Gingham and Red – A Nod to Spring

Hello my friends I hope this finds every  one well  and making the most of every day.

Over the last few days there has been a hint of Spring in the air with a few mild days and my garden once again coming back to life. John and I were going out to lunch at a new Asian fusion restaurant Monsoon so as a nod to warmer days I wore my black and white gingham Moyuru skirt teamed with a red wool vest that I have worn for many a Winter , a black knit  and my red Trippen boots.


Paired with the skirt I wore my Ms Edgeley velvet black and white turban that I purchased back in May and is becoming a firm favourite. Alice Edgeley is a talented designer and costume maker based in Fitzroy in Melbourne and I had admired her work for quite some time and had peered in her windows on previous Melbourne trips. I am glad I did as I am not going anywhere soon , our island’s state borders are now closed until early December . I do understand the reasons behind the decision taken by the state government to protect our community after the recent covid outbreak in Victoria. Fortunately the harsh measures in Victoria seem to be working as the numbers of infections are now decreasing.



I have several varieties of camellias in the garden but this bright pink reticulata would be one of my favourites. The plant behind me is a flowering currant.

Early days but the bush is covered in blooms so will be quite  sight over the next couple of weeks.



Unfortunately as the flowers are emerging after their Winter hiatus so are the many weeds that share the garden, the green path I am standing on is an area needing attention , there are paving stones hidden under there, a project for the warmer months to add a gravel path to the stone seat under the rose arch.

I also have plans to re-do parts of the garden to make it easier to manage over the coming years .

If funds permitted I would be a lady gardener admiring and picking the flowers and planning its display and have someone else doing all the heavy lifting. As this is no way reality a change is needed.






Raffy came out to join us in the garden while we took the photos. A good sign as he hadn’t be himself since Sunday. A trip to the vet early on Monday didn’t give a conclusive answer but the vet felt he was tender in his lower back so he was given an anti-inflammatory shot and sent home with medications for four days.

Raffy is pictured here amongst the grape hyacinth , jonquils and emerging lupins.He is slowly improving but still not his usual boisterous self. Having had the odd back problem myself I know full well this takes time so we will see by the end of the week if there is a marked change if not back to the vet for further tests.

It has been a good year for the hellebores , I have lost the name of this one but it is an unusual pale lemon and a prolific bloomer. As I wander around the garden I see my love of collections of things is also evident here too, be it hellebores , roses , oriental poppies or bulbs.

Blending with the French doors and a peek at the red table and chairs in the kitchen . The tub next to me is planted with hyacinths in many hues, I am looking forward to seeing these in flower and enjoying their scents.

Joining Mica for Weekday Wear, Jess for Turning Heads Tuesday, Nancy for Fancy Friday and Jacqui for Chic and Stylish.





  1. August 19, 2020 / 5:59 am

    We are slowly nearing fall here, so here all things colorful are blooming out in the garden.. We had a restriction of the rules as the numbers increase again here. But still no need to wear masks in shops and groceries stores??? Idiots… Sorry. You look wonderful in gingham and red. For me that is a classic combination as I remember my grandmother wearing it in the 70s. Very elegant.

    • grownupglamour
      August 22, 2020 / 8:42 am

      Many thanks Nancy , so true gingham and red is one of those classic combinations. It does seem strange that masks aren’t worn in shops or grocery stores where you are . I think you are right. Take care. xx

  2. August 19, 2020 / 9:17 am

    What an iconic look that is. Love the red and as for that skirt…. Amazing and rather wonderful. I hope Raffy’s health improves. Take care 🙂

    • grownupglamour
      August 22, 2020 / 8:38 am

      Thanks so much Penny , black, white and red has always been a favourite. Fortunately Raffy seems to be back to his old self. xxx

  3. August 19, 2020 / 5:36 pm

    How exciting that Spring is in the air for you. I really love watching the garden come to life in Spring! Your black and white gingham skirt is fabulous, and I’m loving the added pops of red. Those boots are truly amazing, and I’m swooning over that turban. I think it’s very wise that your borders have been closed. People tend to be so careless, so I think this might be the only way. Antwerp – where I live – has been a Covid hot-spot for a while, but thankfully cases are going down now. I hope Raffy is back to his old self soon! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      August 22, 2020 / 8:34 am

      Many thanks Ann , I am the same seeing the garden come back to life is always a treat. Red with black and white is a favourite of mine.Glad to hear that Covid cases are going down in Antwerp, that must be relief. Raffy seems to be pretty back to normal fortunately. xx

  4. August 20, 2020 / 5:59 pm

    Awww, lovely Raffy! I hope he’s feeling okay and his back pain is easing off. Aren’t our pets a worry?
    I’m absolutely loving the red on you, the boots are fabulous and the turban was a brilliant investment. Your garden is looking spectacular. Have you seen Monty Don’s Around The World in 80 Gardens? It’s a few years old but I think you’d love it. He visited some rather lovely gardens in Australia including those of the late Elizabeth Murdoch (mother to the odious Rupert) xxx

    • grownupglamour
      August 22, 2020 / 8:01 am

      So true Vix are pets are such a worry sometimes, fortunately Raffy seems to be back to his old self, so maybe just a slight strain.
      I do like to red especially with black and white. I am so pleased I lashed out on the turbans and know I will wear them lots.
      Thanks for the tip on Monty Don’s Around the World in 80 gardens, I will try to find it. I saw a programme recently on the late Dame Elizabeth’s garden , it is now open to the public so on my visit list some time. xx

  5. August 24, 2020 / 6:58 am

    Love the red and black together and I like the proportions of this outfit too! It is a shame how Victoria are on restrictions again but I hope it helps and saves lives. We have had another outbreak here too so they rushed to put in new restrictions on the weekend. We can still get out and about for the time being though!

    Fingers crossed your adorable little dog feels better soon!

    Thank you for joining the #weekdaywearlinkup! Hope that you had a lovely weekend 🙂 We managed to attend two birthday parties, even though the new restrictions made things a little different!

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