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October 5th, 2009


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01:15 pm - Brambles and Pearls
Ten-minute break, so...

A fraught weekend (made more so by my own jitters about Things I Cannot Change), but it is Monday, and we forge ahead.

1) Instead of draping myself in sackcloth and/or ashes -- not that I would have enough ashes to hand, actually -- I am wearing costume pearls, one double-strand, one long single-swing. The gleam of them cheers me. I can imagine myself elsewhere, far far away.

2) Mark Cocker, an English nature writer, writes today's Guardian Country Diary about blackberries and brambles. Sample quote: Really well-established mounds are in effect miniature patches of wilderness. No human eye, let alone human hand, has penetrated those walls of spine-ribbed leaf. Their dark secrets fill me with a rich sense of mystery.

3) I am now not only inspired to keep the wilderness in my backyard, but also to consider the intertwining of Pearls and Brambles, Brambles and Pearls. I'm already telling myself a story about the gleam amidst the tangle...

May you find wonderful things to entwine today!

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From:anne_d
Date:October 5th, 2009 05:39 pm (UTC)
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Pearls are most definitely better than brambles. Hugs!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 07:38 pm (UTC)
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Pearls are certainly more comfortable to wear! :-)

Hugs and good thoughts, A.
From:gwynnega
Date:October 5th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
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Sorry about the fraughtness! But the pearls sound lovely.

::hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
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The pearls are most swingy. :-)

Thanks and hugs, Gwynne!
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From:headrush100
Date:October 5th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
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Did you know that the giant squid can reach 43 ft in length, and weigh over 600lbs? Freaky! I am enjoying Jim Lynch's The Highest Tide, in which a giant squid features prominently. Well, you were talking about wilderness, so it kind of ties in. :-)

May you and the Small Blonde Dog only encounter nice things in nature today!

**hugs!**
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 07:39 pm (UTC)
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That's one big squid.

[blinks]

Hugs, A, and thanks for cool facts and kind thoughts! I send good thoughts back your way, too.
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From:paratti
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
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Wishes you many pearls.

((Hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:49 pm (UTC)
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Thanks, L! Pearls and sunshine wished for you! :-)

[hugs]
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From:cindergal
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
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::drive-by hugs::
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
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[hugs and chocolate]
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From:kathyh
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:25 pm (UTC)
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Our garden is full of very bountiful brambles. The blackberries are delicious but, sadly, I have as yet found no pearls intertwining with them. I hope you do :)
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
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I've only found fictional pearls within the brambles! ;-)

Blackberries and cake and many good thoughts for your week, K!
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Pearls should definitely make Mondays less Mondayish.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
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The pearls had a nice swing to them. :-)

Happy almost-Tuesday to you, with gleam and goodness!
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
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Hugs and joy to you this week, too! [hugs]
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From:mobile_alh
Date:October 5th, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
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Mmm...pearls and brambles are almost a ficlet right there....
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From:laurawise
Date:October 5th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
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[waves grandly] It writes itself! :-)

[hugs and good thoughts]
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From:julia_here
Date:October 6th, 2009 12:01 am (UTC)
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Adornment is sometimes the most effective therapy.

My brambles are where the quail live; I'd like a better balance between brambles and actual shrubbery, but lately that requires cooperation from the uncooperative.

Julia, and brambleberries make the best jelly.
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From:laurawise
Date:October 6th, 2009 01:20 am (UTC)
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Mark Cocker agrees with you about the brambleberries! :-)

(He's also written a lovely book about corvids, called Crow Country, from which I learned a lot.)

Hugs and a happy day, Julia!

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