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idler living in new york
Interests: history, italy, books, morocco, animals, gardening
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Must try the Cazalet chronicles - never really liked Kingsley Amis - so was put off poor EJH but should give her a try. You are the busiest and best organized reader I have ever encountered. I'm rereading Middlemarch which is a delight - but will take ages. Recently loved Margarita Lasky's Little Boy Lost. Just downloaded Sigrid McCrea's story about hr German mother... Anyway, happy Thanksgiving and HAPPY READING!
A Blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving with your family Stateside. You seem to have captured the spirit of the times! I feel that for many of us the original impulse of blogging - to reach out to likeminded friends- has waned a little. We are still ourselves - still creative and searching. Not sure where we are focusing that energy now. I know that I'm loving posting pictures for family and friends on Instagram (biffwix). I keep my list pretty short. Would love to share with you. Hugs and happy travels!
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"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness..." Creeper aglow on the seminary wall and more of the same and more and more. A last rose photographed on Veterans' Day. The seminary itself looking spooky... not to mention the contents of a garbage pail spotted this morning. On a cheerier note a still life at home. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2014 at The World Examining Works
I have heard of this book and now need to read it!
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2014 on "I Read as much as I Dare." at A Work in Progress
Happy fall! I manage to love rain - we had lots of it yesterday and I had new rain boots and it was mild so the dog and I had fun. Do hope things are going well with you. Hugs for a wonderful weekend!
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Im afraid Troy is a bounder! tel 917 601 1530 To:
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2014 on November Reading Notes at A Work in Progress
Dear Em, Yes, I felt a bit guilty giggling at pain....but it was a bit over the top and batty!
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2014 on Oh dear! at The World Examining Works
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Am finding TheEmperors Tomb much slighter than Radetsky and redoing many of the same themes. Do listen to the actual march (music!) I found I knew it well! Took me ages to get into Madding the first time - theusual sort of wonderful Hardy - people trapped by their circumstances...or stars.... tel 917 601 1530 To:
Toggle Commented Nov 6, 2014 on November Reading Notes at A Work in Progress
22 books seems a bit daunting! Good luck ! I'm a big Joseph Roth fan. The Radestsky March is probably his most important book. I've read it twice. Am currently reading The Emperor's Tomb which sorts of follows it. Far from the madding Crowd is a splendid read. HAPPY NOVEMBER!
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2014 on November Reading Notes at A Work in Progress
While wandering round St.Agnes' convent in Prague, where there is a most splendid collection of International Gothic art, I was struck by the number of most gruesome martyrdoms and the buckets of blood. Yesterday was Halloween. Herewith a few samples... Tears of blood... An unfortunate way to an Edward Gorey sort of way. What do you expect if you kneel right underneath? Looking rather stoical with a nail through the head. Who can He be talking to on his cell phone? Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2014 at The World Examining Works
I'm afraid I'm teasing about the prize! I have no idea what the poster really means -yes, definitely Adam and Eve - but the white coated (evil?) doctor and the woman at the top.Totally batty!
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We were enchanted by Wes Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel - a wonderful, over the top extravaganza of a movie - a mishmash of Mitteleuropa, 20th century history and who knows what else. So we set out in search of somerthing somewhat similar... Prague not Budapest - and not this building (the hotel in the movie was an artificial construct after all). Anyway it should have had a facade like this... But it did have very tall windows. though she graces another hotel of the period. Such splendid Egyptianate tiles in the hall not to mention in the dining room where... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at The World Examining Works
The Czech National Gallery was an amazing treat because it contained so much that was unfamiliar to me - lots and lots of artists I'd never heard of before - particularly 19th century Czech ones. There are also a couple of outstanding Klimts. The whole place is huge. I started gathering a collection of dark gems. Herewith a sampling: All Soul's Day - I think she is on her way to lay a wreath at the cemetery. She is tending to the battle-wounded, while Miss Ballgown presides over the chaos. Oh no! A traffic accident... Dead, you know... Beware the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2014 at The World Examining Works
I think my favorite Pym is Jane and Prudence - but loved them all. I read Miss Buncle in India - and left it there (who knows who read it after me!) Read Miss Buncle Married in Prague - where I think youve been? Prague was quite wonderful, magical, friendly and very slightly dark too. My husbands ancestral land. He had never been there before. tel 917 601 1530 To:
Add me to the Pym fan club. She has been much neglected. I read her letters and/or diaries somewhere and was most impressed. Utterly readable and very good on her non-stellar love life as a young woman....and her life in general. Am currently reading Miss Buncle Married - a charming fantasy.
Dear Sarah, Google plus us awful....I think I got off it - with difficulty....! So glad to her from you!
Toggle Commented Oct 3, 2014 on Early Fall at The World Examining Works
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A Sunday walk round the neighbothood with rather a romantic filter -but 21st street is very pretty. Everything rather overgrown near my favorite house. Foliage - as usual. Windows... Pee-gee hydrangea - good to dry - then it bits drop all over the place. Yesterday morning and looking forward to getting away for a week - see the little aeroplane over London Terrace. Still reading Arctic Summer and loving it, Posted at 07:20 AM in Gardening, Nature, New York | Permalink | Comments (0) Reblog (0) Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at The World Examining Works
Love and best wishes! Enjoy your peaceful 'down-time'!
Toggle Commented Sep 26, 2014 on Pause... at A Life of Joy
What gorgeous paintings - very ethereal and lovely. Yes, the soft color pallatte is a delight. Warmest early fall wishes, dear Tracy!
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2014 on Dreamscapes at A Life of Joy
I think you are quite right not to be on Facebook which is a stupendous time waster and hideous to look at -horrible layout and ads etc etc but good for checking up on acquaintances sometimes.... For visuals to a very a limited audience of family and friends I use Instagram. Mary Russell sounds wonderful! We are off to Prague next week which should be fascinating. I'm currently reading Arctic Summer a novel about EM Forster that I thought I would think hokey and awful and discover is really well done. Happy reading!
Toggle Commented Sep 23, 2014 on A Monday Mishmash at A Work in Progress
Rather a random selection of photos today - The season of roof gardening is winding down - but some little snippets from up there from last week I'm drying the orange cosmos seeds for next year's crop. The yellow things are dill flowers. More of the same. Edible flowers from Union Square - pretty but I'm not convinced about eating them... A sunflower head drying to same the seeds Gretchen with her feet in sunshine Percy from upstairs sitting in his wooden bowl and last a poster that had been glued up all ridgy. Abandoned reading Karl Ove Knausgard's My... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at The World Examining Works
Dear EB, for some reason I'm missing you! - and you splendid eye. As soon as the hip is done and recovered from, you MUST come to New York. Have you seen BobbieBeth's flower mandelas on Mondays on Instagram? I'm loving Instagram but rather limit my contacts as some people post every single thing they see....
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Your new rocker looks the ideal place to relax and read. do have lots and lots of books. Your updates are a great improvement. I always think the gray backs of Persephones look very inviting! Happy weekend ahead -time to read!
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2014 on DIY . . . Before & After at A Work in Progress
This is - ultimately - good news! Hoping all goes wonderfully well! oxoxox
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Sending love and greetings and loving your work as ever! oxox
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