Monday, January 15, 2007

Light of day, resolved and dancing.

1. I'm not often in the flat at the time of day when sunlight is pouring through my bedroom and the living room windows. I loved showering and dressing in the slatted light coming through the blinds. I liked basking on the sofa in the warmth of these stripes, and how the blue and red glass in the windows made coloured shadows on the floor. I enjoyed the way the light showed up the glas greens and caramel colours on the tiles surrounding my bedroom fireplace. Back in the bathroom, the scraps of carpet padding the Saniflo are not dark blue -- they're bottle green. And the sun on my lunch! The morels, which I assumed were black and wrinkly, are slightly translucent and the colour of black coffee in the sun when the light is behind them. And it picked out the little wisps of blue steam rising from the scrambled eggs.

2. Catching up with Fenella and Andy. I only went round to pick up my post, but I was offered a mug of Winter Pimm's under Andy's new year's resolution. He is trying to drink more -- which is unusual, but admirable in its way.

3. Despite having to be dragged kicking and screaming to a salsa class, I had a really good time. We did the warm up, and as I found myself stepping forward to the left when I should be going right and tripping over my feet; I thought all my worst fears had been realised. But as the class progressed, I got hold of the idea. The ladies had to pass round the ring from partner to partner, which is a fantastic way to learn because sometimes you get someone good who does the leading arm signals so you learn how to follow; and sometimes you get someone less confident, and you have to concentrate on your feet and remember all the steps.


  1. Hi Clare
    Glad you enjoyed salsa class. Dancing is a wonderful way to have fun. I went to some latin dancing class ages ago that I now can't quite recall the name of. Not enough men to dance with put me off a bit. My husband is a good dancer but isn't the type to go to a class so I've never done salsa. Please enjoy it for me too!

  2. I'm still recovering from my surprise when, nearly two years ago, I first came across Three Beautiful Things, and imagined you to be living in San Francisco or New York or Sydney, only to discover that you lived in Tunbridge Wells. Now we are neighbours, or almost, and share the same sun, and some of the same views though from different angles. I can't help thinking that this is a beautiful thing in itself.

  3. aah ! plutarch !

    you've made me feel like bursting into song to render those immortal sentiments from the neighbours tv theme ...

  4. Not a beautiful thing:

    Woman* wearing "night dress" to work under skirt and then seeing it be removed IN the office.

    * Clare

  5. ooh! Salsa class! That sounds like a blast. i've always wanted to learn ballroom dance. (i think i secretly hope Paul Mercurio will step out of the shadows and i'll dance better than Tina Sparkle herself, feathers and all.) i'm so envious!

    morels are raisins, right?

    (I, too love sunlight.)

  6. Molly -- they're mushrooms. My ones were revived dried ones, hence, extra wrinkly.

    Plutarch -- that is indeed very beautiful!

    Whereiamworking -- it was a dress, not a skirt, and it could have happened to anyone. It's not like I stripped off -- it fell down and I stepped out of it.


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