Friday, 22 February 2013

The Path Home

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
They say it is waiting for more, the snow

Shrunk up to the shadow-line of walls

In an arctic smouldering, an unclean salt,

And will not go until the frost returns

Sharpening the stars, and the fresh snow falls

Piling its drifts in scallops, furls. I say

Snow has left its own white geometry

To measure out for the eye the way

The land may lie where a too cursory reading

Discovers only dip and incline leading

To incline, dip, and misses the fortuitous

Full variety a hillside spreads for us:

It is written here in sign and exclamation,

Touched-in contour and chalk-followed fold,

Lines and circles finding their completion

In figures less certain, figures that yet take hold

On features that would stay hidden but for them:

Walking, we waken these at every turn,

Waken ourselves, so that our walking seems

To rouse some massive sleeper out of winter dreams

Whose stretching startles the whole land into life,

As if it were us the cold, keen signs were seeking

To pleasure and remeasure, repossess

With a sense in the gathered coldness of heat and height.

Well, if it's for more the snow is waiting

To claim back into disguisal overnight,

As though it were promising a protection

From all it has transfigured, scored and bared,

Now we shall know the force of what resurrection

Outwaits the simplification of the snow.
 
 
Snow Signs by Charles Tomlinson, via 1
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






The Outfit:
 
 
Faux Sheepskin coat: very old, from Morgan de Toi
 
 
Silver velvet dress, seen as a skirt: bought from Monsoon when I was about 16
 
 
Black faux fur cardigan coat: very old from the high street
 
 
Faux wolf fur shawl: from an ex boyfriend
 
 
Red faux leather gloves: a gift from a friend
 
 
Wellies underneath: Hunter, via ebay

 

The Soundtrack

Nick Cave: Your Funeral My Trial 



All photographs taken by me, self portraits using the self timer on my cheap digital camera.

Unfortunately I've been unwell this last week, so I'm very behind on reading all your latest posts. I promise to drop by again very soon!

I'm delighted to be a part of Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti from www.notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.co.uk, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.

34 comments:

  1. I'm glad you've popped up, I was wondering (and missing ) your posts.
    Beautiful words, fab outfit and stunning scenery. I hope the snow that's falling outside my window isn't going to settle! x

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    1. Ah thanks lovely Vix, I've been missing seeing what your posts too!

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  2. The cool tones of your outfit blend wonderfully with the snow. It looks beautiful from here! The poem is very suited to your post. I do like to see Mr or Miss Pussycat enjoying the snow. What a lovely puffed up tail!

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    1. Miss Pussycat (Nico) adores the snow for some reason. Thankfully it's stopped now, but still so cold, so layering is where it's at! Thank you, so glad you enjoyed the post.

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  3. Oh dear, I am sorry you have been ill, I was wondering where you were.
    Such beautiful snowy photos. I especially love seeing your cat stalking thought the snow - though not good for the soft paddy paws!
    We have had little flurries but nothing major. But cold, whoo it has been cold!
    You look beautiful! xxxxx

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    1. Thanks Curtise, nothing serious, just a streaming cold/flu thing which dragged on. Thanks so much for your kind words. Fingers crossed for warmer weather soon eh!

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  4. What an exquisite wonderland you live in! I love these beautiful snowy photos and your outfit is gorgeous!

    Sarah xxx

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    1. Ah I'm so glad you loved it Sarah, thanks so much!

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  5. You don´t need words, jut looking at every pic of your post you tell a story, a dream.
    Sorry to hear you have been ill, but you are back and full of magic.
    Have a great weekend Emaline.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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    1. What an amazing compliment, dear Sacramento, I'm so flattered thank you! Yes I am back hoping for the spring to emerge with all the new energy and beauty it brings.
      Hope you've had a marvellous weekend!

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  6. you live equally in a winter wonderland like me, but i´m quite sick of it :( i wish spring would come now, although i must admit your photos are wonderful and dreamy. and the jacket you wear is beautiful!
    love and kiss,mary

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    1. And like you I'm very tired of the wintery weather now, longing for sunshine! Thanks so much Mary Lou!

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  7. What beautiful images - you look dreamily beautiful as always! I always find dressing elegantly to keep warm in snow so difficult but you make it look so easy!

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    1. Thanks so much my dear for your kind words! It's all about layers in this frigid climate isn't it!

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  8. Sorry to read that you've been ill, I hope you're much better now! I did a lot of "oohing" and "ahhing" at these beautiful pictures. That snowy backdrop is just so incredibly gorgeous! As always you've dressed fabulously for that winter weather - warm and practical as well as elegant and stylish. I always love the pictures with your cat enjoying the snow. Lovely post below too, what a beautiful place!

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    1. I'm delighted you enjoyed the post Willow, yay! It's our garden :) Thanks so much for your kind words.

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  9. I think that the poem describes the beauty of your photos and the opportunity of a Spring resurrection.

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    1. So thoughtful of you Ofelia, thank you.

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  10. Sorry you've been feeling poorly - hope you are much better soon. Gorgeous scenes of lovely clothes and nature's unmatched beauty - thanks for linking them up to visible Monday.

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    1. Thanks Patti, getting better now. I'm so glad you liked the post. It was bitterly cold, but the world is especially beautiful under a layer of snow isn't it!

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  11. Lovely photos, cat is marvellous! Hope you're feeling better.

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    1. Yes thanks, I've recovered now. Some sunshine and warmer air would help fight these flu bugs! Still waiting on that, but at least the snow seems finally over... p.s. delighted you adore our cat as much as we do :)

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    1. Oh thanks so much lovely Kathleen, what a nice thing to say!

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  13. Beautifully dramatic and elegant. You make the winter, with its snow and chill, appear like a dream. I love the touch of sparkle on your gloves, and the many layers that provide warmth and protection.

    Hope that you feel better soon!

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    1. Thank you, yes much better now! But still in need of lots of warmth and protection against this bitterly cold weather. Roll on spring!

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  14. So evocative and lovely. Your landscape is gorgeous and I love the kitty in the snow. Your outfit is perfectly contemporary but romantic, just what I love too. I don't think I'll ever get tired of long skirts, will you?

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    1. Definitely not, they're my weekend staple! Thanks so much Jean, how kind of you!

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  15. Another post that seems to have stepped from the pages of one of my (many) fairy tale books. The Charles Tomlinson poem is the perfect accompaniment to your images. I've had a flu bug too - just recovering. Glad to hear you're on the mend too.

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    1. Wishing you a good recovery, Roz, sorry to hear you've had the flu too do get well soon. So glad you enjoyed the fairy tale quality of the post, thank you!

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  16. This *almost* makes me like the snow. Almost. I say this as we are being hit by yet another winter storm.

    Beautiful poem and images. Hope you are feeling better. I'm still recovering. Seems like no one escaped it this year.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. I know what you mean Suzanne, we've had snow over-kill here too! Thanks for comment and wishing you a good recovery!

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  17. My dear Emalina... another beautiful and transporting post... most amazing you are my dear! Hope you are feeling much better!

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it dear Tamera, yes feeling much better now thank you!

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