roses, books, @2paperflowers and a train not taken.

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firstly a mention for your aural/visual and imagination’s delight – may we present two very talented singer-songwriter-ballad-delivery-muses

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and then a gift (exchange) from Miss Vickie Lester given at Tea yesterday.

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signed copy – SIGNED COPY! of #TwiceOverLightly that we wrote so Extensively about (and from) during our last few months before Leaving Manhattan (not to be confused with that film by Mr. Nicolas Cage about *sad_look* Vegas – a very different sort of taking one’s leave from a city Indeed)

and then – today – we *almost* caught a Train.

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then got Rather distracted by a rose garden (sort of) nearby (if one took a detour through the Park en route to meet someone – if one wasn’t actually in the Wrong Bloody Place – and had to rush back to pick up the car – again – NOT taking a Train So Tempted as we were – and then drive another few miles south to the Correct Location). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

but the roses were lovely.

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especially because they remind one of Mr. Brian Patten’s Poems from the (early) 1960s. 

And later he caught a bus and she a train
And all there was between them then
was rain.

or perhaps they remind You of stanzas by Mr. Betjeman and his contemporaries?

“The train at Pershore station was waiting that Sunday night
Gas light on the platform, in my carriage electric light,
Gas light on frosty evergreens, electric on Empire wood……..

ah yes.

trains and poems and roses and songwriters……

perfect for a Tuesday.

or any day, really.

non?

 

a sunday spring clean with monsieur proust.

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some spring cleaning was in Order.

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(and some Tweaking on the “parent navigation bar” shade-wise, a removal of some no-longer-needed-objects therein as well).

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re-folding and applying lavender scented drops on the drawer liners in the linen closet (or “airing cupboard” for our British friends).

a moment of pause to take in a little Proust:

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
― Marcel Proust

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taking photographs of the new decorated mini match-boxes (not by us, they’re available at many small shops and special grocery stores in the vicinity of sunset boulevard or just off bundy in brentwood if you’re in Town) before placing them (carefully) around the house nearby (but not too near) the Scented candles.

a drive to the Beach to see some friends very early this morning. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthinking once again of Monsieur Proust:

“Always try to keep a patch of sky above your life.”
― Marcel ProustSwann’s Way

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flowers and a Reverie make You think of Proust, aussi?

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
― Marcel Proust

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“We don’t receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us.”
― Marcel Proust

and now, to end, perhaps a little Brahms – for Clarinet?

we have remembered why we came here (very nearly three years ago).

it was to celebrate glorious people, places and things.

*exhale*

and to That – well – we shall return.

starting with today.

the last word, quite naturally and Properly, belongs to Proust:

“Every reader finds himself. The writer’s work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.”
― Marcel ProustTime Regained

*deep_curtsey*

*cheery_wave_to_camera_1*

see you as Monday approaches, or fades, depending on the plans of who-we-are-in-RL………

#howtostaysaneinacrazyworld having a delicious book tour – works well with small people and friends-with-fur

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this is the MOST fun that one could have on a book tour – while staying at home in one’s satin slip.

firstly – a note from the Old (Boys – and now fully co-ed) School:

We’ve ordered a copy for the library!  You must sign it next time you are here!! x

*blush* Rather! *throws_beret_in_the_air*

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so that’s Brighton, England.

where else has the book appeared this week?

let’s see

*thinks*

*clicks*

gosh, well, everywhere!

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diego had a moment by the fireside after reading his copy. dublin

Just Add Attitude gave us the 1st sighting in DUBLIN, IRELAND!georgesighting

George even took a copy to La Belle France on his recent trip to keep a copy of his own novel company (3rd in the series, we are not-so-patiently-waiting-for-the-4th)jamieequinox

the book got a workout with a Top Trainer at an undisclosed (although quite clearly overlooking the Ocean) Location here in Tinseltown.

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because it slightly overindulged in a delicious High Tea at The Marguerite beach hut in Whitstable, created by sophiekarina_judithARoss_sighting

and then took a nap with Katrina at Judith’s house on the East Coastsightinginportugalwithapricotblossom

while Xana (the lovely stepmother to who-we-are-in-RL) held up a copy in a rural part of Portugal while shaded by the apricot blossoms. sightingMsDebb

we’re also very popular (it being mostly a Picture Book you see, and we did think of That when we made it) with small children – this small child is a delightful Resident of the East Coast too and her full name (because we were given permission to share it – is Marlo Paige Knowles and she is scrumptious. 
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and here it is in Switzerland today where it just arrived on a Cross-Continental Flight wearing dark glasses and a suspiciously expensive overcoat and just hand luggage because it has a full set of clothing duplicated in the cedar-lined wardrobes over There.

What an incredible world tour the book is On!

sometimes (because who-we-are-in-RL has one of those “familiar” faces) she gets asked:

are you somebody?

and the other day she smiled (sweetly) and said:

no. but I play someone online.

we Preened in a rather ego-puffed-up (but still pretty) way.

Back to the Post for today.

In Other News!

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there has been a bit of gazing-out-to-sea and dreaming-of-the-future going on….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand being silent at sunset. 

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mixed with some Deeply Practical work sending out (100 to date) handwritten cards for The Digital Check UpOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand actually walking (not fast, but meaningfully) to the postal receptacles (there are two side by side not far from teamgloria towers and we split the pile into two each time, just for luck or something like that).

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there you have it.

a world tour while we stay safely in Los Angeles (until April 3rd when we fly to meet it in London, Deia/Majorca, Ibiza and London again with Whitstable – yes, with William on the Way Back) when we go to Meet the book and see how it is enjoying the world.

the world is a very lovely place.

is it lovely where you are today?

do. tell.

and is the book happy in your house?

it likes ribbons.

just so you know.

and close proximity to roses.

Miss Vickie Lester has the right idea

about so many things, actually.

hello spring! words by e e cummings, music by mozart and flowers lovingly captured by teamgloria

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it’s spring!

firstly some music!

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and now some poetry – intermingled with flowers that we took yesterday on a walk with who-we-are-in-RL for her birthday.

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Spring is like a perhaps hand 
(which comes carefully 
out of Nowhere)arranging 
a window,into which people look(while 
people stare
arranging and changing placing 
carefully there a strange 
thing and a known thing here)and

changing everything carefully

e.e. cummings

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O sweet spontaneous
earth how often have
the
doting

fingers of
prurient philosophers pinched
and
poked

thee
,has the naughty thumb
of science prodded
thy

beauty       .how
often have religions taken
thee upon their scraggy knees
squeezing and

buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive
gods
(but
true

to the incomparable
couch of death thy
rhythmic
lover

thou answerest

them only with

spring)

e. e. cummings

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they used to be (almost) unbearably painful days for reasons we cannot divulge but which had (occasionally) nothing to do with us. the passing of time can be (if one lets it) be pregnant with regret or awful deeds OR – and here’s where we return to the sunny channel once again – they can be a deep but quite lovely Sigh about Everything that’s happened and what-is-about-to-happen-next and gosh-did-that-really-happen and did we get back to LosAngelesAgain (yes!), is who-we-are-in-RL now An Author (hurrah!)

in the meantime, there’s always mr. Mozart to wave us into a springtime of deliciousness…..

https://soundcloud.com/ray-chen-violin/w-a-mozart-concerto-for-violin

isn’t Monday always filled to the brim with potential?

we. think. so.

do you?

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

farewell, cape town and thank you @thebookmarks @nikkicockcroft @FNBSA

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we fly in just a few hours……the black town car will arrive and we shall slip into the back with our sadness hid behind dark glasses for this has been a tremendous trip, we have learned much and met some Superb examples of human people including the Deeply Impressive and glorious Ms. Cockcroft to whom we give a most heartfelt thanks for bringing us to South Africa (and to our delightful sponsor FNB as well a merry wave)

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and attended a small village fete in the sort of church hall that one would have had a tap dance recital circa 1953. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

with a message close to our own heart. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

ah, memories of Kent for the Colonial expat ;-)
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a deep reverence for Mr. Gandhi at the Mount Nelson. 
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for a breakfast this morning with two very sophisticated business women (thank you dears!)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand now we must take our leave of fair Cape Town.

see you in Whitstable (if we locate a US to UK charger so our devices all work that is – which May not be possible – so radio silence is entirely likely until Tuesday, darlings – EEK!)

here goes………flight 7 of 10……and the l o n g journey back to Los Angeles.

isn’t life glorious?

Mr. Blake and Mr. Huxley on the doors of perception with pictures (some of doors, but not all) by teamgloria.

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just pictures.

and a quote from Mr. Blake

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.”

― William BlakeThe Marriage of Heaven and Hell

and Mr. Huxley:

The various “other worlds,” with which human beings erratically make contact are so many elements in the totality of the awareness belonging to Mind at Large. Most people, most of the time, know only what comes through the reducing valve and is consecrated as genuinely real by the local language. Certain persons, however, seem to be born with a kind of by-pass that circumvents the reducing valve. In others temporary by-passes may be acquired either spontaneously, or as the result of deliberate “spiritual exercises,” or through hypnosis, or by means of drugs. Through these permanent or temporary by-passes there flows, not indeed the perception “of everything that is happening everywhere in the universe” (for the by-pass does not abolish the reducing valve, which still excludes the total content of Mind at Large), but something more than, and above all something different from, the carefully selected utilitarian material which our narrowed, individual minds regard as a complete, or at least sufficient, picture of reality.”

-Adlous Huxley, The Doors of Perception

and now some doors (the occasional gate – and a sprinkling of always-welcome-blooms) to illustrate from our morning walks yesterday and Terribly Early today.

as you scroll down – look for the cat, the fly and Mr. E.T on a window sill – all lounging happily in the sunshine of southern california.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATo be shaken out of the ruts of ordinary perception, to be shown for a few timeless hours the outer and inner world, not as they appear to an animal obsessed with survival or to a human being obsessed with words and notions, but as they are apprehended, directly and unconditionally, by Mind at Large this is an experience of inestimable value to everyone and especially to the intellectual.

Aldous Huxley – Doors of Perception [1954]

and now we must return to our Study.

we’re helping who-we-are-in-RL as she reads up on dark matter, string theory and really-mind-blowing-advances-in-technology.

*seriousfaceon*

isn’t life delicious? – and s t r a n g e…..

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

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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.

@BklynQly publishes our picture of the chandelier tree #weadoreachandelier

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firstly those lovely post-grads in Capote-esque scarves have published one of our photographs. 

Screen Shot 2013-07-22 at 1.47.47 PMdo you remember they sent us a lovely note Requesting Permission?

because the Author of the story – A. Shields – had seen our photograph of the Chandelier Tree (#weadoreachandelier as you know, love)

it’s a gripping story.

and weirdly one of the lead characters is called……..well……read on

My sister said once that knowing who we’re capable of betraying—and who we’re not capable of betraying—revealed the aim of our purest desire. Sophia entered this world equipped with a finely tuned lie detector, and she believed that too much pretense was as deadly to that desire as a clear, poisonous gas was to our lives. When we were children, she was the only person I knew who was entirely alive. Because of her, I was too, when I was a boy.

yes, curious.

who-we-are-in-RL did not inspire this tale, as far as we know.

although we cannot find anything on A. Shields in the contributors’ page so perhaps tis a pseudonym (how exciting).

and In Other News as they used to say on the British Broadcasting Corporation:

what have we been up to?

well – there has been some Deeply Interesting Work which who-we-are-in-RL said we’re Not allowed to Talk About

*pouts*

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taking time (very important) to admire a rose
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or an entire bouquet


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a lovely old newspaper office in Pasadena.

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and brunch at The Ivy.

*sighs-happily*

yes.

tis a Very Good Life indeed.

if one plans, works hard and then just gets to see-what-transpires.

jolly exciting stuff.

scenes from wednesday: burbank, warner bros, nickelodeons and milkshakes on the other table

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we Must get Ready – we’re working at the photographic studio today and we need to apply the mascara-to-the-lashes and slip out into the morning traffic over Laurel Canyon.

but first – very quickly – a few scenes from Wednesday –

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love driving past the giant billboards at warner brothers. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

we had a meeting-with-Potential not far from here with regard to Something New and deeply interesting for who-we-are-in-RL
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looking up at the Hollywood skyline and squeezing ourselves with happiness at the new life unfolding. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

a glimpse at the table opposite as we had a very LA lunch (chicken salad sandwich on toasted sourdough with a cup of chicken noodle soup) – *sighs* – yup – no milkshake for us right now and we’re looking slimmer already (in a non-diet-way)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

put another nickel in the nickelodeon…….(we once did an audition and had to follow a fellow 9 year old who belted this out in hot pants – we were Mortified – she had a stage mother – we did not ;-)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA*sighs*

the heartbreak melodies. #perfection.

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and the column came out at noon!

so – all in all – a very good day.

WAIT!

the evening was also excellent.

there was a long(ish) walk to a friend’s house, past abandoned copies of Wired (Somebody Just Kicked Out A Geek?) and twinkle lights at twilight and a sense of deliciousness while strolling past Spanish style balconies and stopping-to-smell-the-roses (they were very fragrant – note to self – avoid thorns – at all times).

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is THAT the time….?

see you later darlings.

*smilingviatheinterweb*

lovely hair cut – is it new?

flirty curls. always a winner.