Saturday picnic in the hinterlands (a 52 in 52 task)

On this grey, dreary day my husband decided to humour me. I had requested that he prepare a lunch so that we could have picnic in the hinterland, then promptly forgotten all about it. It was a 52 in 52 that I wanted to achieve for weeks, and hadn’t yet had a chance. I thought today would have been a great chance for us to spend time together before the arrival of bub.

After making my request, I went out and caught up with some friends in a book club I’m part of. While I was out, Mario had messaged to let me know we had other friends coming over to visit, ones that we always struggle to find time to see. Once I got home, he explained he had told them we would only be home until midday, then we had to go out.

“Where?” I enquired, disappointed showing in my voice. Secretly I was hoping for a day at home on the couch.

“You wanted to have a picnic?!” he pointed out, very confused.

“Oh yeah!” My voice changed to excitement.

I looked in the fridge, to find he had prepared a packed lunch for us. He had put together a spread of sandwiches, olive antipasto, chocolate and drinks. What a sweetheart.

Finding somewhere to go

At first I had wanted to take our dog as well, but after thinking more about it, I decided taking her in a truck on windy roads may not be a smart idea. She was out.

After discussing the technical specifications we decided that all I wanted to have a view over the coast if possible. Knowing there was a ton of lookouts along the Sunshine Coast hinterland, we jumped in the car and headed up. Our first stop was to go to Mary Cairncross, which was absolutely packed. I also forgot that the view was actually across the road from the Scenic Reserve, and not actually a lookout. We continued on.

I put in the keywords of “lookout” in Google Maps, and McCarthy’s Lookout was only a short distance away. We decided to go there.

We pulled up and it was perfect. It had everything I needed:

  • A view over the Glasshouse Mountains (admittedly quite grey, but still gorgeous; I can only imagine what that would look like on a clear day)
  • A table and chairs for us to sit at (bonus – they were clean)
  • Not many people (at the time there was only two other girls there occupying the second table; they had wine – I was jealous)

We parked, and set ourselves up.

Picnic in the hinterland

Eating lunch

Mario had really delivered on the impromptu request. We had gourmet sandwiches, comprising of:

  • Meat (one half had prosciutto, the other half had ham)
  • Jarlesburg cheese
  • Sun-dried tomato
  • Rocket
  • Roasted capsicums

Despite making sourdough most days of the week, had had also randomly purchased some fresh bread from the bakery.

The sandwiches were divine!

Picnic in the hinterland

Mandatory selfie

Following lunch, I told Mario that we had to take a selfie. First I tried balancing the phone on the esky so that we could get a timed shot with the background in, but we were worried it would fall over. That idea was canned.

By this time the girls had left and been replaced by an older couple. The male offered to take photos of us, which I gratefully accepted. Normally I don’t like full-body shots, but decided I would suck it up. Afterwards, I looked at the images and my usual body image issues kicked in.

For the sake of history I’ve included the image below, but for the record I hate it. I’ve nitpicked at it completely, criticising how round my face is, why my shirt is stretched out so it looks like I don’t have boobs (I’d pulled it down so far around my bump), the stripes in my shirt making a weird pattern around my belly, and how round I am in general. But hey, point in time right? (This is not a beg for sympathy either, so please don’t feel the need to comment on it <– spoken like a true negative nancy).

Afterwards I made Mario pose for a selfie, and took my usual “mouth open because for some reason I think goofing around is better” photo. And hey, we got the background!

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Last picnic as two

We sat and chat for a little bit, but didn’t end up staying for too long as it was a bit chilly. However it was really nice to get out and do something different for a change.

I remarked on the fact that it would be one of our last opportunities doing it as a family of two. However neither of us felt like that was a bad thing, and we’re excited to share those moments in the future with the creature in my belly.

Although those moments in the future might just be a lot more noisy and chaotic. Or not…?

2.5 months in the year left to go, and still some more 52s to tick off the list! Let’s see what I can tackle this week.

  • When I was reading this and reading your description of yourself in your photo then actually saw your photo, I thought you got it totally wrong. There is no round face, distorted stripes and no boobs. You look beautiful Kel, gorgeous baby bump, bigger boobs than me! It goes to show how we all see how selves from our own POV and from someone else’s. We will always be our own biggest critic. Just today I was laughing at some body worn camera footage from a cray cray local and I saw my face and awful hair colour and thought immediately I need a face/chin lift and warmer colours in my hair. Anyway, you look beautiful and I’m so excited for you both to soon meet Mario Jnr. Plus…I was salivating looking at those gourmet sandwiches 😋 I miss gourmet

    • Thanks Lis, I just can’t wait for the extra kilos to be gone, so I guess no matter how I dressed and was made up I would find something to pick at I guess!

      Hope everything is going well for you up north again! When are you next back on the coast? We’ll have to catch up and we’ll put on a nice antipasto spread for you 🙂

    • Mmmmm you had me at antipasto…my fave!
      I’ll be down late Nov for a weekend so even if your busy with Bub, maybe we can catch up even for a coffee so I can see you and meet Bub. I hevnt really been back for any good length of time for a long while now but that will change now my bro ian is back there permanently and I have a place to stay whenever I like. I’ll be back for longer in the new year. I’ll be looking forward to a catch up with you
      And yes, no matter what stage we are at in weight loss or healthy programs etc, we will always find something to criticise about ourselves. I’m going well, very busy at work up here. Just trying to get back in to my fitness now. Have set up a gym and bike on a windtrainer. Just need to force myself to do it as I feel so pooped after work sometimes

    • Brilliant – definitely let me know when you’re down. A windtrainer sounds mighty impressive!

  • KookyChic

    What an absolute darling your husband is and your baby bump is divine. Exciting times ahead!

  • Gotta work on that negative body image!! You look like a happy, healthy pregnant person. Glad you got your picnic.

    • You’re right, I really do need to tackle it. I think I’ll do some research on steps to take and start working through them day-by-day.

      The picnic was lovely, I’m so glad we got out there.

    • Kelly’s World It would be a good thing to do before you have your bubba. Body image definitely doesn’t get easier after birth. xx