Monday, 16 October 2017

Visible Monday - mid season jacket

Such a strange light this morning, a pinkish-yellow glow. And up in the sky the sun was looking quite peculiar!
I learnt on the evening news that the reason for this was that Storm Ophelia had dragged up red sand from the Sahara. Rather freaky weather, the wind was whipping everything about yet the temperature was warm. 
Last week I was given the present of cotton indigo-dyed jacket, made in Japan. It is blissfully comfy, like wearing a dressing gown, perfect to wear outside in this mid season and inside in the winter.
It's a simple and very traditional-looking design,  like a piece of peasant clothing, (just the thing for me!) sold by Toast. I think it will look as good dressed up with skirt and heels as it does in battered old jeans. The colour will fade over time. The wind has conveniently blown open a corner of the jacket so that you can see the simple cotton lining. 
Joining with Patti who hosts Visible Monday.
My hair was whipping about all over the place but the topiary pheasant's tail was firmly in place - Himself has tied it down so that it will grow into a better shape.
By the afternoon things were looking more normal.

The pear branches had been staked
but I still had a busy time picking up windfalls.

17 comments:

  1. That was a very strange moon, eh? I took videos, but my macs aren't speaking to each other. Apparently, it was caused by the Portuguese fires, not by the usual Sahara dust.

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    1. Having said that, my car was covered in red dust this morning, as has happened before from the Sahara.

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    2. Hi Tom, yes it was a combination of the fires and the dust. Felt like the Mistral.

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  2. Hi Rosemary :) Lovely photos! I remember having the same sky a long time ago, very pinkish and the sun barely able to shine through, apparently it was from forest fires more up north.

    I love seeing your harvest! How about making some homemade pear liqueur? :)

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    1. Pear liqueur?! - I'll google the recipe.

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  3. You are a source of information and the best photos. How exciting to get such a bounty. I too have tried training topiary. And, I love that jacket. It looks great on you.

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    1. The cooking windfalls will keep well or puree and freeze. The pears don't keep so we are eating what we can, then I'll bake into cakes, or, thank-you, Rain, try my hand at liqueur!
      The family were home last week and the jacket was a present from a daughter.

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    2. I can't wait to see your results!! I wanted to try some this year too but we never got to the orchard to pick the pears. Imbibe Magazine's web site has some great and easy recipes for all sorts of fruit liqueurs and brandies. We made our "Cherry Bounce" from their recipe. It was just cherries and rye, aged for 3 months, and I have to say it was delicious! :)

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    1. The jacket has a real forever feel about it, just so easy and comfy to wear.

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  5. I am happy to hear you missed the worst part of the storm.

    Cheers, parsnip

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    1. I'm thankful to live in a part of the world that is mostly temperate and benign. We are often a bit ridiculous about our weather - trains not running because there are leaves on the track! Compared to some other countries we don't know what bad weather is. But Ophelia was definitely a problem for those living in Ireland.
      Here in the south-west of England it was just a rather strange, warm and very windy day with an odd pink cast to it!

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  6. What a perfect and attractive jacket for the blustery weather. I am glad to see that you did not get any damage from Ophelia. Your gardens still look lovely.

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    1. The garden is bedraggled now and the perennial borders ready for a bit of lifting and dividing. Friends are coming at the weekend to take home some plants - weather permitting. Guess what, it's raining today!

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  7. A very cute jacket, perfect for anything. You have such a lovely garden. I love a beautiful and well tended garden but truthfully, I am much too lackadaisical to really put in the time it takes to truly have one. So I just enjoy vicariously the lovely gardens of others.

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  8. I too have tried training topiary. And, I love that jacket. It looks great on you.


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