Autumn colour

Melbournians all wear black.

It’s not a rule, it’s just that they do. And it seems the city itself produces an antidote to all this urban cool by going just a little crazy with the autumn colour.

We were meeting at The Terrace café at Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens. My friend Ann and her husband were due to join us, but he wasn’t well, so that will have to wait for another day. However, I did get to catch up with two family members and Chippy came with us, so it was still a fun outing. Hot soup and toasted sourdough and hot chocolate on a cold day are really good!

Afterwards, we walked through the magnificent Royal Botanic Gardens to get back to Flinders Street Station (both to shake down the lunch and enjoy the spectacular views), waved the young rellies off and piled into the train to get home to warm up.

That evening we went out to eat. Chippy is a wonderful cook, but we were looking for an excuse to eat out, so curry it was…

Dosas with a butter chicken filling and a trio of dipping sauce, gravy and chutney, so good. And of course, eaten with the hands for the authentic experience.

We did dress up a little too much for the venue, I’ll admit, but Chippy and I enjoy a little Indian-style glamour. Black and gold for her, pink, orange and navy for me!

Today, we’re meeting Lucy again for lunch. She’s flown up specially from Sydney, so it would be a shame not to make the most of it. But first, I’m spoiling myself with a pedicure whilst the Husband reads the papers and enjoys a cup of coffee.

Life is hard, but someone has to do it!

29 thoughts on “Autumn colour

  1. Yesterday was cold 🥶 & was meant to be very wet but somehow we seem to get a bit of sunshine 🌞 and the rain stayed away till we got home which was super …. Don’t u think 💭
    I think it’s the sunny Queensland weather which came along in your luggage which is helping . 😘
    It really was a lovely day and I’m happy to be included in the family get together. ❤️

  2. anne54 says:

    Your scarf and beanie adds a very welcome burst of colour too! Soup, sourdough, hot chocolate, good friends….I am sorry I missed it. Next time. Enjoy the rest of your stay. (Terry is better today, even up to making me a cup of tea, which I am enjoying in bed while I type!)

    • katechiconi says:

      We missed you, Anne. I remember the first time I was there, when Celi was in Melbourne and a group of us got together, including you and Dale. I think that was the first time I ever met you in person.

  3. The Royal Botanic Garden Website is very alluring – I think I’d like to try the Seek and Find Nature cards! I’m glad you’re enjoying yourselves!

    • katechiconi says:

      The website is great, isn’t it? The gardens themselves have always been one of the great pleasures of Melbourne for me, right in the heart of the city, and so lavish, varied and beautifully arranged for maximum enjoyment of the views. Even at this time of year (autumn), there are plentiful flowers, lots of foliage colour and there’s always some event, exhibition or other activity to enjoy.

  4. Sharon says:

    Oh I just love that you dressed up for your Curry dining adventure. You both look wonderful 🙂

    • katechiconi says:

      Chippy is Indian by birth, and misses a bit of garment-drama, I think. I’m an adopted Queenslander, and bright colours come naturally to me anyway, so we love a bit of brilliant drapery. And a curry-outing gave us the perfect excuse.

  5. Soup and hot chocolate are the best things about cold weather. My favorite time of year. I can hardly wait. Love the glitzy and very appropriate outfits. It looks as though plan B worked out wonderfully.

  6. magpiesue says:

    Folks up here in the Pacific Northwest seem to prefer to dress in dark hues too, city or country. As if they want to blend in to the landscape. Me, I’m all for tropical colors! Enjoy the rest of your visit!

    • katechiconi says:

      I think bright colours look warmer too, and I can never see the logic of wearing dark colours in dark days. If I ever needed to get a big puffy quilted coat it would be pink or orange or red!

  7. I love your bright, happy, colourful clothing. Much nicer than wearing all black.

    • katechiconi says:

      I love the fact that now I have white hair I can wear bright colours much more easily. When I was brown-haired, the hot-brights just made me look washed out. So I’m really indulging my tastes 😊

  8. Marty K says:

    So glad you’re having such a wonderful holiday! Am a bit jealous of those huge dosas!

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, man, they were sooooo good! I could have eaten three… only I’d have exploded. But I’m already smelling tonight’s dinner and salivating – Indian home cooking is leagues ahead of ‘restaurant’ Indian food.

  9. What happy photos. How lovely to have a pal to dress up with. I love that you added that pink brightness.

    • katechiconi says:

      A dupatta that’s both bright burnt orange and hot pink, with gold foil embroidery. It really sticks out in Melbourne’s cold dark weather, and amongst all the black and dark grey clothing!

  10. Debbierose says:

    Your dinner attire is perfect and YES the black puffer jacket uniform in Melbourne is hilarious

  11. nanacathy2 says:

    You look fab in your bright clothes, promise not to tell Mouse you are eating yummy food without him.

    • katechiconi says:

      I suspect Mouse is probably also being spoiled, and may even be pinching Lotti’s treats… I wish he could have come too, but he’d definitely have had to wear his own warm coat as the weather’s been bitter.

  12. Beautiful warm foliage colours, bright attire and appealing food, delightfully offset the wintry chill. What a difference to when the stars aligned for our summery meet up with Ardys and Celi… the latter also lately arrived in Melbourne.

    • katechiconi says:

      Yes, that was a very different day, wasn’t it? I wonder what the news is there… It has been truly wintry here, but at least we don’t have to live through months of it, and tonight is, I suspect going to warm the cockles of everyone’s hearts whatever happens outside.

  13. Going Batty in Wales says:

    That all sounds wonderful!

    • katechiconi says:

      We’re home now, but we had SUCH a good time. Chippy and Jonathan are the most wonderful, thoughtful hosts, and it was also great to catch up up with my niece and nephew. Altogether a great trip.

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