Friday, 19 July 2013

The Hammock











"Don't banter me," she said, wounded at what appeared to be his flippancy. He did not mind the entreaty, but the tone with its delicate note of pathos was like a reproach. He could not explain; he could not tell her that he had penetrated her mood and understood. He said nothing except to offer her his arm, for, by her own admission, she was exhausted. She had been walking alone with her arms hanging limp, letting her white skirts trail along the dewy path. She took his arm, but she did not lean upon it. She let her hand lie listlessly, as though her thoughts were elsewhere--somewhere in advance of her body, and she was striving to overtake them.
Robert assisted her into the hammock which swung from the post before her door out to the trunk of a tree.
"Will you stay out here and wait for Mr. Pontellier?" he asked.
"I'll stay out here. Good-night."
"Shall I get you a pillow?"
"There's one here," she said, feeling about, for they were in the shadow.
"It must be soiled; the children have been tumbling it about."
"No matter." And having discovered the pillow, she adjusted it beneath her head. She extended herself in the hammock with a deep breath of relief. She was not a supercilious or an over-dainty woman. She was not much given to reclining in the hammock, and when she did so it was with no cat-like suggestion of voluptuous ease, but with a beneficent repose which seemed to invade her whole body.

Extract from The Awakening & Other Stories by Kate Chopin, via 1













The Outfit:
Peasant Blouse: from a charity shop
Mint Green Maxi Skirt: very old from the high street
Soft Leather Blue Ankle Tie Sandals: from a sale years ago online at Toast
White Cotton Parasol: from Ebay
 
 
The Soundtrack
John Taverner: The Protecting Veil  
 
 
Photographs taken by Mr Eve a few months ago, using my little digital camera.
 
 
I'm delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by the lovely Patti from www.notdeadyetstyle.blogspot.co.uk, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.
 

29 comments:

  1. Ahhh these photos remind me SO much of Picnic at Hanging Rock (one of the dreamiest, most beautiful films in my opinion), just gorgeous. I really hope some wonderfully talented artist comes across your blog one of these days and turns one of your photos into a painting, I would love to see these gorgeous photographs translated onto canvas.

    Also, I am incredibly jealous that you have a hammock! Not only that, but you have such a lovely place to hang it in.

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  2. Love "The Awakening"! Great hammock. You look fabulous.

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  3. Ahhhh, you are as dreamy as ever! LOVE peasant blouses and that one is sure a beauty!!

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  4. Such a good book... Jealous of your hammock!!

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  5. Such romantic photos! The hammock looks so comfy and so inviting

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  6. The umbrella adds such romance and sweetness. These pictures are beautiful, which seems almost inadequate to describe this splendor.

    blue hue wonderland

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  7. Gorgeous! That gypsy blouse is exquisite and you look particularly beautiful in that second photo! We've got a hammock somewhere but for the life of me I can't find it, it's been so long since we last had a summer worthy of using it. x

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  8. You've reminded me of The Awakening, haven't read that in many years. Beautiful photos, such a romantic vibe. Gorgeous blouse and the parasol is delicious! I must be the only person in the world who finds hammocks very uncomfortable - lovely to look at, hell to get in and out of! xxxx

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  9. Your posts makes me wish I had the patience to improve my English, "cat-like suggestion of voluptuous ease" does not exist in my vocabulary, but it sounds lovely and you are as taken from a timeless novel.

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  10. An ode to the beneficent repose if I ever saw one Emalina ... what an utterly glorious spot for you to dangle about in the shade looking splendid! Your shoes and parasol are simply delish :) xoxoxo

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  11. There are few things on earth more serenely perfect to my mind than laying in a hammock. Time and time again I've mentioned to my husband how much I want one when we have a house with a yard of our own. Though of course, I can always take inspiration from you and these beautiful images, and turn a verdant patch of woodland into my own yard for a spell (a most appealing thought indeed!).

    ♥ Jessica

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  12. How idyllic these scenes are of you in your hammock swinging above the bluebells in your gorgeous gypsy blouse, shaded by your lace parasol. The most perfect way to relax on a warm summer's day I imagine!

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  13. You are the image of romantic Summer!!! How pretty you look, and I find myself smiling and relaxing as I see these images. Lovely.

    Thank you for your comment on Dross. Joey's dad is better and his mom is in hospice, surrounded by family and friends. We have much to be grateful for.

    XXOO

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  14. Gorgeous setting and outfit!
    I spend many late afternoon in a hammock when I lived in Puerto Rico, I do love how you decorate it and your parasol.

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  15. So romantic and pretty! The shoes are fabulous too. Thanks for letting me know that you've known Benedict C. - that gave me such a smile, thinking that he was a quiet studious type, and now a marquee idol! And thanks as always for linking up to Visible Monday. xoxo

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  16. lovely pictures ... might summer never end. :)

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  17. My dearest Emalina kissed by the sun in all your beauty, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    Love, love, love,and MORE love.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  18. How relaxed and beautiful you look in the hammock amidst trees. I am especially taken by the ankle tie sandals and the lace parasol. A perfect post for midsummer!

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  19. Lovely outfit and setting! I will have to photograph my parasol for you to see!

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  20. You look lovely and very happy here! In contrast to the ending of *The Awakening*, but I'm happy to see your narrative working better for the heroine. I'm all for happy endings this week.

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  21. I want to recline in a hammock...in a wooded glade...among bluebells...with a lace parasol. What a vision of languid relaxation you are here. Perfect.

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  22. Beautiful!
    xx juli
    fragmentsofmyclothing.blogspot.com

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  23. you´ve created once again such an enchanting and lovely scenery in this photoshoot! i´m really impressed! you are so beautiful and i need a hammock in my life too;)
    wish you a wonderful week!
    kiss,mary

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  24. Such beautiful images!

    - The Tablescaper

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  25. How do you find such suitable prose for your photographs? No, don't tell me...I do prefer the mystery. It's funny, but I find that lying in a hammock gives me mild motion sickness...nothing bad, just enough to take away the pleasure. Ah well! You look lovely and serene, and I do see a bit of cat-like posing. Heavenly.

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  26. How completely dreamy! You do look like you're having a difficult day here ;) All your posts look like something out of a fairy tale lately!

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  27. These pictures look so cosy. I think everyone would like to change place with you.

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  28. Beautiful photos! I think that this is one of the best posts you’ve ever published. Keep going! ;)

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