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


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*)


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).

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…….


no, not that.


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.



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?


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.


have a beautiful saturday, darlings!




mozart, blue shirt, pearls and a literary companion for a long drive south.


we’re about to get into the car and drive s o u t h as who-we-are-in-RL has a work meeting or two and we just wanted to get Out of Town as yesterday with the radio was ever so lovely but now we’re feeling a Tiny bit exposed and some quiet would be a Very good idea.

so we’ve packed the blue shirt and pearls.


and the Mozart import (from JAPAN) played by a deeply talented group from Berlin.


and the scrap of virtual paper with the most delicious sentences all put together by Mr. D. H. Lawrence:

Terra Incognita
There are vast realms of consciousness still undreamed of vast ranges of experience, like the humming on unseen harps, we know nothing of, within us.
Oh, when man has escaped from the barbed-wire entanglement
of his own ideas and his own mechanical devices
there is a marvelous rich world of contact and sheer fluid beauty
and fearless face-to-face awareness of now-naked life
and me, and you, and other men and women,
and grapes, and ghouls, and ghosts and green moonlight
and ruddy-orange limbs stirring the limbo
of the unknown air, and eyes so soft
softer than the space between the stars,
and all things, and nothing, and being and not-being
alternately palpitant
when at last we escape the barbed-wire enclosure
of Know Thyself, knowing we can never know
we can but touch, and wonder, and ponder, and make our effort
and dangle in a last fastidious fine delight
as the fuchsia does, dangling her reckless drop
of purple after so much putting forth
and slow mounting marvel of a little tree.

isn’t that Beautiful?

we will make like the fuchsia today.

now – sadly – we can’t take you with us – we need to Concentrate and so won’t be posting until tomorrow evening, late’ish.

so here’s some music to be going on with:

we were Most Particularly inspired by the tale over at Beguiling Hollywood this morning in which Ms. Vickie Lester discusses satiny slips and Ms. N. Simone and so instantly popped back to our Playlist and added in some lyrical-loveliness from the aforementioned goddess (Ms. N. Simone – but if Miss Vickie Lester has released a CD of classical or jazz music, we would be Utterly Delighted to add That in too).

we are also packing a slim volume – because we do like to take a literary companion with us on any sort of a road trip – or a Trip by plane, by sea – oh! for a sea voyage – like our good friend The Sophisticate.

we’ve just finished Annemarie Schwarzenbach’s All The Roads Are Open……..


and now we embark upon Death in Persia.

because when one is setting out (in Life) on a journey that has no course, no map, few directions, perhaps not quite enough provisions or courage it Truly helps to take (as one’s literary companion at least) other Adventurous Women who have Gone out into the Unknown and lived to tell the Tale.

the magical aspect (and there are many we’re discovering) about Ms. Schwarzenbach is that it is only fairly recently that we could have read her own words.

thanks to the gifts of the bilingual and the poetic like Ms. Isabel Fargo Cole and Ms. Lucy Renner Jones.

and now we set off once again.

the sun has come up.

it’s 0757 hours over here in this part of the world.

and we have Mozart, a blue shirt, pearls and a Literary Companion in Ms. Schwarzenbach.

an adventure awaits, we feel sure *shivers*.


hello, carlsbad: land of mystical dragon shops and movies nights at the fountain


we’re in Carlsbad!

who-we-are-in-RL is doing some Consulting nearby tomorrow and the Traffic is INSANE in the mornings from L.A so we packed up the car…….


after a leisurely morning – – – 25da5ae40da111e38d6622000a1fbc43_7and headed South – pausing at a few stops along the way………


stopping at Dana Point for lunch in the harbo(u)r. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and taking a long walk around the harbo(u)r walls admiring the boats (a surprising number of the boats are called Princess Di or Lady Di so we’re assuming a fairly healthy number of Anglophiles – or perhaps Royal Followers)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


or rich Queens (always a good sign when the local shop that sells Perrier has a chandelier).

after lunch we got back in the Perfectly (Silver) Prius and continued on the road, listening mostly to the Tunes of our Youth (and yes, singing most happily down Highway 1)

until we reached Carlsbad.

we did this before nightfall but didn’t get a chance to take pictures until after dark – people to see and so on and so forth (we forgot that the nights are drawing in and sunset was Earlier than the last time we were south of the Orange Curtain). 

Carlsbad is adorable.

it is, as you probably already know, named after the Jewel of the West Bohemian Spa Triangle. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

but we were more interested in the strange and mystical dragon shops (twas closed but next time, darlings)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and much frivolity coming out of the restaurants along the twinkle-lined streets and an enticing view of a forthcoming music festival

*lookspotentlytocamera* we love music (and musicians). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

sadly we missed The Princess Bride which was playing by the Fountain in the village (we ADORE that movie).

and now we must s l e e p………a busy day ahead tomorrow.


goodnight darlings.

have you ever been to carlsbad?

any recommendations for a place to sip tea late afternoon?

we’ll ask around.

but we thought we’d also ask You.