Watermelon By The River

A visit to the small town of Perth for lunch at the very imaginately named  restaurant ,The Phoenix and The Fox, which is housed in an old church. After an extremely good lunch we made our way to the nearby
South Esk River to take some photos.

Overlooking the river is Stone House, a magnificent Georgian house dating back to 1825. The house
is now 5 star accomodation,for a mere $1800.00 a night you can have the whole house to yourself.
I will have to settle for peering over the front stone wall and admiring both the house and the stunning gardens with their late summer blooms.

As a gardener I couldn’t resist a closeup of the different dahlias with the white agapanthus.

Wearing a watermelon coloured peplum jacket ,worn over a black top dotted with buttons and
other decorative bits and my wide leg linen black and white pants.I have had these pants made
by Nicola Waite for several summers now and love them even though ,as is very evident, they
crease very badly.That to me is the trade off  for the comfort factor of linen in hot weather.

This jacket made in New Zealand by OBI looks as good from the back as from the front.I once would have
worried about this view but not any more, another joy of becoming older,caring less about such things.

I know another view of the same jacket, simply buttoned up this time. This is included to keep my
ever(or mostly) patient husband and photographer happy,it was his favourite.

I had to show the shoes, a long time favourite,now sadly only worn when I am not walking any distance,

they are Spanish and suede,I love their peep toe and sling backs.I will have to practice wearing a heel more.

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  1. Laurie Duncan
    February 9, 2015 / 2:01 pm

    Love this outfit! The pink jacket is a great cut and color and those wide leg pants are so adorable! Looks like you had a wonderful day!:)

    • Jill James
      February 10, 2015 / 12:04 am

      Thank you Laurie, we did have a great day.The bright jacket a change for me but sometimes you need colour.

  2. Patti
    February 9, 2015 / 3:01 pm

    I love the watermelon color! The shoes are fabulous too. Thanks so much for sharing visible Monday, xo

    • Jill James
      February 10, 2015 / 12:26 am

      Thank you Patti, Always a pleasure to join in Visible Monday.Thank you so much for hosting.

  3. Tiina L
    February 9, 2015 / 3:54 pm

    Seriously, how many jackets do you have?!? But I can see they must be useful, I always look for something to cover up a bit in summer, mainly to protect myself from the sun and avoid burning, and lightweight jackets are certainly great for that. And yours is such a pretty colour, and I love the fitted style.

    • Jill James
      February 10, 2015 / 12:28 am

      I know Tiina I have many jackets ,a bit of a failing,but they have been amassed over many years.I agree that a light jacket is always useful in harsh summer sun.Thank you for visiting, have a good week.

  4. Marea Dotz
    February 9, 2015 / 5:25 pm

    I have many one-hour shoes myself. Why do I keep buying them? Because, like yours, they are so darn sexy and cute. Your pics on Perth brought back wonderful memories of our trip there. A lovely city!

    • Jill James
      February 10, 2015 / 12:31 am

      I love the one hour shoe expression, so true, thats about as long as I can mange too.Most of mine are not new but I keep them because as you say they are so sexy and cute.Maybe you will end up here in Tasmania in your travels one day.

  5. diaryofapennypincher
    February 9, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    I'm drooling over those beautiful shoes! Love your wide leg trousers and that jacket is a stunning colour on you! Gorgeous garden shots too, ee are in the depths of winter so it's lovely to see some blooms.

    • Jill James
      February 10, 2015 / 12:33 am

      Thinking of you in the depths of your Winter,glad you enjoyed the blooms.I love the shoes even if only for short time wearing.Thank you for visiting.

  6. Lisa
    February 10, 2015 / 3:13 am

    Hi, Jill. Firstly, thank you so much for visiting me. I do find you a most intriguing and wise woman. I love your attitude and style. And I love this "I once would haveworried about this view but not any more, another joy of becoming older,caring less about such things." I aspire to your level of confidence and wisdom.

    • Jill James
      February 11, 2015 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much,Lisa.It has taken much time and soul searching to get to the place I am in now.Yours will come,I am quite sure.

  7. Jan Graham-McMillen
    February 10, 2015 / 8:32 pm

    Oh, hello, Jilly … what a grand ensemble. I swear, the creases in linen pants just have to be there. It's the only fabric (with the exception of some surface treatments on silks and velvets) and that's just what linen has to do. Linen wide legs are always so 40's and so louche and so Lauren Bacall. And you wear the best jackets. Some of the ones of yours I like best are made there in New Zealand. Are they famous for their tailoring, or do you just have the best shopping sense of anyone around and just find them 'cause you're so smart? Lovely from that back, as well as the pants!

    • Jill James
      February 11, 2015 / 9:48 pm

      Oh Jan, I have missed both you and your always so flattering comments,I hope your mojo returns soon.New Zealand has always had a reputation for producing talented designers,artists, musicians,etc.I was once told by a New Zealander that it is because of their isolation they think outside the square,long may it continue.Anyway, thank you ,Jan.

  8. Natalia Lialina
    February 13, 2015 / 4:55 am

    What a tasty jacket, Jill! I love the color (how beautiful it is against the black top!) and the peplum. I also am a fan of linen, and creases are just a part of its charm. I love it that you are so relaxed – it is true wisdom.The house is gorgeous, of course, and the garden is a song! I am so thrilled to hear that you visited Seattle and loved it, and even consider a return visit some day. I would love to meet with you if you are in this area!!! Please remember that my home welcomes you! xxxx

    • Jill James
      February 19, 2015 / 10:31 pm

      The colour and style of this jacket really sang to me last year,so it just had to come home with me.Linen is something I have a love,hate relation with but it is so cool to wear.A visit to Seattle is on my wish list,so catching up with you would be a delight.xx

  9. Ivana Split
    February 19, 2015 / 5:38 pm

    this jacket is amazing…reminds me of one red blazer that I have and wear all the time…you look lovely!and those flowers…gosh, I need more flowers in my life!http://modaodaradosti.blogspot.com/

  10. Jill James
    February 19, 2015 / 10:33 pm

    Thank you Ivana,the colour and peplum make this jacket for me.I am a flower lover they always make me happy.Thank you for your kind comments.

  11. Suwaiba
    February 27, 2015 / 3:56 pm

    very nicefashion jacketsbane coat

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