You really know Spring has well and truly arrived when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom. This rather spectacular stand of trees is at Deloraine, a town about half an hour from home.
The trees were presented to the town by Richiro Shiratori , the president of Shiratori Flour Mills in Japan as celebration of the bond his company has with the town. Buckwheat from the Deloraine area is milled in Japan. The variety of flowering cherries is Yoshimo and was chosen as it flowered at the same time as the Deloraine buckwheat was being processed in Japan.
Seeing the cherries took me back to our visit to Japan in 2017 when we were fortunate enough to witness Cherry Blossom time in Tokyo. I had read how important an event this was but to witness it first hand was truly an experience I will never forget. The celebration of Mother Nature is an important part of Japanese culture and is celebrated by all generations. One day I hope to return to see Japan in all her Autumn colours.
John walking along the banks of the Meander River framed by the cherry blossoms. I will admit to rather liking this shot, not perfectly sharp and a little arty just the way I like it. Below is another river view.
Dotted along the river side are several art works , including these large balls , each with mention of local moments in history. They also make excellent leaning posts to show my orange gloves and straw boater against the black top. You may notice I am sporting a rather short fringe(bangs) , not entirely intended. Lesson here do not trim your fringe late at night with tired eyes. That said I quite like it and it will grow anyway in a couple of weeks.
This corten steel arch is titled Camber and is another installation on the Sculpture Trail.
On our walk back to the car I made new friends. These ducks raced out of the river and I was quickly surrounded, quite sure they were hoping for food but they were sadly disappointed .
Now to today’s outfit , I will admit the pants are a new addition , I came across these wide leg black floral satin pants from New Zealand in a small local store, Miss Nicola and fell in love. They met all my criteria for a new purchase , supporting a small local business, not fast fashion , will work with most things I own and I will wear them forever. It is still a little cool here so I light knit from Paule Ka , an oldie but a goodie, was perfect for today but they will work with a tee or shirt or light jacket as the weather warms .
The finishing touches included my straw boater , orange gloves from Paris in 2016, thrift shop earrings, black Fendi sunnies and a vintage hot pink Charles Jourdan bag and silver boots.
Joining Patti for Visible Monday, Mica for Weekday Wear Link Up, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, Nancy for Fancy Friday .