Thursday, 19 September 2013

Heat Haze

It seems like you could, but
you can't go back and pull
the roots and runners and replant.
It's all too deep for that.
You've overprized intention,
have mistaken any bent you're
for control. You thought you chose
the bean and chose the soil.
You even thought you abandoned
one or two gardens. But those
keep growing where we put them -
if we put them at all.
A certain kind of Eden holds us
Even the one vine that tendrils out
in time turns on its own impulse,
twisting back down its upward course
a strong and then a stronger rope,
the greenest saddest strongest
kind of hope.
A Certain Kind Of Eden, by Kay Ryan via 1
The Outfit:
1930s style dark floral dress: from a charity shop
Vintage 1950s rose head scarf: inherited from granny Kiki
Black sunhat: old from the high street
Nude pumps: old from New Look
Silver earrings, just seen: from Accesorize
The Soundtrack:
 Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor
All photos taken by me in our garden, using the self timer during the final gasp of our hot summer.
 I am delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.
P.S. Not that any of us need any help with dressing and living well, but I found this recent documentary about inspiring octogenarian beauties absolutely brilliant and think you would too. Click on the link here to watch it:


  1. You are the true fairy, my beautiful Emalina.
    I love, love every single shot, and you.

  2. Precioso vestido y un entorno maravilloso. Muy adhoc

  3. Hi Emalina!

    We are getting the heat tomorrow and cold this weekend plus rain
    Glorious pics- love the field of flowers, so poetic!
    It reminded me of a movie with Petula Clark and Peter O'Toole, she is in a field of flowers with him, what is the name of that movie? Oh Yes! Goodbye Mr Chips -
    Have you seen it? I'm such a nostalgic when it comes to movies -

    Rhapsody of Paganini- Yes that's a beautiful!


    Ariane xo

  4. Have been seeing a lot of tweets about that documentary on twitter, sounds really wonderful. Sadly, I don't have a TV, but when I have enough Internet speed I will most certainly be watching it!

    Glorious, glorious, glorious photos. Flowers, a summery dress, sunshine and poetry...ahhh. I adored your snow posts, but I think I might love your summer posts even more!

  5. That dress is stunning. You always find the nicest pieces.


  6. What a lovely reminder of the glory of a summer day.

  7. Oh for some of that warmth now, it seems like a long-distant memory! I love your hair tied like that and that pretty bias cut dress.
    Fabulous Fashionistas was great, wasn't it? Reaffirms the lesson we already knew, age is no barrier to living life to the full. x

  8. Beautiful you in a gorgeous dress and scarf, and wonderful sunshine - what could be better?
    I watched the documentary and really enjoyed the women's style and attitudes. I am amazed that Gillian Lynne is 87, I remember her from the 80s. xxxx

  9. I so wish I could watch the show Fabulous Fashionistas but for some reason in the USA we are unable to view it:( Oh what a special garden you have! I almost expected to see some photographs of butterflies too:)

  10. So, so pretty! Love this frock, very 30's, and you have the figure to pull it off!!
    I've just been recommended to watch this programme, not sure if it will come here, but I might be able to find it online.

  11. Hot outside, and I am sure the temperature ramped on out when beautiful YOU stepped out! Love the florals. We are channeling the same energy in our posts today. Floral here too, only mine's a little indoor garden. XOXO Lynn
    PS -- will check out the program you linked

  12. oh again you look absolutely beautiful and fairylike! i´m jelous of the good weather you have there and that you still can wear pretty dresses like that! enjoy beauty!

  13. I like it how you look in this hairband, Emalina, so lovely! The dress's floral print is amazing and you look so pretty among all that greenery.

  14. I like it how you look in this hairband, Emalina, so lovely! The dress's floral print is amazing and you look so pretty among all that greenery.

  15. I like it how you look in this hairband, Emalina, so lovely! The dress's floral print is amazing and you look so pretty among all that greenery.

  16. I like it how you look in this hairband, Emalina, so lovely! The dress' print is amazing and you look so pretty among all that greenery.

  17. Well aren't you lovely! These pics are gorgeous, such a dreamy, ethereal quality xo

  18. Poetry in word and visuals. The last photo wins my heart. The blurriness is elusive, a tiny moment in time can't even be frozen like those vines. Beautiful.

  19. I love the natural earthy tones in this dress, it goes so beautifully with the field of flowers! I am really curious to see how this gorgeous landscape will change in autumn and winter and of course the outfits that will go with it. You were the perfect Snow Queen last year :)

  20. Oh, I want to see you wearing the hat! I bet it looks amazing on you!

  21. Beautiful images!! And relax ;) xx

  22. You make the last days of summer look magnificent, in your garden with your lovely 30's style dress and your grandmother's beautiful rose head wrap. Thank you for linking to the documentary. I've been wanting to see it and here it is!

  23. So, so lovely. I adore a dark floral and the head-scarf is so vintage-perfect! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday. xo

  24. I'm sitting here basking in the warmth of these photos, smelling the sweet perfume of tall grass and buttercups. I can even hear the birds chirping and bees buzzing. Thanks for the moments Emalina. You ARE beautiful, you know!

  25. How lovely to have an afternoon like that ... your dress and hat are quite beautiful together, of course. The landscape doesn't reflect early fall, but the dress hints at your thoughts, I'm guessing.
    Have a fine week, Emalina.

  26. that floral dress is a great find :)

  27. ...and another amazing poem/poet you've introduced us to. Ah, these photos really do capture the intensity of midsummer's blooming among the red campion, buttercups, dandelion clocks and the rare and beautiful Emalina flower.
    Oh and yes, isn't 'Fabulous Fashionsistas' wonderful? I loved it.

  28. I love your floaty feminine floral dress and the romantic wide brimmed hat. Your garden looks amazing - Sigh! I wish it wa still summer!


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