Handheld at 1/60th with a high res camera isn’t a great idea. But sometimes it can work, along with a wide aperture to convey the feeling of a place like this Castlemaine artisan shop. When you walk around in the shop, it is overwhelming in terms of texture, colour and old world feel, and the photo reflects that feeling - that there is simply too much to take in all at once.

I love this type of push-back against interior minimalism. It takes you back to a childhood feeling where things just invoke feelings directly, and inspire just because they are, without the need to dissect and intellectualize them.

A 50mm prime lens in a tight environment like this means you get little quanta of the overall space. However, I have cropped this shot because the drawback with this type of shooting is the ever-present persistence of large, out of focus and dull foreground objects.

Barbara Palmer, 1st Duchess of Cleveland, Countess of Castlemaine, also known as Lady Castlemaine.

English courtesan from the Villiers family and perhaps the most notorious of the many mistresses of King Charles II of England, by whom she had five children. Her influence was so great that she has been referred to as “The Uncrowned Queen."  

Barbara was known for her dual nature. Her extravagance, foul temper and promiscuity provoked diarist John Evelyn into describing her as the "curse of the nation”, whereas diartist Samuel Pepys often noted seeing her, admiringly, and others described her as great fun, keeping a good table and with a heart to match her famous temper

Tall, voluptuous, with masses of brunette hair, slanting, heavy-lidded violet eyes, alabaster skin, and a sensuous, sulky mouth, Barbara was considered to be one of the most beautiful of the Royalist women

Lady Barbara took advantage of her influence over the King, using it to her own benefit. She would help herself to money from the Privy Purse and take bribes from the Spanish and the French. But there are accounts of exceptional kindness from Barbara; once, after a scaffold had fallen onto a crowd of people at the theater, she rushed to assist an injured child, and was the only court lady to have done so.



Fun Little MFMM Facts from the books

You might not need these, but in case something is lacking in your fanfics, you like random trivia, or you’re looking for an answer to one little thing…

- Jack is actually very serious about gardening. If something in his life is stressful (like Miss Fisher), Raisins and Almonds suggests that he greatly prefers the company of his flowers then over anything else.

- An ongoing list of what is (believed) to grow in his gardens: Cattleya flowers, slipper orchids, maidenhair fern, and irises. He also might have a small pond with running water.

- Jack will make Miss Fisher cut out any flower-growing tips she finds in her magazines.

- Hugh speaks pretty decent French, enough to be able to teach Dot some, and she is completely willing to learn and actively tries to keep using it. However, it’s mentioned later that Dot doesn’t speak any, or Hugh? (can’t quite remember now), so this is a fact-checking one.

- Jack and Phryne, in the novels, are extremely close friends, to the point where Jack can just show up in the morning to eat breakfast, or any other meal for that matter, with Miss Fisher…

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Historical Couples → Charles II of England and Nell Gwyn 

↳ Pray good people be civil, I am the Protestant whore!“ The tale of an uneducated brothel keepers daughter and orange vender whose turn as an actress caught the eye of the King can only be described as a temporary Cinderella story. Nell established herself as the King’s “country mistress” and the two would spend countless hours in Charles’ country manors fishing, watching horse matches or swimming in the Fleet River. Charles was enamored with Nell, and was persuaded to give her one of his homes so that she and their two sons could remain close to him and the court. In the home, she had a four poster bed made that depicted her and Charles in the headboard. Nell unlike Barbara Castlemaine who many deemed shrill and conniving, was adored by the people for her common background and fun personality and would often open her door to find flowers and small gifts left for her and her sons. The adoration lasted for 14 years until Charles died in 1685. On his deathbed, some of his last words were dedicated to Nell, begging that she be given an allowance so that she would not suffer in his absence. On Nell’s part, she had lost her best friend and suffered on for over two years before dying at the age of 37 from a venereal disease that had likely been passed on to her from Charles.

I copied out cocktail recipes from the back of six of Kerry Greenwood’s Miss Fisher books. I super recommend you all read the books if you can :P

Some of these are a bit ridiculous (one of them lists needing eight bottles of champagne, because everyone has that just waiting in the cupboard for a rainy day). But hopefully some of them will be of use to feministinthewoods and what I’m sure will be an amazing Miss Fisher themed bachelorette party.

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Speed! Phryne had never had enough of it. Faster than a car on a road, faster even than her Gypsy Moth lolloping up into the sky with that heart-lifting leap as the ground releases the plane and the law of gravity is, for a little time, repealed. [X]

My mate Jody is has a gig in Country Victoria.

Details: Friday June 3rd at 7pm

Castlemaine Senior Citizens Hall

BYO event (food and drink)
Entry by Donation .

how cool? She had these suitcase light boxes made up for her shows, to create a sense of intimacy and fun.

I took some photos for her today to  use on Social media. This is one of them She hates having her photo taken and didn’t want to ‘stand out’, so we kept her under iit. We also had problems with the back Drop/Sheet creasing.. rush turn around time meant limited time on photoshop to ‘iron out’ the creases. oh well.  :-)

Joe Hisaishi Appreciation Post

Just some of my favorite compositions by him (feel free to add on!)

* = my ultimate fav

Spirited Away

One Summer’s Day

Dragon Boy*

Sixth Station*

Princess Mononoke

San and Ashitaka*

Main Theme*

Howl’s Moving Castle

Main Theme

Cave of Mind*

Laputa: Castle in the Sky

Main Theme

Nausiccaa of the Valley of the Wind


Bird Person

Main Theme


Song of Praise for Mother and the Sea

Deep Sea Pastures (* for like the first minute)

My Neighbor Totoro

Path of the Wind

The Huge Tree in the Tsukamori Forest  

Evening Wind (Yuugure no Kaze)  

The Wind Rises

The Falcon Project

Nahoko (I Miss You)

Nahoko (An Unexpected Meeting)

anonymous asked:

what's up with that single chord at the begging of your reviews

The Wild Colonial Boy” is a traditional anonymous Irish-Australian ballad of which there are many different versions, the most prominent being the Irish and Australian versions. The original version was about Jack Donahue, an Irish rebel who became a convict, then a bushranger,[1] and was eventually shot dead by police. This version was outlawed as seditious, so the name in the song was changed to Jack Doolan. The Irish version is about a Jack Duggan, young emigrant who left the town of Castlemaine, County Kerry, Ireland, for Australia in the early 19th century. According to the song, he spent his time “robbing from the rich to feed the poor”. In the song, Duggan is fatally wounded in an ambush when he is shot in the heart by Fitzroy. “The Wild Colonial Boy” has been recorded by Dr. Hook, Rolf Harris, Larry Kirwan, John Doyle, and The Clancy Brothers, among others, and was featured in the film The Quiet Man.

The Hon. Miss Eliza Fisher, hands down. 

Eliza (or Beth as Phryne knew her before) is Phryne’s younger sister. She’s four or five years younger than Phryne and first appears in The Castlemaine Murders

She’s described as being four inches taller than Phryne, large-boned and blonde, with bright blue eyes. She takes after their ‘big, florid father’ rather than Phryne who takes after their 'thin, dark mother’. Later in the book Phryne mentions they also have a younger brother Thos who goes to Eton. A previous book had Phryne referring to her mother and sisters plural back in England, but this one only mentions Eliza and Thos. But that could be explained away in context if their other sister is already married. Anyway, I totally love that Phryne has more siblings in the books, including a younger sister who died of diphtheria in Collingwood one winter, presumably the inspiration for the whole Janey arc in the show.