What Colour was your Day?

Mine was rather grey. Four hours of budget meetings!! When I got home I picked up a book that has opening sentences that always put things into perspective:

“I suppose everybody has a mental picture of the days of the week, some seeing them as a circle, some as an endless line, and others again, for all I know, as triangles and cubes. Mine is a wavy line proceeding to infinity, dipping to Wednesday which is the colour of old silver dark with polishing and rising again to a pale gold Sunday. This day has a feeling in my picture of warmth and light breezes and sunshine and afternoons that stretch to infinity and mornings full of far-off bells.”

Isn’t that wonderful?

It comes from Three Houses, an early autobiographical work by Angela Thirkell.

My evening was brightened by a lovely walk along the seafront with Briar, and now I’m going to spend an hour on the sofa, knitting and watching The Apprentice, before I retire to bed with an NYRB Classic.

What colour was your day?

11 responses

  1. I think I’d choose orange–tramping through orange leaves with the kids. Then for a snack peeling an orange, the bright citrus oder freshning the air around it. The tang of each section as the teeth tore into it was just delightful. Thanks for sharing your day.

  2. My day yesterday was a pale, cold, crisp blue. It was the best sort of weather yesterday here… freezing, clear-skied, and so bright. And the pale, cold, crisp blue of the sky is what I love most about perfect autumn days like that.
    Of course, they’re rare – today it is pouring with rain!!
    That quote is so beautiful and inspires me to enjoy Sundays a little more – and not just sit there thinking gloomy thoughts about the fact that it’s Monday the next day!

    • Pale, cold, crisp blue sounds wonderful. We necver really have that hue hear by the sea, but we do get some lovely blues, greens and grays. And a lot of rain!

      It does help I think to focus on the whole week – and to pick up on the light that appears at some stage on almost every day of the week.

  3. What a wonderful quote. Although the sky was blue yesterday I think I was a little grey – hoping to go pewter today, silver tomorrow and platinum on Saturday. The challenge is to not just have the sparkly days at the weekend but to have them on weekdays too. Great post.

    • You’re right. I do have a little sparkle in every day, courtesy of friends family and doggy… and the sea, and books, and knitting…

  4. I read Three Houses earlier this year and my mind is still full of pictures from it. It’s a delightful piece of writing – just reading this quote makes me want to go back to it again. One for keeping by the bedside, I think, and dipping into from time to time.

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