Monday, 17 September 2018

Spring Blossoms In The Pink

The beauty of Spring Blossoms in all their pink glory is always a sight to behold. These pink beauties are the star of the show in the garden of my sister Lyn. We both inherited our love of creating gardens from our late mother.

Berry tones and grey were my colour choice for today's outfit. Starting with the grey silk trench style coat from Ginger and Smart worn over a grey knit from Lisa Ho, that is many moons old but I love its row of pearl grey buttons. I topped the coat with a berry velvet capelet , my first purchase from a small Melbourne designer Mickey in the Van. I must admit that maybe in hindsight as much as I love the colour it may have been a mistake as I really have very little in my wardrobe to pair this with.
My other berry element was my Kikomarina skirt , a recycle find some time ago.

My token pink item is the dusty pink Helen Kaminski hat, an old favourite that has been with me for many a Winter.

I always find that Spring is a time of renewal on so many levels and happily ponder the changes that a new season brings. I have a few things on my list that I hope to do, revisit my Spanish language classes that I did many years , take some photography classes to improve my skills and learn more editing , more travel is on the radar and some volunteering , where not quite sure yet .
On another note I have decided to stop colouring my hair and see where I it takes me , just as well I enjoy hats and head wraps , I see many in my future during the growing out process.

Halfway through taking the photos the rain arrived and out came my hot pink and black umbrella.
Spring rain is always welcome as it prepares the garden for the possibly warm, dry Summer.
We are lucky here in Tasmania as we have had Winter rain unlike many areas of Australia that are suffering drought conditions.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb for #iwillwearwhatilike
and Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.

Monday, 10 September 2018

Where Does The Time Go?

 Do you ever find yourself asking the question - where did that time go? . I know I certainly do and even more so as the years flash by. Tomorrow , September 11th., is my 42nd wedding anniversary and I have really no idea where those years have gone.

 It really does seem like yesterday that John and I were this young couple walking down the aisle about to begin our life together.
You can tell it was in the 70's , my gown was a magnolia coloured satin and John' s suit was brown velvet worn with a cream satin shirt with the pointiest collar. I still have no idea what possessed me
to have my hair permed- it was a shocker. My bridesmaids wore apricot satin and the men also wore brown velvet with apricot shirts and brown ties.
We were married in our local Uniting church(mainly to please my mother) and our reception was held at a nearby wedding reception centre.

 I met John at a twenty first birthday party for a girl I was working with at the time, he was the drummer in the band playing. We met in November 1973 , the photo above was taken at a dinner , not sure of the details now but it may have been a Kodak Christmas function.
John was a little older than me, drove an MGB sports car,  had a university degree and was so much more sophisticated than my former boyfriends. Needless to say I was smitten.

 Revisting the site of our first date, the Batman Bridge. John collected me in his MG and after a leisurely drive we stopped here for a picnic by the river. I still remember being very impressed when he produced a bottle of wine and wine glasses. I know how this sounds but I was a young, rather naive girl from a small town.

Our marriage , as all long marriages do, has had its share of joys and sadness . We have seen our sons grow into fine young men , had the joy of welcoming a beautiful daughter-in-law into our family and fairly soon we will have a little grandson to spoil.
We also endured the sadness of a brain tumour diagnosis for our little girl , India , followed by the heartache of her passing. We learned to accept that we all grieve in our own way and our memories hold a special place in our heart.

 John and I share a love of travel , discovering new places both in our state , mainland Australia and overseas. In fact this is one thing we bonded on from the start. At the time I was working two jobs to save for my first overseas trip, I waited a couple of years and we went together, touring Europe in a VW camper van, returning home overland via Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Our next overseas trip was to the U.S. , Mexico and Canada and back to the U.K. . I also went to South America , while John went skiing in both the U.S. and Canada and did an Outward Bound course in Colorado.
Maybe, this is the secret to our marriage's longevity , shared interests as well as time doing our own thing.

Today's outfit is a red leather Caroline Moore jacket over a bright print Nicola Waite top and a Moyuru skirt. Paired with red clipon earrings, red vintage cap, black and white Preen sunnies, navy patent leather and velvet shoes by Neo.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack , Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday Link Up.


Sunday, 2 September 2018

Pattern Play To Start Spring

Spring has officially arrived and to start the new season I am determined to play a little with pattern mixing, I know graphic and spots is not wildly imaginative but we all have start somewhere.

Nothing like a playground to release the inner child, especially when it just happens to match your outfit. Sometimes , life gets a bit too serious and the simple pleasures of playing and exploring are overlooked. 

 Today's outfit consists of a graphic black and white top from Paula Ryan, Moyuru black and white spot pants from last Summer, a red wool long vest that I have had for so long I have no idea of its origins , mixed red, black and black and white bangles and Clomp brogues .(the pattern is actually black, white and red eyes).

Things here are fairly busy at present with quite a bit to be done in my garden, the finishing touches to our upcoming trip and of course I have to plan my travel wardrobe and I am doing a few hours a week at a local card and gift store. 

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


Monday, 27 August 2018

Late Winter and Off The Beaten Track

After a relatively mild Winter , Spring has arrived early in my garden. This bright pink Camellia Reticulata with its huge, ruffled blooms always puts on quite a show .

Each year I look forward to this pink Magnolia in full bloom , it is a magnificent sight and heralds the return of Spring and Summer.

This last week has been one of lessons learned, firstly don't go to the hairdresser when you are feeling not 100% in the hope it will cheer you up . You would think by now I really should know better by now. The hair is O K but darker than I like and a tad too short but it will grow and colour can be changed .
Secondly, when you are advised by your GP to take vitamin D as your levels are low do take them religiously not just hit and miss as is my want. After an Xray to determine the case of back and hip pain , the results came back as expected age related wear and tear but also early Osteopenia in my spine. Better late than never I am taking that vitamin D .

Enjoying the fragrance of the jonquils with Raffy , also wearing his Winter white.
My outfit is a mix of old favourites , the black and cream skirt from Verge , black Paula Ryan knit, cream Moyuru jacket , black and cream wool beret and a selection of black and cream bangles.

Finishing this post with a few shots taken in the Central Highlands , a rather remote area of our state, popular for bush walking and fishing. John is about to undertake a compass walk here with  SES and
was doing a "recce", I came along for the ride and a short walk around Pine Lake.

Yes, it was freezing cold and my walk was on duck board not through the bush, a girl has her limits.

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


Monday, 13 August 2018

A Few Of My Favourite Things

As I penned the title for this post I had that famous song by Julie Andrews from Sound of Music continually running through my brain (boy does that date me as it was way back in 1959).

As much as I do love "raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens"( the first line from the song) , my favourite things involve spending time with friends and family and putting outfits together for the occasion . My black and white layers were my choice for an MG Car Club run in the country followed by an enjoyable lunch at a riverside restaurant. The day was cool with threatening rain so it was a tops up sports car day.

Black and white has always been one of my favourites and I know that will not change any time soon.The layers are a combination of items from my closet but for some reason I hadn't put together previously. The pants are old Moyuru favourites from many seasons ago , the white shirt is also Moyuru from last Summer worn with a thermal tee and a fine black knit underneath for warmth and topped with a Sarah Paccini top. I found this top in the city of Mulhouse, France on our trip in 2016.
We were in Mulhouse to fulfill one of John's must see's on his wish list- to visit the Cite de l'√Āutomobile Museum containing the Schlumpf collection of historical cars. Although this was interesting I must admit I was more excited to find a Sarah Paccini shop , not easy to find, where I purchased this top . Finding black and white accessories is another of my favourite things , the sunnies from Preen were found in Melbourne last year , the bangle was a local find and to be quite honest I'm not sure where I found the earrings. The black boots are stretchy fabric, made in Italy and have been with me for many Winters.

Animal print and leather are also two of my favorite things , so imagine my excitement when I found this jacket at a local recycle store a couple of years ago.
I wore the jacket to visit the Seaport Marina , always a good place for a stroll , although more pleasant on a sunny calm day, than this cool, blustery one , my hair tells the story.
Though named seaport it really is by the river, the area had always been a bit of an eyesore until redeveloped by a local businessman a few years ago.

Pairing with the jacket are more of my favourite things , my much worn and loved Moyuru skirt , Ted Baker studded leather gloves , Preen sunnies and Robert Clergerie patent leather brogues.

The building to the left , which is on the other side of the river, is a recently opened hotel , another project of the same business man. The hotel has been developed in and around old wheat silos that have remained unused for many years- now that is recycling at its best.

I couldn't possibly omit flowers from my favourite things and as I rarely wear florals these are a few blooms from my garden- it is an early season in the garden , many are several weeks early , maybe an early Spring and Summer will follow.

Sharing a few of my favourite things with Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.

Monday, 6 August 2018

Black and Silver Accents

Black with silver accents was my choice for a mid-week lunch at the Clarendon Arms, a beautifully restored country pub, at Evandale , a small country town not far from home.

It was the first outing for these silver and black ankle boots from Neo , purchased at a locally owned shoe store. They are a soft as butter leather and very comfy and will be a welcome addition to my boot collection as they will work with so many different colours.


The oufit was a reworking of old favourites,  Moyuru pants, Paula Ryan knit under a Sarah Paccini vest , topped with my Caroline Moore leather jacket.  The silver flower necklace has been with me for many years , the bangle was a thrift shop find and the boots from Neo.


We thoroughly enjoyed our lunch and will be back in the near future. I loved the ambience and quirky interiors. The courtyard will be a very pleasant place to sit with a glass of wine over the upcoming Spring and Summer months.

Finishing today's post with a selection of beach shots , taken last week when we travelled to Hobart to stay with my son and daughter-in-law and see their new home , now fully set up and furnished.
It was a glorious sunny , mild Winter day for our walk along the beach, called Seven Mile Beach for obvious reasons. I can see many family walks here.

Linking with Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.

Monday, 23 July 2018

Black and Nature's Gold

I always welcome the flowering of the Wattle trees in our part of the world, not only do they add much needed colour for a grey Winter landscape and a handy touch of colour for photos but they are a entree to the Spring colours to come.

Back to my favourite black was the order of the day . To be honest it was a lazy choice as I have had yet another Winter cold and really needed comfort without to much fuff factor. My Moyuru dress always fits the bill perfectly, even though I know the shapeless style is not the most flattering on me.
This is my alternative to gym pants or jeans.

These yellow spotted gloves have been with me for a few Winters and matched the Wattle perfectly.

To pair with the Moyuru dress I chose this Paula Ryan wool jacket , a recycle buy from a few years back. I love this jacket as it can be worn in different ways , today it was inside out.
This Winter has made me aware that I am in a bit of a rut and need to work to change this situation. Not quite sure at this stage where this path will lead me but I have often found those answers in unlikely places. At present I am doing a lot of reading and researching on a vast number of topics.
I also am finishing up the bookings for our Europe trip later in the year and of course starting to plan my travel wardrobe.
Today's photos were taken at Trevallyn Recreation Park, an area a favourite of ours for walking. It is popular for walkers, runners and mountain bikers and is also home to native animals and birds. The laughter from kookaburras filled the air, if you look closely you can spy one in the shot below.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.
P.S. Apologies for the quality of the photos , I have a technical problem with my editing software after updating Windows and need some technical help to sort it, hopefully a visit to my son will do the trick.