I’m no Carrie Bradshaw where shoes are concerned. I hate shoe shopping and my primary need in a pair of shoes is that they be so comfortable that I won’t need to buy another pair for a very long time. It’s also nice if they match my clothes but as I mostly wear old clothes around the house and black clothes for going out that’s not so hard to achieve.
Of course, I had to include some doll shoes but the rest of them are mine. There are my winter boots, the sneakers I bought at the Op Shop, the boxes of shoes I rarely wear and my cosy slippers.
My rubber boots, Wellingtons as we Brits call them, were bought at an Op Shop in Huonville back in 2002 when we first moved to Tasmania. They cost me 50c. I still wear them but it is hard to take them off alone so they may be going to the Op Shop at some point and I’ll get ankle boots.
Usually, when I’m taking doll photos I’m working very hard to eliminate shadows so this challenge is a bit different for me.
The weather has been so dull that finding shadows outside or even in the kitchen has been almost impossible. So I decided to create some artificially.
Mirror in the Bathroom
I’d love to have got some pictures of outdoor toilets, “dunnies” as Aussies call them. Don’t ask me why. I wasn’t born here.
Instead, here are some of my own bathroom when I was painting it a year or two ago and earlier after we had the new shower put in. We were so pleased with it.
A modern bathroom in a Hobart apartment I visited as part of Open House Hobart a few years ago. I could not avoid getting myself in the picture.
A public bathroom aboard Explorer of the Seas.
My featured image is an edit of one I took for the doll blog some years ago. It was for Halloween and I was trying to recreate the old tale that if a girl brushed her hair in front of a mirror at midnight on Halloween she’d see the reflection of her future husband. The doll is a Fashion Fever Teresa (Barbie) and the sink and mirror are vintage Sindy ones which belong to Naomi.
I’ve practically been in hibernation this past week. It has been quite cold and apart from going to and from the Op Shop or out for coffee with friends I’ve really not been anywhere or done anything worthy of note. In the evenings I’ve curled up with the laptop while most of my photo archive lives on a hard drive attached to the desktop computer which I haven’t switched on in about three days.
So if anyone was worried where I’d got to don’t. It’s just winter and a bit of a writing slump.
These first two photos were taken around Geeveston, at Heritage Park and at the Geeveston Primary School. They are not actually in a lawn but they are garden ornaments. The third one is a topiary bird at Oatlands and the last one is the floral clock at the Botanical Gardens.
As Cee has given us an open choice this week I went looking in my archives for something interesting and found some photographs that I took at Port Huon several years ago now. Port Huon used to be an extremely busy port as apples were sent from here to overseas ports. After Britain joined the European Common Market trade declined and so did the port. There is a little boat repair business at one of the nearby slipways but most other businesses that were there have long gone.
When I took these photos it was still possible to go on to the wharf to fish or take photos but it is used by a fish farming operation and I believe that they have now completely closed off the wharf to the public. I love old buildings like these and I thought that the old sheds would make good subjects in black and white.