Monday, 5 September 2011

the sunlight on the garden



The sunlight on the garden
Hardens and grows cold,
We cannot cage the minute
Within its nets of gold,
When all is told
We cannot beg for pardon.

Our freedom as free lances
Advances towards it's end;
The earth compels, upon it,
Sonnets and birds descend;
And soon, my friend,
We shall have no time for dances.

Excerpt from "The Sunlight on the Garden," by one of my favourite poets, Louis MacNeice.

A fitting poem for the end of summer, no? Happy Labour Day to you all! I just came back from the Labour Day parade, and it is a cool and cloudy day in Hamilton. These were taken back at my grandfathers.

I liked this outfit because a) I felt the lizard on my shoes looked as though it was trying to get to the fruit on my dress (which is a geeky reason if ever there was one and b) it features two handmade pieces from Granville Island, the artsy area in Vancouver where I used to work. Especially pleased as I thought I'd lost this hat, but it showed up in a box. : )



Photos by Shona

dress: Mango (sale), shoes: Catalan menorquines, silver and gold flower pendant: by Vanja Brankovic of Amity Design Studio on Granville Island, chain: gift from my grandparents long ago, hat: hand crocheted by Lajla Nuhic


dusanabotswana said...

Hmm sounds like you find lots of things in boxes, glad this hat didn't "inexplicably" not fit later! Love your reasoning on liking the shoes! You look so pretty & happy here & I cannot say enough how lucky you are to have family in such a beautiful place!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@ dusanabotswana: Yeah, my family have been really good about only living in pretty places! My Grannie's place in Yorkshire was magical too (the location, not the house) and I'm so angry with my parents for selling it. X ( Suppose I should have been having a career these last five years or so so I could afford to buy it though, pfff.

Preziosa said...

Love the pictures!

Michelle said...

Great hat! Perfect combo for turning weather.

Annebeth said...

fruity dresses are way too hard to find, this one is lovely and yes, digging the cute lizard!

Diana said...

i agree! such a perfect poem for the end of summer! and you look like a 20's doll! i love this outfit on you -- and the special touches (like the little lizard) are what i love about personal style :) xo

Monique said...

the print on your dress is so fun and i love the story about how your shoes and dress interact. hope your off to a great week!

Ashley said...

This dress is charming and I want it.

P.S. I like your geeky reasoning.

K.Ashton said...

what a pretty blog! I was enthralled by the name and am not disappointed! I'm so pleased to find someone including poetry in their's nice to see someone not shying way from culture for a change :)

Lovely pictures, I shall be back :P

Kate xx

Sewon said...

Ohh I really love your hat, and what a pretty garden!

Closet Fashionista said...

Loving this outfit, that hat is so cute!

Ashley/ MILK TEETHS said...

I'm obsessed with the first photo! I've always thought overturned boats were pretty charming. Also, your dress is pretty nifty too :)

Anonymous said...

Super cute shoes with the iguana! Handmade pieces are adorable!

Cess O. <3 The Outfit Diaries

Anonymous said...

What a perfect little outfit--I totally understand the lizard in pursuit of the flowers.

Emily, Resplendent Tranquility said...

Beautiful set of photos, Emily! They have such a happy and relaxed feel to them. And your smile in each shot is really infectious.

Thanks for sharing that poem. I've read it over several times and cannot seem to get enough. I will check out the poet for sure.

That is one awesome hat. It's always a relief when favorite things, long-feared lost, turn up in boxes. Yay!

Jo said...

Your dress is beautiful! <3 I have been wanting a fruit print dress for ages!

Lost in the Haze

Vanessa, Take only Memories said...

Super cute dress! Love the print! And the hat is perfect with it!

Rosalind said...

Divine first photo - doesn't look like the end of of summer for you at all, especially in that beautiful dress. No, you definitely look like you're wandering through warm afternoons, not hunched against autumn breezes (yet)!

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

@Rosalind: Sadly, photos can be misleading (and out of date). It's pretty darn chilly today! And actually, it was a bit breezy that day... I spent the rest of the day in a cardigan. : (

CAITLIN said...

i love this! the dress is incredibly awesome and the whole look is so bright and fun :)

my parents have a rowboat just like that one... i should do a photoshoot at their house sometime. vancouver looks a lot like vermont, even though it's on the opposite side of the country!

i'll have to check out louis macneice. i'm very particular about poetry, but once i find someone i like, i'm faithful 'til the end!

CAITLIN said...

ps whoops just realized you're in ontario--that's a lot closer than vancouver!

Bonnie said...

Your hat is absolutely perfect. It really stands out against the scenery!
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Jennyboo said...

Oh summer, how I will miss you. Although I must say, I am quite excited to wear some tights once again. I am loving the novelty print dress and those fun shoes. So perfect so the changing seasons.

Katie said...

Glad you found your hat!

I love the pattern and colors on your dress! Beautiful! <3

Virginie's Cinema said...

I'm loving all your Canadian posts!! Your looks are great and the environment!! Home :)

I adore this dress, the pattern mesmerizes me every time! Paired with such a bright and happy hat, it's sooooo cute!

Virginie ♥