A Picnic at Hanging Rock

Hi everybody!

So due to me misplacing my camera charger and the subsequent loss of battery-power of our camera, things have been a little quiet over here for a bit longer than expected.. oops.
It's also still about a million degrees in Melbourne which, along with being jobless, is really affecting my will to live outfit decisions.. Clothing is highly optional at the moment!

Yesterday, however, was a lovely, cooler, breezy day so we took some Canadian friends out to the sticks to have a picnic at Hanging Rock.
We didn't end up having our picnic there (we got there 40 minutes before they were closing the gates), but we rushed up the rock and managed to reach the summit. Of course we forgot to bring the camera with us, but we got a couple of phone photos..

For those of you who haven't heard of Hanging Rock, it's a volcanic formation about 50 minutes north-west of Melbourne, right next to my home town :)

It's most famous as being the setting of the 1967 novel and 1975 film Picnic at Hanging Rock, which is set in 1900 and tells the story of a group of school girls who go on a Valentine's Day picnic at the rock and mysteriously vanish.

(warning, longest movie trailer ever)

I watched the movie a number of times as a child but have never read the novel. Apparently the author wrote the entire book in the 60's, however just before it was published in 1967 she requested that the last chapter be removed, to be published separately 3 years after her death. The final chapter was released in 1987 as The Secret of Hanging Rock.

I remember after watching the movie as a youngster being convinced the story was true.. I'm pretty sure I tricked many a friend into believing that you could still hear the voices of the girls as they roamed about the rock, lost forever.. Mirannnndaaaa….

Anywho, I wore an outfit completely inappropriate for rock climbing (naturally).

Scarf, shoes and belt - thrifted, top - eBay, skirt - made by me.

I made this circle skirt a week or so ago and I'm completely obsessed. It's so swishy and lovely to wear, I can't believe this is the first one I have owned!
The top is a style I've been after for ages, I found this one super cheap on eBay and bought a black one too. I've basically been living in them whenever I leave the house, they're lovely and cool and very pretty!

I've been very busy sewing lately so hopefully I will have some more pretty things to share soon. I'm just crossing my fingers for a few more cooler days so I can actually make some kind of an effort instead of laying on the concrete floor in my underwear.. hmm.


  1. Such a cute skirt!

    I adore the Picnic at Hanging Rock movie and book and keep meaning to get out to the actual rock and see it for myself but never seem to get around to it. Hopefully one day soon!


    1. Thank you!
      You definitely should go, it's a beautiful area, really typically Australian :)

  2. That is a perfect picnic ensemble. Classic, cute, airy, and easy to move around freely in. You really look terrific, my dear! (We've been going through a total cold snap, even hitting some record lows for that given date in my town, lately and I would happily ship you a million pounds of snow to help cool you off, if I could).

    Speaking of snow and Canada, it's really exciting that you may move here for a year or so one day. Please let me know if those plans come to fruition. I'd love to help answer as many questions about Canada as you may have, and also of course, plan a blogger meetup if you're moving anywhere near our corner of British Columbia.

    Big hugs & oodles of thanks for your wonderfully nice comment on today's Valentine's themed outfit post,
    ♥ Jessica

    1. Why thank you! I have to say though, it wasn't quite so perfect for climbing steep staircases and rocks! Oh please send us some snow, I am just so looking forward to winter, I can't even tell you.

      I shall definitely let you know! I think we're looking at basing ourselves in Montreal, but I definitely want to travel and see as much as I can so I'm sure I'll end up over your side of the country at some point!

      Thank you for your lovely comment too :) x


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