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Pattern Play

Pattern Play

We have had a busy time in the past week since returning from Jackson Hole.

It has been so beautiful being back home with our little family and even though I didn’t miss the numerous loads of washing, school lunches and bedtime battles whilst away, there certainly is no place like home.

Last Friday I took Poppy and James to enjoy Pattern Play at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery:

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An interactive family exhibition celebrating the wonderful world of patterns, Pattern Play incorporates two exhibitions: Jemima Wyman: Pattern Bandits, a Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA) Touring Exhibition, and Patterns in Nature, an exhibition drawing on TMAG’s own rich collections.

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It was fantastic and I especially loved the Patterns in Nature Exhibition:

Patterns in Nature highlights the many spectacular patterns that occur in the natural world – spots and stripes, spirals and speckles, natural number patterns and patterns of behaviour are all elements that can form the patterns we see every day.

It uses items from TMAG’s much-loved science collections and interactive elements to engage visitors with the patterns that occur in nature, with particular reference to Tasmanian plants and animals.

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We had a day trip on the boat on Saturday with family and friends and then an expiring voucher for Frank Restaurant inspired a family lunch on Sunday.  Sublime!  xx

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Picnics : Museums : Playgrounds

After a busy week of working, it was so lovely hanging out at home with Poppy, James and Nick and enjoying the simple things together.

We baked scones and took them down to Long Beach for a picnic and had a play on the beach.  We had dinner at the yacht club on Friday night with family and friends (where kids eat free).  A rainy Saturday morning saw us retreat to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) and on a sunny Sunday we went to the park and spent the rest of the day in the garden.  Bliss.  xx

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Easter 2015

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Happy Easter!  I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday with family and friends?

We have enjoyed an Easter in Hobart this year – the first of many as we are usually away on the boat, but we celebrated a good friend’s wedding on Saturday afternoon at Glen Albyn Estate.

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Other Easter activities included an early morning bike ride on Good Friday, followed by a bushwalk at the Waterworks Reserve with Sam and our little peeps.  I made more Tomato Relish and whilst Nick was busy with “Best Man” duties, Poppy, James and I enjoyed a visit to the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery on Saturday morning and marvelled at colourful butterflies and fluffy Emperor penguin chicks.

Sunday we had a ‘recovery’ lunch at T42 and Monday we walked the Alum Cliffs Track at Kingston.  I finished off Easter with more chocolate eggs and a movie at The State Cinema to see Dior and I.  Perfecto!  X

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Sneaky Peek : Settlement Secrets

Settlement SecretsNow that I am back at work again, I am teaching a new group of Certificate III Tourism Guiding students and I took them on a fabulous tour in Hobart last week called Settlement Secrets.

Thanks to our tour guide – Colin Dean, who provided a perfect mix of interesting characters, intriguing stories, audience participation and some good old-fashioned humour.  I would highly recommend you jump on this tour as you will learn so much about Hobart in an entertaining way, plus have special access to those ‘out of the way’ places in the museum.  Thanks Colin!

Nestled in the heart of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery are the earliest buildings that still exist following first European settlement of Hobart, 1804. “Settlement Secrets” is a theatrical journey amongst these buildings and more.

Step back in time with an invitation to meet with the Lt Governor, Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, in his private secretary’s cottage.

Stroll through the basement of the Bond Store and learn the secrets of early settlement from an escaped convict turned bushranger who….”shouldn’t really be here”!

Secrets and Cover-ups: The magnificent new Custom House….is it really what it seems?

Meet the man who built it and discover its hidden secrets. Pass through the front door beneath the statues that herald Federation and stand in the inner courtyard that spans the decades between 1824 and 1901.

History and Entertainment intertwined: “Settlement Secrets” is the best way to explore these amazing buildings and to hear the stories about those who forged Hobart’s heritage from convict beginnings in 1804 to Federation, 1901. The theatrical style in which this journey is presented brings the site to life in an entertaining and informative way.

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Articulated Intersect

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Friday night signaled the opening of ‘Articulated Intersect‘ – a large-scale light installation which is part of the fabulous Dark Mofo Festival in Hobart.

You’re in control when 18 powerful lights pierce the Hobart sky above Sullivans Cove from dusk until dawn. Six mechanical levers are set around the waterfront; as you move a lever, three robotic searchlights create a compound beam high above. Direct the lights to wherever you choose. As the different beams cross in the sky, they resist your control and pulsate autonomously in the darkness.

I rugged up Poppy and James and met Cath at T42 for front row seats.  Boy oh boy – what a spectacle.

We wandered over to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery that was a hive of activity with live music, art and food.  I loved seeing so many families out in the middle of winter, marveling at their fabulous city.

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On Saturday night Nick took us out on the boat for a different perspective from the water.  Once again you will have to excuse the quality of some of these photos – it was a difficult feat capturing moving lights, in the rain, at night on a boat!

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Artful Fools

TMAGJames and I were ‘Artful Fools’ this morning and fled the house on this fine autumn day to visit the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.

What is it about art galleries that make you feel so good?  I have very positive feelings when I am in the midst of amazing art – maybe it is being surrounded by work that has been lovingly created by talented artisans, expressing their every thought through the stroke of a brush.  I also have the same feelings in bookshops – all those loving words printed on paper.

We were lucky to experience the most valuable painting the museum has ever exhibited, non other than the Angelica and the wounded Medoro c. 1860 by Eugène Delacroix.  This painting is only in Tasmania for a week as part of the Hobart Baroque Festival.

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TMAGWe also visited the exhibition from the National Gallery of Australia Capital & Country – The Federation Years 1900 – 1914 and ogled over works by the likes of McCubben, Roberts and Piguenit.

Capital & CountryI especially loved The Sonnet c.1907 by George W Lambert.  James didn’t mind it either.  He he.  X

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Sense of Wonder

TMAGI met my friend Sophie and her boys Rupert and Willem at the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery yesterday – a perfect outing for a rainy day!

Rupert and Poppy were issued with their ‘toolkits’ and discovered the museum through new eyes:

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If you just need the basics for your visit to TMAG then pick up your personal ‘toolkit’ from the Visitor Information desk. The free loan toolkits include several ‘tools’ to assist younger visitors in making their museum discoveries. Toolkits are suitable for children aged 4-7.

Colonial collections such as John Glover paintings were appreciated through binoculars; native animals were magnified through an eye piece and a sketching of Tasmania’s natural environment in the Bond Store Galleries! Sophie and I couldn’t stop laughing at our little museum buffs!

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Winter Woolly Weekend

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Bring on more winter festivals in Hobart I say!  The city turned on the winter weather for the Opening Night of the Festival of Voices – First Light.  Like the Dark MOFO Opening Night we rugged up, grabbed the brollie and braved the teeming rain.  It was lovely standing by the fire but after an hour of that rain Nick and I looked at each other and agreed to call it quits.  It was such a shame as it would have been lovely standing under the twinkling lights of Salamanca and the stars, but it wasn’t to be.

The rest of our weekend was very quiet with a visit to the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery for a spot of culture on a wet Saturday morning.

Sunday morning was a different story altogether.  Hobart was bathed in spectacular sunshine with a blanket of snow on Mt Wellington.