A Birthday Picnic and a Floral Dress

11 Apr 2014 Lake Wendouree, VIC 3350, Australia

My birthday was forecast for rain. Initially I tried to find a time of day when it wouldn't be raining in the hope of having a picnic in Ballarat's stunning Botanic Gardens. When the forecast eventually said 'rain, just rain, all day', I decided to try a different approach. Dotted along the lake foreshore across the from the gardens are a handfull of rotundas. We scoped out one on the morning of my birthday and then decked it out with tea and cakes.

Here is my beautiful aunt Monica, my sister, my mum and I posing mid way through setting up our picnic. My bestie Tegan came along and took these pictures of me (she's so good I just want to squish her face).

Hat: Thrifted
Dress: 'Delilah' - sold out. By Review
Delilah skirt also available.
Cardigan: Nevis in Tangerine, by Review
Shoes: sold out, by Sandler
Location: Wendouree Lake foreshore, behind Pipers.
Photos: Mostly Tegan Barnes

I know a few of my readers are from the norther hemisphere where swans are white. Here are our beautiful black swans for your enjoyment.

Tegan and Ryan's thrifted picnic basket.

Macarons from Cake Bakeshop. The flavours were: Redskin, Snickers, Bubblegum, Salted Caramel.

Monica in a dress she made herself. Perfect picnic attire.

Remember Tegan from Tuesdays with Tegan? She made me these red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing.

Mini sandwiches and delicious grapes on a Robert Gordon Pottery high tea cake stand.

Above, myself and my girlfriend Lynne who I know through Bookclub. She is an avid reader, loves animals and is one of the most intelligent ladies I know. It was great to have such awesome people to celebrate my birthday with.

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