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Boo Hoo

It’s Hobart Show Holiday today and we were looking forward to a family holiday away on the boat with all of our friends for four days … but our little man has come down with the dreaded Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease and is highly contagious.  I have stayed at home holding the fort (and a miserable, spotty toddler) whilst the others are sailing off into the sunset!  Boo Hoo!

I have serious FOMO (fear of missing out) but at least I have a good mag to keep me distracted.

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Sneaky Peek : Angelina Ballerina

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Nick and I have finally succumbed to the constant requests from Poppy and her desire for ballet lessons.  Waking in the middle of the night to tell me to ring the ‘ballet lady’ was the last straw!

Nick took Little Miss Twinkle Toes to her first class last week and she came home brimming with excitement whilst donning pink ears and a sticker.  She is even performing in a recital on the 19th November.  Oh my – keep eating those weet-bix Angelina – you will need your energy.  X

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Off and …. Walking

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James is on the move!  He has taken many tumbles and has numerous bruises to tell the tale, but he is now off and walking!  I love how he has such a look of determination and concentration on his face – shoulders up and tottering like he has had too many ales.  He he!

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IMG_1860On Saturday I drove to Launceston to celebrate my dear friend Megs’ 40th Birthday Party, at Mud Bar.  Nick stayed at home with Poppy and James and I enjoyed a seamless trip in the car for two hours.  I cranked up the music and let my thoughts wander with no interruptions.

I had such a fun night catching up with old friends Pete, Simon and Liv and chuckled as Megs enjoyed her birthday celebrations with her friends … and her cocktails!  Gorgeous.  Xx

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The Mountain Guide

The Mountain GuideMy sister sent me a photo of this article from The Guardian recently and as a previous outdoor guide I could really relate – despite the confident, bubbly exterior that you portray there are many moments of ‘self-doubt’ churning away inside:

What I’m really thinking – The Mountain Guide: 

I am the trusted outdoor professional with the well-worn jacket and the skills to keep you safe in the mountains. I certainly do look and sound the part: fit, weather-beaten, with a reassuring voice.

Inside I am churning with worries, about my own adequacy, about yours, and about the unforeseeable events of our imminent trip together. Most likely, nothing at all will go wrong. But there is a risk that something will go badly wrong, and then it could get scary for all of us, very quickly.

I have to be good at first aid, even though I can’t practise it for real and therefore end up forgetting half of it. Will I rise to the occasion when someone is badly hurt? I don’t know.

I have to be able to navigate in all conditions with a very high degree of accuracy. You did not see me during my training when I got slightly lost on a Scottish mountain in thick fog.

I have to exercise gentle leadership whatever happens. I can do this when things are fine, but can I do it when the chips are down? I may look indomitable, but I can get cold, hungry, miserable and scared, too.

It flatters and worries me that you are so dependent on me and that you have no idea how dangerous the mountains can be. The yellow helicopter clatters overhead, and I hope it is just on a training flight.

During the working week I am an accountant, in a safe, dry, warm office. But when I look out of the office window, despite all my worries, I yearn to greet another group of eager clients, ready for their day in the mountains.

I remember guiding a group along The Overland Track with Cradle Mountain Huts years ago and on the first day we hit a blizzard.  Our guests were struggling with the adverse conditions and having to walk through knee-deep snow.  Everyone was miserable.  Due to the slow pace we were making, we were also running out of light to make the distance to the hut.  All I could think about was immersing myself into a nice, hot BATH with a bottle of red!  Shame on me! 🛀

I was soon lurched back to reality as the sleet kept hitting my face.  I really felt for my guests in front of me whose idea of a hiking holiday in Tasmania, probably didn’t include this reality.

We finally made it to the hut – cold, wet and tired.  We cooked up a storm, opened a couple of bottles of red and reveled in the return of the group morale.  It is always worth it in the end – regardless of any sneaky thoughts of hot baths or tropical islands!  Especially when it was a blue bird day the following day and we were spoilt with views like these!  Xx

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Bassike ♥

Bassike LogoI have been a late convert to the brand bassike but I am now sold.  I recently purchased these stripey numbers in Melbourne and they have been on high rotation ever since.  I love their soft organic jersey and how lovely it feels on your skin.

The bassike philosophy is all about creating wardrobe staples with longevity; combining timeless style with premium quality and sustainable fabrics.

The beauty of bassike is its appeal to men and women whose easy-going style still requires an element of subtle luxury. bassike’s very specific aesthetic is influenced by the contrasts of loose Australian beach style and the integrity and simplicity of Japanese design.

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Dinner in 26 Seconds

Nick captured the craziness of all the cousins eating dinner on his Go-Pro during our recent trip to Marysville. Xx

I wish dinner did only take 26 seconds!

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Sneaky Peek : Sleep Chic, Wake Sweet

Masini & ChernMy new Masini & Chern birthday pyjamas have arrived and the ‘Baby Blues’ are so delightful.  I know I am making a big deal about their arrival but really, you should have seen what I was wearing to bed!  I won’t exactly be looking like Lindy Klim now, but I will be feeling chic!

Lindy KlimI love their tag line:

Sleep chic, wake sweet

….and that is exactly what I plan to do!  Thank you Masini & Chern – such great service.

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C’MONA

MONAI took Poppy and James out to MONA for the last day of the C’MONA Community Centre yesterday where we met Sam and Scarlett, who were also wearing stripes!

The kids loved playing in the Children’s play area and after we wore them out, we came up for air and had a cuppa with a stellar view.  Gotta love a stylish play-date!

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Open Day + Birth Day

Opening Day Sail PastWe celebrated the mark of the Opening Day of the Yachting Season on Saturday with our friends Kate and Gus and their children.  We joined the fleet of more than 220 yachts and motor cruisers in the traditional Sail Past, where Poppy and Tom saluted Lieutenant Governor Alan Blow with pride!

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Opening DayOn Sunday I celebrated my 44th birthday!  Where do those years go?  44 sounds really old but I feel like I am still in my early 30’s (well most of the time).  I enjoyed my day – especially when Poppy said to Nick:

Daddy, are we giving Mummy Diamond Rings for her birthday?

Bless – no diamond rings but I was spoilt with a breakfast at Smolt and the Masini & Chern ‘Baby Blues’ pyjamas.

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An Italian Wedding

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Need I say anymore?  Such beauty as George and his new bride Amal, appear in Venice adorned in an Armani suit and a lace long-sleeved Giambattista Valli dress dotted with bright flowers.  Only to be whisked away along the Grand Canal in a sexy timber craft.  Gorgeous.

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