Firstly , an apology for the absence of last weeks post due to a couple of things , a bout of the dreaded Winter lurgy and ten days of relief work in a local card and giftware shop. The timing of the Winter lurgy could not have been worse but I had a commitment to keep and I was working with a dear friend in a not too stressful environment with very understanding customers, particularly important as I lost my voice at one stage.
Anyway onto more pleasant happenings and a drive in a sports car on a beautiful Winter’s day .
Campbell Town is one of those places we have driven through countless times , maybe stopping for coffee and a loo break , but never really taking the time to explore properly. It is situated on our states main highway halfway between my home town and Hobart , our capital city, so you are either in a hurry to get to Hobart or going home. After a car club run here about 6 weeks ago we decided an explore was long overdue.
The Foxhunters Return is a fine example of a Georgian coaching inn , built in 1840 , providing shelter and refreshments to many weary travellers in earlier times. It is now a private residence with an excellent bookshop housed in the cellars.
Now to the Animale suit , an unexpected find in what can only be described as a collectors paradise or a junk shop depending on your perspective , back in May. It was Mothers Day and my sister and I were returning home after our ritual of taking flowers to remember our mother and grandmother when we came across the store in what was the old hotel. After a quick peek at the various books and general wares my eye was drawn to a couple of racks of clothing. I very soon discovered this gem , which fortunately happened to be my size and as it cost a whole $4.00 it just had to come home.
Animale is a French designed label , made in Indonesia, that I knew from when it was stocked by a local boutique (that sadly is no longer). I had always admired their designs and attention to detail.
The pockets and buttons on the jacket and the added detail on the skirt make the suit far from dull, although I am not really a suit girl I rather like this one and its Edwardian vibe.
Back to playing tourist , the Red Bridge was convict built in 1838 and is the oldest surviving brick arch bridge in Australia, as well as being the oldest bridge on the National Highway.
These tree carvings , done by a local craftsman , depict themes relating to the local area. It was good to finally seeing these closer after driving past them so many times.
Today’s finishing touches include my favourite Helen Kaminski hat, black and white leather gloves purchased at a Paris glove shop last trip , a felt flower pin and Chanel sunnies.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Fashion Friday Linkup.