I don’t know how many of you have heard of the poem by Jenny Joseph, Warning – When I am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple. Great poem. I have the purple gear but I’ve never found a red hat, although I’ve kept my eye open for one which suited me. No luck until I came to stay with friends and went swimming. The sun is very strong in Perth, Western Australia, and there was a lovely RED HAT just waiting to protect my head while I was swimming. So here are a couple of pics of me finally in a red hat and I had purple in my swimming costume too.  How good is that?

And here’s the poem if you haven’t already seen it!

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.

3 thoughts on “RED HAT AT LONG LAST!

  1. MO! so neat to see this post in my inbox. 🙂
    i had your earlier email, not sent via the website and i was instantly drawn to the pic of you in the red hat…i wrote to gneissmoon, ‘did you see that darling pic of mo in the hat??! how SWEET’ from now on, my mental image of you will not be the pic on your site but This One. 😀
    safe travel and much patience as you settle in. essential to the process will be a lot of grace and patience. things move much more slowly here – or more accurately, dont move in a ‘logical straight line’ – but i am sure you know that.


  2. Ahhhh! Love that red hat – I’m so glad you found it…..You’ve reminded me that I too have a great red hat – it’s red leather and I’m going upstairs to get it right now and put it on …. that ought to brigten my day…..alas and alas I don’t have the warmth or a beautiful blue swimming pool to loll about in on this cold -4C Friday….ah well, spring is coming…love ya


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