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Foo Fighters

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Nick managed to get his hands on some tickets to see the Foo Fighters in a corporate suite when they played in Hobart on Monday night.

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We both had big days at work and were grizzling about not feeling like going to a concert on a school night.  I was missing my yoga class and wasn’t able to find a babysitter at the last-minute and in the end had to pay a babysitting agency!

Moan, moan, moan … we walked into the Derwent Entertainment Centre (DEC) and thoughts of yoga quickly disappeared as we were escorted up to the Corporate Suite where I delicately placed my cardigan on a chair, next to a fridge stocked with Joseph Chromy Sparkling and hors-d’oeuvre, surrounded by our friends.  I can’t go back to the mosh … no-one pushed me, spilt drinks on me or yelled in my ears – it was all very civilised but we still rocked with the best of them!

Dave Grohl entered with his band and continued to wow his audience for the next two and a half hours.  It was a tremendous concert and one that I won’t forget in a hurry.

In all the excitement Nick and I forgot to have the “Who’s driving?” chat and after several glasses of sparkling and rocking on we ended up getting a lift home with Depha.  Waking a little rusty the next day, we had the realisation that the car was still at the DEC.  After maneuvering Hobart’s peak-hour with a hangover to retrieve the car, only to find it was locked in and looking a little lonely.  A trusty groundsman opened the gates and gave us a knowing wave!  The day was a tough one at work, but it was well worth it!

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Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters

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Autumn ♥

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My favourite time of year has arrived and just like that the sun feels a little bit softer.  Xx

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Watch ♥

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I am an old-fashioned kind of girl and still wear an analogue watch … tick-tock.  I love knowing that a quick glance down to my wrist gives me all the information I need … am I going to be late for work; is it time to get James and Poppy’s lunch ready or most importantly … is it time for bed yet?  Ha ha!

I have worn the above Emporio Armani watch for 13 years now and it hasn’t missed a beat.  I love the simplicity, yet its subtle style – as it looks more like a bracelet than a watch.

However, I was walking past a jewellery shop in Hobart yesterday when the colourful watch bands from the Daniel Wellington range caught my eye.  I love the clear watch face and those preppy watch bands to match any boating blue.

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Daniel Wellington

And then there is my dream watch … the Hermés Cape Cod PM.  So divine in every way.  Sigh …. x

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Upstream

Pops, James & CathInstead of heading ‘downstream’ to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel like we usually do on the boat, we headed ‘upstream’.

We joined a cruise organised by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and went to New Norfolk for the weekend with seven other boats.  It was refreshing to discover new shores, swim in fresh water and enjoy the hot, hot weather. x

Rafted up at New Norfolk

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Curly haired water baby

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700 Posts

 

700 Posts

 

Today is my 700th post on The Poppy Files!  I am still ticking away with my blog and have enjoyed sharing more experiences of our Tasmanian life since the 600th post last June.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for popping by. Xx

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Pear Shaped

PearIt could go ‘pear shaped’ trying to preserve a tree laden full of fruit again with James and Poppy at home, but at least I will have two little helpers?!

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Little Miss Sunshine

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Here’s our ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ with her very own sunflower that she has cared for since it made its way home as a tiny seedling from daycare last November.  A very hungry caterpillar also appears to be devouring those yummy leaves with telltale nibbles.

The little seedling

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As for our little James, he is growing more cheeky by the day!

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James

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Boat Festivals & Birthdays

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Woah – my poor blog!  I started back at work last week and clearly I haven’t found my multi-skilling groove yet (blogging, teaching and mumming)!?  I am back on deck now and have had an exciting weekend.

My dear old Dad turned 80 last Friday and we had a wonderful celebration for him in Westbury with all of the family, friends and community members.  My gorgeous sister Rob and her husband Paul, were also staying with us from Castlemaine during the week.  I love having them here and each time they stay I selfishly wish they lived in Hobart!  My hopes and dreams are getting closer as they are looking at relocating ‘home’ at some stage … yippee!

To add to the excitement of the weekend, Hobart hosted the Australian Wooden Boat Festival.

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Hobart was abuzz with hardy sailors, boating enthusiasts, cruise ships and the Air Force Roulettes.  It was all happening and we enjoyed an (early) night out riding a classic Merry-Go-Round, followed by music and drinks at T42 and Rectango with my sisters, brother-in-law and little people.

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We took our (fibreglass) Speedy Boat out on a gorgeous Saturday morning and buzzed around the docks for some waterside viewing of the festival.  We also caught up with our friends, Leesa and James onboard their wooden beauty – Iverus – which was an entrant in the festival.

We caught up with more friends in Launy for Breakfast on Sunday morning and I took Poppy and James to the Launceston Aquatic Centre on Monday, followed by a picnic on the lawns.

I’ll let the photos do the talking – as it certainly was another wonderful weekend in Tasmania!

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A Lion in Paris

A Lion in Paris

Poppy received this beautiful book from her Godfather for Christmas.  Oh what a joy to read:

A Lion in Paris is widely regarded as the most accomplished book by multi-award-winning children’s author/illustrator Beatrice Alemagna. It tells the story of a lion who, bored by his rural life in the savanna, seeks excitement and opportunity in the City of Light. Upon arriving in Paris, the lion is disappointed to find that despite his size, people barely pay attention to him, not even when he lets out a ferocious roar on the busy underground Métro.

Revealing the sights and sounds of Paris from Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower, this beautifully illustrated book successfully conveys the experience of being a stranger in a new city and the process of understanding one’s own identity.

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Water, Love & Sunshine

Thanks to the aptly titled song by DJ Freestyle we enjoyed a day of ‘Water, Love and Sunshine’ in early January.  Speedy boat, swimming, water play and even a ski:

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