Casterton again

On a very hot day. This building had been a bank in the days when Casterton had big wool money. There are other nearby 2-storey ex-bank buildings sitting vacant.  The Co-Op has a Bendigo Bank agency and that is the only bank there now.  There is however a supermarket, which is why I was there, and a scenic 31 kilometre drive home.


in the slow lane now

Life in the country. Steers and sheep. Fresh air. No traffic lights.
Worn Out was about clothes before, but now it is me that is worn out from rockin the ride-on mower over huge swathes of grass.
Man in the hotel wanted to be rid of two Lovebirds - "they make too much noise" he said.
I don't think so.  In November they laid eggs which hatched in December so now we are four.
A Peachface lovebird - Peachy - and a Lilian's Lovebird - Lil.
Their offspring are Laurel & Hardy.
They fly around trashing the place and all I can do is laugh.
They destroyed a lightshade, chewed my books, knocked a lamp over, and Laurel & Hardy got into the exhaust canopy over the hotplates and I had to unscrew it and take it down to get them out. The parent birds went crazy during the process.
"Anyone want two birds" he said.
How hard could it be, I thought.


All worn out

1960's satin 'Greta' evening shoes by BALLY of Switzerland
They were loved, but now abandoned. I had to face the fact that I
was never going to wear them again.
or these Bert & Ernie / Charlie Brown saddle shoes 
by Cole Haan.
Lovely lining and loved, but life moves on, if slowly.
Walk a mile in my shoes.
If the shoe fits, wear it.


Shrimp is no Barbie

These are my VOGUE stacks, going back to 1969 and the issues from 1970 to 1973  are in handsome navy red and gold stamped VOGUE binders.
Jean Shrimpton is on many of the covers, and while the girly 1960's are typified by MOD culture evolving, the concurrent prevailing 'look' was known as 'DollyBird' and she was their goddess.  A film has been made based on the early part of her career when she went to New York City for a VOGUE shoot with David Bailey. I won't be seeing it, and the publicity will irritate me, but I have all these  for my Shrimp fix instead. She is a recluse now and I don't blame her one bit. 

Update: since then I saw part of the Bailey/Shrimpton fiction on FreeToAir TV and it wasn't too awful, but I just could not stick at it because of inaccuracies.
This post was originally at the closed blog of Ann Odyne 2012 and is reposted here for Anoushka, 2015.


Coppy WitchDay JahTeh

the photo is of the divine Paulette Goddard. what a woman, what a life. when accused by the idiot McCarthy era HUAC of being "a Commie sympathiser" her response was that if called to testify against her colleagues she would pelt the committee with her diamond necklaces until they stopped.

To mark the birthday of cake-loving blogger pal Ms Copperwitch, we ponder [and I quote Mystic Medusa -]
"What does it mean to be a Leo, centuries after astrologers began to define this sign? How do people born from late July through late August reveal themselves, in modern 21st century astrology? Some things never change. The ancient lion archetype has long been a symbol for Kings and Queens and pageantry and heraldry is dominated by lions. Ruled by The Sun, you can never avoid being singled out for attention. The invisible Leo is almost non-existent. You may love the spotlight or loathe it but you must learn to shine, all the same. It’s okay to switch off afterwards. Leos all know how to make themselves invisible. Dark glasses are common. The father, for better or worse is the dominant influence on a Leo’s life. If the family/father connection is broken in childhood it has a stronger impact on Leo than other signs. The young Leo will then look for a father figure as a guide, mentor and role model. Astrologer Jessica Adams says: You will develop a powerful new relationship with the world of health, medicine, fitness or healing until 2024 that will transform your life for the better ... but that's after the hangover clears. Wishing you a magical day and many more.


Frock Up Peacock up.

IN  this bronze and peacock feather confection by Matthew Williamson.
Those birds did not denude in vain.
I could have bought this via Netaporter for only $6,295 but then I read:
"Navy and teal quilted chiffon skirt with bronze sequin embellishment and a peacock feather trim and gold threadwork, gold and storm-blue beaded tassel embellishment, an exposed gunmetal zip fastening at front and is fully lined. 100% nylon; lining: 93% silk, 7% elastane. Specialist clean."

Ha ha.  I would love to be at the drycleaners when they try do do anything with it though.
Here are the orthop√¶dically perfect purple party shoes to enhance the frock.

Ommygerrd SHOES! seems to be the catchcry over at Pinterest where I have taken up residence. I am sure they got the whole idea from this very bloglet.

Just gaze on these fabulous fake pointe shoes by Chloé and made in Italy. Yours for AU$571.
and now I am swivelling back over there so I don't miss any new shoe pins. or tiaras, or cute foals, or otters or cats with hats on.


Knit Wit

The model is Janny Goss a Carlton girl, and this Norma Tullo knit was my favourite jumper in about 1965. Ms Tullo had a boutique on the corner of Toorak Rd and Avoca St South Yarra, and her factory in Richmond had the 'honour' of the council renaming it's street Tullo Place. My beloved Canary jumper came in a book with another pattern in pale blue mohair of a cardigan with crochet 'buttons' stuffed with cotton wool (I think that model is Georgia Gold),
and that was the more-popular pattern choice of the Melbourne Dollybirds, they were everywhere in it.