your book is a bonbon….and other delicious things people are saying about #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld

oh darlings

look at what the lovely Ms Vickie Lester said about the book!



and there was a 1st Sighting in Whitstable which was Very Exciting.


we are hoping for a weekend sighting at the essex pleasure gardens on the newly laid patio and shall report back.

AND there was an Electronic Sighting in BERLIN! Thanks ever so much to Ms. Beautycalypse for her kindness.

berlinbeautycalypsecan you see the original postcard on this Deeply Creative desk at the Atelier of the divinely talented photographer Mr. Martyn Thompson?

and here are two quotes from other wonderful Readers (and we didn’t ask permission to quote from Private Emails so they’re remaining behind the large cloak and Venetian masks….unless they’re reading this and would Like to be Named, which would be utterly delicious).

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isn’t this FUN?!

we think so.


thank you ever so much for sharing the joy.



hello sunday.


how lovely!

it’s       s u n d a y  m o  r  n  i n  g.


our friends at the Velvet Underground (we adore velvet) sang it best:



of course.


if you cannot see that Transmission in your territory either ask mr. google for “Velvet Underground” and “sunday morning” or, knowing you (*winktocamera4*), go to your Vinyl Turntable and find the original album – b l i s s.

you know the best things about sundays?

often they come after a night of Reflection and repose and perhaps talking to someone very kind on the beach before sunset and Going Over Things that have happened and getting some excellent guidance (the past is just a story – but sometimes it’s a very sad one) and then laughing at the points in a Tale when one feels a Tiny bit of despair and is reminded (gently) that everything is useful. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor as the (very much missed) Ms. Nora Ephron’s mother said: “it’s all material.”

which Can be a very dark way of looking at things. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand in another way, rather Liberating.

yes we’re being noticeably Opaque. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

sometimes that is Just for the best, love.

but we *did* take pictures.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe always take pictures.

and look around to gather tiny details for future novels like sea glass in the sand.

nothing is wasted.

everything is recorded. 


and there are always thank you letters to send out to say how much one admired someone’s directorial debut where they told their own (rather sad) Tale and made it into something much better than it could possibly have been to live through.

which is sort of the point.

can’t waste a good tale.

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not when it might help other people.


otherwise it was all for naught.

and that’s Truly Tragic, darlings.


exit left (we’re LATE!)





tea and kindness at The Ivy and taking pleasure in shiny objects.


we made a mistake On A Form and waited for five-and-a-half-hours to find out that it was ok.


we didn’t know that it Would be OK.

or that we would know that it was OK after five-and-a-half-hours.

but here’s what we did in the Meantime – which helped.

(memo to self: look Awfully carefully at Forms in the Future).


we organized all the silverware into two empty (sigh – yes – the dark embrace of caffeine is still a feature over Here) cafe du monde coffee cans.

isn’t the orange cheerful?

and doesn’t it go well with Le Creuset tea pot that Greg brought us as a house-warming gift?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

someone called to say thank you for something we had done and we felt a surge of (humbling) Pride that we Are Indeed Useful (always nice when one feels destroyed by one’s ability to fill in forms correctly). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and then we took a Long Walk in the sunshine to get exercise and appreciate our surroundings and generally Tire ourselves out so we Didn’t Think About the Mistake On The Form (!).

this is a magical place – it’s off La Cienega and when we wandered into the courtyard we realized it’s a Theatre – and not just Any Theatre – it’s been there for a long time (since the 1940s) and many have graced its stage including the late Mr. Charles Chaplin and, next week, the strangely-coiffeur-ed-and-naughty but never tardy Mr. R. BrandOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

we were very Hungry by this point as we had Walked Far (relatively speaking – especially for L.A when one is Not at Runyon Canyon on a hike post-yoga and pre-Pilates – we have never actually done this as everyone that hikes Runyon Canyon seems to have just done and been about to do both sporting activities) and so slipped into The Ivy (dark glasses and a British Accent and a broad Smile snagged us a table without A Reservation ;-)

at this point we were Still Mortified by the Problem with the Form (sorry we can’t be specific – not that we’re sure you’re dying to know – but it’s just too, too, silly for words).

and then the sun came out (metaphorically – it had been shining gloriously all morning but We were under a very black cloud).

somebody broke through our bad mood and showed us real kindness.

we just sent them a thank you letter so we best not say who it was and anyway aren’t anonymous random acts of kindness quite the nicest things?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

when there’s no one around to scoff – we like to check the horoscope – and this one made us wide-eyed and spookily alert.

so we did just that – we Stared Down the problem

and suddenly (not kidding) we got an email that said Everything was OK (re. the form issue).

literally at that moment.

isn’t that magical and makes you want to believe in horoscopes all over again?


after an omelette and a pot of tea (reminds one of Elizabeth David, non? with a different beverage, of course) we popped next door to look at the beautiful Objets as they say in France (scroll down to see what just had to come home with us).

alas, no, not a Corona.

and this was in another shop entirely.

but we had to take a picture of it because we just had a fancy that this was a typewriter that was used by someone like e.e. cummings (who used a Corona, apparently) or Hemingway (we assume This one was Not owned by either man as it might Not be in the window of a shop on Robertson in Los Angeles).

then we walked back down and around west hollywood to watch a seagull soaring over the Pacific Design Center/Centre. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

marvel at giant cacti.

in england, one only saw cactus in small brown plastic pots. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

much later on, we returned chez teamgloria to arrange a still-life of today’s Finds from Indigo Seas (and a picture of Jean Harlow in a slinky-satin-gown that goes awfully well with the shimmery pearlized shell, non?)

a closer look at Ms. HarlowOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the final tableau.

deep exhale.

we must thank Heather who listened patiently from France to our Panic this morning via email and sent excellent Advice.

sometimes it’s Very hard being this sensitive.


do things Overwhelm YOU?

do share.

we’d like to listen.

what do you do to ameliorate the panic and fear and confusion?

do you drink tea at The Ivy and buy pearly-shiny-things too?

before you go (as we can see you have things to Do) – we heard something super from someone Wise last night.

I used to buy things I didn’t need.
With money I didn’t have.
To impress people I didn’t like.


ain’t That the truth.

but not today.

not today.

the shiny-object was well within our financial purview today and was to impress no one at all (although we hope that you enjoyed the photographs of it – we thought of you when we took them – and when we bought it, Actually – you are very good to share things with) and it was Entirely Necessary to make us smile.

which helped with the whole Form-issue.


thanks for listening ;-)


took to bed with 1950s gardening columns from england


after a delicious early supper with mC (and a Most Kind gift of a Candle From Paris – pamplemousse et rhubarb – a Most winning fragrance it turns out….) we returned home….


No Heat (or hot water).


So we did what we would do in our Youth (during certain times during our formative and not-so-formative-but-quite-destructive-years-later in England we were often without heat or hot water) we Took To our Bed.

with a warm milky beverage and a copy of Vita Sackville West‘s gardening columns from The Observer circa 1950.

we swear this happened – we snuggled against the plethora of finely linen-ed soft pillows (and two “reading pillows” from Laura Ashley’s fine emporium with more heft to support late night novel plundering) and opened up a page ‘at Random’

It fell open on March 9th (1947).


We said, with wry amusement.

our birthday

And then from the ether and the Veil Beyond we distinctly heard…………

and Ours too.

Tis true.

In real life (as whomever we are in some-version-of-reality) we celebrate March 9th (we blush to tell you the year ;) although Rather Confusingly, we also celebrate other days too – for personal reasons – including April 9th (when we started

Isn’t that deliciously spooky?

Still. If you wanted someone who shares one’s natal birthday in your boudoir from the Other Side peering over one’s shoulder as you read her delicious gardening columns from yester year, Vita would be rather nice.

And naughty, no doubt.

And Very Imperious –

“February 26, 1950: A dear near neighbour brought me a tussie-mussie this week. The dictionary defines tuzzy-muzzy, or tussie-mussie, as a bunch or a posy of flowers, a nosegay, and then disobligingly adds that the word is obsolete. I refuse to regard it as obsolete. It is a charming word;”

What would You do if the boiler broke? Would you take to your bed, curled up under the blankets with just a small cold nose behind the covers of a Rather good book? What would you read?

Do tell.

We adore hearing from you, darlings……

the gentle kindness of those who love books.

what can I do? a fellow book-lover and gentle, kind soul said.

team gloria thought about it for a while and said: I might well need some delicious tomes to help soothe away the fears of surgery and aid recovery after………

oh I have all sorts of things in mind….. she replied.

we sighed, gratefully, and went about our day (job) with as much grace as one could muster in the light of imminent throat-slitting.

then – today – on team gloria’s (day job) desk – OH such JOY – books and postcards wrapped up in a dove grey christian dior shade ribbon!

cue cutaway shot of overwhelming emotion…….

thank you, lady-of-letters :)