Wednesday, April 7, 2010

In loving memory of Lynne 6.4.1964 - 5.4.2010

When I have a "blue" day I always use purple as it reminds me of the poem "When I am old I shall wear purple.
Easter Monday was a blue day and I made about 3 purple cards. One was for my sister who has a birthday on the 6th (Tuesday). I had spent the afternoon with my friend Lynn and by the end of the afternoon had changed my colour selection as it was no longer deemed a blue day. I am lucky to have friends that can change the colour of my day and am very grateful to have them in my life.
One of the cards I made was for my sister and sadly I will not have the opportunity to give it to her as she was taken from my life at midday on Monday the day before her 46th birthday whilst climbing down Mitre Peak.

So little sis I shall grow old for the both of us and wear lots and lots of purple. I will miss you.


When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple

with a red hat that doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
and satin candles, and say we've no money for butter.

I shall sit down on the pavement when I am tired
and gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
and run my stick along the public railings
and make up for the sobriety of my youth.

I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
and pick the flowers in other people's gardens
and learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
and eat three pounds of sausages at a go
or only bread and pickles for a week
and hoard pens and pencils and beer nuts and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
and pay our rent and not swear in the street
and set a good example for the children.

We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.
But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Poem by Jenny Joseph


  1. Sending you my thoughts Tee-Jay. I'm so pleased that you had Lynn with you to help brighten your day as much as is possible.

  2. Tee-Jay, I'm so sorry you had to lose another sister and so suddenly. Life seems so unfair. I feel your pain and you are very brave to post a tribute like this to her. Your card is beautiful.

    I am wearing purple right now and have worn it often in the last month, I will keep wearing it for you too!

    You know where I am if you need someone to cry with.

  3. Sending my thoughts and prayers. May God Comfort you at this time.

  4. Oh Tee-Jay, so sorry to hear about your sister. By the look of the picture, I'm guessing she was doing something she loved. My thoughts and prayers are for you and your family.

  5. I am so sorry Tee-Jay, to hear your terribly sad news. I will be wearing purple for you too. You post is a lovely tribute to your sister. You are in my prayers, my friend.

  6. Tee-Jay you and your family are in my thoughts at this sad time. I Really sorry to hear about the sudden loss of your sister. Patrice

  7. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister Tee-Jay. Thinking of you.

  8. It's hard to know the words that will comfort you at this time, but you and your family are in our thoughts.

  9. A lovely tribute.

  10. Sending huge hugs and thinking of you Tee Jay. A beautiful tribute to your sister. May she be forever in your heart.