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Picnic with the Peeps

Picnic with the PeepsSuch stunning weather deserves a picnic on the newly manicured lawn … so that’s just what we did yesterday, fairy wings and all!

It is so lovely to get those toes back out in the sunshine again. Xx

Summer loving

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The Water Police

I’m the self-proclaimed ‘Water Police’ in our household – always making sure my peeps are well hydrated as I truly believe that drinking water is one of the keys to good health.

I have been lugging around my favourite Nalgene Water Bottle for over 10 years – it has had many adventures with me, but I often find it on the bulky side:

Nalgene Bottle

Nalgene Bottle

I recently came across the memobottle – a slimline bottle that is the shape of a piece of paper – now you’re talking:1408280582

Ever looked at your carry bag to realize that your water bottle is not worth the squeeze?  Resembling the shape of a piece of paper, the memobottle is a slimline, premium designed reusable water bottle which suitably slides into your favorite carry bag alongside your computer, books and valuables. The memobottle brings leak-proof hydration to a new level of style and efficiency.

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Boyhood

Boyhood

My sister and I went to see this film on Tuesday night and it definitely struck a chord with me:

Filmed over 12 years with the same cast, this film is a groundbreaking story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a child named Mason, who literally grows up on screen before our eyes. This drama charts the rocky terrain of childhood like no other film has before. Snapshots of adolescence from road trips and family dinners to birthdays and graduations and all the moments in between become transcendent, set to a soundtrack spanning the years from Coldplay’s Yellow to Arcade Fire’s Deep Blue. The film is both a nostalgic time capsule of the recent past and an ode to growing up and parenting. It’s impossible not to watch Mason and his family without thinking about our own journey.

And that is exactly what I did!  I couldn’t help but think about the many amazing days ahead with both Poppy and James and to experience their constant change, their learning, their discovery and frustrations through every stage.

Boyhood

Seeing Mason navigate his way through the tumultuous teenage years made me appreciate our little James just as he is now.  I know where he is each night – safe and snuggly in his cot, sleeping soundly!

Oh how I love going into his room each morning and seeing that big smile, those sparkling eyes with his arms up, ready for collection.  Xx

Boyhood Collage

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A Green Thumb

Green Thumb

I come from a long line of gardeners.  They are all tinged with that wonderful colour green, right down to their thumbs.  I like to think that I am also a gardener – where I am one with the earth and love getting my hands dirty amongst the worms and compost.  But to be honest, I just wasn’t blessed with a green thumb.  I have had numerous attempts over the years trying to beat the odds but alas, I have left a trail of abandoned lots, only growing weeds successfully.

When we moved into our home nearly 7 years ago we were blessed with a beautiful established garden that had been lovingly tended to by Nick’s grandparents.  A big oak tree providing shade on those hot Hobart days; fruit trees bearing apricots, pears and apples; evergreens, deciduous trees and blossoms – all bordered by beautiful sandstone paths, laid by hand.

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

I tried, I really tried to keep up with it – even getting out there when James and Poppy were babes and propping them next to me in their capsule whilst I snipped away.  Nick even gave me the nick-name “Mrs Snippy“!  Mrs Snippy used to love ‘snipping’ but not necessarily cleaning away her cuttings!

It was time to call in the big guns and we now have a GARDENER!  Richie has come to save the day … and our garden!  He has spent four massive days bringing this beautiful garden back to its former glory and it now looks as though someone does live here.

I still like to think I have a green thumb somewhere deep inside me that will ‘flourish’ when I am not so consumed with young children, but who knows.  I will concentrate on my other strengths until then and hope that it skips a generation and Poppy and James learn all the wonders of gardens from their Grandmothers!  Xx

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

Green Thumb

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Doctors & Deadlines

I have had a mad week and I am really glad it is Friday today.  Nothing like a little bit of pressure to add to the mix!

Firstly, our team at work decided to enter our Tour Guide Training Program into the 2014 Tourism Awards in the Education and Training Category.  This submission – a mere 5 questions totaling 30 pages in length was due in at 3pm on Wednesday.  I had been working on it for the past three weeks in between my teaching commitments and part-time capacity, but we had left it rather late due to our team’s existing work demands.

On Tuesday morning, James woke up very upset and was too unwell to go to daycare.  Off we went to the doctors in South Hobart … might I add to the best designed doctors I have ever seen!  The General Practice Plus Mountain Retreat surgery has even won a National Award for Commercial Architecture.

Mountain Retreat

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Mountain Retreat

Unfortunately James was deemed unfit to go to care for the week as he had conjunctivitis.  I was quickly seeing our submission unraveling – ah the juggles of being a parent.  I stayed with him at home all morning with numerous phone calls bouncing between Nick, my sister, a babysitting agency and our godsend – Barb, James’ Grandmother.  She travelled down from Launceston to look after him for the next two days.

I whizzed into work and was overwhelmed by how much we still had to get done in less than 24 hours (and feeling guilty about leaving James).  My colleagues and I worked late on Tuesday night and then I continued at home until 11pm.  Wednesday was a very stressful day as I collated all the information received from our team – trying to get the formatting ‘just right’!  It was certainly down to the wire but we got it in … with 10 minutes to spare!  I don’t enjoy working under that amount of pressure – my perfectionist nature felt very compromised!  Ha ha!

Submission

James is now on the mend and I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend at home, enjoying spring flowers and wine!  X

Flowers and Wine

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Dad ♥

Fathers Day

Hobart’s weather certainly turned it on for Father’s Day yesterday – it was such a beautiful day.  We went for a spin in the Speedy Boat with my sister Cath and the crew, where we stopped into Kings Pier Marina for takeaway coffee from T42.  We sat in the sun basking in the glory of these Tasmanian spring days and true to form, Jamesy Boy fell asleep in my arms for his morning nap – bless!

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Sleeping Beauty

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

Fathers Day

On Saturday night, Nick and I went to the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Blue Water Ball.  It was fun to don the high heels, my Alannah Hill ‘bunny’ bolero which I wore to my wedding and enjoy bubbles, conversations and a boogy.

Poppy told me I looked like a ‘Super Beautiful Cinderella‘!  I would have turned into a pumpkin because we didn’t get home until 1:30am – 4 hours past my bedtime!!

Blue Water Ball

Blue Water Ball

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We also enjoyed a breakfast cook up of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon over the weekend.  On Friday we popped into town where Poppy enjoyed a baby chino at Villino Cafe, and James destroyed some takeaway Sushi – a very messy affair!

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Breakfast

Villino Cafe

Villino Cafe

Villino Cafe

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Miele ♥

Miele

Miele

Ah – my life has changed forever!  Last month we bought a Miele Dishwasher and I cannot believe that I went for so long without one!  Ah ignorance is bliss I guess, but I definitely had dish pan hands!

We now have the dishwasher and the washing machine in our pantry for all my washing needs!  Ha ha … how the simple things in life really do bring a lot of pleasure.

James loves the dishwasher so much, he keeps climbing on in!  I am sure he is just trying to help, which is a good thing because he is a messy little tyke!!

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Messy Tyke

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Meile

Washing Wonders

Finally, I was given the best Pancake recipe from my friend Jo:

Banana Pancakes

2 Eggs

1 Mashed Banana

Mix up and cook – serve with fruit, yoghurt, maple syrup or Pomegranate Molasses.   YUM!

Banana and Egg Pancakes

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Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

bottega-rotolo-logoBarb (my mother-in-law) and I went to a Pizza Perfection class last Thursday evening at Bottega Rotolo in Hobart.

This great hands-on class is always a hit!  This course is for those who have a passion for freshly baked pizza and the taste of handmade pizza. Learn the secrets to making the perfect pizza dough, the importance of yeast and choosing the right toppings.

Regardless of your current skill level, this course will instil confidence & inspiration in the kitchen.

I was out the door in mid witching hour at 6:15 pm, leaving Poppy and James in the safe hands of their Dad and off to blaze the pizza-making-trail!

On arrival there was the obligatory awkward chit-chat with fellow pizza lovers but by the end of the class, conversations were flowing as we shared kneading know-how, glasses of bubbles and our home-made pizzas – made to perfection!

Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

Bottega Rotolo

Pizza Perfection

Pizza Perfection

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Dombo ♥

Dombo CupI recently came across this adorable cup via Thirteen Red Shoes and immediately ordered one for James (or was that for me?).  Bec even hand-delivered the Dombo directly to our door, beautifully wrapped.  Now that is service for you – thank you!

Dombo (a.k.a. Domoor) by Richard Hutten for Gispen is a happy cup with big ears for handles.

Dombo’s design refers to the human ear; the only part of the body that keeps growing during a lifetime.  The big handle offers grip, which suits young and old.  This decorative cup can also be used as a pen holder or herb container in the kitchen.

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James and his Dombo

Dombo

Dombo

Dombo

Dombo

Dombo Cup

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Random Musings

Toybox Explosion

Another beautiful weekend in Hobart – it really does feel like Spring now!

Our weekend included an explosion of the toy box;  my sister’s birthday celebration;  our 6th Wedding Anniversary and James being entertained by a simple orange colander!  Xx

Toybox Explosion

Cath's Birthday

Magnolia Tree

Mr Colander

Mr Colander

Mr Colander

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