Strolling in City Park , wearing a black and white chevron stripe poncho, purchased recently from
Yeltour , one of our small family owned local clothing stores , at least it was , as of the end of this
month it will become part of a much larger interstate group of stores. I have been shopping there
since it began trading in about 1970 and we have grown up together.I know this is a sign of the times
but I always have a tinge of sadness when a local small business is lost.

I have had my little rant now back to the park.
City Park is always an enjoyable place to visit, with its many Victorian features, such as this cast iron
drinking fountain built in honour of Queen Victoria’s Jubilee in 1887.

Wasn’t it so very generous of the children to present this to the city for future generations to enjoy.
I always love the elaborate details from the Victorian era, when over the top was never too much.

Perching rather precariously  on the edge of a rather elaborate fountain in another area of the park. Looking
back over the shots we have taken today is a gentle reminder of some of the beauty we are surrounded by
and really just take for granted. Our small city has so much to offer in terms of natural beauty , so easily
overlooked as we attend to our every day.

Blowing in the breeze, as I reflect on the future of this city and my place in it.

Wearing boots by Paco Herero , for # iwillwearwhatilike with Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, this weeks theme is statement shoes and these days as my feet have changed , this is my version of statement shoes(or more correctly boots).

Finishing with the glorious colour of these poppies blooming in the park.

Joining Patti and friends

 for Visible Monday.

and

Jess at Elegantly Dressed 

and Stylish for

Turning Heads Tuesday.

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20 Comments

  1. Tiina L
    September 21, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    I understand how you feel about some of the old landmarks just disappearing, or turning into something else. Of course things change over time, but still… There's no harm honouring the past and the legacy of those landmark institutions, even if they change with the times.

    • Jill James
      September 22, 2015 / 9:54 am

      Thank you Tiina you have expressed my thoughts on the loss of landmark instituations so perfectly.

  2. Petite Silver Vixen
    September 21, 2015 / 3:47 pm

    Great minds think alike. I took linked with Catherine and chose boots – albeit ankle boots! Love the pointy toes on your. Goes with the points of the chevron stripes! Agree with you about the Victorians – they certainly didn't go with less is more. They weren't afraid of detail, more detail and even more detail!

    • Jill James
      September 22, 2015 / 9:57 am

      I must admit I hadn't thought about the pointed toes on my boots matching the chevron stripes, clever you for noticing.I am a big fan of Victorian architecture , I guess I love its over the top details.

  3. Marea Dotz
    September 21, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    City parks are wonderful places for photo shoots. Looks like it's still a bit cold in your neck of the woods and that sweater is not only gorgeous, but looks very warm and cozy, too!

    • Jill James
      September 22, 2015 / 10:00 am

      After a few warmer Spring days we are now back to cool days , so no lighter clothes just yet.City parks are great places to visit and of course for our photo shoots.

  4. Melanie
    September 21, 2015 / 5:33 pm

    Beautiful ensemble and great photos. You are so right and this is a timely reminder for me. Big new shopping areas are opening all over but I mustn't let them eclipse those beautiful areas of nature that are all around me in the city as well. The children donated a beautiful statue to our big park as well to celebrate Queen Victoria's visit here. The parallels between our cities are wonderful.

    • Jill James
      September 22, 2015 / 10:06 am

      Thank you Melanie for your kind comments. Having visited Vancouver some years ago I still remember its beautiful natural surrounds.We are both living in countries that were once colonised by Britain and all that entailed.

  5. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    September 21, 2015 / 7:14 pm

    It can be so disheartening to lose a local store you've been patronizing for years. So glad you got such a lovely top that will remind you of the shop! You have such a flair for putting together an outfit that you always look chic and fashion-forward.Aliciaspashionista.com

    • Jill James
      September 22, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Thank you Alicia for those kind and flattering comments. I know it is a sign of our times , here at least that so many smaller stores are disappearing.

  6. Olga Rani
    September 22, 2015 / 8:53 am

    Your ability to always make a black-and-white outfit look interesting amazes me Jill! The chevron poncho is a fantastic piece! Love the photos of the park, such a beautiful places with lots to admire of.

    • Jill James
      September 22, 2015 / 10:11 am

      Thank you Olga , as you know black and white combinations are always a favourite of mine. I know I will get lots of wear from the poncho.

  7. diaryofapennypincher
    September 22, 2015 / 5:09 pm

    Oh, how I love your monochrome poncho, so very glam with those gorgeous high heel boots too!

  8. Jill James
    September 22, 2015 / 11:35 pm

    I must admit , this poncho was love at first sight , black and white, a great chevron stripe, what more could I wish for. The boots have been with me for ages but only worn occasionly. Thank you for your support.

  9. MIS PAPELICOS -Mis P
    September 23, 2015 / 11:08 am

    Dear Jill, I didnĀ“t know they were called chevron stripe. wowwwwwwww so much wiser.Always a treat to see you and your gorgeous ensembles.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      September 24, 2015 / 11:05 pm

      I must admit I didn't either until last year either Sacramento , the knowledge gained through blogging. Thank you so much for your kind words.

  10. dan
    September 24, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    I love your black and white poncho! It matches perfectly to your black outfit…your city looks beautiful! And has delightful places like the park…intersting Victorian age details…the fountain is fantastic!!

    • Jill James
      September 24, 2015 / 11:07 pm

      Thank you Dan , I think it will be worn quite a bit before our Summer really hits. Our little city is quite lovely , though very young in comparison to your wonderful Italian cities.

  11. Jan Graham-McMillen
    September 24, 2015 / 7:41 pm

    Killer outfit, Jilly!!!! As always, but this one in particular is a complete knockout! Local design and manufacture! So good. That skirt is just too yummm …. this is the way to show off your modernist chops. Here's me, bowing low to your expertise. Love your taste and aesthetic so much.

    • Jill James
      September 24, 2015 / 11:08 pm

      Oh Jan you always know hot to make a girl feel good. I very much like that it is Australian made. So glad to see you back.

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