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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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Angelina Ballerina Recital

Angelina Ballerina Recital

Poppy had her first Ballet Recital last night!  There was so much excitement surrounding this performance, with a mad dash to pick her up from care, get her all ‘fluffed up’ and ready backstage by 5 pm.

It didn’t help that I couldn’t find her tights anywhere that morning and after turning her room upside down, dashed to the ballet shop at lunch to buy another pair!  I also received a call from James’ daycare with news his ear had perforated. :(

Ballet tights in hand, I left work early to pick up James and take him to the doctor.  Poor little fellow – he was very miserable and I was surprised that he was totally captivated by the sea of pink on stage for the numerous acts.  The Panadol and anti-biotics had obviously kicked in.

Our little ballerina did a stellar job with her fellow ballerinas.  I felt a little emotional as I watched our big girl on stage with her big ears and twinkle toes!

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina Recital

Angelina Ballerina Recital

Angelina Ballerina Recital

Angelina Ballerina Recital

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Movember

Little Letter Light Company

It’s that time of year again when our men folk are sporting fabulous facial hair all in the name of men’s health.

Nick decided to jump on board this year and his mo is going from strength to strength.  So if you are feeling generous, head on over to boost his total!

Movember

Ps – the divine moustache light is from the Little Letter Lights Co.

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Paris : New York

Two of my favourite cities so beautifully captured by Matel!

Paris & NY, like many large cities, have a lot in common; transport, infrastructure, national monuments. I wanted to explore not only these comparisons but also the differences, in order to expose the beauty and individuality of each. What you cannot deny is the vibrancy and explosion of character each city has and I thought split-screen with time-lapse would be a good way to help convey this.

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Pageant : Fair : Bushwalk

Christmas Pageant

There is so much happening at this time of year – Christmas Pageants, School Fairs, Regional Shows and Dance Recitals.  This weekend was no exception.

On Saturday morning we schlepped along to the annual Myer Christmas Pageant with all of Hobart and their little people (or so it seemed).  Poppy waved for the entire pageant and James fell asleep in the backpack!

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

No sooner had we got home, had lunch and an afternoon nap to reinvigorate for the Waimea Heights School Fair in the afternoon where Poppy ate jelly, a cupcake and had her face painted.

I haven’t been to a fair since my own school days but it brought back many memories – fairy floss, bakers toast, lucky dips, jumping castles, baked goodies and the chocolate wheel.  Poppy and James were both exhausted on Saturday night, but paradoxically a little wired on sugar!Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair
Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

Waimea School Fair

On Sunday we escaped the city and went on an adventure to Snug Falls.  Poppy walked all the way and James hitched a ride with his Mum!  It felt so great to go for a wander in the bush.  X

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

Snug Falls

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Snug Falls

Snug Falls

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Restaurant Australia

Restaurant Australia

There is a buzz in Hobart … that is because the world has been invited to dinner tonight!

Tasmania is currently hosting Restaurant Australia with a gala dinner at MONA tonight for the world’s most respected food and wine writers, celebrity chefs and broadcasters. Heston’s in Hobart!

Restaurant Australia will see over 80 international media and food and wine experts coming to Hobart for a uniquely Australian dinner at the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) on Friday 14th November.
Restaurant Australia is about setting Australia’s food and beverage apart from the rest of the world, through the people, places and produce that make the country’s culinary experiences unique.

In addition to the 80 international VIPs there will be over 200 influential guests visiting Hobart to be part of this event. They will include domestic media, state and territory tourism executives, government personnel, campaign ambassadors and renowned Australian food and beverage personalities.

I occasionally freelance for Tourism Tasmania as a guide with their Visiting Journalist Program and this week I was privileged to host Jessica Allen – a digital correspondent from The Social in Canada, her film crew and John Lethlean, a food reviewer from The Australian, as part of the Restaurant Australia event.

Growing up in such a special place, I appreciate how unique and beautiful Tasmania is.  It is home and we live and breathe this beauty everyday, but when you show someone the magic of Tasmania for the first time, it never ceases to amaze me how utterly blown away they are.  I get to experience this appeal through new eyes, each and every time this sense wonderment happens.  This trip was no exception – they were staggered by the utter beauty, the houses, the water, but most of all … our food.

Our itinerary included lunch at Smolt, a wander around the city with Hobart Historic Tours, a drop of Whiskey at Lark Distillery, and a heavenly dinner at Ethos on Wednesday.  On Thursday I picked the group up bright and early to catch the first ferry to Bruny Island where we had breakfast at the Bruny Island Cheese Co.  Please let it be known that I experienced the best fruit buns ever – thank you Nic Haddow!

A long lunch in a vineyard at Bruny Island Premium Wines and we finished off the day sampling salty morsels plucked from their sub-tidal homes at Get Shucked Oysters.  I felt proud to be Tasmanian and even prouder to be showing off our ‘every-day’.  X

Smolt
Smolt
Hobart Historic Tours
Lark Distillery
Lark Distillery
Ethos
Ethos
Ethos
Ethos
Bruny Island Cheese Co.
Bruny Island Cheese Co.
Bruny Island Cheese Co.
Bruny Island Cheese Co.
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Bruny Island
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Bruny Island Premium Wines
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Bruny Island Premium Wines
Get Shucked
Get Shucked
Get Shucked
Get Shucked
Get Shucked
Restaurant Australia
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Pannier ♥

I received this text message from my sister, Rob today and it made me ponder my poor panniers.

Being a self-confessed ‘gear-freak’ I have accumulated an amazing amount of gear that was put to good use over many, many years – snowboards, snowshoes, tents, stoves, bivvy bags, sleeping bags, climbing gear and … cycle touring panniers.

Ortleib Panniers

However, this bundle of outdoor gear, worth thousands of dollars is now sitting idle under our house.  I had grand plans pre-children to continue my outdoor adventures with little tackers in tow, but to be honest I haven’t fulfilled my ideals.  Apart from our boating adventures, we haven’t taken Poppy and James on any overnight bushwalks yet, for no particular reason.  I need to bust out of my routine and get them out there!  I look forward to the day when we can wander amongst amazing mountains together.

My gorgeous red Ortlieb panniers have been laying, patiently waiting too.  Waiting for the day when they are packed to the brim, popped on a bike and ridden into the sunset.  It has been a long time since I have done any cycle touring which included a trip around the West Coast of Tasmania with my old friend Jen (Tetley).  There is nothing better than seeing those kilometres tick by, your thoughts slowing to the gentle pace, seeing landscapes from a different perspective and sleeping soundly after a long day.

These poor panniers have also copped a bit of pressure from my husband who has been suggesting I pop them on Gumtree, but I have continually refused.  I know I don’t use them at the moment, but one day I will, and selling them will be selling a dream … my dream.

I will take those beauties across France and Italy one day, where I plan to ride along meandering roads, stopping for a baguette and cheese for lunch.  I’ll continue on, cycling across the countryside with my red companions until my legs become weary and I pull into a little village, pitch my tent and have a simple meal of escargot and local wine!

I am not ready to part company yet as we have more adventures to share together!  Until then, you can borrow them Rob and I hope you enjoy their company!  Xx

Cycle Touring

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Social Butterflies

Diver Poppy

We have had a fantastic weekend … and one with lots of social engagements!

On Friday night I went along to the annual Tasmanian Tourism Awards with my dear friends and colleagues in the industry – Nic, Annabelle and Anne.  We met at my place where Nick popped open a bottle of Jansz as we added the final touches to our make-up, swapped under garment tricks and tips and enjoyed the fun of getting dolled-up together!  I had a great night and got to bed far too late.

Tasmania Tourism Awards

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Tourism Awards

Tourism Awards

Annabelle, Nicole & Anne

Annabelle, Larni & Anne

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On Saturday we went to Jackman & McRoss to meet Nick’s family for a coffee and then I took Poppy to her first 4th birthday party.  Her friends from daycare had a wonderful time playing ‘Pass the Parcel’ and all the other classic games!  On Saturday afternoon we celebrated a 70th Birthday.

Nick & Pops in Battery Point

Tourism Awards On Sunday we popped the Speedy Boat in the water and zoomed across the river to Triworks – a gorgeous little deserted beach 20 minutes away from Hobart by water.  I had an expectation of lazing around in the sun, reading the papers, eating nice food whilst the children built sand castles.  Mmmm … I should have known better as James was a fiend for the waves.  We couldn’t keep him out of the water and he needed constant supervision … hence no lazing around.  He is going to be a little water baby, just like his sister.

We also saw the new Brooke Street Pier being floated into place.  In the afternoon we hung out at home in the sun, eating apples, playing and generally making a mess of the house!  A wonderful weekend indeed.  Xx

Brooke Street Pier

Speedy Boat

Triworks

Triworks

Triworks

Triworks

Triworks

Triworks

Triworks

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Maisy

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Two Wolves

An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy.

“It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.” He continued, “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you – and inside every other person, too.”

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”

The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”

Two Wolves

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The Wife Drought

The Wife Drought

I’ve just sunk my teeth into a new book by Annabel Crabb – The Wife Drought:

‘I need a wife’
It’s a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it’s not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It’s a potent economic asset on the work front. And it’s an advantage enjoyed – even in our modern society – by vastly more men than women.
Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and chronically under-reported state of wife drought, and there is no sign of rain.
But why is the work-and-family debate always about women? Why don’t men get the same flexibility that women do? In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace, do we forget about the barriers that – for men – still block the exits?
The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work. Written in Annabel Crabb’s inimitable style, it’s full of candid and funny stories from the author’s work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of ‘The Wife’ in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.
Crabb’s call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars. Rather than a shout of rage, The Wife Drought is the thoughtful, engaging catalyst for a conversation that’s long overdue.
I love her account of ‘wife work’ – utterly invisible to the national economy, but significant to the wellbeing of a family and goes onto describe what the position description may look like:
Opening exists for leader of small, spirited team in a vibrant but often chaotic environment.  Applicant must be mature and patient, as team members may at times be prone to sudden mood swings, unorthodox social techniques, strategic tunnel vision and outright insubordination.
Applicant will have responsibility for cleaning, laundering, tutoring, light maintenance, heavy maintenance, procurement, occupational health and safety, occupational therapy, nutrition, ethical guidance counselling, transport, skills training, intra-team human resource management, outsourcing, mentoring, mediation, education and sanitation.
Fine motor control and calm temperament a must.  Creative experience and demonstrated innovation strong advantages, esp. capacity to construct, for example, a plausible bat costume from basic household items in under ten minutes.
Some tasks may be repetitive.  Formal performance assessment very limited, through applicant may self-assess regularly in bleaker moments.
Salary nominal.
A recommended read so far!
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