After a fascinating visit into the vaults of Melbourne Museum, I ventured through the fern gully (oh so appropriate seeing my book of choice for the flight was 'The Victorian Fern Craze'). I had heard there was a bowerbird & bower within but could not locate it, although the brightly coloured fairy wrens darting around were a lovely distraction.
Through the dinosaur walk, the the 'Wild' exhibit. A glorious, stopped exhibit of mounted taxidermy animals from around the world. Although I adore a diorama, this was as though visiting a minimal version of Imperato's Cabinet of Curiosity from the 14th Century...A flying squirrel eyeballs you from the top viewing platform; a long legged wading bird peers with curiosity from a great height; bears, bats, zebras, kangaroos & wild cats are amongst the menagerie tiered floor to ceiling, flying overhead & mounted to the walls. You gotta go!
A cab to check out Hermes' new windows on Collins St showcasing my good friend, Anna Wili's equine masks & mounts. They were originally made for an Hermes party held in Sydney, just for display & to be worn. I so want one of the horse full-masks for my next masked ball.
Across the way to Flinders Lane to Cumulus. I always enjoy what Arc One has on show so I slipped in before lunch & viewed the Robbie Rowlands show, 'The Gardener'. 3D art & sculpture using found objects relating to backyards & gardens, given a new view & life. An old hills hoist becomes a giant swimming octopus- just like the one I saw in a Greek documentary last week.
I last dined at Cumulus with my BFF Donna Hay & the Masterchef crew. As an often lone traveller, I appreciate the restaurants that offer a choice of seating & eating options: take away, dining, at the open kitchen/bar or just casual high. I sit at the marble bar where there is a hook for my bag. A copy of broadsheets are placed next to me if I so please to read & half serves of plates are offered- I am delighted & surprised.
My meal: Mineral German Riesling
Half serve of salad greens with dill (under-rated herb) & radish
Half serve of tuna tartare: generous cubes of sashimi tuna served on smashed peas, yoghurt & mint
Quick skip across to Collins to Haighs for a bag of freckles (dark chic ones now available but for me, it's milk) & on my way to the airport for my 3.15pm flight.
A perfect day.