All posts tagged: Australia

Friday Review: Fitzroy Gardens & Cooks Cottage

While I was in Melbourne I stayed just a few blocks from the famous Fitzroy Gardens, and everyone told me that I simply must go visit Cooks’ Cottage “where Captain Cook was born.” Exciting!  An 18th century house in Australia, and one so closely linked to one of the most famous and influential explorers ever. Wait, what? Captain Cook wasn’t born in Australia! And there weren’t European settlements in Australia until the 1780s!  How could there be a proper stone cottage from 1750? The answer is sad and prosaic. The cottage was built in 1750, but not in its current location.  It was built by Cook’s parents in England, sold in the 1930s, bought by a wealthy Australian, transported stone by stone to Melbourne, and re-assembled. So really, it’s only kinda an 18th century cottage. Darn. And the news gets worse. Despite what everyone in Melbourne (with the exception of the cottage staff) will tell you, Captain Cook wasn’t born in the cottage.  It was built by his parents, but it was built when he …

The corset class in Melbourne

I’m sure you have all been waiting to hear about the corset class in Melbourne and how it went. Well, it was amazing, fantastic, wonderful.  Not because of me, but because all the people who came and took it were amazing, fantastic, wonderful.  Just the loveliest group of people you could ever hope to spend the day with.  There were 10 fascinating women, each totally different and unique, but all kindred spirits in their love of creation and sewing.     I had the best time meeting them, seeing what fabrics they picked for their corset (so many delicious options!), and getting to know them as we worked through the corsets. And Thread Den was such a fabulous space to work, and so helpful.  I wish I lived down the block from it!  If you are in Melbourne I definitely recommend paying it a visit (and doing a course there if you are really lucky) – and it’s just down the road from the Fabric Store Melbourne. So the day itself: I was a little nervous. …

What I did in Melbourne: the wrap up

I’ve told you lots about the Melbourne trip already, but I wanted to give you an overview of the week, with lots of pictures. So what did I do? Got lots of exercise: Went to three shows in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Ate lots of delicious food: And, of course, went to concerts!  I’ve already told you about Great Big Sea, but we also went to see Brian Setzer’s Rockabilly Riot.  The show was great, but the audience was unenthused.  They didn’t dress up, they didn’t dance, they barely bobbed their head.  They applauded.  They seemed to like it, but they just did’t get involved! We dressed up of course.  Catch me going to a rockabilly show and not dressing up!  I managed to get Theresa’s hair into perfect Victory rolls, and wore my Love at First Flight dress. And we danced!  We bobbed up and down and tried to lead each other (man, I suck as a lead) until someone finally asked us to dance.  And then another couple saw us and was …