Sunday, 27 January 2013

Brought to you by the colour green, and The Chills.

Today was a lovely summer's day at the Botanic Gardens, where there was a free concert by the classic Dunedin band The Chills.
That building with the gorgeous lyre-topped towers is called the band rotunda - God knows why because it's not round, it's rectangular. I suppose rectanglunda doesn't trip off the tongue as well.
The Chills, who have been playing in different incarnations since 1980, were great and played most of my favourites: Pink frost, Doledrums, Heavenly pop hit, The Male monster from the id, Rolling moon, Come home and Effloresce and deliquesce:
My colleague's husband is in the band and he played really well, as they all did.
My all-time favourite Chills gig was in the Dunedin Town Hall, on 8th July 1990, their "triumphant home-coming concert" (according to Wikipedia) after living in Europe for a few years. They were even treated to a mayoral reception. Here's a review of that gig by Jetsam. If memory serves me correctly, Martin Phillips played Norma, the huge town hall pipe organ made in 1919.
(Image by the New Zealand Organ Preservation Trust.)
Back to the garden. Even though I smothered myself in sunblock twice (an hour apart), I still got sunburnt. Those darned Celtic genes.
Thank goodness Blogger have sorted out their photo problems and I can show you some vintage delights which I have added to my collection.
 Jeanswest T-shirt (modern with an art deco print) - $6 from Invercargill Savemart.
 Elizabethan Carnaby ( or Rosina - they have different marks) tea-set with green flowers (because I totally need another tea-set!) - $20 from Invercargill hospice shop. 
Art deco glass and wood tray - had it for decades.
 Green and white glass vase - $3 from Dunedin Hospice shop.
Royal Winton Grimwades rectangular divided dish - about $5.  
Crown Ducal Delamere bread and butter plate.
Hand painted plate made in England, with irises and lake - $4 from Invercargill hospice shop.
Paisley towel - made it myself.
 Green cotton sheet - $2 from Gore Salvos 
 H&K Tunstall candlestick
 Crown Devon nut dish.
Sorry about the quality of the photos - the greens didn't come out very bright. Must try harder!
I recently had to travel to Invercargill because the Dunedin health system is overloaded (which wasn't helped by the fact that one of their employees recently stole $17,000,000), so I took the opportunity to look at the op shops. I found the clothing a bit disappointing as most of it was modern, but I found some nice other bits and bobs.
Tata for now,


  1. I love summer concerts in the Botanic Gardens! All of your treasures are delightful - I especially love the green floral tea set!

    Sarah xxx

    1. I love the tea set too - I nearly gasped when I saw it, but tried to play it cool. Wait till you see what else I got at the Hospice shop!

  2. Oh that would have been just fabulous to go to! What a wonderful day, beautiful and warm.
    The tea set is great, what a perfect find.
    Love V

    1. I wish I could've gone to Lawrence too!

  3. Updated with audio and links. (Ooh, I'm getting geekier every day.)

  4. The Chills are still together and playing??? OMG I wish I could have been there, mind you I probably would have pee'd myself with excitement - I love Pink Frost!!!! Your treasures are simply that ... treasures. Absolutely gorgeous cups and saucers and I love the t-shirt ... actually everything! Thanks so much for your comment about Beryl, still giggling about it, sure we're not related at all? Coz that's exactly the sort of thing Beryl would have done. In fact, she did!!! She caught her SIL in the sack with another woman so my aunty could get a divorce. Hehee!! xoxo

  5. Yes:
    Flowers - check.
    Green - check.
    China - check.
    Cheap - check.
    Clean lines - check.
    Near perfect condition - check.


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