A Road Trip

Yesterday we took a road trip to Hobart to enable John to collect a motorhome that he is delivering to Brisbane. Fortunately, we had time to stop at the historic town of Richmond to take a few shots.

The convict built bridge , dating from 1823., makes the perfect back ground for my black wool long jacket

by Sabatini, worn over a black tunic and pants. I have had this jacket for a few Winters and as was the case

today , the first wear of the season reminds me of what drew it to me in the first place. I never tire of its details, the leather trim on the pockets and the open zippered trim on the collar and ruffle.

There was even time to meet my eldest son for a lunch and to catch up on all his news and a some window shopping. I did make one purchase , I found a copy of the new book Style Forever by Alyson Walsh.

Alyson is English , a freelance fashion writer and has a a wonderful blog, That’s Not My Age .

I have always enjoyed her writing and the book does not dissapoint . Unlike so many books on the market,

this is written with no age limit on style.

My drive home allowed me some solitary thinking time, time has come for some re-invention.

Not sure which direction this will take , maybe time for some artistic endeavours, a new career , either paid or voluntary .

Maybe travel is on the horizon , I will see what presents itself.


 Joining Jess for Talking Heads Tuesday.



  1. Tiina L
    May 12, 2015 / 9:52 am

    It is a fabulous coat, and the collar is just beautiful. And I loved how you accessorized it, the gloves are really cool.

    • Jill James
      May 13, 2015 / 5:41 am

      Thank you Tiina, the gloves are a new a new addition to my Winter wardrobe, I think they will get a lot of use.

  2. Marea Dotz
    May 12, 2015 / 4:15 pm

    What a wonderful day you had. I can see why you love this coat so much. It's a real beauty and paired with those gloves makes it extremely hip. That photograph of the boats on water, by the way, is fantastic! It symbolizes "reflection" so perfectly–something we all need to do now and then.

    • Jill James
      May 13, 2015 / 11:06 pm

      I did have a wonderful day , catching up with my son was the icing on the cake. I must admit as I am finding my life not so hectic taking the time for reflection is becoming more important to me.

  3. Natalia Lialina
    May 12, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    Dear Jill, what a wonderful post! Love the photos of you by the beautiful old bridge, and the photo of boats is truly artistic! This is another my favorite outfit of yours. The jacket is so beautiful with all the details, and I adore how you accessorized it with the patterned gloves – brilliant touch. I am so glad to hear that you had a wonderful day, had lunch with your son, and are now ready for new adventures! It's such a great place to be – to recognize that there is a change coming, a good change. Much love to you xxxxx

    • Jill James
      May 13, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      Glad you liked the post Natalia, I must admit I never tire of seeing this beautiful old bridge and its surroundings.As I said not sure yet what the changes will bring but I am detirmined to adopt your wonderful attitude to life and pursue only the things that bring joy.Thank you, dear Natalia.xx

  4. Laurie Duncan
    May 12, 2015 / 7:58 pm

    Oh, I love that coat with it's ruffles. Very romantic!:)

    • Jill James
      May 13, 2015 / 11:16 pm

      Thank you Laurie, the ruffles and other details called my name

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    May 12, 2015 / 11:16 pm

    Hi Jill! YOu have some fantastic details on your clothes, love the ruffles on the coat, and the gloves make for a very chic look. Sounds like a wonderful place and so interesting is its history. Sounds like you are ready for whatever change comes your way!Thanks for linking up with Turning Heads Tuesday!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Jill James
      May 13, 2015 / 11:19 pm

      Thank you Jess for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday. I must admit I now endeavour to find clothes with interesting details to add to my collection. Enjoy your week.

  6. Tine Jensen
    May 13, 2015 / 6:55 am

    The details of this jacket are really fantastic, the amazing collar and the pocket trim! However, the cut is also very flattering, and would surely look great with lots of other pieces in your wardrobe :-)The bridge is beautiful, but built by convicts sounds serious? The boats are so romantic and pretty, you just want to take one down the river on a sunny day!

    • Jill James
      May 13, 2015 / 11:23 pm

      Thank you Tine, glad you liked this jacket of mine, I will take your suggestion and play with it with other things in my wardrobe.Our island state was an English convict settlement and many of our early bridges and buildings were built using convict labour. I must remember to revisit the boats come Summer.

  7. diaryofapennypincher
    May 13, 2015 / 8:07 pm

    You wear black so well, and the collar on that jacket falls so beautifully! Amazing bridge too!

    • Jill James
      May 13, 2015 / 11:25 pm

      I must admit to having a bit of a thing for black, probably way too much of it in my wardrobe but somehow for me it always feels right.Have a good week.

  8. dan
    May 14, 2015 / 5:39 am

    That sounds like a pleasant, relaxed day! Beautiful place where you took the photos and lovely coat, so perfect in Autumn!Your gloves are very pretty as well and immediately have caught my attention …

    • Jill James
      May 14, 2015 / 9:30 am

      Thank you Dan , it certainly was a very pleasant day. I am not surprised you spied the gloves with your eye for accessories.

    May 14, 2015 / 7:23 pm

    Absolutely fabulous for your road trip my friendXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

    • Jill James
      May 15, 2015 / 7:02 am

      Thank you so much, so good to see you back again.

  10. Laura O in AK
    May 15, 2015 / 4:43 am

    Such a great looking outfit for traveling. Thanks for sharing not only your outfit but a bit about where you were.

    • Jill James
      May 15, 2015 / 7:03 am

      Thank you so much , I,m glad you enjoyed learning a little about my home state.

  11. Olga Rani
    May 16, 2015 / 2:27 pm

    You always manage to look stylish, Jill! Gorgeous jacket, what a lovely collar! The place is very picturesque, an ideal spot to take a few photographs.

    • Jill James
      May 17, 2015 / 12:15 am

      Thank you Olga for your kind words. Yes the little town is a great spot for visiting and a great photo stop.Thinking of you. Xx

  12. Anonymous
    May 16, 2015 / 3:22 pm

    Ahh, sounds like the transition inspiration bug has bitten you in a good way. I love when the pages long to be turned at times in our lives. They sometimes turn so quickly its amazing. I think you've opened up a window to let a new idea come in, an invitation of sorts. You're very intuitive to hear your own inner stirrings.Good luck and I'm looking forward to hearing what comes next.

    • Jill James
      May 17, 2015 / 12:17 am

      You have read me so well Joni, I am really ready for a new chapter of my life. As yet not really sure of the details, am hoping the answers will present themselves.Thank you Joni, will keep you up to speed.

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