Friendship - mars-mellow

Friending Policy

Hello, everyone!

I don't mind people friending me, but if you do friend me, leave a comment on this entry introducing yourself, who you are, and why you'd like to be my friend. It's disconcerting to have friend messages pop up and not know where you come from. And if I don't friend you back immediately, don't be offended. I like to take my time getting to know people. If you friend me without posting this entry, I won't friend you back. Too many of these leads to friends-only journals and while I understand the idea, I want to try and avoid that policy for the moment.
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Thoughtful - helensheep

2019 in Review

The year started pretty well but ended sadly.

I went to Spain for the first time in over 10 years in March, with my parents. We stayed in a beautiful hotel at the foot of the Alhambra (here are some photos of the hotel), visited the Alhambra on our first day and then explored Granada and Seville. The trip definitely reignited my love for Spain and reminded me why I'd learned Spanish in the first place. My parents were enchanted by the Alhambra, the food and the people. We only had one day in Seville and my parents were interested in coming back and exploring more but given political developments and the lack of a train service between Granada and Seville, that doesn't seem to be happening this year.

Dad and I discovered a new place to eat - the Queen's Arms in Kensington. It's about 12-15 minutes from the museums (V&A/Natural History/Science) and very good value for the area. We also found a new gelato place near Pierre Victoire on Dean Street so we don't have to go all the way to Victoria. We saw the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, the Mary Quant exhibition and the Pre-Raphaelite Sisters exhibition - this last one was really fascinating, as I hadn't heard of some the women featured (Fanny Easton, Joanna Wells, Marie Spartali Stillman, Maria Zambaco) even though the two Marias were artists in their own right and very prolific. Joanna Wells died after giving birth to her third child and should be better known. Fanny Easton was the only WOC who consistently modelled for the pre-Raphaelites.

I spent my birthday weekend with friends in Bristol, and we saw a wonderful irreverent production of P&P: Pride and Prejudice* (*sort of), where a cast of six women played all the parts (except for Mr Bennett, who was nothing but an armchair and a newspaper) while singing, dancing AND playing instruments. It was incredibly joyful and I am hoping to see it again.

We had another family holiday at the end of October where we all stayed in a big townhouse in York on Gillygate, just outside the city walls. I was able to meet elisi in person for the first time and enjoy a day wandering around York with her. I introduced her to the Sapphire Blue tea from Betty's (a tea so delicious it needs no milk) and she introduced me to her family brew, two parts regular tea & one part Earl Grey, I look forward to trying this out. The day after, we went back to Scarborough, where my dad grew up. We used to go up to Scarborough to visit Nana (Dad's mum) every half term. The sad thing is that where Nana used to live, all the free parking has gone - you can't even leave your car there for 30 minutes, you need to have a permit of some kind. Mother Hubbards was still there and the food was as delicious as ever.

I lost a dear friend at the beginning of September and I'm still recovering from that. Also the general election result is just... crushing. Our system does not represent the people and I hate that the government is acting with impunity when they have less than half the popular vote. I haven't given up, though. We haven't given up.

For 2020, I hope to find a new job and get back to writing.
Christmas - ibroughtuflours

Christmas Cards 2019

So last year I wasn't able to do Christmas cards due to lack of money. This year I have more money (having given up my personal trainer) and I would like to send cards out again. If you have a new address (heavenly_pearl) or will be somewhere else at Christmas, please comment below. All comments are screened. I will be sending out cards to anyone I'm currently in touch with, whether it's via LJ or Twitter or Tumblr.
DWHow To Save A Life - indiexicons

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I keep meaning to post about my birthday weekend (which was great) but grief has risen up and swamped me again. On top of everything else, my phone finally gave up the ghost so I have to get a new one. I will try and post a proper entry later this week.
DWHow To Save A Life - indiexicons

In your heart is the island where memories wash on the shore.

I can't believe it's already been nearly two weeks since I found out. It's nearly been a month since she actually died. I wish I could tell her that the Democrats are finally moving to impeach Fartface. I wish I could tell her that Parliament is back in business. I wish I could tell her about my friend's new springer spaniel puppy and how adorable he is.

Subject is from a poem that was written for Watermark by Enya, but the words didn't end up being used. I've always loved this piece of music, but I listened to it last night and burst into tears because it's so wistful. Then I looked it up and found the poem. It expresses a lot of what I've been feeling recently.

I'm spending my birthday on Saturday with friends and then Sunday with family to celebrate my nephew's birthday. Hopefully it will be a fun weekend.
Crazy - technographics

But I don't want to go among mad people

Just a quick note to say that while the country may be currently circling the drain, I am still here. I haven't gone away. I'm still fighting. When you hear the news about Mr Piffle our fake Prime Minister, please remember that the public didn't vote for him and what he says doesn't represent the country. We are protesting and we are fighting this every step of the way. Your good thoughts/prayers/wishes are appreciated at this time.