Life's a pretty precious...

Life's a pretty precious...

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

KOOZA...IN A RETRO DRESS



J.B and I have pledged to take each of our four grandchildren 
to a special cultural event when they're around 9 or
10 years old. Something exceptional that they'll enjoy and remember always. 


 


Edana is now 9 years old and when I 
saw that the brilliant
Cirque du Soleil 
would be returning
to Brisbane...

Here she is, creatively dressed in her pre-loved retro inspired dress, boots and bag...








Le Grand Chapiteau

A Traditional Circus Homage

"A return to our origins, KOOZA combines acrobatic performance and the art of clowning, while exploring fear, identity, recognition and power. The Innocent's journey brings him into contact with comic characters from an electrifying world full of surprises, thrills, audacity and total involvement."
https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/kooza



J.B. and I saw Cirque du Soleil in 2004 - QUIDAM - and were blown away by the theatre, the artistry...and KOOZA was equally brilliant...this company's 
creativity and professionalism is second to none...  


I found my retro dress at the Nimbin markets this winter. 
Beautiful cotton fabric, bright floral print on black, covered buttons...black leather belt pre loved from a market a long time ago...and Birkenstocks for Brisbane's hot afternoon...


 
An unforgettable day...

UN CHAPEAU DU SOLEIL, A NEW PRE-LOVED DRESS, AND A BIG DAY OUT...


With a special event booked with our grand daughter, Edana, for last 
Sunday, J.B. and I decided to give ourselves a long weekend 
and spend Friday together in the city of beautiful Brisbane.

 My new chapeau du soleil was perfect for shading me from the intense south east Queensland sun. 
It's "mouldable" - the rim and crown can be bent and stretched to create whatever shape I want.

When I walked past our local Anglican Op Shop this dress yelled to me from its mannequin in the window...I've learned never to ignore such a calling...I loved it, it fitted, felt fabulous, and cost $5!

I needed a replacement for my Balinese pants which had worn out after many years  so chopped the top off this pair of fisherman's pants, stitched and threaded elastic and here they are.

 




This fabulous laneway leads to Bean café which I'd read about in a barista magazine and J.B. and I discovered on our last visit to the city.








 I love cafés with character, atmosphere - and excellent coffee. 
Bean ticks all the boxes!






The Botanic Gardens beside the Brisbane River were dressed in their Spring finery despite the dry weather...


 I love the back of this little dress...
and the roses in the Gardens, pink and white, smelled divine...




 Brisbane Powerhouse at New Farm is a pre-war industrial power station converted into an iconic art centre...


http://brisbanepowerhouse.org/# 


...Alto at the Powerhouse serves fabulous chips with garlic aioli...
the perfect sustenance for return ferry, walking and train...washed down 
with chilled Marlborough N.Z. wine... Cheers...   



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http://notdeadyetstyle.com/11572-2

Monday, 21 November 2016

JACARANDA SILK

Ephemeral carpet...


...of Jacaranda blossoms...
delicate bells festoon every surface on which they fall...
Purple haze beauty...


This jacaranda in our front garden has grown from a 
scrawny, unloved specimen to a strong tree which flowers
 every Spring...



 
My jacaranda Vietnamese silk began life as a long sleeved jacket, partner to loose purple pants... the pants ripped their way out of my wardrobe many years ago after an altercation with a bleacher in the Bellingen Park grandstand (seen in my last post) - it was the stage for a performance of the acapella choir I sang with...











   No ripping for the sleeves - they were deliberately cut off and a new,
 cooler top was created... 
Perfect for tossing blossoms skyward... 


 

I find jacaranda season intoxicating.

Jacaranda pants rescued from someone's throw away pile...they needed a snip, a tuck or two and a patch from an old dress...
Earrings from a pre-loved market stall...



     
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Friday, 11 November 2016

A VERY VINTAGE SKIRT, MAGPIES, AND A QUESTION...


BELLINGEN PARK - also home of the Bellingen Magpies -
the feathered variety and the Rugby League variety. 
Top vantage point from the lighting towers means anyone crossing
the open space during nesting season is an easy bombing target by the feathered ones. As for the other magpies...I know nothing about Rugby League. Down south where I grew up it was Aussie Rules and my boys played Soccer.



  But the little grandstand was a fabulous
stage for this photo shoot...



I love purple and red together...
and a wall that makes a statement...



Need I say more...



 My skirt is older than I am and once belonged to a beloved 
aunt. I believe she made it herself...from cotton fabric you don't find any more and although the front has faded and I have repaired the waistband, I love it...
Belt, pre loved, I've had it for a long time...
but I bought the red cardi new! ... some years ago
I can't stand sleeves in the summer and love the Balinese 
lace camisoles...
  

 Bellingen is "Birki territory" - every second person wears 
Birkenstocks...our relaxed lifestyle and the climate...traditionally shoes aren't worn inside...Birkenstocks are easy to slip off and on, they're super comfy and come in so many colours...


Pre loved earrings from Jillian's Bello Market stall - and a gift from her because one of them was missing a hook...


As J.B.'s and my shadows lengthen, I pause for 
reflection...yesterday was Remembrance Day, the 11th of the 11th...this post is 
for my Dad, 93 years old WW2 Veteran...Looking forward to seeing him at Christmas...  

Monday, 31 October 2016

(the other) Liz x2, Hats and Hikes...





(the other) Liz x2


A passion for Dance, Theatre, The Arts, The Bush and Nature, Outrageous fun,  Creative dressing and more, cemented a fabulous friendship of nearly 30 years between (the other) Liz and (the other) Liz





from the dressing room a long time ago...time and feathers...




 ...to the stage...
one of our favourite productions we worked in together was Worn To The Edge, a performance extravaganza of textile art...incredible hats, clothes....including work by Australian artists Greer Taylor and Gretel Pinniger who are still producing brilliant art today...




The stunning works of  wearable art  in Greer's link below
http://greertaylor.net/galleries/gal-clothes/other.html

Gretel Pinninger's brilliant, outrageous costumes are still brilliant and outrageous
http://www.madamelash.com.au/index1-lash.html
 



It's always a creative event when the two of us are together. Once we met on the moving walkway up to a shopping centre and had a 10 minute conversation, me on the down side, (the other) Liz on the up side...why get off!! Grands jetés across pedestrian crossings...the quote on my birthday card this year from (the other) Liz:


"Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere" 
Albert Einstein





Champagne, coffee, feasting...


I am blessed to have such a talented, intelligent, unique, beautiful (in every way) friend as I have in (the other) Liz...always an individual...

"Why fit in...when you were born to stand out!" 
(the front of my birthday card)

Festivals, Theatre, Art Exhibitions,  
Book launches, Shopping, Picnics...and our famous Hikes
 



In 2010 we tackled the Syndicate Track which follows the old tramway up the escarpment from the Bellinger Valley
  One of the most ambitious ‘ ‘pine lines’ was the Syndicate tramway, used to transport hoop pine down the mountainside north of Dibbs Head to Gleniffer between 1912 and 1928. The onset of World War One and completion of the railway to Dorrigo in 1924, followed by the Depression, all combined to bring this grand scheme to a close. However, tramway relics remain as mute sentinels of the pioneer era on the Syndicate Ridge Walking Track in Dorrigo National Park.




It takes about 7 hours hard climbing to get to the top. We hadn't organised a vehicle to pick us up and had to turn around to make it down before dark...
 
So when (the other) Liz suggested we try to join our two hikes together when she visited me in Bello a few weeks ago...

 
...retro shorts discovered in a Bello shop on a previous visit, perfect for hiking on a gorgeous spring morning (held up with a belt I passed on to her a couple of years ago), famous rooster T shirt...the beginning of the walk


The $1 hat! Reversible too! I left my hat at home, we dropped in to the Dorrigo Vinnies and there, with my name on, was the perfect hiking companion...




 The Bellinger Valley and beyond to the Pacific Ocean from Lanes Lookout


Props...stage management...photo shoot




The Old Bull Wheel! We found it! We did it! 
The whole of Syndicate Track Walk...even if it took 6 years 

Ageing Fabulously! 


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Thanks for coming with me and (the other) Liz on the Syndicate Track Walk...
 Now I see there's a big white space (another big walk!) between here and the comments section...I really appreciate your comments and 
understanding of my unintended overabundance of 
white space!