Monday, 27 April 2015

A Link To The Past

Yesterday we made a promised return visit to historic Woolmers Estate, which we visited in late February, .
exploring the grounds and many original outbuildings that make up this property.
Visiting the Woolmers homestead and wandering among its outbuildings is like taking a step back in time,
imagining the life of a successful early Australian settler and his family. Never far away are the images of the assigned convict labourers that supported it all. Lately, this has far more relevance for me as my sister delves deeper into our early family uncovering a strong convict connection.

The first photo shows the original house , which dates back to 1819, and was simple and functional in design, as befits the era. The new Italianate front was added about 1840 and nods to the family's increasing prosperity, no doubt drawing on housing styles in England at the time as one of the family's sons studied architecture there.

The coach house and stables also date to about 1840 and used to house up to twelve , no doubt extremely fine horses. The stables had ventilators at the back of each stall to circulate air and a pulley system hoisted fodder up to the floor above.

 Woolmers is also home to the National Rose Garden, first opened in 2001, planted on what once was the original apple orchard.

A rustic seat in the rose garden , the perfect spot to sit and take in the beauty all around me. Even though most of the roses have finished flowering , a few late bloomers give a hint of what will come next November.
The collection includes many historic varieties and is a sight to behold, to say nothing of smell.

I hope you have enjoyed a small glimpse into the early history of my part of the world.
For the history tour I was wearing a black peplum jumper by Sabatini, black pants and a cotton leopard print coat , some of my bangles and a resin necklace and a hat bought many years ago, it is from Crochetta.
Linking with Turning Heads Tuesday, Sydney Fashion Hunter on Wednesday and Style Crone for Hat Attack later in the week.


Monday, 20 April 2015

Take a Bow

Autumn, take a bow , you are providing us with such wonderful weather and turning the foliage in my garden
a myriad of colours, providing the perfect background for today's black and cream outfit.

Standing amongst the multitude of self sown white Elysium plants that show themselves every Summer and,
Autumn , reflecting on the changes taking place around me.
I had an enjoyable weekend in Hobart catching up with my eldest son, Zac and his partner Sarah. We had
a busy time , involving eating out, visiting MONA ( a museum of old and new art ) and enjoying a movie
together. We went to see The Second Best Marigold Hotel, a movie I thoroughly enjoyed and would highly
recommend, a great cast and a pertinent message about the joy of reinventing your life , regardless of age, make it a winner in my book.

Co-ordinating some of my black and white resin and plastic bangles with a bunch of white dahlias from the
garden. Does anyone else have a bracelet collection or is it just me?

Continuing on with my theme of mixing my Moyuru pieces with favourites from seasons past,
I have chosen a cream three quarter sleeve jacket and bow tie top , both are by Ted Baker.
I must admit I was rather pleased with the result, the structured top and jacket are not so severe
when paired with loose, billowy pants.

 I am so enjoying these Japanese pieces ( or at least designed in Japan but made elsewhere) and
hope to add a couple more in time.

Joining Patti
for Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday


Monday, 13 April 2015

An Autumn Tinge

The trees are showing an Autumn colour tinge and so am I in today's outfit. Autumn is my favourite time of
year with clear, sunny days. We took advantage of the sunny skies and visited Corra Linn , a favourite picnic
spot not far from home.

Wearing a burnt orange duster coat from Ark , a company that designs and produces their clothing in
Australia. I must admit I have a bit of a coat fetish, both light like this or heavier warmer ones, they just
seem to call my name. My reasoning is they don't date and can be worn year in, year out.
Do others have this problem or is it just me ?

Continuing my exploration of  interesting shapes I have paired the duster coat with a cream and black top,
layered over a long sleeved tee and my black skort over leggings. Both these items from Moyuru were
seen in previous posts over Summer. I am a great believer in making my clothing work for me , for as many
seasons as possible. 

Echoing the wonderful grey tree trunk behind me, a cream and grey fedora by Crochetta that has seen
many Autumns. A few of my bracelets in cream, black and yellow add to today's Autumn theme.

I am enjoying playing in my closet to create a look for a new season, I hope you are enjoying your change
of seasons , be it to Spring or Autumn.

Linking with Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and the Sydney Fashion Hunter Linkup on Wednesday.

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Easter Car Run by the River

Today is Easter Monday and we are enjoying a car club run on what has turned out to be a cool and sunny Autumn day, perfect sports car weather in fact.We wended our way along through the countryside and by the Tamar River , ending up at a cafe for a late morning tea, a very pleasant way to spend a morning.

Travelling in an open topped car has a definite influence on my choice of outfit , comfortable and warm is always the order of the day, and always a hat that covers my ears.
Today's outfit is an Autumn rehash of one I wore in the Summer, my Moyuru wide pants with cotton leggings underneath, a long sleeve black Tee and my cream leather jacket from Caroline Moore and a wool turban from Helen Kaminski to keep my ears warm.

Posing with John's Mazda MX5 , that up to now I have been hesitant to drive as it is a manual gear change and even though I can drive a manual it has been a while and to be quite honest I probably have become too comfortable driving an automatic, am I lazy or just lacking confidence, time will tell . I am determined to change this and step out of my comfort zone.

Taking my Autumn rehash to join
Patti at Visible Monday
Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday