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Things that are making me happy....

Georgette Heyer books. Nothing is better on a rainy day than curling up on the couch with a Georgette Heyer and a big cup of tea, preferably while listening to the album further down on this list.

My favourite wooly winter jumper, which I would happily wear every day if that didn't mean constant handwashing of it.

Vashti Bunyan's Just Another Diamond Day, which I am practically listening to on a loop these days.

Proper imported bagels with M&S smoked salmon and cream cheese sandwich filler.

Patience the sock monkey and her monkey pals (the latter of whom will be given to their new homes at Christmas)

Knitting my pink and red piratical tea cosy (which is nearly finished!)

My new frock (although why do I keep shopping for clothes in M&S? Am I turning into my mother?!).


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Dec. 1st, 2004 12:23 pm (UTC)
Please explain Georgette Heyer to me.

Mmmmmmm. Salmon and cream cheese. Mmmmmmm.
Dec. 1st, 2004 12:34 pm (UTC)
Explain her appeal or explain who she is? I'll try both! She's an English writer who wrote loads of rather witty, totally fluffy historical novels from the '30s to the '60s which basically invented the "regency romance" genre. Of course, on this side of the Atlantic we don't have the American romance industry, so she's the only regency romance novelist we know of! They're books that almost every girl read in their teens - including my mother's generation - and they're perfect comfort reading. She's actually a pretty good and sometimes funny writer, so they're enjoyable on more than a mindless fluff level. Here's a comprehensive fansite - and here's the Chicklit forum thread!

Marks and Spencer's salmon and cream cheese filler is the greatest thing ever. It's in a pot, and it's gorgeous fresh smoked salmon mixed with creamy creamy soft cheese and some lemon juice and pepper - the most beautiful food in the world, I think I could live on it.
Dec. 1st, 2004 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

So, if you were to recommend a book by Georgette Heyer to me, which one would it be?

Also, come to Seattle, you can get salmon and cream cheese spread just about everywhere and it's not at import prices!
Dec. 1st, 2004 02:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, the spread isn't imported - it's just Marks and Spencer, and only costs about 2.50 for a tub. Freakishly, it's the bagels that are imported! What are sold here and in the UK as bagels are more often just stupid round baps with a hole in the middle, but there are a few place that sell proper bagels imported from New York - I buy a big batch every so often and stick most of them in the freezer until they're needed. They're actually pretty cheap, but I love being in a place where real bagels are sold everywhere. One more reason for me to go to Seattle!

As for Georgette Heyer, I strongly recommend Sprig Muslin - it's very charming and funny - Arabella, and Cotillion. They're all in print in the US too, so you should be able to find them very easily in the romance section of any big bookshop.
Dec. 1st, 2004 02:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you again!

Do not come to Seattle for Bagels. Any bagel made west of the Mississippi is bad. Just bad.

Johnny Trash won't eat them, and neither will I.

Our pizza sucks too.
Dec. 2nd, 2004 01:15 am (UTC)
For what it's worth, I found 'Sprig Muslin' a bit below average. When introducing a friend to GH, I bought her 'These Old Shades' and 'Sylvester'. I would have bought her 'Venetia', only I thought that would spoil her for the other books, and 'Devil's Cub', except that it's the sequel to 'These Old Shades'. I also loved 'Regency Buck' (which Germaine Greer sneers at in 'The Female Eunuch'). But of course, that's all subjective and personal. And I loved 'Cotillion' and 'Arabella'.
Dec. 2nd, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)
I'm currently reading RB and really enjoying it - much more 'plot' than most of the GHs I've read so far.
Dec. 2nd, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Okay, I'll keep all of this in mind when I go digging around in the used bookstore this weekend.

Dec. 2nd, 2004 09:55 am (UTC)
My first was The Grand Sophy, which I loved.
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Dec. 1st, 2004 01:39 pm (UTC)
We more or less survived on a steady diet of Georgette Heyer and the sublime Victoria Holt in high school -- the way they were passed around the boarding house and swapped for other titles you would have thought they were far more salacious.
Dec. 1st, 2004 02:14 pm (UTC)
We were all obsessed with them in school too - although ours was a day school. The copies in the school library were all worn to shreds.
Dec. 1st, 2004 03:05 pm (UTC)
Oh, just in case you don't see it in the comments on my praise of pescana post, you need this.
Dec. 1st, 2004 03:18 pm (UTC)
Vashti Bunyan's Just Anothing Diamond Day, which I am practically listening to on a loop these days.

There isn't enough "oh my god!" in the world to encompass my surprise - the girlie is also obsessed with that album, having recently rediscovered it after last being obsessed with it as a PhD student in the early 70s (when she discovered an unlabelled tape copy in her fish research lab in St Andrews). And - she emailed Vashti Bunyan, who turns out to live in the next street to us! Coincidences abound.
Dec. 1st, 2004 03:24 pm (UTC)
Good Lord! How bizarre! Especially about Vashti Bunyan living around the corner from you. That's insane. Did you meet her?

I discovered the album thanks to the recommendation of a friend who shares my freakish love of late '60s/early '70s English folk (well, it's not so freakish in my case, as my dad is a big fan so I was brought up on Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, which could be why I find it such comfort music now). My folk-loving chum lives in Cornwall, and she has promised to one day take me to the Bodmin Folk Club.
Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:24 am (UTC)
As further evidence of our Hive Mind, I give you the fact that I bought a copy of this album while I was in San Francisco last month! It is, indeed, fab.

I notice that she is currently being championed by Devendra Banhart (sp.?), some of whose CDs I also bought, and who you might also like. I saw him last year playing support to Michael Gira in (of all places) Doyles pub....
Dec. 2nd, 2004 06:58 am (UTC)
Wow, really? I must share all this info with the girlie, who is always needing more proof of the total reasonableness of my imaginary friends.

And, no, I never met Vashti myself, but the girlie went for a drink with her, and perhaps if you were over here, stellanova, you could too!
Dec. 2nd, 2004 03:30 am (UTC)
Wah! Can't see your frock! The M&S site says that it is unavailable.

Describe it to me and I'll have a look in the shop on the way home...
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