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A Winter Treat

Winter Feast

I have always loved winter – I was married in the depths of August, I love skiing and rugging up in hats, scarves, coats and poms poms.  I am thankful that being a Tasmanian through and through, I am able to experience four distinct seasons each year, with winter being one of my favourites.  The soft sunlight, the crisp blue skies, the bare branches and of course … Dark Mofo!  The festival that has changed the face of winter in Hobart.

A festival that draws Tasmanian’s out from their cosy homes and into their black puffer jackets.  A festival that attracts visitors to our State in droves – where Hipsters converge on Hobart from many varied addresses to partake in the bizarre, to sample hearty food and to enjoy a Hendrick’s Hot Gin Punch, whilst soaking up some quirky art and culture.

We have been in a Dark Mofo frenzy for the past two weeks – from the opening night with Poppy and James; to a date night where Nick and I were able to explore more of Dark Park; a Winter Feast; a walk through historic Battery Point; staying on the boat in Elizabeth Street Pier as part of a Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania Cruising event and finally … a procession with thousands of others for the Ogah Ogah – The Burning, to culminate our festivities.

As we are about to snuggle down for the longest night of the year, we are now back to our normal routine and will definitely not be partaking in the Nude Solstice Swim just down the road, in the morning.  I do love winter … but not that much!

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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.

Dark Mofo

Walking to town

Dark MOFO

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

Sunrise

Dawn

Dawn

Sunrise

Sunrise

Sunrise

T42

Brooke St Pier

Hustle & Scout

Hustle & Scout

Marine Board Building

Pops

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

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

Mt. Wellington

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A Winter Solstice Weekend

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

What a perfect winter solstice weekend!  My old friend Sarah flew in from Melbourne on Friday morning and after hanging out during the day we rugged up and went out to Dark Mofo’s Winter Feast!  Oh my – what an amazing atmosphere … rich colours of red and purple, fantastic food, live music, a ferris wheel, lights, wine and fires.  I love winter.

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo

Dark Mofo Winter Feast

Saturday morning was a stellar one and after grabbing some goodies from the German Bakery in Sandy Bay we went over to Bellerive Beach on the boat for lunch.  What a day – the mountain was looking magic and the pies were tasty too.

Winter Solstice Cruise

Winter Solstice Cruise

Winter Solstice Cruise

Nick went out to the Winter Feast again on Saturday night but Sarah and I bunkered down at home instead.  After James and Poppy were tucked up in bed, we cracked open a bottle of red and devoured some more tasty morsels from Lipscombe Larder and watched Last Tango in Halifax on the ABC.  What a lovely way to spend the longest night of the year?!

Popcorn

Winter Solstice Snacks

WInter Solstice Snacks

On Sunday we went our for an early lunch at Smolt in Salamanca.  Not exactly the most relaxing lunch I’ve ever had as I was ferreting around under James’ high chair trying to pick up his crumbs strewn over this very stylish restaurant with über chic clientele watching on!

It really was a wonderful weekend – I love having old friends visit and enjoying their company in our beautiful city of Hobart that was all shiny and showy on this winter solstice weekend.  Xx

Smolt

Smolt

Poppy at Smolt

Salamanca

Sarah, James and I at Salamanca

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