Red, Red, Red, such a small word, just three letters for a colour that is so impactful, stimulates strong reactions and oozes power…………..

From the red of rich fertile soil, to the blood that courses our veins, it comes in many hues….  crimson, claret, scarlet, burgundy, terracotta, vermillion, Hot orange tomato reds, cherry reds, to the cooler blue leanings of magenta, violet and purple to name but a few.

Kermes, a small female insect to be found in the Kermes oak started the regal leanings of the colour red and power.  A dye of extremely high value, had to be imported into England from Spain and Italy and attracted heavy import duties. Not a colour for the everyday man,   By the 14th and early 15th century, brilliant full grain pure kermes scarlet was “by far the most esteemed, most regal” color for luxury woollen textiles in England and Europe. =, even more so if the fabric was velvet.  Henry VIII even passed a law that red worn below a certain high status was punishable, clothes would be confiscated and a fine of 40 shillings imposed……..

And what do you know, this power holding colour changed entirely when worn by women, THE SCARLET WOMAN.  Yes, Red has a shadow side?  What does it conjure up?  a wild  woman, passionate, feisty, vivacious, hot blooded.    Elisabeth I  steered well clear of these connotations and was never seen in red, she went for lavish embroidery often on virginal white………  although Mary Queen of Scots at her execution, at the removal of her black satin dress revealed a scarlet red bodice and petticoat, was this a statement of defiance or in honour of her catholic faith.    The book of Revelations states  “And I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth.”  Very powerful statement.

There is no doubt about it,  certainly a provocative colour, I love it !!

Oh of course Christmas jolly red santa! and Rudolph the red nose reindeer, don’t get me going on that one !,Happy Christmas everyone……..






Hells bells, it’s been a month since I posted


Bells, they toll, ring out their happy sounds that christmas is a coming, how I love them now and cannot think of anything nicer than singing carols on christmas eve at the midnight service.

Bells for me have a hidden agenda though, who would believe this strong strident women  I became, as a child,  was absolutely terrified of the sound of church bells.  I froze on the spot,  unable to move with abject fear.  Visions of the the huge church tower and steeple springing forth these horrid black stick like legs and arms and coming to ger ME.  This small helpless child !  I shudder now when I think of this but happily now I love the sound, they open my heart and fill me with joy !!  It took many years though !!  and having just celebrated my crone wisdom and written my cronedom vowels: this will give you some indication of just how long it took!

Yes its a month to the day that I posted here last, not much of a blogger eh!  Oh well, another to list of things that perhaps I am not so good at, guess you get to learn your strengths and weaknesses over the years and just try and concentrate on the “good” list !!

Just like to wish you all a wonderful festive holiday however you to choose to spend this time .  I have two weeks off now to recharge the batteries, to enjoy my home.  Today its wrapping up presents by the fire, and not thinking about the housework or the ironing or the hundred and one things I could be doing.  just happy thoughts of time with my children and my travels to scotland (the land of my father!) to celebrate the new year.