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Market Love

Salamanca Market

One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday is to experience the Salamanca Market.  As Poppy and James are early risers (yawn) we scoot down after breakfast, which has the added benefit of avoiding the crowds and ease of parking.

We go to my favourite flower stall and pick out a bunch of the long stem lilies; have a baby chino/cuppa at Tricycle and are entertained by a range of buskers or bands depending on the week.  Last week we were lucky enough to have a visiting ‘balloon artist’ from Taiwan, who whipped up a fab butterfly for Pops.  We then had a little ‘highland fling’ with the bagpipes playing Christmas carols.

I love this time of year in Hobart – there is such vibrancy and cheer!  x

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

Salamanca Market

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Yes Please Santa!

Cannondale

Whilst my daughter is asking Santa for a Barbie car, I would love this Cannondale Synapse Women’s Disc 105 5 for Christmas please?

The comfortable, light, “just right” road bike.

From first road rides to all-day adventures to fender-equipped commutes, the alloy Women’s Synapse will be your perfect partner.

Whilst Barbie’s pink car is her perfect partner, this two-wheeled beauty would be mine!

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Giant Pavlova ♥

Bay of Fires SparklingNick and I love entertaining but unfortunately haven’t found our hosting groove much this year.  Last weekend however, we broke out from our boring Saturday-night routine of watching Scott & Bailey and had friends over for several nights in succession.  We are on a roll now … just in time for the festive season!

I made this Giant Pavlova which is one of my favourite desserts for a dinner party.  It is out of my go-to recipe book at the moment Delicious. Love to Cook.

DeliciousThe dessert is called ‘divine chaos’.  The idea is to put the pavlova in the centre of the table, give everyone a spoon and let them go for it!  It works a treat every time.

Giant Pavlova with Berries & Salted Caramel

6 egg whites

350g caster sugar

1tbs white balsamic vinegar

1tbs cornflour, sifted

1/3 cup (50g) icing sugar, sifted

600ml thickened cream

500g mixed berries

1 quantity of salted caramel sauce (see below)

  • Preheat oven to 150°C.  Line a large baking tray with baking paper.
  • Place egg whites in the clean, dry bowl of an electric mixer and whisk for 3-4 minutes on high-speed to soft peaks.
  • Add caster sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, allowing each to be incorporated before adding the next, whisking until mixture is glossy.
  • Reduce speed to low, then add balsamic, cornflour and icing sugar, beating to combine.
  • Spread mixture over the baking paper in a round or oblong shape, making a slight indent in the centre.
  • Reduce oven to 130°C and bake meringue for 1 hour.  Turn off oven and leave for 1-2 hours until cooled completely.
  • Remove from oven and place on a platter or serving board.
  • To serve, whisk cream to soft peaks, then spread over the centre of the meringue base.  Scatter over the berries and drizzle with salted caramel.

Salted Caramel Sauce

2.5 cups (330g) of caster sugar

1/2 cup (125ml) water

  • Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over low heat, stirring until sugar dissolves.
  • Increase heat to medium and cook, without stirring, occasionally brushing down the sides of the pan with a damp pastry brush, for 10 minutes until a golden caramel forms.
  • Remove from heat, then immediately pour in cream (be careful, as mixture will bubble then seize).
  • Return pan to stove over a low heat, add sea salt and cook sauce, stirring, for 1-2 minutes until smooth.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Pavlova

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Christmas Cheer

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Just the Girls

MelbourneI’m back!  Poppy and I have just had a girls trip to Melbourne for a mini-break.  It was so special spending time with just her … and so easy!

I finished up work for the year last Thursday and have been looking forward to ‘getting off the island‘ and immersing in a big city with my big girl.  After the excitement of the plane ride we wandered around the city on arrival where I visited all my faves – Hunt Leather, Bassike, Zomp and Emporium Melbourne.  I’m like a homing pigeon when I get to Melbourne – I am released and return back to the same old haunts!

We then met Bron and her boys for a play in Federation Square and that night we stayed with my sister/brother-in-law where Poppy loved playing with her cousins, Maggie and Lily.

On Wednesday morning Tup and I had a sneaky peek in the new Jardan showroom and ogled over all the beautiful furniture.  I met my old friend Sarah at the National Gallery of Victoria where we were immersed in The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier.  Oh my – what a fabulous exhibition – such intricate details.

Poppy and I had a little more shopping in the afternoon where she became the proud new owner of a pink pair of Birkenstocks and then a flight back home to our boys in Hobart!  Lovely.  Xx

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Bassike

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Tuckered Out

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The Emporium

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Melbourne

Birkie Love

Myer Melbourne

Myer Toy Train

Myer Toy Train

Myer Toy Train

Myer Toy Train

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December

James

I am yet to find my Christmas cheer but have enjoyed seeing Poppy and James find theirs, with festive balloons from the hardware store.

Drawing, wanderings around the botanical gardens, oysters and a ‘virgin’ baby chino enjoyed over the weekend.  Xx

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Rainy Day

A Rainy Day

Chuvinha boa por aqui [Good little rain here]

Source:  Tip Toey Joey Instagram Feed

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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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