Thursday, 25 April 2013

Stretching Up Towards The Sun

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
William Wordsworth, via 1

The Outfit:
Vintage 1970s maxi dress with shawl sleeves: bought from Ebay
White flower hairclip: in the sale from Accessorize
Red chinese cuff bracelet: a gift from my aunt in Hong Kong
Red & black chinese earrings: a gift from my aunt in Hong Kong
Daffodils: all planted by my man and myself when we first moved here to the deep country!

The Soundtrack
Leonard Cohen: Suzanne

Photographs taken by me, self portraits using the timer on my little digital camera.

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


  1. Emalina! Just tremendous, amazing dress with the sleeves, the print, the red cuff, the daffodils, and the sun and you. That you and your sweetheart planted all of that glory is very dear.

  2. I love that frock, perfect. As is Suzanne, I quite like Nina Simone singing it, too. There's nothing quite like the lift one gets from Spring flowers, either.

  3. Wow what an amazing ebay find!!! You look so beautiful in that dress. This is a very spring-ish post, i love the flowers and the wonderful sunny back in every picture!!! Have a fabby day! XX Tani

  4. That is a truly stunning dress, the sleeves and the colours and the print are beautiful. Perfect for frolicking among the daffodils in the Spring sunshine! I always quote Wordsworth to the kids at the sight of lots of daffs, and they roll their eyes and say "oh Muuuuum..." in that she's-off-again voice they seem to have perfected! xxx

  5. That dress!!!!!! Total stunner!
    Becky :)

  6. You are as beautiful as the daffodils with the trees like sculptures surrounding you. The floating shawl sleeves are a tribute to spring. The deep country is endless in its beauty and all to the soundtrack o Leonard Cohen. I love to follow the changing of seasons on your blog, with your creativity and nature as its background.

  7. A beautiful dress with serene photos....quite lovely!

  8. What an absolutely perfect post, Emalina. I can just hear Leonard Cohen crooning in the background as you frolic among the daffodils in your lovely 70s frock. I love that poem too. I remember memorizing it in grade four, and I always thought it was so dreamy. You look as though you could be strolling through the Lake District that Wordsworth loved so well. Thanks for sharing - this made my day. Xo

  9. Hello Emalina,
    now I'm stopping by and what I find and see is marvellous. You and your beautiful surrounding. The dress is wonderful and perfect as made for you.
    Thank you for your kind comment!

  10. Swoon! Oh, darling, I absolutely love that dress, you look an absolute vision of hippy beauty. The poem brings back sweet memories of hanging about in the graveyard at Grasmere with Krista on a rainy September day last year. xxxx

  11. Is this your backyard? Amazing! So much beauty and nature. You fit in perfectly with the spring flowers:) A fabulous 70's frock.

  12. Naturalized daffodils are one of the most beautiful springtime sights. I am so looking forward to following along as your garden grows and greens.

    Very 70's dress, and fabulous on you Emalina. I've never been brave enough to buy clothing on Ebay. You seem to buy the most perfectly fitting and flattering clothes. And this dress is no exception.


    Sue xo

  13. Truly beautiful. I love that poem.

  14. magical photos, you have a great style dear!
    I'll be happy if you check out my blog too=)

  15. Love your gypsy style!

    Carly's Closet

  16. great great dress my dear! really love the pictures .... nice post!!!

  17. This dress was made for you; it fit you beautifully!
    The lines, the flowers, the length and the scarves like sleeves are magnificent and you wore it brilliantly with few accessories, the hair flowers and surrounded by daffodils.

  18. your dress is beautiful. i love your photos. the poem and song are also my favourites. love lucy

  19. What a magnificent dress. It looks like you're swathed in silk handkerchiefs.

  20. Fabulous dress and beautiful flowers!!!

  21. AH! Such a spring dream! And again - when you walk around in that wood, you are just as beautiful as Kate Bush!

  22. Looking timeless and fabulous as always!

  23. you look like the most beautiful flower in the garden yourself! what a wonderful dress! i adore that print, you remind me of a spanish beauty of the past!
    lots of love and kisses,mary

  24. I'm swooning over this gorgeous dress, and these photos! Thanks so much for sharing all the beauty with Visible Monday. xoxox

  25. The whole post was just so...poetic and your photos so artistic! I esp like the hairclip.I think it compliments your dress in the best way.

  26. Oh, Emalina, this outfit is beautiful! And the countryside -- wow -- it makes me green with envy!! Gorgeous!!


  27. Such a pretty dress, and accessories! And a perfect setting. No wonder you thought of that poem!

  28. So many gorgeous things to see in this post: sunshine, daffodils, trees, that lovely dress and you! I keep coming back to this post to see these stunning images and look at those bright yellow flowers! Beautiful. x

  29. That is a beautiful dress! It looks lovely surrounded by all the flowers!

  30. Oh you beautiful enchantress! These shots of you strolling through the forest are magnificent, how I would love to live in your magical neck of the woods...*sigh*


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