Your starter for ten

By mrswoolybill
So how many people identified the poem that Janet was reading, just from the thumbnail?

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat that 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 am 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 the 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 beer mats
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 will have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practise 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)

This was also read recently at the funeral of a dear friend. It suited her.
Thanks for looking,

Tags: Photo journalism Poetry Portraits and people Silly Sunday Humour and fun Community photography

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ddolfelin Plus
9 103 3 Wales
26 Feb 2017 7:38AM
A striking image.
Bottom of the class and stay in after school for me.
Not heard of that poem - it's very good, Moira.
26 Feb 2017 7:40AM
Great poem and pictures Moira. V2 my favourite but sadly, she had removed the hat. (The red one) Smile

26 Feb 2017 8:00AM
Always liked that poem, the first half anyway.
Very aptly chosen portraits, I especially like V1.
Hop-A-Long 14 52 1 England
26 Feb 2017 8:01AM
Excellent photograph, she is looking quite the rebel.

Savvas511 4 158 Cyprus
26 Feb 2017 8:06AM
I can't say I know the poem Moira but what I know is that version 1 and lead are my favorite.


Savvas Stavrinos
nonur 12 18 13 Turkey
26 Feb 2017 8:09AM
Lovely poem and images, Moira.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2017 8:16AM
Good morning folks. The poem is something of an anthem for women of my generation.
franken Plus
18 5.3k 4 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2017 8:23AM
Both are excellent, Moira.

Love the poem!
26 Feb 2017 8:58AM
That's some hat! More like an awning really!
26 Feb 2017 9:06AM
Oh dear, I've started wearing exaggerated cheque shirts and inappropriate shoes so perhaps my poor old body is ageing too.
As long as "your" generation has such wonderfully young minds though us lot here are going to continue to be blessed with seeing such lovely photographs, thanks for sharing Mrs W.

an "aged parent"
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2017 9:06AM
Fiona, nobody dared ask Janet which charity shop she had raided, in case she hadn't... Wink
cats_123 Plus
17 5.1k 30 Northern Ireland
26 Feb 2017 9:20AM
Elasticated waist bands for me 😁😁😁

V2 is a winner 😁
Rende 14 38 4 Netherlands
26 Feb 2017 10:23AM
She looks like the perfect performer for the poem Smile
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1868 England
26 Feb 2017 10:37AM
One of the downsides of being the father of the groom at a wedding is that you don't get the chance to take many pictures. And it saddens me that i can't find and post a shot of Mrs Dudler wearing purple (well - mauve) for our son's wedding last year. I have pictures, but the only Silly Sunday aspect of posting them would be the suggestion that I have a death wish. Mrs D is not a willing model for my camera, and believes that I am unable to take a good picture of her. This is close to a self-fulfilling prophecy...

And she'll love this set!
SlowSong Plus
12 9.7k 30 England
26 Feb 2017 10:57AM

Quote:You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat,
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go,

I'm half way there already! Grin
26 Feb 2017 11:37AM
Great captures and poem one I've not seen before, I'm now going to get out my purple clothes and red hat.
Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2017 11:50AM
Glad to reach 30 in this wonderful images Moira!
Excellent work and a beautiful poem... Isabel Grin
mistere Plus
8 6 4 England
26 Feb 2017 11:59AM
Warning, a fine poem and a lovely set of images Moira.
Well done Janet,

TrevBatWCC Plus
13 13 19 England
26 Feb 2017 12:49PM
No, not heard that one before! Grin A wonderful trio of images captured here Moira Smile
Trev Smile
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
26 Feb 2017 12:58PM
excellent capture and words Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.9k 2435 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2017 1:03PM
Thanks for the UA, Ollie, and thanks everyone.
I should add a bit more about Janet. Great-grandmother, retired medical practice manager, environmental volunteer, she's a strong woman. The poem suited her.
Nikonuser1 Plus
8 167 16 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2017 2:02PM
A great set of portrait images Moira, great poem toGrinGrinGrin

Daisymaye Plus
12 23 19 Canada
26 Feb 2017 2:08PM
I've had a few friends who were red hatters. They did some crazy things but were fun people. A great set and love the poem.
prabhusinha 13 5 5 India
26 Feb 2017 6:29PM
Gracefull SS
Drighlynne 10 131 1 United Kingdom
26 Feb 2017 6:49PM
Yes, guessed it without looking at the poem. Great.

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