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First Day of School

First day

Our little Poppy started Kindergarten today at Waimea Heights Primary School!

I couldn’t believe how grown up she looked all decked out in her new school uniform!  Time really does fly from when she was a chubby little bubba.  Sob sob … what an amazing journey it has been so far!  Xx

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Poppy's first dayPoppy's first dayPoppy's first dayPoppy's first dayPoppy's first day

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Oh Maria!

Riedle Bay

Spending five days on Maria Island on Tasmania’s east coast we enjoyed long, desolate beaches with white, white sand, turquoise water and not a soul in sight.  We walked amongst historic buildings reminding us of the paltry conditions of the convict probation period and later the ambitious industrial era of the island.  Continuing up to Fossil Cliffs we marveled at the unique geological features from the Permian period.

Beautiful sunsets, bountiful seafood and more glorious time with my family, before returning back home to Hobart … and to reality.  Xx

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Photo - Toby Langford

Photo – Toby Langford

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Summer Boating

Photo by Nick Corkhill

Photo – Nick Corkhill

We have spent many nights on board the boat this summer and have been heading away as much as we can, catching up with our friends and enjoying the delights of cruising the D’entrecasteaux Channel, at its best.

We have found a rhythm as we have become more used to our boat since buying it last April.  James is a little older and although not fully out of the ‘trenches’, life is getting better on board.  They both sleep well each night, apart from the odd hiccup and I have organised myself better with a big toy box on board and loads of books, to keep them entertained.

Toy Box

We head to the beach at any opportunity, where a fire will be lit (providing it’s not high fire danger of course) and fresh flathead will be cooked.  The kids will often have their own little campfire where they cook their marshmallows.  They wallow in the shallows, go rock pooling, collect shells, entertain each other and create new childhood memories.  As a result, we are able to sit under a shady tree and enjoy good conversations and freshly caught seafood, cooked on the open flames.

Fresh FlattiesBest friends

At times we have friends come with us on board, or visit us for the day where we enjoy lunch together, fishing, paddle boarding and watching the kids jump off the boat.

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Several weeks ago we took the dinghies into Simpsons Bay and walked up the Isthmus Track at the Neck on Bruny Island.  We saw penguins in their burrows and hiked the steep steps to be rewarded with a stunning view.

The NeckThe Neck on Bruny IslandThe next generation

We often gravitate back to my favourite beach – Little Fancy Bay, where the kids play for hours in the shallows before we are homeward bound – salty, sun-kissed and satisfied!  Xx

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Game : Set : Match


Hobart International

There’s nothing quite like a great weekend full of social activities including international sporting events, 40th Birthday parties and a day on the boat with old friends.

On Saturday we enjoyed the Hobart International Tennis Women’s final with our old friends, Keith and Lil who were visiting from Launceston.  Enjoying the delights of a sunny day, a corporate box, a lovely lunch and an Esky full of Morilla’s finest, what wasn’t there to enjoy?  Well, Eugenie Bouchard didn’t win, but it was a great game and a fantastic location to watch the tennis from.

We rushed home, said ‘hi and bye’ to the kids (and my sister who was babysitting), and a quick outfit change before scooting off to Depha’s 40th Birthday at the Avalon City Retreat.  Nick and I met each other through Depha, so she is a very special friend to both of us.  Beautiful food, more bubbles, good conversations and even a boogie, saw us returning home just before turning into pumpkins.

On Sunday we took Keith, Lil and their gorgeous brood to Bruny Island for the day on the boat.  Lazing in the sun chatting, fishing, paddle boarding and eating was just what the doctor ordered.  Oh how I love these summer days spent with wonderful friends.  Xx

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A Melbourne Getaway

Melbourne Getaway

I have just had two delicious days in Melbourne with my good friend Cherida.  She flew in from Adelaide to meet me on Monday night and for the next two days we talked, ate, shopped and talked some more.

We ate beautiful food at our old favourites, including The European and Coda.  We sweltered in the 42°c heat on Wednesday, but found relief in the air conditioning of The Emporium!

We were even asked by a photographer from The Age for some candid snaps of us walking through the Block Arcade.  The article about Victoria’s destination for shopping went on-line last night with a couple of lasses featured from interstate!  Classic.  Xx

Picture taken by Adrianne Harrowfield. The Age News. 13th Jan, 2015. Tourists shopping in Melbourne. Larni Davies from Hobart and Cherida Palmer from Adelaide. The block arcade.

Picture taken by Adrianne Harrowfield. The Age News. 13th Jan, 2015. Tourists shopping in Melbourne. Larni Davies from Hobart and Cherida Palmer from Adelaide. The block arcade.

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New Year Festivities

New Years Eve

I love this time of year in Hobart as it always reminds me of my previous days of travelling overseas.  Where you wander the streets hearing romantic languages of the French, the Spanish and other alluring accents that instantly transport you back to when you were experiencing far off shores in your twenties!

I also love the welcome the locals and other visitors provide the yachts and their crew, who have sailed for many days in the various ocean yacht races, often through treacherous seas, to be finally enveloped by the sanctuary and beauty of this harbour city and the reassuring notion that everything will be alright.

I love the big cheer from the crowd as they berth their vessels of varying sizes (and budgets) where hot showers and a comfortable bed awaits.  To sample some of the local produce at The Taste – a week-long food festival celebrating Tasmania’s food and wine, where the salty taste of the sea, soon becomes a distant memory.

The flags on yachts flutter in the warm sea breezes, lazy afternoons drinking the local cider at the Rolex Tent with friends, balmy evenings on board welcoming in a New Year, with new resolutions to truly live in the moment and to appreciate all those surrounding us and the beautiful place in which we live.  Xx

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Christmas Festivities

Happy New Year!  We have had such a festive time since my last post, celebrating Christmas and New Year with both of our families in beautiful places.

We drove to the north of Tasmania to enjoy a pre-Christmas lunch with my family, on the farm.  It felt delicious being surrounded by everyone who had migrated home for this time of year (my sister Cath from exploring Europe for six months and Robby from Castlemaine).

The kids swam in the pool, were spoilt by their grandmother and enjoyed freshly picked raspberries from her garden.  As always, I enjoyed a little too much of my sister-in-law’s fab Rocky Road!  I just can’t stop at one piece.

Rocky Road

Sisters

Returning to Hobart, preparations began for our boating trip away.  The boat was finally packed for a week full of adventures with food, clothing and Christmas presents.  We left early on the 23rd December to Stewart’s Bay where smooth waters allowed an enjoyable four-hour trip, and we arrived to the solitude of white sand and blue waters.

Nick’s family arrived the next day (by boat and car) and the days morphed into time at the beach, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, laying in the sun, eating, drinking champagne, opening presents, talking and just relaxing.

Poppy was overwhelmed with how Santa actually delivered a bike to her on the boat.  We were too!  It must have had something to do with the platter left out for the busy man and his reindeer on Christmas eve, consisting of carrots, biscuits and a Cascade Draught!

It was lovely to celebrate Christmas whilst being away on the boat and being surrounded by a gorgeous family in a such a stunning setting.  Xxx

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Sailing : Hobart to Launceston

Dawn at Schouten Passage

There are times in life where all the stars align and you are presented with an opportunity that is just too good to refuse.  Our good friends are sailing in the Launceston to Hobart Yacht Race in their superb Beneteau 57 – Mistraal and I was asked to hop on board for the delivery trip.  How could I say no?

The crew consisted of five women – our Skipper, Jacinta and also Amanda, Colleen, Emma and one tolerant fella … Chris!  We all met at the Derwent Sailing Squadron in Hobart on Wednesday morning, where we headed off on a crystal clear day.  As the nautical miles ticked by, we ate, talked, laughed, took photos, ate more and well … just relaxed.

I soon found the rhythmic groove of cruising – sleeping, eating, lazing in the sun, watching the changing horizons, the rising and setting sun and the amazing marine wildlife.  We were visited by numerous dolphins and a show-stopping Humpback Whale who decided to wow us with the gorgeous backdrop of Cape Hauy on the Tasman Peninsula.

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Home is where my heart is, but I loved being away for a brief snippet and from the daily requests for the next sandwich, water, nappy change, bath-time, the bedtime battles and keeping everyone happy.  To me, there is nothing quite as indulgent than having a mid-day sleep whilst cruising at sea.  The gentle whir of the engine complimented by the roll of the sea, especially when there are no little ones on board to supervise.  In the end, Amanda and I used the excuse of going below to ‘wash up’ but would sneak off for another blissful kip.

To be on this beautiful yacht, cruising the majestic Tasmanian coastline with old and new friends, I felt truly content.  We arrived at our destination at day-break on Friday morning and I was excited to be heading home to ‘my crew’ but I will fondly remember this voyage and ‘this crew’!  xx

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Government House Christmas Party

Government House

We were fortunate to be invited to a Christmas Party at Government House last night due to old family connections with Nick’s parents.  On arrival the kids were off and running in their ‘Sunday Best’.

Government House

They were beside themselves to find a blow up maze, face painting, music, carols, acrobats and an adventurous elf abseiling off the clock tower to deliver a sack full of presents to the main man in red.

Being in the gorgeous gardens in this stunning setting with my family, listening to carols and seeing Poppy, James and their cousins so happy, definitely gave me a festive cheer!  Xx

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Pre-Christmas Craziness

Aloft

Another busy week has passed with a range of Christmas activities.

On Tuesday I went to Aloft – a new waterfront restaurant in Hobart, with two of my friends from Mother’s Group where we enjoyed the divine view of the Derwent on dusk.

Thursday was a glorious day where the garden at home beckoned, including running under the sprinkler and planting flower gardens (literally).  That night, we had our Day Care Family Fun Night where Poppy sang a couple of carols with her friends.  There was face painting, balloon art and sausages.  What more could you want?

On Friday we enjoyed rainbows, cooking and super slides down the stairs.  On Sunday we caught up with friends to eat ice-cream at the park and in the afternoon a (slow) bushwalk around Knocklofty where Poppy is learning more of her native plants.

Poppy (and Nick) have become slightly obsessed with the Peppa Pig Doctor’s Kit and have been using poor James as their patient to practice their bandaging!  He has been very obliging!

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