Thursday, June 20, 2013

Cohuna - a hiden gem

I love old buildings, and there are plenty of lovely ones where I live. But what's the point of having the prettiest house in the world if you feel disconnected from your community? I am so lucky to live in Cohuna and its surrounding regions. We have such an artistic and progressive little community so I thought I'd share all about it with you.

After all, isn't part of a mid century culture an idealistic (albeit an unrealistic) romanticism towards the 'happy little township' - think about the community in Happy Days, meeting at Arnolds or the Hardware store. How about the million little 50's sitcoms set in active communities - Petticoat Junction, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Greenacres and I could go on and on. All the stereo typical characters, the over the top (unrealistic) sugary sweetness of life - what's not to love about that pretty daydream?
Don't get me wrong - I know life is not like a crazy 50's sitcom !! But I do love small towns with their fascinating dynamics, quirky people, and huge potential ! Let me show you mine.....
Cohuna is a quaint township on the banks of the Gunbower Creek and is one of a very small handful of places with a one sided main street that overlooks the prettiest view, river and parklands. Its surrounded by irrigated dairylands, national parks, and waterways. A stones throw from shopping and nightlife in nearby Echuca, yet a township full of activity, driven people keen to see things happening in their town. We have the hippest dance school out, the town is buzzing with artists and sculptures, furniture makers, spinners, weavers, sewers and craftspeople galore. A stones throw away is the beginning of The Backroads Trail - gourmet food tour, all in this peaceful undiscovered regional paradise.


I am part of a committee dedicated to facilitating the vitality of the younger generations here, encouraging entrepreneurship in Cohuna and running a number of exciting projects for the town. Some of the wonderful things we have waiting to be unleashed include theatre, opera, live music, singles and young family events amidst all the sport, nature and music heritage that exists. See our Facebook page - Get Your Backside Creekside - here.....

And our little home grown promo....... Click on the photograph
And great opportunities too.....
Here is a link to the facebook page all about Cohuna's rich mid century music history - one of the key townships on the 60's dance circuit, we hosted such names as the Bee Gees, John Farnham, Crispen St Peters, Rob EG, Normie Rowe, The Group, Judy Stone and the list, literally, goes on and on and on............Cohuna Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and check out some photographs and music of all the famous faces who performed at Cohuna over the years......
And here are some of the pre 1960's style homes (and buildings) on offer right now for a fraction of the price of Melbourne - that is one of the awesome things about a small town like Cohuna - you can own your own home AND be a part of a vibrant, and in this case artistic and increasingly boutique and organic food area. (Click on the picture for more details about each)
87a King George, Cohuna, Vic 3568
 14 Sampson Street, Cohuna, Vic 3568
109 KING EDWARD ST, Cohuna, Vic 3568
22 DALTONS ROAD, Cohuna, Vic 3568
6139 Murray Valley Highway, Cohuna, Vic 3568
5-7 William Street, Cohuna, Vic 3568
160 King George Street, Cohuna, Vic 3568
85 CHANNEL STREET, Cohuna, Vic 3568
13 George Street, Cohuna, Vic 3568
1 Sampson Street, Cohuna, Vic 3568
Come for a holiday - stay for a lifetime ! 

Thankyou to local photographer Bruce Clymo for some of these images.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Capri Pants and my winter outfits.........

I know they are not really a winter clothing item, but so far the season here in darling little old Cohuna has been so mild, I have been able to get away with capri pants and jumpers/cardi's in real 60's style. I love capri pants - they can be casual or dressed up, they can be made of all sorts of great fabrics, they are warmer than summer dresses, and more comfortable than scratchy tights. What a winning idea European Fashion Designer Sonja de Lennart was on when she created them in 1948. They were worn initially in Italy, particularly the Isle of Capri from where they got their name, and where Grace Kelly was one of the first film stars to be spotted wearing them. (Below is Audrey Hepburn looking cute as pie in her gingham capri's)
By the 1960's capri pant popularity was in full force, coaxed on in America particularly by the television series "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and the character of Laura Petrie, a young housewife played by Mary Tyler More who "caused a fashion sensation - and some mild controversy - by wearing snug fitting capri pants" throughout the series.
I don't know quite why, but people often ask me to put up outfit posts on my blog, maybe its a touch of voyeurism, but I don't mind. Here are two of my recent capri pant outfits (I made the pink ones) and my favourite skirt for good measure. One thing that is terrific about 50's skirts is that in winter time you can team them with modern leggings and stretch out their wearability further into the year !
What are you wearing this wonderfully rainy winter season?

(Ha ha! Trying to fit all of myself in the frame of the mirror with high heels on !!)

(One day, when I teach my babies how to take great photographs, we will get some quality clothing shots instead of these photograph in a mirror attempts !!)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

The Switched on Shindig !

I haven't been out on the town for far far far too long, so when the ever lovely Anna Go Go invited me to this event, I promptly hit the yes button on the facebook screen ! Not only will there be great music and the chance to doll up all 60's (new era of choice for me), but Anna will also be showcasing some fabulous 60's dances - Get your groove on people !!!
"Still looking for the Land of 1000 Dances? You know – that magical place where you can put your hands on your hips and let your backbone slip? A place where the scene is so outta sight you can do the Watusi, the Pony, the Mashed Potato and the Alligator all night? Well, we’re here to tell you that your search is over, baby, because PBS is presenting a party to end all parties, ‘The Switched On Shindig’, where the dances are gonna flow until you say noooooooo more!

For one night only Melbourne’s finest fema...
le foxes will join forces to celebrate the golden era of 1960s nightclub culture.

Featuring two live sets from Talei Wolfgramm and her smokin' hot rhythm & blues band, The Aviators, tunes from vinyl vixens DJ Emma Peel and Ms Butt, plus dance classes from Melbourne’s Queen of Frug, Miss Anna Go Go, The Switched On Shindig will be shaking all over.

But wait - there’s more!

There will be go-go girls twisting the night away on stage, film projections, psychedelic lights and drinks specials. If that’s not enough to make you want to wig out, you’re out of your bird!

So turn off that transistor, Mister and head to Bella Union on Saturday 29 June.

PBS presents The Switched On Shindig.
Saturday 29th June at The Bella Union
w/ Talei Wolfgramm & the Aviators, DJ Emma Peel, Ms Butt and Miss Anna Go Go
Doors from 9pm. $10 for members, $15 for future members!"

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