Wednesday, June 11, 2008

"Come into the garden, Maude ..."

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I wrote here about ordering clothes which were too young for me from the Kaleidoscope catalogue, just for the fun of trying them on. Their latest catalogue had a beautiful evening dress, and I knew, I just knew when I looked at it on the young model, that even on me it would look good. I ordered a size 20 - (I don't delude myself - much!) - but it was actually huge, and much too long. Even so I could see that I had been right, and that it suited me. So I sent for an 18, just to try on you know, no point in keeping it, as I never go to the sort of posh occasion where I could wear it. Sarah Jane, my adopted granddaughter companion, who aids and abets me in all these sartorial follies, was agog to see me in the right size.

Today I put it on for her. Wow! I found a pendant of just the right length to cover up my rather ugly heart surgery scar - (I practically never wear low necklines now) - and a pair of glitzy earrings from my younger days, and . . . . . "I have to take some photos" SJ said, "let's go into the garden". And so began the photo shoot.

The first 20 shots or so didn't come out at all, as SJ had not understood the subtleties of my camera. So we started again, with more success. "Work it, baby!" SJ kept telling me. I knew what she meant, but I'm neither supple enough nor unselfconscious enough to do that properly! There was a lot of giggling, and a whole lot more when we looked at the pictures on screen, and I thought up captions for some of the less elegant poses. I can probably leave those to your imaginations. Here are some of the results, and you can tell me after, if you think I deserve to keep the dress or not. (All right, I know I'm fishing!)







[I think you'll find the middle one in the top row won't enlarge, so you can't study my legs in detail! JT]

10 comments:

KeithD said...

You're right: it really does suit you. And it looks as though it's done you a word of good. Consider it as alternative medicine, keep it, put it on when life's really being a drag and parade around the house and garden for your own benefit. You might also suggest a dressy dinner for your next GOD weekend.

Avus said...

I think that it, and you are beautiful, Judith. A perfect symbiosis.

herhimnbryn said...

Oooooh Mama! You look glorious. You have to wear it out somewhere divine.

L said...

Judith, you're GORGEOUS! Good heavens! The dress looks simply stunning on you. I think you and SJ should get dressed up (you wearing that beautiful frock, of course) and go out somewhere--anywhere--and celebrate life! LIFE is the special, posh occasion, Miss Judith!

with love from Pittsburgh...

Jean said...

Oh, my, yes! You, and the dress, look splendid. That's a keeper--and a reason to make occasions to wear it. The earrings and the necklace flatter it, and you.

Lucy said...

Really lovely! And just right for the garden, the purple against the green.

And stop moaning about your legs, I'd swap them for my short dumpy ones!

Pam said...

Fabulous dress, can't help but agree with all the comments. My favourite shots are the smiley ones! Sarah Jane has captured you perfectly!

Susan said...

Hi Judith,

could not resist commenting on these photos...you must keep the dress, it looks lovely.

Sheila Joynes' Musical Diary said...

You took absolutely stunning, Judith, and you look well and happy wearing it. Worth every penny, whatever it cost!

Mandibles said...

I had to comment to say that the dress is beautiful and you look radiant in it. Keep it!