Daily Diversion #84: Charming Gardeners

I was sick for two weeks. After a couple of days of gingerly poking my head out of the gopher hole to check on the state of the real world (was it as I remembered, or had it been transformed into an alien other?), my best friend yanked me into the sunshine of this beautiful, sunshiny January day. We were, for a few glorious hours, carefree Ladies Who Lunch. And shop. And laugh. It was blissful. Here’s Nikki, looking lovely.

The drinks are not as large as they seem.

The drinks were not as large as they seem.

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”-Marcel Proust

15 thoughts on “Daily Diversion #84: Charming Gardeners

  1. I can tell from her smile she is a good friend. What a wonderful quote from Proust. I am in a Literary Road Trip class – today was Joyce and Proust’s name came up, too. I am engrossed, as usual.


      • Well, fortunately for me we did not get into Ulysses or Finnegan’s Wake, a story from the Dubliners instead. Just fascinating about his back story anyway. Next week Daniel Defoe and the the Plague Year and some Pepys. I am not well read when it comes to Europe or Russia, must make up some time on that.


      • I love everything by Joyce. I also love Defoe and have read my copy of Journal of the Plague year a few times. Pepys was definitely a unique guy.

        While I am well-read in pre-1960s American literature, classic Russian and English literature has always been my favourite. Especially 19th century. I also love German, French and Italian literature, followed by the Scandinavian countries. Basically, anything pre-1960s. 😉


      • Ha, not at all. I’ve been reading since I was 3, and I am a few years older than I look!

        Eclectic taste is good! In addition to what we already discussed, I love books on history (especially Elizabethan and Victorian), social history, biographies/autobiographies, art, poetry, ancient history, pop culture, science, feminism, classic cinema, fantasy, sports, some mysteries. No romance or things in the Dan Brown vein.


      • Well, Ms. Maedez, I was appointed a reading tutor in Grade 1. I cannot even begin to list the variety of books on my shelf but I think natural history, exploration of the West and New England, art (I am an artist), poetry, really good fiction (just finished Erdrich’s latest), writing and poetry criticism, love short stories (Munro). I just love books but sometimes when I go into a Barnes and Noble, I am overwhelmed at what I haven’t read. Thanks be to people like you who keep us readers on our toes,.


      • It doesn’t matter when you start reading, just that you do! You definitely have a wide range of tastes, which I think is as it should be. I never understand when someone says that they love reading but only ever read one genre. They are missing out on so much!

        “The one thing I regret is that I will never have time to read all the books I want to read.”-Francoise Sagan


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