look who we brought back from our road trip down south.

darlings

we’ve returned!

after the Overwhelming Experience of our first Radio interview as an Author (such a vulnerable and yet Rewarding but slightly – “gosh, it’s r  e  a  l” feeling) we went to accompany who-we-are-in-RL as she had a consultancy gig down south.

we asked if we could take all day to meander home and she said yes.

because we needed the wind in our hair and salty air and several hours wandering around an 18th century Mission and koi carp ponds and a Pier out to sea and stopping at all the smaller beach towns to close one’s eyes and dream a little while.

810a53e28ac911e391bc0e019d0dbbfa_8this was Hermosa Beach (which, you may recall, who-we-are-in-RL wrote about when she had lunch with Mr. Keanu Reeves’ fabulous Attorney Ms. Melanie Cook who has a house in hermosa)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbefore that, we stopped in at the Mission where the swallows return each year, to light a candle and sit in contemplation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthrowing a small coin in the wishing well beneath the bubbling fountain by the old Mission Bells.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAenjoy the sinuous sensuous silkyness of the Koi in the courtyard.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhile capturing a few of the blooms for memory’s sake (and yours, in case your roses are under snow in your part of the world and we know many of you are *sympathetic_look*)

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the beach towns are lovely in January (we don’t mean to be “rubbing it in” as the Brits say which sounds painful) – just in the spirit of sharing our good fortune and sunlight and sand you see..OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

some of the local residents even found it possible to take their constitutional without a pashmina (we did not).
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if you’re in the area of Hermosa Beach and in need of more pink depression glass for your collection, do ask Bonnie Moton, proprietor of Stars Antique Market, as she has many stall holders with lots of pretty pieces.

Stars Antique Market
526 Pier Avenue
Hermosa Beach, CA
(tel) 310 318 2800

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAincluding pearl-fastened gloves. *swoons*

talking of things-that-make-us-swoon…….

*bites_lip*

no, not that.

*giggles*

did we Happen to mention that we stopped by our Publishers’ California HQ (as opposed to the Editorial HQ in Manhattan where they keep the Editors)?

and, well…..

here’s who we brought home.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHURRAH!!

close-up?

of course.

anything for You.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAit doesn’t actually come with a lilac ribbon (although we do recommend one if you are purchasing any in the next few days, in readiness for your own Copy to come and live at Your house) but, as you know, we have a Lot of that sort of embellishment at teamgloria towers.

isn’t she beautiful?

*smiles_indulgently*

e x h a l e.

it’s over. it’s here. it’s real. it’s EXACTLY the sort of book that we searched-and-searched-and-searched for when you-know-what-happened and so it feels GLORIOUS that it’s now here – and amusing and delicious that we ended up writing it.

we do hope it’s helpful.

and, well, a lovely addition to the world.

because we need more of those.

*winktocamera4*

have a beautiful saturday, darlings!