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vampirequeen Thu 22-Oct-20 15:50:56

I was idly listening into a conversation between two ladies in a bakery today as one was making my sandwiches. They were discussing jobs they'd had. One talked about when she'd worked in a butchers department and how confusing it was when:

"all the old ladies with their cauliflower hair and straight blue anoraks"

came into the shop at the same time as she would mix them up and give the wrong order to the wrong lady because they all looked the same. Those few words painted such an image in my mind that any professional author or poet would have been proud of them
grin

Oopsadaisy4 Thu 22-Oct-20 16:11:49

Back in the days of a Shampoo and Set.....

LauraNorder Thu 22-Oct-20 16:17:42

how lovely, and yes, a fantastically accurate description.

Mr Norder describes a certain actress who plays a detective as 'the one whose voice needs some WD40'.

vampirequeen Thu 22-Oct-20 18:12:28

lol

GagaJo Thu 22-Oct-20 18:45:03

A line in a favourite poem of mine by Vickram Seth,

'A pond as green as pea soup'.

I can't remember any of the rest of the poem, but that line has stayed with me for years.

Lucca Thu 22-Oct-20 18:48:00

Marvellous. Could link in with the “send dead in” thread.

Lucca Thu 22-Oct-20 18:48:24

Seen. Not send.😒😡

BBbevan Thu 22-Oct-20 19:23:39

My DH and I have always , since we were newly married, called old ladies cauliflowers. One reason my hair is straight 😉

PECS Thu 22-Oct-20 20:56:14

I can't be arsed to straighten my hair .. and as straight is very commonplace now people use straighteners I stick with my unruly curls...but do dye it to avoid the cauliflower look🥦🥦🥦🙄😂

lemongrove Thu 22-Oct-20 21:01:50

I remember going to the cinema with my Mother in around
1969 ( she never liked to go on her own) and I was the only young-ish person there, it was an afternoon showing of Gone With The Wind, and I whispered to her ‘look at all those cauliflower heads!’ She couldn’t help laughing.
So I claim the phrase first vampire 🤣

lemongrove Thu 22-Oct-20 21:04:22

Perhaps we should form a club and swear that we will never be cauliflowers ( or be expelled from it.) 🤪

mancgirl Thu 22-Oct-20 22:29:46

Years ago a young hairdresser friend described older ladies perms as Nelly perms. My friend and I decided there and then we would never have a nelly perm or wear crimplene dresses!

JenniferEccles Thu 22-Oct-20 22:33:04

That’s funny because I always think young women (teens and twenties) all look alike these days.

They all have the same hairstyle, long, straight, parted in the middle with no fringe.

Their clothes too follow a uniform as if they were still at school - jeans with the ubiquitous ripped knees, similar tops and trainers.

Grammaretto Thu 22-Oct-20 22:59:53

It is very true JenniferEccles. We all have our group identity, we can't help it.
It's much easier to conform than to stand out.
I like to think I don't look like all the other old ladies but I probably do.
I don't have cauliflower hair but I love curls.

fevertree Fri 23-Oct-20 07:29:51

I can't remember where I heard or read this, but the description of older couples - often of much the same height and outline - wearing matching anoraks, as "pepper pots" - is pretty accurate! smile

Lucca Fri 23-Oct-20 07:44:43

“ That’s funny because I always think young women (teens and twenties) all look alike these days”
They/we always did !
My age group around here don’t so much have the cauliflower head as the straight bob. (Including self)

JenniferEccles Fri 23-Oct-20 08:35:26

I think that’s true of clothes Lucca (mini skirts, dresses and for a short while hot pants!) but I think our hairstyles were different in our youth.

My hair is fine and straight and oh how I envied girls with curly hair! Back-combing was in fashion but mine just was too fine to produce the desired result! My friends had a variety of styles from short to long with every length in between.

Rufus2 Fri 23-Oct-20 08:53:06

Perhaps we should form a club and swear that we will never be cauliflowers
How about "turnip heads!?
That would make you swear, too! grin

lemongrove Fri 23-Oct-20 08:59:56

More the time of year for pumpkins Rufus 🎃🎃🎃🎃

Ladyleftfieldlover Fri 23-Oct-20 09:07:31

I have always been a nonconformist regarding clothes. A few years ago we went to Munich for the Christmas markets. OH said I was easy to spot in the crowds as my white with bright red flowers patterned coat stood out from all the dull coloured anoraks!

Witzend Fri 23-Oct-20 09:32:41

Of the sort of rough grey hair belonging to the sort of woman who could never be bothered with ‘titivation’ - looking like a used Brillo pad.

I had to look this up to get it verbatim, but it comes from the description of the deliciously ghastly Mr Slope’s nose in Trollope’s Barchester Towers.
‘It is pronounced, straight and well formed; though I myself should have liked it better did it not possess a somewhat spongy, porous appearance, as though it had been cleverly formed out of a red-coloured cork.’
I always loved that!

Blinko Fri 23-Oct-20 09:33:57

fevertree

I can't remember where I heard or read this, but the description of older couples - often of much the same height and outline - wearing matching anoraks, as "pepper pots" - is pretty accurate! smile

Howard and Hilda - anyone remember the series?

kangaroo73 Fri 23-Oct-20 09:45:19

When my GS was younger his school always arranged a Christmas lunch for the elderly. My mum attended one in the school hall one year and my GS looked in the window to try and spot her but he said he couldn’t because all he could see were lots of white fluffy clouds !

Flossieturner Fri 23-Oct-20 09:54:22

Fevertree, my daughter and I play bookends when we go shopping. They are couples of any age who dress the same. If we are going out and DH has a similar colour to me, I change my clothes.

Neilspurgeon0 Fri 23-Oct-20 09:59:20

My wife worked fir some years as a school lunchtime supervisor (dinner lady) and the headmaster once informed me that she did a marvellous job in the playground:

“Surrounded by a crinoline of small children”

Priceless description of a wonderfully motherly woman.