It's been a while between my random bits and pieces posts, so this one will be photo heavy and text light (well, as light as I can go on the text front!).
I've been to Melbourne twice in the past month, both for single nights only for Mr AV's work. We were staying in the city, and so I did my usual thing... popping in and out of the shops on Collins Street admiring the wares, like Miss Louise below (shoe heaven).
Valentino window in brights
This was the YSL/ Sergio Rossi window
I paid a visit to the Hill of Content Bookshop on Bourke Street (my second favourite bookshop in Melbourne- The Avenue in Albert Park is my favourite), and did a bit of stocking up for my bedside table.
I wore this 6 year old DVF heavy wool wrap dress to dinner at Becco. I always have a problem with top gape in wrap dresses, so I haven't worn this one in ages, which is a shame as it has a nice weight to it and the skirt swings really well. I accessorised it with new shoes (to replace my old patent leather ones - yes, the search is over, Hooray!). These are by Giovanni Rossi, and have a metal heel, so will hopefully not shred quite so easily when I inevitably get it stuck in a grate somewhere. They also matched my existing black patent clutch well.
We also went to see "Grease" the Musical with the clients. My advice is to not bother unless you're a die hard fan. The acting was very wooden (it stars Rob Mill, who was a reality tv star some years ago. He was outshone by the other T- birds). It also made me realise for the first time that the message of the story was that a woman should change for her man, even if he is a total loser (smoking, drinking, dropping out of school - and she was the Grade A student with a promising future). Somehow I'd missed this when I watched the movie so many years ago. Perhaps John Travolta, who was so good in the original version managed to disguise this well... a lacklustre actor made it all too apparent. I left feeling very confused as to why she'd bought herself down for him.
The next week, upon returning to Melbourne, I did a bit of walking through the city and along the banks of the Yarra. Melbourne will hide a cafe or bar anywhere it can. Mostly they are in back lane ways, and you have to be in the know to find them... but here's one on the pylon in the middle of the river, at the bottom of a footbridge over the Yarra.
I walked through some of the beautiful Victorian era arcades in the city - this is the Block Arcade with its original mosaic floor.
And wore this out to dinner that night - a Navy Lela Rose dress with the same shoes and bag as the week before. I wore a Rockstud bracelet to give a bit of edge/ casualness, which I think worked well.
On the home front, I've been enjoying the last flush of roses, and the glory that is the Salvia and Sedums at their peak
Autumn Joy and White Iceberg Sedums
Here's my Isis Ceramics flower brick (yet again), with mixed David Austin Roses - (left to right) Golden Celebration (slightly crispy edges from the heat), Sharifa Asma, Claire Austin, Lady of Shallot, and Heritage centre front.
One of my favourites is David Austin's Jude the Obscure - highly scented and so pretty with its soft buff colour. Here's a posy of it in the new guest loo/ powder room.
satisfyingly jungle like
I'm not the only one plotting garden changes. I went on a garden tour and lunch in McLaren Vale (an hour from Adelaide, and a well known wine region) a few weeks ago with a couple of friends. This was our view for lunch - where the garden ended the rolling vineyards and hills began.
I thought this very clever - a weeping cherry had died, so the garden owner painted it lilac. There were lots of sculpture and features in the garden.
My friend A was so inspired, that she's been gardening ever since. She managed to take a break (she's had her head down for nearly 3 weeks now in a frantic garden overhaul) to have lunch with me at Tin Cat Cafe in Kent Town, where we ate well (the food is always good there) and workshopped her garden plans. I used the new Sparetables app to make the booking, which was fantastic (it's new and only in Adelaide at the moment until it has a national roll out, but you can make restaurant bookings online, and many tables are discounted at off peak times. We got 20% off our total bill).
Pork Belly for me, and A had some sort of Vegetable Tagine thing
It's not been all lunches and trips away though...I've also been busy, along with the four other hardworking members of the Volunteer Committee planning the Royal Flying Doctor's "Wings for Life" Ball this year. Good news readers! If you thought last year's Snow Ball looked fun, the tickets are now on sale for this year's - The Bazaar Ball... but it will sell out quickly. There are only 20 tables left already. You can buy either a table for 10, or just individual tickets if you prefer. It's going to be so much fun, and for such a great, and iconic Australian cause, I hope to see you there!
Lastly, Books.... I've read "Sheila" which was a biography of an Australian who married into English Society in the early 20th Century... she married three times, and was friends with all sorts of interesting historical figures - the Kennedy's, Churchill, the Coopers, the Mitford sisters... she had an affair with Prince Albert, the Duke of York (the future King George VI). It dovetailed in with a lot of other biographies I have read about that era. I also read "The Book Thief" (I have not seen the movie, and realise that I am very slow to get to this book as it's not exactly a new release). At first the narration by Death was slightly confronting/ grating, but in the end I think it was extremely clever, and I really loved the book - a definite recommendation from me if you haven't read it.
I've got more book chat, but this is a long enough post now as it is! So I'll leave you with some gratuitous rose photos from my garden. I think the navy blue salvias and the orange and yellow roses are a winning combination.
Hope things are well in your world xx
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