Sydney is being very autumnal at the moment. We don't have as much of the spectacular red and gold leaf action you get in some parts of the world like Maine in the US or Japan, but it is still very lovely. The weather is crisp, the skies are blue and the camelias are in full flower. It quite possibly might be my favourite season!
I came across this gorgeous Kenzo dress at Meet me at Mikes blog. It started me off on a night of Kenzo image hunting. The man is the master of pattern, is he not? ...and cut!..and colour and texture! I wish I had the occasion, bank account and chutzpah to wear his creations every day of the week!
If you're at a loose end, you could do worse than browse through the Guardian's wildlife galleries. This is a selection of images from the past couple of months. The first one is my favourite. Which is yours?
Something else I found in my ignored cupboard (see original post here): my collection of book marks. The avid collector strikes again!
These are a real find! I used to get these at Glebe Books when there was just the one store up by the church. I wonder if they still have them? I never used them as book marks. I used them to decorate various bare bedroom walls I was living in at the time. I have many more too, but these are the nicest.
This is my first Shadow Shot post for December! Three transparent azaleas taken in Spring this year. Looking at these shots reminds me what a warm spring we had. Now, however, it is very cool and there's a thunder storm currently thrashing about outside. Strange days weather wise to be sure! I'm not complaining though as I'm all for a bit of cool!
Shadow Shot Sunday is an international meme set up by top Brisbane gal Tracy of Hey Harriet fame! If you'd like to join in all you have to do is read the instructions here.
I always think each season is the best season. Mainly because of the flowers. After spring, I get a bit wistful and think *sigh* that's the end of the flowers for another year, but really I couldn't be more wrong. In November whole suburbs are set alight with cascading blooms of bougainvillea. Jacaranda trees rain down purple blossoms and the chinese star jasmine drapes itself over every available surface. So, perhaps early summer is my favourite season I think...
...and then there's this magnificent tree with its foliage that makes you feel like you're walking around some ultra modern cathedral every time you walk past it. We have whole streets full of these trees and it really is one of the highlights of November to walk down them. However, I have never ever been able to find out the name of them - if anyone knows, please leave a comment!
Hello! Something a bit different for me today for my shadow shot. I have been posting a lot of buildings recently but today I have some pristine white flowers I found in the Botanic Gardens, Sydney. I'm afraid I don't know the name of these pretties but looking at them reminds me of a dream garden I'd love to have one day. If I had a garden, I would plant it with many different varieties of white flowers. I just think that would be magic! I first saw this idea on a National Trust documentary about Sissinghurst Castle which was Vita Sackville-West's property. She had arranged her garden into beds and "rooms" devoted to one colour only. I just thought that was the best idea! You can see some photos of Sissinghurst here.
This is my new art print: Stopping to Smell the Roses. It's very important to do this as regularly as possible, isn't it? You can get caught up in the day to day scramble to keep your head above water and forget about the loveliness of simple pleasures.
Speaking of simple pleasures, I have started walking to a bus stop which is a little further away in the mornings. I used to go to the nearest bus stop but the one further away means I get an extra small scenic tour of my pretty neighbourhood! It's about one minute longer but I can't tell you how happy it makes me feel and happy that I'm on the bus and happy that I'm off to work! It's all a bit of a mystery to me actually why I should be so content with that one minute of extra scenery but I'm not going to argue! :0)