Monday, 30 June 2014

Faery Outfit

Bark-like jumper: Secondhand

I am still behind on all my outfit posts, this is from around the 16th of June!

Sunday, 29 June 2014

10th Anniversary Party

On the 21st of June my partner Jon and I had a party at the Botanical Gardens to celebrate our 10 year anniversary. We have been dating since High School.

Me and Jon

With my friend Fiona at the Botanical Gardens

An ibis called "009" sneaking up on Fiona


Desiree, Alex, me, Jon and Alexis.

Birds on a sculpture

Sam, Desiree, Deepak, Jon, me, Alex and Alexis.

A sailing ship on the harbour.

Ibises: 009, 029 and one with no name tag.

"For me?"

I found the satyr sculpture of Joe Lych (from the Kenneth Slessor poem)

Candle on the table at Opera Kitchen

Soy hot chocolate with bear face.

Friday, 27 June 2014

Wombat Friday: Introducing Gabriel

I would like to introduce you to my new little friend, Gabriel, named, of course, after Dante Gabriel Rossetti, who loved exotic animals including his pet wombat.

 An explanation of Wombat Friday on Pre-Raphaelite Sisterhood

Look at that little face! He looks a bit cheeky and a little reminiscent of Oliver Reed in Dante's Inferno.

Sometimes he needs reading glasses.

He likes Steampunk too.

And sleeping.

Of course he loves Pre-Raphaelite art.

And The Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, the sister of his namesake.

I am very excited to finally be able to participate in Wombat Friday!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns

As a kid, there were a few Hallmark movies that really inspired me. This was one of them.

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns features a whole range of fairytale creatures and archetypes:



The Dullahan. On his fire breathing horse with a whip made of a spine, no less. And the day goes grey when he appears.

He carries his own head.




Banshees, (although the character of The Grand Banshee is very much changed from the original legends, she also shapeshifts into a bird, another fairytale staple.)

A man made of flame


Enchanted/cursed tree

It's mostly just a good piece of entertainment with nice costumes and a cute storyline based loosely on Romeo and Juliet. The magic is exciting but not too scary, which is good for children. At 139 minutes it is a very long movie and might be best to watch in more than one sitting, it was originally presented on TV in a two part miniseries.

The Magical Legend of the Leprechauns is a good introduction for kids to the world of faerie and its wide range of creatures, while not being too adult. It also has views of beautiful Irish countryside and a lesson about preserving this beauty. It reminds us to take care of our faeries, and of nature.

Also recommended: Lost Girl has a great basis in myth and mythical creatures too, but it is not recommended for children.

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Tea at Hatters

On the 20th I went to see Grace of Monaco with Grandma and Liz and had tea at Hatters Tea House afterwards

Granny's Garden tea (raspberry, fruit pieces and rhubarb)

Key birds

Teapot and saucer birds

Rose and pistachio shortbread
Lavender and white chocolate macaron

Pretty  saucer

Deer pendant from Hatters

Chocolate we ate while watching Grace of Monaco

Japanese Maple in the rain. I love the colours!