Before there was…
- Hermès was the son of Maia and Zeus
- He was the messenger of the gods and the god of merchants, travelers, and public speakers.
- He was one of the twelve Olympian gods who resided on the summit of Mount Olympus.
- His caduceus helped Hermès charm the gods and gain access to all locations.
- Hermès was the only god who was authorized to visit Heaven, Earth and the Underworld.
- He was often depicted ready for travel and wore a flat hat called a petasus.
- Used by mariners, a wind rose is a diagram that summarizes information about the wind at a particular location over a specified time period.
- Before the use of magnetic compasses, a wind rose was a guide on mariners’ charts to show the directions of the eight principal winds.
- The modern wind rose used by meteorologists gives the percentage of the time the wind blows from each direction during the observation period; it sometimes shows the strengths of these winds and the percentage of the time calm air or light winds are observed.
- This wind rose usually has eight radiating lines whose lengths are proportional to wind frequency and shows wind strength by the thickness of the lines or by feathers attached to them.
- The earliest-known wind roses appeared on navigation charts used in the thirteenth century by Italian and Spanish sailors.
Hermès + Wind Rose = a meant-to-be gift for ME.
A cosmic convergence of two worlds.
For a guy who once balked at paying fifty dollars for a bottle of Estee Lauder Pleasures perfume for our very first Christmas together, my tugboat man has surely mastered the art of generous gift giving.
Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?
Our last couple of days zoomed by in a blur. Hub’s company called on Monday to ask him if he would relieve a captain who had to be flown home for a health-related reason.
He flew out Wednesday morning. Yet another seventy-five mile round-trip to the airport for me…
talking nagging him about getting an Hermès scarf ever since I bought my son an Hermès tie for his graduation last year. (The story of the Hermès tie will be highlighted in a future post.)
I really didn’t want my tugboat man to use up his last day at home by going shopping, but he twisted my arm.
He said the scarf was supposed to be a gift for my birthday but we never found the time to go to South Coast Plaza in Orange County or Fashion Valley in San Diego.
We were close to SCP when we hiked Crystal Cove although I didn’t want to experience the wonderfulness of Hermès in dusty hiking boots. That’s totes understandable, right?
So I finally acquiesced under the barrage of his relentless and persuasive arguments and gracefully allowed him the joy of making me happy.
Um, I mean, who am I to deny him that pleasure?
What can I say? I’m a spoiled beeyotch, I know, I know. But every girl needs at least one Hermes scarf to call her own. It’s true. I read that somewhere, I know I did…
Did you know that a postal worker from Texas designs some of the scarves from Hermès?My son, who possesses a vast store of knowledge about almost everything, heard about it on NPR, “How A Texas Postman Became An Hermès Designer” (click on the title to read the article.)
We asked the sales staff to pull out and display every scarf in the case. My hubs exhibited an inordinately high level of patience with me while I pondered each and every scarf; draping each and every one over my shoulder, gazing upon my reflection in the mirror.
“Mirror, mirror on the wall
Who’s the fairest of them all?”
They were all beautiful and colorful and quirky — but not for me — not the one with sailboats nor the ones with horses and polo ponies nor the Native American themes (designed by the postal worker.)
I have high praise for the sales staff. They seemed to enjoy my shopping experience as much as
we I did.
None spoke to me until I saw the scarf entitled “La Rose des Vents”.
It was a Wind Rose!
I turned to my tugboat man with shining eyes, “Isn’t this just the most perfect thing you’ve ever seen? It’s meant to be, right?”
“If you love it, I love it”, replied my perfectly trained and word-sparing husband.
Not just because it’s an ÜBER fashion house — even more profound, it’s a celebration of the beauty of a mariner’s world.
I must admit I became a bit teary-eyed at that moment, but not enough so that tears spilled over and damaged the delicate silk.
Back to the business at hand…
Navy red, brown
There were two color palettes from which to choose.
This one…or one with blues, pinks, greens, and yellows.
Which do you think I picked?
Join me as I fulfill another retail shopping dream…
My tugboat man takes the absolute worst pictures.
He refuses to use the zoom or focus.
I think I’m totally rocking the polka dot sweater from Target, don’t you?
It sooo sets off the orange Hermès bag.
If you look really hard, you can see that I need to get my roots done ASAP.
Do you see that tell-tale line of gray hair?
Too funny the way the sun reflects off it, right?
Now we’re home to prepare for the unveiling.
Yes, all the chairs in our dining room are covered in animal print.
Look at the box. Just look at it! All wrapped up with a logo ribbon. Sigh.
I’m in heaven.
Is this the one you thought I would choose?
Beautiful, beautiful silk.
And what’s this? It’s a wind rose!!!
“La Rose des Vents”
The Rose of the Winds.
Do you see why I had to have it?
It’s maritime-related, and even better, “Rose” is part of my real-life name,
not just my nom de plume, Princess Rosebud.
The colors are vibrant and amazing.
The silk feels like flower petals.
It’s way more gorgeous in person.
The photos don’t do her justice, and I really need to iron the folds.
Way to go, my tugboat man, to once again make me feel like a real princess.
I hope you have calm winds, fair weather, and come home safe and soon.