In Melbourne, the spring Racing Carnival is the big thing in October/November. The biggest day of all is the Melbourne Cup Day.
|Outside our carpark|
|The hat is good!|
We were lucky enough to be able to attend this year. I had no idea what to expect. All I knew was that I had to wear something nice and wear something on my head. Ollie and I had gone shopping a couple of week prior and I discovered that hata are outrageously expensive. Even the bin full of broken hats and left over feathery bits was still over $50.
|This is where you bet!|
|Food? Champagne? Yes please!|
|Watching the races|
I also knew that we'd be outside all day and because Melbourne has 4 seasons in one day I would probably be cold. I wore a thermal top underneath my dress 'cause I'm classy like that.
|Maybe someone won?|
Basically the Melbourne Cup was a fancy tailgate party. We were in the nursery (a giant parking lot) and had a gazebo with buckets of champagne and lovely bits to eat like mini quiche, antipasto platters, and mini cakes. It was beautiful! We watched the horse races on a giant screen. And then we thought we'd bet.
This is what happens when your horse places!
We even got to swap tickets and go into the wealthy area. It was a fancier carpark with more expensive champagne. But the best bit was that we were able to actually see the track and watch the horses go by.
|Watching the horses go by|
Amazing! Especially since horse racing is not something that is part of anything that we know about. The whole day was very strange and fantastic!
Today I am thankful for wonderful friends and friends of friends who include us in their fun times!