Slow down, you move too fast…

If you’re a music fan, you’ll recognise the title of today’s post as the opening line of Simon and Garfunkel’s The 59th Street Bridge Song. Really though, time is going way too fast, and it doesn’t seem to matter how organised I am, there are simply not enough hours in the day. Age old cry, I know, but right now I really could do with just one 168 hour days (not a random number, that’s actually how many hours there are in a week). Before I know it, it’s Monday again.

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Our Vintage Home: The Bare Bones

Almost four years ago, we were forced to move out of our stinking, mouldy granny flat type abode that adjoined a residence in the inner east of Melbourne. We moved into a late 1950s – early 1960s one bedroom apartment near the beach in inner south-east Melbourne. We loved it the minute we walked in. Last week I found some pictures that I took the day we moved in and I thought I’d share them with you.

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve not yet got my curtains hung as I had hoped to do in mid February. I need to block out some time and just get it done.
I think I want to remove the decoupage fruit on the splash back: whenever we clean the splash back they come off anyway.
Seeing my diner looking so clear of clutter is making me anxious: we have nowhere suitable to store our heaters (we have two electric heaters and the only place they fit out of the way is under the table against the wall). I just want it to be this clear again!

Our lounge room looks so small here. Would you believe me when I tell you this room is about 5.5 metres deep and about 3.5 metres wide? Sure, we have blocked off the front door to allow us to use the whole space, but this picture is quite deceiving. We’ve got three desks, two bookcases, a couch with a chaise, and a 1940s/1950s sideboard that we use as a TV cabinet.

With the addition of a small 1940s/1950s free standing wardrobe, a 1950s dresser, and two under bed storage tubs, we have sufficient storage space in the bedroom, but we’ve had to push our bed up into a corner to fit everything in. I’d love to find a bedside table like the one pictured below to match our dresser and wardrobe because the modern laminate one really doesn’t match!

Our bathroom is incredible. I really love it. I love the detail in the hexagonal floor tiling, the colour scheme of blue, green, pink, maroon, grey, and importantly the fact there is both a bath (you can see it poking out there in the bottom left underneath the toilet) and a space for a washing machine (where I stood to take the picture).

There is so much I love about our little flat but of course it has its downsides too. It’s not our forever home and while it’s an it’ll do for now job it’s also practicable and suits our tastes.
Is your place somewhere you love or an it’ll do for the time being?

New Directions

First, I promise you that this post is not about the hit American TV show Glee (I’ll admit now I am a fan though). It really is about a new direction for Alexie RicRac. It’s not so much a new direction as it is a step closer to turning this blog into the dream I have for Alexie RicRac. Today I start a new chapter in the Alexie RicRac story.

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What I Wore: Tatyana Alika Circle Dress

Twelve months ago, Melbourne was experiencing a summer that we Australians are known for: blistering hot days and no respite in the evening. The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed these hot days and nights, though there was definitely some variances. On 2 February 2014, while official temperatures recorded at the Latrobe Street observation station (now closed) reached 39 degrees (Celsius; 102.2F), in Croydon, Victoria – 45 minutes out of the CBD where the BOM observation station was at the time – temperatures seared to 44 – 45 C (111.2 – 113F). Needless to say, I was really questioning my choice of dress for The Mister’s brother’s wedding.

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So long and farewell: The Beatles’ last performance

Forty six years ago, on 30 January 1969, the world of live music became a lesser place as The Beatles called it a day on public performances. Their final performance wasn’t just any performance either – it was a rooftop concert atop Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row, the Beatles’ own multimedia company. Though the group went on to record their final album Abbey Road, released 26 September 1969, they never performed live again, and later unofficially disbanded in November 1969.

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Home Organisation: My work space

We live in a small one bedroom flat in Melbourne. It’s not tiny but it’s certainly not huge. It’s not a ‘cosy 1 bedroom apartment with en suite’, nor is it a studio. Our flat is one of twelve, there are six flats each of 1 bedroom and 2 bedrooms. We have four very distinct rooms: kitchen, lounge room, bedroom, and a bathroom Read more

My week in musicals: ‘Across the Universe’ and ‘Almost Famous’

I’ve always loved music. My parents have educated me incredibly well, though as a child and possibly even a teen I don’t think I’d have ever admitted that. I am ashamed to admit that I did fall victim to the music of the ’90s and ’00s as a teen, and that sometimes I do still enjoy a little dance around the house to a ’90s or ’00s tune here and there, but I know that my musical education will continue for a long time to come. This week, I’ve been transported to both the 1960s and 1970s thanks to the wonderful technology that is the colour motion picture. Two brilliant films both showcasing fabulous music from both decades.First up, The Mister and I saw out 2014 with the 2007 Julie Taymor film ‘Across the Universe’. Without giving too much away, ‘Across the Universe’ is set in 1960s Britain and America. Jude, a young man from Liverpool, takes a journey to America to find his father, who he believes is a professor at Princeton University. To say that he’s disappointed his father is the prestigious university’s maintenance man is a little bit of an understatement. Jude goes on to meet Princeton’s number 1 prat, Max, and his pals. There is college boy antics and wonderful music and I’m stopping there because I know I’ll end up divulging too much. It’s an extraordinary journey of a young man in a time of discovery, understanding, revolution and love (as I can only imagine life in the ’60s was), all to the music of The Beatles. The Mister and I also made a fairly important decision whilst watching the film too, but that’s something to keep under wraps.

All You Need Is Love.

Source: IMDB

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