Orange, Accessories and a Gold Mine

Orange happens to be one of my favourite colours so when I found this fluffy jumper by M.Dainty back in Autumn I knew it had to be mine. Today it was the perfect base to showcase black and white accessories, black and white herringbone wool gloves, off white sunnies, black and white geometric earrings that I found a couple of years ago in Melbourne and this striking necklace by Christina Brampti that I found in Hobart with the intention on saving it for Summer . My thinking was that it would work with my black and white Summer pieces but as Summer is still a way away today was the day and I rather liked it against the orange. A little black hat and silver Neo boots complete the accessories.

I paired the orange jumper with my old faithful black Moyuru skirt. I never tire of wearing this skirt and to me this is as it should be , buy items you love and wear on repeat, ringing the changes by adding different pieces and accessories.

Today’s photos were taken at Beaconsfield , a town about a half hour drive from home, and this is where the gold mine comes in.

Gold mining commenced here in 1877 and at the peak of the gold rush 700 men were employed in the gold mine and 26 tonne of gold was recovered. The mine closed in 1914 due to regular flooding of the shafts . Over the years work was continued to make the mine feasible again and mining operations were recommenced in 1999.

The mine became the focus of our news broadcasts on April 26th., 2006 when a minor earthquake triggered an underground rock fall . There 17 miners underground at the time , 14 managed to escape, 1 sadly was killed and two miners were trapped. The two miners were rescued safe and sound on May 9th., two weeks after the being trapped underground. The mine reopened after investigation but closed in 2012 , citing falling gold prices and increasing costs.

In a park opposite the mine buildings a few local buildings of historical interest have been relocated, this is the old school house dating from the late 1800’s. It was closed and we could only peek through the windows at the desks, blackboard and old organ and imagine what lessons there were like.

This tiny building was a general store and is chocked full of wares that would have been sold at the time.

Joining Patti for visible Monday, Mica for Weekday Link Up, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday Link Up.



  1. August 20, 2019 / 3:14 am

    I love that you are from Australia as oh so many years ago (about 70) I had an Australian pen pal named Rosemary Pallard. I still remember her address: 362 Mount Albert Road, Mount Albert, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Gee, you wouldn’t happen to know her, would you? Nowadays the internet has replaced pen pals, but the memory lingers on. I’m happy to make your acquaintance and am looking forward to seeing your posts.

    • grownupglamour
      August 21, 2019 / 6:59 am

      Thank you so much Michelle , like you I had penpals in my younger days. Mine was in Washington state, U>S> but I have no idea of an address. I am most impressed that you remember the address after all this time. I tend to think of blogging as a modern type of pen pals. Glad to meet you Michelle.

  2. August 20, 2019 / 11:35 am

    First the gold mine looks interesting, but it also has a lot of history.You wouldn’t say that it was in use not to long ago. And again you are wearing these fantastic gloves! And that necklace, oh oh oh so beautiful! Orange looks good on you btw!

    • grownupglamour
      August 21, 2019 / 6:42 am

      Many thanks Nancy , it was interesting to learn more about the gold mine. You know me and my gloves , this pair is very warm too. I am very pleased with the necklace and how it worked against the orange.

    • grownupglamour
      August 21, 2019 / 6:38 am

      Thank you so much Grace , I do enjoy wearing orange, it certainly is a fun colour and brightens a Winter day.

  3. August 20, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    What a fascinating place Beaconsfield is. I’ve read a few historical novels set during the Australian gold rush, it’s fascinating to see what a gold mining town would have looked like. The schoolhouse is tiny.
    You look so good in orange, the necklace is utterly wonderful and I love the metallic boots. xxx

    • grownupglamour
      August 21, 2019 / 6:37 am

      The gold rush certainly was an interesting time in Australian history with sleepy hamlets becoming busy towns almost overnight. Our visit to Victoria earlier in the year also involved some of the gold mining districts.
      Thank you Vix, I do rather like wearing orange and it was the perfect background for the necklace.

  4. August 20, 2019 / 10:50 pm

    What a fab jumper! I love the pop of colour it gives with the black and you have accessorised it so brilliantly as always!

    it looks like a fun day of exploring at the mine too! 🙂

    Hope that your week is going well 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      August 21, 2019 / 6:32 am

      Thank you Mica , sometimes all you need in Winter is a bright fluffy jumper. It was a fun day and we learned something too, always a bonus. enjoy your week and many thanks for hosting.

  5. August 21, 2019 / 4:46 pm

    Those were the days…………

    • grownupglamour
      August 26, 2019 / 9:20 am

      Orange is always such a vibrant colour , I do enjoy wearing it Summer or Winter. I did see your fabulous orange kaftan , so good.

    • grownupglamour
      August 29, 2019 / 10:34 pm

      Many thanks Emma, nothing like a bright orange jumper on a dull Winter day.

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