Here Comes Summer #7


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 Comments Add yours

  1. Radhika says:

    Such wonderful photos! And of flowers in my favorite color! The earth indeed does! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for visiting Radhika 🙂

  2. Dina says:

    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. Heyjude says:

      Haha, I DO wear purple – always have done! Haven’t tried the red hat though 😉

  3. Gorgeous photos; I love purple in the garden. And one of my favorite poems to start it off!

    1. Heyjude says:

      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.

  4. Sammy D. says:

    I could dive right into those hues of purple. Simply delicious!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Purpleishess 😀

      1. Sammy D. says:

        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 🙂

    2. Heyjude says:

      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.

      1. Sammy D. says:

        🙂 cool :-). Now my bedroom is sage green and I love that, too. It brings the outdoors in.

  5. 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. Heyjude says:

      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!

  6. There are groups of women in America who really do wear red hats and purple. You may want to rethink that. Lovely photos though!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Mm mm… why do I get the feeling that I’m not going to like the answer to this question. Who and what?

      1. Google Red Hat Society. You will be amazed or possibly appalled. I often saw them out in groups. They look a fun-loving bunch!

        1. Heyjude says:

          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 😉

        2. They’re over here as well?

      2. Lucid Gypsy says:

        The Red Hat Ladies are in the UK as well, I did a post about them, they’re great . (feel free to delete this!)

  7. Lucid Gypsy says:

    A beautiful purple post, I was hooked at the start with the dieramma or however you spell it!

    1. Heyjude says:

      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? 😉

  8. nowathome says:

    Great photo’s Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Aletta, glad you like them 🙂

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