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The Festival of Foxes

Sam's Wedding

My dear friend Sam married Mr Chris Fox on Saturday in Orford.

The Festival of Foxes‘ was a whole weekend affair and a fantastic reunion for our old adventure guiding and outdoor education friends.  We stayed in a beautiful shack right on West Shelly beach with Clare, Jimmy, Jen and Josh.

Sam and Chris were married on Stapleton Beach as the black clouds threatened and the views to Maria Island and the Mercury Passage were something to behold.  Sam, being a competent outdoors-woman incorporated a bushwalk in her wedding and a procession of her girlfriends guided her safely to the beach, to her waiting beau.

Their beautiful beach ceremony was followed by a reception at the gorgeous Orford Bowls Club.  We enjoyed an amazing night of conversation, laughs, a flash mob dance, a photo booth (with props) and even bare foot bowls.

Congratulations Sam and Chris on your beautiful day.  Xxx

Festival of Foxes

Festival of Foxes

Sam & Chris' Wedding

Scarlett & Sam

Cath & Jen

Clare, Manny and Aimee

Sam

The bushwalk

Sam & Chris' Wedding

Sam and her sisters

Sam & Chris

Cath, Clare, Manny, Larni, Jen & Aimee

Jen

Aimee & Josh

Larni & Jen

Aimee & Larni

Jen in action

The Photo Booth

Festival of Foxes

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Turning Four

The Birthday Girl

Our little Poppy turned four today!

It has felt like this day has been coming for a long time with Poppy continually asking the question over the past year:

How many more minutes until I’m four Mummy?

We have been in Orford for the weekend and had one very excited girl this morning opening her presents to find a pink fluro fishing rod with LED flashing lights, which Nick has named ‘The Pink Ling’.

On return to Hobart, we went out on the boat this afternoon to test out the new gear and low and behold she caught her first fish!

What more could a four-year old want?  Well … as I tucked her into bed she asked:

Mummy, how many more minutes until I’m five?

Sigh ….

The Pink Ling

Turning 4

The Pink Ling

The Loot

The Pink Ling

Orford

Orford

The Birthday Girl

The Birthday Girl

Captain Maisy

Captain Maisy

Boat Keys

Poppy's Tackle Box

Setting up

Poppy and her Dad

Commissioned

Birthday Girl

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James & Poppy

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Bok Bok … Sam’s Hen’s Day

Sam's HensI have just shared an amazing 24 hours with my dear friend Sam whilst celebrating her Hen’s weekend with friends.

We started off at Stefano Lubiana Winery where we mingled on the deck overlooking the Derwent River whilst sipping their renowned Sparkling Wine.  After enjoying a fab lunch in their Osteria we soaked up that gorgeous Tasmanian sun and embarrassed Sam with a few cheesy games.

Stefano Lubiana

Sam's Hens Weekend

Stefano Lubiana

Sam's Hens Weekend

Stefano Lubiana

AImee & Jan

Stefano Lubiana Vineyard

Stefano Lubiana Vineyard

The Launy Girls - Clare, Jen, Aimee, Larni & Sam

Stefanoa Lubiana Vineyard

That afternoon we continued to the ever so stylish Frank Restaurant for more drinks.  A few friends then had a sleepover at the Sullivans Cove Apartments where we indulged in a 3 Bedroom Penthouse at the Gibson’s Mill!  Being a Gibson myself, I felt quite at home in my forebear’s quarters!

Oh my – it was so much fun having a mini-break in our own city whilst celebrating the imminent wedding of a dear friend.  More bubbles were shared on the deck overlooking the docks, more cheesy games were played and we even had a little boogy before we turned into pumpkins.

The next morning we had a hearty breakfast at T42 before returning home to our loved ones – feeling blessed for such dear friends and the opportunity to escape for a mere 24 hours of uninterrupted conversation and … no laundry!  Xx

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Gibson's Mill

Gibsons Mill

Gibson's Mill

Gibson's Mill

Gibson's Mill

GIbson's Mill

Gibson's Mill

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Autumn Boating

James and Maisy

I hope you all enjoyed a fabulous weekend?  It certainly was superb weather and we were lucky to be away on the boat for the whole weekend.

Bruny Island certainly turned it on for us as we enjoyed time on the water with our friends, Richard and Anna and Marcus and Janeen and their children.  Happy days.  Xx

A Sunday Sunrise

Sunrise in Missionary Bay

James' first fishing lesson

Autumn Boating

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A Walk in the Mountains

Mt Wellington

We were up early and out the door for another bushwalk this morning!  This time a leisurely stroll to The Springs on Mount Wellington with my dear friend, Sam.

We had two little hitch-hikers (James & Scarlett), a dog (Maisy) and a blonde tour guide (Poppy) – who loves learning plant names!  She added the Tasmanian Snowberry, Pink Mountain Berry and Melaleuca to her repertoire this morning.  Bless.

Tasmanian Snowberry

The Springs Picnic

The Springs Picnic

The Springs Picnic

The Springs Picnic

Maisy

The Springs

Mt Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Sleepy Bye-Byes

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Upstream

Pops, James & CathInstead of heading ‘downstream’ to the D’Entrecasteaux Channel like we usually do on the boat, we headed ‘upstream’.

We joined a cruise organised by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania and went to New Norfolk for the weekend with seven other boats.  It was refreshing to discover new shores, swim in fresh water and enjoy the hot, hot weather. x

Rafted up at New Norfolk

Curly haired water baby

Curly haired water baby

Little fish

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700 Posts

 

700 Posts

 

Today is my 700th post on The Poppy Files!  I am still ticking away with my blog and have enjoyed sharing more experiences of our Tasmanian life since the 600th post last June.

Enjoy your weekend and thanks for popping by. Xx

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MOFO Exxopolis

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Patagonia ♥

 

I am a marketers dream as I am extremely brand loyal.  Once I find a brand/product that I am happy with, I am all yours.  One product that I have been loyal to for over 20 years is Patagonia – makers of all things outdoor.

I started wearing their gear when I was living in Canada in the early nineties and still have some of that gear, 20 years later!  My trusty Patagonia down jacket is still going strong after a decade of solid wear.

Patagonia Down Jacket

Patagonia began life in 1973, a thousand feet up, clinging to the side of El Capitan.

It was there that Patagonia founder, Yvon Chouinard, noticed the once-pristine face of the mountain was being pockmarked by thousands of steel pitons being driven into it – the very same steel pitons he was manufacturing in his tin shed in Ventura. Here was a mountain eternal and grand that had stood staunch for 100 million years, a mountain that should last the best part of forever, being flaked away into gravel. The symbolism of the moment set Yvon upon a lifelong mission to prove business can indeed have a simpatico relationship with the natural world.

In the years since, Patagonia has evolved into an enterprise with a wholly unique philosophy, a way of doing things, a way to see the world and our place in it. Today Patagonia is still up on the mountain, but also lives in the oceans and forests, on trails and beaches, all the places where people seek adventure and discovery.

Patagonia gear is designed for exploring, embracing and challenging the frontiers. It’s gear designed for simplicity and utility, gear designed to last, and gear accountable to the environment it’s made for.

The love of a wild and beautiful world comes with an obligation to preserve its wilderness and beauty, and Patagonia is committed to this. It always has been. We donate our time, energy and 1% of all sales to like-minded, grassroots environmental groups who are out there working to keep the natural wonder in the world.

I was cleaning out my cupboards the other day and found a big stack of old Patagonia catalogues dating back to 1994!  ‘Old school’ outdoor gear that featured a lot of green and purple, high-waisted shorts and antiquated technology, but I still loved having a look through all the photos and remembering what I was doing when I first saw these great images.  Whether it was working as a cable-car operator, ski-lift operator or a bushwalking guide the photos always resonated with me, especially the ones featuring children enjoying the outdoors with their parents.

Now in my 40’s I have realised that my dreams of having an outdoors family have indeed come to fruition and I feel blessed that Nick and I have been able to expose Poppy and James to our outdoor world in Tasmania.  Here are some of my favourite photos that I drooled over many moons ago.

Patagonia

Patagonia

Patagonia

Patagonia

Patagonia

Patagonia

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Happy New Year

2015

Happy New Year!

Another year has ticked over and we were out on the water in Hobart last night with Nick’s brother Will, his wife Tup and Poppy’s cousins Maggie and Lily.  The sunset over Mt. Wellington was divine, as were the oysters and sushi we had on board!  The fireworks weren’t too shabby either!

NYE

NYE

New Year's Eve - 2014

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Over the past couple of days we have also spent time at The Taste of Tasmania, with and without Poppy and James.  This is one of my favourite times of year in Hobart as we see our gorgeous city transform into a city full of yachties, travellers and foodies from all parts of the world.

TASTE

The Taste

The Taste

The Taste

The Taste

The Taste

The Taste

Comanche

Poppy and Comanche

Constitution Dock

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