Hello everyone. Winter here seems to be dragging more than usual for me. I cope well with cold, crisp and sunny days but they have been few and far between this year replaced with endless rain resulting in dark and dreary days.
The rain eased for a time yesterday and John and I enjoyed a country drive to admire the bright colours of the wattle trees stopping to take a few photos along the way.
The vibrant yellow of the wattle provided the perfect backdrop to show my new orange felt beret that had arrived while I was enjoying a catch up with my friend Janet at a local coffee shop.
There is a bit of a story attached to the beret. The beret made in the U.S. by talented felt artist , Juliane of Felt Happiness, was originally made for a friend of my friend Elizabeth from Brisbane who stayed with me recently. When Elizabeth was here I admired the beret she was wearing and enquired as to how to order something similar. It turned out that Elizabeth had ordered one for her friend that was made and posted but seemed lost in transit and another was made and dispatched . Not too long after the second one arrived so did the first and this one is now mine.
I love it , so clever and a piece of wearable art . Juliane calls this one Seed Pod and yes the unusual piece on the top does remind me of seed pods. I will have some fun styling this with items in my wardrobe.
Today I simply styled it with my Black Moyuru jacket and cream Moyuru pants , adding cream Hispanitas boots, orange leather gloves and orange and pink felt flower pins and Karen Walker sunnies.
On the garden front I am slowly pruning the roses in between the rain showers . There are now some early signs of Spring with the hellebores, camellias and jonquils .
Joining Jess at Elegantly Dressed and Stylish , Gail at This is Mutton for Wow on Wednesday and Nancy for Fancy Friday.
Well it’s summer here but it is cold and rainy too! Gosh I hate that. The baret is really a piece of art! Very unique and it looks terrific on your head!
Thanks so much Nancy , I am so pleased with the beret , it will be fun styling it. Sorry to hear about your Summer weather . I know you are a warm weather girl.
What a striking beret! I had never heard of the wattle tree but I love those pretty yellow blooms.
Thank you so much Mirielle , I am so pleased to be the new owner of the wonderful beret.
It might be Summer here, but we’ve been faced with endlessly rainy days as well, so I can all too well imagine it being worse in Winter, when the days are short and dark.
But what a sight for sore eyes that vibrant yellow wattle is! The perfect backdrop for your outfit, and that magnificent beret in particular! xxx
Thank you Ann , I was so pleased with the beret and feel very lucky to now call it mine. I always look forward to the flowering of the wattles as it signals the arrival of Spring days. I do feel for you with your rainy Summer days . We wait for a warm and sunny Summer and feel let down when Mother Nature lets us down. xx
Hello Gill! You’re right, that wonderful felted beret looks incredible against the vibrant yellow of the wattle! xxx
Thanks Vix , some things are meant to be, this was one of them.
It looks like a seed pod from the back, very good name! Such a distinctive piece, looks very designer. Love seeing your early signs of spring. We’re in high summer now and my garden looks a bit stressed after all the extremes of weather. Very hot last week, rain and flooding at the weekend, high winds on the way.
Thank you Gail , I too thought it was aptly named with its clever details. Very early signs of Spring , possibly due to a milder but wet Winter. Sorry to hear that your lovely garden has taken a bit of a battering.
Oh wow, what a hat, love the colour and absolutely love the shape. I’d wear something like that – you are such a role model 🙂
It’s summer here but it’s quite grey and trying to rain at the moment, our hot weather has gone! Love the photos of the garden.
Thank you so much for your lovely compliment Penny . I feel very lucky to now call this special hat mine.
I had seen that Summer seems to have left the UK for the time being, hopefully it will return soon.
Oh no! Cold and dreary! I will send some sun your way!
I love learning about flowers when I come to your blog, as I am a novice! My mom loves Hellibores!
Ilove the punches of color with your accessories and flowers on your jacket. The orange beret has a great story behind it and it is a work of art! You do have a fab hat collection!
thanks for linking Jill!
Thank you so much Jess , your sun would be most welcome. I do remember that your mom was a keen gardener.
I was happy with the colours of both the pins and my new beret. Always my pleasure to join your link up.