Thursday, 21 March 2013

Picnic at Hanging Rock

On Tuesday it was our best friend Mel's birthday. She had requested a picnic at Hanging Rock so we left in the car early, popping the champagne out the window and polished off two bottles before we turned off the Calder freeway (Steve was designated driver and it was a rare toddler-free Tuesday).

Our geologist friend Laura described Hanging Rock very scientifically as a "volcano pimple", it is really an incredible place, about an hour and a bit out of Melbourne. There is a 15 minute climb to the summit and the views are just beautiful. There were these yellow mountain flowers that I really want to do a painting of and lots of pinks, browns and reds in the rocks. I did a few watercolours after we ate the delicious feast we hauled up the climbing trail.

We had a wonderful day, finished off with dinner at a Japanese restaurant and gin-cucumber-tonics at a cosy little bar. It has been such a busy week for me, I will write up a post about school tomorrow night with some pictures and stories. I have been making a lot of work!

It's cold and blustery here. I am cosy inside contemplating baking a cake. What's the weather like where you are?


  1. I have always wanted to visit Hanging Rock. Wet and overcast inn Brisbane today (surprise surprise isn't it always like that lately) I was just about to go bake cookies and make tea. But cake sounds good as well.

  2. Yes, it is a bit dreary in Brisbane.
    I am thinking that a trip to the park would be good for all of us but not sure if the rain will hold off.
    Maybe cake instead?

    I am glad that you had a good day off...they are so needed once in a while aren't they?

  3. Oh I got goosebumps when I read your title. I read the book. Looks like such a lovely spot though. xo

  4. It sounds like a great way to celebrate a birthday. I love going out into the bush for a walk and explore, all going well this weekend and we have some nice weather I think we might just go and do some exploring too. The weather here has been a bit overcast today, perfect inside weather. xx

  5. Gosh that looks like such a wonderful spot for a birthday picnic and...warm! I'm sat here in my hat and scarf typing - it's so cold at the moment.

    Nina x

  6. These pictures are stunning Ruby, it looks breathtaking there! Sounds like you guys had the most wonderful day!

  7. Looks like we are supposed to get 3-5 inches of snow here today. I am not at all happy about it.

  8. Your photos are gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Following you now as well!


  9. Looks beautiful! It's snowing today by me :( summer can't come soon enough!

    New follower from the bloglovin' hop!
    Jamie & Kristen

  10. This sounds like heaven to me! What a way to spend the day! :)

  11. Looks like a gorgeous day. The weather here is horrific - cold grey and windy and threatening to snow.

  12. What a cool place! I might not ever make it to Hanging Rock but we have Picnic at Hanging Rock in our Netflex queue. ;)