Life's a pretty precious...

Life's a pretty precious...

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

RETRO IN THE SNOW



A week in a beautiful white world...the hum of the chairlifts, an occasional snowmobile, a currawong on the wing, voices at play...

 


 For me, a holiday means getting away - completely - being in every moment, savouring the whole experience.
I abandon the internet and the pictorial memories stay in my camera. I love the excitement of loading up photos onto my computer when I come home (remember the days when you had a couple of rolls of holiday film in your bag and you had to wait to get them developed? And then the surprise when you got to relive those happy times again, print by print?)








From our balcony we see the early sunlight...
Falls Creek alpine resort is between 1210 and 1870 metres (6,000 ft) above sea level. It was developed after the Kiewa Hydroelectric Scheme began. 
The first ski lodge was built in 1948 on land previously used only for summer cattle grazing in the natural alpine grasslands. 
The first lift, a rope tow, was built in 1951 and the first chair lift in Australia was built in 1957. Cattle grazing is no longer permitted due to concerns about their impact on the fragile alpine environment. Some of the cattlemen's huts still survive.   




J.B. and I were joined by The Narrabeeners - fabulous bonus time with Lochlan and Paige...building snowmen, hot cinnamon donuts,
Loch's tales of jumping over snow mounds as high as the ceiling,
reviving Happy Families card games at night...  








I love my red one piece suit - aged about 
25 years fabulous now...as are the red 
turtle fur cap and red and black 
turtle fur neck warmer...bought here
at Falls Creek (on impulse, because I 
loved the colours, in a sale) when bibs and braces
and other - often fluoro - one piece suits
were the must haves. 



   

 

The snow falls...


Retro everywhere...






This down jacket, bought in 1987 during our time in the U.S. has been a true family one...the boys wore it when they were teenagers and then I claimed it. Made for the North American winter, it's toasty warm. The hat is also fabulously aged, must be approaching 30, and still good as new. (I have to decide, though, whether to brush the white "hair" to the right or left, or straight up! And because I have very short hair, this is such a fun option!)
 




J.B. proudly wearing "Sochi Puffy" - Superman's gift 
to his Dad after the 2014 Olympics - on a walk through the snow gum lined streets...only skiiers, boarders, pedestrians and oversnow vehicles permitted...


 
 








...cafés, bars and restaurants abound... 
art installations...
Interesting lodges...

Beautiful views... Spion Kopje, (1835 metres) in the distance. 
The ghostlike reminders of the 2003 bushfires are still visible



 Fireworks...accessorised...



   
 J.B. and I are spirited up to Cloud 9 on Halleys Comet...




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Thursday, 4 August 2016

OFF TO THE HIGH COUNTRY...

Victoria's High Country...awesomely beautiful at any time of the year...
and right now it's blanketed in snow and J.B. and I are heading 
down there for a winter holiday.


Falls Creek Village, our home for a week

We Australians get very excited about snow down here...we follow the weather forecasts; we get in our cars and check out snow flurries in the ranges - and anywhere with some altitude in a cold snap; we convince ourselves that rain is sleet; we're exuberant when snow is still on the ground at lunch time...and we hope that when we've taken a big risk and paid a (big) deposit on an apartment at one of the Alpine resorts, we'll have ski in, ski out heaven. 

This year it's a cold, wet (and snowy) winter down south
The other day I received an email and photos of my mum from 
a friend of hers...Mum dressed with style and warmth, 
still fabulously aged at 91.

  
Leather and faux fur hat, still fabulous after 30 years

  
The Beaver coney coat is 70 years old...

 Music to ski to...

Blue skies by day...
Snow flakes by night...
Mountain air...
Holidays...



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Friday, 29 July 2016

ONCE UPON A BALLGOWN TWO...AND WHEN AN EMPORIUM IS A CONCERT HALL



Recently I attended a fund raiser concert at Emporium, Bellingen. 
Michelle der Kinderen's beautiful soprano voice soared through the heritage listed Hammond and Wheatley building. Opera's most glorious arias filled my head and soul over the following week and I couldn't resist...



video





Michelle's stunning costumes rippled and flowed up and down
the staircase...
Shoes, clothes and accessories were pushed aside 
and the space became an intimate concert hall... 
Camellias added to the set...




This treasured slipper satin skirt is over 50 years old and is the other 
former ballgown I inherited from my mother. It had a beaded bodice with shoe string straps originally (which was removed to be more useful for evening wear as fashion became more casual, Mum said - BUT how can this fabulous skirt ever be just "casual"?) It had a matching satin bolero which was rebirthed as a bow and worn at the back of the skirt. (the bow was stuffed with tissue paper to give it lots of puff - tissue is still in there minus the puff...)





I've had the black velvet jacket for several years - discovered
in a funky retro shop which used to be in Bello...
My headwear is a pre-loved mantilla scarf...marcasite and garnet
earrings and necklace a gift many years ago from my mother (my middle 
name is Garnet)... 

                                                                                                                                       



I wore this (below) to my youngest son's wedding...
I love the drop waist at the front of the velveteen camisole (which I 
bought in the underwear section of the Emporium in Bellingen)...it's still so 
comfortable and gorgeous eleven years later. I also wore the lace
mantilla as I wear it here...



  In the photo above I'm wearing this pair of sandals I bought in Bali six years ago. They have gorgeous carved heels and are very comfortable.

  

The Hammond and Wheatley building was the first concrete block building in 
Australia and is believed to be the first in the southern hemisphere. 
It was completed in 1909 but operated as an Emporium from 
1900. Normal trading continued inside during the building process!
The ground floor ceiling is beautiful pressed metal. 
  


 Emporium Bellingen on ground floor,
Dervish Gallery on first floor... 



When a concert hall is an emporium...
  




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Sunday, 17 July 2016

CAPES, MARSHMALLOWS, WATERFALLS... EACH MOMENT'S A GIFT

This is the only moment of your life.
There is no past or future moment, 
only this one continuing moment...
Be here in this moment (author unknown)

Each moment's a gift...

  
Experience moments as a child does...


Ten days ago, J.B. and I spent a fabulous weekend of moments with our two wonderful sons and their beautiful families - a Winter Gathering - this time in a 90 year old farmhouse adjacent to Mapleton National Park in the hinterland north of Brisbane. (Every year we gather - somewhere, it changes every time because we all live hundreds of kilometres apart - to be together, to share the gifts of life, nature and love).

Mapleton Falls


Never forget how to fly...

My beautiful grandchildren, Edana and her gorgeous brother Ewan. 



 Kondalilla Falls - (Kondalilla is an Aboriginal word for rushing water) - pools
at the top, pools at the bottom of the 80 metre falls. 

Never forget how to dress for yourself...it's always 
the right outfit...

My fabulous grandson, Lochlan, on an adventure
in the forest with Ewan.

The Capes...
I made the boys their superhero capes nearly
three years ago and they wear them wherever and whenever. They bring 
smiles to the faces of strangers who see their fun and joy... 
A Princess Anna cape for Paige, a Princess Elsa one for Edana...
 Then, just when I thought the cape factory had closed, I 
received a special request from Paige for her birthday this year for a Superman cape so that she could fly with Lochlan (but it had to be blue).
Fire pit comfort...pre loved pink Pashmina (a great find for $4), my hand dyed 
head wrap which I've had for decades, Indian turquoise and silver earrings, Indian wool wrap over J.B.'s track pants and well walked Merrells...

 
 
Toasting marshmallows...
 Burning marshmallows...
Getting them just right 
in the middle...





Ewan...
Marshmallow cooling
with J.B. and the 
dinosaurs.

Paige, my youngest
beautiful grandchild...
which stick shall I do
first...




Each moment's
a delicious gift...



Love, it's contagious...


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