Maintaining my gonged and zen-like calm, the grand tour moved north to Victoria. Still crisply chilled, but the frantic pace meant we kept warm, or at least didn't have time to feel the cold. I did invest in some (fake)fur scarves and I must admit I toyed with some vintage fur coats.
We saw Grace Kelly's dresses, jewellery, handbags, sunglasses, et al, in a splendid exhibition in Bendigo. Fabulous, just fabulous. Loving Daylesford and Bendigo, could return any time and highly recommended, even in winter.
Just love Geelong.
I checked out their tip shop and unsurprisingly found it leaps and bounds ahead of the local one in Albany. Good opshops, too. My shopping guide found an Escada coat, and Ungaro jacket, Country Road patent boots, and a vintage 1940's pure wool tailored overcoat. All mint condition and all genuine.
We saw Napoleon in Melbourne, just brilliant. We saw great independent shops with interesting, clever, innovative stuff (and bought some). We went to Dorcas Street in South Melbourne. (say no more!)
We ate great - and I mean really great - Schezuan food. We ate lunch in a conservatory in Sassafras. (Book the table next to the Rosella parrots - wow.) There was an earthquake.
The earth did not move for me, unfortunately.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Sunday, June 10, 2012
I didn't buy a deckchair.
Or a taxidermied deer.....
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The pop-up shop of my dreams is vacant, in the main street.
Bolstered by the sugar hit, we surged onward to one of the perennial favourites -the Antique Emporium. Again, the imports and repros don't do it for me but there are always bargains to be had and the owner, like me, is a fan of the rusty and dusty. The first thing which jumped into my hand was an Australian Monthly magazine - a kind of girly magazine from 1951 - but how can you not buy a mag with an article entitled 'Scientists explode bomb in woman's brain'? It did not disappoint.
Two bags of steampunk pocketwatch bits, pocketwatch faces, an antique frame, - oh the excitement. On the way out I saw some brilliant cameras and illustrations - I shall return with expendable cash. The Sister bought a lovely old tin car and a vintage Australiana tin - very nice.
The bonafide antiques were lovely, of course, and the prices are generally pretty reasonable but unlike some I know I don't want to have to ship furniture from one side of the country to the other. But then I've only been here two days.