Tuesday, 31 May 2011


owen is our first born.  we adopted him from an animal shelter in melbourne...when he came to live with us he lead a lovely life in solitude - lounging in the sun and enjoying the whole house to himself.  the move to the twigs must have been quite an experience for him. not only did his surroundings completely change but he now had to share them. when we first brought mabel home she was smaller than him. he had the upperhand, but this wouldn't last for long. mabel quickly over took him and the tables turned.  i'm quite sure they don't realise they are different - they 'play' like they are both cats or both dogs. its really very sweet and we love them both dearly.  

Monday, 30 May 2011


vietnamese pork rolls, my friends and graffiti are the things i miss most about melbourne. i suppose street art in general is a symbol for all things 'inner-city' that I miss. sigh. anyway, i find i'm always on the lookout and recently i have started to see more and more about hobart. i've spied none in the twigs yet - but i will keep looking. here are some bits i have admired lately.

lady ghosts - battery point

Sunday, 29 May 2011

1+2 green door

this is my favourite building in hobart. i love everything about it, especially the green door.  i was super excited when i was looking online and i came across the photo below. i'm 99.9% sure its the same building. i really wanted to know more about 1+2 architecture, the lucky folks who 'live' in the building - they do some amazing work. then the other day bb & i were walking by and he pulled me up to the green door. he had emailed the architect and organised for us to have a look through (he is so very very sweet). it was so great to see the inside!

photo credit: powerhouse museum 

Saturday, 28 May 2011


my friend polly introduced me to the sweet & salty goodness of ruby’s salted caramel macarons. i was soon addicted and found myself being drawn towards the cafĂ© in the fullers bookshop in hobart. seriously, have you ever seen something so lovely. i could eat them all day long. ps. I have equal love for the actual bookshop and will be sure to post about it soon.

Friday, 27 May 2011

makers workshop

bb and i have been really lucky that so many of our lovely friends have visited us since moving to the twigs. earlier in the year some friends and i took a trip up to the north of the state. by chance we ended up in burnie where we stumbled across the makers workshop. it was so unexpected, right on the waterfront a beautiful building full of gorgeous paper treats.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

knit the streets

i took the photo above in san francisco last year. i love this, there is no better way to brighten the streets than knitting.  i'm so glad yarnbombing has made it to the island.  i think its all sorts of lovely.


Wednesday, 25 May 2011


huonville is the town closest to our little house.  it’s only small but it’s the hub of the valley.  working in hobart means most of the time we spend in huonville is strictly business (food shopping, petrol purchasing etc) still i thought i would share some of the places bb and i have had time to expore lately.

red shed 2nd hand furniture
stans pizza (thursday-sunday)

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

mabel goes to school

when you live in the twigs and work 50kms away it can be a long, cold and lonely day for a whippet baby to wait for her parents to return home.  that's why mabel goes to 'school'. when she first came to live with us she used to spend the day at a kennel in lower longley. lovely leanne was fabulous and mabes still stays with her if we go away overnight. more recently she has been attending club canine in hobart. bb & i find a lot of comfort in the fact she is spending her days with other puppies in a safe, warm and fun environment - plus she loves it.
driving home

Monday, 23 May 2011

the river

bb loves the river.  it's his favourite bit of the twigs.  i on the other hand hadn’t given it too much time, until recently. i have made an effort lately to pay it more attention. its beautiful, really quite lovely. i walked along the bank last week just after the sun had come up and i was mesmerised by how still and serene it was.  it was like a mirror – perfectly reflecting the sky, trees and clouds. gorgeous.

Sunday, 22 May 2011

i ♥ tassie


a quick look around our house and i think i may have developed a  bit of a problem. i seem to be obsessed with tasmania.  everywhere i look is a kitsch tassie 'something'. i think the combination of my love of kitsch-ness, collecting things and our new found home have created a monster. to give you an idea of what i mean, here is a snapshot of some bits i have gathered since our move.

textbook from the chapel st bazaar 
teatowels and spoons galore
cushion from etsy
vintage map from new norfolk

Saturday, 21 May 2011

st davids park

this gorgeous park is near the center of hobart. i read that it used to be a cemetery dating back to 1804. apparently in 1925 it was saved from its neglected state and transformed into a park. most of the headstones were moved to a memorial wall that still stands today although a few of the bigger/grander ones are still scattered about. i also read that king billy was buried here. poor poor billy. there is definitely more to the park than meets the eye.

the park 1930. tasmanian archive & heritage office

Friday, 20 May 2011


i have spent hours online looking at sites about faded ads. i think they are really fascinating - a little snippet of history, i love that. i am always keeping an eye out for examples when bb and i visit somewhere new. these are some i have spotted on the island.

Thursday, 19 May 2011

the drive

ahhh the drive. this is what bb and i face each day. its one of those things that comes with living in the twigs and i have to say i have a love/hate relationship with it.

sometimes in the mornings the light is so amazing, we see the valley and the mountain in ways that make us feel we are so lucky to live in this part of the world.

on the other hand, its long, its curvy, its sometimes treacherous and very often dark - i suppose it is the price we pay for living where we do.

car breakfast

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

coffee spot - ethos

this is ethos. it opened in elizabeth street (hobart) a couple of months ago. its one of my favourite coffee spots, not just because they use seven seeds beans (which i love) but because it is such a gorgeous space. you enter from the street via an 1820s carriage way, through a courtyard and into a building that used to house an old pharmacy. it's lovely and cosy and i think its a great spot anytime of day.