Oct 20, 2010

The Birdcage and the Bent Teaspoon. Things I've Taken To Wearing Around My Neck Lately.

The title of the post says it all really.  Good night.


I apologize.  I've just gotten home from yoga and it was a very lengthening this evening.  Forward bends look deceptively simple until you are required to bend one elbow to the floor and have the other graze your ear.  

I don't know what it says about my pain response but I found my mind drifting towards the complex problems surrounding what Australia should do about our presence in Afghanistan namely should we make a quick exit or stay out the next 2 years.  The loss of life of Australian troops continues.  Other countries are drawing down their military presence.  It's a horrible mess the whole world is in now.  To quickly disappear would leave a country and region in almost certain chaos and with a self destruct order.  There is a strong nuclear weapon arsenal in the area, the Taliban has renewed vigour and surrounding countries such as Pakistan are holding on by a thread.  The insult to human life does not bear thinking about.

My mind wandered fairly quickly back to the less complex physical challenges of what I was doing in class.

So I'm aching in a nice way and am seeing the world in a slightly skewed light (from the crook of my right elbow). 

I've decided that necklaces are to the working woman what ties are to the working man.  We sometimes get into a cycle of wearing the same trusted and much loved pieces, without breaking out of the comfort zone and wearing Something Different.  New pieces enable new memories to be made and reflected upon with each wearing of that tie or necklace around your neck.  

My most recent trip to Melbourne proved fruitful and rewarding in so many ways.

Carly and I power shopped our way through some very funky stores across North Melbourne.  

Starting with Call Me Madam, a quirky accessories store down the road from Fraus.  We walked in and I fell in love with this necklace by Dick & Dora.

It was just what I was missing in my collection of necklaces (over the subsequent hours, there proved to be many things my collection was missing).  Red beads with a black feature bead and bird cage.  I wore it on Monday and felt very edgy and SBS / Lee Lin Chin at work.

Then across the road from Fraus is Kids in Berlin where I found a necklace even more functional than those famed T&Co silver keys.  A teaspoon necklace by Ingrid Johanson.

It really is a souvenir teaspoon.  Recyled and bent to form a loop for a chain to pass through.  I wore it yesterday and felt very Sienna Miller at the time of her life when she defined boho and was with Jude Law the first time round.

I guess you can predict what's in these parcels and what's going to happen every day for the next 4 days.

I'm going to open one parcel and find a necklace, put it on and instantly feel like a different person....

I'll spare you the repetition, for today at least.

Regardless of what these parcels reveal when I tear open the tissue paper, everything I found in Melbourne will carry memories of friends new and old, the daily bubble baths, fabulous food, Mecca Maxima and the piercing winds and grey skies that punctuated much of the time I was there.

Back in the real world, I have the distinct feeling that travel must have featured prominently in my horoscope for this year.  I'm finally going home for Christmas.  We just booked exorbitantly priced tickets home to Perth for a long weekend around Christmas Day and Boxing Day.  I think it is time the SSGs got home to mum and dad and our extended family.  Life is too short and precious to let another holiday season slip away.

I hope all your holiday plans are starting to take shape too.  Personally, the flights are the hardest part for me.  I know where we will be this Christmas and now I can start finding the gifts to take with us.


  1. love the birdcage necklace-v. Lee lin Chin!

  2. I love me a good necklace! Well done on the purchases!

  3. Really interesting and different necklaces. I am guilty of always picking out the same one! Pleased your holiday plans have been finalised. x

  4. I love the necklace. The red beads are so striking and I'm also a sucker for little birds on my jewellery. I also adore the spoon necklace. I have a ring made out of a spoon which I bought from a seller on Etsy. I'll have to post a picture of it on the blog (by the way thanks for following again!), as I think you'll love it. Can't wait to see what other surprises you have!

  5. Gorgeous, gorgeous necklaces! I have a bit of a thing for bird cages too and I have one but it's different from yours. There are such great finds in Melbourne!

  6. Thank you kindly, ladies.

    The Real Housewife: LOVE the new look blog. Can't wait to read more.

    SSG xxx


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