AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes

AUSTRALIA ~ The Antipodes
I love a sunburnt country / A land of sweeping plains / Of ragged mountain ranges / Of droughts and flooding rains / I love her far horizons / I love her jewel-sea / Her beauty and her terror / The wide brown land for me / ~ Dorothea Mackellar (1885-1968)


Monday, September 29, 2008

Flashback Fashions

Pic by Gemma Wiseman ~ Shop window of retro fashions and accessories (pre-loved) at Rosebud, Mornington Peninsula
Totally Optional Prompt ~ Revisitation

When I was quite young
Lovely dresses floated by ~
I remember gloves
When I was quite young
Dainty high heels clicked and clacked ~
I saw dancing feet
When I was quite young
Tall, netted and saucer hats ~
I loved their parades
When I grew older
I knew bold coloured mu-mus
Shifts and bright sandals
The glow was still there
But elegance slipped away
Until today's flash


Maria Verivaki said...

like a dress up shop - nothing like that exists here. great memories...

Leslie said...

Is that an op shop? I went to one today to get my ice cream dishes. :)

Jane Hards Photography said...

That does look like either a fancy dress shop or a step back in time.

A Wild Thing said...

I'm just thankful not to wear girdles and pointy bras...let's hear it for JEANS AND TEES !!!


Andy Sewina said...

Yeah, doesn't it just take something like your shopfront image to rekindle the imagination, nice poetry.

Stan Ski said...

I often wonder what it was like in certain periods - at least we have revivals.

anthonynorth said...

Great nostalgia. Loved the pic, too.

Annie Jeffries said...

So dreamy and nostalgic Gemma. I picture you in heels and an apron, shirtwaist dress pressed just so. Personally, the mu-mu is much more comfy, I think.

Beth P. said...

Don't you just love trying on 'pre-loved' clothes? I feel and imagine the people who loved and sometimes were loved by them...

And the smell of those shops. Some people don't like it--I particularly do. Sweat and hope and joy and lust.

Thanks for this sweet piece!!

Anonymous said...


This makes me want to put on a dress and a hat and a pair of white gloves and go shopping along the sidewalk shops of the old downtown.

Jill said...

I loved the poem. Wonderfully written. Sorta dreamy feel to it...



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