Where Does The Time Go?

 Do you ever find yourself asking the question – where did that time go? . I know I certainly do and even more so as the years flash by. Tomorrow , September 11th., is my 42nd wedding anniversary and I have really no idea where those years have gone.

 It really does seem like yesterday that John and I were this young couple walking down the aisle about to begin our life together.
You can tell it was in the 70’s , my gown was a magnolia coloured satin and John’ s suit was brown velvet worn with a cream satin shirt with the pointiest collar. I still have no idea what possessed me
to have my hair permed- it was a shocker. My bridesmaids wore apricot satin and the men also wore brown velvet with apricot shirts and brown ties.
We were married in our local Uniting church(mainly to please my mother) and our reception was held at a nearby wedding reception centre.

 I met John at a twenty first birthday party for a girl I was working with at the time, he was the drummer in the band playing. We met in November 1973 , the photo above was taken at a dinner , not sure of the details now but it may have been a Kodak Christmas function.
John was a little older than me, drove an MGB sports car,  had a university degree and was so much more sophisticated than my former boyfriends. Needless to say I was smitten.

 Revisting the site of our first date, the Batman Bridge. John collected me in his MG and after a leisurely drive we stopped here for a picnic by the river. I still remember being very impressed when he produced a bottle of wine and wine glasses. I know how this sounds but I was a young, rather naive girl from a small town.

Our marriage , as all long marriages do, has had its share of joys and sadness . We have seen our sons grow into fine young men , had the joy of welcoming a beautiful daughter-in-law into our family and fairly soon we will have a little grandson to spoil.
We also endured the sadness of a brain tumour diagnosis for our little girl , India , followed by the heartache of her passing. We learned to accept that we all grieve in our own way and our memories hold a special place in our heart.

 John and I share a love of travel , discovering new places both in our state , mainland Australia and overseas. In fact this is one thing we bonded on from the start. At the time I was working two jobs to save for my first overseas trip, I waited a couple of years and we went together, touring Europe in a VW camper van, returning home overland via Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.
Our next overseas trip was to the U.S. , Mexico and Canada and back to the U.K. . I also went to South America , while John went skiing in both the U.S. and Canada and did an Outward Bound course in Colorado.
Maybe, this is the secret to our marriage’s longevity , shared interests as well as time doing our own thing.

Today’s outfit is a red leather Caroline Moore jacket over a bright print Nicola Waite top and a Moyuru skirt. Paired with red clipon earrings, red vintage cap, black and white Preen sunnies, navy patent leather and velvet shoes by Neo.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Judith at Style Crone for Hat Attack , Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fashion Friday Link Up.



  1. Tiina L
    September 10, 2018 / 4:24 pm

    What a beautiful story! And so sorry to hear about your daughter passing, I can't even imagine the horror that must have been.But such a long marriage is worth celebrating, I hope you're doing something special and enjoy every moment, looking fabulously stylish, of course!

    • Jill James
      September 11, 2018 / 8:02 am

      Thank you so very much Tiina . We did in fact enjoy a wonderful lunch at our favourite restaurant, one of the perks of retirement , the long lunch.

  2. Alli Duncan
    September 10, 2018 / 11:13 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing memories of your wedding and the wonderful photos. What a great match – wishing you both a very happy anniversary.Best wishes, Alli Canberra

    • Jill James
      September 11, 2018 / 8:04 am

      Thank you so much Alli for your good wishes on our anniversary. I am pleased you enjoyed my memories and photos.

  3. passion fruit, paws and peonies
    September 11, 2018 / 7:52 am

    Time is the weirdest thing. It can charge by or drag. The past can feel like another lifetime, yet at times it can feel like yesterday. Great outfit Jill – I want your hat! xx Maria

    • Jill James
      September 11, 2018 / 8:09 am

      Totally agree Maria, time is a funny thing, a wise observation. Glad you liked the outfit, the hat is a vintage buy. Many thanks for visiting.

  4. Vix
    September 11, 2018 / 4:58 pm

    Happy Anniversary to you and John. I loved reading your memories of your time together and would love to chat to you in real life about your Indian overland adventure.I'm so sorry to read about India's passing, the loss of your daughter must have been absolutely devastating. xxx

    • Jill James
      September 15, 2018 / 7:19 am

      Thank you Vix for your good wishes. Oh yes, I would love to sit down with you and chat about our travels, maybe one day.

  5. Jessica Jannenga
    September 12, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Where to start? First Happy Anniversary to you and your hubby friend! I enjoyed seeing the older photos and thought.. musician, fancy car, degree.. no wonder you took an interest! hehe. I used to like long haired musicians in my 20s! So sorry to hear about your daughter, it had to be a difficult time. I love your colorful outfit, and really don't know where the time has gone! You have the best glasses, and a wonderful jacket collection. thanks for linking!jess xxwww.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

    • Jill James
      September 15, 2018 / 7:24 am

      Thank you so much Jessica, so true there was something about long haired musicians that got my attention, the fancy car was an added bonus.I am enjoying embracing a bit of colour this Spring. My sunnies collection is a bit of a passion , as are the jackets. Always my pleasure to link up.

  6. Suzanne Carillo
    September 13, 2018 / 7:28 pm

    Happy Anniversary! That is something to be proud of! Your outfit is a bold statement of colour and joy. I totally understand being smitten with an older man at that age although my husband is actually younger than me I had several relationships with older men that were very exciting and enlightening. I'm sorry for the loss of your daughter. I'm sure you miss her dearly. Suzannehttp://www.suzannecarillo.com

    • Jill James
      September 15, 2018 / 7:27 am

      Thank you Suzanne for your kind comments. I am quite enjoying some colour this Spring and bold colour has always been my favourite.

  7. vaiybora
    October 14, 2018 / 2:40 am

    love dress and your style.หนังออนไลน์

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