Time after time

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and Ivanhoe Shopping Village is holding a special Autumn shopping night this Thursday 10 May from 9am until 7 pm with offers released from 9 May.  I was talking about latent demand in the local area last week and it’s exciting to see that former Collins Street retailer Cose Ipanema is coming to 171 Upper Heidelberg Road in Ivanhoe.  This store is a Melbourne institution, which I can still remember from the early 1990s, selling the most beautiful international labels of the time including Japanese designer Issey Miyake.

Cose Ipanema image via Shop in Ivanhoe

I hope those of you with deeper pockets than mine will support them and I believe it’s always better to buy fewer pieces but higher quality of anything.  Most of my most well worn and loved clothing and accessories I have had for over 10 years, while my leather jacket from Florence I’ve had for almost 20 years and still wear.  There is a lot to be said for the value of, and investment in, classic, quality pieces that will stand the test of time rather than cheap, disposable clothing that becomes landfill in places like China.

Tidal vase image via Amy Leeworthy

Speaking of Ivanhoe, I noticed too that peninsula-based ceramic artist Amy Leeworthy used to have a studio here and is currently selling her 70s style ceramics online and also through Pop and Scott, although not much is left!

Besides gifts, I think what most mothers crave, and indeed most people, is time.  I was watching with interest a conversation that’s floating around on Facebook between business giants Warren Buffett and Bill Gates where they talk about the value of time and, irrespective of their enormous wealth, that they cannot buy time – it’s the most precious thing in life that no-one owns or can hold onto – we are all passengers on the same train with exactly the same amount of hours in the day – how each of us to choose to spend that time is the big question.


The Royal Rabbits of London

It’s the name of the beautifully illustrated children’s book, which I bought as a gift for one of my youngest son’s friends the other week.  The book is the debut children’s novel by author Santa Fiore, which was co-written with her historian and writer partner Simon Sebag Montefiore.  The front cover caught my eye as well as the story about the smallest rabbit being the biggest hero and life being an adventure.

Image via www.simonandschuster.com

Winter is on its way and it was pretty cold yesterday.  Mr Rosanna and I actually took our children bowling for the first time with some other families and it was a lot of fun!  OZ Tenpin Bowling in Grimshaw Street Bundoora was actually booked out with competition on so we found ourselves instead at AMF Keon Park in industrial Thomastown.IMG_5795

We actually loved the quiet of the centre (above) which we had almost to ourselves when we arrived although more people started spilling in as we left.  There is something timeless about old school bowling alleys like these with their arcade games (anyone up for a pinball machine game or air hockey?) and hot chips for the kids.  It was a great way to spend a wintry day indoors.

Image via www.nillumbik.vic.gov.au

A few things to mention today.  The Nillumbik Prize 2017 Exhibition opening is on at Montsalvat in Eltham this Thursday 1 June and I was also reading with interest about the opening of the Mister Morris Studios in Preston, which still has some vacancies if you’re an artist, designer, maker or some kind of like-minded professional looking for a creative space.

Image via www.popandscott.com

Meanwhile if you’re a fan of Pop & Scott, they are holding a Melbourne sample sale with up to 80% off this coming Saturday and Sunday at their Melbourne showroom at 27a Hayes Street in Northcote.