Dress Up

Nothing to wear? Probably not quite true, but wouldn’t it be easier if we just streamlined our wardrobes to 50 must have pieces? That’s what I’m doing anyway...

Celebration of Hats

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Due to many hours on the boat fishing I am sad to say my leathery freckled face means I look every one of my 49 years. We all know that a sunhat is a must but my problem is that my head shape just doesn’t suit hats. My husband once buried a sunhat of mine he hated in the sand when I was out swimming, which I thought was a bit mean at the time but looking back he was being kind. I’ve tried all sorts of hats, look at the hat stand. But now I have one that works. It’s a flax brim he bought as an anniversary present, woven by a wonderful Maori artist from the northern end of Great Barrier Island. We found it hanging in the Great Barrier art gallery (go figure, its more craft than art but whatever) and we took it off the display and tried it on. I really look like I should be selling taro and tapa cloth at a market whilst wearing it, but I think this brim is here to stay and it’s now glued to my head.

Anyway, the day after I get my new sun brim, imagine my delight when I stroll past my neighbour Grace’s house to find she has decided to throw an impromptu hat party. Grace was born a Medland on this very land and keeps one of the most magical gardens on the island she likes to throw open for all to enjoy. Of indiscriminate age, Grace is still working and very young at heart (we danced together for a what seemed like a whole set at the Beatles gig). She is playful and creative which her garden reflects – meander through the foliage and you will come across, amongst other things, a floral tribute to Florence Nightingale, a Teddy Bear play house for kids with a dress up box adults have been known to enjoy, “knit bombed” trees, a little museum documenting her pioneering ancestors, plenty of places to sit and reflect and on this particular night plenty of hats. I only snapped shots of the garden to protect the anonymity of the silly hat-wearing party goers, but you get the feel of it!

hat stand with options from a sunvisor to a large floppy number

hat stand with options from a sunvisor to a large floppy number

Perfect Timing!

Perfect Timing!

Teddy Bear’s House

Teddy Bear’s House

 

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