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"Each time she succeeded was a time of intoxication: her soul would rise to the surface of her body like a crew charging up from the bowels of a ship, spreading out over the deck, waving at the sky and singing in jubilation."

katie follows:
shimmerkiss music (favorite artists)
shirley wishlist (complete and unabridged)
films (two thousand and eighteen)
books (two thousand and eighteen)
to do (sixty)
  • Tupelo Nyssa sylvatica
  • Pacific dogwood Cornus nuttalli
  • Transcaucasian birch Betula medwedewii 'gold bark'
  • Ornamental vine Vitis vinifera 'purpurea'
  • Maidenhair tree Ginkgo biloba
sep 5 2012 ∞
sep 5 2012 +
  • try to read much more poetry
  • reduce my wardrobe; invest in essential, classic items of clothing
  • learn to be more articulate
  • reduce time spent online
  • embrace passion for early childhood education; try to build my confidence in my teaching ability
jul 16 2012 ∞
jul 16 2012 +
  • An Education
  • Atonement
  • Black Swan
  • Bright Star
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
  • Jane Eyre
  • Lost in Translation
  • Matilda
  • Miss Potter
  • Peter Pan (2003)
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005)
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Duchess
  • The History Boys
  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Young Victoria
nov 2 2011 ∞
nov 2 2011 +
  • flower garlands
  • boater hats and ankle socks
  • dried lavender
  • first class honours
  • needles and thread
  • soft fragrant roses
  • light jasmine, honeysuckle
  • dear, dear children
  • delicately pressed flowers
jul 8 2011 ∞
jul 8 2011 +
  • bluebells
  • brooklime
  • common field speedwell
  • cuckoo flower
  • enchanter's nightshade
  • forget-me-not
  • orchid
  • oxeye daisy
  • primrose
  • queen anne's lace
  • scarlet pimpernel/shepherd's weatherglass
  • sowbread
  • violet
  • windflower
apr 9 2011 ∞
apr 29 2011 +
  • waking up to warm sunshine
  • flowers in full bloom; exquisite colours
  • lush green grass; birdsong, shade from full trees, walking barefoot
  • cool summer evening, warm fragrant breezes
  • bumblebees, dragonflies, butterflies
  • trips to the seaside; icecream, warm sand, rosy cheeks
  • hazy afternoon sunshine, reading a book in the park
  • cloudless skies stretching into infinity
mar 8 2011 ∞
mar 8 2011 +
  • first day of school
  • skirts, socks, and shoes
  • dance classes
  • gold stars
  • pretending to be twins
  • 20 pence for penny sweets
  • nursery rhymes
  • birthday party dresses
  • fairies returning my lost bear
  • bears and pirates in my woods with my father
  • cobweb on the ceiling
  • sandcastles
  • red bicycle, the green
  • weaving willow branches
  • kiss chase
  • yellow buses
  • 'in an old house in Paris'
feb 18 2011 ∞
mar 11 2011 +
  • salty sea breezes
  • buckets and spades, building sandcastles
  • rock pools; exploring lagoons for treasures
  • collecting shells and mermaid's purses
  • sand in between toes; walking barefoot along the path
  • braving the cold sea
feb 9 2011 ∞
feb 9 2011 +
  • Malory Towers
  • Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
  • Beauxbatons Acadamy of Magic
  • Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies
  • Cutler's Grammar School
  • Dotheboys Hall
  • Durmstrang Institute of Sorcery
  • Lowood School
  • Prufrock Preparatory School
jan 23 2011 ∞
jan 23 2011 +
  • Jack Dawkins
  • Peter Pan
  • Charley Bates
  • Tootles
  • Klaus Baudelaire
  • Oliver Twist
  • Wiggins
  • The Little Prince
jan 10 2011 ∞
may 6 2011 +
  • Alohomora
  • Defodio
  • Diffindo
  • Evanesco
  • Expecto Patronum
  • Expelliarmus
  • Geminio
  • Impedimenta
  • Incarcerous
  • Incendio
  • Langlock
  • Legilimens
  • Levicorpus
  • Locomotor Mortis
  • Lumos
  • Nox
  • Obliviate
  • Petrificus Totalus
  • Riddikulus
  • Serpensortia
  • Silencio
jan 8 2011 ∞
jan 8 2011 +
  • acacia (secret love)
  • aconite (misanthropy)
  • anemone (unfading love)
  • white carnation (sweet and lovely)
  • purple carnation (whimsy)
  • cherry blossom (transience of life)
  • white clover (i promise)
  • red daisy (beauty unknown to possessor)
  • moonflower (dreaming of love)
  • pitch pine blossom (philosophy)
  • poppy (eternal sleep; imagination)
  • witch hazel (magic spell)
jan 6 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • bread-and-butterflies
  • rocking-horse-flies
  • the jabberwock
  • bandersnatch
  • borogroves
  • mome raths
  • the caterpillar
  • the mock turtle
  • dormouse
  • dodo
  • jubjub bird
  • the white rabbit
  • snap-dragonfly
  • tove
  • the march hare
  • cheshire cat
jan 6 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • 里美 (satomi)
  • 歩美 (ayumi)
  • 千恵 (chie)
  • Liliana
  • Fiona
  • Niamh
  • Madeline
  • Saoirse
  • Élise
  • Amélie
  • 하늘 (haneul)
  • 이슬 (iseul)
  • 梅 (Méi)
  • 懷民 (Hwai-min)
jan 1 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
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  • Mary Pickford
  • Phyllis Dare
  • Clara Bow
  • Lillian Gish
  • Billie Burke
  • Lily Elsie
  • Lillian Russell
nov 15 2010 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
  • Sylvia Plath The Bell Jar
  • Christopher Marlowe Edward II
  • Virginia Woolfe To the Lighthouse
  • John Donne Various poems
  • Andrew Marvell Various poems
  • Dan Brown Angels and Demons
  • John Ford 'Tis Pity She's A Whore
  • John Milton Paradise Lost
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Alice Sebold The Lovely Bones
  • George Orwell Animal farm
  • Thomas Middleton and Thomas Dekker The Changeling
  • William Shakespeare
      • As You Like It
      • King Lear
  • Aldous Huxley Brave New World
  • Martin Heidegger Being and Time
  • 20th Century Literary Criticism
sep 18 2010 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • tendency to romanticise things
  • introverted; very tired and unusually weary after social situations
  • as timid as a mouse
  • sometimes really would just like to stay hidden away with a book
  • fickle and flighty, too much of a drifter
  • tendency to drift from reality
  • failure to leave childhood behind
  • moved to tears from the beauty of simple and mundane things
  • over-analyse everything
  • practically fall in love with every man that makes eye contact with me
  • solipsistic tendencies
sep 7 2011 ∞
nov 2 2011 +
  • wax sealed love letters
  • gentle hush of whispers
  • trinket boxes
  • running wild through crafted lands
  • overgrown gardens
  • hearts and minds
may 6 2011 ∞
may 6 2011 +
  • gentle rain
  • whispers
  • waves against the sand
  • wind rustling leaves
  • distant thunder
  • flames crackling
  • babbling brooks and streams
  • birds chirping, singing
  • waves in a seashell
mar 8 2011 ∞
mar 8 2011 +

(from starsmending)

  • Flower: roses, wisteria, lilies, bluebells
  • Colour: dusty pink
  • Noise: grandfather clocks, birdsong, heavy rain
  • Scents: freshly baked bread, jasmine, summer rain, salty sea breezes, cut grass, cloves
  • Feeling: warm sand, soft grass, cold breezes in summer, soft kisses
  • Instrument: violin, piano
  • Season: Summer, Autumn
  • Weather: summer storms, frozen skies
  • Tea: english breakfast tea
  • Eye Colour: Hazel.
  • Clothing colour: neutral, dusty colours
  • Music: Classical, folk, indie
  • Animal: cats, fallow deer, birds, wild horses,
  • Time of day: dawn, late evening.
mar 4 2011 ∞
apr 8 2011 +
  • January
    • The Plague - Albert Camus
    • The Lees of Happiness - F.Scott Fitzgerald
    • The Cut-Glass Bowl - F.Scott Fitzgerald
    • The Hell of it All - Charlie Brooker
    • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F.Scott Fitzgerald
  • February
    • The Stranger - Albert Camus
    • Tête à Tête: Simone de Beavoir x Jean-Paul Sarte biography
    • The Death of Ivan Ilych - Leo Tolstoy
    • Notes From the Underground - Fyodor Dostoevsky
    • The Myth of Sisyphus - Albert Camus
    • No Exit - Jean-Paul Sartre
    • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    • Peter Pan J.M. Barrie
    • Cloud, Castle, Lake - Vladimir Nabokov
  • March
feb 10 2011 ∞
sep 18 2011 +
  • wake up at dawn
  • eat croissants for breakfast
  • bake things other than cakes
  • read books in cafés
  • explore local parks and gardens
  • live less materialistically
jan 29 2011 ∞
jan 29 2011 +
  • flower gardens in the summer
  • seeing a particular boy
  • wishing wells
  • cherry blossom in the wind
  • the happy prince
  • searching for four-leaf clovers
  • the smell of my Chloé perfume
  • hot buttered toast
  • smiling faces
jan 10 2011 ∞
jan 10 2011 +
  • atlantis
  • el dorado
  • lemuria
  • camelot
  • charn
  • númenor
  • agartha
  • avalon
  • eden
  • elysian fields
  • tir na nÓg
  • nysa
  • shambhala
  • shangri-la
  • utopia
jan 9 2011 ∞
jan 9 2011 +
  • amaryllis (shy)
  • 椿 camellia (longing)
  • 梔子 gardenia (secret love)
  • 百合 lily of the valley (sweet)
  • 彼岸花 red spider lily (never to meet again; lost memory)
  • 蓮華 lotus (far from the one he loves)
  • 薔薇 white rose (silence)
jan 6 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • the cheshire cat
  • the cat in the hat
  • bagpuss
  • dinah
  • salem
  • tabitha twitchit
  • tom kitten
  • mittins
  • moppet
  • duchess
  • figaro
  • gray-malkin
  • puss-in-boots
  • lady jane
jan 6 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • Lewis Carroll (Charles Dodgson)
  • Currer Bell (Charlotte Brontë)
  • Acton Bell (Anne Brontë)
  • Ellis Bell (Emily Brontë)
  • Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens)
  • George Orwell (Eric Blair)
  • Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler)
  • Boz (Charles Dickens)
  • Molière (Jean Baptiste Poquelin)
  • Dr Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)
  • Voltaire (François-Marie Arouet)
jan 6 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • Franz Kafka
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • George Orwell
  • Albert Camus
  • Oscar Wilde
  • Charles Dickens
dec 4 2010 ∞
aug 4 2011 +
  • yellow and orange and brown
  • rustle of falling leaves
  • early sunset
  • contrast of cold outside and warm inside..
  • bundled up in coats and scarves and gloves
  • rosy cheeks and noses
  • halloween and christmas
  • conkers on the ground
  • birds leaving for winter
  • grey skies and the flurry of snow
  • frozen cobwebs like strings of pearls
  • frost like lace
oct 17 2010 ∞
feb 8 2011 +
  • June
    • Immortality - Milan Kundera *
    • The Miserable Mill - Lemony Snicket
    • The Ersatz Elevator - Lemony Snicket
  • July
    • The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    • The Secret History - Donna Tartt *
  • August
    • Ignorance - Milan Kundera
    • The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera *
jul 28 2012 ∞
aug 19 2012 +
  • See a production of King Lear on stage
  • See a Cambridge Footlights show at the ADC Theatre
  • Buy a town bicycle
  • Visit Italy
  • Read Shakespeare's historical plays
  • Have a whirlwind romance
  • Go to a wedding
  • Cycle through London-
  • Cultivate a small flower garden
  • Be accepted into the University of Cambridge
  • Go on a date in a coffee shop
  • Spend a whole morning in an art gallery-
  • See a performance by a Philharmonic Orchestra
  • See a performance at the Royal Albert Hall
jul 16 2012 ∞
sep 12 2012 +
  • F.Scott Fitzgerald
    • Tender is the Night (Penguin Hardback Classics)
    • The Great Gatsby (Penguin Hardback Classics)
    • The Beautiful and the Damned- (Penguin Hardback Classics)-
  • J.M. Barrie
    • Peter Pan (Puffin Hardcover Classics)
  • Frances Hodgson Burnett
    • The Secret Garden (Puffin Hardcover Classics)
  • A.A. Milne
    • Winnie-the-Pooh
    • Now We are Six
  • P.L Travers
    • Mary Poppins
sep 7 2011 ∞
mar 28 2012 +
  • The Velveteen Rabbit - Margery Williams
  • Madeline - Ludwig Bernelmans
  • A Bear Called Paddington - Michael Bond
  • The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • The Story of Babar - Jean De Brunhoff
  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit - Beatrix Potter
  • Winnie-the-Pooh - A.A. Milne
  • Peter Pan - J.M. Barrie
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
  • Where The Wild Things are - Maurice Sendak
  • The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
apr 1 2011 ∞
apr 1 2011 +
  • learn to embroider
  • sketch and paint watercolours of animals and scenery
  • visit local gardens and heritage houses (national trust and private)
  • go for bicycle rides in the countryside
  • trips to favourite norfolk coastal and seaside locations
  • learn how to bake bread and various cakes
  • accompany parents to antiques sales and auctions
  • flower pressing
  • search for the perfect apartment for september
mar 7 2011 ∞
apr 13 2011 +
  • a love of books; stories and fairy-tales
  • a never ending curiousity and wonder
  • to embrace imagination and make-believe
  • to be brave
  • to cherish their dreams
feb 9 2011 ∞
feb 9 2011 +
  • blossom floating in the breeze
  • morning bird song
  • meadows of flowers; blossoming in every nook and cranny
  • easter celebrations
  • bright sunshine and cold breezes
  • flowers awakening
  • my birthday
  • butterflies
  • april showers
  • new life
feb 8 2011 ∞
feb 8 2011 +
  • down a rabbit hole
  • through a wardrobe
  • the second star to the right
  • a hurricane
  • in a fireplace
  • through a mirror
jan 23 2011 ∞
jan 24 2011 +
  • regency or victorian townhouse
  • gated front steps
  • an atic full of secrets
  • window boxes of summer flowers
  • a concealed, secret garden
  • walls covered with ivy and vines
  • wunderkammer full of ephemera and curiosities
  • an antique bureau for letter writing
  • bookcases and books stacked in every room
  • an arm chair by a fireplace to lose myself in books
  • patterned wallpaper and creaky floorboards
  • framed portrait paintings of lost souls
  • house plants and house cats
jan 10 2011 ∞
jan 29 2011 +
  • aos sí
  • kelpie
  • grindylow
  • changelings
  • barghest
  • wulvers
  • puck
  • cù sìth
  • boggart
  • wyrm
  • black shuck
  • tiddy mun
  • redcap
  • gytrash
jan 7 2011 ∞
jan 7 2011 +
  • regent street
  • baker street
  • drury lane
  • downing street
  • oxford street
  • portobello road
  • shaftesbury avenue
  • chancery lane
  • fleet street
  • savile row
  • threadneedle street
  • brick lane
jan 6 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Caravaggio
  • Rembrandt
  • Raphael
  • Michelangelo
  • Titian
  • Peter Paul Rubens
  • Andrea del Sarto
jan 6 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • neverland
  • wonderland
  • diagon alley and hogsmeade
  • the enchanted forest
  • narnia
  • the land of oz
  • looking-glass land
  • hundred acre wood
jan 1 2011 ∞
jan 6 2011 +
  • Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe 1869
  • Fingers and Fortune: A Guide Book to Palmistry Eveline Michell Farwell (David Stott, 370 Oxford Street) 1886
  • Stepping Heavenward E. Prentiss (Ward, Lock & Co) 1896
  • Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens 1902
  • Alice in Wonderland Lewis Caroll (S.W. Partridge & Co) 1910
  • Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass Lewis Caroll (William Clowes & Sons) 1920
  • Plato Selected Passages (Oxford) 1941
  • A Short History of French Literature Laurence Bisson (Pelican) 1945
  • King Lear Shakespeare (Pitt Press) 1947
oct 20 2010 ∞
jun 17 2011 +