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


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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Sunday, 29 January 2017

Coral in the City Park

Today's photo shoot took place in our City Park, an important part of our small city since it
was established in the 1820's. The cast iron fountain behind me was commissioned to celebrate
Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

The building behind me houses Japanese Macaque monkeys a gift to our city from our Sister City,
Ikeda, Japan. The monkey's antics always enjoyed by both little and big people.

I have embarked on a personal styling challenge . My aim is wear a different outfit every day , I can
repeat items just not together. The reason for my challenge is that since not working on a regular basis I find myself just wearing the same things on rotation unless I am going out and about.
Time for a change of thinking and playing again with my clothes on a daily basis.
Today's outfit a reflection of my challenge , the coral coat was purchased a few years ago for my
nephew's wedding  but is now worn more casually with my grey and cream cotton Moyuru cotton pants , a white tank top and a black vest from Sarah Paccini.

Also time to play with shoes , these are by Fly London , made in Portugal that I purchased last May
in Lisbon , Portugal. Every wear brings happy memories of a wonderful few days in that glorious city. I so hope both the shoes and I can return someday. Cream and black necklace and bangles and sunnies complete the look.

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Re-purposing in Red

Re-purposing items I have owned for some time that tend to linger in my closet taking up space is always an ongoing project , albeit sometimes a challenge for a non-sewer like me.
Today I had some fun re-purposing this red cocktail dress into something more my style today.

I still loved the colour , my orange red so hard to find, but frankly it was too small these days and even if that weren't an issue it was too short with a scoopy neck and way too low at the front. So an
over dress or vest was born and I must admit to being pleased with the result.

My black and silver Moyuru skirt billows underneath , along with a plain black Paula Ryan top .
Red silk espadrilles from many Summers past , bangles and black and white necklace are today's
accessories. My little bejeweled and tasell hat is from Tasmanian milliner Susan McMahon who
creates some of the most beautiful millinery .

Another example of re-purposing discovered recently was this early stone building , built about 1820,
that was part of our states convict history. It is on an early property named Sommercotes , that now grows and sells the most beautiful cherries . This building is now a cafe and cherry shop , re-purposing at its delicious best.

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Sunday, 15 January 2017

Neutrals, Stripes and Tasmanian History

On a drive by the Tamar River , not far from where I live , we stopped by this lovely church, a part
of our Tasmanian history. Auld Kirk was built between 1843 and 1844 by both convict and free
labour and is still a big part of the community today.

 Timeless neutrals seemed perfect to take in some local history. I discovered this beige and white
Basler cotton jacket at a local recycle store a while ago and must admit to being rather pleased
with its shape and finishing touches, it has gorgeous shell like buttons. I know beige gets a rather
bad wrap as being bland and boring but for me it will always play a part in my wardrobe. Wear what
you like and what suits you I say.

The jacket was paired with Moyaru pants that are a darker blue with a black and tan stripe and
light brown suede slingbacks from many seasons ago that sadly get few outings these days due
to the heel height, oh how easy it is to get out of the way of wearing heels. My hat is another old
favourite from Crochetta , purchased in Sydney long ago .I also wore cream vintage clip on earrings,
a necklace and my usual sunnies.

On another note , more overseas travel in the pipeline, we are off to Japan in mid March , so much
planning to be done but to say I am a little excited would be an understatement.If anyone has travelled there any ideas would be most welcome.

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Monday, 2 January 2017

New Year- No Resolutions

A New Year has begun and with it the usual thoughts on resolutions full of good intentions, that for
me anyway, last about a week if I'm lucky so this year no lists of New Year Resolutions . Instead I plan to be mindful and grateful for every day and appreciate the people in my life and the joys we share.

Apologies for my absence from blogging land over the last two weeks . My excuse , a combination of the usual Christmas madness and following my son as he ran in a series of Athletic Carnivals held over the Christmas /NewYear in various parts of our state. (He is in green).

Spreading my wings in this new top by Viktoria & Woods, a Christmas gift from my husband , it is
designed and made in Australia and a soft, pure cotton. The designers statement very much echoes many of my own sentiments , "' Our approach is to create effortless wardrobe staples with a contemporary feel and luxe vibe that are timeless.We embrace textiles that leave a lighter footprint
on the planet whenever possible and the integrity of how and where our product is made remains a passionate focus".

The bush background echoes the licorice black of my old faithful Moyuru pants that were perfect
with my new top. I also added a muti-strand pearly and black necklace that I have worn and loved for more years than I care to remember, sunnies from Karen Walker and bronze platform shoes by Robert Clergerie,

My little hat was a very generous Christmas gift from Pretty Woman Clothing Boutique , here in
Launceston. I do love how with its feathery adornment on the back , you look as good leaving as you do coming. One hope for 2017 is that my hat collection will continue to grow, this is a wonderful start, thank you Anna.

Wishing everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year

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