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Tas Bound

I have had a busy week last week hosting a group of ATEC (Australian Tourism Export Council) travel agents on behalf of Tourism Tasmania.

It was an absolute pleasure to spend three days with a lovely bunch of people who sell Tasmanian product to their high-end customers in the United States and UK/Europe.

Our familiarisation tour incorporated a variety of product and included the Barilla Bay Oysters; Candy Abalone; Cascade Brewery; Lenna of Hobart; Tasman Island Cruises; Port Arthur Historic Lavender Farm; Port Arthur Historic Site; Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park (Unzoo); Bangor Oyster & Wine Shed; The Wicked Cheese Company and Frogmore Creek.

We enjoyed beautiful food, met passionate operators and even got to experience the Southern ocean on a freezing day with Tasman Island Cruises.  A tough week at the office!  Xx

Barilla Bay Oysters

Candy Abalone

Candy Abalone

Candy Abalone

Candy Abalone

Cascade BreweryLenna of Hobart Penthouse

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Tasman Island Cruises

Port Arthur Historic Site

Unzoo

Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed

Frogmore Creek

Frogmore Creek

Frogmore Creek

Frogmore Creek

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Feeling Blue

Pantone

Lately I have been loving all things navy blue.  I have always preferred a black base for my clothing and accessories but I find these gorgeous blues a little bit softer, especially teamed with white, hot pink or vibrant green.

Blue ♥

The GoodsVaille_V-Neck_Sweater_Navy_6_1024x1024Trench Coat

Colour Love

Pantone Cup

Normann Copenhagen Beater

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Marvelous May

Salty dog

Amazing weather, an amazing weekend full of dining out; walking on beaches and spending two glorious days away on the boat to Bruny Island.

Need I say any more, except Tasmania, your Autumn sun was so appreciated.  x

Happy Dog

Sunrise

Sunrise on Nutgrove Beach

My happy place

Pops

Sleepy time

Pops, Dolly and Larni

Apollo Bay

Apollo Bay

A night time wander

Quarantine - Bruny Island

Quarantine - Bruny Island

Quarantine - Bruny Island

Quarantine - Bruny Island

Breakfast boogie

Fruit toast

Suiting up

Mill pond

Poppy driving

Mill pond

Mill pond

Wanderings

Franklin

Franklin

Go Jamesy

Hand in Hand

Playing with Pops

Playing with Pops

Tactile play

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Longline Lounge Wrap

Country Road Longline Lounge WrapCountry RoadPoppy and James gave me this ‘Longline Lounge Wrap‘ from Country Road with a little bit of help from their Dad.

I am certainly looking forward to ‘lounging’ around in this baby!

Country Road Longline Lounge Wrap

Country Road Longline Lounge Wrap

Country Road Longline Lounge Wrap

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iPhone ♥

iPhone 6

After months of frustration with my iPhone 4S and persevering with it randomly dying mid-text,  needing to charge it twice a day and running out of memory, I have finally upgraded to an iPhone 6.

I was hesitant to change as I had a beautiful Il Bisonte Leather iPhone Card Case that had developed a gorgeous patina over the past 3 years.  I guess I will be on the lookout for a replacement now!

il Bisonte Phone Case

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MONA Amarna

Mona James Turrell

On Mothers Day we popped out to the MONA Rooftop Plaza to see that ‘light thingy‘ (as my husband described it) which was indeed, very apt.

What we experienced was the James Turrell installation – Amarna:

Turrell harnesses the numinous potential of light and space; kind of like what God would do if He decided to build a gazebo. We see Amarna as an elevation of the museum’s hitherto subterranean ponderings of the human condition. If that sounds vague, that’s because Turrell‘s art must be seen to be believed; or, perhaps, not seen, but believed nonetheless.

It was truly amazing.  I will be back … especially for those heated seats!

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

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Mum Love

Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day!

On Saturday afternoon we decided at the last-minute to go away on the boat and rolled out of the marina at 5pm.  We have just bought Nick’s parents boat – Spellbound, and this was our first family night away.  Staying in Shag Bay we were on the doorstep of Hobart but tucked inside this beautiful little bay on the Eastern Shore, we could have been anywhere.

I loved hanging out with Poppy and James on Mothers Day and made it special for me with Poppy exclaiming:

Mummy, you are the best Mummy ever and a really good cooker!

We picked up Sam and Scarlett on Sunday morning at Bellerive and hung out in the autumn sunshine drinking take-away coffees and eating bakery goodies.

I am forever humbled by this journey of Motherhood and continue to learn more and more from my children.  I wouldn’t swap it for the world!  Xx

Larni, Sam & Scarlett

Jansz

Sam & Scarlett

James

Sam & Scarlett

The Mothers and their crew

Starting early James

Eye see Poppy

Eyes

Poppy

Maisy & Poppy

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Fabulous Friends

I am blessed with many beautiful friends in my life.  Even though quality time together is always compromised due to family and work commitments, I value the time I do share with my dear friends which can incorporate a quick chat before my yoga class, a catch up for a hot chocolate and cake before seeing an art house movie, a bushwalk with our children in tow or a crazy play date with lots of disjointed conversations!

Friends Collage

I was out on Tuesday night at Frank Restaurant with two of my special friends, when we ran into another one.  As we were all sitting and chatting about our work, it dawned on me how amazing my friends all are!

One has spent the last year in the battle against breast cancer and has now landed a great job with a Change Management Agency.  Another was successful in securing a lucrative grant to develop a tourism App for the local University and is off to Denmark to present a paper in June.  A dear friend of mine has a one-year old daughter with Cystic Fibrosis and has the constant juggle of hospital visits and returning to her job as an Outdoor Education Teacher.

Others own their own businesses and juggle being beautiful mothers to their children whilst operating tours around Tasmania; selling fireworks; project managing and building their family home, delivering personal training to a wide range of clients to even marrying people in their spare time!  One of my dear friends judges the National Tourism Awards every year, another is fighting for Indigenous rights in an uphill battle in Melbourne whilst others have aging parents living in Europe.  One of my oldest friends is the Operations Manager for a very successful business in Tasmania – selling Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon to the world.

One of my beautiful friends was pivotal in organising Tasmania’s premier event last November, where the world was invited to dinner as part of the Restaurant Australia campaign:

Feeling reflective as the snow settles on Mt. Wellington on this cool afternoon in Hobart, I value all the great times I share with you all.  You constantly inspire and motivate me.  Xx

Friends Collage

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Bambi ♥

Bambi Chair

Whilst I am still loving all things Danish, today I am loving this gorgeous Bambi Chair made by Elements Optimal Denmark.  The good news is they have just arrived in Australia at Top3 by Design.  We all love a bit of Bambi right?

A delightful object that appeals to the delight of the child in all of us! A whimsical pice of furniture for children or as an object of desire.

The Bambi Chair is an object made from the heart – a true sculpture of fine art. It is produced from solid European oak and American Walnut. The fabric seating is made from nylon (faux fur).

Bambi Chair
Bambi Chair
Bambi Chair
Bambi Chair
Bambi
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Danish Mates

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Late last year one of my Adventure Guiding students asked to speak to me in my office.  I wasn’t sure if he was going to seek future employment advice, to ask for an extension on his assignment or to check up on his recent results?  I was pleasantly surprised when he mentioned his Mother was supervising a PhD student recently arrived Denmark, who had come to Tasmania for 6 months with her husband and 3-year-old daughter.  George asked if I wouldn’t mind contacting them as they didn’t know anyone in Tasmania who had children.

I met Vibeke, Brian and Julie at the Nutgrove Playground on a windy Sunday afternoon in January.  These Scandinavians were easy to spot in the playground – blonde, beautiful and fit.  We chatted about Tasmania and my love of Danish design and crime dramas (Borgen, The Killing, The Bridge and The Legacy) as Poppy and Julie played, despite their language differences.

Since then, we had caught up on several occasions over dinners at home; celebrated Vibeke’s birthday and enjoyed a day out on the water.

Last Thursday they returned home to Denmark and I was really sad to say goodbye to these new-found friends who were an absolute pleasure to be around.  We will miss Brian’s funny faces, Julie’s sweet nature and Vibeke’s contagious smile, but know deep down that we will meet again. ✈️ xx

Brian, Vibeke & Julie

Vibeke & Julie

James in their garden

Games in their garden

James & Vibeke

Poppy & Julie

Julie & Poppy

James in their garden

Poppy & Julie

Julie & Poppy

Poppy, Vibeke & Julie

Crazy cats

Poppy & Julie

Poppy & Julie

The Cookie Monster

On Spellbound

RYCT

RYCT

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