Oh, the best-laid plans.
I deliberately set aside today to figure out what Luca and I were going to pack for London and Marrakech. (Piero's already in Europe waiting for us.) Two radically different destinations, two distinct climates, two completely unrelated wardrobes.
(London, March 2009)
(Marrakech, April 2007)
No biggie. It was 9am. I had all day to figure it out. How long could it take?
(Note to the Judge: Let me state for the record, Your Honor, that everything started out according to schedule.)
The first few items flew into the suitcase with the rapidity of a meteor shower.
Plug adaptors, check.
Reading material, check.
But then the territory became murkier.
Pink kurta and felted Edelweiss jacket?
Tartan skirt and vintage kaftan?
Down jacket and gold gladiator stilettos?
Wellies and sunscreen?
My head was beginning to hurt.
Wintry London and sultry Morocco?
What were we thinking?
I decided to take a break and focus on something of equal import, like the fact that my desk was in the midst of a massive styling crisis. I slid the bronze Thai hand slightly to the right and moved my new One Kings Lane candle on top of the Paul Smith notebook. Much better.
After that important decision, I set about making sure everything on my inspiration board was securely attached. Whew.
I had just begun to arrange the pens in my desk drawer by color and size (so vital!) when my elbow knocked this book onto the floor.
Leafing through it, I came to a full stop at the painting Duncan Grant did of James Strachey in 1910. The patterned rug, the low reading chair, the Japanese screen in the background and of course James himself sitting there looking like a young Colin Firth -- it felt so immediate.
I looked over at my iPhone. It was only 11am. Plenty of time to pack later. What I obviously needed to do right this minute was to challenge myself to create a modern interpretation of the painting.
I moved the little French chair into the office, dragged the rug over and grabbed a stack of books to fan out on the floor. Yes, this is clearly what I should be doing.
I sat there for a bit, legs lazily crossed, imagining myself in a Marlene Dietrich-inspired suit and crisp white shirt. I picked up the book on the little stool that just arrived yesterday via Amazon. "Bright Young People" by D.J. Taylor.
A few moments may have passed.
Suddenly, I realized I was hungry and that it was almost 1pm. I could hardly pack my suitcase on an empty stomach, could I? Plainly, the sensible thing to do would be to make myself a quick lunch.
The teapot looked so pretty that I couldn't not photograph it.
And then I felt obliged to take a picture of the woodpecker teapot too so he wouldn't feel slighted.
I knew things were getting slightly out of hand, but I couldn't help myself. I just kept taking pictures.
After the kitchen, I moved into the dining room...
...and the hall...
...and made my way through the rest of the house, recording more and more vignettes for posterity. At one point, I realized it was nearly 4:30, time to pick up Luca from school and buy fresh flowers for the couple who is housesitting for us.
Suffice it to say, it's now 11:47pm (past that, actually) and I'm writing this post and I'm still not packed.
But as soon as I finish writing this, I will. (Although I could just set the alarm and get up really early.)