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Tuesday, 10 August 2010

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

 I have always loved this poem:

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired

And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

And run my stick along the public railings

And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

And pick flowers in other people's gardens

And learn to spit.



You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

Or only bread and pickle for a week

And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.



But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

And pay our rent and not swear in the street

And set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.



But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.



Jenny Joseph



Anyway, the point behind showing you the poem is, that I love purple, in most shades, I wear it, I use it in crafting, it's in my bedroom and bathroom, and it makes me feel happy.

Recently, Terry and I went to a charity Ball in the village where we live, in aid of SADS; sudden adult death syndrome. The people we bought our house from sadly lost their nephew a few years ago to the syndrome. He was 15, and he would be the same age as Megan, my oldest now, who is 20. So it brings it home to us in a very real way. We all dress up in our finery, and traipse off to a barn in the village once a year to raise money for  charity. It is a happy affair, with lots of laughter, and the family of Joe, remember him with love.I bought a new dress, shoes etc for the occasion in my favourite colour, and made a necklace to match, and thought that I'd show you some pictures. I'm not able to show you anything on the crafting front today, as I've been working on secret DT business lately.





My shoes were so lovely, and I will wear them with trousers through the winter, they are worthy of a scrapbook page of their own!




Terry is out of hospital now, and learning how to slow down thankfully, but he gave us a scare. He has to have some more tests, but he is showing symptoms of angina related to stress. I would like to thank you for your good wishes. Hopefully now we can keep an eye on him and make sure that he doesn't overdo things

I'll be back tomorrow for WOYWW, and maybe a crafty snippet or two, thanks for looking, Judith xx

8 comments:

Aquarius said...

That poem is great I agree and thanks for sharing your pictures - amazing shoes!!

craftimamma said...

I love that poem too and I'm getting there fast, Lol! You both look fabulous in the photo and although I haven't seen those gorgeous shoes and your lovely dress, I have seen that beautiful necklace you made and it's stunning.

Glad to hear Terry's feeling much better and is being a good boy, Lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Elaine said...

I love that poem too Judith, I dont think I have ever seen the whole thing before though.

Love your outfit, those shoes are wonderful - I seriously covet them! Don't let me near them, I might have to steal them!!

Glad it sounds like Terry is behaving himself, tell him if he is naughty again we will have to send the girls round!!

Elaine xx

Phree said...

I just plan to grow old disgracefully hehe. Thanks for sharing the poem and the photos of you and Terry. You look very elegant in your evening dress, and those shoes are fabulous! Your necklace compliments the dress perfectly.

Glad to hear your hubby is on the mend, I know you must have been veyr worried about him.

Alizabethy said...

Fabulous shoes and dress - you both make a lovely couple!

Jill said...

I love this poem too. I also love purple and you know Jo does too with her purple hair!

So pleased Terry is doing OK. I had to learn to slow down and its hard, but eventually you get the hang of it.

Love

Jill
x

donna said...

I just stopped by to see what you have been up to. I LOVE purple too. and that poem but yours is different than the one I have. Your dress and shoes and necklace are all very lovely. I checked out your work space too and it looks amazing! So much storage, I like to organize but rarely get around to labeling. Glad to hear your husband is getting better.

Jo said...

I saw a stamp the other day with the first line of the purple poem! I love purple too and don't wear enough of it. I have a purple and gold bedroom which I planned as a bit of a statement when life was edging in the wrong direction. But I think I need some shoes like those. They are the business!

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