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What do you think?

Over the past six months I have been contacted by numerous companies and organisations with proposals to advertise on The Poppy Files.  I have been in two minds about this for some time and wondered what my devoted readers think?

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Firstly, the primary function of the The Poppy Files is my creative outlet.  It is also a family memento as we watch our children evolve each day and an account of our life here in Hobart.  I love that the blog is clean and free from flashing advertising trying to compete for your eye and eventually a click to convert unsuspecting readers into thinking they ‘need’ a product or service.

Adversely it continues to surprise me how many of you visit The Poppy Files – I receive an average of 50 visitors a day from all over the world, which is a pittance compared to other blogs but it is humbling to know that people are interested in my account of our life in Tasmania.

So – what do I do?  Part of me is attracted to the idea of monetising my blog if I can, but would I be selling out?  What do you think:

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Sneaky Peek : Settlement Secrets

Settlement SecretsNow that I am back at work again, I am teaching a new group of Certificate III Tourism Guiding students and I took them on a fabulous tour in Hobart last week called Settlement Secrets.

Thanks to our tour guide – Colin Dean, who provided a perfect mix of interesting characters, intriguing stories, audience participation and some good old-fashioned humour.  I would highly recommend you jump on this tour as you will learn so much about Hobart in an entertaining way, plus have special access to those ‘out of the way’ places in the museum.  Thanks Colin!

Nestled in the heart of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery are the earliest buildings that still exist following first European settlement of Hobart, 1804. “Settlement Secrets” is a theatrical journey amongst these buildings and more.

Step back in time with an invitation to meet with the Lt Governor, Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, in his private secretary’s cottage.

Stroll through the basement of the Bond Store and learn the secrets of early settlement from an escaped convict turned bushranger who….”shouldn’t really be here”!

Secrets and Cover-ups: The magnificent new Custom House….is it really what it seems?

Meet the man who built it and discover its hidden secrets. Pass through the front door beneath the statues that herald Federation and stand in the inner courtyard that spans the decades between 1824 and 1901.

History and Entertainment intertwined: “Settlement Secrets” is the best way to explore these amazing buildings and to hear the stories about those who forged Hobart’s heritage from convict beginnings in 1804 to Federation, 1901. The theatrical style in which this journey is presented brings the site to life in an entertaining and informative way.

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Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

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Cousin ♥

Pops

Nick went away for his annual winter boys boat weekend and I took Poppy and James to Launceston to meet their new baby cousin – Lily.  We stayed with Nick’s parents where Poppy played ‘elastics’, enjoyed craft and read lots of books with her Bea Bea and Bear!

We visited my parents and also had lunch with my sister, Janelle and her three girls.  Poppy was in her element playing with her cousins with a bounty of ballerina and princess costumes at her disposal.

On return, we caught up at the IXL Atrium for a coffee with my other sister Cath.  It was a fun family weekend, but we were all very excited to see ‘Daddy’ return home yesterday afternoon.  Xx

Maggie, Poppy, Lily & Tup

Poppy, James & Maggie

Maggie, James & Poppy

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Poppy Flower

The crew

Bob the Builder

The IXL Atrium

Apologies for the grainy photos in this post – they were mostly taken with my iPhone in less than favourable conditions.  ♥

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Sneaky Peek : Speedy Boat

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Saturday in Hobart was the quintessential winter’s day.  A clear, frosty morning making way for the most beautiful still day.

No Saturday sleep-in for our household with Poppy and James up and at ‘em by 6:30am.  After mooching about at home for a while we decided to head out for breakfast, only to realise T42 didn’t open for another half-an-hour!  Like desperadoes, we went for a wander to the Salamanca Market and returned to savour a hearty breakfast.

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Out for Breakfast

Sullivans Cove

Breakfast

My boat-loving husband has just taken his hobby to a whole new level and picked up a steal on Gumtree with this 1978 original Pride Cheetah fibreglass boat, or as Poppy calls it:

Daddy’s speedy boat!

Nick justified his purchase by admitting it was a present for James’ 1st birthday.  Mmmmmm – I’m not sure about that??

We all piled into this little beauty from the 70’s, complete with orange vinyl ‘back-to-back’ seats and took it for a spin on a beautifully calm Derwent River.  The Captain was very happy because:

A:  His daughter kept asking him to go faster

B:  His son fell into a deep slumber en route

C:  His reticent wife had a smirk on her face!

Looks like we will be water-skiing and wake-boarding this summer!

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Poppy in her speedy boat

Speedy Boat

Speedy Boat

Speedy Boat

James - asleep

Speedy Boat

Nick and Poppy

Speedy Boat

Speedy Boat

Speedy Boat

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Happy 1st Birthday James

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Our baby boy turned ONE yesterday!

Welcoming this tiny boy into the world a year ago after emergency surgery was one of the most emotional moments in my life and what a little champ he is!

James' First YearJames was very spoilt with balloons, cake, presents, loved ones and cuddles all day long!  Xx

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Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

James and Alistair

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Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Cake

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Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

Birthday Boy

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Silver Spoon ♥

Silver Spoon

I was quite taken aback when I opened my mail this week and discovered this fabulous book – The Silver Spoon for Children all packaged up with orange wrapping.  It was from the Jetstar Thankyou Department!

After our flight to Sydney in May I posted this photo of Poppy on Instagram with the hashtag #Jetstar.  I received a request from Jetstar to advise them of our address and 6 weeks later this book arrived with a personal note!

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Jetstar

I was very impressed and quite astounded by their exceptional customer service … or maybe it was because they think I am an awesome Mum – ha ha!  Either way, it is a wonderful book with beautiful recipes and illustrations.  Here’s to more cooking with Poppy – Thank You Jetstar!

The Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon

Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon

The Silver Spoon for Children

The Silver Spoon for Children

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Sneaky Peek : SKIP*HOP

Skip*Hop Panda

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Now that James is a big boy …

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… and is going to daycare (or ‘little school’ as we say at home) he now has his very own Panda backpack, lunchbox and water bottle from the Skip*Hop Zoo On-the-Go range.

It was a tough decision as there were so many choices but I just loved the look of that cheeky little Panda and those cute eyes … not to mention the bamboo zipper!  Which one would you choose?

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Skip*Hop Panda

Skip*Hop Panda

Skip*Hop Panda

Skip*Hop Panda

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The Big Sing

Festival of VoicesOh Hobart – you continue to shine so brightly in the depths of winter with yet another festival.  This time with the Festival of Voices and the Big Sing held on Friday Night.

It was a perfect evening (unlike last year) with a big moon and twinkling stars to form a winter backdrop as we crammed into Salamanca Place to witness some beautiful singing, the bonfire and a fantastic atmosphere.

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Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

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Muuto Wall Dots ♥

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I have always loved these Muuto Wall Dots designed by LARS TORNØE and look forward to the day when I can hang my coat on one (or two):

This characterful little family of hooks is a friendly addition to any wall. The Dots are proud of their round edges and will treat your clothes with the greatest care. They will also let you arrange them on your wall in the pattern you like. Being a very social set of hooks, The Dots love to welcome other Dots to join them on the wall. The only thing The Dots demand from you is that you uncover them every now and then and admire their shape and material.

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Muuto tangerine dots

Wall Dots

Muuto dots

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Sneaky Peek : PJ Day

PJ Day

Rise and shine little Poppy – oh and you don’t need to worry about getting dressed today because it is PJ Day at care!

Hilarious.  The things you can get away with when you are three years old!

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PJ Day

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