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The Golden Hour

The Golden Hour

On Wednesday night we went to The Golden Hour at Mona with Nick’s Family:

The Golden Hour

Communal dining at Mona, brought to you by our Executive Sous Chef Vince Trim. Soak up sunset courtesy of James Turrell’s rooftop spectacular, Amarna (2015), then retire to the Wine Bar for some top-notch tucker and flirty banter with the stranger on your left.

You arrive at 6:45pm to a glass of bubbles to compliment your oysters, before you are seated at a long communal (marble) table in the Wine Bar.  Followed by introductions to our neighbours on either side – a Climatologist from Hobart and a bunch of his friends from the States and on the other, a Frenchman with his Singaporean bride in Tasmania on their honeymoon.  An adjacent table were hosting a film crew from China, so the evening certainly had an international flavour, reminding me once again of the ‘Mona Effect‘ and the drawcard this museum in the northern suburbs, has become.

After an amazing entrée of Moo Brew Stout-cured and smoked ocean trout, asparagus, freekah & pickled basil we were ushered, drink in hand, to enjoy James Turrell’s light installation on dusk.  Sitting on the heated seats and marveling at the changing colours above us, we huddled back inside to enjoy the rest of our amazing meal.

It really is a fantastic concept – one where you feel you are having a private dinner party, meeting new people and eating fantastic food, yet without the worry of washing up!  It truly was a ‘Golden Hour’ … or two or three!  xx

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It’s beginning to feel a lot like …

Christmas

Christmas!

I love this time of year.  Even though it is a very busy time, I love the anticipation of the end of the year and celebrating with family and friends.  I have been busy at work trying to finalise the academic year before I enjoy a break over the summer holidays.  Invitations are coming in thick and fast for Christmas functions, family nights, parties and get-togethers with friends.  Christmas decorations are popping up throughout the city and … at home!

We dragged out the dusty old box from under the house today containing the ‘fake’ Christmas tree we bought off Gumtree many years ago.  Poppy decorated it for hours within an inch of a …. bauble.  I must say, as I type this I can see the twinkling lights out of the corner of my eye, and the house feels very festive indeed.

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Yesterday we were in the city and ‘popped’ into the opening of the new Myer Hobart.  I can’t actually say ‘popped in’ because it was more like a line up!  I am not sure what I was thinking!  James was in the pram and I was dodging all the other Mum’s and their prams, plus hundreds of interested folk, keen to lay an eye on ‘their’ new department store, after the devastating fire of the original building in 2007.

Bursting into the retail space just prior to Christmas, the new store looked very sharp and … Christmasy!  A retailers delight.

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Seafood Seduction

Wowsers – another week has passed and I have been so flat-out, I have barely had time to scratch myself!

Last weekend I worked again with Tourism Tasmania, hosting a group of six Indonesian VIP’s from the Bank of Asia, Clara Magazine – a gorgeous glossy for the stylish Indonesian woman, and two representatives from Tourism Australia.

Clara

The aim of their visit was to experience Tasmania with the hope of enticing more Indonesian’s to our State in the future.  After meeting the group at the airport on Friday morning, they were whisked out to Mona in the Posh Pit where they enjoyed the museum, a beautiful lunch at The Source and then a wine tour and tasting with my friend, Dan.

A drive to the top of Mt. Wellington (Kunanyi) bought many ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’, followed by another beautiful meal at the Wrest Point Revolving Restaurant.

The next morning, we blitzed the Salamanca Market (where I quickly found out than Indonesian’s certainly love their shopping) but the highlight of their trip however, was Rob Pennicott’s Seafood Seduction Tour.

Seafood Seduction

Enjoy oysters shucked straight from the water, rock lobster and see your guide dive for abalone and sea urchin.  Be delighted as your catch is turned into a delicious seafood feast accompanied by gourmet local produce and Tasmanian wines, boutique beers, ciders and juices.

Hopping on a boat in Kings Pier, our wonderful guides – Ido and Kate hosted the perfect day, despite the lumpy conditions in the Channel.

Seafood Seduction

I will let the photos speak for themselves but it was the ultimate trip for our international guests – combined with professional yet laid-back guides and amazing seafood including the freshest oysters you will ever eat.  The highlight for the group was experiencing Ido and Kate don their wetsuits and actually dive for our lunch, where they caught fresh sea urchin and abalone.

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As we rolled off the boat, full to the brim with seafood we then had dinner (and more seafood) at The Glass House on the Brooke Street Pier.

I waved the group off at the airport the next morning and I am sure we will see many more of their counterparts coming to Tasmania in search of our amazing seafood and beautiful scenery.  xx

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Boating and Birthdays

Birthday Drinks at T42

We have enjoyed another busy week which has included more time away on the boat last weekend and celebrating my birthday on Monday.

We headed away to Bruny Island for two nights and despite the windy forecast we hunkered down in the sheltered waters at Quarantine.  We ran into our friends and their girls and manage to watch the AFL Football Grand Final together as the temperature soared and the girls cooled off in the water.

On Sunday we had lunch at Apollo Bay and enjoyed the slightly cooler temperatures before cruising back to the yacht club in the afternoon.

On Monday I enjoyed being spoilt for my birthday.  Poppy was definitely more excited about my ‘turning of age’ than I was and proceeded to let everyone at Child Care know how old I was turning!  I whipped up a cake and saw their delight in singing and blowing out the candles for me.  Nick and I ventured out for a drink at T42 and an amazing dinner at The Glasshouse on such a mild evening.

I love this time of year and we so we have been out enjoying our garden which is in full bloom – the wisteria, oak tree and jasmine are all bursting with Spring.  We went for a big walk along the beach this morning on yet another perfect Hobart day.  Xx

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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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Contrasts

Great Bay - Bruny Island

We have just had a night away on the boat for the weekend.  On Saturday afternoon after a lovely day time sleep to the gentle roll of the Chanel, we anchored in Great Bay on Bruny Island to go to Get Shucked for some tasty oysters – a la Kilpatrick and a Virgin Mary.

As we were waiting for our ‘Mother In Laws Kilpatrick‘ to cook a family visiting from China pulled in and were most delighted to pat Maisy, who was tied up at the gate greeting these visitors with a zesty wag of her tail.  They were so taken by their experience that the ‘Mum’ pulled out her selfie stick and took several photos of her and Maisy – who obliged accordingly.

There were gushes over our little curly-haired blondies with more photos taken, in front of the signs and with their oysters.

As I wandered back over the road in our gumboots, onto the beach and into the dinghy with our dog and two blondies in tow, this experience got me thinking.  Thinking about the contrasts of life.  We live in this ‘isolated’ southern island, with desolate beaches, bush as far as the eye can see, savouring seafood that is freshly plucked from the ocean and enjoying simple days with our family.  I wondered what kind of world they lived in – a high rise in Shanghai, surrounded by a billion people perhaps?

I love living our life in our Tasmanian home, but there are so many ‘lives’ to be lived in all manner of locations.  I sometimes forget how ‘the other half’ live until I am reminded of my past travelling days or when I meet new people who marvel at all the unique values of Tasmania.

So Maisy is probably famous on some Chinese website by now, but we are still tinkering away on the water, fossicking for shells, picking flowers, marvelling at dolphins and making more family memories.  Xx

Get Shucked

Get Shucked

Get Shucked

Get Shucked

Great Bay

Great Bay

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Great Bay - Bruny Island

Freshly picked flowers

Flowers and starters

Sunrise

Missionary Bay

Sunrise

Dolphins

Dolphins

Missionary Bay

Poppy and her shell necklace

Swinging on the fenders

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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.

Pulse Column

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

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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

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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!

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Mona James Turrell

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Mona James Turrell

Mona James Turrell

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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

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James in their garden

Poppy & Julie

Julie & Poppy

Poppy, Vibeke & Julie

Crazy cats

Poppy & Julie

Poppy & Julie

The Cookie Monster

On Spellbound

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A Sculptor’s Handbook

Julie Payne

This beautiful piece of art called ‘The Invisible Garden’ by Julie Payne, caught my eye as I was walking home past Handmark Gallery in Hobart the other day. Her exhibition is called A Sculptor’s Handbook and is showing until the 28th April 2015.

I love those mountain cliffs and the detailed sketching of flora samples, as they are very familiar in our beautiful Tasmanian landscapes.

A very talented artist indeed:

Many of the works in this exhibition are composed of several individual elements that have been either drawn or collected, and then arranged as fitting to each idea. The most rewarding part of making work is the pursuit of an idea and finding the magical relationship between objects.

Julie Payne

Julie Payne

Julie Payne

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Julie Payne

Julie Payne

Julie Payne

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