fantasies and realities – writing, dreaming and picking up the meds.

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we drift between fantasy (of the movie variety) and realities (off to the Chemist in a moment to get those horrid little pills that have replaced our thyroid function – *shudder* post-surgery) and then come back to Write (always delicious) and dream some more.

bcb397defb9311e2ad9722000a9e2977_7And then people send electronic post from Abroad asking us what size we wear (thrilling! a Photo Shoot for an Article – more on that another time – of course it’s not for Us but who-we-are-in-RL but we’ll definitely tag along and tell you what it’s like) and other people from the sub-Saharan portion of the world *mysticallookoffcamera* ask about our Availability for work and then – well – it’s probably almost Time for Lunch.

hurrah!

(that wasn’t just for lunch although we are a tiny bit hungry so it was foremost in the mind as it’s been hours since we had no-sugar-added Alpen which we buy from Laurel Canyon stores because they stock it for all the British musicians renting houses nearby.)

in the meantime – we’ve been Busy:

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we wrote a nice piece (at least we think so – hope you agree) about Yolk.

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this week we also went to a delicious private screening room (Extremely Comfortable Seats) and saw a very funny (and rather twisted, actually – so be warned if you see it) British Comedy.

aren’t those British people Naughty!

but Exceedingly nice.

why yes – we did write about it.

thank you for asking.

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and now we Must concentrate.

we have a deadline for some lucrative writing work.

(*sighs* we adore saying that).

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library book sale, roses, chandelier – and a gift wrap lesson from @yolksilverlake

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we’re Exhausted (in a very good way).

we drove…….*looksvaguelyintothemiddledistance*…….well, a long way, anyway

and there were lovely things to see, as one might expect.

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a carousel (or as the Americans call them – a Merry-Go-Round) and one of those whirly-fans.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

an Italian baroqueness of a chandelier – we adore a chandelier – at Victori Ana (read it quickly, it took us a few moments) in Montrose (no website! if you want to visit here’s the RL address:

2311 Honolulu Ave, Montrose, CA

an exceedingly Pretty “home accents” shop with french soaps, scented candles and decorative place settings – we’re going to try and persuade george to come with us in November – they take a week – and three members of staff – to Decorate For The Holidays – we received a personal invite (you’re so clever, yes, the chandelier-gazing did it, darlings). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

we popped in to the friends-of-littlerock-library book sale (ok, we drove 100 miles seduced by the concept of driving on pearblossom highway – not a pear or a blossom for miles until we saw these gorgeous blowsy roses in a jam jar). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAan Amusing Amount of Georgette Heyer for sale (somebody clearly just went cold turkey in littlerock – or received an e-reading-digital-device for their Birthday).

talking of home accents shops (which we were a few moments ago – the caption with the chandelier if you missed it) – we’ve Always been Impressed by how Nicely they wrap everything at Yolk in silver lake.

so we decided to ask for a Demo.

yes, we filmed it.

come on.

you Knew we would.

impressive, right?

and the whole alternative nail polish shades?

Very Big in Los Angeles right now.

*ironiclooktocamera*

that *might* well be the first time we’ve ever mentioned Nail Polish here.

fancy that.

@missjulesberlin in #hollywood, darlings.

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guess who came to town!

oh.

wait.

it was in the Title.

*lookstocamera*

oops.

yes! – – – – – –  > missjulesberlin

it was a lovely day.

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we drove from the hollywood hills to silver lake.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

yes. this is silver lake. and we went to visit @tjenamoss at Yolk!

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and past the hollywood studios. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

warner bros, disney and paramount and universal (but only from the freeway)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

and miss jules took lots of pictures.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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and she gave us beautiful gifts from berlinOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAas did another glorious person in BERLIN (who had sent the small package of wonderful pieces with miss jules herself! thank you!)

and – wait……

*peersintointerweb*

why, yes.

we DID make a little movie of today.

you are Most Kind.

we adore working with Professionals. 

heather’s expat gold from france and a magical afternoon into evening in silver lake.

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we will post later.

but for now, we’re still glorying in Heather’s responses to the encircling-nature-of-the-Questions we’ve all been asking each other recently.

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especially her references to the Duckman, expat gold (glossy pages) and songs of aching pain and longing and gloriousness.

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these Q & A have been a virtual dinner party for us recently and we’re Tickled Pink by learning more about you delicious friends via-the-interweb.

*peersMistilyViaInterweb*

very moved.

talking of glossy pages – we found a stack of vintage Gourmet magazines in a thrift store in silver lake yesterday and poured over them at our desk this morning as the sun tickled the back of our neck happily.

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and then we cut out bits we loved and squished them together inside the pages of the moleskine 147 (actually another brand but equally gorgeous)viewer-3 viewer

there were spring flowers in jars at the diner yesterday and we sat at the counter and wrote because there’s nothing more delicious in the World than sitting at a counter and writing in the afternoon. viewer-1

then we went to Yolk and watched as the lights were turned off on the magical creatures that live there (until someone special buys them and they go to live somewhere else).

this is a very cool place to Live.

isn’t life delicious?

exhale on ventura highway

we have no idea if we have the apartment – we just dropped off the Application and a small amount of cash to get it processed by the Powers that Be and we will know tomorrow.

but we Do believe that the right apartment will find us – and have been told as much over the years.

plus it’s Quite the Nicest way to think.

don’t you agree?

a few pictures?

why yes.

we just left silverlake (thank you maria!) and have moved into a hotel for the last two nights before we return to NYC – hopefully with lease in hand and start to make Plans to Pack.

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this is dawn breaking over los angeles (somewhat wistfully as you can see) on christmas morning as we broke bread (well, pain au chocolat with a side of berries to be honest) with George.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

this is a cutie no doubt able-to-be-purchased (perhaps for next Holiday season, darlings?) from Yolk as we were staying with Maria – who owns Yolk (and has an Eye for colo{u}r and cute whimsical things as you can tell). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

this is Rosie who is often whimsical and sometimes naughty (and lives with Maria). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

these two chargers (don’t they look like Horses in a way? – so proud and tall and glorious)? are Ballou and Snowball (snowball is the black one).

we took them for a walk in the canyons and hills with Holly yesterday (together with 3 other dogs, not shown – we need to get them to sit still with a treat in front of their eyes next time to get real concentration and amusement and subtle dog-smiles). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Ballou poses to order. beautiful. majestic, in fact. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

this was the View from the top (which is So Different from the View from the top of a skyscraper and we Mused on that as we stood there, asking the dogs to stand with us and gaze in wonder as the sun fell onto the large-scale multi-million dollar movie star houses below). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

on the way down the hill we saw so many pretty lights and could smell the night-blooming jasmine – a most dreamy and life-affirming walk. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

this morning we woke Very Early and with some trepidation.

we were going to view APARTMENTS.

and hopefully find one to live in. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

luckily Maria came with us in bronze clogs so we had the gods-of-style-and-Luck on our side. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

this is Jake who lives at Maria’s house too.

he really wanted to come.

he promised to hold our Information Sheet in readiness for prospective landlords but we had to leave him to rest instead.

but he will definitely get to visit.

we went to see a few places (the first one was SCARY). and then found the one we would love to live in, for at least a year (as our lovely friend-in-england, Tina, says – nothing is permanent and that was good to remember). OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

after all the Excitement of the Viewings, we dropped off our application and went back to silverlake to admire the new festive paintwork on Yolk and sip a small glass of Perrier and take our leave of the more easterly side of Los angeles (after a Most Diverting trip to see a photographer’s studio – more on that Individual when we Return to the city, we feel sure……fascinating)

with the sun in our eyes we headed West – and took a deep EXHALE on Ventura Highway  (remember the song? it’s always on KEarth101 – the classic-california-radio station and particularly fabulous to sing along with if the moon roof is open and the Shades Are On)
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especially if one is wearing a leather jacket and a smile and removing the elastic from the ponytail and letting it cascade over one’s shoulders and get all tangly in the sunshine-breezes while driving a mini cooper down laurel canyon and singing really lustily into the treetops who smile back because we might have a lease pending on an apartment and even if we don’t quite yet, there will be somewhere else, in time, to rest our (cloche) hat.