harpsichords and chandeliers, labyrinths and ocean views

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we felt so (wonderfully) conflicted today.

firstly there was a sudden urgent desire to hear a harpsichord:

and then there was a need for chandeliers and foreign films and beautiful dresses rustling silky-sharp-with-wit and wisdom and the dark nature of desire….

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but then – earlier – a different mood overtook us entirely (and wonderfully)

it had a soundtrack like this:

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and required driving-to-Malibu —–

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and then turning right and past the sentry at the gate and up the winding canyon and up some more until – yes – right up there – we *exhaled* and wondered at the View

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have you walked a labyrinth recently?

it’s Such a fine way to focus and be quiet and generally walk out all the frustrations of the year and think a little while – or not think, actually – and just concentrate on the next moment and suddenly the mind clears and you look up and there you are – in the middle – and everything is completely as it needs to be. and so you slowly retrace your steps, a lot calmer now, and smiling, and then it is done.

the year is almost over.

we listened to more sunny southern california music on the drive home.

and then – because night has fallen on this part of the world –

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divine.

standing in the sand facing the sun with seagulls.

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yesterday was a WHIRL of meetings and calls and driving here and there and then there was a lovely p a u s e in the schedule.

we happened to be not far from the Ocean (the delights of living in southern california make this sentence possible and most delicious to write or rather t y p e).

so we parked the perfectly silver prius and took a stroll, the cardigan slung casually over one shoulder (it was a cool day but only relatively speaking for this climate) and got lots of sand on the doctor martens (which we had to wipe off carefully at a 5 star hotel before our next meeting so we still looked Professional, if a little sun-kissed).

the ocean was sparklingly blue.

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and the sky similarly so. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and the glittering sunshine made everything just so Hopeful. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

we watched the seagulls fly around. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand then noticed that most of them had settled their bottoms into the sand and their chins into their chest and were just Gazing at the Sea and enjoy the sun bestow freckles (do seagulls get freckles?)

so we did the same.

and it was ever so nice.

isn’t life delicious?

will you get a chance to pause to sniff a fragrant rose or join seagulls in freckle-making or sit quietly by your kitchen window and look out at the rain and consider which novel to read next or curl up under a tree while all wrapped up in cashmere layers and look up at the wind playing havoc with the leaves or………..

do. tell.

david austin roses, horror movies and several views of the pacific ocean.

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who-we-are-in-RL whipped up a small site for The Book (and we snuck in and did “likes” on every page before she noticed)

and then the Final docs came back from Toronto so we got to read through the TheGreenInferno_ProductionNotes that who-we-are-in-RL worked on for that very bloody movie (we read the document with a Great Deal of trepidation – be careful if you’re squeamish, promise?)

so will you excuse us with a few pictures from the past – how long has it been – 24 hours – and only the Tiniest bit of commentary?

*lookstocamera* – we do seem to be reading a lot of books recently.

and getting a nice long look at the Pacific Ocean.

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Mr. Gibson talks about his book here, if you’re curious. And we most definitely are.


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this is the Casa Del Mar – we dropped in for brunch on Sunday and it was delicious. 4353e4a21f1011e3b66f22000aa81a39_7

can’t tell you where this is – but you’ll notice there’s another most lovely view of the Pacific Ocean…..41959cac1e7311e3868f22000a1f97ea_7

and this is a glorious spot which you can only get to if you’re willing to climb through a chain mail fence above the freeway (which, clearly, we Are – for the sake of Art, darlings). 
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more Ocean. d9c01a1c1e4011e392a322000a1faaae_7

and a beautifully (lemon!) scented rose which our friend Richard thinks is most probably a David Austin rose – perhaps Charles Darwin, he suggested?

*makingnoteforfuturegarden*

and that’s that.

now we must sleep.

goodnight, darlings.

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the ocean, the roses and the girl with green eyes (1964)

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a full day yesterday!

with much good news for who-we-are-in-RL about forthcoming work (such a lovely word) and so on and so forth (yes – we’re told to keep schtum/quiet/*sighs*)

so after Tasks Were Completed yesterday we happened to find ourselves in the loveliness of a View Over The Ocean and took a few shots.

which we’d like to share with you now (because we love doing that).

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on a clear day you can see almost as far as east los angeles. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

or Japan (would that be Japan over there? *looksvaguelyatanatlas*)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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and then the twilight came.

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and we Dashed up to the Los Angeles Public Library (Montana branch – which is on Montana Street – we didn’t need to catch a plane)

for a screening!

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gosh.

yes.

a Vintage Screening.

and not a Hollywood Industry type event for once.

we’ll explain…..

so we have a tendency to Pick Up Flyers wherever we are and pop them in our (patent leather black – of course – messenger) bag and then Sort through them when we get home.

our friend MP in NYC used to say:

you’re the sort of person who does interesting things on saturdays.

which is true.

because we do like to Plan ahead.

well – a few months ago (are you still with us? need some coffee? we’ll wait……….hello again, lovely mug, oh! and a nice biscuit too, splendid) we picked up a Flyer at the local library and it said:

“The British Are Coming!”

well.

we looked around nervously.

they can’t take us back now – we’ve got a green card, darlings.

but that wasn’t what it was about.

it was a Theme (we adore a Theme).

you guessed it.

British movies from the 1960s.

well.

we were Very Excited.

especially because we Adore Edna O’Brien and they happened to be showing The Girl With Green Eyes (Edna got to adapt the screenplay from her own novel and that so rarely happens these days) which was the “breakout vehicle” for Rita Tushingham (breakout in this sense means that the film made her famous whereby she ‘broke out’ of obscurity – she wasn’t in Trouble with the Law as far as we know).

if you scroll down on this page you’ll see some lovely Stills from the film.

so back to the Flyer – it was for screenings at The Library *shivers* of British films from the 60s.

so we carefully copied out the details into our digital device and looked forward to the screening at that future date.

but a few weeks later we checked the s m a l l  p r i n t

oh!

it was for a “seniors’ screening”

(for our non-american friends, this means people of an uncertain age or, less kindly, OAPs).

well.

A Girl With Green Eyes is shown so rarely (it being from 1964) that we just HAD to see it.

so we wrote a (very nice) note to the Librarian asking for permission to attend.

and she sent a lovely one back saying she (for tis a lady librarian) would be “delighted”.

so we finished our tasks for the day, yesterday, and bought a large cup of tea “to go” (as the americans call take-away) and waited for a while near the Library Branch in question enjoying the last few moments of late afternoon sun.

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and then we took a Deep Breath and walked in.

some people looked a little strangely in our direction (“how much plastic surgery has She Had to look like That as a ‘Senior’??”) but we smiled gently and walked to the 2nd row of chairs in the community room and arranged our pashmina (the dove grey/gray one) and waited for the projector to warm up.

everyone had snacks (something called Chex which was confusing because we were Already in the Theme and sort of waited for bowls of pink blancmange and a packet of orange spangles) and some people needed help with opening the packets of Chex and then we were all settled and in Place and the Film Started!

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and it was GLORIOUS.

full of Verve and Lynn Redgrave and creamy lipstick and “you’re not sorry are yer?” and “i don’t intend to get married ever!” and running through fields and slipping into his ex-wife’s long nightgown (she was in America, not in the nightgown) and lots of Tears and Tea and finding your way through the world and rushing to work because you’ve been naughty and stayed out with a Lover and avoiding the Priest because you’ve become a Fallen Woman *shivers* and oh it was GRAND.

(and we had to smile at the sub-titles to help the Americans understand the Irish accents.)

the best bit?

the Audience we saw it with.

because all the people in the Library last night Remembered the Sixties – because they were there (so they remembered it hazily) and every moment of a girdle or a ratted up hair-do or a breaking-the-morals-of-the-time happened there was a general sigh of pleasure and a chuckle of recognition.

just delicious.

Can you see this Trailer transmission in your Territory?

isn’t it wonderful?

so glad the Librarian said we could join them last night.

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and now here we are writing to you (not shown – we popped next door to check on the coffee percolating nicely)

a full day ahead.

Most Exciting.

reporting in from Los Angeles: 0600 hours, darlings.

we slept beautifully. a small “where are we” at 3AM and then returned to the land of dreams again until the alarm went off just now (oh-six-hundred-hours as they used to say in war-time spy movies as they shrugged their heavy Russian wool great coats over their shoulders and grabbed the magic spy pen/camera and walked into the just-before-dawn of pre-boom eastern europe).

here are a few photographs from yesterday. as we are here on Business for the Day Job, we can’t share any details so the captions are, by necessity, rather obscure yet, we hope, still illuminating.

after a morning of meetings, we headed to a lovely location to have a splendid business lunch and – as the americans call it – “brainstorm” for two hours (it always feel vaguely unpleasant when that term is mentioned and we feel a distinct buzzing in our head as a result). however this lunch/brainstorm was Utterly Delightful and we feel that we have made a new friend (which is always so rare and beautiful in business so thank you if you’re reading this;-)

not sure if you can see the sign on the parking spot here – but this is (drum roll please) JOE ROTH’S PORCHE. Yes – that Joe Roth, Hollywood Producer. (did you notice how we didn’t include his number plate – we are Respectful of Talent – even when it’s a suit.)

and here’s the view from a deep sofa when we stopped a while, between meetings, to pick up email – isn’t it a tranquil spot? see how cool and quiet it is here and then the very bright sunshine of almost-at-the-pacific-ocean burning through the french windows.

couldn’t resist snapping this as we walked by doing a quick “wake up!” brisk walk before heading to another meeting – the jet lag had started to descend in earnest.

oh dear. we did have a very brief and rather dramatic Romantic Entanglement, but we fear we have forgotten the question……answers on a postcard please (as they used to say at the end of BBC programmes before the arrival of email and the short messaging service of telephones portable).

then we dropped by to visit our friends at Uncle Sisu – a small (but mighty) design studio.

and they took us to a mighty strange and wonderfully random Japanese tea-joint called Royal/T – we were almost lost for words (which, as you know, is rather rare) to describe it so here’s what they say on their own web site:

Royal/T is a playful collision of spaces—café/shop/art space—presented in stunning fusion. An eclectic mix of retail and contemporary art reimagined in the surrounds of LA’s first Japanese-style cosplay café.

you see – genius! do visit.

where next? ah, yes, lots of driving…..

bliss. driving.

if you were following us on instagram you’d see a rather delicious and almost medieval epistolary sense of flirtation between us and another around this – and other pictures – it’s curious in its level of literary references and yet sly moments of reveal – we can say no more – tis precious and fleeting as all good encounters between lovers of words and images and once-fallen nations that have risen again while others teeter on the brink of becoming Rome should be…..

do you recall that we shared the what some might call embarrassing (we don’t, clearly) fact that we are totally obsessed by reading our horoscope?

well here it is for today.

wouldn’t you be Rather Excited?

darling, of course we’re Pisces.

what else would we be?

[Ed’s note: although gloria was born on April 9th which makes her an Aries]

details, details, love.

we must fly!

off to a Breakfast Meeting. and then to one of the Hollywood Studios (too glam!)…….more pictures later, or possibly tomorrow, as we’re going to be out late (stop it. not for that reason. and we wouldn’t tell you even if it were for that reason – we have Our Limits ;-)

isn’t life delicious?

 

 

heading to pacific ocean, shutters and then yolk!

omg. we are so excited. almost in los angeles. yeah, still in seat 30e (yup, a middle one) but surprisingly comforting having people either side…..

so – upon arrival on the Other Coast we always do the following:

1. drive to shutters, park the car (the bliss of valet parking), freshen up, drink a pot of tea

2. put feet in pacific ocean

3. drive to silverlake

4. say hello to maria at YOLK!

do visit Yolk (not necessarily today, although today is also a good day to shop at Yolk)