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.

Jenny Joseph (partial)

Ailsa of Where’s My Backpack is having a purple moment. Join in if you can.


26 thoughts on “Here Comes Summer #7

  1. Lovely purple moments of joy, Jude!
    Big hug to you from Bonn, Dina

    “Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.”
    Regina Brett


    1. Purple in the garden seems to be very fashionable over the past few years. I must admit it is my favourite shade at the moment with magenta and violet tints.


      1. Always been my favorite color. Once had a (now admittedly) garishly purple room at college in rebellion against Mom’s control at picking ugly wallpaper for my childhood bedroom 🙂


    1. My bedroom as a child was ALWAYS Dawn pink – a very pale pink, but pink nonetheless. When I was a teenager I persuaded my mother to allow me to have one purple wall (wallpapered) the rest were a pale yellow. It was a very small bedroom, but I loved that purple wall.


  2. I love that poem, and I love purple. So this post I love particularly. Where do all those flowers come from? Surely not your garden!

    I’ve got the red hat (a beret), but my purple outfit is a summer one, so they haven’t been simultaneously worn.


    1. These flowers are selected from the hundreds I took recently from the gardens we visited last week in Kent. I shall get around to posting about them, once I can concentrate. At the moment it is in the late 20s C and I don’t do that sort of heat well. Makes me tired!


      1. Gilly linked me to a post of hers – I have never heard of them, or seen them. I shall start looking harder in the tearooms 😉


    1. Gorgeous aren’t they? Dierama pulcherrimum, just damn difficult to photograph as they are constantly in motion and the background usually gets in the way. I had a chortle over ‘hooked’ (Angel’s fishing rod) was that deliberate? 😉


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