A recent trip to Melbourne was a bit longer than the usual weekend jaunt and it made for a more leisurely pace with time to catch up with friends and do some different things.
Mr Petal & Pins and I spent the weeks leading up to going excitedly plotting where we wanted to eat and shop, adding new places to our list of favourites.
Going to La Belle Miette for a box of macarons has started to be a bit of a tradition – one I’m quite happy to cultivate.
Choosing flavours, not to mention which box requires careful consideration!
My posts Macarons Memories & Momentoes and Spilt Wine show how I like to repurpose the boxes.
Taking advantage of the sunshine we took a stroll through Fitzroy Gardens and it brought back memories of a childhood visit when my family drove down to Melbourne and took the boat across to Tasmania.
The impetus for the whole trip was to see jazz singer Stacey Kent and her band in their first and only Australian concert so on the last evening we walked from our apartment across the river to the Melbourne Recital Hall.
It was a wonderful concert, delightful and very special to hear her sing live. It left a spring in my step (and her tunes in my head) for days and it’s now on my wish list to see them perform again sometime somewhere.
Before flying home the next day we hired a car and went to Heide Museum of Modern Art which I have been keen to get to for a while now.
A feature of this rockery is the experimental espalier across the facade of three Silver Princess trees Eucalyptus caesia. It is designed by Australian artist Fiona Hall and is the second artist’s garden commissioned by Heide.
It was raining so we didn’t spend a lot of time exploring the gardens but lingered in the gallery and had lunch in the cafe.
It was the perfect way to round out our mini vacation – food, friends, fashion, music and art.
I’ve already earmarked an upcoming exhibition for a return trip to Heide, hopefully on a day that lends itself to a picnic in the gardens.
And then there was the cocktails at New Gold Mountain… we might have to start a new tradition.