Sunday, 18 February 2018

A Winery Visit In Black and White

 A couple of weeks ago we visited Goatey Hill Wines - one of several vineyards in the Tamar Valley Region not far from where we live. It was a clear, sunny day providing wonderful views from the terrace , where we enjoyed a tasting plate of local produce and of course a glass , maybe two , of their prize winning wines.

My outfit for the day centred around a black dress with white frills from Mist , worn over black pants, teamed with a my black straw boater , bangles , multi-coloured ceramic necklace, an old favourite and red espadrilles.

 This fellow is a goat ( imagine is required) and a nod to the jazz concerts that the vineyard hosts a few times every year. I have not attended one yet but is definately on the list.

I was rather taken with  this cockatoo sculpture spied as we were leaving .

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Friday Link Up.


Sunday, 11 February 2018

A Walk in the Park

 A walk in the park- not exactly - more a quick visit for photos and the park really is only a square- Princes Square in fact. Princes Square is only a few blocks from home and a place that holds many memories both from my childhood and my children's- mainly of me playing in the fountain and then me as the mother preventing the children from falling in.
A little bit of history- the fountain dates from the mid 1850's is from France and may well have come here by mistake - there is some conjecture on this - but some records indicate it should have gone to Launceston in England not Australia.

 Reflecting on the future - John and I have decided to travel to Europe later in the year to further explore France, Spain and Portugal- the fun of researching and planning now begins.

Making friends with William Russ Pugh, who was the first doctor to use ether for surgery in June 1847 at St.Johns Hospital in Launceston.

Today's outfit consists of a jacket and pants by Amy Rigg (old favourites ) , they make an appearance every Summer. I purchased these from a friend who lived in the U.S. in the early 90's . They are teamed with suede sling back shoes , also old favourites , and Victoria Spring gold and pearl heart necklace and earrings.( my nod to Valentines Day), vintage flower embossed gloves and a new to me flower adorned hat. I loved the shape of this hat when it crossed my path at Return to Splendour , although I must admit the overblown floral decoration is not really me, it will stay for now as I have promised the owner of Return to Splendour to at least keep it this way for this Summer.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday , Nancy for Friday Link Up and Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack.

Sunday, 4 February 2018

A Parasol, My Summer Uniform and a River Walk

Enjoying a walk by the river at Deloraine , a pretty little town about a half hour drive from home, wearing my favourite Summer uniform of  black and white and making good use of a painted parasol I found at a local thrift store last Winter.

 Today's black and white outfit  consists of an old favourite Moyuru skirt , a white shirt by Tiffany Treloar , an Australian designer , my straw boater and Fly London wedges that I purchased in Lisbon,Portugal in 2016 . Wearable souvenirs , the best kind , memories with every wear.

 The river walk is not only a pleasant stroll , there are several art works along the way.The spheres above are made from concrete and resin and have a feather embossed in them and the silver bands contain information about Deloraine .
The one below represents the farmers and mountain men of the surrounding countryside.

I couldn't resist including this one of a Mother Duck and all her ducklings that I took on our back to the car.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Natalia for Modish Matrons and Nancy for Friday Link Up.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Keeping It Simple

 We are in the middle of a heatwave in my part of the world and for me as far as dressing goes I like to keep it simple. I am not one to wear floaty maxis ,( although I admire them on others) or head to toe white so my simple choice was black in light fabrics.
 I have recently read Know Your Style by Alyson Walsh ,a fashion journalist and founder of the blog That's Not My Age. In her book Alyson talks about practising style , of working at what we wear until it's perfect. I know I enjoy playing in my closet and combining the old and new in different ways adding accessories as I go. I find this both a calming therapy and a creative outlet . I am convinced that the reason older women have their own sense of style is both because of all those years of practice and the freedom to be themselves,
 Today's simple outfit consists of a black boat neck tee from Paula Ryan, silk pants from Maude Dainty , a couple of bangles and leopard patent cuban heel sandals.
A cool change is forecast for later in the week so I am hoping to get back to my preferred layers.
Raffy decided to get in on the act while we were taking photos in my parched garden, adding the white to my black.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Friday Linkup.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Sometimes It Works , Sometimes Not So Much

 The title of today's post sums it up - an outfit that was OK but not quite hitting the mark and photos that also were a bit off. You know what I mean , the focus is off , the light shifts and the wind blows but this is life- minor annoyances in the scheme of things. I am not a perfectionist by nature otherwise I would have canned these and started over on another day but as we were just passing through the delightful, historic village of Richmond this was never going to happen.
The silver and black skirt is an old Moyuru favourite and is paired with a Sarah Paccini vest and jacket that also has a metallic sheen to the fabric, although you will have to take my word on that as it really didn't show at all in these photos.
 Richmond is in the south of Tasmania in the Coal River Valley ( now a popular fruit and wine growing area ) and an important part of our State's colonial history. The village has many beautifully restored Georgian buildings , many are now used as tourist accommodation, stores and cafes.

The Richmond Bridge was built by convicts in 1823 and is the oldest stone span bridge in Australia.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday 
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
and Nancy for Friday Link Up