sitting quietly at walt disney’s table, imagineering about the Future as the first responses to #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld flow in from You

darlings

oh!

such a lovely day yesterday.

we went to visit Miss. Vickie Lester at her virtual bungalow on the Studio Lot and while who-we-are-in-RL helped with some digital-ness, we enjoyed the rain spattered plantings outside (yes! it RAINED here yesterday! we are all in s h o c k but the plants are juicy and fed again so that’s good).

then we decided on a detour (we adore a detour) to stop and have lunch.

now we’ve Often admired the Tam O’Shanter from the road as we drove past (is that the right word? perhaps ‘done-a-double-take’ is a better allusion – as it looks EXACTLY like a Scottish hostelry from the 1920s, which is what it is – but landed among alien people in Los Angeles).

by the time we took our detour yesterday it was most definitely an (early) lunchtime so we insisted (gently) on stopping for the first time and oh! it was delicious.

mostly because we asked for a “quiet table” (we always do this, being a tiny bit over-sensitive at the best of times) and the maitre’ d said:

would you like Mr. Walt Disney’s table?

without Any Prompting whatsoever!

that would be delicious.

we said, using our most Special British accent.

voila!

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it’s a little dark (part of its gloomy olde world scottish charm).dbe1b86a8f6e11e3a5680e8d44f2f955_8

and we wrote and read the newspaper – probably much in the same way as Walt (can we call him Walt?) did.

more of a story about him here  – – – – –

in other news:

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a subtle rosy sunrise this morning. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and ballet slipper pink roses on our desk french farmhouse tableOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand #howtostaysaneinacrazyworld got her first Amazon Review!

very early copies have been arriving all over the USA *gasps* and (very kind) people are already responding to the Text (as they say in all the best Symposia in Oxford)

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I had to creep out of bed after sipping this magic elixir of a book and when the last drop was swallowed and the thought was glowing in my mind… I thought I would respond to your request.

Exhalations 1) a book: “Prince” by Ib Michael (Danish)

“It begins in mist. Far up on the top of the world, where no one sees, the ice splits with a crack that rings out over white fjords. The sea shows blue between the floes; the night that has lasted half the year, with the sun lying low below the horizon, is over. The ice rim creaks and groans, fissure chases fissure as a mountain of glass—the size of the palace of fairy tale, with turrets and crenellations and windows long hidden by the snow—breaks off and puts out to sea in howling winds.
The long day has returned.”

(none yet, it seems in Europe – soon, we hope – we did get this from all the way over there near Lisbon, Portugal)

Good news – your pre-order is on its way

and delicious friends have been posting pictures as they arrive in their Place or sending most lovely bon mots via email and text.

  • your book came today!‏

j just texted me. he didn’t open it. can’t wait to go home and see it. xo

  • Very exciting delivery today!

Your book!! Yay!!! Xx

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well, well, well, this is EVEN more exciting than we thought.

and a tiny bit scary.

if we’re being Totally honest.

because (*pauses*) not Everyone, it seems, pre-ordered a copy.

shocked silence.

even the people whom if They Had Written A Book we would have been the First To Have Bought It.

*pained_look_to_camera_3*

so we’re trying to focus on the GLORIOUS people who have done so and told us how much they enjoyed it.

(yes, we’re self-obsessed – but this was a very long process and it was painful at times and exhilarating and well, it’s our job to sell copies as per our Publishing Contract darlings – so we Are ;-)

but it’s a little bit painful realizing that not Everyone (how can this be?) shares our delight at being Published.

which is why we like to distract our good self with taking photographs and walking-around-with-a-notebook nodding and asking (very interesting) Questions – for example, at Mulligans yesterday.

do you recall that we found a clipping in a 1980s era copy of Architectural Digest while on our road trip last week?

to be helpful – here it is again:

p1011756at 3PM (or 1500 hours if you’re in Europe or just a europhile which sounds vaguely icky now we see it on the screen) we sat down with the New owner of Mulligans to write our column for next week’s Los Angeles I’m Yours: Where Shall We Meet.

sneak preview?

of course.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwho doesn’t love a beautiful reproduction of an authentic American Swedish influenced antique furnishing room set?

nobody here, that’s for sure.

it’s friday.

go and have some fun.

well hello, saturday.

darlings

it is really Le Weekend?

how glorious.

*sleepyyawn*

we are Ever so exhausted by this wonderful week just gone by – and now we must rest.

after we show you a few pictures (and thank you so much for dropping by en route to the kitchen to make tea and the bookcase in the hall to select a new novel to read – what did you decide on in the end?)

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our new doctors’ office (we use the punctuation correctly – tis a Group Practice – which always sounds like Extra Netball on Wednesdays after Prep) has a rather subtle Scandi-Style (as the British call it – we’ve been reading magazines from across the Pond – such fun).

and we now have the strange experience of two of our three doctors here in L.A being Younger Than who-we-are-in-RL (staying perpetually 28 years old chez teamgloria darlings – like so many online, of course).

and when one doctor admired our notes (medical ones) and we Talked Through Everything that Happened and they tapped our chest and listened quietly through the Listening Instruments we said:

well, at least we got a nice scar – and a book deal – out of it.

and they just looked mildly curious and Moved Right On to the next question.

oh. right.

we thought, checking our reflection in the reflective surfaces of the instrument panel.

not an unusual occurrence here in L.A – the book deal ;-)

or maybe a book deal doesn’t mean very much in the Land of the Screen of Silver.

anyway, she was perfectly lovely (yes, a lady doctor, how Modern as William would say).

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and then there was lovely Driving (doesn’t this look like the opening title Sequence for LA Law?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and earlier in the day, judging by the Light here, perhaps we could have re-jigged the order here but we’re very tired so just, well, can’t today – forgive? we had a couple of Very Important conference calls (doesn’t everybody do these in the comfort of one’s Boudoir?)

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and then a bit later (after the Doctor) we stopped by a cafe that has vintage Posters (and this reminded us of reading about JustAddAttitude’s vintage poster spotting in the fair Isle)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and Gitanes always remind us of Richard Bohringer.

Because we kept him in smokes* during the shooting of a certain movie at a wonderful Film Studio outside London.

*we no longer smoke, children – this was a hard Habit to break – but we did – many moons ago – and anyway have-you-seen-the-price-of-cigarettes-these-days?! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

ah – the slippery sandy oily teenage summer memories of the left – and the checking-ones-sunburn-under-a-cafe-umbrella in Estoril, Portugal sipping a Perrier and reading a scurrilous novel. #happydaysOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

then it was time to drive again (can you spot the seagull posing like a statue on the Left?)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

but only after we browsed a little in this new shop for fashionable children (yes, 3/4 size furniture – including the chandeliers – we adore a chandelier) – actually seriously tempted by a few pieces – we going to ask who-we-are-in-RL to set aside some of the cash coming in from work to do a little shopping before Thanksgiving!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

then there was a peach sunset. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand a quiet cup of mint tea with @tjenamoss.

Lagom?

it’s a Swedish word and someone from NYC who now lives in Sweden has a nice explanation here.

well.

that was a whirlwind of thoughts and memories in one day – from Estoril to Elstree and sweden to santa monica and all the way over to silver lake and back.

and now we rest.

the coffee is ready.

and we’re almost finished reading Miss Pym.

have a beautiful saturday, darlings.

you deserve it.