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I'm fascinated by the French concept of "le jardin secret", the secret garden, that part of one's self where one permits all freedom of thought, without worrying about what others might think. It's a metaphorical or imaginary place where one can retreat, recharge; where one can preserve one's identity and sense of self; where one can express one's most secret desires and emotions.
I'm finding, more and more, that this podcast, this little pillow cast, this diary, has become, in many ways, my own secret garden. Well, not so secret, because I find myself compelled to share many of my most intimate thoughts with rather a large number of strangers. In the end, I'm not sure if, through this process, I'm preserving my identity or sense of self, or figuring out what it really is.
Ultimately, it's a pretty self-indulgent process, and I thank you for indulging me, by downloading my musings and manias and listening to them.
Okay, I know what you're really here for is a link to that yarn. Since I wrote and recorded this episode, I've discovered that Clara Parkes at Knitter's Review has -- well -- reviewed it, last spring, in fact. I read the review this morning (it is rather excellent, if you're interested in the yarn, I'd highly recommend reading it), and chuckled all the while, especially at her suggestion that one might want to keep smelling salts at the ready. Indeed.
Oh, and don't get the idea that I don't like Serge Gainsbourg at all -- in fact, although some of his music makes me uncomfortable, there are more songs that I really love, including: "La javanaise" (originally written for Juliette Greco, but there's a lovely version by Indonesian singer Anggun); "Le poinçonneur des Lilas"; "Les petits papiers";
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