Thursday, 28 March 2013

I Dream Of Easters Past



The Layers
I have walked through many lives,
some of them my own,
and I am not who I was,
though some principle of being
abides, from which I struggle
not to stray.
When I look behind,
as I am compelled to look
before I can gather strength
to proceed on my journey,
I see the milestones dwindling
toward the horizon
and the slow fires trailing
from the abandoned camp-sites,
over which scavenger angels
wheel on heavy wings.
Oh, I have made myself a tribe
out of my true affections,
and my tribe is scattered!
How shall the heart be reconciled
to its feast of losses?
In a rising wind
the manic dust of my friends,
those who fell along the way,
bitterly stings my face,
Yet I turn, I turn,
exulting somewhat,
with my will intact to go
wherever I need to go,
and every stone on the road
precious to me.
In my darkest night,
when the moon was covered
and I roamed through wreckage,
a nimbus-clouded voice
directed me:
“Live in the layers,
not on the litter.”
Though I lack the art
to decipher it,
no doubt the next chapter
in my book of transformations
is already written.
I am not done with my changes.

by Stanley Kunitz, via 1



  Outfit 1:

Vintage Blue Raw Silk Shift Dress: my Mother's from the 1960s
Pink Strappy High Heels: old from New Look
Outfit 2:

Blue Floral Shift Dress: a gift from a friend
Grey Ankle Boot Sandals: old from New Look
Sunglasses: very old from Topshop


The Soundtrack

Nina Simone: Feeling Good

Photographs taken by myself and Mr Eve, over the last two years of sunny Easter weekends, using my previous digital camera.
Some day soon the wintry weather will end and the sun will shine like that again.
The Easter eggs were painted by me.
Wishing you all a very Happy Easter, you lovely people!
I'm delighted to be a part of Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti from, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.


  1. Emalina, you look so lovely, like a modern-forest-fairy!
    Your 1960's mother's dress color is so in trend and fits you so fabulously.
    Thanks for introducing me to Nina Simone because I have never heard her music before.

  2. Ah, sunny Easters past indeed! I so hope that sun comes again soon, lovey!
    Looking beautiful and dreamy!XXX

  3. lovely photos and outfits. kiki. love lucy

  4. Happy Easter to you beautiful! Gosh it's startling what a difference there was between this year and last! Love your feminine dresses - ah to be able to wear a dress again!

  5. I love Nina Simone! Lovely house and graden, very peaceful looking.

  6. you really rock!
    love your blog, so you'll have me here again :)

    hope youll follow back <3

  7. So beautiful, my dear Emalina. I am not surprised the sun shines on you.
    happy Easter, my friend.

  8. Thanks for the memories! It seems like a very long time since I felt the sun on my skin. Lets hope this icy patch is a trade off for a glorious summer and we can see you in sandals and those pretty frocks once more. Much as I love your snow pictures I think you look even more beautiful in the sunshine!
    Have a fantastic Easter! xxxx

  9. Ms Emalina, you are a lovely Easter girl!! I love all of the above! Thanks for my Birthday wishes! I am so happy that spring is here! My garden calls. I love seeing pictures of you garden.


  10. Happy Easter to you too!! You look radiant and Spring-like in all your incarnations. I adored the poem. Thank you for that.

  11. Hi Emalina...I have read that the weather has been rather ungracious in jolly 'ol England. I sure hope things improve for you soon. The photos and poetry provided today were beautiful, thank you. Such a lovely apple blossom. Today, I photographed a beautiful magnolia tree in full bloom. Must put a picture up on my blog in the next few days.

    Sue xo

  12. Oh how different things are this year! Still, I am sure those two gorgeous frocks will get an outing or two this year, just not quite yet... Love the soft blue of your mother's 60s shift, and as always the photos, and the poetry, are beautiful.
    Have a lovely Easter. xxxx

  13. I'm angry at myself. Before I turned 40 I did'nt think I could show my legs unless they were tanned. Partly bacause my brother teased me because I was pale so I was sunbathing as soon I got the opportunity. This resulted in legs full of freckles. I get so jealous of your pure fine leg. Have stopped sunbathing now, but why did it took me so long to get the selfesteem?! Gah! Well - Beutiful legs dear!

  14. Now that's what Easter should be all about ... spring blossoms, green, green grass and LEGS baby!!!!!! Wow what a fecking gorgeous pair of gams you've got there darling Em! Can't wait to see more of them once the damn snow melts :) xoxoxoxoxo

  15. I really love the flower pattern! Gorgeous!

  16. oh how beautiful you are here, in both dresses, the floral and the blue ones, just stunning! i wish easter would be like that this year too :( but life is to short to complain so i wish you a happy easter anyway lovely;)

  17. These images are gorgeous, as are you. The sunlight in this post makes me long for it (it's raining here AGAIN.) Hope it warms up for you soon so you can stretch those gorgeous legs out in the sun. x

  18. Oh how your landscape has changed over the months. Now you are decked out in sophisticated spring, to the sounds of Nina Simone. Heavenly!

  19. Ah, hooray for these gorgeous green settings (snow is beautiful too)! Love your vintage blue dress, so elegant. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday.

  20. Love these dresses on you!


  21. Very nice! Thank you for stopping by pret-a-vivre.

  22. So beautiful dresses, love the floral one especially! Thank you for the lovely poem!

  23. I came via Visible Monday to visit your blog, and I find these lovely photos and great outfits (and lovely sunshine)!

    regards, juli

  24. I rally love those pink shoes! Do they tie in back? Fantastic!

  25. Aww you look so lovely dear! And sunny easters are really the best ones. That garden pics look wonderful! Have a fab day dear! xx Tani

  26. You look lovely
    Thanks for dropping by and i will follow you as soon as i remember my Bloglovin password!
    Adore the garden pics and those pink shoes to die for!

    Ariane xxxx

  27. I love the beautiful eggs! Amazing wardrobe as usual!

  28. Lovely summery outfits, I bet you must be missing those pretty dresses! Hope it warms up soon!

  29. That poem has such gorgeous imagery Emalina, I love it, thanks for sharing! Your outfits are beautiful too- glad I am not the only one rockin this blue colour this week!x


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