Monday, August 16, 2010

Jumpsuits, Cubby Houses and Swings

My childhood neighbour Clare who tracked me down through this blog sent me these amazing photos today. I love them! I think they're from 1976 and I'm wearing what can only be described as an olive green jumpsuit that my Mum made for me on her Singer sewing machine! I loved Clare's cubby house. Her Dad built it from scratch. I know. It's amazing isn't it? Say what you will about parents in the suburbs in the mid 70s- they actioned a lot of tasks with their own bare hands and knew the value of Industry.
Clare's cubby house was so superior that it even had its own swing! The Fanciness. Everyone looks so adorable in this photo, and can I just say that I have spent most of my adult life trying to recreate and recapture the Perfection of my 4 year old hair colour?
Thank you Clare! And thank you to your sister who recognised me from the blog and to your Mum who sent these photos to you. Can't wait to catch up with you in Real Life in November. We'll have to find a cubby house and a swing and recapture these snaps! (but no way in hell will I be wearing a jumpsuit)
xxxxx

28 comments:

  1. i love the architecture of the cubby house. so 70's.

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  2. This is wonderful. I am so glad you two are back in touch xx

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  3. That cubby house is much like Peter McIntyre's 1955 Butterfly House, built on the Yarra River, Melbourne, with its cantilever verandahs. I wonder if it had a similar internal spiral staircase ... there was much underestimated domestic advances in the 1970s.

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  4. Yep that is a fabulous flaxen sheath of hair that you had at 4, I'm just trying to get the golden tones that I had then back into my hair - who knew we'd be envious of our 4 year old selves one day?

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  5. My boyfriend was lucky enough to have a two store cubby house, complete with trap door and ladder between the levels (that is 10m off the ground) complete with wrap around verandah. The things the council would let you do in the 80s. Even better if your father is a builder and you live on a farm.

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  6. Dear FF, so glad Mum found these pics! That cubby house was the coolest, but I secretly wished my Mum had been a little more "Martha" and tissed up the insides with furniture and accessories. That swing went so high, I think because Dad was so tall, he built it higher for him to push and I remember going past the top of the cubby often. Later on the cubby house because home to possums. Dad built 2 little boxes on the roof and each Spring possums had their babies in there and I'd feed them apples. Super cute (but they were territorial if you got too close)! I must say I LOVE my red shoes! Your older Sister and I are the same age and I'm towering her (and you, in your divinely gorgeous olive jumpsuit)! Really enjoying re-living these childhood memories with you (and everyone else!) Clare x

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  7. How marvellous that you will be re-connecting soon with an old friend. Childhood photos and memories are to be cherished. Bet there will be much laughter on the swings.
    FF you were rocking the jumpsuit and appear to have been blessed with superior hair for a 4yr old.
    xx

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  8. Hi from Clares big Sister so glad I spotted you and told Clare .The old photos bought back lots of old memories ,so glad mum still had them . Dad did such a good job with the cubby and swing . I can remember all you little girls out in the back garden having lots of fun. Regards Laura.

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  9. FF - say what you will, but at that time YOU were at the height of fashion!! LOL...cute little things!! And I love the red shoes on your friend!!

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  10. Dear FF, just looked at the new Peter Alexander Spring range and he has a floral jumpsuit..........are you sure you don't want one? Peter what were you thinking? Clare x

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  11. Amazing mini A-frame. Reminds me of living in Alaska in the 70's. I didn't have a cool jumpsuit however.

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  12. It's all about connections...bet you just can't wait until your November visit!
    I heard that jumpsuits are making a comeback...

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  13. Dear Ms FF, What a lovely nostalgic moment Clare's photo has captured. We have similar photos from the 70s of my sister, our neighbour's children and a chubby little me looking straight at the camera in that same frank and happy way. You know that as soon as the adults left, we continued playing and playing until we all had to have dinner. My girls do this too - abeit with smarter handbags, necklaces and scarves.

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  14. Laura and Clare, thankyou for putting the pieces together and recognising me -these photos made me so happy! My older sister has a much better memory of everything than I do but I definitely remember the cubby house.

    Linda in Chile how did you come to find this blog? I love it that I have a South American reader 11/10.

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  15. hi ff,

    i've always wished there was a way to have childhood reunions instead of high school reunions. i would LOVE to get together with the little girls and boys i played together with as a child.

    also, jumpsuits are making a comeback and i believe you could pull it off!

    and your hair was/is divine.

    ~janet

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  16. How wonderful. Great to find this out after a hard days work with sorting out clothes for a shoot - of which olive and jumpsuits by chance made it in to the cut. A head of your time xx

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  17. Hey FF. Good morning! Thanks for the words of encouragement on Mai Tai's blog, it really was intimidating for me to ACTUALLY email MAI TAI, she is truly a style GODDESS, but always seems really sweet and gracious as well.
    Arnie had a veritable fashion parade at home last night modelling a twilly, then a 70 x 70cm H scarf (which probably has a name), all arranged and tied the Main Tai way.
    I hope you are feeling much better this week, cheers Louise

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  18. Dear Ms FF, your lovely boarding school friend, Marianne, told me all about your fabulous blog. She will be returning to Qld soon and we will miss her because we love her 11/10. She has a penchant for hemp lipstick - we roll our eyes too. I used to be a public servant in Canberra but have given up the glamour of Belconnen to be a handbag in Santiago. We have been here for nine months and in some respects it is very like Australia and in others we could easily be on the moon - not bad, just strange. I am a Qld girl (Sunshine Coast) - a point of contention with Mr LiC during State of Origin. I love your Hong Kong references as I spent all my high school years there (we lived in the Mid Levels). As a result, I have a very peculiar accent. Previously, we were in Mauritius and Moscow. Mr LiC generally asks me what I think about a new location when I am a bit distracted but it always appears to work out.

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  19. Hello dear FF,seeing your latest post, it's obvious you were stylish from a young age! I've been re-reading a little book which I love, and I think you would enjoy too; It's called " A Guide to Elegance" by Genevieve Antoine Dariaux, who used to be "Directress" of the Nina Ricci salon. It was written in 1964, but has been republished, and is fascinating, with all it's hints and insights. I got it from Booktopia, reading it reminds me of you and the care you take with your appearance and lifestyle! Elegance is a beautiful word isn't it? xx

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  20. Don't you just love old photos like these? They really made me smile...they look so familiar to my own carefree childhood.
    So uncomplicated - no Wiis, Nintendos, Computer games, multi-chanelled pay TVs - just fun in the back-yard with neighbourhood friends.
    ...and that jumpsuit arrangement was so ahead of your time - to quote 'FashionFame.com' ..."jazz up your wardrobe for Spring 2010 with the one-piece get-up that is nothing less than fabulous. Jumpsuits are a great package of style, comfort, variety and latest fashion trend. Just Go for it"... - see? Visionary!
    My mother used to action a bit of overnight "Singer Magic", too...my sister and I would awake to such superior numbers as (matching!) ponchos with pom-pom trims - maybe these will make the 2011 collections????
    hmmmm....
    xx

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  21. Wonderful picture! Jumpsuits are very chic right now. You could wear a white one and channel Agnetha on the cover of Arrival, for that real 70s nostalgia?

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  22. That treehouse is excellent. It reminds me of the one my dad built for me in the late 80s. Which was very cutting edge architecturally & matched our ultra modern 80s house. Sadly it was dismantled to make way for a pool.
    I think hand made toys by a family member are 100X better than store bought toys (not including the supreme role model Barbie)

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  23. Oh that cubby is to die for... and your 4 yr old self is the cutest thing I ever did see. You look so happy. Life was so simple back then. It's hard to keep it simple for the small folk these days. A-M xx

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  24. Fashion forward even at 4, FF, with that cool olive jumpsuit! Bxx

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  25. Hi there

    Mum says the lamb is thriving and is very loyal. He is very cute :)

    Hope you're well.

    xx

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  26. What a great cubby house and how lovely that your childhood friend tracked you down through the blog.... wonderful! x

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  27. I miss your posts - I hope everything is OK?!

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  28. Linda in Chile I LOVE your story and am so interested in all the places you've lived- I am a big fan of the Mid levels!!!!

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