This is the style of hat that is most often associated with Aussies.
You need shade here
and if you are in the Outback the moving corks help with the flies !
But today is the day when a different sort of hat appears on the heads of large numbers of the female population.
Today, women who never wear hats
deck themselves out in weird and wonderful hats.
Yes, it's Melbourne Cup Day !
Some actually go to the Melbourne Cup race
or celebrations and race days held at other race courses around the country.
The racecourse is famous for its roses
and will be at its blooming best today ready to be enjoyed by the huge crowds who flock from all over the world for this great day.
* images from the Internet
But for many suburban housewives it's a great occasion to do lunch.
So that's what we did today Chez Helsie !
Now it's time to pack those hats away till next year.
A double tragedy has overshadowed the race.
Two horses from this race died after the race. One from heart failure and one as a result of a foolish spectator waving a flag that spooked the horse, causing it to crash into a barrier and smash its leg.