Saturday, 16 April 2011

Like something almost being said





"The trees are coming into leaf/ Like something almost being said/ The recent buds relax and spread/ their greenness is a kind of grief." 
Philip Larkin put into words the feelings evoked by spring so simply, and yet in such an evocatively recognisable way. My last post was centred around daffodils - and this one takes blossom as its centrepiece. These blooms are like trailblazers, announcing that the leaves are on their way.
Although Larkin's poem seems to talk of aging (and nature's illusion of youth), the ending could refer to the ability to start "afresh". Spring, and its symbolism of new beginnings, has been very poignant for me this year - as I have had a new start after surgery myself, and am about two thirds of the way through recovery now, as the flowers grace the trees. I will be six months post-operation on the 20th of April.

I was in London for a very quick visit at the beginning of the week, and greatly enjoyed taking a family walk through Regents Park - possibly one of the most colourful places in the city; from the silk-slip-pink blossom trees to the beds that sprout masses of tulips, hyacinths and other flowers that I don't even know the names of.
I dressed accordingly, jumping at the chance to get some sun on my winter-blasted limbs. I was still feeling the last tendrils of inspiration from Brideshead Revisited when I put together this ensemble, and could imagine lying on a boat in this outfit and reading in the dappled light.
The white linen shorts were bought recently in a charity shop and the little tailored jacket is vintage. I know I posted it here with another pair of shorts last summer, but it's made of that really cool linen that acts like a cold flannel to a fevered brow - keeping you feeling fresh even in the blazing sun. Oh, what a relief to use the term "blazing sun"! The shirt was also from a charity shop, the pink brogues are from Next and the silk belt came with a vintage dress. The little box bag is my grandma's, and usually houses kodak films of my dad when he was little. I think the whole colour scheme reminds me of sugared almonds - which always seem to look better than they taste.

Getting the photos for the post was a bit of a palaver - with both mum and dad trying to make something of the quite harshly bright light. In the end, my dad grumbled that he 'just wanted a family walk for once', with no photos involved. I spent the next fifteen minutes merrily joking about discontinuing my blog, because it obviously encroached on the whole family, and took up too much time!! However, once we'd finished our light-hearted huffs, mum and I managed to sneak off and take some photos by a low lying blossom tree before we left. I think it was worth it...

Do you have a favourite line of poetry referring to the seasons? I would love to hear some memorable snippets.

28 comments:

Caitlin Rose said...

that is so nice that your whole family is involved in your blog. Mothers will always come through! and the photos are lovely so I'm happy you took them. You look so fresh, it's truly beautiful.

Jazzabelle said...

these photographs are lovely! it's been rather hot recently, you dressed for the weather perfectly. i love your grandma's little box bag! xx

Lilaanaa said...

cute

K said...

Gorgeous pictures!

K xx

Natalie Suarez said...

you are so beautiful! i love it! :)

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Miss Tami Lee said...

What a beautiful back drop!

The Fancy Teacup said...

That's so cute that you and your mother snuck off and were able to snap some shots. You look like an absolute doll, and the scenery added to the beauty of all it.

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much love.

Kit said...

I am in love with your Grandma's cute little box bag.


Kit
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Juliet said...

really, really beautiful photos. :)

Kendall said...

I like the spring-y feel to this. The third and fourth pictures--wow! And those lines of poetry are so true. :)

~Kendall

Saige said...

You're outfit is so classic and beautifully simple. I love.

le sorelle said...

what wonderful photographs - your mom is a great photographer ;) i envy that you already get to enjoy the beautiful colors and weather of spring!

-j
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*chameleon* said...

beautiful beautiful pics,so romantic and in some way nostalgic!:)
xoxoxo
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the nyanzi report said...

I'm always intrigued by your words and pictures.

T. said...

Beautiful pictures!

Jessica said...

Lovely very girly and elegant!

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Tasha Gregson said...

Stunning shots :) You look amazing xxxx

Kate said...

Beautiful photos, that box is adorable, like a little treasure chest! Love your outfit, with the collar peeping out from the jacket. Brilliant colour palette. I know it's really famous and cliched but I adore the poem "Shall I compare thee to a summers day". It is written so beautifully and is also special to our family as my dad read it to my mum on their wedding day which I think is so sweet.
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Fashionistable said...

Ahhh one of my most favourite flowers. My Dad has one of these trees in his garden. Every year when they are in bloom I say to my husband "I want one of those tress in our our garden". Maybe soon....
Well done for getting the shots. The very bright sun gives us a whole new quandry when taking photos. Lovely to have that quandry though. I love the story behind your bag. Very cool. I have to say the comment you left for me has taken my breath away. Thank you so, so much what an amazing accolade. I did an interview for the Russian online magazine Look at me recently. They asked me to name my favourite blogs. Yours was on my list. The article has just gone live. You can read it here http://www.lookatme.ru/flows/city-looks/posts/121659-fashionistable-com Xxxx

Annebeth said...

your style, the pictures, the blossoms, the writing: everything here is amazing. How are you not the most famous blogger on the internet yet? :D

reverienotes said...

Your blog is filled with the most stunning pictures. I'm instantly inspired

Style Incognito said...

love that shirt (although cant see much of it :P) and cute blazer!

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x

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

i love your top, especially with the green belt!

<3 steffy
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Aditi Bhalotra said...

Gorgeous look for spring.
The box bag and shirt are ADORABLE!
Great blog.

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polka dot said...

Oh Roz! Beautiful.

I didn't know that poem - I know his work from my husband. And he's the same way your dad was at times about doing photography. So cute that you and your mom snuck off for the photo shoot, and with great results.

I feel the same way every spring: such a sweet sadness, and grief. And it doesn't make any sense. I often feel that I 'shouldn't' feel this way - that everyone, especially in a climate like England, is so happy - and I'm happy, too, but there's also that feeling of wanting to cry. (But that's more down to hay fever!)

See you soon - will reply to your lovely email now. xo

Miramichi said...

love all these nature shots on your blog who takes your pictures?
xx


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the Citizen Rosebud said...

please don't joke about such things. I will pay you good money to keep blogging. yours is a great joy of mine!

now off to google the entire poem. love it.

for me: ee cumming's in just is my spring time poem, or and Eliot's the Wasteland.

xo to you. Bella Q
the Citizen Rosebud

Denise Pacurar said...

Lovely!!!!

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