From my desks ~getting to know you (and me )

It’s a very modern saying
But a true and honest thought
That if you become a blogger
By your readers you’ll be taught

Jack and his peer group keep me company next to my blogging station..

As a blogger I’ve been learning
You’ll forgive me if I boast
And I’ve now become an expert
On the subject I like most

Getting to know you   ( from my every day work-horse desk)

Jack’s bestie, Diesil, staying close to my work-horse desk

Getting to know you
Getting to know all about you
Getting to like you
Getting to hope you like me  ( when I sit at my best desk )

My best desk, a gift from my parents

Getting to know you
Putting it my way (at my quiet space desk)

My quiet space desk

But nicely
You are precisely
My cup of tea

My tea cup of plums, my books to read, my chocolate, and Jack’s schnauzer toy, Stella.

 

Singing and Signing off from my desk,

 

Signing off from  my desk

With apologies to Rodgers and Hammerstein and The King and I

 

 

Book List

The Thunderbolt Pony by Stacy Gregg

Classical Music by Joy Cowley

The Kettle on the Fuchsia by Barbara Harper

Touching Snow A Taranaki Memoir by Juliet Batten

The Faber Book of Christmas ed Simon Rae

 

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160 thoughts on “From my desks ~getting to know you (and me )

  1. Sheryl

    Your poem and the pictures you selected to illustrate it are wonderful. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you via our blogs. The blogging community is awesome.

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  2. Graham

    Thank you for highlighting the recent book on Helen Connon Hall. I too was a resident during its last year and remember the chaos caused by my fellow males. However to this day it remains one of the most quirky, diverse and interesting group of people I have ever associated with. It would be interesting to do more research on where they ended up (as an aside the guy standing next to you in the group photo became a well known sculptor until his untimely death a few years ago). The Head, Ms Peters, had an extremely difficult job but I owe her a lot. One day I got into trouble which could have resulted in explusion and even a criminal conviction. However Ms Peters gave me a very stern talking too and did not take the matter any further.
    Enjoy your blog and best wishes for 2018

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I have been away from my desks and wanted to leave my reply until I had had time to look again at the Connon photo. Now I have done so. I have also looked up Bruce Mitchell http://www.stuff.co.nz/nelson-mail/communities/7205059/Beak-sculpture-a-memorial; very interesting! It would indeed be good to know more about where the students of that year ended up. We were a diverse bunch. I suppose my one regret is that I didn’t take more time to socialize with other students. I had my head firmly in my books. 😦 All the best. If there is ever another Connon reunion we may meet there. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Horrors! I found you in my spam box, Karen. Fortunately, you haven’t been there very long. It is fun to have different spots for writing. You must have enjoyed a lot of different desks and writing places on your travels. Is a good writing desk something you consider when you book a room?

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  3. Juliet

    Oh Gallivanta, you always find a new angle! What a creative imagination you have. I love meeting your desks and singing along with you. Your ‘best desk’ from your parents is almost identical to a little one that they had. Sadly, I wasn’t able to take it after they died because I lacked the space. I like the idea of being able to tuck everything out of sight.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Juliet, it is a very practical desk as well as a good looking one. It’s sad when we can’t keep special items from a family home. I would keep all sorts of things if I could but, fortunately, I am constrained by lack of space, too.

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  4. Born To Organize

    A delightful post from you at the start of the year. I really enjoyed seeing your desks and the views to the garden beyond. The linen floral cloth is lovely and inspires a sense of nostalgia in me for some reason.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Alys, you have a great eye for detail! The floral cloth incorporates the design displayed over the three silk panels in the Queen’s bedroom on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. So, the cloth, although new, is replete with nostalgia. Did you ever see the Britannia? I remember the excitement of going to see its arrival in port in Fiji and then its departure. And on one incredibly exciting occasion my family hosted a crew member of the Britannia; well, it was very exciting for us as children. It was almost as if we were hosting the Queen herself!!!!

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      1. Born To Organize

        Amanda, thank you for sharing those details. What fun! I’ve not seen the Britannia, but I image it’s spectacular. And how is it your family came to host a crew member? I’m sure you were thrilled.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh, and this morning I received a phone call from friends in Norway. It was lovely to catch up. We have known each other for 35 years but our usual communication is by email. So Norway very much in my thoughts today with your comment and my friends’ phone call. 🙂

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          When I was having difficulties I eventually emailed Akismet. They were more responsive than WordPress. Do you use the Akismet spam filter?

        2. shoreacres

          It’s built into the WordPress platform, so all of us on WP.com use it. It’s an option for WP.org. Once I’ve heard from WP, we’ll see how things go. They usually do respond within 24 hours. I can be unnecessarily impatient. I just got an email from Lisa, and she found me in spam. Sigh. 🙂

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          Sigh! I had a problem last night with a site I use for sending money to my daughter. I felt frustrated that the problem couldn’t be attended to immediately. To think, in a former life, I would semi-patiently wait for weeks for a phone line to be fixed.

  5. lisadorenfest

    What a lovely post. I have very much enjoyed getting to know you and this post takes us a step closer with its beautiful, personal visuals. Wishing you endless joy in 2018 😊

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Wonderful sailing and happy adventures to you and the Captain! The views from my desks are not as exciting/beautiful as the ones from your train in Burma but, for the time being, I am content with them. 🙂 I am glad I could share them with you. All the very best to you and the Captain; may there be wonderful sailing and happy adventures for you both.

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  6. Tiny

    Great to see your desk and your companions, Gallivanta! We have had a few years now to learn to know each other…thank you for that ❤ Wishing you, Jack and the whole family happy 2018! There is so much more to learn 🙂

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  7. Mary

    I now enjoy being a part of your blogging journey – able to picture you at one of your desks, writing, drinking tea and being amused by your dog pals!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Glad to have your company, Mary. Do you have special assigned places where you paint? I guess good light would determine the best spots for your painting activity.

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      1. Mary

        Good question Gallivanta. The best place I have to paint is in my upstairs studio with northern and eastern light exposure – except late in the day. So when it’s a sunny day it makes for a good day for painting, that’s if it fits into my schedule. Been a little tied up these days and it making me anxious to get back at it. I always enjoy seeing your photographs – hope you are having a wonderful summer (it’s summer for you now, right?).

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          That sounds lovely, Mary. I hope you can get back to it soon. I get tied up with lots of things, too, so even though I have more desks than one person needs, I don’t always use them to their full potential! Summer has been good but today we are revelling in some very welcome rain.

  8. the eternal traveller

    My favourite musical! Our local Choral Society does a musical every year, and when I was young…many years ago, they did The King and I. My mother put all three of us in to audition and we all got in. I was the daughter who presented a flower to Anna. It was so much fun.

    How wonderful that you have so many spaces in which to work and they’re all beautiful. I’m pleased you included your book list. I was peering at the photo trying to see what the titles are.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I was hoping one of my readers would say they had been in a production of The King and I, and you are the only one so far. I am pleased to hear it was fun. I imagined it would be. I am also wondering if The King and I is performed much these days by local societies. It could be considered out-dated, and also considered disrespectful by some communities. I rather like this review of a 2015 production in New York with a reference to the ban of all versions of the story in Thailand. http://www.nybooks.com/daily/2015/05/19/thailands-banned-king-and-i/

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  9. shoreacres

    Your desks are lovely: particularly your “best” desk. I’d hardly know what to do with so many, but I’m a creature of habit. I have one desk that does for everything: writing, correspondence, research, photo processing. It’s best feature may be the window next to it, where I can look out over the water, but it also has open, credenza-style shelves that are dedicated to things like an antique oil lamp and an art piece or two.

    I do enjoy seeing peoples’ spaces, particularly those of writers. Some seem to live quite comfortably with piles of this or that at hand, while others need a cleaner surface. I tend toward uncluttered space, since my desk shares space with my dining table, and no one wants to look at a mess when they’re at table! Sometimes, I have a cat curled at my feet, just as Jack stays near you. If it’s warm enough, she’s jump up on a chair next to the window, and amuse herself looking at the birds.

    My favorite image in your post is the needlework at the top. Both my mother and I used to do such things. She was especially skilled at needlepoint, and taught for a time. I still have a couple of boxes of her supplies in the closet, just in case I ever have the impulse to take it up again. Do you still do needlework? Is that your piece? Books and flowers!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I love the views from my desks but, oh my goodness, how I would love a view of the sea. The closest I can get to a sea view at my home is the little seaside painting on top of my best desk and this screensaver on my main laptop Yanuca Island Fiji
      Your desk sounds very organized. Like you, I prefer a clutter free desk but the advantage of the best desk is that a great deal of mess can be shut out of view, if necessary. 😀
      The needlework in the header photo was done by my mother, probably in the late 1940s. It used to hang in our living room when I was a child and it always fascinated me. I was so pleased when my mother gave it to me some years ago. My mother always said she was very bad at needlework but what she really meant, I think, was that she was not as skilled as her sister. Which was true. But my mother did do some lovely pieces. If I compare myself to my mother and my aunt, I am truly awful at needlework. It’s probably a good thing I stopped doing any a very long time ago. I did try, though. 🙂

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      1. shoreacres

        I’d love a view of the sea, too. My “water” is only the main fairway of a very nice marina. It’s water, but enclosed. Still, it leads to the lake, which leads to the bay, which leads to the Gulf, which leads eventually to New Zealand, so there’s that!

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  10. Joanne Jamis Cain

    What a beautiful post! I love your work space, your delightful dogs, and this song! I have seen South Pacific in New York and Pittsburgh. I absolutely love it!
    I just re-did my office space about three weeks before Christmas. I placed my desk below a window and even purchased a bird feeder that suctions to the same window. The chickadees are coming and don’t seem to mind me being so close.
    It is inspiring to have a good work space. Your beautiful desk is a legacy and we should all be so blessed to have a family heirloom such as yours.
    Happy New Year!! xo Joanne

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I can see we both savor our work spaces! I don’t have a bird feeder at, or on, my window but from my desks I usually get glimpses of birds as they go about their lives. As with your chickadees, these birds don’t seem much interested in the person at the desk. 🙂 Your desk/office is bound to be very busy this year as you complete your new book on caring for the elderly. All the very best with your word of the year and your book.

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  11. KerryCan

    This post is pure Gallivanta! The fun, the quirky way of looking at things, the lovely sunlit photos–you were on a roll! And why would it surprise me that you have multiple desks?? It’s been so wonderful getting to know you, and so many other bloggers, over these few years together!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Kerry, events (mostly Trump ones) at the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 had me in such a frump that I didn’t write my first post of last year until March 2017. I made a concerted effort this year to get in early and set my own agenda of positivity, good thoughts, considered and considerate living, and fun. My mood has also been helped by the election of a bright, compassionate, young woman as leader of New Zealand. She was a sign that the status quo could be changed! I love the way she uses her desk space to communicate with us and include us in the Government. https://www.facebook.com/jacindaardern/videos/10154923953877441/ And, yes, it continues to be wonderful getting to know you and others. I now feel very at home looking at your lake view and your lighthouse. 🙂

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  12. Kate Johnston

    I love your little ditty! The doggies are posing so nicely! And I LOVE where you’ve situated your desks, by windows, so you can enjoy nature. I did that with mine, too. I love being able to look at the birds and the trees when I’m working. Happy New Year!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It’s good to know you place your desk by a window too. I know some writers like to write at a desk facing a wall, away from distractions. I wouldn’t be comfortable with such a limited view. For as long as I can remember I have always had access to a desk with a view. Even at school, there was always a view towards a window. Hmm, I should amend that. At university there were a few lecture rooms without views. 🙂

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  13. Rachel McAlpine

    Now I feel elevated by at least two social classes: I know a woman with five desks! Well, not exactly know—but five desks! That’s wonderful, and I perfectly understand the need to have different places for different sort of writing. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Gosh, I feel I should appoint myself as a Grand Dame of the Order of Desks. 😀 And if I cheat a little I could probably make it 6 desks because it’s amazing how often the kitchen bench gets turned into a desk. By the way, is your WordPress site working/active? When I click on your link I am told that the site is archived.

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  14. Brenda Davis Harsham

    Three desks and more upstairs! Wow! I have a desk, but mostly I do paperwork there. I write in an old green armchair, with my laptop on my lap. I do my best dreaming as I try to fall asleep, and that’s where my favorite stories come from. I like your green view, and your flowery cloth. I like your art, too, about being unable to make a decision and making a cup of tea instead. And your Cotwolds calendar. Your dogs seem like good company for writing.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Teehee. It is slightly OTT especially when my house is not particularly large! I don’t have a comfortable old armchair though. Maybe if I had one I wouldn’t want so many desks. The flowery cloth is a gift from my sister-in-law. It’s a tea towel but I couldn’t bear to use it on dishes. The cup of tea art is also a tea towel which I had framed. It makes me smile every day. The artist and creator of Cecily-of-the-cup-of-tea is Celia Allison and I have just discovered she has a blog https://cecilycartoon.wordpress.com/about/ Wishing you much happy and productive dreaming for 2018!

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      1. Brenda Davis Harsham

        My comfortable old armchair was a gift. Someone wanted it out of their house, never sat on it. I tried it out. I sank into it, my back relaxed. I said I’d find room for it. And I did. My favorite chair now. I’m quite grateful to my friend.

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  15. Liz

    How fabulous that we are able to get to know you more through this lovely post – I really like the idea of being able to picture you in your various writing locations. Waving to you now from my Buttery! 🙂 x

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Ah, how lovely. I can see you now. I am so glad you introduced us to the Buttery. I haven’t quite managed to get myself a Buttery but 3 desks for one person is good going, I reckon. 🙂 But even my choice of desks doesn’t equal Jack’s choice of sleeping spots; he has 4 legal ones, and another 2 if he can get away with sleeping on the sofas.

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      1. Liz

        So funny! I bow to your three desks, and am delighted that the humans in your house understand the need to respect the supremacy of the most important dweller!!! 😀

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  16. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

    This was a surprise to me to see where you write and while away a lot of your time. The way you described intrigued me. I wish I could put my words down on paper like you. Pleased to learn a bit more about you. I hope you have wonderful 2018(neighbour) We had a good thunderstorm just now!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I would love a thunderstorm with rain. The garden is parched and I feel dehydrated too. I wish you all the best for 2018. I am guessing with your busy life and your sweet, active grandchild you won’t have much time to sit at a desk! 🙂

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      1. scrapydo2.wordpress.com

        Yes not much time for desk work but people who know keep on saying that you need to sit and write each day. I am so slow when it comes to writing because I usually have to translate and edit each piece a lot. It is very hot and dry here too. This shower just came in time to bring a little bit of relieve. The sun is scorching down every day. Nothing can stay green anymore.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Sadly, even though I have 3 desks, I rarely get to write every day. But I do read every day, and that may be just as important. As for being slow, that may be a very good thing; as the saying goes ‘Slow and Steady wins the race”. Happy writing days to you. 🙂

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Glad to be able to show you, Ruth. I am a little desk obsessed. There are two more desks upstairs but for some reason I don’t find them comfortable blogging spots. Perhaps, some lingering fear of being upstairs if an earthquake hits?

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  18. Mrs. P

    I knew from the very first line where you were going with this post! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this song…I would even sing it to my students! 😀 And the King and I is my all time favorite musical so not only did I get to know you a little bit more but you made my day with pleasurable reminiscing.

    I love all your writing spaces, especially your best one and your quiet space one. I have a quiet space one as well but my WiFi signal is a bit dodgy in that location so I don’t use it as often as I like.

    It’s so nice to see Jack with playmates, I’d always thought of him as a lone wolf but he’s apparently quite social. He looks so happy!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Last year we upgraded our broadband/WiFi so it’s very good anywhere in the house. But to my horror I discovered that the range extends across the street as well. I do hope nobody on the street cracks my password!
      I am glad you enjoyed reminiscing about “The King and I”. It’s so long since I watched it, I really must take another look, or at least check out a few more song clips.
      As for Jack ,yes, he loves company but he does have a solitary streak and likes his own space…..hmmm, maybe a good match for me, would you say? 😀 And he is definitely happy.
      Happy reminiscing and singing!

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      1. Mrs. P

        We too have upgraded WiFi but it seems our range can only be improved with more boxes. The internet, phone and cable services are outrageous…more than utilities. The cable companies really hold you hostage down here. Competition is on a national level, not a local level so you have to pay what they ask because there is no one else.

        In the new house we plan on only having internet, no cable or phone…our cell phones work just fine. I wouldn’t mind a super strong signal…I’m pretty good at passwords. 😁

        Isn’t it interesting how pets and owners have similar personalities?

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          I am not quite ready to give up on a landline but I might change my mind if I had a better cell phone! Mine, although only a few years old, is already antiquated. Our internet and phone charges are high compared to other countries, or so I am told. But the service and the price are much better than they were a few years ago.
          And, yes, pet and owner similarities are interesting. Jack and I both have fluffy grey hair, for example. He sleeps a lot more than I do, though. 😉

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, YC. My house doesn’t have elegance or fashion but it has people and things I love, and I feel lucky to have it. I feel especially lucky that the house survived the earthquakes all those years ago.

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  19. Clare Pooley

    I love this so much! And that is what I enjoy most about blogging too – getting to know all my blogging friends. I like all your different desks and that sweet teacup with the plums is so nice!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Clare, we learn so much from each other in the blogging world. It’s enriching. And, in some blogs, like yours, I feel I know my way around your neighbourhood as if I had actually visited. The tea cup is Pembroke by Aynsley. Pembroke is one of my favourite designs. And although the cup was advertised as a tea cup it really looks more like a demitasse to me. Since the cup is full of plums in my house I don’t suppose it matters whether it’s true identity is a tea cup or a demitasse. 🙂

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  20. restlessjo

    What very nice company you keep! 🙂 🙂 The live ones are beautiful but I’m very taken with the flying chap and his cup of plums, Ann. Getting to know you…. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      🙂 The dog visits are the highlight of the week. Jack has a walking group, like you. But I don’t suppose your group ever enjoys jumping into streams and gambolling in mud puddles, and then wriggling with delight in the grass and clover. 🙂

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      1. restlessjo

        Our group whinges at the poor leader if he should happen to lead them down muddy paths. No pleasing some folk! I love the idea of Jack’s walking group. Leap this way, chaps! 🙂 🙂

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  21. Clanmother

    Dear Gallivanta – I feel that I could easily slip through the portal of my iPad and somehow come over to your house. On January 1st, I was reorganizing my “blogging space” – still in a decluttering mood and enjoying the protracted process of reviewing photos and old letters. As I enter 2018, my thought is gratitude for another year the offers the opportunity to create and share moments. I love beginnings and according to Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley we have 365 beginnings ahead of us in 2018 “The beginning is always today.” Many hugs coming your way.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      And another new day has begun here. I am sitting at my work-horse desk, sipping my first coffee, the door to the garden is open, and the birds are singing. It’s a good beginning. I have been decluttering too, and you can be sure my desk tops were looking tidy because of it!

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      1. Lavinia Ross

        I’ve never heard the James Taylor version. I will have to look it up. That was an interesting negative review from Roger Ebert. I still like the musical. It depicted the way things were at the time, bald monster or not. 🙂

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Listening to the James Taylor version yesterday got me listening to a lot of James Taylor which then made me feel nostalgic for Anne Murray, so I spent the rest of the day listening to her. It was a musical journey!

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Honoured to have your company, Tish. Jack has lovely chums (as do I). Jack at 10 1/2 years is almost the oldest of his mates but you wouldn’t know it most of the time. The younger ones keep him active and young.

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  22. Michele LaFollette

    OMG! I was singing along as I read! Wonderful post to start my day. Seems you have all the ingredients for a happy life: books, dogs, flowers and a space (in your case several) to work. I’m still smiling and singing…thank you!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I can see you smiling. 😉 And I am glad you are singing along. For years, I had a very full household, and I loved it, but there wasn’t a space in the house which was truly mine. Now, it’s just me, my husband, and the dog, I am reclaiming spaces for myself, or mostly for myself. Jack usually wants to be wherever I am. 🙂

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      1. Michele LaFollette

        Assume, Jack is the dog?! Two of my dogs always want to be with me. My daughter’s dog prefers my husband now that Natalie is at school. Four-leggies make such good company! P.S. I have an absolutely horrid singing voice, so it is good you can not literally hear me. What I lack in talent, I make up for in enthusiasm

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Teehee, enthusiasm is good! And perhaps we could all have auto tuners, like many singers do, so we could feel better about our singing. 😀 Yes, Jack is my schnauzer; the one with the tartan collar.

  23. cindy knoke

    I like Stella’s pearls. Classic & understated likee all schnauzer accessories should be.
    What peaceful and pretty spaces you have made for yourself. Happiest 2018 to you!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh yes, pearls for Stella were non-negotiable. Jack scored a new collar for Christmas. A lovely tartan one. So everyone is dressed to the nines, except me. 🙂 Never mind, we are all in happy in our spaces. Hugs to you.

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  24. Steve Schwartzman

    Your photographs lead me to quote from a song by another famous duo who wrote for Broadway: “Ah yes, I remember it well.” Speaking of which, I remember hearing songs from “The King and I” on television when the show was still new.” That was a long time ago.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I didn’t see “The King and I” on television but I remember the excitement of seeing the 1956 film for the first time in about 1964 or 65. What impressed me most back then was the fact that the film was based on a true story. My mother, I remember, was careful to explain that the film was a fictionalized account of a true story. I remember seeing Gigi too at some stage in my childhood. I am sure I liked “Ah yes, I remember it well” when I first heard it, but listening to it today I find it hugely enjoyable. Thank you for mentioning it.

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      1. Steve Schwartzman

        You’re welcome. “Gigi” was one of my father’s favorite shows. In reading the article at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gigi_(1958_film) just now, I learned two things:

        “The lyrics for another of his songs, the duet ‘I Remember It Well’, performed with Hermione Gingold as his former love Madame Alvarez, were adapted from words Lerner had written for Love Life, a 1948 collaboration with Kurt Weill. ‘Say a Prayer for Me Tonight’, a solo performed by Gigi, had been written for Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady but was removed during the pre-Broadway run. Lerner disliked the melody, but Loewe, Freed, and Minnelli voted to include it in the film.”

        As for The King and I, what I remember seeing on television in around 1952 wasn’t the show per se, which was still running on Broadway, but one or two songs from it. In much later years, the movie version has shown up on television from time to time. Oh, those golden oldies.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          And here’s what I learned from the link: ” Gigi, eventually along with 1987’s The Last Emperor, held the record as the film(s) with the most Academy Award wins in every category in which it was nominated, until 2003’s The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King broke the record at the 2004 Oscars ceremony with 11 Oscar nominations and 11 Oscar wins.” I don’t want to be disloyal to my countryman but I would rather watch Gigi than The Return of the King. For one thing Gigi at 115 minutes is less likely to put me to sleep than LOR’s 200 minutes.

        2. Steve Schwartzman

          I’m with you, and not just because of length. Practically everyone who hears I’ve been to New Zealand asks whether I visited those film sets. I always say no, because I have no interest in them. Then I talk about all the wonderful natural scenery the country offers.

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          Interestingly, before there was Lord of the Rings mania, many people visited New Zealand because they had read about its beauty in the romance novels of New Zealand writer Essie Summers. http://meg1953-ivil.tripod.com/id4.html Sadly, today, not many people, New Zealanders included, even know about Essie Summers and her meticulous descriptions of real places in New Zealand.

        4. Steve Schwartzman

          She certainly was prolific: “56 [novels]; some 19 million copies printed eventually in 25 languages and sold in 105 countries.” Given that she lived in your part of the country and lived until 1998, did you ever get to meet her?

        5. Gallivanta Post author

          No, I didn’t. And, worse, I didn’t read any of her books because light romance, Mills and Boons, was not considered ‘proper’ reading material for an educated young lady. Now I am older, and can be as improper as I wish, I intend to catch up on Essie Summers. I think my grandmother read her stories because it was in her house that I first heard the name Essie Summers.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I am glad you enjoyed the antique desk, Sally. It’s actually the one desk which is truly mine. The other desks have fulfilled various roles in our family life over the years. In recent years, I have appropriated them for my personal use.

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        1. Steve Schwartzman

          Or a good disk. Or a good discus. Or a good dish. All four words are etymologically the same. I mustn’t waste a good chance to bring up etymology, especially in the rare case of quadruplets.

        2. Gallivanta Post author

          Times have definitely changed but not to the extent that I have a desk bare of everything except a computer! In my house, flat surfaces and books/paper/bits and pieces/photos/pens/dust etc have a fatal attraction.

  25. Cynthia Reyes

    A perfect post!
    A familiar tune with some new words
    Handsome Jack and his friends too
    Three very different but nice desks – each with a purpose
    That very lovely floral arrangement (girl, you are talented)
    The painting by your friend (was that Lucy’s painting?)
    And books too!
    Thanks for sharing, and a Happy New Year to you and yours!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Ah, you have a good eye, Cynthia. It is indeed Lucy’s painting. It has been repositioned for the New Year. Last year it was in the bedroom. Other paintings and photos have been moved around, too. And some of have been sent to the vacation room aka the store cupboard. May blessings and goodness await you in 2018. And, here’s a little laugh…..the flower arrangement isn’t mine this time. They are silk flowers arranged by a professional. 🙂 But thanks for the compliment of thinking it was my doing.

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  26. Mél@nie

    1000 MERCI for sharing your personal desk and “stuff” with us, Lady-G… otherwise: une année formidable et une excellente santé! 🙂 friendly hugs from up North… ❤
    * * *
    does Jack play with Stella?… 😉

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      1000 MERCI to you, too. Jack longs to play with Stella but he is a little too exuberant with her, so he only gets an occasional moment with her. 😀

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  27. utesmile

    All your desks look lovely to work from. the bureau from your mum is special, I think as it has more memories with it too. Many dogs around you these days….

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      My best desk has lots of little compartments and shelves which are full of memories and old photos and letters. It needs a good spring clean but it’s summer now so the cleaning will have to wait. As for the dogs, Jack often has visitors. They are all lovely creatures.

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      1. utesmile

        My mum has a similar desk and she said I can have it later…. it would be ideal for my hobbies….. and my mum knows that. It is more modern than yours but they are just so handy!

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        1. utesmile

          Very nice. It is great to rummage through these compartments. Fun as a child, I used to play under my granddads big writing desk, there was enough space to make a house 🙂

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