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Three

Three Year Old James

Our little man turned three on Wednesday and it has brought a range of mixed emotions for me.  I’m so happy that he is a healthy and happy boy after his wobbly start in life.  He was born only weighing 2.030 kg’s and was a tiny little dot.  Luckily he loves his food and has prospered in those three years.

However, I feel a little emotional that our ‘baby’ is growing up so fast.  He will be finishing school and sneaking out with his buddies in no time.  The cliché really does ring true – you have to savour each and very moment! x

Ps: In case you are wondering the cake is supposed to be a motor cruiser boat.  It is definitely open to interpretation however! 

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Melbourne Moments

Larni & Cherida

I have just spent the weekend in Melbourne on my biannual trip with my dear friend Cherida.  We both converge on the Victorian capital from Adelaide and Hobart, for a weekend of bliss.

A weekend where we bid farewell to our little families for three days of freedom and friendship.  These trips represent a little full stop … punctuating our lives for a few days to enable us to catch our breath and to truly reflect and recharge.  Where we enjoy long conversations over cups of tea and exquisite pastries.

My eyes are continually averted to the shiny bright lights of a big city, where we wander with no time limits.  An urban beauty that is such a contrast to my ‘normal’ at home where beautiful beaches, forests and natural scenery are dominant features.  I love the contrast of the glitzy shops, designed spaces, considered lighting, fashion forward thinking and skyscrapers reaching up to the blue, blue sky. xx

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Winter Musings

Winter

Despite the crazy weather in Hobart over the past week we have braved the wintery conditions on several occasions and have enjoyed some action-packed activities.

These activities consisted of numerous cups of tea and play dates with old friends, private climbing walls, mural spotting and a scoot out to Gasp! (Glenorchy Arts & Sculpture Park).

Poppy had a party at The Faerie Shop for one of her school friends (also called Poppy) complete with crowns, glitter, wishing dust, balloons and lollies – what more could a bunch of five-year old faeries ask for?

Nick celebrated his birthday on Sunday and we had a family celebration at the Bangor Wine & Oyster Shed for lunch.  The kids ran for miles on the green, green grass whilst we savoured the oysters and wine inside by the fire!

We saw snow in Hobart on Wednesday and today we have enjoyed more cups of tea and play dates with dear friends, whilst the wind blew!

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50 ♥

Jetstar

Last weekend, my sister Cath and I flew to Melbourne to celebrate our older sister’s 50th birthday in Castlemaine.  We were literally only there for 24 hours, but despite the quick trip, it was wonderful to celebrate Rob’s special day.

Rob has always lived a very healthy life and as a result she is beaming with vitality and youth, despite her half century milestone!

Surrounded by all her special friends in a cosy bar in Castlemaine, we celebrated into the wee hours.  The next morning, Rob’s husband Paul cooked up a storm and we enjoyed opening presents together and drinking cups of tea before dragging ourselves back to Tullamarine.

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Whilst I was away, Nick took Poppy and James to Ben Lomond for a few snowy adventures.  James loved ‘sloping’ down the hill on a sled with Poppy, in his big baggy pants.  Bless.  Xx

James at Ben Lomond

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Family ♥

Launceston

I have had a wonderful weekend spent with both sides of my family.

On Friday, James, Poppy and I went to Launceston and stayed on my family farm with their cousins.  Four girls and James all squeezed into Nanna’s spare bed to watch a movie and enjoyed a ‘late night’.

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After a frosty morning with ice on the fish pond we returned to Hobart where Nick’s family were all in town.  We shared a delightful meal together on Saturday night at Peacock & Jones, followed by a drink at Frank Restaurant & Bar.

Frank Restaurant and Bar

On Sunday, we all went to Peppermint Bay for lunch on Nick’s parent’s boat.  I love family time and I feel blessed we all get on so well and have so much fun!  Xxx

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Winter Cruising

A special kiss

Thanks to our Webasto diesel heater onboard Spellbound, it makes Winter cruising on the boat very pleasant indeed.  There’s nothing better than getting cosy onboard whilst anchored in a beautiful cove on Bruny Island, with friends ‘rafted up’ next to you, sharing delicious food, wine and conversation.

On the recent Queens Birthday Long Weekend, we spent two nights away and visited Get Shucked on Saturday for some oysters and a sparkling, before a BBQ ashore in the afternoon for some toasted marshmallows and a yarn around the fire.

A firey sunset greeted us as we returned to Barnes Bay for the evening spent with Nick’s folks and our friends Jacinta and Brett, where we enjoyed a lovely meal, lively conversation and even a sing-a-long to the Ukulele.

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A Winter Treat

Winter Feast

I have always loved winter – I was married in the depths of August, I love skiing and rugging up in hats, scarves, coats and poms poms.  I am thankful that being a Tasmanian through and through, I am able to experience four distinct seasons each year, with winter being one of my favourites.  The soft sunlight, the crisp blue skies, the bare branches and of course … Dark Mofo!  The festival that has changed the face of winter in Hobart.

A festival that draws Tasmanian’s out from their cosy homes and into their black puffer jackets.  A festival that attracts visitors to our State in droves – where Hipsters converge on Hobart from many varied addresses to partake in the bizarre, to sample hearty food and to enjoy a Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch, whilst soaking up some quirky art and culture.

We have been in a Dark Mofo frenzy for the past two weeks – from the opening night with Poppy and James; to a date night where Nick and I were able to explore more of Dark Park; a Winter Feast; a walk through historic Battery Point; staying on the boat in Elizabeth Street Pier as part of a Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Cruising event and finally … a procession with thousands of others for the Ogah Ogah – The Burning, to culminate our festivities.

As we are about to snuggle down for the longest night of the year, we are now back to our normal routine and will definitely not be partaking in the Nude Solstice Swim just down the road, in the morning.  I do love winter … but not that much!

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Australian Traveller

Australian Traveller Magazine

I am so pleased to see the new issue of Australian Traveller magazine hit the stands this week, after working on the shoot with Tourism Tasmania in the summer.

So now that the magazine is published I can disclose that the star of the show was … Megan Gale.  A true beauty showcasing a stunning part of Tasmania.  Grab yourself a copy this weekend.  Xx

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Lumio ♥

Lumio

Today I am loving Lumio – a multi-functional modern lamp that unfolds from a book.  I could see some of these fitting beautifully into my life.

Lumio

Lumio is a dynamic, multi-functional lamp that conceals itself in the form of a hard-cover book. Lumio opens to 360 degrees and comes with a custom orange micro-USB charger, magnetic wooden pegs for mounting, and a beautiful leather strap for hanging.

 

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Yum : Breakfast Muffins

Chocolate Breakfast Muffins

Since discovering these fantastic breakfast muffins through my friend Anna, we haven’t looked back.  I make a couple of batches every week and they quickly disappear – Poppy and James just love them.  Give them a whirl – they are delicious and sugar free, dairy free, gluten free and grain free!

Chocolate Breakfast Muffins

  • 3 smallish very ripe bananas or 2 apples and a pear (peeled)
  • 1/4 avocado (optional – anywhere from a tablespoon to 1/2 an avo works. It adds in some more good fats and changes the texture slightly.)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao
  • 1 tablespoon acai berry blend or you could use C-berry blast for immune boosting power and a milder flavour.
  • 6 free range eggs (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil melted (or melted butter)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract)
  • Fresh or frozen raspberries

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a Thermomix except for the raspberries and mix until well combined with no lumps
  • Spoon into muffin tray (to make 12 large muffins)
  • Pop a few raspberries into each muffin
  • Bake at 160°c for 20 – 25 mins until they are firm to the touch.  Be careful not to let them burn.