Casual Blacks and My Happy Place

 I am sure we all have somewhere that we call our happy place .For me it is the Cataract Gorge , a natural river gorge about 15 minutes from home. The natural beauty of this area and its many walks never seems to fail me but I do admit to enjoying it more at this time of year with its pretty Autumn tones and lack of visitors, selfish I know.
It is a great place for walking as there are many walking paths , some flat and easy , others steep and
tricky but providing stunning views. It was always popular as a family outing when the children were growing up, to either walk, picnic or swim in the pool during Summer.
I also found it a very healing place as I grieved following the loss of my daughter several years ago.

 Every vista evokes memories , I remember swimming, socialising and sunbaking on the rock pools under the suspension bridge as a teenager and I have the sun spots to show for my lack of sun smarts.

The resident peacocks always provide colour and delight the visitors.They were introduced here in the late 1800’s as part of the parklands area that surrounds the gorge. 

 Today’s outfit is rather casual and all has featured many times previously but this is real life not one that is picture perfect and my clothes are worn on repeat.My now slightly faded black Moyuru pants , black knit and leather Harry Who jacket were paired with multi-coloured beads and Clomp comfy lace-up shoes with white and red eyes, that doesn’t really show.

Apologies not only for being absent from blogging but not visiting others, computer problems hopefully now sorted.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.



  1. notdeadyetstyle
    May 15, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    A beautiful and meaningful place, Jill. So much of nature's splendor in one place! And you look smart in your casual blacks, xox-Patti

    • Jill James
      May 16, 2018 / 3:40 am

      Many thanks Patti , your words describe my happy place perfectly.

  2. Janice C
    May 15, 2018 / 9:11 pm

    It is a lovely spot Jill and you always look great.

    • Jill James
      May 16, 2018 / 3:55 am

      Thank you Janice , it is indeed a lovely spot well worth a visit if you ever are in this neck of the woods.

  3. Tiina L
    May 16, 2018 / 9:35 am

    What a stunning place! And your ’casual’ look is very cool and stylish.

    • Jill James
      May 17, 2018 / 10:03 am

      Thank you Tiina, this my idea of casual just right for a walk in one of my favourite spots.

  4. Tine Jensen
    May 16, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Your spot has an Asian serenity to it that suits your style so well. If I lived anywhere near, it would certainly be my preferred place too.

    • Jill James
      May 17, 2018 / 10:06 am

      Thank you Tine I am so pleased you enjoyed my visit to share my happy place.

  5. Vix
    May 16, 2018 / 2:13 pm

    What a beautiful spot, the muted tones are picture postcard perfect Autumn with that stunning peacock to sock you in the eye with colour.Your casual is a million times more stylish than most people's dressed up and I adore you for it. xxx

    • Jill James
      May 17, 2018 / 10:25 am

      Thanks so much Vix it is always at its best in Autumn. I do appreciate your kind comments on my casual.xx

  6. Emma Peach
    May 16, 2018 / 4:17 pm

    What a beautiful place! I love your trousers, such an unusual design. Fab sunglasses too!Emma

    • Jill James
      May 17, 2018 / 10:27 am

      Thank you Emma it is a beautiful spot. I have had my Moyuru pants for a few seasons, it was the unusual design that convinced me to buy them.

  7. Nancy's Fashion Style
    May 16, 2018 / 5:45 pm

    What a wonderfull photo that last one! A place by water is always magnificient!

    • Jill James
      May 17, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Many thanks Nancy , I totally agree that anywhere by the water is the best.

  8. elle the Elle Diaries
    May 18, 2018 / 11:49 pm

    Your outfit is very sophisticated and I really love the monochromatic look with your fresh assessories . Your happy place is quite beautiful . It’s not at all selfish to want to have it to yourself. The Vista is so calming and I really enjoyed this post. Oh, and that peacock !! Have a happy weekend ahead! ❤️❤️❤️Elle

    • Jill James
      May 21, 2018 / 5:02 am

      Many thanks Elle , a monochromatic look is always a favourite with me. Glad you enjoyed a peek at my happy place .

  9. Jessica Jannenga
    May 20, 2018 / 5:03 pm

    Hi Jill!You always look so stylish in all black! its the details that make the outfit. What a beauitful place to walk and contemplate. My happy place is usually the woods, as I find it a place of calm and relaxation. Great picture of the stunning peacock!thanks for linking!jess

    • Jill James
      May 21, 2018 / 5:04 am

      Thank you Jess , you know me always enjoy all black.It is a beautiful place and we are so lucky to have this special place close by. Always my pleasure to join Turning Heads Tuesday.

  10. Natalia Lialina
    May 21, 2018 / 6:03 pm

    What a beautiful part of the world you live in, dear Jill! This place is gorgeous – and so meaningful to you throughout life, no wonder you turned to it when you were in need for healing… I also have happy places just outside my door – in fact, every time I come back from a trip, even if it's a day trip nearby, I feel so incredibly happy to call this place my home!I love the photo of you with orange leaves on the foreground – they correspond with your hair so beautifully! Your outfit is stylish and edgy – love it!

    • Jill James
      May 22, 2018 / 7:07 am

      Thank you dear Natalia, you can see why I really enjoy my walks here. You do have some lovely spots in your part of the world, I can see why you enjoy coming home.

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