an ocean, a cashmere blanket and light refracted through trees.

darlings

happy monday!

is that an oxymoron for you? or are you happy to be Back in the general Swing of things?

we have been thinking about Needs (as opposed to desires) today.

not all day.

but, you know, intermittently.

de temps en temps as they might say in la belle france.

Mr. Einstein (didn’t see that coming did you?) said that a (wo)man just needed the following to be completely at ease and inside the comfort-ness-of-life:

a table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?

yes.

agreed.

it’s the Violin that really makes that sentence sing, doesn’t it?

well, let’s see:

*looks_around*

we have a (lovely farmhouse) table, two chairs (and a sofa and a bench that matches the lovely farmhouse table), no fruit in a bowl today (we’ve eaten the fruit up before we go on our Trip To Europe) and, nope, oh that is disappointing, no actual Violin.

oh – WAIT!

we *do* have a virtual violin – there are, in fact, plenty on mr. soundcloud.

https://soundcloud.com/ray-chen-violin/sets/tchaikovsky-and-mendelssohn

then we started to think (not always a good idea but fine as the sun is going down) – what’s our Equivalent of Mr. Einstein’s small yet beautiful requirements?

let’s see….

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quiet contemplation and supper with friends. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

visiting splendid ladies in the canyon who have Scavullo coffee table books and soft cashmere blankets and feeling useful and inspired. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

surrounded by tea lights and soft inspirational pictures in wooden frames.
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pulling over on the side of the road and standing on the cliffs above the ocean and feeling the breeze ripple through the (freshly bobbed) hair.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAbreathing deep in beverly hills as the road winds through the verdant streets.

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and taking to the o p e n r o a d with the windows rolled down while listening to Ms. J. Joplin.
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yes.

that’s it.

the open road, music, cashmere blankets, tea lights, ocean breezes and a regular dose of Doris Day movies, of course.

what’s your list?

do. tell.

*winning_smile_to_camera4*

Vivaldi, blue skies and Dr. Martens.

hello darlings

happy sunday!

time for Mr. Vivaldi!
https://soundcloud.com/giogiomamala/antonio-vivaldi-the-four

*exhale*

and a Quick recap of Saturday before we Dash out (merrily) into the brightness of a sunday to be very sociable (surprisingly so – we seemed to have booked a breakfast, morning coffee, walk in the park, drive to somewhere-to-be-helpful, tea and some Diego-time, then another meeting-up-with-friends – blimey)

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last night we happened to be in Los Feliz and saw a large pair (too large, actually) of retro circular blue glass in white frames sunglasses in the window of a Vintage Store and Popped in to say hello, try them on, sadly reject them, but make a new Instagram friend. 296ee804b78e11e3b9060e0eee734f32_8

just before that we had a lovely long Telephone call with william in england when, suddenly, there was a VAST SHUDDERING and we interrupted him talking about the new garden turf over at the Essex Street Pleasure Gardens to say in a small voice:

um, gosh, william – there’s another earthquake.

and it was ever so nice to be on the phone with someone (with a reassuringly deep basso profundo voice) until the shaking passed.

the pleasures and pains of living in paradise darlings ;-)

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the constant sunlight delights – and yet there are movements beneath the earth’s crust that tell us very Clearly that we Live ON A Fault Line. eek.
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moving swiftly on.

we popped in to skylight books to visit their copies of the book and *giggled* with a tiny blush to the (apple) cheeks to see it is reclining lusciously next to the naughty section. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

a fresh pair of DMs was bought.

the other daywear pair (as opposed to special occasion patent leather one for night-time and Interview purposes) were a Disgrace and we are heading back to England on Thursday (red-eye – the gods protect us from crazy jet-lag) and Must be Suitably Shod. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

the sky has been resplendent thus far this weekend. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

admiring the buildings off the shore that resemble 1930s Ocean-Going-Liners. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsurfboards on road warrior sales VP vehicles abound as soon as the weekend hits Town.

are you enjoying the Vivaldi?

it just says SUNDAY, doesn’t it?

*happy_sigh*

must apply mascara (lightly) and get into the car (no surfboard but plenty of writing paper in the console between the driver’s seat and the passenger seat where the messenger bag rides nestled with a small sandwich bag of grapes for the journey – that’s for us, not the messenger bag – it prefers plums).

*waving*

 

even laundry can be fun if you know how to behave.

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we finished our work tasks at a nice and early hour yesterday and realized we had a TON of laundry to do.

*horrors*!

(that wasn’t just for laundry – although we will admit that in Manhattan, we dropped it off every friday morning, super early before heading to the office, and picked it up when we got the saturday edition of the Financial Times, Times Have Changed – we do our own Laundry now).

back to *horrors*!

because the (small but perfectly sweet with a view of the front plantings and fragrant they are too) Laundry Room at teamgloria (apartment) towers – was CLOSED (new floor being put in, which is very nice, but rendered the room Unavailable).

we *thought* for a moment about dropping off the two (rather large) bags for a Service Wash and then we reconsidered (we have time, and we are being Prudent with cash) – popped the bags in the perfectly Prius and drove to the nearby Laundromat/Launderette.

It was an engaging experience.

Because ANYTHING can be so if one has an eye for Adventure and a nose for a Hollywood reference or two and just takes a look around to sink into the Atmosphere.

so. we. did.

at first glance it was not a Great deal like the Levi’s 501 advertisement (if you can’t see this transmission in your territory ask your mr.local.google for “Levi’s 50s nick kamen”, you’re welcome)

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but then it WAS (the actors woke up and came to do their Laundry before heading out to the gym and, hopefully, an audition).

we took a look around (the wash cycle is 29 minutes and the drying cycle 30 so we had some time to Observe our surroundings).

there was a Spanish soap opera – telenovelas – playing – and then we switched to a ladies-in-a-row-at-a-roundish-table talking about Matters of the Day (movie stars, something clever with a fillet of fish and a beauty treatment), a 3D bas relief mural on the back wall, several vending machines (for washing powder – but we bought our own – and snacks – again, we brought a small picnic), outdoor tables (this is california, despite being March), a gossipy attendant (we chatted for a while, because she put up a postcard for the book a while ago and remembered us) and Lots of People Watching.

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we did feel a little Doris while folding the clothes (always nice).

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while also remembering our (mis-spent but useful for material) Youth watching ground-breaking films like this one. 

we always keep an eye on the Machines because there was that One episode back in – when? 1980-something? when Cindy Beale put her washing in the Albert Square launderette and it Got Stolen (this would be SO awful – not the programme – we quite liked it – strangely enough – and its Still Running!).

EastEnders-bartenders-Cindy-19finally – after all the People watching (and writing in our moleskine and enjoying the small picnic outside on the white cast iron tables not bolted down but you’d be hard pressed to nick them) – the laundry was done and folded and another engaging experience was made Better by a good Attitude.
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Thankful that the laundry room is now Open in teamgloria (apartment) towers, we may not have to see the Laundromat again for a while – but we are open to (many) new experiences. Or even re-inventing old ones.

*moving_swiftly_on*

so we went to the Movies.

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where we saw…….

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what’s that?

what did we Think of it.

*far_off_look_to_camera*

well.

let’s see.

it was perfect for a friday after doing laundry.

more?

ok.

it was sensuous and full of longing but little meaning apart from why do we meet the people we do and what happens if we follow them up to hotel rooms (probably best not attempted outside Paris) and tell them Secrets that we cannot tell the people in our real life – whatever real life is – does it exist?

even the middle bit – where they hold hands and see amusing street musicians and feel close-in-a-crowd (we are not ruining the plot for you – it’s a Film/e Francais/e – being a bit Violette LeDuc there et pourquoi pas?) and have Big Questions about their Lives and France (the two are Always intertwined), trains (might) be Missed or Caught and regretted, or not.

yes, it’s a French movie.

and that’s why it’s perfect for a Friday after doing Laundry.

just so you know.

what have you seen recently?

links-to-trailers-please!

*looks_out_the_window*

oh, glorious.

hello, saturday.

 

and all our clothes are freshly washed.

delicious.

studio lots, lavender and 1920s murals.

darlings

there are a Lot of photographs in this Post….

wait – hold on.

*counts*

sixteen, actually.

and we are really Not Sure how to tie them all together neatly, in one post.

*concerned_look*

do you have some tea?

we’re just going to make some.

of course.

see you in a moment……

*dashes_off_to_kitchenette*

okay.

here we go.

*might* well be a tiny bit rambling……a lot happened today (in a good way – we are Very much in an Action Mode you see) – shan’t be talking Specifics (always best to wait until things reveal themselves in due course – must not rush – anything – all in good time as they used to say – when was that?)

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so we were in the Valley (still Los Angeles, not Wales) this morning – bright n early – and this street always makes us wonder if the writer of Moonlighting lived here in the 1980sOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAone never must be too busy to stop and admire dew on a flower.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor how blue, blue, blue the sky is. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhile the clouds float gently atop of the trees like cotton wool in a Movie Starlet’s glass jar in the tiny bathroom (with pale lemon tile exactly like That at Chateau Marmont) in the apartment on North Sweetzer that she shares with the typist from Paramount.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwe did a double-take too. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAah. even in the Valley they like to quote Miss Woolf. 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwanna be actors were Everywhere today – or are people in Los Angeles just pre-naturally good looking?

is that a chicken and egg sort of a conundrum thingy?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAonce forgotten ads for citrus get re-painted and make one smile when pulling into outdoor parking lots.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAmoments between meetings are always splendidly filled by popping into an emporium of stuff-donated-by-other-people

what’s that?

gosh.

no.

we can’t sew.

the one term (semester, for American friends) that they told us to do needle-work everyone made a nice pie-frill blouse (Lady Di days) and we ran up (badly) a pair of peachy-rose baby doll PJs with shorts (elasticated, small pearl button as we recall) and wore them to sleepovers at people’s houses much to the Amusement of Friends’ parents (who bought their pre-teen daughters nicer camomile lawn strewn Laura Ashley full length nightgowns – it was Clear that we didn’t grow up on that side of the purchasing tracks).

thereafter we did Latin.

which means we can read newspapers in Italy.

yes, we think that’s glorious too.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAthe lavender is in bloom (incongruously in the driveways to rental car lots). 

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talking of Lots.

here is The Lot.

(now they’ve become all dotcom-lower-case to      t h e   l o t)

why were we There (at the lot)?

good question. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAto which we cannot divulge the answer. 

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because we were told Not to.

*sighs*

yes.

we took the pictures and *squealed* at the United Artists stonework too. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdo you know the History of the lot or The Lot as it once was?

FASCINATING. 

Around 1918, Jesse D. Hampton built a simple film studio at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and Formosa Avenue. Little did he know that his small studio would be passed to some of the greatest influences in film, including Charlie Chaplin, Mary Pickford, Douglas Fairbanks, and Sam Goldwyn.

In 1947, looked what they filmed here! (if you can’t see this Transmission in your Territory, ask mr. google’s cousin there to give you “Bishop’s Wife, trailer” – you’re most welcome).

now we SAW The Bishop’s Wife with Miss Vickie Lester and the Mister (was it Christmas Eve? we think it might have been or just before that) and – in another Hollywood twist-ette – the staff at the Egyptian told us to Look Up as the original ceiling that Miss Mary Pickford and Mr. Charles Chaplin would have seen is still there. and they would most probably have been sitting near each other – or to one side of Mr. D. Fairbanks – as they all ran – yes – you guessed it – United Artists together – which was – keep up children – at the Studio Lot that is now called “the lot”.

phew.

do you know another place where Miss Pickford probably enjoyed a libation or two?

it’s right opposite what was her Studio and is called Formosa Cafe*

*rather more of a Bar because when we asked for coffee they paused for effect and went off to brew some, it’s not like many people ask for it, even at 4PM in the afternoon, darlings.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAdo you know what Formosa means?

it’s a Portuguese word that means “beautiful island” and was what the Portuguese called Taiwan. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand the Formosa Cafe has a gloriously inspiring Mural.

we can’t recall if Taiwan had a mural.

we have been.

but not recently.

as you see there were Lots of things that all twisted (prettily) Together in this Post and one could (loosely) assume it was about Hollywood (with the lot and all) or Not.

perhaps it was just about a day where lots was achieved.

on the lot.

*looksintomiddledistance*

 

inky twilight and indigo dawn and a poem from mr. A.E

darlings

there was an inky twilight last night –

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When the unquiet hours depart
And far away their tumults cease,
Within the twilight of the heart
We bathe in peace, are stilled with peace.

The fire that slew us through the day
For angry deed or sin of sense
Now is the star and homeward ray
To us who bow in penitence.

We kiss the lips of bygone pain
And find a secret sweet in them:
The thorns once dripped with shadowy rain
Are bright upon each diadem.

Ceases the old pathetic strife,
The struggle with the scarlet sin:
The mad enchanted laugh of life
Tempts not the soul that sees within.

No riotous and fairy song
Allures the prodigals who bow
Within the home of law, and throng
Before the mystic Father now,

Where faces of the elder years,
High souls absolved from grief and sin,
Leaning from our ancestral spheres
Beckon the wounded spirit in.

George William Russell (‘A. E.’) 1867-1935

549ae2d0b4eb11e3a9a012b4cf9f5219_8and then – up again – before the sun – driving East into the indigo dawn – another day begins.

gosh.

that was Rather Profound.

well.

we can be.

may you (also) live in interesting times.

(adorable) *wink* to (hmmm, let’s see) #camera4

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.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAand Trains are Awfully Tempting.

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?

 

roses, tea and furry friends.

darlings

no words.

just pictures today.

there is still Much to do.

but we wanted to leave a visual record of a most intriguing day before we get back to being Busy (and productive) once more….

ready?

here we go:

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thanks to Miss Vickie Lester and the Mister for the splendid tea interlude that happened in the middle of the afternoon….

and we did enjoy the deer crossing the road  – did you spot them? (no, love, the giraffe were fake – we didn’t take a detour to the Zoo – not today – plus Zoo Drive is closed for some sort of Repairs – we did consider it).

apparently Deer symbolize Artemis, new Beginnings – and other enticing alluring adventures.

gosh.

 

 

a sunday spring clean with monsieur proust.

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some spring cleaning was in Order.

newtgbackgroundspring2014a new background for teamgloria.com

(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………

ta da! the thank-you-for-buying-a-copy-wherever-you-are-in-the-world video is Here.

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we couldn’t resist. 

we just HAD to make a video to celebrate the virtual tour of the book in its first 30 days of sales to say Thank You To Everyone for buying one.

may we also say sorry to those who held up copies and sent us delicious pictures but didn’t make the Final Cut?

*panic_look_to_camera*

we had So much great material that we couldn’t use it all but we really REALLY are most grateful for all your sightings and hashtag applications thereupon (#howtostaysaneinacrazyworld just in case you’d forgotten – if that were at all possible).

ready for the Viewing?

you are so very sweet.

*winninglooktocamera3*

CREDITS:

1. goodhousekeeping.co.uk
2. VickieLester.com
3. hayhouse.com
4. Milan: www.elisabettaferrari.com/
5. South Africa: http://rookiewino.wordpress.com/
6. L.A: http://georgesnyder.org/
7. NZ: http://silkannthreades.wordpress.com/
8. The Marguerite, Whitstable: http://instagram.com/sophieandthebeachhut
9. Austria: http://www.herzpiratin.wordpress.com/
10. Berlin: http://threetimesyes.wordpress.com/
11. Korea: http://seoulflaneur.wordpress.com/
12. Switzerland: http://instagram.com/ein_blicke
13. Essex St Pleasure Gardens: http://instagram.com/wg1969
14. sophie (bella in manhattan)
15. dad (toby in portugal) :-)
16. http://instagram.com/rhaydenla (diego in west hollywood)
17. olga (victoria)
18. http://instagram.com/ms_debb (marlo)

*sighs_happily*

isn’t life completely delicious?