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July 26, 2011


Gin Ho

Dear Alicia,
After following you silently for years(4? 5?), I gradually realise that aside from your lovely crafts, what keeps me returning is your writing.

You add an ethereal aura to the little things you see. I come here (from Singapore) to view the world through your beautiful lenses, be it your crafts, pictures or your writing....

Mary Ann

So beautifully written and the images so evocative of that place and moment....

Mary Kaeding

I couldn't agree more. I read Howard;s End in college - and have re-read it several times since - it is SO true and affecting.

Thanks for a lovely post.

Mary in MN


Gosh you're poetic. I know about scenes (and narratives that you make about scenes) that fire up your imagination and stay with you. Not everyone works like us though. Most people (sadly for them) don't actually "see" and certainly aren't affected.

I went on a work trip to Singapore a few years ago and sat absolutely enraptured at the Raffles Hotel, the lazily turning ceiling fans, the white linen, dark mahogany balustrades and brass fittings, imagining the after image, of long white dresses and gloves, waxed mustaches, pith helmets and fob watches. Tales of adventure and intrigue (Somerset Maugham-esque)...everyone with me thought I was mad.

Lisa G.

Yes, yes. I never saw "Howard's End". But just today I was remembering "Brideshead Revisited", and the beautiful sound of Jeremy Irons' voice at the beginning of each episode, speaking about "the gillyflowers" and there was something about it that was way beyond what the program was actually about. That English atmosphere, I guess.

But I also have to say that your Swedish quilt has a similar effect on me. Something about it.

Your photos show a wonderful summetime place of relaxation, which is hopefully what it is.


this is such a gorgeous post. thank you!

Teresa Kasner

Love the "stills" and your thoughts.. I know I saw Howard's End, but now I want to revisit it. Love reading your thoughts...

Shelley Noble

What a post, Alicia! Man, you must have some incredible fiction inside of you wanting to emerge as books of your own? Lovely prose.


i love to read anything you write...and now i have another book to add to my list. beautiful, beautiful, bEUtiful!! xo

I am soooo happy I visited your blog today! Thank you for the imagery...beautiful...


Summertime...just so peaceful, isn't it?

Jenn in Seattle

Thank you, what a lovely post this is, as so many of yours are. I think as a child I was likely to see and be moved by little lovely things more than now in middle age. I like appreciating the details through your eyes, it takes me back I guess, but also forward.

I am adding "Howard's End" to my list of books to read, and perhaps it is time to watch the movie again too. Thank you for the reminder.

Natalie V2

Thank you. Because you open your thoughts, let us in... thank you. You enrich my life.

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Marcy in California

Gin Ho, above, spoke my thoughts completely! The way you think and write keeps me coming back every day for more. You are a lovely person. Thank you.


this post really got to me because that scene affected me the same way. it was just so beautiful, and so true. i don't know how to explain it as well as you do, but i totally get what you mean. and i love the book, too.

ara jane

oh, this is just beautiful. thank you for this!


Gorgeous post. As a long time E M Forster / Merchant Ivory fan I also love both the book and film adaptation of Howards End. I could empathise with every word you write.


i love the i'm going to read the book...someday ;-) beautiful post. xo

suzanne b.

Today I was reading about JRR Tolkien's ideas on what good fantasy writing should do to the reader. He said that the sense of wonder it (a "secondary world") brings should be "not a discovering of the exotic, but a recovery of the familiar." In other words, that it helps give us a clear view of the things in our own, real (primary) world, without taint. So that in the fantasy world, we should be as excited about a dog as we are a dragon, and then maybe when we come back to our real world, we're excited about dogs again.

I'm doing a lousy job of explaining it, and it's not really that complicated or esoteric, but I think this has something to do with your dandelions puffs and seed pods.


Lovely, lyrical a painting really.


This is a lovely post. I know exactly what you mean, you have really evoked that feeling of recognition.
(I don't want to break the spell but you might be interested in Zadie White's appreciation of Forster in the NY Review of Books. This is a good read in a chatty and not too nerdy way; 'E.M. Forster Middle Manager'. It's also in her anthology)

Kathleen Dooly Bourne

Alicia: Truly a delightful post--both text and photographs. The rain is absolutely pouring down here and both text and words have taken me away from the gloom (although excellent for the garden). Thank you.

Question: In the sixth photo, there are hostas and beautiful dark pink flowers. A beautiful photo. Just wondering if the flowers are flocks. If not, what would they be?

Thank you

Jodi Anderson

What a lovely bunch of stills!

Speaking of delightful period pieces, I just watched Gosford Park for the first time two weeks ago. I might have even been working on the sampler during it; I don't recall.

Oh, I have no point, but I do need a re-watch of Howard's End.

Laura A.

I know those moments well. It still floors me that one of the things I remember most from the autumn my father was ill and dying was the beautiful light. I spent a lot of time walking to and from the hospital alone. Time was kind of frozen because nothing else mattered--not work or my love life or what I was going to eat for dinner. And I was desperately searching for signs that life was still beautiful and would go on. It is and it does...though not at all the same.

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