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Monday, February 26, 2007
In which I am possessed by a Bronte sister.
After all of your kind thoughts bidding me adieu last week, I really hope you're not going to turn on me when I tell you how horribly slothful I was in Ireland this past week ;) Being February, the weather was not exactly cooperative - we had a fair bit of rain most of the week - but I still couldn't help losing myself in the romantic landscape of southern Ireland. Although not as dramatic as the luxurious greenery seen in summer, winter's more rough and tumble coverings seem the perfect setting for high Victorian drama. Having a terrible weakness for classic novels, I could only sigh and picture a dark, scowling figure wandering over the moors, or a headstrong, heartbroken girl rushing headlong into the rain. As melancholy as this may sound, I am a strange sort of person in that I am comforted by even the tragic romance. I am not only terribly romantic, but also an optimist, at heart, and I have always believed that where there is love, there is hope. So even the saddest love story will only serve as proof to me that love, even if it does finally bring pain, is nevertheless out there in some shape or form. And, of course, being young and healthy, I cannot imagine I am anywhere near the end of this great game of life and so can't help but believe that love and hope must come again.

My goodness! Can you tell I've been listening to Villette before bed?? I really don't mean to be quite so dramatic. Actually, things aren't looking nearly as bleak as they did before I left, though I am still haunted by several spectres of doubt (Damn you Bronte!!). But I can't bring myself to give up yet on a partnership I have put so much time and energy into, as well as made great sacrfices for. It's a strange feeling, I feel as though on both sides of the coin there is the possibility of great happiness and also great sadness. I suppose only time will tell. But some what may, I know I can handle it :)

So, to come back to my week in Ireland, being faced with some bad weather and - at the start of the week anyway - being a bit down in the mouth, there was nothing for it but to go shopping. I can't tell you what a joy it is to not only be able to shop someplace new (Stuttgart is dull dull DULL) that offers creative, pretty things and is even affordable! Saints be praised! Although, being in soon-to-be-moving mode, I had to control myself a little bit (what is the good of a bargain that will cost twice as much to ship to Canada?) I did manage to both see and buy a few lovely things. I was especially smitten with almost everything at this one shop in Limerick, called Avoca. They had the most darling little totwear! And all sorts of accesories to match. I tell ya, I could've got myself knocked up right then n there! I mean, look at the little lion patchwork, isn't is just adorable? I have no idea what I'm going to do with my fabric stash, so maybe I'll make use of some of it and try one of these on the weekend. Even if it doesn't work out, it's just one less thing to ship ;D

Yikes! I didn't notice how late is was! I've still got a bunch of things to do before I got to bed, so I'm afraid I'll have to do more show n tell tomorrow (I hope!). But before I go I want to thank you all again for your heartfelt comments, they mean so much to me. I just feel so lucky to know such wonderful, kind people. Oh, and before I forget, I try to answer all comments personally by email but there are couple of you whose addresses I don't know. So if anyone who hasn't gotten mail from me is feeling neglected, feel free to mail me through the link on my blogger profile and then I can answer you directly. I'm a bit behind on mailing at the moment, but I'll be catching up over the week. Good night, girls! Sweet dreams!


posted by tatjana @ 10:03 PM  
  • At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 3:19:00 AM, Blogger Mary, Mary... said…

    Glad you had a good time1 I've never been to Ireland but your pix are so tempting. Be careful around cute baby stuff--you don't need an extra souvenir from Germany right now. Are you listening....;)

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  • At Tuesday, February 27, 2007 3:55:00 AM, Anonymous Vanessa said…

    There is always love out there. Always more where that came from. I know how you feel though. I have a love in my life who I adore, and another love who creeped in who won't go and knows of my current love. Torn. I adore my current love, can't leave. Would love to live in romance with hovering love.. but, alas. I am happy, no need to rock the boat. Although the boy who wants me. He is from County Cork Ireland. Only in America 4 years. He wants to take me there (Ireland), give me a shop. A castle. What is wrong with me? I prefer to stay in Arizona USA in the country with an older love who is a slight hippie yet well known business guy. WHAT???? love. I told you. It comes and goes. When you least expect and when it is not wanted. And, when it wants to ruffle your petticoat and make you wonder....XXO, Vanessa

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  • At Thursday, March 01, 2007 8:17:00 PM, Blogger Tricia said…

    ah, Ireland, my sister has been and fell in love with the country and her husband is Irish too! Met in NYC though....
    glad you're enjoying your trip..

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  • At Friday, March 02, 2007 2:24:00 AM, Blogger AR said…

    Those darn cute baby things try to suck you in! Don't let them. ;)

    Your trip sounds nice, I could use one right about now. Hope things are going better for you.

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  • At Friday, March 02, 2007 3:54:00 PM, Blogger KSV said…

    Tatj!!!! I am so sorry I have been so out of touch! I had to delete Cinderella's Revenge because 1) it's the title of a book being published and sold by Chronicle books, and 2) this band from Italy emailed me a nasty note saying they had the name first. At any rate, I am happy for you in a way that I cannot describe!! I know you had mentioned a while ago that you would be moving and I am so happy for you that you are!! I am sure you and your fellow will figure everything out, and who knows, maybe you'll meet someone new and fabulous at the airport, hee hee. I am such a devil's advocate. DO NOT let the baby stuff suck you in. Although all of it is super cute, a friend of mine just got pregnant and she has been telling me about some really disgusting things that are happening to her body. That in itself is enough birth control to last a lifetime. I understand how you feel about tragic romance, I can't stop watching Tristan and Isolde, and Wuthering Heights and is one of my favorite books.

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  • At Tuesday, March 13, 2007 8:32:00 PM, Anonymous Karen Beth said…

    Ahhhh... Love and the Brontes. Yes, I believe that there is always love in this world, for each and every person, in some form or another. It is so hard to see it sometimes and many times, sadly, it brings a lot of hurt with it but it is there all the same.

    As the line in the movie says... "LOVE ACTUALLY is all around.."

    Beautiful blog! I'm so glad to have come across it today. :)

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