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It was full of smoke and it was yellow

I can’t remember where they lived, I think it was Chelsea. They had a big terraced house, three storeys or four and all I can remember is sitting with them in the basement, with sun streaming through the windows and they were both smoking and the room was full of smoke and it was yellow. Jane had very long hair and Charlotte looks exactly like her mother did then, except Jane’s hair was much fairer. Jane was wearing a coral coloured cardigan and shorts. I remember they had a meeting upstairs and I did nothing but read magazines and then they went out for a couple of hours. The second time was exactly the same, they argued a lot but they were all speaking in French and it was hard to follow.

My mother lived in London in the 70s and worked for a company that solved problems for high profile clients. In 1971, she found herself babysitting for Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin.

[photos by Jeanloup Sieff]

4 Comments Post a comment
  1. That’s amazing!!

    September 13, 2010
  2. iwishihadtaste #

    Define “problems,” please. No, really, I’m so interested it’s not even funny.

    September 13, 2010
  3. vic #

    I’ll have to get back to you on that one. Apparently she has loads of other stories to tell me.

    September 14, 2010
  4. Wow, how interesting! Love those photos of them

    September 15, 2010

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