Monday, 31 October 2011

secret garden

the weather over the weekend was pretty miserable in the twigs...despite that, bb & i made a visit to a nearby garden that was open to the public as part of the open garden australia scheme. who knew such a gorgeous spot was right around the corner from our little house. it was lovely to see our valley from a different angle. i think its pretty amazing whatever way you look at it. all the proceeds raised from the garden we visited went to the save the tassie devil campaign. if you want to help out too you can do so here.

Thursday, 27 October 2011


i spent tuesday evening at the federation concert hall. some friends and i went to see the string section of the tasmanian symphony orchestra perform vivaldi's the four seasons. it wasn't something i would usually go along to but i am so glad i did. i loved every minute of it.
seeing this tso performance really made me regret missing the recent mofo/tso sideshow. i would have loved to have seen acumen and dean stevenson. hopefully there will be something equally as amazing on at mona foma in january. here is a snip of dean from his show at foma last year. 

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

exploring - southport

bb & i have been to southport in the deep south of the state a couple of times before but until recently we only visited when it had been wintery, wet and a little bit miserable. 

last week we had some beautiful spring weather so we decided to explore the area again. i knew it would be amazingly beautiful on a sunny day and we weren't disappointed. what a fabulous spot.

Friday, 21 October 2011

the hunter

have you seen the hunter yet? bb & i recently saw it. whilst it was a lot darker than my usual choice of film it was amazing to see our island home on the big screen. to a degree we felt it was our duty as new tasmanians to get along and support it. margaret & david gave it a big thumbs up so i went along with high hopes which i'm happy to say were met. plus we got to visit the beautiful state cinema in north hobart. something i have wanted to do for ages.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

table 4 ten

on tuesday night bb & i joined eight friends to make up one of 21 dinner parties taking place in hobart that night. all this was part of the 2011 table 4 ten fundraiser. the event is held annually to raise funds for prostate cancer research. after a lovely meal each of the 21 groups headed to an after party which was held in the beautiful courtyard at the tasmanian museum & art gallery. it was an amazing event for such an important cause...we had a wonderful night! 

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

mabel & friends - dog walk no.3

mabel & i joined the huon valley dog walkers for another walk over the weekend. the skies were grey but the rain held off whilst we walked along the franklin foreshore. it was lovely to meet a few new puppies and their owners.

our next get together will be on saturday the 29th october at garden island sands. we will meet on the beach at 10.30am

to get there from cygnet take the channel highway for approximately 5km south past randalls bay. just before the garden island creek bridge turn right on to lowes road (which is dirt) keep driving to the end and you've arrived.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011


hack is triple j's news & current affair show and this week they are in tassie! the team are reporting from all around the state. yesterday they started off in hobart and covered stories about mona, arts & culture, tourism and poppy farming in tasmania.

video and audio versions of the stories can be found on the hack site.

hack's map of tassie can be heard on abc's triple j at 5.30 all this week. in hobart on 92.9fm, in the north east on 90.9fm and in strahan on 101.9fm. happy listening...

Monday, 17 October 2011

plants, goats & xylophones

last saturday our local primary school held their annual garden expo. it is a bit like a mini fete with lots of plants, books & foodie bits for sale. bb & i went last year shortly after we moved to the twigs and it poured with rain...this year was much the same but the weather didn't seem to matter. the huon community were out in force. i hope they managed to raise lots of money for our sweet little school.

Thursday, 13 October 2011


you may have read recently that islandthe tasmanian quarterly magazine had its funding cut in august.

walking past fullers earlier in the week i noticed a window display encouraging hobartians to subscribe, as well as a lovely heartfelt letter to the premier from island's editor, sarah kanowski. 

island has been printed since 1979 - i think it would be so very sad for tasmania to lose this amazing publication. i believe they have now secured funding for 2012 but it seems the long term future of the magazine is still in jeopardy.

if you are in hobart this afternoon you might like to get along to the launch of island 126 'other stories'. it's all happening at 5.30pm at the hobart bookshop in salamanca.