The wind in the trees

April 1, 2012 at 10:14 am 5 comments

Autumn is definitely my favourite time of year and the wind is well and truly rustling the leaves today in Brisbane! There’s only a couple of other tales to tell from last weekend’s Melbourne trip and one of them is autumn-related: I found this lovely large handkerchief in Bendigo featuring ladies out shopping. It’s big enough to wear as a scarf… although I’m still working out how to do that and best feature the design.

Autumn hankie

Here’s the detail of the lady whose umbrella has blown inside out while she was out scuffing in the leaves… Delightful!

Autumn hankie detail

In the heart of Melbourne we stopped by one of our favourite bookshops – Kay Craddock’s Antiquarian Bookshop in Collins Street. The shop is a real treasure trove and a special treat for owl lovers too, with all manner of owl figurines and trinkets perched along the bookshelves. I had to take a photo of their wonderful window display of children’s books. Interestingly, we also saw a few of these reprinted in paperback in another favourite Melbourne bookshop of ours called Metropolis.

Bookshop window

On our way to dinner one night in Chinatown we stumbled across this impressive two-storey piece of street art. Melbourne is known for fostering this type of work and there are whole alleyways of it waiting to be discovered in certain sectors of the city.

Street art in Chinatown Melbourne

If I hadn’t been so determined to be frugal, I would have come home with a green moustachioed McLaren owl. We came across a whole parliament of owls in Outre, a cool gallery in Elizabeth Street that sells pop and lowbrow art. Australian pottery artists Gus and Betty McLaren made a whole menagerie of Mid Century pieces that the now widowed Betty still makes from the original casts – have a look on the McLaren Pottery website for the whole range. A friend gave me a trumpet horse a few years ago and an owl would make good company for him… one day.

McLaren art

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Eagle-Eyed Editor  |  April 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Love these images! Especially the ladies-out-shopping handkerchief.

    Reply
  • 2. coldcomfortcrafts  |  April 2, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Since you are on such a steadfast economy drive, I’m sure you will stay strong:

    Reply
    • 3. touchwooddesign  |  April 2, 2012 at 7:29 am

      Wow! That’s one impressive chair!

      Reply
  • 4. Zoë Boccabella  |  April 2, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Love the detail of the lady with her umbrella blown inside out.
    And I will definitely be visiting that bookshop the next time I am in Melbourne – thanks for the tip!

    Reply
    • 5. touchwooddesign  |  April 2, 2012 at 9:30 pm

      No worries Zoe. You would definitely love it!

      Reply

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