Friday, 31 August 2012

Northey Street's Fairies

The Northey Street City Farm in Windsor, Brisbane is the ultimate Silk Purse
Run by volunteers, good fairies.
And some Brisbane City Council funding.
Providing all types of edible landscape goodness
This'd be a fitting Flora-one-of-a-Kind for a day at the City Farm.
I choofed off to City farm today, to get some Sow's Ear stocks for a
spring planting at the chalkface.
Following today's Blue Moon working bee.
Actually, only involving one bee volunteer.
Here's the bee in action.
How good is she?
To be honest, much of it is a dry, decimated bed.
No rain for 42 days.
'Cept a smidgeon.
The City Farm on Northey Street's the bomb. All right.
I bought these plantings.
A Tangerine tree.
Strawberries and Australian indigenous bush tucker plants.
Comfrey, Brazilian spinach and mint.
And three other plants I can't remember what the names are?
Have to email Northey Street to ask what's what.
The workers will get stuck into planting at the chalkface's Sow's Ear on Monday.
I was sad to hear that the City Farm's retail nursery's struggling
to keep its plants' heads above the fiscal waters.
Sad. We all need to get behind the nursery.
Take your fist full of plant coins down there.
I swear it's 40% cheaper!
Forget the big names.
If you do social media whatevers, can you plug Northey Street's Nursery and its growing goodness.
Tell all folks to get to Northey Street for everything you can
poke-a-pitch fork at or throw manure at,
and free advice.
We need a fiscal spike in sales revenue.
They deserve it.
Don't forget to go outside tonight and howl at the Blue Moon.
Or at least do a bit of gardening.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Queen of the Fairies

I'm off to the Hamburg Ballet on Friday night.
To see a Midsummer Night's Dream. Lucky and grateful.
Here's beautiful Queen Titania (Actor Anita Louise)  circa 1930s, endorsing her Flora.
Don't bother looking for the Opera, Orchestra or Ballet company if you are in Hamburg a-t-m,
We've got the three over here!
Don't worry they are in good Antipodean hands.
I've made this feathered Flora hair slide as a nod to the lovely accouterments
I hope to see this Friday.
It's beaded and feathered.
To be honest, I did work in costume once-upon-a-time.
There was little glamour and it was tiring.
Don't know how those poor luvs do it.
Fashioned up this grey and silver band, as well.
Carefully crafted from the most-expensive-fabric-Flora's-ever-bought.
Remember? Close to $1000 per metre.
But nearly 75% reduced. Still.
Only bought a sliver.
For a high-maintenance-head.
Have to frock up, after all it is the ballet.
Might take the Judith Leiber out.
Can't wait to see what the Hamburg Ballet fairies do
on a Midsummer night in the woods.
There's a Blue Moon on Friday night.
Here's a Brisbane's Super Moon from a few moons ago.
Look out for our silvery friend this Friday.
Lucky for me, there's a working bee on the day for the community garden lovingly called the Sow's Ear
and the Blue Moon is listed in the Farmers Almanac as a beneficial time for planting.
Thank goodness, because we haven't had rain for 39 days
and I've been remiss folks. Sorry.
The Ear no longer looks like its former glory.
Thank garden goodness for the workers and the volunteers.


Monday, 27 August 2012


 It was SportsSuperSaturday television veiwing evening in the House of Flora.
Consequently a  fair bit got done over the weekend.
Above is the Marc Jacobs spot in all its napped glory.
Finally finished the project; but not without its dramas.
You see, when I cut out the back and front, I somehow turned the naps around.
Naps not matching. Not good.
So consequently, had to cut a panel again.
Losing valuable length.
Luckily I've been going to this:
And in my mind's eye, I'm fabulous.
Here's the M J skirt, about three inches shorter than I expected.
 Fashioned a head wear frippery from the leftovers.
Waste not want not.
Here it is as below, on the poupee.
It's kind of pillbox with a feather zhu-zhu and the ubiquitous you-know-what.
A white camellia.
Made a little feathered cocktail number, too.
With a diamante trim.
Wondering if my e-friend Bea, will recognise this diamante zhu-zhu
Better set the date for the Camellia Society Hat Salon.
Stay creative and lovely.