Category: Sneaky Peek
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Sneaky Peek : Pesky Parasite

Giardia

I have been really unwell for the past four months with symptoms including stomach cramping, nausea, lethargy and other lovelies which I will refrain from explaining.  I have lost 8/10 kilos and carrying James up our stairs became a feat in itself.

After numerous doctors appointments, blood and stool samples, a Colonoscopy and a Gastroscopy, I was becoming quite fearful of the results I would be faced with.  Was I looking down the barrel of Chrons, Coeliac Disease or worse??

It turns out I was harbouring a pesky parasite – a rare strain of Giardia that I may have picked up on the Mountain (Mt. Wellington) or from not washing my greens!  I have had Giardia before whilst hiking through the Himalaya in Nepal, but the telltale signs from that experience (sulphur anyone?) were remarkably different in this case.

So, with a diagnosis confirmed and a round of antibiotics in hand I am feeling back to my normal self.  Man, Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers should package up those pesky parasites for guaranteed results – I wouldn’t recommend the side effects though.

Time to fatten up for the festive season!  Xx

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Sneaky Peek : Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina

Nick and I have finally succumbed to the constant requests from Poppy and her desire for ballet lessons.  Waking in the middle of the night to tell me to ring the ‘ballet lady’ was the last straw!

Nick took Little Miss Twinkle Toes to her first class last week and she came home brimming with excitement whilst donning pink ears and a sticker.  She is even performing in a recital on the 19th November.  Oh my – keep eating those weet-bix Angelina – you will need your energy.  X

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina

Angelina Ballerina poster -3

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Sneaky Peek : Sleep Chic, Wake Sweet

Masini & ChernMy new Masini & Chern birthday pyjamas have arrived and the ‘Baby Blues’ are so delightful.  I know I am making a big deal about their arrival but really, you should have seen what I was wearing to bed!  I won’t exactly be looking like Lindy Klim now, but I will be feeling chic!

Lindy KlimI love their tag line:

Sleep chic, wake sweet

….and that is exactly what I plan to do!  Thank you Masini & Chern – such great service.

Masini & Chern

Masini & Chern

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Sneaky Peek : A Book Picnic

Book PicnicI heard the sweet sounds of chatter from Poppy’s room this morning at a very respectable hour of 7am and on entering, I noticed she had laid her ‘blankie’ out on the floor with all of her favourite books displayed proudly.  It looked like a book picnic and Madam Constance was even invited (in her knickers)!  Poppy must have realised it is Children’s Book Week this week.

What a delightful sight – Poppy loves her books and they all looked so beautiful laid out, ready to devour!

Poppy and her book picnic

Madame Constance

Maisy

Animals

Mama Loves Me

Playful Poppy

peppa-pig

Peppa

First Pet

Little Library

Hairy

Hairy Maclary

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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.

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

Settlement Secrets

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Sneaky Peek : Speedy Boat

Watermans Dock - Hobart

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.

Sullivans Cove

Jamesy Boy

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!

Speedy Boat

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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Sneaky Peek : SKIP*HOP

Skip*Hop Panda

Skip-Hop-Straw-Bottle-Panda

Now that James is a big boy …

Jamesy Boy

… 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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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!

Pj Day

PJ Day

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Sneaky Peek : Davies Brothers Ltd

Descendants of Mercury founder John Davies, from left, Margaret Davies, sister Josephine and brother John, can recall their childhood days when three copies of the paper were delivered to their home.

Descendants of Mercury founder John Davies, from left, Margaret Davies, sister Josephine and brother John, can recall their childhood days when three copies of the paper were delivered to their home.

Today I give you a sneaky peek into Nick’s family and his forebears – Davies Brothers Ltd who established The Mercury newspaper in 1854.  The newspaper will be celebrating 160 years on the 5th July.

This lovely photo of Nick’s Dad and his Aunties featured in The Mercury on Monday with the below editorial:

THE founder of one of Tasmania’s greatest family businesses, Davies Brothers Ltd, was a convict who turned his life around and made an ­impression on the world.

John Davies established the Mercury newspaper in July 1854 and left a lasting legacy for his family and Tasmania, says Margaret Davies, his great-great-­granddaughter.

Her father, George “Bill” Davies, was the last in the family to guide the company before it was taken over by News Limited (now News Corp Australia) in the late 1980s.

“Old John passed on to his family the importance of honest hard work and that was carried on through the generations,” Dr Davies said.

“There was a sense of duty to the community which was passed down through the ­family.”

She was born into the world of print, her father was made managing director of Davies Brothers when she was only 10 years old.

Growing up her family would receive three copies of the Mercury delivered to their home – one for their father, one for their mother and one for the four children to share.

Dr Davies is a retired academic who followed a career path in science. not journalism, but even so it would seem publishing was part of her purpose.

In her retirement she is serving as honorary editor of the Royal Society of Tasmania and has published and edited a number of books in her field.

“I suppose I have newsprint running in my veins,” she said.

Earlier this year she ­received the OAM for service to science in the field of herpe­tology and is the fourth generation of her family to receive an honour.

Her father was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. while her grandfather C.B. ­Davies received the CBE in 1941 and her great-grandfather George Davies was knighted in 1909.

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Sneaky Peek : Hippity Hop

Dark Mofo

Whilst I’m on my Dark Mofo roll, I bundled up the peeps again tonight and went to meet that cheeky old illuminated bunny with Sam and baby Scarlett. It was worth the tantrum that I endured as I dragged Poppy away from the action – who was definitely ready for bed!

Oh I love this festival – so much atmosphere as the longest night is near.

Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo

Last night I boogied the night away at the MONA to Midnight event with Anne, Cath and Maggie.  Boy oh boy, I don’t think I have laughed so much for such a long time.  X

MOna

Mona to Midnight