Mademoiselle and the white camellia

The legendary French fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel, born in 1883, open her first clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920s, she launched her first perfume, and later, the “Chanel suit” and the “little black dress”. Almost 50 years since her death, Chanel remains a style immortal, known for simple, sophisticated outfits, paired with great accessories. …

Rylstone Show- a vibrant harvest celebration

Country towns large and small, all over Australia, celebrate nature’s bounty and skilful husbandry as summer draws to a close, continuing an ancient tradition which connects societies around the globe. Gardeners young and old exhibit home grown produce, flowers, arts, crafts and cooking, hoping to win a blue ribbon. People throng and linger around long…

Floral Abundance at Newcastle Regional Art Gallery

Being a garden fanatic I’m liable to find fascinating and delightful things wherever I travel. So it was in Newcastle recently, when my sister urged me to see the exhibition showing at Newcastle Region Art Gallery, titled “FLORIBUNDA: from the collection”. Margaret Olley’s vivid cornflowers and marigolds. What a treat it was! A whole exhibition…