Dress, not to be seen dead in.

 Thankfully we had the wind from off the North Sea, to cool things down a little, for there is a lot of heat in the day. My plans for a big knock down ride on my new bike did not happen, I take it that UPS have different days for different areas, yesterday was not their St Andrews delivery day, and I can not see them delivering over the weekend, boohoo.

During the 1960s, I went to the moves twice sometimes three times a week, there were lots of larger than life actors and actresses around at that time, the big names in the men were Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, They were almost in competition with one another. The girls, well, they were just too numerous to list. But there was one up and coming star that just had my attention at the time, and that was Faye Dunaway.

I was up the street yesterday and popped into the charity shop in the passing. I always look over the books, the LP records, to see if there are any covers from the early days that would adorn my walls. So much of this art on LP covers just appealed to me. Then finally the DVDs, with all the charity shops closed for such a long time much of their stock is new to me. Jumping off the shelf at me were two classics from the 1960s “The Thomas Crown Affair”, starring Steve McQueen and the gorgeous and talented Faye Dunaway.

I could not get it home quickly enough and played it that evening. Two lovers, that are also two adversaries, cat and mouse play throughout.

The wardrobe of Dunaway was very outrageous 1960, the hats, and that dress she wore when they played chess or were they really playing chess? Did absolutely nothing for her, and possibly why it worked.

Where did you get the dress?

The scene, play chess, was a masterclass, silent cutting close-ups, the finger touching her lips, evocative. Running a finger up her arm and over her bare shoulder. Then quickly panning to a close up of McQueen, losing concentration in the game, well, at least the game of chess. He stands up and comes over to where she is sitting.

“Oh, there’re going ta da’ it, they will have to get married noo”

I loved how in these films, they did not start ripping each other’s clothes off and naked as Jaybirds start romping away in bed. Now we had the swirling a kaleidoscope of colour swirling over the screen, our imaginations did the rest.

The theme song and theme music “Windmills of Your Mind” sticks in your mind long after the film ends and sets the scene for the choreography of the gliders aerobatics, and the swirling romance and intrigue of the plot. The soundtrack was perfect for the film, that crescendo of notes up and down the keys of the piano, was the perfect link, for the cutting back and forth of scenes.

Then every boys dream the ‘beach buggy’ ride,

A fast car and a fast lady in the passenger seat. There were lots of kit cars around at that time and of course beach buggy kits, but you would have to have deep pockets and a lot of skill to build this one for yourself. This was no VW beetle, with a plastic body, bolted on top, this was the real deal, Porsche engine, wide wheels and all the chrome mod cons money could buy. The noise from the engine fill the hall and sent excitement all the way up your spine, this was classic Norman Jewison directs.

The other DVD I bought was “Chinatown” again co-starring Faye Dunaway alongside the great Jack Nicholson, an atmospheric film noir, that I will keep for efter,

“I wish it was efter”

I planted some corms in early spring, they were called, Brodiaea, I had no idea what they looked like but they did finally arrive at the surface, looking not unlike grass, they then promptly keeled over and looked for all the world as if they had all died off.

Internet to the rescue, seems there is hope for them still,

Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things.

Brodiaea grass-like leaves appear in spring and then fade away when the flowers appear in late spring and early summer. You’ll want to plan for this when thinking about where to place them in your garden. The overall height is about 15-20”.

Queen Fabiola’s blue-violet flowers are borne in clusters, with individual flowers opening continuously for a month or more. This extends the bloom time and also makes Brodiaea an excellent cut flower. Bees and butterflies love them, too.

Keep safe.

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