Archive for December, 2009
Regular readers of my blog may have noticed some changes to the site, i’m really excited to say that these are now all up and running and mean great things for the Beatle Photo Blog, for a start i’m no longer tied to ‘Blogger’ which means no more randomly deleted posts or the threat of the entire blog and it’s archives disappearing never to return, by getting my own domain name this now means i have a ton more storage, upload and download space, I can add music and even video!!. I love the new look, with Blogger you had to have colours and distracting text but now i can lose all that green template design and have the focus just on the photo content. The archives are now better ordered, and i’ll be adding tag’s, so if for instance you want to find all the posts about John in 1980, all you have to do is click on the tag at the bottom of the photo and it will bring up all the posts with John in 1980 content (This may take a while to work through and get all the pics tagged). Now instead of having to go to the archives when you reach the bottom of the page all you have to do is click the “Older Posts” icon and it will take you to the previous pages posts. Please take a moment to update your bookmarks and RSS feeds, fear not as you’ll still be redirected here from the old site, but it will be more direct if you simply add the new bookmark, so spread the word to anyone and everyone you can think of that may wish to know about this. I cant wait to get posting and spreading the Beatle Photo joy. I have to thank one of my besties Tyson and his partner Nico for the gift of the domain name and especially Tyson who rebuilt the site and done SO much tech work on it, i’m in awe of his talents and i mean that, Greg xoxo
Karuizawa is an old summer resort in Japan very much like the Hamptons except it’s in the mountains. There is a coffee house in a pine forest near Karuizawa. John & I fell in love with the place, and found ourselves going there almost every day with Sean. To get there, you had to go cycling for about 30 minutes from the town of Karuizawa. But we loved going there. There was a big hammock in the backyard, and John, Sean and I used to spend the afternoon lying in it, giggling, singing, and watching the sky.
After John’s passing, five years from the time we were last there together, I visited the coffee shop again. It was as if time had stood still. There was the same stillness in the shop with only a few people sitting around. The scent of pine and aroma of good coffee was in the air. I had a cup of coffee and left. The owner came running after me and handed me a lighter. “Your husband left this the last time he was here,” he said. I looked at him and the lighter. “I’d like to return this to you.” I lit the lighter. The flame shot up, like it was alive. Then I remembered the day that John had left the lighter at the coffee house.
The three of us went there to spend the afternoon as usual. Right in the middle of our bike ride home, John remembered that he had left the lighter at the coffee house. I was going fast on my bike. He was shouting something to me from behind. “What?” I shouted. “I left me lighter at the coffee house!” John shouted back. “The one I bought yesterday!” I knew he liked that one. I slowed down and turned my head around. “Shall we go back to get it?” I asked. “Yeah, let’s,” he said. Then he changed his mind “Oh, never mind. I’ll get it tomorrow when we’re there,” he said. But tomorrow never came. The rainy season started the next day. It rained cats and dogs for several days without stopping.
Karuizawa was not fun when that started. John just sat in the hotel room and made collages. Then we packed and left for Tokyo, then home to N.Y.
We got busy with other things and, as fate would have it, we never went back there again. I was left with the lighter.
“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” JL
(Note, only yesterday i found the above photograph from 1979 and was amazed that this hasn’t surfaced before, then this morning i found the above article on the net that describes the hammock you can see John and Sean standing before, cool eh?)
Ahhhh, such sweet memories, in the early to mid ninties i used to book the suite in Sydney that The Beatles stayed in during their Aussie 1964 tour, it was Room 801 at the Sheraton and it was a great place for parties, we had a ton of them and there sure are some stories to tell some day, the best thing was all the fixtures were original from the 1960’s, so we all took turns at being photographed in Paul’s original old closet and not so strangely i became most attached to the toilet that the Beatles used, a little bit of an intervention had to be performed on me every time a guest wanted to use the toilet, i found it harder and harder to religuish my loving grasp on this most special of receptacles. Alas now the hotel has been turned into appartments but at least the facade is original, great times, great times.