Saturday, 1 August 2009

The Shadow

When I was a little girl my brother and I lived for Saturday afternoons. That was the time we went to the Saturday Matinee, along with every other kid in the neighbourhood. The local cinema was known as the Charing Cross Flea House, with good reason. Yes, the movies were wonderful, even if we had seen them several times before, and the 20 cartoons had us all rolling in the aisles.

The real drawcard though was the weekly serial. We had been left in suspense for a whole week. The hero was trapped in a burning building with the ten floors above crashing down on him. How could he possibly escape? The only time they bungled was an episode of Superman which ended with the villain hurling Clarke Kent off a cliff in the boot of a car. For once this was greeted with hoots of derision from the kids - we were pretty smart back then.

But far and away my favourite serial was the old chestnut, The Shadow, starring Victor Jory. If you remember Victor, I know how old you are. He was a goodie, but he was also scary. These classics were made during World War II, and by the time we saw them at the Flea House, the war was long over. Still, the enemies were daunting for an eight year-old and it was a sort of love-hate relationship between me and The Shadow (hey, that would make a great song title).

Where is all this leading? To Shadow Shot Sunday, of course. While we were in Sydney last week we spent an hour or so at Bondi Beach with some of the family. This friendly seagull obliged us with a tango lesson ...

... while this little adventuress showed us a trick or two.

Take a look at Hey Harriet for a feast of shadows - you won't be disappointed.

I did manage to get a little sewing in this week. That Kaffe Fassett fabric wouldn't leave me alone, so I made these pants, in size 4.



I had bought some lovely aqua voile fabric a couple of months back, knowing something would turn up to mix and match, and sure enough, it was the perfect combination. The top is fully lined and both are for sale on my Etsy shop.


It's a small world. Last week we were sitting behind Bryan Brown and Rachel Ward at the Sydney Opera House, and today we saw their latest movie, Beautiful Kate, written and directed by Rachel and starring Bryan. It's pretty powerful, uncomfortable at times, but an excellent film. Leave the kiddies at home, though.

Only a little over two weeks before we take our first trip overseas together since 1993. It's been a long time between drinks, so we are understandably getting a little excited. Can't wait.

23 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Love that tangoing pigeon! Great shadow shots! Have a great day!

Sylvia

mimoo said...

Great post Robyn! Love the new addtion to Hot fudge, especially the blue top, very similar to myfavourite colour Tiffany blue.....

MyMaracas said...

That bird does seem to be dancing, and the shadow is so crisp and dark.

Love the new outfit! I used to sew for my kids and loved it.

Sweet Repose said...

Thanks for the memories...and what darling clothes, I wish I liked to sew, I'd make all my own clothes...maybe that's one thing I'll have to add to my list of things to learn before I die...sure hope I have time, my list is a long one!

indiajourney said...

that was a very nice Saturday story, so full of memories :)
loved the very smart looking seagull.

have a great week!

annettehanigan said...

Yes he does look like hes doing the tango, LOL!! Great shot. Love that outfit also, gorgeous fabric.Happy Sunday :0)

Shannon said...

you caught that lil bird's shadow just before he stepped into the shadows.. and I'm so glad you did! Great shots! Bikes are fun to shoot in shadow!

Hey Harriet said...

Haha! That seagull does look like he is tango dancing! Cute shot! I've heard of The Shadow but haven't been lucky enough to ever see it. Your new creations are as adorable as ever Robyn! Only 2 weeks before you head off? I'm still stomping around in jealousy. Even more loudly now ;)

I'm fond of powerful, uncomfortable films (except for Salo...still kicking myself for ever viewing that one all the way through. Nightmares continue to this day from that one!). Will check out Beautiful Kate. I like your taste in films, so I'm sure I'd like this one :)

Ali said...

what a funny little seagull! good pic Robyn!
And a gorgeous new little outfit - the blue is so sweet.

Jane said...

Great seagull shot, thanks for sharing:)

Rosebud Collection said...

What a cute shot of the bird. Funny. Like the bike too.
Beautiful clothes you made.
Happy SSS.

Faith Hope and a whole lotta Love said...

Love the seagull!

bobbie said...

Great pigeon and bike shots. But oh! The Shadow! Yes, I do remember him well - on the radio as well as movies. Wonderful memories!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Saucy white seagull
strutting near the seashore, why
do you look so smug?

My Shadow Shots

Crafty Green Poet said...

nice clever shadow shots, specially the gull...

storyteller said...

I remember The Shadow ;--)
Love the pigeon shot especially. You seem to have captured him mid-step!
Hugs and blessings,

Pagan Sphinx said...

Oh, I love these shadow shots! Love the pink boots on the motorcyclist!

You make some very adorable kids' clothes. Will keep that in mind when shopping for my little nephews and cousins!

Dianne said...

love the pigeon
and that girl is wearing fabulous boots!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Love the birdie in catwalk §;-)

I adore your sewed outfit. Looks it fits in my size, well, almost. Am a petité old lady.

Cool, you been to vacation. Really nice visiting other places. My family and me love travelling and adventures to different countries. Left in our list is South Africa and South America and then, we been the whole continent.

Hope you had a wonderful week-end and blissful week ahead.

Jacqui said...

Some very fancy steps from that pigeon there - and the cyclist shot is cool too but I'm not even going to look at the clothes:)
Have a wonderful time in Scotland next week. I heard it was going to be rainy but with a heatwave in between showers!

Bree said...

That seagull looks like he's ready to own the runway! Fierce!

The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

That dare devil shadow is great! My son's birthday was yesterday and he will be getting an electric dirt bike....I'm afraid there will be lots of dare-devilish acts....yikes!!
Love the new outfit you've made....someday I will have to get one for one of my nieces!
have a lovely week!

Sandrine said...

I would get excited too;)Not sure how you get time for sewing with all that Robyn?Very nice little pants set;)