Winter Layers and Painted Poles

 Winter is fast approaching here, the perfect opportunity to don my Winter layers and revisit Lilydale, a pretty little town that in recent times has attracted craftspeople and artists. The town has now become known as the ‘Home of the Painted Poles’ as many of the towns telegraph poles have been painted by 30 local volunteers and artists. The murals on the poles depict local scenes and people involved in the towns history.

 I know for many Winter is not a favourite but I quite enjoy our Winters and the chance to revisit my collection of coats, scarves, boots, gloves and hats. The fact that our Winter is relatively mild , with daytime temperatures rarely below 10C, most definately helps.

 I had noticed the poles above on my last drive through Lilydale. Which was in fact only yesterday on an MG Car Club run . We were passing through on our way to Bridport were we had a very enjoyable lunch . Back to the poles , they are in fact an ANZAC Memorial , recently unveiled in time for ANZAC Day on April 25th. On several of the poles are photographs and information about local soldiers who died in WW1. Imagine my surprise to find a photo and details of my great uncle Frank Barlow , who was killed in battle at Gallipoli in Turkey in 1915.

 Continuing on the local artist theme is this ceramic wall plaque featuring Tasmanian flora and fauna.In fact peeking out from behind my shoulder is the Thylacine or Tasmanian Tiger ,sadly now considered extinct.

Today’s outfit is a mixture of pieces from my wardrobe and new to me vintage. The starting point was a black Moyuru dress and black knit , topped by a sort of coat by Style Butler with chain and fur edging, it is a wool mix with mottled colours in creams and black.Brown pointy toe boots by Lloyd , leopard print and leather gloves , a furry vintage scarf and a vintage hat are the finishing touches.I found this vintage hat in Melbourne last October and have been itching to wear it. It is a wonderful felt with bronze shiny bits and the label is Lit Bros, Philladelphia.

Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday,Nancy for Fancy Friday Linkup.



  1. notdeadyetstyle
    May 21, 2018 / 1:02 pm

    Love everything about this cold-weather look, Jill. the gloves are the perfect pop! xox-Patti

    • Jill James
      May 22, 2018 / 7:13 am

      Thank you so much Patti , Winter dressing is always easy for me.

  2. Natalia Lialina
    May 21, 2018 / 5:56 pm

    You look like art yourself, dearest Jill! I love this coat (new to me!), and all the details of your beautiful outfit are just amazing! How wonderful to find the photo and info on your great uncle!! I love this pretty town with street art – just my cup of tea!<3

    • Jill James
      May 22, 2018 / 7:16 am

      Thank you for your kind words Natalia . I have had this coat for a few Winters now but I think it has only made one blog appearance.Finding the photo was quite a surprise even though I did know the history.

  3. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    May 22, 2018 / 7:19 am

    Goodness – how amazing to find your Great Uncle! Beautifully chic outfit and very interesting post, thanks xx

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2018 / 9:34 am

      Thank you so much , glad you enjoyed the post. It was quite a surprise to come across the photo.

  4. dan
    May 23, 2018 / 5:52 am

    I think that every season has some unique beauty which a sensitive eye, can catch and you definitely have it, Jill!In cold seasons is nice experiment new mix and match, I like it too … and I love knowing about your part of the world, so far and interesting!!

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2018 / 9:42 am

      Thank you Dan , I am so pleased you enjoy knowing about my part of the world .It is a pity we are so far away. I do love playing with different layers and textures in Winter. So pleased to see you back blogging.xx

    • dan
      May 23, 2018 / 11:29 am

      we are very far but if you decide to visit Italy I will be very happy to have you as a guest!!

    • Jill James
      May 27, 2018 / 7:36 am

      Thank you Dan you never know , I do hope to re visit Italy one day.

  5. Tiina L
    May 23, 2018 / 6:49 am

    You look fabulous, as always. And finding that piece of family history, what a wonderful surprise!And this very special street art, painting the poles is such a great idea! Do you know if they repaint them as the paint wears off? I mean, do they recruit new artists to paint over the old art work? I always wonder about that when it comes to really great graffiti: it does wear off eventually, and then it's often just painted over, and I find it sad in a way.

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2018 / 9:45 am

      Many thanks Tiina , finding the piece of family history was indeed a surprise.I must admit to not being sure about the art on the poles as it fades.I do hope it is kept in good condition for as long as possible .

  6. Vix
    May 23, 2018 / 7:08 am

    I love your winter attire, made all the more fabulous with the leopard print gloves and super cool sunnies.How wonderful to find those details of your great (and very brave) uncle Frank on display. What a fantastic photo opportunity those poles at Lilydale were, your MG club chose a spectacular spot for a drive through. xxx

    • Jill James
      May 23, 2018 / 9:48 am

      Thanks so much Vix , I do enjoy my Winter layers. Lilydale is an interesting little town and it was good of the MG car club to drive through and plant the seed for a photo visit. xx

  7. Jessica Jannenga
    May 23, 2018 / 3:28 pm

    I just bought some new prescription sunglasses, so yours obviously caught my eye. Fab!! The artworkk is so interesting. I love to hear of local artwork and history. You are keeping warm in style! What a beautiful coat :-)jess

    • Jill James
      May 27, 2018 / 7:38 am

      I do like my sunglasses , my eyes are very sensitive to light these days.It is an interesting town for its art and history.Many thanks Jess. xx

  8. Penny Kocher
    May 24, 2018 / 3:30 pm

    Those colours on you are gorgeous – great outfit and colour co-ordination. So it's cooler now where you are, it's just about warming up here! Lovely skirt as usual. Interesting to hear about your uncle and the way he's remembered. So interesting.

    • Jill James
      May 27, 2018 / 7:41 am

      Thank you Penny , I have always like these colours and Winter dressing is a favourite. It is late Autumn here and the days are cooling although we have enjoyed a mild season.

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