Pops doing his bit for WOVEMBER

Yesterday we made an impromptu visit to my parents’ house. My Pops – asking after things – was thrilled to learn about WOVEMBER and promptly disappeared upstairs to return moments later wearing an outfit which included a commendable quantity of 100% WOOL.

I was very touched by the enthusiasm with which my parents embraced the concept of WOVEMBER; they happily furnished me with some old camping stoves for use in my outdoors WOOL-dyeing area, and browsed all the wonderful photos folk have submitted to the WOVEMBER GALLERY with great interest. I feel the WOVEMBER directive to wear as much WOOL as possible during November appealed especially to my Dad, who seemed delighted to get some praise for the marvellous ensemble he has put together after the fashion of John McCririck. The outfit includes one jacket which I think Pops has had for many years;

one deerstalker hat which is made from 100% WOOL;

…and one pair of tweed trousers which I gather were an ebay bargain. Pops has stylishly matched these items with a wide pair of braces and a shirt, the fibre content of which I did not check. (Bad me!)

I fear that unfortunately for Pops the association with McCririck and that particular horse-racing pundit’s appalling views on women has not endeared his new outfit to my Mother.

However I feel strongly that it is not the misogyny of McCirick that my Pops is aiming to evoke, but rather his distinctive identity as a Gentleman of the English Countryside.

Pops works as a GP in Shirley,which is a leafy suburb in Croydon. There are no cattle or sheep roaming about, no old stone bridges covered in moss, no wind-battered and ruined barns, and a pronounced lack of decent mountains. Yet these are the precisely the things which my Pops lives for, and I know this because his enthusiasm for aching legs, rain-on-the-face, soggy tea drunk out of an enamel cup and the victorious feeling of having made it to the summit of some god forsaken crag shaped my childhood and have had a profound effect on the person I have become.

I love that Pops is symbolically claiming his identity as a creature of the hills and dales in spite of his entirely suburban situation, and I am proud of his rebellion against the restrictive social conventions surrounding how men in jobs in cities should dress. As if to emphasise the imaginative and playful nature of his experimentation in donning 100% WOOL Tweed garments, Pops insisted on adorning one of his lapels with a WOVEMBER Tweed badge.

Well done Pops for wearing WOOL this WOVEMBER!

17 Responses to Pops doing his bit for WOVEMBER

  1. Kate says:

    I LOVE your Pops.

  2. Ned and Mel says:

    Once again pops, I am in both awe and utter despair of your fashion sense. What’s impressive is the way you carry off the look with such je ne sais quoi. Good on you for taking the Wovember flag and hoisting it to such a great altitude… I think at least 2585ft (which is coincidentally exactly the same height as Bam’s favourite peak in Yorkshire).
    Good skills

  3. Jo Ford says:

    I love these pictures of the dear old man 🙂
    Good luck with that Primus stove!!

  4. Annie says:

    An outdoors wool dyeing area … what joy 😀 Lovin’ the look Pops!

  5. Joanna says:

    What a brilliant dad! I *love* the way he went and changed in order to demonstrate properly his enthusiasm for what you are doing. Our fathers share some passions – the frequent experience of being wet through to my knickers in a fog on top of a mountain in the Lake District because that is where my dad loved to be has definitely shaped who I am today.

  6. Joanna says:

    PS – don’t forget to let us know when you update your shop. I am coveting one of those badges Kate featured on her badge. 🙂

  7. Joanna says:

    I mean Kate’s blog …

  8. Your Pops rocks!

    I have fond memories of my Grandfather clad in lots of wool gear, tea up in the Welsh mountains poured from a tartan patterned flask, home-made sandwiches and Victoria Sponge cake! Loved Kate’s badges, too…..!!

  9. Liz A. says:

    Hurrah for your pops for representing for Wovember with such enthusiasm.

  10. Lara says:

    I too love your pops and his outfit is amazing. I also love Ned and Mel’s comments below – made me laugh a lot. Hurrah for Wovember…

  11. Evelyn says:

    Your Pops cuts quite the dashing figure!

  12. colleen says:

    Oh, look at himself, badge and all! Brilliant. And I bet that shirt is wool viyella.

    We have been embracing Wovember too in our own modest way here, though I have yet to find suitable woollen underwear. I might, however, wear my wool PJs if the temperature drops too far or I spend the night in a drafty castle.

  13. Jezuz, McCririck’s views are quite revolting’……

  14. Caro says:

    Your pops is amazing!

  15. Aww…. hugs to your Pops! He looks so dashing in his wool!

    Just got my button in the mail yesterday! I’m as pleased as can be and will be wearing it proudly!

    Onward, forward wool!

  16. tinebeest says:


    I’ve been pining for a deerstalker- the Sherlock Holmes/Jeremy Brett association in my case, I’m afraid to admit.If it is any help to reclaim that particular item of headwear from the claws of McThingemiejig, I will buy one and wear it with female pride :-p (Never mind the lack of hills here in pancake-flat Holland, I’ll just pretend)

  17. Jen says:

    Will there be a Wool December… and January… and February ?

    Lets see, that would be : Wocember, Woanuary, Wobruary ~ I hope so ! 🙂 I love, love, love my Harris Tweed badges !

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