Thursday, 13 June 2013

Blossom To Blossom


From blossoms comes

this brown paper bag of peaches

we bought from the boy

at the bend in the road where we turned toward   

signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,

from sweet fellowship in the bins,

comes nectar at the roadside, succulent

peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,

comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,

to carry within us an orchard, to eat

not only the skin, but the shade,

not only the sugar, but the days, to hold

the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into   

the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live

as if death were nowhere

in the background; from joy

to joy to joy, from wing to wing,

from blossom to blossom to

impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.
From Blossoms by Li-Young Lee, via 1


The Outfit:
1910s/30s Style Floral Ruffle Dress: bought from Ebay a few years ago
Green Silk Sash: vintage fabric from Kiki's days as a couturier
Green Patent Ballerina Pumps: a gift from my mother from the Boden sale
White Cotton Parasol: from Ebay
Vintage Style Silver Teardrop Earrings: from Accessorize
Vintage Style Green Pendant Necklace: gift from my mother
The Soundtrack
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations
With many thanks to the inspiring Sara of Ladylike Delicacy for introducing me to the joys of an old photo generator in her delightful post 100 hundred years ago..
Photographs taken by me, self portraits using the timer on my little digital camera. 
The eye infection continues, but is no longer painful, and the gp says it will take as long as it takes, so I am treating it with a good dose of ignoral.
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.
I'm also delighted to join Shoe Shine, a great new event hosted by the uber-cool Bella of, click on the website to see her cute shoes and those of many others.


  1. The trees blossom as you past by. I would too.
    Wonderful floral dress and beautifyl ALWAYS you, my dearest Emalina.

  2. You look marvelous, lovely dress! And glad you tried that old photo generator, it suits fabulously to your outfit shots !:)

  3. Just stunning! That dress is so beautiful, I love how you've matched those white frothy blossoms to the flowers on your dress! And that parasol, I have been missing mine a lot this week :P
    I'm sorry to hear that the eye infection still persists, although I would never know because you look gorgeous as always :)

  4. You look splendid among the splendid flowers and the bountiful nature!
    Fantastic job on aging the photos and I hope that your eye infection ends soon.
    Have a lovely weekend,

  5. Patti, Sara and me mentioned in the same post- it's like winning the love lottery! You are a poem in a bud vase, Emalina- and the spring green shoes are gorgeous!

  6. Lovely photo's .. I wish I had such an inspiring background!


  7. I love that romantic dress :)

  8. What a stunning dress, love the frilled front and your gorgeous parasol! The effects are wonderful and so's the blossom! xxxx
    PS Thanks for your order, hope you love it! x

  9. Oh the dust of summer...stuff of imagination. And I want dusty peaches soooo badly now!

  10. You look like Anne Boleyn transferred to 10th's of last century! Love it!

  11. ooooh wooow what a beautiful dress and parasol, but most of all beautiful you!!! especially that black and white photo is amazing!

  12. Love this dress! I think I had a similar one for the end-of-course dance in my school days.

  13. Such a beautiful post, and thank you for the link to the old photo generator, I had to go and try it out immediately after seeing the wonderful results you had with it! xx

  14. Stunning dress and beautiful garden/blossoms! Sorry to hear about your eye - hope you are better soon.

    Sarah xxx

  15. I love that poem. And your post is so perfectly synchronized with that feeling. The old patina is haunting. I like your ignoral treatment! I hope you are cured soon.

  16. Gorgeous pictures, I love blossom!

  17. Wow, what a beautiful dress! The poem is beautiful, too. I can practically taste the peach. ;)

  18. So terrifically lovely! Each of your posts is a truly special work of beautifully curated art, dear gal.

    Have a warm, wonderful weekend!
    ♥ Jessica

  19. Beautiful photos, beautiful you, beautiful dress, Emalina! And I love your white parasol!

  20. You had me thinking of 1930s ladies and geishas all at once - beautiful photos, especially the black and white portraits. Lovely peom too - like your photos, very evocative!

  21. What a fantastic dress, as always. Great b&w photographs, I really like the effect.

  22. O, so so pretty! Love the colour combination in this divoon floral print!
    Th black and white pix are rather haunting! XXX

  23. Oh, that is a beautiful dress! And I love the pictures you took--they just seem to match the dress so nicely!

  24. Can't decide whether the black and white or color photos are more fabulous! Love this floral dress and parasol, you are a work of art. Thanks for sharing with Vis Monday xoxo

  25. I'm enchanted by your blossoms on blossoms. In color and black and white. The decade of the 30's has always inspired me and you are radiant in these photos, with your usual attention to detail and the beauty of the changing seasons reflected in your background.

    Hope that your eye infection clears soon, and in the meantime 'ignoral' seems the perfect strategy.

  26. Oh this dress is a stunner! I do like the black and white photos, something feels fitting to this dress and mood of the day. You do a such beautiful job photographing your enchanting point of view.

    blue hue wonderland

  27. So pretty! And I really love the black and white ones that are almost burnt out!



  28. could you look more gorgeous!! x wanted to let you know i'm holding a new fashion linky every tuesday over at my place starting next week! the shiny t tuesday posts are becoming a link up with prompts...the prompt for next week is 'WHEN PATTERNS SPEAKS' Would be fab to see you there and all your vintage blossom spectacular! xxx jane xxxx

  29. Very Wallis Simpson or Spanish lady on vacation. I have a few family photos from the period, and the dresses were lovely. You look beautiful as always, Emalina. Hope your eye infection continues to heal ... good to know, though, that it doesn't show!

  30. wow look at you1
    You are radiant
    Magical post!



  31. gal, you have the most romantic wardobe! love your photo shoots so much. adorable work!


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