Still obsessed. Whether clean and cool, colourfully crafted or bejewelled and elegant, the feather is able to master pretty much any look. Here is a collection of best-loved be-feathered items that have piqued my interest over the past few weeks. 

1. Tom Ford's beautiful Ombre Feather Bag, via Purse Blog.
2. Perfect for many a dress-up; felt headdress, by Lori Marie at Pretty Little Things.
3. Fowl watercolour, by Michelle Morin of United Thread.
4. Classic vintage movie poster, by graphic legend Saul Bass.
5. Tiny silver and brass beauty, by Nautical Wheeler Jewelry (please may I have this for Christmas?).
6. Roberto Cavalli's covetable flamingo collar, via Laura's Humble Abode.
7. Chunky textile chain by artist Megan Whitmarsh.
8. Screen print for a newborn, by Baby Jane Designs.
9. Bizarro 1900's ride-on felt Swan by Steiff, via The Supplemental.
10. DIY paper feather garland kit, by Kaye Blegvad.



My eye has been drawn to all things 'feather' of late, inspired by exotic street finds here in Australia; brightly coloured lorikeets are our favourites, whilst cockatoo crests are the most highly prized acquisitions. My 4 yr-old and I have been spotting them, with an unnecessarily dramatic intake of breath, and sticking them into a notebook since we arrived in January. Another reason our trip to Queensland was so rewarding, was (in the eyes of my youngest son) its abundance of shed feathers on beaches and cliff top walkways. Here are a few we stuffed in our pockets.

Warning: photos of a whole actual wing coming up.



There's nothing I like doing more on the beach than sifting for treasures; I've done it for as long as I can remember. I don't often even keep the shells, I just enjoy the hunt. Here are a series of recent hauls from Palm Beach, Whale Beach, Shute Island and Blacks Beach.



Ok, I take it all back, Queensland is amazing; one of the most beautiful and diverse places I've had the pleasure of visiting, and I only saw one shark, one massive lizard and two snakes. In fact, the most alarming experience was hand-feeding an emu; another tourist assured me it was safe, generously thrusting his bag of animal food at me, but the crazed look as the bird eyeballed me, cocked its head, and proceeded to head-butt my outstretched palm repeatedly with its open beak, is something that will stay with me. Don't even get me started on the Cassowary and its dagger-like third toe...

Here are a few of our roadtrip highlights from Cape Tribulation to Mackay (maybe get a cup of tea).

Waterfall swim

The prehistoric Cassowary
The maniacal Emu
Brain coral at the Great Barrier Reef
Mission Beach
The rugged, beautiful Whitsundays
Broken coral beaches
Whitehaven Beach, the whitest beach ever; 98% pure silica
Blacks Beach

Hello again Sydney! Another beautiful day.

All photographs copyright Robert Adam.