Monday, 31 August 2015

Purple Haze

Purple Haze , a song by Jimi Hendrix , released in 1967, brings back memories from my teenage years.
The lyrics from the first verse reflect my thoughts at present.

Purple Haze all in my brain
Lately things don't seem the same
Actin' funny but don't know why
Excuse me while I kiss the sky

These words were possibly written with some help from chemical substances , there are conflicting views
on this.

My Purple Haze is more of the re-invention kind , challenging myself to re-discover my creative side.
I am really not sure what form this will take but I feel ready to try a variety of things to see where my
passion lies. The plan is to try something new every day , sometimes a small thing , some days a challenge
on a much larger scale.

 Purple is a colour that I admire on others but really didn't wear myself . That was until I discovered this purple, peplum jacket last year. I love the style and fit and have fallen for its rich colour.
I have paired it with my black Moyuru pants, yellow and black spotty gloves and multi-strand faux pearls.

 My purple veiled cocktail hat with its decorative pin , also reflects a change in my thinking. I always felt somewhat unsure about the veil and wore this hat with the veil tucked inside , silly me I love the way it was designed to be worn.

This friendly local came to visit us as we were taking photos, so I just had to include this one.

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday
Judith at Style Crone
for Hat Attack.

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Red Among The Gum Trees

 Today my inner voice insisted I wear red and not just the red coat dress but full on with red hat and boots.
I listened and obeyed but later I did some research on the significance of colours courtesy of Empower Yourself with Color.It seems red is the colour of energy, passion and action.
Red is a warm and positive colour associated with our most physical needs and our will to survive, it excites
the emotions and motivates us to take action as it is the colour of physical movement and awakens our
life force.

I have learnt long ago to listen to my inner voice and this occasion wasn't any different as an appointment
with my doctors clinic revealed, nothing serious just a few issues I have placed on the back burner for way too long. So you may see me in red more often , I will be needing all the energy, passion and action I can get.

Red, suede ankle boots from Ara that I have had for a few Winters now but never worn a lot, red suede and wet weather do not mix.

Adding more than a touch of red with this felt hat adorned with flowers by Scala.

The magnolias in the garden are starting to shed their Winter coats and come into full bloom. I hope too soon but know that realistically it will be a couple of months yet.

Joining Jess for Turning heads Tuesday.

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

A New Discovery

As a keen gardener a visit to the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens always gives me great pleasure, regardless of the season . The gardens were established in 1818 and are Australia's second oldest Botanic Gardens and is a  nationally significant site recognised for it's cultural landscape and heritage values.

The rotunda provides a great vantage point to absorb the beautiful, tranquil surrounds. I hadn't been to the gardens in Winter for many moons and had forgotten just how stunning they are with their quiet Winter glow.
 I can spend many hours simply wandering , admiring the landscape and discovering new, hidden treasures.

Our new discovery this time was The Japanese Garden , hidden in a corner of the gardens that we had not explored previously. The Japanese Garden was designed by Kanjiro Harada from Yazu in Japan . which is Hobart's Sister City. Now I have discovered this garden I hope to return later in Spring when the azaleas are in full bloom , I am sure they will be quite spectacular.

Admiring one of my favourite Winter flowers , the camellia .White camellias were a favourite of Coco Chanel and became her symbol and a recurring element in many designs. Like her I admire their elegant simplicity .
For my visit to the gardens I wore my black Moyuru pants , black knit and coat from Style Butler, a black vintage hat with scarf attached  and long black leather gloves.

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Playing Tourist

I have just returned home after a few days playing tourist and exploring  parts of our island that I hadn't visited for many years. The first stop was the Tasman Peninsula with its spectacular coastal scenery.

The Port Arthur Historic Site is at the southern end of the Tasman Peninsula. Port Arthur was a former convict settlement from 1833 to 1853 and is one of 11 Australian Convicts Sites World Heritage properties.
It was considered the perfect location for prisoners as it is a secure site , surrounded by water on a 30 metre isthmus named Eaglehawk Neck that was fenced and guarded by soldiers, man traps and guard dogs.
Despite its grim history , Port Arthur is a fascinating place to visit with its somewhat eerie beauty.

 This garden leading to the ruins of the convict church has been recreated using plants that would have been in the original garden , including many historic roses.

 This is the Guard Tower , walking through the site one can only imagine what life would have been like for both the prisoners and the guards.

Port Arthur had also seen tragedy in recent times. On April 28th., 1996 it was the scene of a mass shooting,
taking place in the cafe and other spots in the area. Sadly 35 people were killed that day and many more wounded. This sparked a rethink of our gun laws and semi-automatic guns and rifles are now illegal .
There is a beautiful memorial garden encompassing the site of the cafe.

Casual comfort was the order of the day , black pants and top with my Paula Ryan bronze jacket for warmth.As eagle eyed readers would note I started out wearing my red velvet cap but some rain and stronger winds forced a change.
Do you enjoy playing tourist in your own back yard?

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Black and White in a Winter Garden

Today I had planned a different location for photos but I got an urgent call to come into work at short notice
so my Winter garden became a backdrop for some quick shots. I was so pleased this week to see the first daffodils , this coincided with the coldest weather our state had experienced for many years.

Raffy, my little garden helper just had to get in on the act . We had time for a quick play before I headed off to work. He is a little poser and really plays to the camera.

Standing near my favourite camellia that is about to burst into bloom. This camellia was given to me by my late mother when we moved into this house many years ago and every years its pretty pink and white blooms evoke happy memories of times with Mum in the garden.

Today I am wearing my ever faithful skort and a Sarah Pacini wool top , I love that it is interesting both front and back , a collection of black and white bangles and black suede boots and a little black wool hat .

Joining Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday.