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15 January 2011 @ 09:22 pm
Wild giggling ...  
I've been enjoying In Tearing Haste, the letters of Deborah Devonshire* and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Quite aside from driving home the fact that people had much better adventures 60 years ago, though much more gruesome ones in the war years before that, parts of it are simply hilarious. An example from PLF: 'Many thanks for those mystery cornfield photographs [she had sent photos of crop circles]. One of my difficulties about them is: how could visitors from outer space know so much about Art Deco?'


* She writes so well about gardens that I found myself buying this to see if she is as entertaining on other topics. Worth the price for the JFK letters alone.
 
 
 
Casaella_irene on January 15th, 2011 11:14 am (UTC)
I like PLF. Have you read his memoirs?

Quite aside from driving home the fact that people had much better adventures 60 years ago


I found that his memoirs did the same thing, though I was always aware that, had I been born then, I couldn't have, because of being a woman.

(His memoirs are extremely awesome, by the way.)
Loyaulte Me Lieshocolate on January 15th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
That is, obviously, the worst thing about crop circles!!
Susanlil_shepherd on January 15th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
PLF is wonderful.
wemyss: CofETorywemyss on January 15th, 2011 08:06 pm (UTC)
PLF is superb ...
... but Debo is remarkable. Do treat yourself to all her works.
shu_shu_sleepsshu_shu_sleeps on January 15th, 2011 11:47 pm (UTC)
On that example alone I think I NEED to read this. ISBN?
&helena;uminohikari on January 17th, 2011 02:15 am (UTC)
I am both puzzled and intrigued by the fact that gardens can be a source of such interest