Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Karen Blixen...in the afternoon light



Image by me... turning pages in the afternoon light at Chateau Mango.

In the afternoon light, in the far corner of District 2 of Ho Chi Minh City, 
I am thinking of Karen Blixen, also known as Isak Dinesen. My thoughts 
have travelled as a result of a surprise package. One that came a great distance, 
from Copenhagen, where a talented woman by the name of Carina 
so kindly thought of me and Karen Blixen in the same light. 

For in the package is the most beautiful book, 
one that I know so many of you would enjoy.

But first...about Carina..an English teacher and a 
thirty-something Copenhagener and avid fan of Oscar Wilde, 
We have been fellow blogging friends from the start..
both of us writing when time permits.  Karen Blixen has been a subject 
of our thoughts for some time. Carina lives close to the home 
where Karen Blixen lived following her time in Africa. Carina wrote 
a wonderful post about Karen Blixen here and as blog posts often do, 
one thing leads to another and I wrote here
We both have Karen Blixen on our minds.

I highly recommend this book if you are able to locate it. I am sending 
a special thanks by way of this post to Carina for braving the Vietnam 
postal system (a procrastinating one) and sending this beautiful book.
 I am touched beyond words...
You can visit the museum sites of Karen Blixen's homes, 
in Rungstedlund here and in Kenya here.


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This has all inspired me to watch 'Out of Africa' tonight. 
I am home with a touch of the Saigon flu..keeping myself well hydrated 
with Chicken Pho, Fortnum and Mason tea and jugs of filtered water.
I just finished reuniting with Diane Keaton via 'Somethings Gotta Give'...
and what better ending to the day than with Meryl and Robert...

Take Africa, Karen Blixen...Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, 
Klaus Maria Brandauer, beautiful scenery, a wonderful story, 
a classic traveling wardrobe and you have magic.
 An Out of Africa kind of magic....








In 1985, Out of Africa won seven Oscar's including 
Best Picture, Best Writing- Screenplay, Best Music-Original Score , 
Best DirectorBest Cinematography
Best Art Direction-Set Decoration and Best Sound.

Here a few classic Meryl moments....by way of Karen Blixen.


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49 comments:

  1. This certainly looks like an interesting read - thanks for the recommendation. Something's Gotta Give is a favourite of mine and Out of Africa too. I may just watch these again soon especially as we are trying to stay inside and warm here in the UK.
    PS I watched Rick Stein make Chicken Pho on the TV on Saturday and I'm planning to make it this week.
    http://missbbobochic.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Miss b...so happy to inspire a moviethon amongst fellow bloggers. :) Chicken Pho is the best, I take mine with extra mint, chilli and lime. :) xx

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  2. .. lovely post ... on a recent visit to Virginia, my sister and I stayed up late to watch Out of Africa ... AGAIN ... it had been years, and we enjoyed the beauty greatly. Thanks for the post, I will try to find the book. Best regards, Karen

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    1. Karen...Robert Redford just walked into a scene...be still my beating heart.. xx

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  3. Out of Africa is one of my favorite movies and Meryl Strep my fav actress I have read some of Isak Dineson's books and will seek out this one. Banks for the recommendation. She was such an awe-inspiring woman

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  4. Jeanne, I'm so sorry you're under the weather. The cold season has swept through our home recently but luckily left me unscathed. (Fingers crossed) I'm glad you've kept company with Meryl and Diane, two of my favorites. :)
    Interesting that I didn't recognize the name of Karen Blixen. I enjoyed this post and I visited the lovely blog you mentioned. I shall have to return to it because it looks so intriguing.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

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  5. So glad you enjoyed it Leslie...be sure to check out Carina's Year of Cakes...she has some great recipes. xx

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  6. Feel better, Jeanne! I haven't seen the movie but thoroughly enjoyed the book. The book about her home looks wonderful. I will check out Carina's blog now. xoxo

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    1. Oh Sandy..if you enjoyed the book..you have to see the movie! I hope you do... xx

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  7. Dear Jeanne,

    I'm so happy you enjoy the book. Thank you for the kind mention here. I wish you get the chance to visit Rungstedlund on one of your many travels. My dream is to visit the house in Kenya! This post makes me want to go and put on Out of Africa right away:-)

    Hope you'll feel better soon

    xo
    Carina

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    1. Your very welcome Carina...I have added going back to Copenhagen to my bucket list...to accomplish two things, to meet you and visit Karen Blixen's home. I was thinking the same thing about the Kenya house. I just popped a bunch of photos onto my Farmhouse Pinterest board...I think you will enjoy them too. http://pinterest.com/jeannecol/farmhouse/
      The movie is wonderful...every time I see it, I see something different...the way a good film should be.
      Jeanne xx

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  8. Hello Jeanne, Out of Africa is one of my favourite movies. Karen Blixen's life was
    fascinating. Merry' Streep's performance in the movie was just fantastic and the clothes were classic! Lucky you to have received that book straight from your friend in Copenhagen. Something Gotta Give is a very good and hilarious movie too. Both movies are perfect to watch when down with flu. I hope you get better soon.

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    1. Many thanks Pamela...I am mapping out my strategy for tomorrow..I am thinking more Diane and Meryl. :)

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  9. Out of Africa is my all time favourite film, I remember being faintly obsessed by the whole story when I was in my early twenties. The first time I saw the film, I cried uncontrollably at the end with the two lions on Dennis's grave! Janex

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    1. I do the same every time...you should watch it again Jane..I imagine not much has changed. Such a beautiful film..timeless.. :)

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  10. Now you've made me want to watch Out Of Africa all over again. I was quite young when I first watched it. I think I need to see it again through more mature eyes ;)

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    1. Every time I watch it Loree, I notice something different. It must have something to do with what it going on in our lives at the time. This time I noticed more details in the furniture and clothing. I don't recall taking that in before...so beautiful. :)

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  11. It looks fascinating and lovely. Even though I was still in high school when the movie Out of Africa came out, I remember being affected by the gorgeous cinematography and amazing images. And what a lovely gift from a friend!

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    1. She leds such a fascinating life Stephanie...I am looking forward to reading the book in greater detail. It was so much fun to go back and see the movie again...it had been years.. xx

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  12. OIIII, PASSEI PARA DESEJAR UM LINDO DIA CHEIO DE ALEGRIAS E REALIZAÇÕES.
    UM ABRAÇO DA ELODI

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    1. I love a mystery to start the day...Elodi? I managed to translate...

      OIIII, I WENT TO WISH YOU A BEAUTIFUL DAY FULL OF JOYS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS.A EMBRACE OF ELODI

      and to you I wish a beautiful day! xx

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  13. Its the colonial decor that did it for me in Out of Africa.. here's a fabulous link to THE house.. ooh.. aaah.. http://hookedonhouses.net/2010/03/22/karen-blixens-house-in-out-of-africa/.. wait while I get my note book out! x feel better soon.. and keep those liquids up.. x j

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    1. We think alike Jean...I promptly went off and discovered the same post and managed to pin nearly every image onto Pinterest... good inspiration for a farmhouse. :)

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  14. I guess I'm a bit more simple…Somethings Gotta Give is our ALL TIME favorite movie! I think we watch it 5 times a month! We love it! Love Out of Africa as well…just haven't watched in a while. Will definitely be renting it on Apple TV before the weekend is over. Almost makes me want a touch of the Saigon Flu…but then again, I'm terrified of the Alabama Flu! Bless you! I hope you feel better soon! I hope we get to know each other through blogging even better because you my friend have so much to offer! Your stories and your insight are phenomenal! Wish I had half as much to offer! Love getting to find out about so many different people and different lifestyles through blogging. Aren't they all wonderful? We are blessed to be able to do this!

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    1. So true Carolyn, it has opened doors we could have never imagined when we pushed our first 'publish' button. My life is crazy...so happy you can join in the ride. You have so many wonderful things to offer Carolyn...your shop is a treasure trove. Now that, I would love to have!! You are very lucky to have a business you enjoy so much...passion is everything and you have immeasurable amounts of it.... :) xx

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  15. Sounds like you have worked out the perfect antidote to feeling unwell - good food and fabulous movies. Especially the classics - something so indulgent about the classics. And this book looks quite beautiful - fascinating life - what a delightful thing to receive. Hope you are feeling better as soon as is possible. x

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    1. Thank you GD...feeling much improved, I think the book and the classics did the trick. :)

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  16. Both movies you can't see often enough. I adore the fashion style from M.Streep in "out of Africa" and wonder always how you can look so perfect in such a hot climate? Diane Keaton is a very elegant and natural women and both actors prove how to age in grace.
    Recover soon and meantime enjoy your "bed adventures". LOL

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    1. Agree Rena..come to think of it..she did look pretty near perfect for a hot climate. Fingers crossed they continue to age with grace... :)

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  17. I took my recently widowed mother to see Out of Africa all those years ago! What a movie. What a location. But it was the flight that 'Robert' took 'Meryl' on to show her his 'special place' that really did it for my mother - because my father often took her to see something 'special' that he had discovered on his daily travels. I carry this memory with me in my daily life and also try to find something 'special' every day. Thank you for reminding me. Nurture yourself to wellness

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    1. Jan...I am so touched by your story. It sounds like your parents had a wonderful relationship filled with beautiful memories. So glad this post played a part in those memories..xx

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  18. The costumes, house, interiors and decorations in that movie are some of the best ever done in a film. I fell in love with Robert Redford because of that hair-washing scene!

    Funnily enough, I've just been reading about KB too. Did you realise she had an affair with Bror's twin brother before she married Bror? Such a tragic marriage. Although some historian has found that she didn't die of syphilis, as everyone assumes. What a life. xx

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    1. Agree, the movie is so well done, it is timeless. I can not say that for all movies made c. 1985. One thing that comes thru in the book mentioned here is that she lived a happy life in the end, surrounded by family and friends, her home reflected her enjoyment of life...even though it was not the best of times for her for many of those early years. xx

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  19. Everyone wanted Robert Redford.
    I wanted that marvelous house.
    xo

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    1. 1985..the year before I married...Robert Redford was well and truly on my mind. Today..it is the house and the life of a remarkable woman..oh yes...and Mr. H :) xx

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  20. Oh Jeanne....This is my FAVORITE movie of all time....what a lovely post.

    xo

    Jo

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  21. Beautiful blog and great post: my all-time favourite movie.

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    1. Thank you Joelle...I am delighted to have discovered yours! :)

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  22. Hi Jeanne - you reminded me of a really fantastic evening staying at the Giraffe Manor in Nairobi. With KB's book in hand and a G&T by my side I was completely absorbed by the sounds of Africa, helped enormously by the beautiful creatures loping around the grounds outside the windows. I haven't seen the film, but spurred on immediately placed an order with Amazon - that would be something I would miss enormously if living in Vietnam, speedy Amazon delivery! I wanted to recommend a book to you: "Princess Remembers: Memoirs of the Maharani of Jaipur" an amazing read which captured a different age. I mean, travelling with elephants on your family train up into the mountains - blows your mind! Hope you are feeling better. I've just had an indulgent movie moment with 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding', just lovely.
    Christy x

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    1. Christy..you are a sweetheart! This book sounds amazing and you are so right..Amazon is a distant memory. Everything has to be coordinated with visitors these days. A G&T..Nairobi, KB's book..I can hear it, feel it, taste it! Thank you..I needed that. Off to find your book..thank heaven for a kindle! 'Big Fat Greek Wedding' reminded me of 'Monsoon Wedding'..I feel another movie night coming on...:) thank you! xx

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    2. Just watched it and it was perfect. What an incredible woman to be so unafraid of life and the unknown.
      You must now watch my favourite film - it's swedish so get your subtitle hat on - "As it is in Heaven". Perfect fodder for when you need to sob, and beautiful music to boot. Put it on your Amazon wish list!!
      C x

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  23. A chilly grey afternoon here in Tunbridge Wells, I check the TV guide & "out of Africa" is just starting on ITV3.
    perfect I can settle down & enjoy. Hope you are having a good weekend.

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  24. Out of Africa is a treasure! When we were in Nairobi, we didn't live far from the Karen Blixen house (which is in Karen, actually). I used to go there on lazy afternoons with a book to read somewhere interesting on the grounds. In the movie, the scene where the servants line up and welcome Karen Blixen, they're saying in Kiswahili, "Welcome, Madame Nothing," an example of the Kenyan sense of humor, not a mean-spirited thing. My housekeeper cracked up when he heard it. If you can get it, the movie (based on the book by the same name, "White Mischief," is a fairly accurate accounting of how they lived. Exiled by parents with tons of money, they were, er, naughty. One of my favorite books is "West by East," the story of Beryl Markham's solo flight across the Atlantic. She was in the White Mischief crows and a rival of Karen Blixen. Anyway, we also belonged to the Muthaiga Club featured in the movie with the New Year's Eve scene. One such time, I was allowed to enter (as that's the only time women were) and couldn't believe how small the bar was.

    Read your previous blog: Hope you've recovered from the flu and it's nice to know you've got your groove back since the kids have left. I guess that's how my mother felt when I breezed off but hadn't a clue. Youth!

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    1. Kittie...we have 'White MIschief' but it has been years. I am going to seek and find tonight. Your life is so amazing to me and I love the way you tell us about it...I never want it to end. I am off to add 'West by East' to my Kindle folder...love book and movie recommendations. Thank you! :)

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  25. Out of Africa is one of my 'go to' films - I see something new every time I watch it. Years ago, on one of our visits to my husband's family in Zealand, we visited Rungstedlund. I'd love to go back without fidgety children - they could only think of the beach, which was our final destination that day.
    Lovely post - and what a thoughtful gift from your friend.

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  26. I'm so glad to be alerted to "Karen Blixen at Home". I'll be looking for it. I have visited her home in Nairobi. What a thrill. I have watched Out of Africa so many times it almost plays itself in my head!

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