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After a glorious day yesterday, where everything was sun-washed and looked as though it had been administered growth hormones, the weather gods have decided to pack it in again. It’s cold, blustery, and teeming down now.
When I awoke this morning, I was quite discombobulated by the darkness. I thought it was still the middle of the night, and nearly rolled back into my strange dreams.*
But then I realised it was merely my favourite kind of morning – the dark and stormy kind. With the thrill and prickle of a hovering storm system, and a sultry yet comfy 20˚celsius outside.
I’m afraid I have few links to share today, so I’m just doing a chatty post, rather than a Friday Bits and Bobs. I may scatter some linkies in amongst all my wittering.
But I do want to (briefly) chat about the new Agnes Obel album, Citizen of Glass, which is released today.
So far, after a few listens, I think it tells a beautiful story. Like Obel’s earlier albums, Citizen of Glass is cinematic and otherworldly. But I think this is a stronger album conceptually, and there’s a greater sense of vulnerability, fragility, and exposure in this one. Which is fitting in regards to the album’s title.
It’ll be a grower for me, (as are her other albums). The first 5 tracks, (as well as the final track), on the album speak to me the most. This includes the earlier released track ‘Familiar’. But personal stand-outs are ‘Stretch Your Eyes’ (the first track), with its wicked, cascading strings and hints of banshee strangeness and suspense; (and yes, I shall be dancing in the moonlight to this one). I also like ‘It’s Happening Again’ – by turns haunting and elegiac. ‘Stone’ is really quite lovely, whilst ‘Mary’, the final track, is already fast becoming a true favourite.
I declare my unashamed bias is toward the darker, “witchier” tracks, and there’s no shortage here. There’s a couple of tracks that I’m not keen on, but there’s still enough beauty and mystery wrapped up in this offering to please me greatly.
And I can see how this is a perfect Autumn release for the Northern Hem. It’s all very candles in the windows at dusk, mist circling, and wraiths singing in the trees.
…and one of my greatest accomplishments of the day was breaking google with my long and confusing search request.
Speaking of confusing, I do like this…**
Now, the rain has arrived, the candles are lit, and it’s time for some sweetness and light on Friday afternoon…
I want to tell you about Hiptipico. They’re an ethical fashion brand, based in Guatemala, “showcasing Mayan artisans and their handmade creations. Every Hiptipico item is thoughtfully handcrafted by indigenous communities, using high-quality sustainable materials, fair-trade clothing and accessories business”. You can read more about them here.
Each of the items is accompanied by an artisan profile, so that we get to see the face behind each creation. Such a contrast to the nameless, faceless, and often exploitative nature of mass-production.
There are a number of “hippy” style shops here in Australia that are not in the least bit ethical despite their “peace, love, and tribe” speak, (I’m thinking of one particularly ubiquitous bohemian fashion empire).
They offer lots of super-cheap wares, but they are cheap for a reason. And I point no fingers at consumers, as I’ve shopped there plenty myself. But I’m really trying to be a lot more mindful these about the conditions in which goods are produced. I prefer to buy less, and support artisans more. I also frequent charity shops with a vengeance. I’ve been thrilled with my finds lately…
Although I understand why it’s the case, being here in Australia means that we’re out on a limb as far as postage is concerned, (I find postage costs are generally prohibitive with any business based in the US or Americas). But for US customers, postage is free with Hiptipico, and it’s pretty affordable to other parts of the world too.
The Moon-girl and I are shamelessly excited about the brand new Gilmore Girls eps that are coming up next month on netflix. We do love that show, and it’s been one of our Things over recent years – snuggling up and watching it together.
I’ve just lately introduced the Gilmore Girls to a friend who has never watched the show. This may actually be very wicked of me, because she may well become hopelessly addicted, and there are soooo many episodes. I kind of envy the journey that lies before her. Anyway, said friend actually reminds me (an eff-ton) of Lorelai. Easily as funny, caffeinated, and good-hearted. Also raven-haired and blue-eyed. I actually think she’ll love it. My work here is done.
And I just read a beautiful newsletter from One Willow Apothecaries, called ‘Walking with Ghosts’. I always really enjoy their newsletters, and this one is no exception.
Suddenly, I have about 100 things to do! Including making my bedroom cosy, because the spirit has moved me. I shall be plumping cushions and tossing throws upon the bed. There may be fairy lights, (when are there not?), and lily of the valley, which is blooming in my garden now.
There’s a stack of dishes I’ve been ignoring all day, (*grumble* – my least favourite chore, simply because there is never a day without dishes). But because the water tank is now overflowing, I’ll run myself a big bath later, laced with coconut milk and rose geranium essential oil, as a reward.
That’s quite enough of my wafflings. Toodle-oo for now! Stay cosy, wherever you are. I suspect that on whatever side of the world you are on, there may be a need for cosiness, right now. xxx
*Aliens that shape-shift into bats, or gorgons, or anything at all really. Yet the telltale sign of their alien-ness was that they had skin/scales/feathers of indigo blue. Just another night for me, then.
**No offence intended to German people! And anyway, english is by far, the most ridiculous and ungainly language in the entire world.