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Colour Purple

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Darling Daughter gave me these beautiful tulips for Mothering Sunday (but it happened to be Mothering Friday when I received them!). They look so attractive on my kitchen window sill. What is particularly attractive to me is the purple colour. This got me thinking about colours and the effect on our life, demeanour, and state of mind.

The Colour Purple

Purple is defined as a deep, rich shade between crimson and violet, or, more broadly, as a range of hues of color between blue and red,or as a dark color that is a blend of red and blue.According to surveys In Europe and the U.S., purple is the color most often associated with royalty, magic, mystery and piety.When combined with pink, it is associated with eroticism, femininity and seduction.

Purple was the color worn by Roman magistrates; it became the imperial color worn by the rulers of the Byzantine Empire and the Holy Roman Empire, and later by Roman Catholic bishops. Similarly in Japan, the color is traditionally associated with the Emperor and aristocracy.

Purple and violet are similar, though purple is closer to red. In optics, there is an important difference; purple is a composite color made by combining red and blue, while violet is a spectral color, with its own wavelength on the visible spectrum of light.

A Purple Patch.

One definition of a ” purple patch” that I found is a period of time when things go well. May we all have a long purple patch in our blogging World.

 

 

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Wordsmith Wednesday-Dulcinea

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Dulcinea
noun:
A man’s sweetheart
Word Origin:
C18: from the name of Don Quixote’s mistress Dulcinea del Toboso in Cervantes’ novel; from Spanish dulce sweet

I saw this word today for the first time on Wordsmith.org.( A great source of unusual words and their meanings)

Some words are really attractive and I think that this is one of them. I’m not sure if it’s the sound, meaning or association that makes any particular word appealing.

Have you ever been a Dulcinea?

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Dulcinea del Toboso
Art: Charles Robert Leslie, 1839

Wordsmith Wednesday – Pointelle

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Pointelle

A friend gave me a knitting pattern of a jumper labelled “Pointelle”. Neither of us knew what this meant so I turned to “Mr Google” for help!

Pointelle is a delicate-looking fabric that is woolen or knitted and has little eyelet holes to create the appearance of lace. The fabric used for a feminine, delicate-looking knitted shirt with little eyelet holes that make the shirt look lacy is an example of pointelle.

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