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.