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Sneaky Peek : Pesky Parasite

Giardia

I have been really unwell for the past four months with symptoms including stomach cramping, nausea, lethargy and other lovelies which I will refrain from explaining.  I have lost 8/10 kilos and carrying James up our stairs became a feat in itself.

After numerous doctors appointments, blood and stool samples, a Colonoscopy and a Gastroscopy, I was becoming quite fearful of the results I would be faced with.  Was I looking down the barrel of Chrons, Coeliac Disease or worse??

It turns out I was harbouring a pesky parasite – a rare strain of Giardia that I may have picked up on the Mountain (Mt. Wellington) or from not washing my greens!  I have had Giardia before whilst hiking through the Himalaya in Nepal, but the telltale signs from that experience (sulphur anyone?) were remarkably different in this case.

So, with a diagnosis confirmed and a round of antibiotics in hand I am feeling back to my normal self.  Man, Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers should package up those pesky parasites for guaranteed results – I wouldn’t recommend the side effects though.

Time to fatten up for the festive season!  Xx

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GASP + Botanical Gardens

GASP!Sunday was an absolutely glorious day in Hobart and with my parents still in town, we got out and enjoyed the sunshine.  We visited GASP – the Glenorchy Artist & Sculpture Park in the morning, followed by lunch at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens.

Here are many colourful photos encapsulating an amazing urban space and the roses in full bloom at the gardens.  Xx

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Bronte & Cath at GASP!

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Poppy and I at GASP!

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Open House Hobart

Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart

Open House Hobart invites you to be a tourist in your own city. Get out your camera and photograph the buildings and spaces you walk past every day; take a peek at how others live, work and play; and see how the city’s infrastructure works. Look up, look inside, climb a belltower or a rubber tree, and take in the incredible views from different vantage points around town.

This is exactly what we did on Saturday with my parents, who were visiting for the weekend – we had a little peek into a few of Hobart’s amazing buildings … old and new.  With Dad in his wheelchair and James in his pram, we wheeled along to Gibson’s City Flour Mill; IMAS (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies), The Ordnance Store (Jaws Architects) and Mawson’s Hut.

I loved having a poke around these amazing buildings, to witness a glimpse inside – giving you a whole new appreciation for our fabulous city.

Ah Hobart – I love you more and more! ♥

Open House Hobart - Gibsons Mill

Open House Hobart - Gibsons Mill

Open House Hobart - Gibsons Mill

Open House Hobart - Gibsons Mill

Open House Hobart - Gibsons Mill

Open House Hobart - Gibsons Mill

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Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart - IMAS

Open House Hobart - Ordanane Store

Open House Hobart - Ordanane Store

Open House Hobart - Ordanane Store

Open House Hobart - Ordanane Store

Open House Hobart - Ordanane Store

Open House Hobart - Ordanane Store

Open House Hobart - Ordanane Store

Mawson Place

Mawson Place

Mawsons Place

Mawsons Place

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Grown Alchemist ♥

Hand CremeI was given this gorgeous Grown Alchemist Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream several years ago and I have become a convert.  I love their whole philosophy:

Grown Alchemist is a new generation of organic skincare formulations comprising of natural technologies that have revolutionised the traditional approach to anti-aging skincare, body and hair care. It is now not only preferable, but finally possible, to achieve real beauty results without harmful chemicals.

As I am approaching my mid-40’s I am witnessing the gentle signs of aging and ‘anti-aging skincare‘ is now on my radar!  I was a teenager in the 80’s where brown was cool.  If only I hadn’t spent so much time laying on that lilo in the pool with copious amounts of Coconut Reef Oil on! 😎

Grown Alchemist

Grown Alchemist

Grown Alchemist

Grown Alchemist

Reef Oil

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Angelina Ballerina Recital

Angelina Ballerina Recital

Poppy had her first Ballet Recital last night!  There was so much excitement surrounding this performance, with a mad dash to pick her up from care, get her all ‘fluffed up’ and ready backstage by 5 pm.

It didn’t help that I couldn’t find her tights anywhere that morning and after turning her room upside down, dashed to the ballet shop at lunch to buy another pair!  I also received a call from James’ daycare with news his ear had perforated. :(

Ballet tights in hand, I left work early to pick up James and take him to the doctor.  Poor little fellow – he was very miserable and I was surprised that he was totally captivated by the sea of pink on stage for the numerous acts.  The Panadol and anti-biotics had obviously kicked in.

Our little ballerina did a stellar job with her fellow ballerinas.  I felt a little emotional as I watched our big girl on stage with her big ears and twinkle toes!

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina Recital

Angelina Ballerina Recital

Angelina Ballerina Recital

Angelina Ballerina Recital

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Movember

Little Letter Light Company

It’s that time of year again when our men folk are sporting fabulous facial hair all in the name of men’s health.

Nick decided to jump on board this year and his mo is going from strength to strength.  So if you are feeling generous, head on over to boost his total!

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Ps – the divine moustache light is from the Little Letter Lights Co.

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Paris : New York

Two of my favourite cities so beautifully captured by Matel!

Paris & NY, like many large cities, have a lot in common; transport, infrastructure, national monuments. I wanted to explore not only these comparisons but also the differences, in order to expose the beauty and individuality of each. What you cannot deny is the vibrancy and explosion of character each city has and I thought split-screen with time-lapse would be a good way to help convey this.

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Pageant : Fair : Bushwalk

Christmas Pageant

There is so much happening at this time of year – Christmas Pageants, School Fairs, Regional Shows and Dance Recitals.  This weekend was no exception.

On Saturday morning we schlepped along to the annual Myer Christmas Pageant with all of Hobart and their little people (or so it seemed).  Poppy waved for the entire pageant and James fell asleep in the backpack!

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

No sooner had we got home, had lunch and an afternoon nap to reinvigorate for the Waimea Heights School Fair in the afternoon where Poppy ate jelly, a cupcake and had her face painted.

I haven’t been to a fair since my own school days but it brought back many memories – fairy floss, bakers toast, lucky dips, jumping castles, baked goodies and the chocolate wheel.  Poppy and James were both exhausted on Saturday night, but paradoxically a little wired on sugar!Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair
Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

On Sunday we escaped the city and went on an adventure to Snug Falls.  Poppy walked all the way and James hitched a ride with his Mum!  It felt so great to go for a wander in the bush.  X

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

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Restaurant Australia

Restaurant Australia

There is a buzz in Hobart … that is because the world has been invited to dinner tonight!

Tasmania is currently hosting Restaurant Australia with a gala dinner at MONA tonight for the world’s most respected food and wine writers, celebrity chefs and broadcasters. Heston’s in Hobart!

Restaurant Australia will see over 80 international media and food and wine experts coming to Hobart for a uniquely Australian dinner at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) on Friday 14th November.
Restaurant Australia is about setting Australia’s food and beverage apart from the rest of the world, through the people, places and produce that make the country’s culinary experiences unique.

In addition to the 80 international VIPs there will be over 200 influential guests visiting Hobart to be part of this event. They will include domestic media, state and territory tourism executives, government personnel, campaign ambassadors and renowned Australian food and beverage personalities.

I occasionally freelance for Tourism Tasmania as a guide with their Visiting Journalist Program and this week I was privileged to host Jessica Allen – a digital correspondent from The Social in Canada, her film crew and John Lethlean, a food reviewer from The Australian, as part of the Restaurant Australia event.

Growing up in such a special place, I appreciate how unique and beautiful Tasmania is.  It is home and we live and breathe this beauty everyday, but when you show someone the magic of Tasmania for the first time, it never ceases to amaze me how utterly blown away they are.  I get to experience this appeal through new eyes, each and every time this sense wonderment happens.  This trip was no exception – they were staggered by the utter beauty, the houses, the water, but most of all … our food.

Our itinerary included lunch at Smolt, a wander around the city with Hobart Historic Tours, a drop of Whiskey at Lark Distillery, and a heavenly dinner at Ethos on Wednesday.  On Thursday I picked the group up bright and early to catch the first ferry to Bruny Island where we had breakfast at the Bruny Island Cheese Co.  Please let it be known that I experienced the best fruit buns ever – thank you Nic Haddow!

A long lunch in a vineyard at Bruny Island Premium Wines and we finished off the day sampling salty morsels plucked from their sub-tidal homes at Get Shucked Oysters.  I felt proud to be Tasmanian and even prouder to be showing off our ‘every-day’.  X

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Smolt
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Lark Distillery
Lark Distillery
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Ethos
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Bruny Island Cheese Co.
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Bruny Island Premium Wines
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Bruny Island Premium Wines
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Get Shucked
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Pannier ♥

I received this text message from my sister, Rob today and it made me ponder my poor panniers.

Being a self-confessed ‘gear-freak’ I have accumulated an amazing amount of gear that was put to good use over many, many years – snowboards, snowshoes, tents, stoves, bivvy bags, sleeping bags, climbing gear and … cycle touring panniers.

Ortleib Panniers

However, this bundle of outdoor gear, worth thousands of dollars is now sitting idle under our house.  I had grand plans pre-children to continue my outdoor adventures with little tackers in tow, but to be honest I haven’t fulfilled my ideals.  Apart from our boating adventures, we haven’t taken Poppy and James on any overnight bushwalks yet, for no particular reason.  I need to bust out of my routine and get them out there!  I look forward to the day when we can wander amongst amazing mountains together.

My gorgeous red Ortlieb panniers have been laying, patiently waiting too.  Waiting for the day when they are packed to the brim, popped on a bike and ridden into the sunset.  It has been a long time since I have done any cycle touring which included a trip around the West Coast of Tasmania with my old friend Jen (Tetley).  There is nothing better than seeing those kilometres tick by, your thoughts slowing to the gentle pace, seeing landscapes from a different perspective and sleeping soundly after a long day.

These poor panniers have also copped a bit of pressure from my husband who has been suggesting I pop them on Gumtree, but I have continually refused.  I know I don’t use them at the moment, but one day I will, and selling them will be selling a dream … my dream.

I will take those beauties across France and Italy one day, where I plan to ride along meandering roads, stopping for a baguette and cheese for lunch.  I’ll continue on, cycling across the countryside with my red companions until my legs become weary and I pull into a little village, pitch my tent and have a simple meal of escargot and local wine!

I am not ready to part company yet as we have more adventures to share together!  Until then, you can borrow them Rob and I hope you enjoy their company!  Xx

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