14 Old Timers

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

Miles, Queensland

Local residents Ted and Adele Andrews have lived in Miles for most of their married life. In their 19th century costumes, they might have been around for much longer.

13 Collections ~ Part Nine

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

Miles Back to the Bush Festival

What do you call a collection of tea cosies?

Dozens of tea cosies appeared in Miles during the Back to the Bush Festival. Made by knitters, crocheters and textiles artists from all around Australia, the tea cosies were sold with the proceeds going to charity.

Some colourful vintage examples accompanied Jean’s doll collection.

An elaborate bespoke tea cosy decorated with embroidered gum leaves was displayed in the Art Gallery at Dogwood Crossing@Miles.

And the Festival Pop-Up Store overflowed with fabulous hand-crafted cosies of all shapes and sizes.

So what do you call a collection of tea cosies?

There seems to be no collective noun for tea cosies so let’s nominate our own. I’m voting for “A Snug of Tea Cosies”. What’s your choice?

12 Collections ~ Part Eight

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections, is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. Let’s move on to Delena and Oscar’s place.

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While the display of beautiful artworks painted by Delena is inspirational, and a cacti collection in the garden is a fun addition to the tour, it’s Oscar’s orange motorbike which takes pride of place.

His 2012 Ural 750cc complete with side car certainly stands out from the other bikes in Oscar’s collection.

The next day we see the bike in action in the Festival’s Street Parade. With its vivid orange paintwork, it’s a beauty!

Also joining Jude for her Life in Colour Photo Challenge, featuring orange

11 Collections ~ Part Seven

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections, is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. Mel and June’s collection has taken over their whole home!

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It would be fair to say there’s a lot of Burning Love in Mel and June’s home. I suspect there may be A Little Less Conversation and more Jailhouse Rock on party nights!

 

10 Collections ~ Part Six

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections, is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. Let’s check out the vast and varied collection of Mel and June.

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Mel’s collection of vintage household items and farm equipment fills his garage and overflows into the garden. Do you remember your grandparents using any of these?

9 Collections ~ Part Five

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections, is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. We’re still at Jean’s place today.

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Who remembers using one of these?

I do, and the memory is not a happy one. In my final year of high school my mother decided I should learn to type before I went to University, so I enrolled in a typing class at the local TAFE. I wasn’t particularly motivated, the teacher was an old dragon and I didn’t pass the course. “Learn to Type” is the only course I have ever failed.

Many years later, when we bought our first computer for our daughters, I decided I would have another go. A typing tutor for children was one of the free programs with our Apple Mac. Surely I could manage a children’s class. It wasn’t long before I was typing like a master, and I’ve never looked back!

I wouldn’t like to use one of these old dinosaurs though.

8 Collections ~ Part Four

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections, is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. Today we’re visiting Jean and her dolls.

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You don’t need to be young to appreciate the collection at Jean’s place. She’s been collecting and restoring old dolls for more than 40 years. The most precious doll, made of celluloid and dressed in its original green layette, belonged to Jean’s mother and is more than 100 years old.

This 1920s kitchen dresser, with its original hinges, handles and leadlight, is the perfect storage unit for Jean’s pretty collection.

7 Collections ~ Part Three

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections, is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. We’re still visiting Jan and today she’s invited us inside her home.

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Along with her collections of family gowns and funky garden accessories, Jan also has a passion for vintage china. She uses all these beautiful pieces regularly; even the grandchildren use them when they come for afternoon tea. “If they learn how to handle precious objects, they also learn to appreciate them,” she says.

With all these settings, Jan could have the whole town at the table!

6 Collections ~ Part Two

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections, is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. Today we’re exploring Jan’s lovely garden.

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While Jan’s garden has many traditional flower beds, this bed of roses is quite different!

5 Collections ~ Part One

I’m joining Becky in her October Square Photo Challenge over at The Life of B. The rules of the challenge are simple: most photos must be square and fit the theme word Past. Look for #PastSquares. This month we’re travelling back in time in the western Queensland town of Miles and surrounds. We’ll explore the local area and join in the festivities at the Miles Back to the Bush Festival.

The self-guided Collections Tour, where local residents open their homes to share their collections is a popular event at the festival. Some collections are huge and multi-faceted while others are small and specific. Some are vintage objects, some are a little eccentric and some are just for fun. Let’s start at Jan’s place.

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Even in early spring, the days warm up quickly in Miles. Jan’s shaded garden would always provide welcome respite from the heat but, with her array of beautiful gowns hanging under the trees, it’s even more enticing.

Jan’s collection of 18 wedding and debutante gowns have all worn by family members. Some are accompanied by photographs showing the occasion for which the gowns were designed. Probably the most precious is the dress Jan wore for her own wedding, almost 60 years ago.

An added bonus is the collection of baby dresses worn by Jan’s daughters and granddaughters. One of those daughters tells visitors about the lady around the corner who used to make the dresses to order for local families.

Jan’s fabulous dress collection is a beautiful tribute to the women in her family.