Friendly Friday Challenge: PURPLE – Week 2

There’s still one more week left for the Friendly Friday Challenge to post about any and all things PURPLE.

So far, there’s been great response to the PURPLE challenge. Thank you for participating and remember you can respond as much and as often, as you’d like. Keep them coming, I enjoy reading all the posts and comments.

In one of the comments, Tanya said her friend’s favorite color is purple while her’s is red. Isn’t that a striking color combination? It reminded me of the first time I saw the ladies of the Red Hat Society.

I was at a serious business conference doing serious business when a wave of color caught my eye. There amongst all the somber business suits were ladies dressed in fabulous purple with brilliant red hats and frothy feather boas. The red hats alone were unusual, headwear not being common in … anywhere outside of the Royal Ascott races (and even then, Red!) The ladies were all of an older age (50+) and were obviously having a night on the town. I remember mentally shaking my head (I was much younger then) and getting back to my seriously serious business.

Years later, I read about the Red Hat Society. It is a self-proclaimed playgroup for women fifty years and over, who get together to have fun, stay fit and enjoy friendships. The founder was inspired by the poem “Warning” written by Jenny Joseph.

When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

“Warning” by Jenny Joseph

Now that I’m at the magical age of 50+, I fully appreciate the wisdom of having fun and pursuing passions. Do I need a red hat to show it? Hmm. Would you?

For a little inspiration, here are the PURPLE posts from last week.

Bouquets of Purple Flowers and Purple Visions from

Graham’s Island of Hawaii

Bushboy’s world in Australia

Nuthouse Central

Purple or Violets? from Philosophy via Photography

Snow who dreams about Purple sunsets and finds purple everywhere

Aletta who’s NowatHome

Judy Dykstra-Brown who has flowers and all things Purple, Again!

Cee’s purple lupines which look almost good enough to eat

Number 37,827 of One Million Photographs

Eklastic’s Purple at my Feet, Purple in my Sky

Sofia who learned to love the color purple but not the prose

I.J. Khanewala who had a fabulous dessert on a purple plate

Creative Purple Prose from

Snow and Amanda who start a story with “It was a dark and storm night …”

Useful Advice from

Drake who tells us when to wear purple: Whenever we want!

Bren who tells us how to maximize purple effects in digital processing

Lily who shows us an invaluable tool for the summer

Fine Musical Selection from

Sarah who writes about Jimmy Hendrix and his immortal Purple Haze

Moon who shares her favorite little wizard and her favorite song Purple Rain

Wanderlust & Wonderments who posted a complete list of Purple music, including my personal favorite “The Purple People Eater.”

I look forward to seeing your PURPLE post. Remember you have up until THURSDAY to publish your response, after which Amanda will pose a new challenge. Remember to include a pingback to this post, so that I can find you. Full instructions on Friendly Friday can be found here.


  1. Oh my goodness! What a fabulous poem – I read the rest of it & I think I must start wearing purple now (it is my favorite colour but I do not have any purple items of clothing or accessories!)

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