Wednesday, 12 October 2011

A Ball in Autumn

I have been doing a heady amount of reading over the past few weeks as you can imagine... but am taking a quick break from the serious stuff to join in the revelries over at Willow Manor, where the cyber Autumn Ball is in full swing, and I am extremely late indeed!

But it isn't just the reading and writing that has me late.. I just don't know what to wear!!! First I thought, a sari...
but I want to dance, and I am not sure I will be skillful enough in a sari, plus since I'm late I may as well make an entrance in colour!

Barefoot to maximise the moves to the blues and the straining sax and the velvet chords of the Beatles and Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday and Madeleine Peyroux, as they harmonise through the Manor House...
There is only one man I want as arm candy....
because he'll read me poetry after, of course, and he can tell me all about Audrey Hepburn and I won't feel even a smidgeon green eyed...
In fact I'm tempted not to go to the ball at all... ;) but my arms are heavy laden with these birds of paradise, this cherry brandy (gifts for the hostess) and my feet are itching to dance...
So au revoir, mes amies, I shall return when fireflies are bustling away from the sunrise and my books call out to me again. Until then, watch me fly!

22 comments:

Molly said...

So glad you came to the ball too. It's lovely meeting new people. Thank you for your comment on my blog

Helen said...

You .. in that green frock .. barefoot, a sight for sore eyes!!

Pam said...

Didn't we bare-foot gals dance up a treat, avoiding the odd sparkling shards of glass from careless carrying-ons from inubriated guests.
Those butlers Willow had on hand were deft with the subtle quick sweep-ups though.
You looked beautiful!!

Kathy G said...

I've seen a lot of lovely dresses at the Manor today, but yours is BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy your dancing.

Yoli said...

So glad to see you at the ball dear one!!! I love the dress, it is a breath of fresh air. The date is classic, no one can top Mr.Peck.

steven said...

sweet dress - i'm getting there for breakfast at dawn with my date lee miller the surrealist photographer. see you then. we'll be down by the stream just at the back of tess's property. steven

Cheryl Cato said...

The color of your dress is perfection! It appears to be a light chartreuse and only the certain few can carry it off. You will make a beautiful entrance especially on the arm of dear Gregory. See you there!

Shaista said...

Molly, you're welcome and yes, the meets and greets are the best part. Well, those and the Last Word cocktails ;)

Shaista said...

Helen, Pam, Kathy, Yoli, thankyou for the compliments... as Cheryl perceptively pointed out, the dress is indeed light chartreuse...
Yoli, I can't believe you had permission to borrow That Necklace from Liz!!

Shaista said...

Steven you are one cool customer. Lee Miller?? Get outta here! Can't wait to meet her.
I'm going to tell her all about how I met and talked to her son Anthony Penrose... meet you both by the pool in a bit...

chiccoreal said...

Dear Shiasta: Definitely you're a class act dear! You outfit is absolutely gorgeous! And your date? Exactly whom I would have asked! Gregory Peck; dream date! So nice of you to remember Willow with the wonderful cherry brandy. I guess I will have to check out the Manor's wine cellar to see what I drank and replace it! So glam!

oceangirl said...

Please please please show us some photos, please.

Grandmother said...

Your dress is so fresh and fun but your date is drop dead gorgeous! Glad my date inspired your dancing itch.

Ruth said...

I'm so happy you pulled yourself from your reading and joined Willow and the rest of us. Your late entrance bowled us over, especially Leo, who was utterly enchanted with you and your grandpapa's story, and when I told him you are a writer too, he said, ohhhh, and I could see he wanted longer with you.

As for Gregory, I completely missed dancing with him, as I was pooped after just one dance with William Powell. I was hoping he'd come sit with us. I love him so.

Catfish Tales said...

And fly like a butterfly you did, you ever so colourful gal, you!

Brendan said...

There's always someone who sweeps the hour away with such sweet glamour. I applaud from the wings. - Brendan

Brendan said...

There's always someone who sweeps the hour away with such sweet glamour. I applaud from the wings. - Brendan

Richard said...

Shaista,
Never less than exquisite.
You never fail to add an extra dimension to my day.

Lolamouse said...

Lovely to meet you. Your dress was absolutely divine, and bird of paradise is one of my favorite flowers!

Tess Kincaid said...

Your dress was the envy of all...and so was Mr. Peck...thanks for making the Willow Manor Ball 2011 so very enjoyable...

SARAH said...

A ball?? I'm so jealous.

Jeanne-ming said...

What am I missing! Is there a photo of you in the dress!!!!!! Where?

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