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A Sculptor’s Handbook

Julie Payne

This beautiful piece of art called ‘The Invisible Garden’ by Julie Payne, caught my eye as I was walking home past Handmark Gallery in Hobart the other day. Her exhibition is called A Sculptor’s Handbook and is showing until the 28th April 2015.

I love those mountain cliffs and the detailed sketching of flora samples, as they are very familiar in our beautiful Tasmanian landscapes.

A very talented artist indeed:

Many of the works in this exhibition are composed of several individual elements that have been either drawn or collected, and then arranged as fitting to each idea. The most rewarding part of making work is the pursuit of an idea and finding the magical relationship between objects.

Julie Payne

Julie Payne

Julie Payne

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Julie Payne

Julie Payne

Julie Payne

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One Down … One to Go

After a little trial and error, Poppy is finally out of her nappies at night.  Phew!  It took a little longer than hoped with a few mishaps along the way, but we have been nappy and incident free for over a week now!

Yippee – now we are only buying Nappies for one little bottom! x

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The Festival of Foxes

Sam's Wedding

My dear friend Sam married Mr Chris Fox on Saturday in Orford.

The Festival of Foxes‘ was a whole weekend affair and a fantastic reunion for our old adventure guiding and outdoor education friends.  We stayed in a beautiful shack right on West Shelly beach with Clare, Jimmy, Jen and Josh.

Sam and Chris were married on Stapleton Beach as the black clouds threatened and the views to Maria Island and the Mercury Passage were something to behold.  Sam, being a competent outdoors-woman incorporated a bushwalk in her wedding and a procession of her girlfriends guided her safely to the beach, to her waiting beau.

Their beautiful beach ceremony was followed by a reception at the gorgeous Orford Bowls Club.  We enjoyed an amazing night of conversation, laughs, a flash mob dance, a photo booth (with props) and even bare foot bowls.

Congratulations Sam and Chris on your beautiful day.  Xxx

Festival of Foxes

Festival of Foxes

Sam & Chris' Wedding

Scarlett & Sam

Cath & Jen

Clare, Manny and Aimee

Sam

The bushwalk

Sam & Chris' Wedding

Sam and her sisters

Sam & Chris

Cath, Clare, Manny, Larni, Jen & Aimee

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Aimee & Josh

Larni & Jen

Aimee & Larni

Jen in action

The Photo Booth

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Turning Four

The Birthday Girl

Our little Poppy turned four today!

It has felt like this day has been coming for a long time with Poppy continually asking the question over the past year:

How many more minutes until I’m four Mummy?

We have been in Orford for the weekend and had one very excited girl this morning opening her presents to find a pink fluro fishing rod with LED flashing lights, which Nick has named ‘The Pink Ling’.

On return to Hobart, we went out on the boat this afternoon to test out the new gear and low and behold she caught her first fish!

What more could a four-year old want?  Well … as I tucked her into bed she asked:

Mummy, how many more minutes until I’m five?

Sigh ….

The Pink Ling

Turning 4

The Pink Ling

The Loot

The Pink Ling

Orford

Orford

The Birthday Girl

The Birthday Girl

Captain Maisy

Captain Maisy

Boat Keys

Poppy's Tackle Box

Setting up

Poppy and her Dad

Commissioned

Birthday Girl

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James & Poppy

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Colourful Beauties

Normann Copenhagen

As I am adding more layers of clothing to my outfits and noticing the darkening days, I am appreciating these pops of colour from my favourite Scandinavian design company Normann Copenhagen and a flash of red from the current Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Sydney.  xx

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Farm Detail

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I have just been up to Hagley to visit my family on “Mill Farm“.

Taking James ‘over to the dam‘ this morning is a walk I have done a thousand times growing up on the farm.  All those small details along the way that are so familiar, yet so beautiful in their own right – the twisted barbed wire fences, commanding silos, combine harvesters, the tractor I learnt to drive on when I was 10 (an International 434), rusty corrugated iron, post and rail fences, the historic mill, fat lambs and Angus beef cattle.

I love this land and I love sharing it with Poppy and James … our little city slickers! Xx

James on Mill Farm

James on Mill Farm

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Oversize

James on Mill Farm

The Oak Tree

The Oak Tree

Rusy corrugated iron

The Mill

The Mill

The Mill

James

James

James at The Mill

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The Dam

Angus Beef Cattle

Fast asleep

Post & Rail detail

Shed detail

Fence & lichen detail

Post & Rail Fence

The 434

The 434

The 434

Laneway

The Oak Tree

Baling Twine

Cousin Bunny Love

Bunny Love

Bunny Love

The cousins and their bunny

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Papa Snow

Red Mountain

My dear friend Eryl passed away last September but I am thinking of him today … on his birthday.

I first met Eryl (or Papa Snow as he was affectionately known) when I started working as a Lifty (ski tow operator) at Ben Lomond when I was a wee young lass.

We shared many happy times in the snow surrounded by special friends including Goody, Luke, Elise, Steve and many more.  The most memorable being a trip to Red Mountain in Canada in 2005.  Eryl was 71 at the time, but that didn’t stop him from skiing all day, passing around his hip flask on the chair lift, hitch hiking and even dancing on the bar.

Eryl had a vigor for life and I miss him dearly. x

Red Mountain - Luke, Eryl, Elise & Steve

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

Eryl

Red Mountain

Red Mountain

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Life Cycle

Life Cycle

I recently came across this illustration during my web travels and I love how it depicts our life cycle.  I find it quite humbling.  Xx

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Easter 2015

TMAG

Happy Easter!  I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends?

We have enjoyed an Easter in Hobart this year – the first of many as we are usually away on the boat, but we celebrated a good friend’s wedding on Saturday afternoon at Glen Albyn Estate.

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Other Easter activities included an early morning bike ride on Good Friday, followed by a bushwalk at the Waterworks Reserve with Sam and our little peeps.  I made more Tomato Relish and whilst Nick was busy with “Best Man” duties, Poppy, James and I enjoyed a visit to the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday morning and marvelled at colourful butterflies and fluffy Emperor penguin chicks.

Sunday we had a ‘recovery’ lunch at T42 and Monday we walked the Alum Cliffs Track at Kingston.  I finished off Easter with more chocolate eggs and a movie at The State Cinema to see Dior and I.  Perfecto!  X

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Happy Easter

I hope Easter Bunny finds you all on Sunday morning.  Xxx

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