Awful but cheerful

just when we're old enough to do these things, we have to go and turn sensible

As Mary Margaret O'Hara sang: The aim is joy.

Or, as Veda Hille sang: And so what do they want / the good people /
do they want what you got? / what you give them? /
well here you go
abandon, alexander calder, alice munro, amitie amoureuse, amy bloom, anne carson, art and design, arvo pärt, avoiding eye contact, being a weekday lodger, being vegetarian, books, boutiques of all sorts, canada, carmine starnino, caroline bird, cathedrals, cats, clarity, collected poems, commuting, correct or incorrect predictions, diana athill, drawing, dylan thomas, east oxford, editing, editorial, elizabeth bishop, english country gardens, eric gill, erik satie, escaping from the city, escaping to the city, everything you need, ezra pound, falling in love, falling in love again, feminism, festivals, fog and mist, frugal luxury, gardens, hard work, i capture the castle, imaginary decisions, impeccable timing, interior deco, intimate friendships, j.h. prynne, james fenton, japanese food, jean leloup, jeanette winterson, jocelyn brooke, john fahey, jolie holland, jonathan safran foer, kissing, love, making eye contact, margaret laurence, mary margaret o'hara, michael ondaatje, morrissey, narrowboats, neal cassady, night swimming, night walks, nouvelle vague, orchids, oxford, parks, paul auster, philip larkin, photography, picnics, poetry, publishing, quakerism, reading biographies in bed, reading novels on trains, room of my own, self-consciousness, shopping for books, staying alive, sweetness in the belly, swimming, tea, the electricity of touch, the magnetic fields, the military orchid, the smiths, thunder & lightning, trashy magazines, two blue lights, ulterior motives, vancouver, veda hille, vintage, walking, whimsy, wild gardens, winter coats, words, writing, writing book reviews