Thinking about the goodness of yellow …

You know how yellow sometimes gets stuck with a bad colour reputation? It’s been known to keep company with the jealous and the cowardly – such unfortunate associations, as some truly wonderful things come in yellow. Things like custard, iconic New York City cabs, bananas, daffodils, raincoats, and baby ducks.

In fact, I’ve been searching for the perfect short-sleeve yellow cardigan in just the right shade for about a year now (if you ever see one, please let me know) … the search continues on.

But the thing I like most of all, is that yellow is always just on the other side of darkness …

Sunrise always comes after sunset,

Sandy shores are revealed beneath the sweep of an ocean wave, and

Sandwiches toasted golden and filled with melted cheese comfort the soul like nothing else.

I’m not too sure when my fascination with yellow began, but I find myself seeking it out more and more these days (and not just in cardigan form). Does something yellow bring hope to your world too?


  1. Lisa

    There’s always that sprinkling of unblended luscious days come summertime when the sky paints itself that nonpareil azure blue. There’s also a day or two of approving artwork via Lisa, when I offer the skies an ensemble of buttery yellow, white and café au lait tones, and an unforeseen dusting of Chanel N°19. As for me, I’ve always associated yellow as a color that deeply symbolizes intelligence and friendship.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lisa – You’re so right about the joy of bright, contrasting colours in a summer sky. There’s nothing quite like the wonderful combination of a bright blue sky and a perfectly pretty outfit dressed in a happy colour palette.

      Your chosen colours and fragrance sounds like a perfect summer partnership.
      … While your yellow associations are beautiful indeed.

  2. Tammy

    Funnily enough, my niece recently told me that yellow is her favorite color…we all thought it was purple! I like yellow, but don’t own much of it…maybe two shirts. It’s our shirt uniform color at school…so I see it all the time…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Tammy – How funny about your niece’s changing favourite colour. I seem to remember changing my favourite colour a lot as a child, so I think you’d be forgiven for not keeping up with each new ‘favourite’.

      I also don’t own much yellow in my wardrobe, but I can see more of it starting to creep in … It would be hard to get too yellow inspired I would think given that you’re surrounded by yellow all the time at school …

  3. Narnie

    Have you ever lightly buttered the outside of the bread instead of the inside before toasting it under the grill – it makes the best toasted cheese sandwiches taste like heaven. I like the colour of yellow – it’s the colour of the sun and that is all good by me. I desperately want some yellow converse this summer but hey ho, that’s just being greedy. 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kiersty – Oh my … I ALWAYS butter the outside of the bread before toasting. You’re so right, it makes all the difference!! 🙂 … The colour yellow is one that I find myself drawn more and more to … perhaps I’m trying to seek out the sun and goodness in everything I do? 🙂

      Yellow converse sound AMAZING!! I used to have quite the converse obsession, but thankfully I’ve toned it down in recent years … but a yellow pair has certainly got me interested once again!! 😀
      * greedy shoe partners *

  4. lenore*

    yellow scrambled eggs can bring some smiles in the morning~
    so does a dark good cup of coffee though!


    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Lenore – Oh yes, you’re so right! Yellow scrambled eggs are wonderful at breakfast time … especially when they’re made by someone else! 😉

      Haha … I definitely agree with you on the goodness of a dark cup of coffee! I don’t know where I’d be without coffee in my day! (probably completely lost) … haha! 😉


  5. Gabrielle

    Lovely words and thoughts Tracey 🙂 I became a bit obsessed with yellow when Michael was a baby (hadn’t thought of it much before then – except for it being the colour of my sports uniform in primary school) and did his nursery up in lots of lovely yellow – makes you feel wam inside.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Thanks as ever for your lovely words Gabrielle … they are always very much appreciated! 🙂
      It’s funny how these colour obsessions pass in and out of our lives, sometimes without us even realising). I seem to recall being completely smitten with sky blue as a child, and now … well not so much.

      Perhaps the ultimate appeal of yellow is how you describe it – that warm feeling it provides … and the lovely memories it can pull back to the surface of one’s mind.

  6. gracia

    Yellow is one of my favourite hues and in the garden the canna lilies are in full bloom. They are proud and showy and so very yellow.

    Hope you find that cardigan, and I like the new blog design too. Tabitha’s illustrations look perfect here.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gracia – There is nothing quite like the dramatic splash of yellow to invigorate the mind and inspire the senses. The canna lilies in your garden sound lovely … I really need to plant more pretty flowers outside.

      I’m sure the perfect yellow cardigan will turn up one day.
      Thanks for your kind words about the blog redesign, I think Tabitha’s done wonderful work here.

  7. thursday

    I have a certain fondness for yellow as well. I know exactly where it began. At my grandmothers house the guest rooms are titled by their colour. There’s the green room and the yellow room. Can you guess which one was mine when I was growing up? I loved it!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Thursday – How wonderful that you know exactly where your fondness for yellow began. I’m going to hazard a guess that you were the occupier of the yellow room at your grandmother’s house (lucky you!) … I love stories like that. 🙂

      I think my room from childhood was coloured mint green, and while at the time I hated it … now I look back on it with fond memories … it’s funny how things change, isn’t it?

  8. Mel

    Shh!! *whisper* Yellow has never been a favourite colour of mine. Your list of golden sand and baby ducks and such like has made me reconsider slightly, though 🙂

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Perhaps one day you’ll come around to the delights of yellow too? I never used to like it much at all either … haha, those baby ducks would win anyone over to a new colour, surely? 😉
      (I like baby animals of most kinds).

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