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idler living in new york
Interests: history, italy, books, morocco, animals, gardening
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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....
Toggle Commented Aug 7, 2014 on medicine wheel at Be... Dream... Play...
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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
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on walk with me at Be... Dream... Play...
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Sending love and greetings and loving your work as ever! oxox
Toggle Commented Aug 3, 2014 on how many moons? at Be... Dream... Play...
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I really am very ignorant about Dutch literature. This needs to be remedied Eline Vere seems to be the best place to start from your suggestions. Raining here. A good reading day!
Wouldn't be the beach without the silly seagulls. One once grabbed Robert's sandwich right out of his hand! He was comically furious! Have a glorious August ox tel 917 601 1530 > To:
Toggle Commented Aug 1, 2014 on Long Island at The World Examining Works
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Yup, seagulls are really so funny. And yes, we really need them in beach scenes. Hope summer is gorgeous in Maine.
Toggle Commented Jul 31, 2014 on Long Island at The World Examining Works
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I don't really like seagulls. They are large and beady eyed and steal your food if they possibly can. However you have to admire their moxie. Not a bad fate - standing around in shimmering water. Lori's hydrangeas took quite a battering last endless, freezing, horrid winter so she chopped them back fiercely and now they've returned with a vengeance. Barn red is a classic foil for green. Ah, summer! Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2014 at The World Examining Works
Such beautiful head coverings. I'm sort of agnostic about covering my hair - hats fidget me no end even though I knit them. We all have different spiritual paths to follow - may grace follow you on your journey.
Toggle Commented Jul 28, 2014 on Veiling woman's offering at A Life of Joy
Barbara Pym is always a winner with such super evocative little details. Jane and Prudence is a treat in store for you!
Two books that spring to mind that are cold, cold, cold are Tess of the Durbervilles (the opening scenes) and the brilliant A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch. On a more cheerful note, a lovely scene in Jane and Prudence (Barbara Pym) where a night is spent in a 1950's vicarage .....and the guest ends up putting her coat and the rug from the floor on the bed...
I have read her fascinating diaries and highly recommend them. Such a mind and such a life so sadly short. A really interesting post!
So gorgeous. Happy midsummer indeed!
Toggle Commented Jul 18, 2014 on Suppose I say summer... at A Life of Joy
Margaret, So thrilled you like the photo of Mall House/Fairleighy Lodge drawing room - my grandparents' house. Photo shot in about 1952 when the house was about to be sold. So quintessentially English, and, if looked at carefully, a little bit shabby with too short curtains - but there are flowers and books and family photos. The Victorian water colors were inherited by my father.