It must be Vietnam

Rain over Saigon

It must be September...
for it is raining in Saigon...again. 
Dark clouds approach in the early evening 
with great thunderous demonstrations. 
The late afternoon light dims and then it happens...
shake, rattle and roll..the rain comes. 
The gentle rains of our days living in England are long forgotten.. 
for in Saigon they only know torrents of rain. 
But...who am I to complain?  
I secretly like this time of day. 
I crank up the AC, take in the tropical storm light, 
brew tea, light a candle, play music, grab a book, 
toss in a movie and embrace every raindrop. 

Mr. H is travelling..and Mrs. H has taken over 
the television with Jane Austen.
I am having a Jane Austen movie fest..
Pride and Prejudice (both versions), Northanger Abbey
Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion, Mansfield Park
Emma and Becoming Jane for good measure.

Call me a romantic? 
Ok..I admit it. 

Pride and Prejudice Blog 

Are you a fan of Jane Austen? If the answer is yes, 
you might enjoy taking a peak at these....

The Book of Love- Jane Austen films...
encapsulating the movie world of Jane Austen.. here

Lost in Austen (Full miniseries)... 
I watched this on You Tube recently and enjoyed it..  here

I have to ask...
Which Mr. Darcy do you prefer?
Can't decide? Have a look at
Mr Darcy..who is the best? here

I say Matthew MacFadyen here 
and Colin Firth (lake scene) here
both do 'Mr. Darcy' proud.

I watched Emma last night..
and laughed at Emma's thoughts on Mr. Knightly

“Dear Diary, 
Today I tried not to think about Mr. Knightly. 
I tried not to think about him when
 I discussed the menu with Cook... 
I tried not to think about him in the garden 
where I thrice plucked the petals off a daisy 
to his feelings for Harriet. 
I don't think we should keep daisies in the garden, 
they really are a drab little flower. 
And I tried not to think about him when I went to bed, 
but something had to be done.” 

Hopeless romantic? You betcha and...
good looking male leads don't hurt either.

It must be September..
because I started listening to Joni Mitchell again.
There is just something about Joni and September, 
they go hand in hand for me.

From Offshore here

The song I always play first... 'You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio' here
I wonder what Jane Austen would think of the lyrics here
More favourite Joni Mitchell songs here

If you listen to Joni the way I listen to Joni... you will enjoy this
 recent interview, 'Portrait of an Artist', with Jian Ghomeshi. 
If you haven't seen can watch it. here

CBC Music

It must be September..
for I read an entire book this weekend. 
I am a romantic who loves a good mystery.
I can't tell you how long it has been since I read 
a book for hours on end. Too long....and I loved it.

If you enjoyed the mystery of The Shadow the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
and the Cemetery of the Forgotten will be intrigued by this
1920's tale set in the heart of Barcelona. I could not put it down.
You can read about it here

So far..September in Saigon 
is looking and listening pretty good!

How is your September going?

Sending you Jane, Joni with a touch of Carlos 
vibes for a fabulous week!


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