Monday, 28 October 2013

Bonus Week from Viv =)

Hi, All I’m the guest challenger this week as it is a five-week month.
I don’t expect to be up to the challenges of the others but I will do my best.
 I thought I would share one of the poems that I enjoy and makes me laugh.
Warning - When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
By Jenny Joseph
When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I am 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 the 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 pickles for a week
and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts 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.

 Jenny Joseph was born in Birmingham and went on to be a journalist. She wrote this poem in 1961 although I didn’t come across it until I bought 
“The Nations Favourite Comic Poems”
I must admit I have never read any other of her poems but now I feel I want to find out more.
In January my craft group made a
Dream board
We cut pictures and words out of magazines that say and show things we’d like to be or do in our future.
Here is mine.

The poem and the Dream Board gave me the idea to challenge you to think about what you would like to do or where you would like to be in the future. 
What do you think?
It doesn’t have to be when you are old, just in your future, maybe even tomorrow or next week.
a dream holiday, a different house, new car, anything really. 
Perhaps also you could take photos this week of works in progress, Family, crafts, something in the home or at work. Whatever you think fits the bill.

Love to you all Vivienne xxx


  1. Just waking up after the storm. What a night !
    That's a lovely challenge Viv and I certainly will take part this week. xxx

    1. Don't know what has happened to my photo. Can you help out?

    2. Which photo are you talking about Viv ? Can you send it to me ?

    3. The one of my dream board under the poem. I haven't got your email addy to send it too you

    4. I have yours, I am writing you right now. I added a link to your post. x

    5. OK, here you are. Beautiful collage, VIV !

  2. Thanks Anne, It must have been terrible for you last night. I've been thinking of you all down south and hoping you are all OK. We haven't had it bad up here

  3. Not so bad here either Viv, nothing worse than a good stormy weekend and plenty of rain..thanks for the challenge, shall try my best to show you what i am up to! Kathi x

  4. Great challenge will do my best to take part this week with photos. No problems here re the storm. xx

  5. Great challenge Viv though sort of a hard one for me. I will try to live up to your expectations. I love the poem. In fact I have a copy. It was my Mom's which I inherited when she passed. She loved it as well. She had it framed and hanging on a wall in her house.

  6. I love the challenge Viv. I am sorry the photo was missing, I double checked this morning that it had posted and I could see it from my computer, sorry, I left at 7:30 and only just home now, so only just seen this :(

    1. Put your feet up, girl and try to relax a bit, xxx

    2. Yes I agree with Anne. No worries Jennie, It's sorted. Anne is brilliant.

  7. Hi Iam back, missed the storm which didn't turn out too bad here and love the poem...saw the society that wears purple and red on a cruise once, don't know what they are called but all wore hats and large red flowers in hair or on clothes!!!

  8. VIv,
    Many thanks for this bonus week!
    I thought to stop and I do not already participate in challenges!
    I wanted to remember that 2013 like - The year of my 45th birthday!
    But there is a more important event - the death my mother.
    I knew these verses by heart and I kept telling them these days.
    I was very surprised when I saw this challenge - it is
    It's a sign and I will continue!
    Thank you ladies - our hearts beating in unison!