discovering a simpiler life

discovering a simpiler life

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition

I was Melbourne on Australia Day weekend (I know I'm very late, but better late than never hey!!) to meet up with some gorgeous friends to eat some good food and go to the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition.  I am saving the food adventure for another day soon as there are way too many photos for a combined post!!


If you have an aversion to see through onesies or some boobie shapes you might want to skip this post!  You remember Madonna and her famous boobie cones, Jean Paul was their creator, just to give you an idea of whats to come.  You can read more about the details and inspiration of the exhibition here, but unfortunately it has finished and Melbourne was the only Australian venue for "The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the sidewalk to the Catwalk." 
Grab a coffee, there is lots of photos :)
The national gallery of Victoria is a beautiful space and I just wished I'd had the will to go on this magical ride but spinning only makes me feel sick so I sat this one out :)



There were different areas of the exhibition - this one was amazing.  The mannequins faces looked so real, with a running video of a different face on each one, in real time so you were left wondering if it was in fact a real person!  Some were talking and some were singing.  It was eerie but very, very cool.





Above is JPG himself, beamed onto the mannequins face, to greet and to welcome us all to his wonderful, amazing world.


next dinner party outfit maybe?



Even the teddy on top of these suitcases has a cone bra on!!






anyone who knows me, knows I lurve animal print so this was a personal fav :)











I wonder if I could crochet this last one?!!?

So what do you think? I thought it was spectacular and my only regret is not to see it again as there was so much to take in the first time I don't think I got to experience it totally if that makes sense.

Excuse some of the photo quality, my new iphone takes a terrible photo, I'm devastated....I'm considering buying an actual 'good' camera, so any suggestions would be awesome as I have no idea.  Nothing too fancy but would like it to do some tricks :)

Ciao, Jan x

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Everythings peachy




Until you have the experience of your own gardening glut, you really can't imagine how much pleasure you will get from an over abundance of your very own hand picked produce.
Our peach tree, self sown from the worm farm 7 or so years ago, has produced the most beautiful yellow peaches this year.  A big thanks must be given to Hawkie, our latest garden addition, who we have been moving around with such success, he may get a girlfriend if he keeps playing his cards right.  Not so much as a nibble from a bird on my peaches, unbelieveable! And I never used netting, just a fake easy to care for hawk with beedy eyes.
I must also admit, I'm not much of a jam eater.  I've really enjoyed making jam this summer, but I wanted to stretch my kitchen abilities and come up with some other ways to extend my haul.  I made peach leather that I'm just in love with.  I will make it a bit thicker next time and I have purchased a dehydrator that I'm patiently waiting to arrive to give it another crack.  I chose to peel the peaches like you would for tomatoes, scoring the skin and placing into simmering water for a few minutes.  If your peaches are super ripe you don't even need this step.  I also pureed them in my super bullet and froze a heap of it into ice blocks for my green smoothie addiction.  And finally, we enjoyed some mixed with proscecco for some peach bellini's - heavenly delicious!









Now to patiently await my tomato glut...

Ciao, Jan x

Saturday, 7 February 2015

a summer day at home



The weather here in South West Victoria has been unseasonably cool...I couldn't be happier, except I need some heat for my darling tomatoes to come on thick and fast, but I'm afraid I'm a cold bod, cold hands - warm heart :)


We had been at home day after day of the school holidays, which don't get me wrong is fine and should be done on the holidays, but it was time for a little adventure, only a few minutes from home.
Mr. GW and I told our little person it was a surprise and she was super excited.
We were heading for an area of our rugged, gorgeous shipwrecked coast called "Shelly Beach" which can go unnoticed by the tourist set, much to us locals delight at such a secret nook.
It's an easy walk and it was just nice to be out in the wind, blowing out the cobwebs of the indoors, and searching for the coastine for treasure.








So many beautiful and different shells all worn down to smooth edges from years and years of waves and rubbing together.  I did collect a little stash that I'm thinking I could use as buttons on some winter crochet thingies running threw my mind to possibly make.





Isn't it fabulous!  We made it back to the car and it poured rain and the wind whipped up even stronger.  It was time to go home.  We really do live in a wonderful part of the world.

I love capturing these photos, but I apologise for them not being the best - shadows and too much softened edges but it was so windy and sunny that it was hard for me to even see on my phone what I was actually taking photos of!!

Ciao, Jan x
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