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Open Day

Open Day

Ten pirates (little and big), one boat, good food and several bottles of sparkling wine, equals a fantastic day on the water to celebrate Open Day and the start of the sailing season in Hobart on Saturday.

After the official sail past, and a long lunch in the sun we continued onto Kings Pier where we stayed on board for the night with our other boating friends.  We dined at Fish Frenzy for dinner, had a big sleep and went for breakfast at T42 in the morning, all within a hop, skip and jump from the marina.

Hobart turned it on once again with fantastic weather – I just love this time of year.

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The School ♥

Instagram Debunked

Last Sunday I went along to an ‘Instagram Debunked‘ class offered by The School with the lovely Stephanie Somebody – a stylist, photographer and interior designer from Melbourne.

The class was held in the uber cool surrounds of the Core Collective, an architectural firm above Franklin Restaurant in Hobart.  Stepping into this design oasis where I was able to sit and learn all things Instagram for two and a half hours, was total bliss.

I am so thankful that Megan Morton’s ‘The School’ makes their way south to share such valuable knowledge.

Come listen and learn from self taught human Insta machine Stephanie Somebody!

Instagram can be a powerful tool. We all portray an image of ourselves through our Instagram feed and by making some small refinements your IG feed can be a thing of beauty but also set you apart from the rest. There are simple techniques which can vastly improve the overall appearance of your feed beginning with identifying your brand and then learning how to treat your photos for maximum impact. With a few key tools you can transform your IG feed into a visual manifesto and extend your reach beyond your immediate network.

Learn how to edit photos with basic editing programs, how design principles & elements impact your output, what people look at when they look at your photos/accounts and how to get the most out of the app. Hear about Stephanie’s personal experience with IG – how it has grown, where it’s going & how she got to where she is.

Instagram Debunked

Instagram Debunked

Instagram Debunked

Instagram Debunked

Instagram Debunked

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Silver Falls

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I had a lovely weekend last week spent with our little man James, as Nick took Poppy away on the boat for a ‘Dad and Daughter‘ weekend with some of his mates and their girls.  Poppy had an amazing time playing with her friends, fishing, collecting shells and watching Barbie movies.

I really valued the time spent with James one-on-one and I didn’t realise just how much Poppy talks when she is at home.  It was so quiet as James just potted around with his books and puzzles!

On Saturday morning, I met Sam and Scarlett for a walk on Mt. Wellington.  We popped our little hitchhikers in our packs and off we went to Silver Falls and onto The Springs via Radfords Track. It was so fantastic to get back into the bush and to walk and talk … and puff, with my dear friend.

We have both entered into the Triple Tops Mountain Run along Mt. Claude, Mt. Van Dyke and Mt. Roland in November.  This was the start of our ‘training’, which is quite effective with 15 kilos on our backs!  We have both competed in this event before (pre-children) and performed quite well, so it will be interesting to see how we go this time round!?  I dare say there will be a lot of pain, but we will appreciate those friendly ‘Lion Club’ smiles as they hand out oranges to quench our thirst and exhaustion!

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A Weekly Wrap

Poppy at Salamanca Market

Another week has passed and Friday is upon us already!

With hints of Spring in the air, we have enjoyed a party for Nick’s 40th birthday, our 7th Wedding Anniversary, Book Week costumes galore and a mid-week night away on the boat.

Nick picked me up from work on Wednesday afternoon, which was a beautiful day in Hobart – we grabbed the kids and jumped on the boat with Nick’s brother Will, his wife Tup and their gorgeous girls.  We cruised to Fish Frenzy for dinner and then continued on and anchored off Nutgrove Beach.  Poppy and James went to bed and Nick and I watched a movie to the gentle sway of the swell.  I love Hobart and how easy it is to access nature, even on school-night, whether it be by boat, bike or foot.

It is a rainy day here today and we are cooking pancakes for breakfast, doing puzzles, playing with train sets and resisting that daily urge to pop the tellie on before we go to Hill Street to stock up the pantry.  Xx

Hill Street Grocers

Freesias at Salamanca Market

The bar is ready to go

Tup, Keith, Nick and Annabelle

Alice, Tup & Anna

The Girls and their necklaces

Post Party Nibbles

Post Party Nibbles

Post Party Dance

Post Party Dance

Seven Years Ago

Book Week

Book Week

Two Folk Cafe

Spellbound

Curly Haired Cousins  Our view for the night

Back to work - Mt Wellington & Wrest Point Casino

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Birthdays : Festivals

Hobart

Another winter festival in Hobart … another birthday.  We stayed on the boat in the city on Friday night to celebrate my husband’s 40th and went along to the Bonfire and Big Sing as part of the Festival of Voices.

Hobart turned out in droves to stand around a massive fire and belt out a tune or two.  I love seeing everyone out and about and rugged up, even when the temperature gauge is in the single digits.  Hobart continues to inspire.  Xx

Festival of Voices

The crew

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Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Festival of Voices

Brooke Street Pier

Brooke Street Pier

Cake!

Spellbound

Brooke Street Pier

Brooke Street Pier

Brooke Street Pier

Brooke Street Pier

Princess Wharf Shed No. 1

Fresh Flowers

Morning Walk

Kings Pier

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Winter Solstice Weekend

Dark MOFO

We have had a fantastic weekend celebrating the Winter Solstice here in Hobart.  We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful city that is home to Dark MOFO, the festival that celebrates all things mid-winter.

Dark MOFO’s Winter Feast

Winter Feast

Nick and I went along to the Winter Feast on Friday night … sans children!  We ate, drank, sat by a fire and enjoyed a night out with our friends.

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Rock Star Berth

On Saturday the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania’s Cruising Committee organised a winter cruising event where we stayed on our boats in Elizabeth Street Pier for the night.  Talk about a rock star berth – right in the heart of the Dark MOFO festivities.

We ventured out to hold the Pulse Column, revisited the Fire Organ and enjoyed a warm gin at the Hendrick’s Parlour of Curiosities.  After the kids were in bed we gathered on Mistraal and enjoyed a few drinks with our friends.

Waking up to see the sunrise, I enjoyed a wander around the docks and witnessed the glow of the sun bringing warmth to the shortest day of the year.

We all had breakfast at T42 and Sam and Scarlett joined us for a walk to the Brooke Street Pier and the Hustle & Scout Fashion Market at the Salamanca Arts Centre.

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Walking to town

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Dark MOFO

The girls and James!

Off on an adventure

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Poppy on the Pulse Column

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Fire Organ

Handfish

Hobart

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

Dark MOFO's Pulse Column

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Dawn

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Sunrise

T42

Brooke St Pier

Hustle & Scout

Hustle & Scout

Marine Board Building

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Mt. Wellington

Winter Solstice Sunset

To end the weekend, we donned our pom poms and drove to the summit of Mt. Wellington to witness the sunset of the Winter Solstice.  Oh Hobart … you are getting more and more beautiful.

Happy days, happy days indeed.  Xx

Driving to the mountain

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Winter Solsctice Sunset

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Mt. Wellington

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Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

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Winter Culture

Dark Mofo

There’s a red glow in the air as Hobart’s Dark MOFO festival has begun.  The illumination of Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s Pulse Column signified the start of this amazing festival that brightens up our winter in Hobart every year.

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We went along to the Opening Night on Friday to see the city turn out in droves to celebrate our longest nights.  I find it so fantastic to see so many people out and about, rugged up and enjoying the various free events.

We visited the Dark Park at Macquarie Point and enjoyed the Hendrick’s Parlour of Curiosities, The Purging and The Fire Organ.  Poppy was a little freaked out from the noise of the organ and so we ventured to calmer environs at the TMAG forecourt where she danced to her heart’s content to the live music.

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Dark MOFO

Dark MOFO

Dark MOFO

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Dark MOFO

Fire Organ

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TMAG

Dark MOFO

The next morning I had an early breakfast at Smolt with my dear friend Heidi, followed by a wander through Salamanca Market to buy fresh flowers.  In the afternoon we had a four-year old birthday ‘disco’ party where five girls enjoyed various games and an amazing butterfly cake.

On Saturday evening we had a function at The Waterside Pavillion and then more Dark MOFO action at Blacklist – an evening of great DJ’s and random acts that only Dark MOFO is known for.

Oh I love it!  Xx

Heidi at Smolt

Hot House

Salamanca Market

Poppy with her present

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Me, Depha and Leesa

Pulse Column

Hobart

Blacklist - Dark MOFO

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Sister ♥

Larni, Rob & Cath

My sisters - Rob & Cath

I feel blessed to have three gorgeous sisters (and one brother) and it is indeed a special relationship that only comes from growing up together and knowing all those idiosyncrasies about each other.

These idiosyncrasies are often used as a jibe now in our adult lives, such as Robyn throwing a bread knife that stuck in the door; Cath building cubby houses all over the farm; me crashing Dad’s truck into a power pole when I was 13 and Janelle nursing numerous calves and lambs.

My eldest sister Rob lives in Castlemaine, Victoria.  She is the epitome of a fit and healthy 35-year-old but she is about to turn 49 in July!  She practices yoga on a daily basis, grows her own vegetables, rides her road bike with her husband, is a talented artist and works in their own business as an Interior Designer for Lifehouse Design.  I love when we hang out.

Aunty Rob & Poppy

My youngest sister Janelle lives on a gorgeous farm at Bracknell in Tasmania.  She has three beautiful girls – Molly, Lucy and Jessie and owns a contracting harvesting business with her husband.  She can often be found driving large combine harvesters, tractors or wind rowers with one or all of her girls on board.  A very practical lass indeed and one whom I don’t see enough of.

My sister Janelle, and nieces - Nina, Molly & Jessica

My other older sister Cath has two grown up girls and moved to Hobart from Deloraine, two years ago.  We have had an amazing time in Hobart together which has included lots of time on the water, enjoying live music, dancing, eating out and seeing lots of movies.

Cath is about to embark on a six month overseas adventure that she has been planning for the past ten years.  She plans to immerse herself in the cultures of Spain, France and Italy where she hopes to go to numerous music festivals, yoga retreats and farm stays.

Bronte & Cath at GASP!

I felt really sad saying goodbye to her last night, yet so happy for her.  When her girls were young and she was in the ‘full-on Mum’ mode, I was overseas, travelling to my heart’s content in Canada, Alaska, Thailand, Malaysia, India and Nepal.  We are at the opposite ends of the spectrum – she had her girls in her twenties and is now free and easy.  I am now in my forties and I am in the ‘full-on Mum’ mode.

The tables have turned and it will be so fabulous hearing of her travel stories!  We will miss you Cath!  Carpe diem (sieze the day!).  Xxx

Cath

Cath with Pops & James

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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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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!

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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