My husband tells me that alchemists thought that the iridescent gleam of the peacock’s tail feathers (cauda pavonis) held the key to turning base metals into gold.
The tail feathers of the peacock are also a symbol of rebirth and regeneration. More importantly the tail feathers of the peacock are symbols that evoke strong sensory memories two of my favourite shopping meccas:
Prince’s Square in Glasgow (and the smell of handmade chocolates and leather goods)
and Liberty’s of London (redolent of lemon oil and tweed wool)
This dress now smells of a perfume that I don’t normally wear. In choosing it the peacock motif and green blue tones made me think of early summer, mojitos, lime soap. Unfortunately the day on which I wore it was unseasonably hot. Being someone who exercises regularly, I sweat easily and profusely. To counter the niff I nicked a friend’s perfume atomiser. This is always a mistake as something that smells delicious on someone else will invariably smell like air freshener mixed with extract of possum pee on me.
I’ll handwash it with a dilution of eucalyptus oil to bring the freshness back.
Shoe Save: My husband rolled his eyes and walked away when he saw these Boccaccini fuschia pink suede and silver sandals but when Colour Dare Needs must –
Colours: Green, blue and pink
Shoe Save: Number 50 of 105
Date: Thursday 20 October 2011
Raison D’etre: Fox In Flats Colour in Dare