There are few pleasures as calming and sensual as lounging on a perfect chair in a garden reading nook, one may travel the world, reading of adventures, romantic encounters or of past glamorous and courageous lives while the dahlia enfolds framed in magical light.

As a itinerant unalterably in the throes of wanderlust, I am not in one place for very long, but when I manage to root, I often gravitate towards an ethereal and delicate atmosphere, as a butterfly I am attracted to the gentle, dainty fairy lights and the pale French chiffon insubstantiality in bed dressing in dream spaces. These heighten my reveries of Paris and of summer laughter trickling through sands in a faraway beach.

Saturdays are intangibly sweet and decadent, a day for reading Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H Lawrence, picking a blue rum bottle and lace vase bouquet of hydrangea, sweet peas and mint from the garden and dwelling on love songs such as 500 Miles as sung by Berklee song goddess, Armeen Musa, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rupXtC0Rag

I have always been around German Shepherds, we have three, at my grandparents house as guard dogs, as an adolescent, we were intimidated by them, perhaps sneaking in late at night, but knew we were well protected, they are intelligent, beautiful and highly respected members of the household. I recently acquired a black pug puppy, Magnolia Seraphina, she is sweet and gentle and proving to be a loyal and charming friend.

My passion for the sea enriches living so close to the Pacific Ocean, I awaken to seagull cries and views of large steamships of global commerce, and I deepen my fascination with songs and stories of the water. I especially adore the French song, “La Mer”, the music and lyrics capture a sun drunk day the beach. “On Chesil Beach” by Ian McEwan is also permeated with longing, mystery, intense choices and the unfathomable healing and invigorating qualities of the ocean.

I was intensely enchanted by “Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life”, this book highlighted the English gardens, flora and fauna that were significant in the authors life and imparted her imagination, stories and sketches, from bunnies to goldfish to the old farmers that crossed her path to the trees and flowers that’s captivated her, Beatrix was happy and inspired by nature and created magical and memorable characters for children from her dreamy Hill Top Farm greenscapes.

The evening is for mysteries, contemplation, fleeting laughter with loved company and doors of heaven prying open to deepening possibilities. I celebrate the night with tender rituals, lighting my favorite candles, applying luscious perfume and relaxing in my cotton nightgowns in my boudoir, enjoying the sumptuous decadence of a spent day.

Dwelling in very thick novels, sampling perfume and drinking tea are quintessential airport layover activities, thus while waiting for a flight to visit one of my best friends from law school in Cambodia, I indulged in rose tea from the Harrods, this tea was delicately hued, gently reminiscent of a secret garden of fragrant roses and provocatively calming. I regret not picking up a tin for Monday evening interludes.

Though I may be generally found knee deep in books, with nails dirty from my garden, or writing little stories and images, or cooking a simple French dish, or dancing to my playlist, I have added painting to my recent endeavors, because emotions may be expressed with delicate tones of pink, even beyond the black and white written world, (www.jasmineandorangeblossoms.com).

There are beautiful angelic pink and dawn purple sweet peas and dainty pink hydrangea in my garden, but also a few wildflowers and/or weeds I am eager to identify. The little birds have also attacked a package of seeds all over the corner of the patio and visit all day, a consideration of food for songs.

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera, remains even after the effervescent, delicate and intensely beautiful story has been tucked into our hearts. I adore the emotionally hued imagery, prose, ideas and setting of this narrative, it is the story of a man who is with many women but only loves one, his wife, of stars and shared sleep. It explores the lightness of existence, of a reality and interactions that almost seem to float along as a dream, a butterfly breeze and a cloud.

"The Unbearable Lightness of Being" by Milan Kundera, remains even after the effervescent, delicate and intensely beautiful story has been tucked into our hearts. I adore the emotionally hued imagery, prose, ideas and setting of this narrative, it is the story of a man who is with many women but only loves one, his wife, of stars and shared sleep. It explores the lightness of existence, of a reality and interactions that almost seem to float along as a dream, a butterfly breeze and a cloud.

There is a shiver of wonder, a breaking of a spell and merging of dream consciousness upon the sighting of a swan. These mystical birds symbolize beauty, grace, purity, light and love. They have entranced writers and composers, as in Tchaikovsky’s ballet, Swan Lake, based on a Russian folk tale, the story of a princess turned into a swan by a sorcerer. Swans also feature in mythology in varied cultures including Ancient Greek and Hinduism, where they are referred to as “Hamsa”,representing perfect union, balance and life. These water birds are herbivores and pairs mate for life.

I am deeply bewitched by the light in Los Angeles in June, the city is in a stupor of jacaranda trees and the constant bougainvillea. I am eager to check out old bookstores in Hollywood to find rare children’s books and works of magic in this town of dreams and angels.

A Suitable Boy

"A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth is one of my favorite novels, I read it during law school in Manhattan, in between thick casebooks that almost rivals the voluminous nature of this story. The book features four families in India around partition, the awakening of a new independent nation, class and societal conflicts, religion, family dynamics, the search for love and the elegant, heartbreaking and shimmering choices/tears that fall upon a life.

A wall of beautiful floral plates, a few fresh cut flowers, candlelight, and a patisserie choice may remedy tribulations, with similar hearts and inclinations, many towns aim to satisfy the yearning for a walk along the Rive Gauche in Paris in June, creating a moment of enchantment among the daily thorns, and beauty in the present circumstances.