Monday, 14 March 2011

Slippers and hot cocoa - not!


Whether tramping the mist-shrouded hills of Borneo, or assisting in the mosquito-infested camps of central Africa, Helen goes at a pace few people half her age could sustain. Not for her the afternoon serials on 'the box', or the blather of the 24-hour news cycle. Not for her rocking on the back porch in her pearl-buttoned cardigan, cat in lap and hot cocoa to hand. Helen's desire is to go out with her boots on.

11 comments:

~Cheryl said...

Very inspirational. Go Helen!

J Bar said...

Excellent portrait.

Jack said...

Not really appropriate for Alice, but somehow I did think of Cabaret:

I used to have a girlfriend
known as Elsie
With whom I shared
Four sordid rooms in Chelsea

She wasn't what you'd call
A blushing flower...
As a matter of fact
She rented by the hour.

The day she died the neighbors
came to snicker:
"Well, thats what comes
from to much pills and liquor."

But when I saw her laid out like a Queen
She was the happiest...corpse...
I'd ever seen.

I think of Elsie to this very day.
I'd remember how'd she turn to me and say:
"What good is sitting alone in your room?
Come hear the music play.
Life is a Cabaret, old chum,
Come to the Cabaret."

And as for me,
I made up my mind back in Chelsea,
When I go, I'm going like Elsie.

Jilly said...

Love Helen. Good for her. Mad about the hat and glasses!

Peter said...

More strength to her!

Joan Elizabeth said...

Helen looks like a character but that rocking chair, cat and cocoa also sounds nice.

diane b said...

Her boots were made for walking. Go Helen an inspiration for the cocoa and slipper brigade.

Vicki said...

Love your B&W character studies.

brattcat said...

Some of us would love a balance of cardi, cat, cocoa and boots.

TheChieftess said...

Wonderful portrait!!!

rallentanda said...

The very thought makes me want to take a nana nap. Must get one of those pearl button cardigans from Vinnies the next time I'm there.