A Spotty Day Out

Hello friends, hope all is well in your corner of the world.

Last Tuesday John and I travelled down to Hobart to see the new Pedro Almodovar film , Parallel Mothers , at the State Cinema. The film did not disappoint and for fans of the Spanish director I would certainly recommend the film. The State Cinema is a favourite of ours as it shows films not usually available in the more mainstream cinemas. It has several small cinemas , with limited seating , so perfect in Covid times. In fact there were only three of us for this showing, maybe the fact that the film was in Spanish with sub titles put people off or maybe it is Covid hesitancy I’m not sure but we enjoyed it and I spoke with our fellow viewer who also loved it.

After the film and a coffee we set off for another of my favourite places to visit the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, the second oldest in Australia.

Posing on the red bridge in the Japanese garden in my double spots, pants from Alembika , swing coat from Calico , red shoes Fly London , orange bag , sunnies , bangles and earrings.

The Japanese garden was designed by Kanjiro Harada , a Japanese landscape architect from Hobart’s sister city Yaizu , Japan. The garden is lovely in all seasons , must remember to come back in Autumn to enjoy the colours.

After visiting Japan in 2017 in Spring ( cherry blossom season) we planned to revisit again in Autumn to enjoy the brilliant colours of the deciduous trees. Obviously , due to you know what, that hasn’t yet happened but we are planning with fingers crossed to make it happen later this year.

This area of the gardens known as Pete’s Patch , is a productive fully organic veggie garden . The garden was made famous by its namesake , the late Peter Cundell , host of Gardening Australia for many years . The garden has featured in many segments of the show over many years.

We loved the sign and hopefully visitors will take note and leave the produce to be distributed to those in need in our community.

The original caretakers cottage , complete with bronze gardener, at the entrance to the gardens.

No visit is complete for me unless I check out the roses in the mixed border. Of course I did have to stop and smell the roses , this one was Grus an Aachen and its lovely , maybe one for my garden.

I was asked recently what was my happy place beach , forests or mountains and as much as I do enjoy them a garden really is my truly happy place .

Which is your truly happy place?.

Till next time , stay safe, be happy.

Joining Gail at Is This Mutton and Nancy for Fancy Friday.



  1. Gurnhill
    February 3, 2022 / 4:53 am

    Thank you Jill, and photographer John. I have to say my happy place is in the Bush.

    • grownupglamour
      February 6, 2022 / 4:14 am

      Hello Cheryl and thank you for dropping by. As you know the bush is more John than me .

  2. February 3, 2022 / 8:14 am

    I think I adore English gardens the best, but Japanese ones are definitely on the second place. So clean and orderly. I like that a lot.

    • grownupglamour
      February 6, 2022 / 4:12 am

      I also have a soft spot for English gardens with their wide perrenial borders. Oh yes Japanese gardens are very clean and orderly but not in a boring way.

  3. February 3, 2022 / 6:05 pm

    Oh, how fabulous are the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens!
    Your outfit, too, obviously. The double spots are stunning and I’m loving the pops of red you added. And of course, you just had to pose on that wonderful red bridge! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      February 6, 2022 / 4:10 am

      Thank you so much Ann , the gardens are always a delight. Yes , you are right I did have to pose on the red bridge in my black and white spots.

  4. February 4, 2022 / 3:38 pm

    Hi Jill, you always wow me with your outfits! Sounds like a lovely outing and with sunshine even better. I have to admit that my happy place is sitting up in bed with my laptop. Doesn’t sound very exciting but I look forward to it every evening. But in summer, it’s my front porch in the sun with a cocktail. 😅

    • grownupglamour
      February 6, 2022 / 4:08 am

      Thank you so much Joni . We did have a lovely day and yes the weather was kind . I do like the sound of your happy place and a cocktail on the porch also would be a perfect.

  5. Ms. Mary
    February 4, 2022 / 5:01 pm

    I loved the pictures of this garden- thanks for taking us along! I too, always smell roses when I walk by. So many modern roses have had the smell bred out. So, when I see older roses, I do enjoy their aroma!

    I volunteer at a historical garden here and we also grow veggies, using the style of the original inhabitants (think wooden trellises, no plastic or metallic infrastructure). Rarely do we have guests take away the food that is grown. But, I like that sign…I may have to have some made. 🙂
    Hope you are enjoying the summer! <3

    • grownupglamour
      February 6, 2022 / 4:04 am

      Glad you enjoyed the garden Mary and I am glad I am not the only one who smells the roses. It would be so interesting volunteering at a historical garden . It has been a lovely Summer.

  6. February 6, 2022 / 7:56 am

    How wonderful to see the blossoms in Japan. Originally that was my ambition for my sabbatical last year, but Covid put paid to that. I would say gardens and beaches are my happy places. Loving your double spots. Thanks for linking!

    • grownupglamour
      February 16, 2022 / 5:00 am

      Always my pleasure to join your link up Gail. The cherry blossoms in Japan are spectacular I hope you do get to see them one day.

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    • grownupglamour
      February 16, 2022 / 4:58 am

      Thank you Elizabeth for your comment. We both share a love of gardens , be it our own or a public garden.

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