Matching The Landscape

On a recent trip to Hobart we stopped to take some photos, it wasn’t until I viewed them later that
I realised I had dressed to match the landscape. This Summer has been very hot and dry and our
State is now considered to be in drought . We also have experienced many bush fires , that were
started after lightening strikes in mid January. Luckily no lives or property have been lost but
a great tract of land in our wilderness areas has been badly affected.

The scenes remind me of a poem that most Australians of my era learnt at school. The poem is called
My Country and was written in 1904 by Dorothea Mackellar, who at the time was living in England
and no doubt was homesick for the countryside of Australia.
This is a small extract.

I love a sunburnt country

A land of sweeping plains

Of rugged mountain ranges

Of droughts and flooding rains

I love her far horizons

I love her jewel-sea

Her beauty and her terror

The wide brown land for me.

Some days later we did experience soaking rains that helped the fire fighters in some areas.
My husband is a volunteer with Search and Rescue and spent one day helping relocating fire
engines and then the next filling sand bags to help with flooding. The trials of Mother Nature.

Wearing a cropped cream and black striped jacket from Anna Thomas , I love its little bows on the sleeves,
an olive green croppped top from Antipodium , purchased from Red Fox, a local recycle store, my black
pants from Moyuru, shoes from Paco Herero and my new bag from Estelio that my son gave me for Christmas.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday

and Jess for Elegantly Dressed and Stylish



  1. Natalia Lialina
    February 8, 2016 / 8:39 am

    It's a beautiful landscape to match! Love the textures and shapes of your outfit, Jill. The blazer and top really caught my attention. I enjoy seeing the different ways you wear your beloved stylish Moyuru pants. The poem is beautiful. I do miss the nature of Siberia where I am from – but the Pacific Northwest reminds me of Siberia a lot! Hugs!

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 9:42 am

      The dry Summer landscape does have a beauty of its own. I am sure you do miss the nature of Siberia but I am so glad the Pacific Northwest is a good substitute. Thank you Natalia, glad you enjoyed the poem, an Australian classic

  2. Olga Rani
    February 8, 2016 / 11:59 am

    Beautiful poetic lines about Australia! Stylish look and I really like your posing today Jill 🙂 The new bag is an interesting piece!

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 9:46 am

      Thank you Olga for your kind words. The new bag will be perfect for travelling.

  3. Patti
    February 8, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    I really enjoyed the poem, hadn't heard it before and it's so evocative of your country. Wonderful harmonious outfit too! thanks for sharing, xo-Patti

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 9:47 am

      Thank you Patti, the poem depicts our Australian countryside so well.

  4. Tiina L
    February 8, 2016 / 2:10 pm

    Yes, you match the landscape. And that's a beautiful bag you have!

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 9:49 am

      Matching the landscape was purely co incidental but I was happy with how the photos turned out.

  5. Laurie Duncan
    February 8, 2016 / 3:01 pm

    Sorry about all the fires, nature can be rough on us. I do love that jacket, it really makes the outfit! 🙂

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 9:51 am

      Mother Nature can be rough, you are so right. Thank you Laurie , this little jacket is a Summer favourite of mine.

  6. Marea Dotz
    February 8, 2016 / 4:23 pm

    "Matching the landscape"–oh, yes, I get it!!!!

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 9:51 am

      I know Marea, this is definately something we have in common.

  7. Connie
    February 8, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    What a lovely poem. It really does bring up lovely images of the landscape. How nice that you match. Here in California we deal with a lot of the same issues, drought, fire, rain, wind, wild animals. It's crazy but we love it, don't we?

  8. Jill James
    February 9, 2016 / 9:54 am

    There are quite a lot of similarities to California and parts of Australia as far as the natural elements are concerned. Glad you liked this poem Connie.

  9. dan
    February 9, 2016 / 11:16 am

    Sometimes it so happens that seeing the photos you notice something you haven't notice before! Your outfit that matches the landscape is beautiful! I especially like the detail on the sleeves:it makes the shirt very feminine…Luckily you have had some rains! Too hot weather can be annoying (and quite dangerous too)

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      So true Dan, the Summer landscape has its own special beauty. Even though I have had this shirt for some time , its little bows still evoke a smile.

  10. dan
    February 9, 2016 / 11:20 am

    I forgot! I love the poem and the fact that you included it into the post…it adds a special beauty to the pictures…

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 10:25 pm

      Thank you Dan , glad you liked it.

    February 9, 2016 / 11:50 am

    Hello dear Jill, the woman with the best jackets in the world, yeahhhhI made the earrings.Thank you for every single comment.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 10:27 pm

      Thank you so much Sacramento, the jacket collection continues to grow, maybe it is an obsession. Clever you those earrings are stunners.

    • Jill James
      February 9, 2016 / 10:29 pm

      Thank you so much, this poem is an Aussie classic. The bush fires have eased in our area, so good for the firefighters.

  12. Spashionista Alicia Searcy
    February 10, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    What a perfectly proportioned, beautiful outfit! I'm in love with the grey sweater and the way it works so well with the jacket and pants. Every week you show us how it's done ;-)

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