Friday, July 29, 2016

How time flies - Friday 29th

There is to be a second wedding this weekend, and the church yesterday evening was lit up as the next array of flowers arrived, the photo above is one I took yesterday, because the windows looked rather beautiful.  In the large window you can see sheep, and the quotation underneath refers to water. This could be to do with  the fact that there is a saline well that appears somewhere around here, and of course there is a well in the grounds of the pub next door.
What fascinated me about the last wedding was how people dressed up, cartwheel hats, fascinators perched rather ridiculously on top of heads, though I would not mind wearing such a display of frivolity one day.  The men all elegant in 'morning dress' and the bride as pretty as a picture.

" fascinator hat is a small ornamental headpiece that fits on the head using an alice-band-type base or headband or even a small comb. It is always lightweight and usually features feathers, beads or flowers. The use of the term fascinator began in the 1990s when such headpieces became popular for wearing at weddings without ruining your lovely hairstyle or giving you a helmet head."

The day has arrived!

Birds, singing, move

among leaves, in leaf shadow.
After many years you have come

to no thought of these,
but they are themselves
your thoughts. There seems to be

little to say, less and less.
Here they are. Here you are.
Here as though gone.

A stolen couple of verses from  Beyond the Fields We Know the verses from Wendell Berry;   Kerraledune is this week going through a time of trial, may she come out of it well and whole for her blog is an uplifting and thoughtful place I turn to each day.

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  1. I was interested to learn that the often astonishing head ornaments worn by British royalty are termed 'fascinators.'
    In rereading a book with a 1900 American setting, one of the female characters was busy crocheting a fascinator to wear at a winter church gathering. The alternate definition given by wikipedia is for a lightweight crocheted or knitted lacy scarf/stole to be draped over head and shoulders.

    In my Vermont hometown I was charmed by night gatherings at the big brick church--indoor lighting reversing the colors of the stained glass windows--particularly impressive if there was snow on the ground.

  2. I think it is the word 'fascinator' that jumps out at you, could it be that the wearer is setting out to entrap, and indeed the word does come from the latin...“fascinatus” meaning “to bewitch, or cast a spell on". As for what the British royalty wear, it was Princess Beatrice's hat that got a lot of unkind comments at William's wedding.