we did Not disturb him, we have exquisite manners and just wait for an invitation for an iced coffee and a tour of the studio someday). daf465da6b7c11e3a7201273a5a26904_8

ah. this is where we saw Cary Grant (on screen) last night with Beguiling Hollywood and the Misterdd59c2146aca11e3a5570e29e0bdbc01_8

and even more chandeliers in a shop front on Melrose as we walked home from the Grove (because don’t even THINK of parking during the christmas season and a 40 minute walk there and slightly faster back because we didn’t dawdle looking at people’s decorations in their front lawn plots because it was much colder on the return trip is lovely)f26f30006ad211e3a84012a4aeb4a794_8

and so to rest once more.

what’s that?

why yes, that IS an El Royale mug – we received a gift from our friend the Duke as he is a Resident there now – isn’t that delicious?

so there you go – a rousing start with Darlene Love, followed by Messrs. Grant (Cary and Hugh, different films) and Mr. Tyler Perry (a very different cultural experience) movies  – we also forgot to mention that, the other evening, the night before we got stopped at Border Control *shivers*, we went to see Love Actually with miss whistle and her extended friends-and-family and there was quite a bit of passing-the-kleenex-around-to-mop-up-happy-tears.

after all that upbeat christmas fare, we really must watch a dark and brooding French film – which we Last talked about *gasps* TWO YEARS AGO – just after – well – you-know-what happened.

there’s nothing like foreign families engaged in bitter drama to really bring home the joy of celebrating in whatever-way-or-Not-one-chooses.

just saying.

*winningsmiletocamera3*

and fade to (not quite) black.

*peeksopenbehindcurtain*

what have YOU seen during this build-up-to-christmas?

do. tell.

and pictures of trees are always welcome.

we get sort of a contact high, it’s rather delicious.

Nothing says Christmas in Los Angeles like chicken soup at Canters.

George opened his cards and then came to meet us for a gathering of friendly faces in a once familiar spot and then to Canters.

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Because nothing says Christmas in Los Angeles quite like chicken soup at Canter’s deli on Fairfax.

Attempting to stay up a Tiny bit longer.

And then up early to drive to silverlake for breakfast coffee and a catch up with the lovely Gym C.

Most definitely a teamgloria festive season tis underway, darlings.

Let the week’s adventures unfold……