Home Diaries

A month has passed since we returned home from our trip to Cuba. Some days it seems like yesterday we were enjoying the tropical sunshine while other days it seems like a distance memory.

The first 14 days were spent at home in quarantine with food drop offs by kind family and friends. The first days were spent unpacking , washing and sorting our travel clothes and for me downloading my Cuba photos. Also many phone calls to family and friends.

The weather was still mild and sunny so I was able to enjoy time in the garden .

After the quarantine period we were able to leave home for grocery shopping . I have discovered one advantage of being a senior in this troubling time . Our local supermarket has community hour for seniors every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7:00 – 8:00 a.m. , I have never shopped so early but it is worth it as there are hardly any other shoppers. We missed most of the panic buying and the empty supermarket shelves that followed and most days they are fairly well stocked here now.

I have been enjoying playing in the kitchen – even making bread one day and way too many cakes and desserts but this must stop for obvious reasons.

We also have been doing many long overdue projects in the house and garden. John has renewed both the rose walk gravel path and two circular gravel paths in our front garden.

Last weekend John painted the windows in our lounge room and this motivated me to thoroughly clean and redecorate the room . I have included a few of my favourite spots in the room.

This cupboard was made by my grandfather , a cabinet maker ,and was probably a sample showing his skills as it features a variety of woodwork . It was originally varnished but much to John’s horror I painted a few years ago. The delicate rose painting was a Christmas gift from my mother , it was painted by her friend’s husband , with super fine brushes , a bit different from his usual work as a car spray painter.

A small selection of my many gardening books , mostly acquired second hand or gifts .

The hand painted rose panel was a find at a market years ago , the battered wine cooler was a junk shop find bought for next to nothing and the two pewter tea pots were inherited from my late mother.

I have also had a re-organise and tidy up in my dressing room as its time to change from Spring/ Summer to Autumn/Winter.

I always start with hats and shoes that out of their season they reside in a top cupboard in the wardrobe in the bedroom. I will add that these are only the orphans that don’t have their own boxes.

On top of the ladder saying farewell to my Summer hats and rediscovering forgotten  Winter favourites.

Too many hats -never I say, these have been collected over many years from various sources , some retail, others recycled.

I found this little black hat a few years ago at a local second hand store , its perfect for this time of year.

I have also been enjoying afternoon walks with John and Raffy around our neighbourhood.

Being at home I seem to alternate days of dressing for comfort and little or no make up and making an effort and dressing up and playing with make up. I know which makes me feel best.

This was the first outing ( at home) for these black and white earrings that I found in Havana, Cuba. Today’s other accessories are Gucci sunnies, Jianlondon neck piece and black and white bangles.

In my Autumn garden wearing Moyuru skirt and Rundholz jacket and Neo shoes.


I do hope everyone is well and coping with staying at home , stay safe.

Linking with Mica for Weekday wear, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday.



  1. April 21, 2020 / 6:35 am

    Wow what a hats! And how funny that a car spray painter does paint so delicatly for a hobby. I love your skirt. And I love the peek in your interiour!

    • grownupglamour
      April 22, 2020 / 6:53 am

      Many thanks Nancy, as you can tell I do love my hats. I know it is quite a switch from cars to delicate roses. Glad you enjoyed a peek at my home.

  2. April 21, 2020 / 8:51 am

    You look spectacular, Jill! Loving the gingham and that wonderful neckpiece. Raffy makes the best accessory!

    I really enjoyed the tour of your beautiful home. Your grandfather’s cabinet is stunning, I think your paint job really highlights the detail in the carving. The painting above is delicate and lovely, fancy the artist spray painting cars for a living. Love your Mum’s pewter teapots and that photo of you packing away your Summery hats (I long to give mine an outing!)

    Please can we see more of your garden?

    Stay safe! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      April 22, 2020 / 6:51 am

      Many thanks Vix , this gingham skirt is a favourite . I found the neckpiece on sale at a local store last year and knew it had to be mine.
      Glad you enjoyed the house tour , its a good time for those things I have been meaning to do for ages. I thought the same about the cabinet after I painted .
      I hope you get to wear your Summer hats soon.

  3. April 21, 2020 / 2:26 pm

    That room sure has some beautiful pieces. I do love the cabinet painted in white! I am glad you are able to enjoy the outdoors: I think it is so important as our outings are limited to get fresh air and some sunshine as much as possible.

    • grownupglamour
      April 22, 2020 / 6:44 am

      Thank you Mirielle , it was good to get reacquainted with some of my pieces that I have collected over many years. I totally agree about the importance of outside exercise during our isolations. Take care.

  4. April 26, 2020 / 3:23 pm

    HI Jill!
    I really enjoyed the tour around! The cabinet by your grandfather is so beautiful! I love the woodworking design. Your garden is so pretty as well! We have had some storms here and my roses are taking a beating! I love your choice of hats and your accessories are just perfect with the look. I do like how you displayed your bags and jewelry a. And good to see little Raffy xx
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • grownupglamour
      April 28, 2020 / 3:22 am

      Thank you Jess , so glad you enjoyed the tour. I am pleased to own my grandfathers cabinet , especially as I didn,t know him.
      I has seen on TV about the storms , I hope has eased and your poor roses will recover.
      Hope all is well, always my pleasure to join your link up.

    • grownupglamour
      April 28, 2020 / 3:19 am

      Thank you so much Regine.

  5. April 27, 2020 / 9:01 pm

    I’m glad you were able to have an easy quarantine with the help of friends and family! 🙂 It’s good you could be productive and play in your wardrobe too – I don’t get a lot of time to do that with kids but when I did get some rare moments of time to setup a little bit more of my wardrobe room I really liked that productive time surrounded by clothes and bags! 🙂

    I love the black and white outfit too, that statement necklace is so fun! 🙂

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! The new link up is live on my blog now, I’d love you to join again.

    Hope your week is off to a good start 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      April 28, 2020 / 3:18 am

      Many thanks Mica , I always enjoy wearing black and white and yes the necklace is a fun piece. I am still in the process of sorting my Winter clothing. I can fully understand your lack of time with your little people. I hope your week is also good one.

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