Tuesday, 31 January 2012

front yard fun

the weather in hobart is pretty foul at the moment. it's cold and very wet. the complete opposite of what it was like just two days ago. on sunday afternoon, after our packing marathon we did get a chance to sit in the glorious sun and have a wonderful time with friends. dipping our feet in the paddling pool, sipping summery drinks and playing with some guinea pigs (i had forgotten how very sweet they are). oh well, we did need the rain and it was nice to sleep with our proper doona again!

Monday, 30 January 2012


the weather over the weekend was absolutely divine in the twigs. the clearest of blue skies and gorgeous warm days. unfortunately  bb & i spent virtually all of it inside packing in preparation for our move. still, we got lots done and now most of the contents of our little house is in boxes. owen was kept busy trying to help out. mabel, not so much.

Friday, 27 January 2012

the thieves

i saw a sweet little film about tasmania recently. it's by scott sporledernot only did i love the images but how great is the accompanying song! it's called 'animals of farthingwood' by the thieves - a seven piece folk band from the north east of the state. amazing stuff. 

Thursday, 26 January 2012

fresh on charles - eating spot

i love launceston. it's such a sweet town - full of interesting spots and people. one of those spots is fresh. i'd been a few times before and have always had some amazing vegetarian treats there but i was excited when i visited last time to see they had undertaken a monster makeover. the space is now even better than ever. they also have some onsite accommodation available - what a great addition.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

hobart bound...

bb & i have been given the opportunity to move to hobart and we are going to do it! 

it has all come about so quickly but we've decided to take the plunge and move nearer to the water (something neither of us have done before) and back to the 'big smoke'... for at least this year anyway.

we feel it is the right thing for us to to do at this time. we will be living in a truly amazing spot and we feel so very lucky that this has popped up. we are starting to get a bit excited by it all.

we have already found some lovely people to look after the pitstop but of course my main concern is for our beautiful little cottage in the twigs.

we love her so much. we are really hoping to find someone who will care for her as much as we do for the next year or so whilst we are living in town.

ideally bb & i want someone to look after her who has a pet as we know it's hard to find rental accommodation that allows this to happen. if you know of anyone who might be interested please contact me or homelands real estate.

now - to start the dreaded packing.

Friday, 20 January 2012

girl talk

on wednesday night bb, some buddies & i saw girl talk play for mona foma. it was the first time i'd been to a gig at the princes wharf (i guess taste doesn't count). i thought it was a great venue - the sound was amazing and we had a fabulous time. i wish it wasn't on a wednesday night though. i was super seedy all of yesterday. bb is already planing to take mona foma week off work next year. that is probably a pretty good idea.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012


markree on hampden road in hobart is a gorgeous house built in 1926 that is now a lovely museum and garden. i love this sort of thing - it's such a great way of visiting the past. last saturday morning bb & i did just that.

we spent the morning in the world of henry baldwin. a generous man who left his whole house and contents to the very lucky tasmanian museum and art gallery. he has left everything you can imagine - from his mothers glorious hats, pottery, furniture, art  & a divine collection of tin toys mostly from the 1920s (i loved these!)

the museum is a total treasure. get along if you can...

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

ira glass

photo of ira from here

this post has nothing to do with the twigs but it doesn't matter...i just had to share this!

yesterday i made a quick trip over the sea to hear mr. ira glass speak in melbourne. it was an amazing few hours and i am so glad i went. i am so very in love with him and his radio show "this american life". i have listened for a number of years now and it never disappoints me. it was amazing to get an insight into the way the shows are put together and into ira himself.

i wish, i wish that bb could have come too but alas it wasn't meant to be. instead i got to share the night with a lovely friend and bb will just have to listen to me talk about it for weeks and months to come.

Monday, 16 January 2012

mona foma - street party 2012

mona foma 2012 was launched on friday with a free street party in hobart. there was a huge turnout - the mercury said 7000 people were there...i'm not sure about that but it was very busy indeed. bb & i loved all of the music. i'd seen emdee in darwin before and loved him but i think he was even better this time around. hanggai were also phenomenal. bb & i have tickets to a few other gigs in the week. its a great time to live in tasmania!

Friday, 13 January 2012

global tassie love

it was lovely to see a wrap for tassie on the chicago tribune site recently...yippee for the little apple isle!

Thursday, 12 January 2012

another trip to the red velvet lounge

i am starting to see a theme emerge now i am finally going through my holiday photos – it was all about the foodie bits! i guess it's inevitable though, tassie has such amazing produce, especially in summer. 

as my lovely buddy was visiting from queensland i really wanted to take her to my favourite eating spot in the valley so we made the trip to cygnet and spent an afternoon stuffing ourselves silly at the red velvet lounge.

it’s always amazing there and this visit was no exception. it was mid-afternoon when we stopped in so lots of little plates were in order. i’ve mostly been to the rvl in winter – it is always so cosy and the perfect spot to stay warm and enjoy an amazing soup or something similar.

this day was different, it was hot – probably one of the hottest days i’ve had in the twigs. the fans were whirling away overhead and the restaurant had a tropical feel to it. it was really a lovely afternoon and i can’t wait to head back super soon.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

bruny treats

another bruny post today - i wanted to share some of the tasty treats that we found on the island. we ate more than our fair share of amazing bits. we visited a berry farm, the bruny cheese company, a lovely winery as well as a great smoke house although my favourite had to be get shucked oysters... i've had these before but not shucked right there whilst i waited! so so good. all in all it wasn't a bad effort for a few hours exploring.

Monday, 9 January 2012

bruny island

on a hazy summers day last week - a lovely friend and i took the short ferry ride from kettering to bruny island. neither of us had been over there before so we were excited to explore about for the day. it was gorgeous. although in hindsight we should have stayed overnight. there was so much to see and do it made for a really long day. at least i'll know for next time. i can't wait to get over there again.