Published July 15, 2014
We went to a lovely garden nearby, at an estate called Hampstead. Lovely place to walk.
This photo was taken from a hillside that overlooks a patchwork of plantings. I think volunteers must work doublet time to fill these in every year. But it’s a lovely postage stamp effect from above.
Published July 13, 2014
Tags: garden inspirations, hostas
The early morning beauty of hostas, nodding gently on stalks. Even when they’re right next to the street, they’re wonderful to look at in the early morning sunshine, before the day fades their colors.
From the elegant cover of a woman in a red dress walking into a darkened room (a photo from the Condé Nast Archive) to the introduction of Grace Munroe, this novel provides a layered feeling, as though there’s more under the “layers” of the main character’s narrative. I spent much of my time wondering who Eva d’Orsay and why she left an inheritance to someone she didn’t know in London. The moment Grace gets the letter from the lawyers, complete with airline tickets to Paris, my brain was abuzz wondering what one should/could do in 1950s London if offered a mysterious bequest. And also, I wondered even more who the “perfume collector” actually was. The story takes one from Jazz Age to WWII and back to the 1950s — all in the pursuit of the motives and the story of the mysterious Eva.
If anyone else has read it, do you also wish there had been a “scratch ‘n sniff” section to the book, so one could smell the scents described? Or do you think it is better off to “wonder” which perfumes in real life the writer was alluding to?
Leaf lace baby hat
I’m in the process of knitting the Feather and Fan cabled cowl, just finished off a few baby hats for charity… and wonder why I’m picking up so much knitting. Possibly because the concert I’ve been prepping for since December was finished last Saturday. And now, things feel a bit empty. Being surrounded by a composer’s dream is kind of weird and overwhelming. And now I want to sing the whole piece again, to see if it’s the same.
So, I’m knitting. The hat on the left was called “Leaf Hat”, and its for a 2- to 3-month old. It was in the March 2014 Newsletter from Carewear Volunteers Inc.
Our LGBTS community chorus did the premiere of a new piece of music by Nathan Hall (I am in Love with the World), and now I’m sorting out my feelings about it. It was like 40 of my friends all chose to go out on a vocal tightrope, and trust that we were singing the music the way the composer wanted, based on the thoughts of our director, who had only heard the notes played on piano/electric keyboard. It’s based on Maurice Sendak’s words (not his creations), and many of us are fans of his work — The Night Kitchen, Where the Wild Things Are. So we wanted to do justice to his life with an amazing 15 minutes of song. Continue reading ‘Thoughts after singing a premiere work in concert’
Published June 1, 2014
Tags: art, audio books, book, books, city life, commuting, Faithful place, flowers, French, kids art, libraries, literature, local library, reading, rocking libraries, Tana French
The local library has a kids program, and there are seasonal art projects. For Spring/Summer, they painted flowers on cardboard or cardstock with tempura paints. Each flower is about the height of a 5th grader. I never see this library without kids being involved, or teenagers writing papers on the public computer for school, or providing outreach to people who are job searching or doing family history searches. (Go awesome librarians and library!) I get so much joy out of walking over there to browse the books, and find out the latest technological thing that I can do (download “books on tape” to an iPhone, iPod, or another similar device). Note I said “books on tape”… heh.
I do find myself reading lots of things I wouldn’t normally have bought from Amaz*n or a bookstore. And I do love audio books for when I’m driving. I have a huge Ken Follett book that I can’t wait to stick in the CD player on Monday, once my Irish mystery is done (Faithful Place, by Tana French – grim, dark, yet interesting, mostly because the voice on the audiobook beguiled me into liking a police procedural with lots of messy family details and shifting loyalties). So, any other books I should look for on CD to keep my commute interesting, or me knitting along? Anyone else have a fabulous little library?