On Friday nights, on the trains going down from Paddington to Wiltshire, there would always be many young country women returning from jobs that they had during the week in London, coming down to spend the weekends at their parents’ homes.
These young women had handbags into which they crammed many things, and inspired in me a poem of celebration.
O I was glum and I was gloomy
I didn’t seem to have the fun
other girls had
fact is I felt myself getting more and more disorientated
until really almost everything
seemed un utter drag
and then one day quite by chance
my best friend told me
about the jaunty soaraway saucy
Country Dashaway Bag!
only twelve and a half guineas
would you believe it – a snip
now this Dashaway Bag it’s big, beautiful and super-packable
it’s got a sunny, funny, away-day ‘don’t care’ dash
about it that you can’t help loving
and comes with a jaunty jolly-colour
triptolene ‘look at me’ ‘how’m I doing?’
lime green sash
so very versatile, really it’s
equally at home for fondles in the Ritz
or being chatted up high on a mountain crag
is my Country Dashaway Bag
it came first as a very shrewd offer
from Anthea Logan’s Dremegale range of products
and here’s another thing I’d like to say
about the C.D.B. – it’s certainly shown me the way
to fabulous new freedom in skincare
dewfresh and oh – so – ready for
a tumble in the hay
or whatever you say
go on say it!
I dare you
come what may!
and it was featured in the Observer Colour Mag
was my Country Dashaway Bag.
what do I put in it?
well I really cram it up
with fritzels, cheesi thynges
negative ioniser, twigsters and fruities
that way I keep the weight off my tootsies.
also I pack in a cardigan, spare bra,
two shades of stocking, twin-set, Li-let,
sensible shoes, bedroom slippers,
‘Country Life’, a Mars Bar
and of course my dutch cap and spermicide
and odour-killer for Geoff’s car.
(Geoff’s my boyfriend by the way. He’s such a charmer.
I must get you together one of these days
I’m sure you’d get on like a house on fire!)
never out of place be it lordly or humble
just right for grand grope or midnight fumble
vulnerable and frangible as saucy apple crumble
is my Country Dashaway Bag.
and so here comes Friday and it’s on the train from Paddington
or in Geoff’s convertible down to the shires
and the Dashaway Bag is as button bright as I am,
really it’s a product that never tires
equally at home in dawntime nightboxes
or lounging around by old wood fires
or just picking those droll old-fashioned flowers.
it’s really changed my life
I have to brag
about my Country Dashaway Bag.
so now at any time, from city tripping
to quiet Country Dashaway weekends
I just pick up the Dashaway Bag
and am immediately on my way to visit friends.
now I’m ready for it
but never feel a slag
O it’s a girl’s very best way
to fly the flag
and the flag
look at me!
how’m I doin?
I’m doin fine!’
does the saucy
Country Dashaway Bag!
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