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moomintroll midsummer

I have survived Patsington's sister's wedding, which was absolutely lovely and great fun, although very tiring, as weddings usually are. We did the music for the service, which was slightly nervewracking, but it all worked out. I've probably eaten enough food over the last few days to feed a small family for a week, though. The reception itself was in a gorgeous and fancy hotel in Laois, in which we were all staying, so yesterday morning Patsington and I woke up to breakfast in bed before opening the door of our room and strolling directly out into a walled rose garden. The whole place was like a Disney version of the country - a nest of baby housemartins in the eves of the courtyard, a surreally cute puppy waddling around, prancing ponies - it was all very idyllic and it was hard to tear ourselves away and come back to Dublin. On the plus side, I took Monday off work so I don't have to go back to the real world for a few days.

I plan to amuse myself by today (a) shopping for jeans - actually, wait, that's not really amusing, that's head-wrecking. I tried on a pair of Earnest jeans last week, which fitted absolutely perfectly at the hips but turned into baggy jodhpurs (I may be exaggerating slightly) around the knees - yes, like all well-made, ridiculously expensive jeans, they only come in one leg size - very tall. And as they are carefully cut, this means that they don't start to narrow in for the knee until somewhere down my calves, hence the bagginess round my actual knees . I should add that I'm 5'2", which is short but hardly freakshow material, so I don't see why it should be so hard to find jeans designed for my midgety size, especially at those prices. But it is. Maybe all rich people are tall? I don't know. But any recommendations for decent jeans for the short will be gratefully received.

As well as jean-shopping, I will be showing my face at the Pro-Choice demo at the Central Bank (two o'clock, pro-choice Dubliners!) before returning to watch the Dr Who finalé. I can't WAIT, even though after tonight we won't have any more Dr Who for months and months and months. I will have to console myself by reading the absolutely amazing Tove Jansson books I got sent last week - I heard Ali Smith enthusing about her on Woman's Hour the other week and called in the new editions from the publishers (I did actually write a piece about them, I might add). I only knew (and loved) the Moomins, and had no idea that she'd written books for adults too, but she had, and they're great. I particularly loved Fair Play, a fairly autobiographical book about an elderly writer and artist who lives with her partner, a woman who is also an artist, and their creative adventures. It's funny, and wise, and beautifully written and I really loved it; I'm now reading The Summer Book, the only one of her adult novels which was actually published in English when it came out. Sort Of Books also sent me their reissues of two Moomin picture books, which I LOVE, not least because one of them (Who Will Comfort Toffle?) has one of the best titles ever. I strongly recommend all of them, and I'm planning to look for some of the Moomins books in Chapters this afternoon.

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nwhyte
Jun. 30th, 2007 11:51 am (UTC)
I read The Summer Book a while back, and really loved it. Must look out for the others.
zoje_george
Jun. 30th, 2007 02:33 pm (UTC)
You sound like you're Vietnamese sized. What size jeans do you wear in Levi's? Actually, I can get lots of different types of jeans here, including D&G genuine and fake.
khalinche
Jun. 30th, 2007 06:19 pm (UTC)
It has been way too long since I reread a Moomintroll book, but I did have The Summer Book shoved my way by my mother a while ago and we both love it. It's a great book in general, but especially if you grew up in the country and spent most of your summers pootling about a shoreline.

I tried on a pair of jeans in Oxford yesterday and was disappointed to find the legs were so long as to cover all of my foot and then have a few inches spare overlapping my toe. And they had the shortest leg length in the shop.
socmot
Jun. 30th, 2007 08:02 pm (UTC)
Great to see you at the Central Bank today, thanks to you and the other 170 or so who came out, it was a great event!
maju01
Jul. 1st, 2007 12:51 am (UTC)
I'm going to start looking for Tove Jansson's adult books immediately!
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