"It was imprudent of us, in the first place, to become authors. We could have become something regular, but we managed not to.
We were lucky, but we were also determined." Roy Blount Jr

"I don’t change the facts to enhance the drama. I think of it the other way round, the drama has got to fit the facts,
and it’s your job as a writer to find the shape in real life."
Hilary Mantel

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Rose of the Day

Rosa mundi, or rosa gallica versicolor, is usually my reply if pressed to state my favourite rose. It's beautiful, a pale light pink and a rich deeper pink. It's ancient and historic (originated some time prior to 1581). It's a gallica, meaning it's hardy and reliable. It has a delicate scent.

And it's romantic, connected with the legend of Henry II's mistress, Fair Rosamund. "Like the rose, the colour of her lips was heightened by the comparative delicacy of her fair complexion."

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