Travel Theme: Purple

My babies in a field of purple heather…way back when.

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9-1-2011_006I could use some help naming this gorgeous plant.

IMG_1050 copyAnd because we all need to feel a little love…and love to me has always felt purple.


Now for a few ‘fun’ facts about PURPLE…while listening to the Purple People Eater if you will.


1. Did you know there is a Purple Day. Yes indeedly there is, and Purple Day began back in 2008 with the help of Cassidy Megan, aged nine, of Nova Scotia, Canada. The date for Purple Day is enshrined in Canadian Law under the Purple Day Act that was passed in 2012. Gotta love those Canadians !!!!

2. Want a word that rhymes with purple:

Burple (a drink mix packed in an expandable accordion-like plastic container)

Nurple (slang: the act of roughly twisting a nipple)

Curple (is a strap under the girth of a horse’s saddle to stop the saddle shifting forward)

Hirple (is a scottish word, meaning to hobble, or walk with a limp)

Turple (to fall over)

3. The colour purple originally came from a dye made from mucus glands of a tropical sea snail. Known as Tyrian Purple and this dye was greatly prized because the colour did not easily fade, but instead became brighter with weathering and sunlight. The discovery of this dye is attributed to the Phoenician god Heracles. As the story goes…one day his dog bit into a murex shell and its mouth immediately turned purple. His beautiful nymph companion at the time, Tyrus, declared she would sleep with the god only if he dyed her a garment in the same shade. Heracles obliged and the famous Tyrian purple dye was born. The snail is known as the murex but its Latin name was purpura, which gave us the word purple.

4. Fact 3 has detractors. Some say that the colour purple was the colour of the first dye made by man. It was called “Mauveine” and was made out of coal tar. The recipe was discovered by William Henry Perkin in 1856. You decide which story you like best…me I am going with Heracles.

4. Carrots were once purple, red, white or yellow. Orange carrots were bred by the Dutch in the 16th century to honour the royal House of Orange. I want those purple carrots back please !!!

5. Reverend Jerry Farwell came out publicly against the children’s show Teletubbies. He believed that “Tinky-Winky” was gay, because “Tinky-Winky” , well he was purple – the colour of gay pride – and his antennae was a triangle – the symbol of gay pride.

6. There is a purple frog. Found in the Ghat hills in India. Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis (this means…wait for it…”nose frog from Sahyadra”). The frog is about 3 inches long, is coloured a dark purple, and has a pointy snout. Spends much of its time buried underground feasting on termites. It comes above ground for only two weeks a year to mate. The males make a loud noise like a chicken. The purple frog is unique: its closest relatives live on the Seychelles, but it split from them more than 130 million years ago.

7. Violet (purple) is the colour of the Crown chakra, also known as the Sahasrara. This chakra is located at the top of the head. The Crown chakra is linked to the crown of the head, the nervous system, and the brain, and is representative of pure thought. This chakra connects one with the infinite consciousness. Opening this chakra will help tap into a deep spiritual understanding. Gemstones that will aid the Crown chakra include diamond and clear quartz.

8. Porphyrophobia is fear of the colour purple.

9. The purple sea urchin lives in kelp forests. It will eat any sort of algae, but kelp is its favourite food. These urchins are considered to be a delicacy in Japan.

10. Purple is not a common flag colour. Can you name some countries with purple in their flags ?

Here is one.


Now who knows what country this flag is from ?

Now this has absolutely nothing to do with PURPLE…but if you need a laugh, well you have to watch this. I was roaring through some of it. Old people are such fun !!!!

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  1. I live in Canada and didn’t know about Purple Day, lmao. I guess it helps to live in Atlantic Canada?
    I vote for Hercales as well, I like that story much better.
    My favorite color is purple so some of this actually hit home for me.


  2. Jo what a wonderful post! Adore the precious photos of your children in fields of Heather. Also I had no idea there are so many facts about purple! Where on earth did you learn all these?!


    1. Thanks Nicole…they are two of my all time favourite shots of the kiddywinkles. You have no idea what you can find on Google. Trouble is then have to check it out.


  3. I used to sport the same haircut in the first photo way back when. Loved all the purple facts. That’s my favorite color and I didn’t know there was a purple day. And the video: priceless. Loved the dropping of all the coins.


  4. Your purple field pictures are priceless. Absolutely delightful.
    I’m onside with the Phoenician god Heracles. 😀 And, I l-o-v-e the color purple.I live in Canada as well and haven’t heard about Purple Day. 😮
    The video is a scream! 😀 😀 😀


  5. When your babies have babies those gorgeous photos will be even more precious!
    The flowers are definitely lupin family. In love the info in number three and by the way my crown chakra s helped each day by the small pendant I wear. It is clear quartz with a little deep purple amethyst 🙂
    A great post Jo!


  6. Yes Canadians are crazy, but who knew they started a purple day??? Love that shot of the wee ones… is that your daughter? How precious. Love the facts -what a fun read.


  7. Great post Jo, so many purple facts, well done. The children’s photos are priceless, they need framing. Now I think that flower is a lupin going by the leaves, but the flower head is a bit stunted as they normally have a flower spike 4 times taller than that, but whatever it is it is a glorious colour.


  8. If only carrots were always purple, I’m sure I’d like them so much more, Jo 🙂 Nice to see you back and in good form.
    Love your babies 🙂


    1. I want purple carrots. Will have to start looking I fear. I love my babies too. Back…yep…even took a ‘Monday Walk’ with Jo this week.


  9. Pomme’s right – it’s a lupin, Jo (in texas it’s common name is Blue Bonnet, I’m not sure what they call it up on the Maine and Nova Scotia coasts) – and as she says, bit light on flowers on its spike, but it looks like very new growth so I’m sure it will have kept developing. Was it growing wild? How lovely to have the kids in the heather 🙂


  10. Love the Phoenician link, Jo… I think that’s the true version of what is bound to be a convoluted tale – those legends tend to grow legs!
    I’ve seen a purple carrot but never tasted one… maybe one day.


  11. Your little ones in Lavender is gorgeous Jo ! You’ve really educated me in some purple stuff Lol .. never knew so many words rhymed with it for starters …. and the Heracles story …. Gods huh … 🙂


  12. Gorgeous photos of your little ones in the lavender fields. 🙂 Thanks for the interesting facts about purple. It’s my mom’s favourite colour. Thanks for the laugh, Jo. I so enjoyed the clip. That is the Dominican Republic flag.


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