It was our 19th wedding anniversary so we treated ourselves to a day in town . . . a 16th floor suite at the Stamford Plaza for the evening and free to hoof it around the place with the vehicle parked underground. 11:00am checkin and we were on our way for coffee at “one-eleven” Eagle Street and also to book lunch at 2:00pm with Brad. Right opposite is Barbara’s gold plated titanium and stainless steel sculpture entitled – ‘a tree a rock a cloud’ from 2000 where I snapped the shot above. Next we swung up creek street to adelaide and visited Ken Penfold to see the latest estate jewellery on offer (only he had customers) and next door to ‘children of the revolution’, Barbara’s fave shoe shop. Up to the third floor of David Jones to the crookery dept where we swooped on more pieces of Jasper Conran’s “kilim pattern” by Wedgewood as it was a wednesday one day special . . . ground floor to the perfume department – Balenciaga refill. Dashed across the mall to the Wintergarden and checked out Olive for a doggie gift. Up into the T&G arcade we love to the tea shop and over down the Elizabeth Arcade just to see the thimble-sized shops, the food joints and escaped down elizabeth to bump into Tim Hill outside Hermes (on his way to London the following day). Slipped back into one eleven for lunch – a NZ marlbrough and two meat dishes, a shared desert and while chatting up all the details of chairs and large mounted tolomeos (not to mention the gigantic 4 floor vaulted ceiling) Philip Johnson and his architect from Cox Rayner joined our table and we continue the conversation around these elements. Stroll back to the Stamford to dump parcels and a water and off up mary to Folio Books for the last hour’s shopping. A coffee with Angelos, Jennifer et al as we were smothered in visual printed drama. Jasper Conran’s ‘country’ and ‘la fomentera’ the woodland refuge of Juan Montoya were my two standouts – and  Barbara netted three new titles (including ‘the new jewellers’ by Olivier Dupon T&H). Down past Waterfront Place to the ‘river bar’ – Mr & Mrs G for a sunset cocktail (although we both had a beer), neither Marcia or Andy were there unfortunately. Back to the room to freshen up and off again to Urban – specifically The Euro which is just up around the corner on Mary. Settled into a glass of Tasmanian ‘spring vale’ pinot, two smashing small mains and another shared dessert with again, sparkling water on the side. Back to the suite to the double bath and all the iPhone massages and web browsing until lights out. Big bright morning with Barb doing her laps in the pool, a snappy pack, into the ‘caddy’ and off to east Brisbane to Egg Bistro for breakfast and a snoop into Michael Allen’s adjoining antique shop. That was celebrating 26 years together and nineteen bonded in work and living bliss . . .

See the comment Barbara made, this earlier link has the under water lighting as part of the original design and installation.

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