*117* postcards from Japan, Kyoto (part 2)

More Kyoto. More temples. Frankly, it’s all about them… oh and the geisha too… So after the Fushimi Inari shrine/amazing red torii gate experience we headed back to the hotel for breakfast and then out again for more: first up this one, dedicated it seems to a while boar. No English description (and why should […]

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*116* postcards from Japan, Kyoto (part 1)

Kyoto is magical. President Truman, when choosing a target for the first atomic bomb discarded Kyoto because he’d spent his honeymoon there and loved it so much. It was for century the old capital of Japan (before to move to Tokyo a couple of century ago. It houses 1700 temples and shrines. It will capture […]

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*90* recap

Can’t believe it’s been a week. It was a busy week, ‘to be fairs’ (teenage lingo… stick with me)… culminated with me sleeping three hours Saturday afternoon and then 12 hours straight that night. I just can’t hack it anymore. ok, let’s see if I can remember it all… I went to see this movie […]

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*52* A room of one’s own

‘A room of one’s own’ by Virginia Woolf Yup another one of hers. Just as famous so I’m not going to discuss it in too much details because, heck, it’s early and I haven’t had any breakfast which means the brain is not quite in gear… and so many words have been written about it […]

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*3* new year, new cushion

… because you can never, ever, have enough cushions. Fact. The central block, formed by the nine granny squares slip stitched together is another one from the big bunch I was gifted a few years ago… and it’s not the last one either. I think most of the yarn that was used is acrylic… the […]

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– 2018/186 – poetry Monday

Non-combatants (by Evelyn Underhill) Never of us be said That we reluctant stood As sullen children, and refused to dance To the keen pipe that sounds across the fields of France. Though shrill the note and wild, Though hard the steps and slow, The dancing floor defiled, The measure full of woe, And dread The […]

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– 2018/167 – music Friday

Something a little different today…  last night I went to a classical concert in Birmingham at the Symphony Hall.  It was fabulous. They played Beethoven 7th Symphony which was amazing… he is my favourite classical composer and the second movement of this piece is simply magical. Make yourself a cup of tea and sit down. […]

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– 2018/153 – 48 years of books (1984)

Hotel du Lac (Anita Brookner) I can’t believe that nobody had ever suggested this book to me before… why??  It is simply brilliant.  Not in a shout out brilliant, but in a modest, subtle, elegant way brilliant.  Yes, it’s an elegant book, that’s it. Edith writes romantic novels under a pseudonym but her life is […]

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– 2018/142 – FoQ 2018, Shizuko Kuroha

This week it’s going to be a quilt party around here…  I’ve taken a lot of photographs yesterday and I want to share with you all that caught my eye.  Also, believe me when I say that not a lot is going on behind the scene if you discount school shopping and normal holiday life […]

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– 2018/137 – music Friday

I’m off to Italy for the weekend to see family. Alone. Feeling giddy and slightly giddy in equal measure. (as a child I used to love the movies with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis… and we chose Dean’s song “that’s Amore” as our wedding song.  I’m ever so fond of the old crooner)

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