Hello avid readers and content skimmers,
I’ve just returned from the longest Summer holiday I’ve ever spent with my husband and family. We explored all the majesty of Tasmania, including the cool things that we know well, like having a reliable glass of bubbles on the Mona Roma, but also the discovery of some weird, craggy wilderness, huge rolling hills, nauseatingly windy roads, more wildlife than I’ve ever seen cross the road (including an echidna that nearly caused a two car pile up in the middle of nowhere) and the best fresh produce, ahem, cider I’ve had in all my days.
“Oh look, it’s a cute car somewhere it shouldn’t be!” Lots of these on the country roads of Tassie.
The Pumphouse was my favourite experience
A day out at the Botanical Gardens in Hobart. Photo: Penny Hawker
It’s magic to be down at Salamanca when all the yachts have finished the Sydney to Hobart race
Vintage cocktail ornaments in New Town
A strange bookshop and secret garden place in Huonville had us fearing the worst
Hobart’s back of house is becoming more alluring as time passes. Look up!
The Taste of Tasmania surpassed expectations this year, and this sundae from Big Bessie surpassed my usual willpower
The Hobart Antique Fair is a must for collectors and lovers or oddments from another time
A cuppa at the Pumphouse. Photo: @Richard.Hawker
The Willie Smith Apple Shed not only supplied that bone dry cider goodness, but a toastie from the gods
A cheap n cheerful art acquisition somewhere between Devonport & Hobart
Hobart’s street art scene is abuzz
The decor at Taste of Tasmania was equal parts tropical and camp.
An op shop walking tour or New Town produced this vintage 4WD photo situation
Peeking from the industrial curtains at Pagan Cider
Debuting the new bikini with my post Christmas figure
Breakfast at The Laneway on arrival into Devonport
Sunset at Bay of Fires needs to be seen to be believed
Bay of Fires (Binalong Bay, to be exact). Photo: Richard Hawker
Binalong Gulch is a great spot for kids to rock hop
All aboard the Mona Roma
On the grass at my spiritual home (Mona) and a Willie Smith or two
Bay of Fires
Sunset aboard Van Diemen. Photo: Richard Hawker
Lunch at Frogmore Creek, followed by a tasting at Sullivan’s Cove
We ended the holiday with a beautiful wedding ceremony with Rich’s school friends. Photo: Peter Haig
Pagan Cider and Frank’s from Franklin, two of our best discoveries
The sad, final wine before boarding the Spirit of Tasmania II to come home
There is much going on at this time of year, despite the cries of detox and “someone get me a buddha bowl, stat!” being heard from the couches of usually calm and collected citizens, who shape shifted into the legs of ham they fed from, for days. Over the next little while you’ll start seeing our pick of events, fashion, music, art, design and such happening from Melbourne, Sydney, London, New York and beyond…maybe even Sri Lanka, so you can plan your next wild adventure. It is such a great time to be alive. Thanks for reading – I’ll let you look up Ms Jenner’s 10 year challenge on the internet. You won’t regret it. 2019 is an opportunity to reflect on what we want from our lives. Do we want to unapologetically live with passion and flair, discovering our talents and sharing them with the world, or remain in pursuit of an empty calorie, plastic, bought, and entirely manufactured existence?
[in 2019] Do we want to unapologetically live with passion and flair, discovering our talents and sharing them with the world, or remain in pursuit of a plastic empty calorie, bought, and entirely manufactured existence?