Thursday, November 20, 2014

Clothing the people: Edwardian & wartime fashion exhibition.

Recently(ish) I went back out to Old Government House to look at another clothing collection.

The sun was shining and I discovered a vintage market just outside.

The Gods were smiling on me.

However it was what was inside that I really wanted to see.  I stepped through the door and went back in time 100 years and got a glimpse of what people wore around the time of World War I.

Tea gowns, dinner gowns, day dresses.  I was in gown heaven.

The gents weren't forgotten.

And I caught a peek of what lay beneath......

Of course these were what the upper classes would have worn, and even though I had daydreams of what it would have been like floating around in one of the above garments, in reality I probably would have been a scullery maid.

However things changed when war broke out and I may have donned a uniform like this.

Much different and a lot less comfortable than what we wore when I trained in the 1990's.  Seeing this made me rather melancholy.

And then I entered the next room......

I wondered what happened to the men who wore these uniforms.
Did they come home?
I hope so.

I needed to lighten the mood.
And found shoes.
That's the ticket!

Then I discovered hats.

And purses!

And sweet, but oddly disturbing photos...........................

Old Government House. Parramatta - September 2014

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Spring-time white (with a touch of pink).

We arrived home from the beautiful sights of South Australia to find that Spring had finally arrived in Sydney.

My delight was boundless.

My garden - September 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

Glenelg, a tanty and time out.

Another gorgeous seaside town in South Australia.
Slosh made another appearance.

Unfortunately the sight seeing pace got the better of me and I got the sulks.
I put myself in time out.
In hindsight, I should have put myself in the naughty girl chair for my behaviour,
but thankfully hubby and daughter forgave me.

I decided to have a day to myself and see the sights of Adelaide I rushed through the day before.
The others needed a break from me too.

I found some fun surprises.

The best sweet shop I've ever seen.

Empty arcades (well it was early in the day)

Glorious old buildings, and I discovered the best antique bookshop I've seen in years.
The owner kindly directed me to his other bookshop about 20 minutes walk away, that also housed a magnificent vintage clothes collection.
Many hours were spent there.

I discovered some birds that couldn't read (you will need to enlarge the photo a little),
and then caught the bus back to the hotel.
Much recovered.
I was becoming quite the local by now........

Glenelg and Adelaide, South Australia: September 2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Quick picture post

Due to an annoying and persistent case of sinusitis and misbehaving WiFi, I haven't written any witty or whimsical or informative narrative. Or even boring narrative.

Instead I'll show you some random snaps of a lovely morning spent exploring the city of Adelaide, before the WiFi drops out or my head explodes.

Whichever happens first.

Does anyone have a Kleenex?

Adelaide, South Australia - September 2014

Friday, October 31, 2014

A jolly holiday by the sea.

Victor Harbour - 1 hours drive from Adelaide and a lovely place to spend and old fashioned Day By The Sea.

Many small treasures wait to be discovered, 
Wildlife aplenty,
And relics from the past.

Fish and chips by the water,
Then its off over the bridge to Granite Island.

Bit of rock climbing....

Though the view was worth it.

And I found a place to sit while those with younger and fitter legs climbed some more.

Such beautiful colours,
and daughter took the Photo Of The Day.

With extremely tired legs by now, I thought it would be a nice idea to catch the old horse drawn tram back.

We missed it.
And followed it back.
Horse thought it was funny.
But then we were friends again.

Victor Harbour & Granite Island, South Australia - September 2014


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