Monday, 24 April 2017

Vintage M G and a Road Trip




Two days after returning home from a wonderful three weeks in Japan we set off again on a road trip
to Adelaide for the MG Car Club National Meeting. We travelled in this 1960 MGA , which was kindly lent to us by a friend ( thankyou Jim) as John was uncertain of the reliability of our older model MG. We left home in torrential rain to board the boat for the 9 hour trip to Melbourne , the joys of living on an island. I had never been on the boat before and was a little nervous of a rough trip but fortunately the seas were calm.


We spent a night in Melbourne and met our son Callum for dinner before hitting the road bright and early the next morning. Our first stop on the road was in Ballarat , a Victorian era goldrush boom town . The hotel above dates from that time and has been beautifully restored and was just the spot for mid morning coffee.



The Ballarat Mining Exchange was used for trading of shares in mining companies during the Gold Rush Era, it still houses the Mining Exchange Gold Shop. The building was fully refurbished in 2004 and retains many of its original features.


 I was most impressed with these cleverly painted storage tanks spied in a small country town , the name of which escapes me .


After a couple of days on the road , travelling approximately 730 kilometres , we reached Adelaide and shouted ourselves a night at Mt Lofty House in the Adelaide Hills.


The next day saw us finally visit the Adelaide Zoo to see the two pandas , something we had on the to do list for some time. I did take some photos but as it was through glass they are not brilliant so this guy will do , we both have a passion for black and white.




A sunny Easter Saturday was perfect for the concourse . The best way to describe a concourse , is a beauty pageant for cars . The cars are judged on originality as well as general presentation. The cars above are T series dating from the early 1950's.


There are a diverse range of activities over the Easter including motorkahanas , speed events and observation runs as well as many social events. John and I were quite chuffed to receive a silver medal for our class in the observation run, fortunately I didn't have to map read just follow instructions. The observation run took us through the Barossa Valley , a prime Australian wine growing district with some spectacular scenery. No photos, sorry, I was too busy following instructions.



Posing with these fellows after the run, part of a display of colourful scarecrows .

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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Redirection


Corra Linn , the setting for today's photos, is a favourite local picnic and swimming spot. Last June
this area along with many parts of the North of my state suffered the worst floods for many decades.
A consequence of the flooding was the complete redirection of the river at this point.


Contemplating the changes , I couldn't help but consider the anology between the redirection of the
river after major changes and the redirection of the path our lives can take after major changes.


My own change of direction will involve both air , train and classic car travel. Next Tuesday we
leave home to fly to Melbourne for a one night stay and then leave early the next morning to fly to Japan,where we spend three weeks touring around , travelling by train , including the famous Japanese bullet trains. I am hoping to get a glimpse of cherry blossoms, that is if the season is kind.
I still have some of the usual last minute things to take care of but am generally organised. Probably for the first time in my life I am planning to travel with minimal luggage , wish me luck.
After returning from Japan , we are home a couple of days , before heading off again to attend an MG
National Meeting in Adelaide, this one involves boat travel and a road trip.


Today I am wearing some of my favourite Moyuru pants and a cream and black top also from
Moyuru , topped by my Chartreuse linen duster coat from A.B. . A Groom bag, necklace, a gift
from my boys years ago, a bangle , cork earrings bought in Portugal last year, Karen Walker sunnies
and a vintage cream hat complete the outfit.



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Monday, 27 February 2017

Back in Black at Native Point



After dabbling in the world of colour I felt it was time to return to my blacks and what better place
to show them but this little picnic spot , named Native Point, by the Tamar River.


A quiet spot for contemplation , at least on a Monday , wearing my recycled leather skirt , Trippen shoes and an Issey Miyake Pleats Please jacket. The joy of all black , a combination of shapes and
textures becomes so much more apparent .


I do love a garment that is as good going as coming and the double rows of fringe on this Issey Miyake Pleats Please jacket fits the bill to perfection. I had always admired from afar, these garments
definately not seen in my neck of the words , so when I spied this one in a recycled clothing store in Paris I knew it had to be mine and as they say the rest is history.


Blowing in the wind, after playing with shorter , darker hair I am growing my hair a little longer and
have returned to colouring my own hair . My experiment with naturally going grey was a non event due to a lack of grey so I will continue this path until Mother Nature is ready to take over.


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Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Summer Florals in Pinks and Greys


Summer florals in pink and greys became the order of the day , after I found this frilled grey blouse
hidden in the depths of my closet. It is silk by Ted Baker and was bought many moons ago and became the perfect companion for grey and pink floral cotton oriental inspired coat and black Moyuru pants. I also added a black studded belt, a grey hat bought from a milliner last year in Paris
and putty coloured Sergio Rossi wedges.


Today's photos were taken by my sister in her lovely garden. I had intended to use a tripod and the self timer on my camera for today's shoot but after a series of near disasters involving a tripod with
a wonky leg and my problems with the self timer , I admitted defeat. Time to invest in a remote that's for sure, if I plan on doing more on my own.
I enjoy photography , it has been a hobby of mine for many years , dating back to working for Kodak
in the 1970's and early 1980's. Usually my subjects are flowers, buildings and scenery and I delight in unusual objects and details. The digital side of photography has been very much a learning curve with
so much to still discover .


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Monday, 6 February 2017

Vintage Beret and a Matisse-Inspired Top


Some days call for an artistic touch and as my skills with the paint brush are extremely limited , I
wore this Matisse-Inspired top instead. I have owned this mesh cardigan for several Summers and
so enjoy its painterly vibe and its bright mix of colours. It is made in Australia by Nicola Waite.


I would love to say that I continued my Parisian painterly vibe with this vintage beret but quite frankly I hadn't thought of that until a friend commented on my Instagram post, thank you Elizabeth.
I found this vintage beret at a pop up vintage store last year and fell for its shape and clever ribbon
details.I had been on the look out for just the right jacket in either green or gold and 1940's or 1950's
style but so far no luck , maybe my parameters are too specific, may have to rethink this one.
I know nothing about this little beret except a name on the inside band , Hendersons , I am guessing
it is possibly late 1940's.


A closer look at the back detail of the beret and my bangles, the green ones bought for a song in Paris
last year and the mustard yellow is bakelite bought at an antique store in Latrobe a while ago.



Now if I was a really clever blogger this is where I would show an image of a Matisse painting but as that eludes me I will show these early wooden windmills that are part of Woolmers Estate ,one of our very early historic estates. The windmills and the water tower , picture below, harnessed water from
the Macquarie River for the estate.




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