Aug. 27th, 2013

liv: Table laid with teapot, scones and accoutrements (yum)
Specifically, I'm travelling from Montreal to Toronto on a remarkably civilized conveyance which has roomy, comfortable seats, and free wifi, and my return ticket for the 300 mile journey cost less than what I usually pay for the Stoke to London train which is half the distance and far less pleasant an experience. The view is not the most interesting I've seen on a long train journey, but I'm enjoying the subtly different flora and landscape that make me feel on holiday. It's a misty early autumn day, with the famous North American fall colours just starting to show. Mostly brackens near the ground that are really bright, the deciduous trees are just barely starting to be tinged. The range I expect in the yellow-orange-brown part of the spectrum here extends well into red, including a sort of purply red I've rarely seen before.

how I got here )

Basically I'm absurdly happy, I'm spending most of my waking hours bouncing and grinning and squeeing. Yay friends, yay pleasures both sensual and intellectual. Part of the reason for this Toronto / Niagara trip has been to give our friends a bit of a break from hosting us, and it's likewise giving me and [personal profile] jack a chance to sit and catch up with the internet for a few hours in between cramming dozens of different pleasures into each day of our holiday. I think I'm about back up to speed with my reading lists, but do let me know if anything momentous has happened in your life or the world while I've been out of time for 10 days. When I get back to England I'm going straight into leading festival services, and once those are done the new academic year will start and in general my life is going to be pretty full-on from next week until Christmas. Which is another reason to really make the most of this unusually luxurious summer break.

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Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

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