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The Outdoor Classroom

Mt. Field

I have just spent two glorious days working at Mount Field National Park with my TasTAFE Adventure Tour Guiding students.

Mount Field

The perfect ‘outdoor classroom’ for the students to physically sit on a dolerite boulder overlooking Lake Seal whilst learning about the glaciation process and to see the effects on the landscape right in front of them.  Learning how to identify a myriad of alpine plant species and to have the responsibility of cooking a three-course meal on a fuel stove, for twenty of their hungry peers!

I love being able to reconnect with my old favourite the Pandani (Richea Pandaniafolia) – a distinctive Tasmanian endemic and the tallest flowering heath plant.  To walk amongst the ‘Pandani Grove’ always gives me the feeling of being a pre-historic being in a Gondwanan landscape.

I love my ‘outdoor office’ and sharing this amazing place with a new generation of outdoor adventure guides.  xx

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Oh Maria!

Riedle Bay

Spending five days on Maria Island on Tasmania’s east coast we enjoyed long, desolate beaches with white, white sand, turquoise water and not a soul in sight.  We walked amongst historic buildings reminding us of the paltry conditions of the convict probation period and later the ambitious industrial era of the island.  Continuing up to Fossil Cliffs we marveled at the unique geological features from the Permian period.

Beautiful sunsets, bountiful seafood and more glorious time with my family, before returning back home to Hobart … and to reality.  Xx

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Photo - Toby Langford

Photo – Toby Langford

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Pre-Christmas Craziness

Aloft

Another busy week has passed with a range of Christmas activities.

On Tuesday I went to Aloft – a new waterfront restaurant in Hobart, with two of my friends from Mother’s Group where we enjoyed the divine view of the Derwent on dusk.

Thursday was a glorious day where the garden at home beckoned, including running under the sprinkler and planting flower gardens (literally).  That night, we had our Day Care Family Fun Night where Poppy sang a couple of carols with her friends.  There was face painting, balloon art and sausages.  What more could you want?

On Friday we enjoyed rainbows, cooking and super slides down the stairs.  On Sunday we caught up with friends to eat ice-cream at the park and in the afternoon a (slow) bushwalk around Knocklofty where Poppy is learning more of her native plants.

Poppy (and Nick) have become slightly obsessed with the Peppa Pig Doctor’s Kit and have been using poor James as their patient to practice their bandaging!  He has been very obliging!

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