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Time Spent with the Dame

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Seasons come and seasons go,

Nature’s song,

wheeling cosmically,


time spent with the Dame

washes a lot,

(with her humming song),

of the past away.

To greet Imogen and Orlando,


free of travel disarray and dirt,

to occupy new places,

is surprising –

to say the least.

(copyright Imogen Crest 2008.)

Notes on a Soiree

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Soiree Red Tuille

On stumbling across some good information online regarding Lord Byron’s daughter, Ada Byron Lovelace, from his short marriage to her mother, I read about her connection with Charles Babbage, the Victorian era father of the modern day computer. It’s worth reading the transcript shown on the link to Charles Babbage, because it shows an interesting shapshot of life in the mid 19th Century, when an explosion of ideas came forth. (It’s very long, and most of the parts can be skipped over according to interest.) The way these ideas were spread, prior to the days of television, radio, podcasts, and other modern communication methods, was the soiree.

Are soirees considered out of date? Ada Lovelace met Charles Babbage at one of his soirees, held to spread awareness of his scientific ideas. I suppose these days there are expos and field days and the like, but nothing as glamorous as swirling silks, elegant style, men in full evening dress, the romance of gaslight and chandeliers, and sumptuous furnishings and art.

I tried to imagine the excitement of conversations at these soirees, with so many great minds mingling with each other. It was interesting, then, to think about other soiree settings: J.S. Bach attended many soirees to showcase his music, Rossini must have discussed every opera and libretto with the minds that attended his famous musical soirees, and the celebrated painter, Lord Leighton, was well known for holding his lavish soirees. A soiree is literally “an evening party”, which could be specialised under a theme, such as a “musical soiree” which has the sole purpose of listening to music. These evening parties were usually held at a private residence.

Is the original soiree gone for good? The best we can have is a glimpse back in time, and imagine what it was like back there, when all was new, and people were excited by ideas. Though, there was some later backlash, where Babbage wasn’t always entirely happy with what happened to his inventions, but I can’t help imagining that nothing could have happened if rampant idealism hadn’t dominated those times.

The soiree is seems a dignified way of showcasing ideas, and sharing them in a relaxed setting. I wish the soiree wasn’t “dead”, but in a world of circles, perhaps the concept is only just sleeping…

(copyright Imogen Crest 2007.)

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July 29, 2007 at 7:29 am

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For Heather

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Monika invited us to the Villa

to honor our mentor–

SoulSister brought her Silver Cup,

Gail, her Healing Herbs,

Lori, warm light and illumination,

Peacebird, the magic of quartz and crystal


Prairiemuse, the soothing glow of blue glass.

All of these are for you, dear Heather,

with affection.



Montage compiled by Lori Gloyd

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August 18, 2006 at 4:34 am

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Cognac & Cake – Candlelight Supper for Heather

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 Hermitage Villa Announcement

It’s time to put the feet up and have an evening for Heather, and drink a toast to her with some fine cognac, and share some cake together.  This city would not be there without her ingenuity and daily love of art, so she is the guest of honour!  Cheers, Heather, and thank you.

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August 16, 2006 at 3:39 pm

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Baba, Imogen, Belenus & Orlando Non Furioso

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It was after the visit to Baba Yaga that Belenus, the intellect-ruled donkey, changed forever.  And this was not because there was anything wrong with him, but because he wanted it that way.  Metamorphosis brought him to a Villa on the outskirts of the City of Ladies, in Cyberia, where he paints the bright pots he makes from rich clay, in his pottery studio in the ancient ways.  Had he been human, his name would have been like that of the famous knight of the ancient tales, so angry had he grown about the world, and only relying on the intellect.  Yet, now he was human, by transformation.  Daily he uncovers ancient treasures from the earth, and uses his hands to create, the thing he envied his very good friend Imogen Crest for.  His Villa is known to change colours with the weather, and sometimes with the mood he is in.  And of course, Imogen has lost none of her affection for him, residing as she does in her Hermitage Villa in the City of Ladies, closeby, and following her dreams of the intellect and the heart.


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August 16, 2006 at 1:52 pm

Exploring – Villa of Dreams

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On the first day of arriving, Imogen Crest came across a place off the main piazza called mysteriously “Villa of Dreams”.  To her surprise, nobody lived there, but many roamed around in different rooms of their own making.  The Villa changed colours with the thoughts of the people, and became whatever they chose it to be.  It was so mysterious and enchanting, she decided to send a postcard back to the Lemurian Hermitage, to show what she had found in the magical city of Cyberia.

(copyright Imogen Crest 2006.)

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August 14, 2006 at 7:50 am

Hermitage Villa – Imogen Crest Working Holiday

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After leaving Baba’s and experiencing a profound transformation (entirely because of the workings of Baba Yaga’s Cauldron), Imogen has decided to take a working holiday in the famed City of Ladies, in Cyberia near the Mouseion. Magically a villa has materialised, which like her counterpart Orlando’s, has the strange quirk of changing colours according to the weather or the mood she is in. Feel free to visit, fellow travellers.


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August 11, 2006 at 12:28 pm