These will be the good old days - Ocean Blue Coastal Retreats

My inspiration for this blog today came to me when I was hiding under the duvet this morning…not really wanting to come out.  Most kids went back to school this week here in Victoria.  My kids are all grown, so past school, but my step-son went back today and was full of nerves.  I did feel for him knowing that feeling all too well.  It is great that they are finally going back to spend time with their friends, but it is also sometimes difficult to leave the safety and comfort of the little bubbles we have been living in.

It made me think about the tough times when I look back on in my own childhood and how those tough times are often distant memories that we now smile about to remember.  I grew up in London in the 70’s & 80’s during the Thatcher years and distinctly remember the electricity power cuts, due to the coal miner strikes.  The house filled with candle light, card games around the kitchen table.  My siblings and I still laugh as we remember the things that went wrong on our annual family road trip holidays, rather than what went right…it is funny, those are the things we remember, but not in a bad way.

I guess my point is that yes, this year has been incredibly tough, but though it might be hard to believe these days will become part of our good old days, particularly for our kids.  We will look back at this time and reminisce about this time we have spent together, when the world stopped…and Melbourne for a bit longer haha.  My daughter (24) sent me this the other day and it is so true.  I’m glad she sees it this way xx

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Looking back in pictures x

Perhaps it is easier to look back at times when life seemed simpler and imagine that life was better than it is now, but was it really or do we just change our perspective.  Those childhood photographs and even older TV programmes often have a certain glow about them.  It’s hard to imagine that the photos we are taking now will ever look like them.  Even Friends looks dated now!!  Check out this cool Instagram profile with amazing vintage photos of Melbourne…fascinating @oldvintagemelbourne
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Busy scene at the intersection of Collins and Swanston Streets in 1963

Mid Century Style

the good old days

Anyone who knows us at Ocean Blue knows that we are all lovers of interiors.  All those years ago Ocean Blue was set up to provide stylish accommodation for the whole family.  We know that when you go on holiday you want to stay somewhere just as nice as your home…and that includes somewhere nice for the whole family, including your dog. 

One of my favourite style eras is mid century modern.  To be honest I am a sucker for anything retro, from the 50s onwards.  Apparently the resurgence of this mid century style in the 90s is the fault of the Gen Xers who look back fondly on this style from their childhoods. I am sure I am not the only one who grew up with yellow flower power curtains, green fern wallpaper and purple swirly carpet! No??! Just me then…

This interesting article discusses whether Mid-Century Modern Style is Over

If you also love the Mid Century Modern style you may enjoy the Ilse Crawford, Interior Design episode of the Netflix series Abstract.  I may have mentioned it before (because I love it so much), but bear with me, I have lockdown brain.  Ooh I found a link on YouTube…you can watch it here

Those curtains! (Me on the left…my Dad looked pretty cool)

Bingeing TV x

Also looking back to the 70s and 80s, this we week enjoyed Mrs America on Binge TV.  Mrs. America tells the story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA), and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.” Through the eyes of the women of the era — both Schlafly and second wave feminists Gloria Steinem, Betty Friedan, Shirley Chisholm, Bella Abzug and Jill Ruckelshaus — the series explores how one of the toughest battlegrounds in the culture wars of the 1970s helped give rise to the Moral Majority and forever shifted the political landscape.  Fabulous cast x  Watch the trailer

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