More Than Damned Whores and God's Police

24 Apr 2018

Liana of @findingfemme wearing ASOS pleated skirt at the site of an historic Ballarat Bitter mural

This time last year I did a shoot in front of a replica of this mural (see it here). The other is a slightly different colour and I was keen to come back to this one and try another style. I ended up having a much richer experience because of the history here. The owner of this building told us that the building was built in 1856. In my super brief online research, I couldn’t find any references to it being built but I did find out some stuff about the publican, who was Lucy Harriet Ward. Lucy was the housekeeper for the previous publican who ended up going bankrupt in 1864. The pub was then let to Lucy because no one else would make a better offer than her. Apparently, she looked after it for a year before the publican became Eliza Thurling. 

A Romantic Birthday

20 Apr 2018

114 Armstrong St S, Ballarat Central VIC 3350, Australia
Liana of @findingfemme attends a perfume masterclass at Sweet Fern Ballarat

The more birthdays I experience, the more I like them. The most important thing I’ve learned regarding the annual celebration is to be comfortable telling people it’s my birthday. I’ve got so many great people in my life but if they don’t know it’s on then they won’t have the opportunity to celebrate it with me. Because of this I happily tell people when my birthday will be.

Autumn Picnic

14 Apr 2018

Liana of @findingfemme on an autumn picnic in Daylesford

Autumn is my favourite season by far. Since I haven't been well, my sister, Liv and I decided to have a relaxing day with a picnic lunch, breathing in the woody air in Daylesford. It was a simple set up. Some things you won't see in these pictures are the wasps hovering about the dropped leaves, the tiny spiders that kept dropping on us or little green bugs that ended up all over the blanket. I hated how I looked, particularly because I'm still fighting against this hateful haircut, but there you go. Enjoy!

How My Sister Died

27 Mar 2018

Something I wear quite openly in most of my blog photos is a small tattoo on my left forearm. It’s the logo from a bottle of perfume from the 1920’s, which shares the name of my late sister, Maja (pronounced: May-ah). Often I find that when people spark up a conversation with me about the tattoo, that they become apologetic when they realise it’s related to her death and they feel bad about talking about it, but it’s something that we really, really need to talk about.

Settler and Sons Twilight Dinner

20 Mar 2018

When I arrived at the Settler and Sons dinner, it was at the end of golden hour. I’d driven towards Nowhere Creek as the final light from the sun touched everything it could reach. Thick, lazy light, heavy like honey, oozed over the golden hills. My camera was heavy in my lap and I so wanted to stop and capture every view in every direction just to remember the moment. But, I was late, I couldn’t stop, so I glanced at the golden hills with their purple shadows, the windows of my car lowered, hoping the memory would be tattooed on my heart.
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