Aunt Betsy was a bit of a ‘goer’.
She certainly stood out
amongst all the kind but staid aunts and great aunts.
‘She shone for me like the Evening Star.
I loved her dearly, but at a distance’ wrote Winston Churchill of his own mother.
I guess I felt the same about Betsy.
‘The Betsy’ was naughty. She divorced – this was much rarer in those days and completely unknown in our family – and from then on conducted a series of affairs. In our sleepy Devon village wives feared for their husbands.
She had the first (in living memory at least) inter – racial relationship in the village. Those days were very different. Racism was rife. The village didn’t forgive it and certainly didn’t forget her. Her name was still being whispered 40 years later.
But Betsy didn’t care. She left for London. We certainly saw her more rarely after that. But our mother would take us ‘up to town’ and we would meet her. Usually in a Department Store, for afternoon tea.
As we hovered in the foyer, a taxi would sweep to a halt outside and Betsy would emerge on impossibly high heels. Her smartly cut suit, usually dark, had a pencil slim skirt, the jacket nipped in at the waist. We are talking 50′s ‘Mad Men style’ here.
She made our sensible, practical but much loved mother look dowdy and dull.
She would swoop for a kiss. We were enveloped in a cloud of heady perfume. A sparkling broach on her lapel flashed in front of our eyes. But there was more.
Against the plain, textural canvas of the expensive cloth a scarf, brilliant and bold, floated free, as soft as the silk it was.
Now, it has been a long, hot, travel-laden summer with The Olds, as I affectionately called them, dropping like flies. As tedious has been the mopping up of goods and chattels, the ‘who has what’, the ‘how’ of lives ending.
But out of it all, amongst all the memories, has emerged:
a tumble of well over a hundred silk scarves, still feintly and mustily redolent of their owner’s exotic perfume.
I took some fotos for the record. Lateral inspiration!
Bold is an unusual and/or strong idea. Contrast and colour help. Shape and style are essential.
Add a sense of drama and take bit of a risk.
Bold is certainly memorable.
Now check out the interpretations of ‘Bold’ posted by our fellow knights and ladies of the Garden Design Round Table:
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