Tuesday, March 13, 2018


Sad news today with the passing of French Couturier Hubert de Givenchy..

His beautiful fashions were timeless..

He designed this wonderful and elegant ensemble for Jackie Kennedy to wear during the famous 1961 Kennedy visit to Paris.  So chic..

Jackie in Givenchy at a later date.

Givenchy was always associated with Audrey Hepburn, and became her personal designer for many of her movies.  

'Sabrina' and 'Funny Face' in the 1950s...
Givenchy was born in 1927, and in 1952 established his own Fashion House, aged only 25.

Who could forget the 1961 film 'Breakfast at Tiffany's'?
Givenchy designed the iconic Little Black Dress for Audrey.  

For clothes watching alone, I always liked 'Charade' (1963)

The gorgeous Audrey would look lovely in anything, but as Givenchy's muse she was stunning...

Back in the day, Vogue patterns released many Givenchy designs.
The instructions were perfect, down to the last detail.

How I wish I had kept my Givenchy patterns - but over time, and many house moves, such things are given (or thrown!) away.

Sadly, I do not find the dressmaking patterns of today as beautiful in their construction or detail.  Some even have mistakes!! 
The horror of it....

And here's a little salute to Her Majesty, at the Commonwealth Day Service in Westminster Abbey...

wearing the Australian Hibiscus diamond and ruby brooch.
It is a serious gathering of beautiful gems.

Looking happy, a tiny little figure in the Abbey - but 
at times I think she must miss having The Duke of Edinburgh by her side.

What is happening at your Place?
Any interesting plans for Easter?

We have been enjoying some cooler weather, and quite a lot of rainy days.
This is always remarkable and good for our Hot Dry Land.

Have a good week


Monday, March 5, 2018


 Here's a shot taken at the Art Gallery Cafe, as we sat beside the water feature sipping Sunday coffee and pondering the reflections.  

We took Little Aussie in to the children's art centre.
Here he admires the work of Yayoi Kusama.

But on to the topic of the day:

Did you watch the Oscars?  

Here are a few of my favourite frocks:

I like white.  
Margot Robbie because (a) Chanel and (b) she comes from our State of Queensland.

Jane Fonda for elegance and maturity.  
And I like her hair.

Laura Dern.  Nice.

Our Nicole.  Sculptural and Stunning.
And always fabulous.

I like cobalt blue too.

I think this might be Jennifer Garner.  Not sure.

Helen Mirren.  Flawless and maturity.

Blush pink, because....

Busy times, but not much happening..
do you ever feel like that?

I am spending hours putting together our next holiday trip.
Flying off again to a few countries we have never seen.
Art and Music is the theme.

Have a good week


Thursday, February 22, 2018


It's time I flew in for a chat

At last a few days of cooler weather have arrived, and I hear the gentle patter of raindrops outside.  Lovely.

I've been nesting lately...
and shocked myself by falling for the K-Mart blush pink velvet chair..
only $49 at a store near you...

It must be the heat.  I keep furniture for forever and a day.  
That little settee and its two matching friends were given to us just after we married, and the pair of gossip chairs (see one with green cushion) came from my father's home, so are very much older.

You can see my piano beside the pink chair.  
My parents gave that to me on my 21st birthday.

Valentine's Day last week too.
I was a day late what with one thing and another, but as usual I made Mr C the Annual General heart-shaped sponge cake to celebrate.
I don't think I have ever missed a year, so did not want to spoil my record...

The heat brings on the tropical storms...

and sometimes a rainbow...

I thought this was a snake, but thank goodness the photo reveals a back leg (see foreground) which means it is a blue-tongued lizard.
Only several days later did I notice there is a second one in the photo, looking straight at me.  You can see its face to the left of the big head.  The upright branch covers the centre of the face and the eyes are to either side.  It is clearer if you enlarge the picture.  

I've been fossicking at the Antique Centre.  
And I always did like a barnyard scene..

and was taken by a little blue glass vase for our bedroom...

After a long cultural drought, last week we went to the first QSO Maestro concert for 2018.  

I remember years ago my piano teacher telling me about Ravel's Concerto in D for Piano (Left Hand) and Orchestra, 1931.  Ravel wrote it for the pianist Paul Wittgenstein who lost his right arm at the Russian front in 1914 but who resolved to continue his career as a concert pianist.  He commissioned many works for left hand alone, and Ravel's Left Hand Concerto was published as Wittgenstein's 'exclusive property'. 

A long held wish to see it performed came true at our concert, thanks to French pianist Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.  What an incredible performance, and amazing composition it was.  A well-deserved standing ovation followed for Bavouzet.

Google image: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet performs the Left Hand Concerto, Ravel.

And it will surprise absolutely nobody, that when I sought some new pendant lights for above the kitchen bench, I chose these:

Stay out of the heat, or the snow, depending on your latitude.