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Weekend at Ballarat Bertie’s

I spent the weekend with an icon, Bitter old Ballarat Bertie. At least he is an icon around here!

So much so that the image of him on the side of one of the local buildings is heritage listed. Well, I could be making that up but I know the rest of the building gets a painting and Bertie stays right where he has been for ages. In fact, he is such an icon that a couple of years back one of the local breweries made some Ballarat Bitter and donated profits to charity.

That’s just the kind of guy old Bitter Bertie is…or was.

Back in the day, Ballarat Bitter and their mascot Bertie were THE beer of Ballarat! Those days have long gone with major corporations taking over and all the imports that are available these days. I keep thinking that as Cider is becoming ever more popular with its boutique blends perhaps micro-brews will return.

Time will tell.

Anyway, Old Bertie and I did a photo shoot together.

The Look: I thought it was about time to do something different. So I wore flats. I do wear them occasionally and as it was the weekend, I thought why not. I also went with a TOTALLY casual look. Just to show you that I’m not always getting dressed up or going anywhere very exciting. In fact, when I put this look together, we were just going to be checking on a friend that just got home from the hospital, stopping at the local antique auction for a preview and then heading home to relax for the day.

Which is exactly what boyfriend jeans, an op-shop camo t-shirt and military style jacket are good for…taking it easy and being casual!

However…while taking the photos a car pulling a trailer drives buy slowly and the driver yells, “Hey, want to come to my house for a coffee after your photo shoot”? Luckily, even without my glasses I recognize the driver as Swampy, a friend of ours. He and his partner Kerri, live just a couple of doors down from where we were shooting.

So the Fashion Mister got a few more pics, close-ups and off we went for a long chat and coffee with friends.

Eventually we made it to the auction house and home but it was good to catch up with Swamp (sir name Marsh which is where he got his nickname…it’s the Australian way) and Kerri.

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Just a middle-aged woman with a love of fashion trying to have a purchasing fast. Spending 90 days dressing out of what is already in the wardrobe.If I can't shop for clothes, I may as well write about clothes! View all posts by astimegoesbuy

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