Friday, 19 September 2008

it's friday.............

and continuing on the theme of inspirational women, we have the wonderful Kate Bush.
Now I have been a fan from the start when my father bought me my first album, 'Lion Heart' and it's still one of my favourites.
Her music Like her style, the little that we see of it, seems timeless, of no particular age or fashion era, and I love that.
various of her album evoke a time and place' The Red Shoes' will always remind me of a group of women I used to know, and late night drunken dancing in the living room, sweet memories.
and although I would love to have fewer time gaps between her album releases, I greatly admire her attitude of not taking part in the 'Celebrity 'thing.

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

cure for the common cold...............

I've had a horrid cold for the last 5 days, I'm totally fed-up with it, so I've been listening to the 'ladies of letters', they always make me chuckle. originally they were serialised on BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour'. two ladies who are 'great friends' but with all the one up-man ship that ladies of a certain age have. very English.
I adore radio 4 and was first introduced to it's delights when I started working in costume wardrobe departments, (about 22 yrs ago GLUP!!!). I don't know if every wardrobe department listens to Radio 4, but about 99% of wardrobe people I've met do.
I think it's that comfort of the story telling thing. there is nothing better than a ghost story on the radio , on a blustery autumn afternoon.And of course audio books are just my idea of bliss.


I always thought that making jam was a very complicated ordeal, however with the help of Nigella, bless her, 2 lbs of blackberries have been made into jam, and very nice jam it is too, even if i say so myself.I'm ready for the WI.!!!

And just to confirm that autumn is on it's way, look at my monster !!!! it's a 'Turk's Turban' squash, bought for 50p, when it was a mere 3" tall, little did I know that when i carried it from the house plant sale in Bere Regis it would grow into this giant.

I've never grown them before, and the Hawthorn bush is doing a great job of support plant.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008


I ADORE HER HAIR!!!! I have abandoned my bright pink hair, too much bleaching and the colour coming off everywhere, so it's back to the henna for me. and my hair is kind of kinky, but not curly or straight, basically, the " dragged through a hedge backwards look". so I love helena'S hair, 'cause it does what mine does,
so I go with it, and no I don't want to 'straighten it' or 'tidy it' . leave my hair to it's own devices thank you very much.I'm sure it will calm down as it gets longer, NOT!!!

p.s. I do realise that I'm sounding like a petulant teen , but I don't care!!!

and here's some more lovely frocks with HBC

my inspiration.....

So when I hit 40, A couple of years back now, I was asked or sometimes told, by various peeps that I should maybe 'tone down' my the time I had short atomic pink hair lots of silver jewelry , and a love of stripey tights and platform/new rock boots, and do you know what? I very nearly considered it!!!! should I now dress more " grown up"!!! dress for my age etc. I was never quite sure what exactly was meant , but I think it had a lot to do with an attire that was ' subtle' 'chic' 'beige'!!!! now if that's your style fine! but it's not really me. I don't do the natural make-up look, even for gardening a slash of lipstick is required. and I haven't seen my natural hair colour since I was 13. so why, did I ask, should I now change my taste /style because of my age. true I no longer wear short skirts, not appropriate for me, and the cleavage stays as contained as possible. but why do I have to appear to be fading , with dignity into the background, you know the sort of thing, 'don't stand out' or wear colours too bright, or too much of anything!!! I think once we are deemed passed 'useful age' ie child baring or being sex symbol material, it is thought we should quietly fade away, with dignity, until we have no more viv, or fizz, like a rather meek beige cardie, sort of mousy and apologetic for taking up space.

well BUGGAR THAT I SAY!!!! and that is why I adore Helena Bonham-Carter, her films are wonderfully diverse and I can't think of one I don't like, and her personal style is inspirational. and it really seems to get up the British press/media that they call her a bag lady and she doesn't care. they just don't seem to get it. she has a beautiful face and great figure and yet she still won't dress like a pornstar barbie!!!!