Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Deer Serenade

as crows fly
in the dawn light
on the cold hill
the deer are running

the thud of their hooves
on the bed of the stream
is the drum that rocks
the roots of the birch
and the wind that shakes
the birch tree’s leaves

rain is their tribe song
rain is their robe

snow is the dust
of the bones of deer
falling to earth

and earth is the dark
deep silence of things
where you dream yourself
human, alive
watching the red deer running
on the wall of a cave

Deer by Chris Powici, via 1

The Outfit:
Pink Dress: gift from my Mum from a Boden sale a few years ago
Pink Silk Patterned Skirt: made by granny Kiki in the 1950s/60s
Cowboy boots: very old from R Soles
Wooden Bracelet: Granny Penny's
The Soundtrack:
Kate Bush: The Jig Of Life
All photographs taken by me in our garden, self portraits using the self timer.
I'm posting this a bit early as will be very busy over the next few days.
Looking forward to catching up with your new posts over the weekend!

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Heat Haze

It seems like you could, but
you can't go back and pull
the roots and runners and replant.
It's all too deep for that.
You've overprized intention,
have mistaken any bent you're
for control. You thought you chose
the bean and chose the soil.
You even thought you abandoned
one or two gardens. But those
keep growing where we put them -
if we put them at all.
A certain kind of Eden holds us
Even the one vine that tendrils out
in time turns on its own impulse,
twisting back down its upward course
a strong and then a stronger rope,
the greenest saddest strongest
kind of hope.
A Certain Kind Of Eden, by Kay Ryan via 1
The Outfit:
1930s style dark floral dress: from a charity shop
Vintage 1950s rose head scarf: inherited from granny Kiki
Black sunhat: old from the high street
Nude pumps: old from New Look
Silver earrings, just seen: from Accesorize
The Soundtrack:
 Sergei Rachmaninov: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini in A minor
All photos taken by me in our garden, using the self timer during the final gasp of our hot summer.
 I am delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.
P.S. Not that any of us need any help with dressing and living well, but I found this recent documentary about inspiring octogenarian beauties absolutely brilliant and think you would too. Click on the link here to watch it:

Thursday, 12 September 2013

Shepherd's Hut Love




“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms.”  
Extract from Walden: Or, Life In The Woods, by Henry David Thoreau via 1




The Outfits:
Vintage 1970s denim hot pants: inherited from my dear Mum, along with the legs!
Green & Black Breton Top: from a charity shop
White & Blue Swan Breton Jumper: old from Topshop, in the days I still shopped there
Watercolour Painted Top: gift from my Mum
Capri Pant Jeans: old from H&M
Hunter Wellies: from Ebay
The Soundtrack
Mazzy Star: She Hangs Brightly 
All photographs taken on holiday in Dorset about 4 years ago, long before my blogging began. It was one of our loveliest ever shepherd's hut adventures, and that's saying something as we've had a few! Details of Sam the shepherd's hut, available for holiday let, can be found at the glamping website Canopy & Stars.
This seems a fitting post with which to celebrate the first anniversary of this blog Kiki & the Gypsy, which started life simply as a wardrobe of old clothes, a love of nature, and a photograph from our stay in a gypsy carriage to use as the header.
  Enormous thanks to all of you who read and comment on this blog, I feel very lucky to have found this welcoming and inspiring community, you're amazing and have brought such pleasure to my life.
 Here's to the next year of blogging!
 I am delighted to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.
It's also a great pleasure to be joining Ariane at her Show Me Your Style link up at Style Sud-Est.
I'm also popping by Jane from The Flight Platform for her link-up, themed this week Behind The Bike Sheds (hope these hot pants are rebellious enough for you Jane!).

Thursday, 5 September 2013




“Like no one else,' I told him in a letter written at the end of July, 'you share that part of my mind that associates itself mostly with ideal things and places....The impression thinking about you gives me is very closely linked with that given me by a lonely hillside or a sunny afternoon or wind on the moorlands or rich music...or books that have meant more to me than I can explain, or the smell of the earth after a shower or the calmness of the sky at sunset....This is grand, but still it isn't enough for this world, whatever it may be like "when we're beyond the sun." The earthly and obvious part of me longs to see and touch you and realise you as tangible.” 
Extract from The Testament Of Youth, by Vera Brittain via 1


The Outfit:
Vintage 1940s/50s Crepe & Satin Cerise Sheath Dress: bought from lovely Jill the Vintage Baroness at Adeline's Attic Vintage. Thanks again Jill!
Black Lace Peep Toe High Heels: old from New Look
Amber Earrings: my Mother's
Amber Bracelet: gift from a friend
The Soundtrack
Nina Simone: See-line Woman 
All photographs taken by me using the self timer in my parents' beautiful garden.
I'm delighted to link this post to Shoe Shine, a great event hosted by Bella of The Citizen Rosebud, click on the website to see her cute shoes and those of many others.
 I am also pleased to be a part of the next Visible Monday, hosted by Patti from Not Dead Yet Style, click on the website link to see her outfit and those of many others.
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