Monday, July 28, 2008

75. Ladies in Lavender


'My favourite flowers? Well, I suppose........
Daisy, lavender and rose.'
Pamela speaking, and you deduce
That she's quaint and gentle, a quiet recluse.

But she's a feisty sort of dame,
A leading light, ahead of the game,
Very with-it and up-to-date.
She has arranged this special date.

Her cottage is such a romantic place
With wicker and pastel and cream and lace.
It seems she likes to set the stage
For an afternoon from a by-gone age.

An antique wash-stand, rose-trimmed pots
Blossoms from dainty garden plots.
A wedding photograph, sepia tinted,
That once was brilliant, newly-minted.

And round the corner another profusion,
Pale flowers in a tossed confusion,
Echoing the white of a clock nearby,
While creamy candles reach on high.

Seen through the window, the creek meanders
Past shady pathways and verandahs.
Hyacinths glow in the winter light
With the water beyond, a restful sight.

The feast is prepared, the table laid,
The cakes on dainty plates displayed.
Pam breathes a satisfied sort of sigh
'A tea-party! As in days gone by!'

Then twenty ageing 'girls' rush in!
What a cacophany! What a din!
Each with a bottle of wine held high.
'Where's the corkscrew?' hear them cry!
In a second they ruin the restful mood!
All they can think about is food! ………. (And drink!)


Westerwitch/Headmistress said...

Ah shall have to ask you to write a rhyme for Purplelcoo after we have had one of our on-line parties . . .

Bear Naked said...

Your poem is a wonderful description of the cottage.
I had a picture in my mind's eye of what it looked like and voila after seeing the photos on your Clickpicks site--there it was.

Bear((( )))

Rinkly Rimes said...

To Westerwitch
I've written a 'purple' poem and I've found a 'purple' picture but my internet connection is 'frail' (I must get a man in!) and I don't know where to put them anyway!!!!
Watch this space!

To Bear Naked
What a faithful reader you are! Today I'm in 'rude mood'. Again....
Watch this Space!

Jo said...

Hi Brenda, I love this description of Pam's cottage. However, I've been up and down your side-bar and cannot find click pics. Please help.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful gathering in a beautiful place!

Esther Joy said...

I guess the Ladies in Lavender were not in purple with red hats! So interesting and entertaining to occasionally run into a convergence of them in a restaurant!

Anonymous said...

i can't imagine a more calm pleasant place to be

lamb's wool

VBR said...

Wow! What a lovely read. And, what a lucky bunch of ladies to have a group of friends like this.
And, your poem- it is delightful!

Cheryl D. said...

It sounds like a fun gathering in a beautiful location!

Splendid Little Stars said...

I hope Pam's OK with the restful mood being ruined, hopefully with the fun and love of friendships.

anitamombanita said...

simply masterful!!

Jenny said...

Oh my.

I held my breath reading through this loveliness!

I love that you let me exhale at the end with your cute final stanza.

Thank you for sharing this beautiful imagery.

I really enjoyed this.