purple with a red hat  by quietpurplehaze

purple with a red hat

Scanning the newspaper yesterday, I came across the obituary of Jenny Joseph who died last week and who wrote that poem, WARNING - you know the one:

"When I am an old woman
I shall wear purple
with a red hat
which doesn't go...."

I decided to make today's post a homage to her, even though she apparently was not impressed by the Red Hat Society appropriating her ideas.

My red hat had gone walkabout but we found another for £1.99 in the Oxfam Shop in Winchester, so Ray got the task of composing today's shot in the cathedral precinct.

Warning - Poem by Jenny Joseph

"When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple."

Funny thing is I've been wearing purple ALL my life!
That is a fabulous portrait of you Hazel! Loving the red and purple and the soft background of the catherdral too, a great setting for your tribute to the poet
January 14th, 2018  
Wonderful portrait shot, Hazel...You have such a warm smile. Love your purple and red making this a great tribute shot...great poem :)
January 14th, 2018  
Fab purple and red capture - and such a warm ,friendly smile ! fav
January 14th, 2018  
Great homage and great portrait, fav
January 14th, 2018  
Fabulous Hazel! Good setting too - new glasses?
January 14th, 2018  
Great portrait shot, Hazel, and I love the purple and red together.
January 14th, 2018  
@Cherrill

Hey, what observation - called office glasses, I think - more useful for reading.
January 14th, 2018  
Great portrait of you Hazel.
January 14th, 2018  
Lovely smile and portrait Hazel and good in red and purple
January 14th, 2018  
Fabulous photo and thanks for the story. I wear quite a lot of purple too....and lots of people comment on how it suits me but I don't feel old yet!!! Just keep smiling I say!
January 14th, 2018  
What a l.ovely portrait Hazel and such a nice tribute to the poet! I have always loved this poem! Fav!
January 14th, 2018  
brilliant fr 5+2, a lovely portrait and purple is SOOOOOOOOOO you!
January 14th, 2018  
Wonderful portrait .. personally, I think purple goes with anything (it's my favourite colour), and it looks great on you.
January 14th, 2018  
Superb portrait full of colour and fine detail Hazel, already knew of this poem, as one gets older one tends to do as one likes and rightly so:)
January 14th, 2018  
A lovely tribute, and a nice shot.
January 14th, 2018  
bep
You look fantastic in red and purple, Hazel.
Thanks a lot for sharing this poem.
January 14th, 2018  
I had no idea Jenny Joseph had died! Such a wonderful poem for women, hope she did exactly as she wrote!
Great illustration Hazel.
January 14th, 2018  
Lovely portrait of a lovely lady! :)
January 14th, 2018  
You wear purple and red with flare Hazel. A lovely tribute :)
January 14th, 2018  
I have a very dear friend who, although now housebound, loves being a part of the Red Hat society. However, like you, wearing purple was nothing new! Great portrait Hazel!
January 14th, 2018  
Purple looks lovely on you! A lovely tribute!
January 14th, 2018  
Fabulous picture of you and I love Red and Purple
January 14th, 2018  
Great portrait
January 14th, 2018  
A beautiful photo of you Hazel and thank you for the poem - it made me smile.
January 14th, 2018  
Wonderful portrait and a lovely tribute
January 14th, 2018  
Awesome picture.
January 14th, 2018  
This is absolutely lovely - caught her character so well -and what a great tribute. Fav
January 14th, 2018  
Charming homage -- and it's always nice to see you, Hazel!
January 15th, 2018  
Lee
Respect.
January 15th, 2018  
I saw this on PP and recognised you instantly. What presence!
I didn't know this poem nor the author: it's spot on. Gone, questing more. Thank you.
January 15th, 2018  
I love the portrait and although I have seen the poem before it made me smile this morning. I'm not a wearer of purple (but only because it doesn't suit my colouring), but I so agree with the sentiment!
January 15th, 2018  
you look fabulous Hazel
January 15th, 2018  
Ray did a great job, it's a lovely portrait. I knew of the poem but I've never read it all. My view is, life is for living, so enjoy it while you can and do things that make you happy :)
January 15th, 2018  
A lovely portrait of you. Ray is a dab hand with the camera. Such a great poem too.
January 15th, 2018  
Beautiful portrait and I have always loved that poem.
January 15th, 2018  
Fabulous portrait Hazel, Ray has done you proud. May you wear lots more red and purple it really suits you. We see a lot of the Red Hat Society people here in the bay
January 15th, 2018  
Yes...in America, they have the Red Hat Society where a whole group of ladies wear purple with red hats...so you would fit right in! :)
January 16th, 2018  
Her words have so much power for a woman's soul. Your tribute is most wonderful. Fav!
January 16th, 2018  
fabulous portrait of you Hazel and great words to live by
January 16th, 2018  
Great Selfie Hazel.
January 16th, 2018  
Great selfie, lovely poem.
January 17th, 2018  
A beautiful portrait photo Hazel. And a great poem.
January 18th, 2018  
Wonderful portrait!
January 18th, 2018  
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