Tuesday, March 25, 2014

starting with flowers

Had the day off from work today and went to a great presentation on costumes and undergarments over the centuries by Annie Basham and put on by the Threads group of Yankalilla. Annie's interest began with the making of costumes for the Bicentennial celebrations in 1988 and has continued ever since.
I don't think I would have fared too well in the corsets! The hooped skirts and bustles would have been a challenge too. I can remember how uncomfortable rope petticoats were when I was a child - but I had to have one (made by Mum) to be in fashion. The cupcakes at morning tea were a treat, with clever and colourful chocolate buttons. Lunch was also provided, and for a little extra there were lovely quilts on display. All most enjoyable - well done girls.

I have picked out some pictures from the trip for a start. They are mostly of flora -

These first might seem like ring-ins. They come from the very beginning and very end - at Changi airport in Singapore. Is it an airport or a wonderland? The displays are amazing.

These next few caught my eye in and around Ahmedabad
Indigo plants at one of the workplaces we visited, where the vat has been going for 7 years.

 Can anyone tell me what this tree is? It was in the lovely garden around the Folk Museum, which even had some fine eucalypts.
These are native Ashoka trees - young ones shaped rather like Christmas trees. Old trees were large and shaped like any other tree. These are outside the co-operative making beautiful paper from recycled fabric.
In Ghandi's ashram
 A couple of trees in the streets, and flowering shrubs

 "Kite trees" They grow in January - after the Kite festival, there are cut (downed) kites everywhere!
A window decoration in a restaurant
 A variety of coconut
In the garden of a ranch hotel we stayed at
Two for one - 2 different trees growing together as one
Then to the colourful flower market in Calcutta

and finally a table decoration in the hotel

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