Saturday, 31 October 2009
Have you seen the wonderful Shadow Shot Sunday images on Hey Harriet's blog yet? Do yourself a favour and take a look here at what all the fuss is about - you won't be disappointed.
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Up to the present day, not far from this historic site, the tradition is carried on:
Railway stations appear to be a natural breeding ground:
The disease has even spread to Edinburgh:
But my all-time favourite rests with the grand city of Birmingham:
So if you have British blood coursing through your veins, stand up and be proud. Mind you, in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, such offences would have had these good folk transported en masse to join us here in Oz - probably for the term of their natural lives.
How would you like to win a FABULOUS TOTE BAG from the BrisStyle team? It's really easy - all you have to do is go here and make a comment. The designs are all wonderful, so making a choice will be really difficult for you!
A new shipment of fabrics arrived late last week and I immediately fell in love with them, which is just as well, because I felt the need for some sort of incentive to keep on sewing. So far I completed a couple of knot dresses which will be for sale at the BrisStyle Indie Market on 5 December (see side bar).
And now for some of that British resolve - back to the sewing room.
Saturday, 24 October 2009
There was a gathering today of some of the BrisStyle girls, all very upbeat at the prospect of our coming Christmas market on 5 December.
The other star of the day was young Xavier, the handsome son of committee member, Bel, one half of the of the EmBelISH team. He was keeping a firm eye on Mum while Katie of Kitty Boo Boo did a wonderful job keeping him amused.
There were lots items on show, but I can't reveal them here ... sorry. You will have to come along to our Christmas market to see what all the excitement is about.
But I can show you what I have been working on this week - I really don't want to see another skirt for a while, so next week it's dresses.
Thursday, 22 October 2009
Could they have been used to lock bicycles? No - far too many to be practical. It wasn't until we returned home and were visiting my brother in Sydney that the mystery was solved. We were flicking through our trip images on his computer when we came to these. He told us that they were left by young lovers as a public display of their affection. Ah, mystery solved ... but how my brother knew is another mystery!
Saturday, 17 October 2009
I took a fair few photos on our travels (well, quite a fair few to be honest) and here are a couple of shadow shots which bring back happy memories.
This one was taken from a window at Hampton Court Palace on a fairly hot day.
This one was taken at the foot of the Eiffel Tower on a fairly cold day.
But this one of my clever Egyptian friend in the Louvre is my favourite. See how he's made a dog head wall shadow - what a guy.
This final shot has nothing at all to do with shadows, but I thought you'd like to see this gorgeous young Italian waiter in Florence who didn't lift a finger all night - he simply stood there and the young women flocked into the restaurant. Nice.
Friday, 16 October 2009
It was a joyous occasion, with family and friends gathering later at the guest-of-honour's home, where a veritable feast was laid out before us.
Big Sister was intrigued with the puzzle Mr Fudge and I brought back for her from The Louvre...
... but the favourites were the masks from Hanover.
It's hard to believe that the chubby, healthy four and a half month-old baby who greeted us in Sydney not that long ago looked like this.
I have been a Gilbert & Sullivan fan since my teen years, when I took part in a high school production of The Gondoliers, fresh out of copyright and straight into just about every high school in the country. Imagine my delight then when my brother advised that he had tickets for the three of us to see Opera Australia's production of The Mikado at the Sydney Opera House. Everyone should have a brother like mine.
The theatre was packed to the rafters and I couldn't resist sneaking a quick picture during interval. Naughty. It was a brilliant production and fully deserved the sold-out performance - pure joy.
So now here we are back to reality in warm, sunny Brisbane and it's time to hit the ground running. With our BrisStyle Christmas Market looming alarmingly close and being away from the sewing machine for such a long break, it was time to get cracking.
Amongst the fabrics which I purchased in Paris (ooo ... the Paris textile district ... oooo) was this adorable fabric which was begging to be made into a sailor suit.
But at least one thing is for sure - I'm back in the saddle again and it feels great.
Sunday, 4 October 2009
But I'm getting ahead of myself. Behind us lie such wonderful adventures ...
Men in kilts ... mmmmm ...
A quaint German castle ...
reveals an amazing piece of family history
City of our dreams