Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 27 – Vintage

Lace Edwardian dress - bodice. This dress was a gift from a lovely lady I met at a vintage fashion show.

Lace Edwardian dress – bodice. This dress was a gift from a lovely lady I met at a vintage fashion show in Canada – it had belonged to one of her relatives, and would have most likely been made by hand.

This weeks Hugh’s Photography Challenge is ‘Vintage’ and, as I said to Hugh in the comments, he is speaking my language. I’ve collected vintage clothing and accessories since I was a teenager and, several years ago, a friend and I even had our own permanent vintage stall at an antique market. I’ve moved quite a lot over the past two decades, however, so my collection has grown and shrunk and grown again, pieces coming and going as my closet space allows.


I bought these gloves in Sydney, Australia, at a jumble sale. They are suede, elbow length, and stamped ‘Made In France’ on the inside. Beautifully stitched along the seams and edges, the pearl buttons are a perfect finishing touch.

One of the things I’ve always loved about vintage clothing is the detail, which you really don’t see in modern mass-produced clothing. Tiny hand stitches, delicate beadwork, fine embroidery, gathered pleats – I even had an embroidered cotton dress once that had been repaired, yet the repair work was so finely done it was part of the charm of the dress. So, for Hugh’s challenge, I’ve decided to focus on the details.

This bag is, apparently, French, and is beaded in the Art Nouveau style on both sides, with tiny bugle beads.

This French evening bag is beaded in the Art Nouveau style on both sides, using tiny bugle beads. It is probably about a hundred years old, and I found it at a vintage clothing market in Australia.

If you’d like to participate in Hugh’s Challenge, here’s what to do:

1. Take or choose a photo that you’ve taken which shows something that is Vintage.
2. Create a new post on your blog entitled “Hugh’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Week 27 – ‘Vintage’
3. Add the photo(s) you have taken to the post and tell us a little about what you are showing.
4. Create a pingback to Hugh’s post or leave a link to your post in his comments section, so other participants can view the post.


Thursday Doors – Barcelona

I’m really enjoying the Thursday Doors photo challenge and have found, as I’ve looked through my photos, that I seem to have a ‘thing’ for doors, as I photograph so many of them. This week’s door is another beauty from Barcelona, but whereas my previous Spanish door was an example of Gaudi’s genius, this one is a more traditional style of Art Nouveau.


Isn’t it gorgeous? I do think the shopping trolley with pink bag adds a prosaic touch, and is also a sign that some lucky person gets to live here and experience this wonderful passage and doorway every day.

If you’d like to see more Thursday doors or add your own, visit Norm 2.0 and click the links – there’s a whole world of doors to be opened.

Thursday Doors – Number 28, Old Town

This week’s door is another one close to home. It’s the entrance to a building in our Old Town, which dates back to the 1500s. As you can see by the date, this door is a little newer, though with design nods to an earlier age. 1902 places it at the height of the Art Nouveau period, typified in the tree decoration above the door. I absolutely love it.


While much of our old town consists of shops, restaurants and residential homes, this place is a bit of a mystery. The ground floor seems closed up, silhouettes of large cabinets just visible through the darkened window. Up above, tattered curtains hang behind dilapidated wooden framed windows, while a large upper conservatory at the rear, just visible from the park behind, hints that it may have once been an artist’s residence.

So the mystery of Number 28 remains. Perhaps one day I’ll find out who lives/lived there – some more research is in order, I think.

For more Thursday Doors, visit Norm 2.0 and have a browse, or add a door yourself!

Thursday Doors – Casa Mila, Barcelona

A quick Thursday Doors post today – this week my door comes from Barcelona, and Antoni Gaudi’s Casa Mila apartment building. The rope and signs get in the way a little bit, but I think you can see what an impressive feature this door is. And it’s only a side door!


Casa Mila is built of undulating white stone, and features some of Gaudi’s famous chimney pots poking out over the roofline, as well as extraordinary balcony rails made of sinuous metal twists. My construction engineer husband shook his head as we stood outside, thinking about how it would have been to have to manage such a complex build.


And yet it was managed and stands as a testament to Gaudi’s genius – he is one of my favourite architects and it was a thrill to experience his work in real life. I can only dream of actually living in one of the apartments…