Sunday, 19 October 2014

grey day at the beach

I took these pictures a few months ago now before spring had started, we went for a picnic on the east coast, and even though it was grey it was still very lovely. There is definitely something good in making yourself get out of the house at the end of winter, and just being out in the fresh air.

We have a four day weekend coming up and a similar trip is definitely required. I have been very tired lately. I come home at the end of the day and crash on the couch, usually have a bath and am in bed by 8:30. I know people seem to say that the second trimester brings back energy, but that just hasn't been the case for me. I am not sure if it is my work, which has been very busy and intense, or just a part of my being pregnant. Either way, I need a bit of quiet down time.

Thank you for your comments on my last post they mean a lot, and not only your congratulations, but also that you still come here and read my posts.

Monday, 13 October 2014


I can't believe it is October, I love this time of year, it has been warmer, daylight savings has started and it feels like there is life in the place again.

Lots of things have happened since June when I last posted, but at the same time there has been a lot of hibernation and quiet time (see the last point):

* I did a pottery class in May/June and made numerous pots that are all roughly the same size and shape, clearly I need more time to refine my skills.

* We went to Sydney in June for a short break to see Matt's family

* I went to Melbourne for another break and went to the Finders Keepers market for the first time, and saw Lily Allen

* The dog busted his knee and has been house bound for far too long (maybe 6 weeks or more), he still hasn't recovered properly and might need a knee reconstruction. Poor Jerry.

* We saw Sharon Jones and she was amazing, so much energy!

* We've been trying to go out for dinner as much as possible and have started a saturday morning ritual of getting up early(ish) and going for breakfast at new places. Mostly we are trying to make the most of our free time before our lives change forever because.......

* We are having a baby! Due at the end of February next year. I am excited and nervous all at once. I was pretty sick until about 15 weeks then caught a head cold and had hay fever for a few more. Since then things have been much better and although I still feel very tired at the end of the day, especially a friday after busy work weeks, I am very aware that I need to make the most of this time.

Photos are a few randoms around the house (I'm trying to get used to my new camera still):
lilacs from the garden | some lovely surprise mail from Adairs who are now stocking Kip & Co | afternoon light in our bedroom

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Six things

A few things I like at the moment and have been thinking about.

1. Frankie Spaces Volume Two / 2. shoes / 3. marble tray  / 4. Abby Seymour hexagon earrings / 5. Bridget Bodenham ceramic mug / 6. umbrella

Friday, 4 April 2014

Melbourne long weekend

One thing I learnt last year (the crazy year that seemed to be all about work) was that we need to be better at planning time off and having weekends away. So last weekend we took a four day break to Melbourne. You can fit a lot into four days and we wandered a lot, visited our usual places and areas that we hadn't been to before, mostly to visit stores I've seen and read about, like Mr Kitly, the Woodsfolk, and Sedonia. We broke up the walking with eating (Hawthorn Common, Hellenic Republic, Chin Chin, Cumulus Inc, Hu Tong and the European) a comedy show (Stephen K Amos), a rugby game (I don't get the rules at all) and both Matt and I tried coffee for the first time (strange but true). I would have loved to see the Melbourne Now exhibition but unfortunately that finished the week before. All in all it was really very nice.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Caroline Z Hurley

I love the work of Caroline Z Hurley, it is so simple and yet so beautiful.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Autumn List

Back in December I did a Summer List, and now that it is officially Autumn I thought it would be nice to do another, here goes:

Making: nothing crafty....must do something about that.
Cooking: banana bread, but I still haven't found that perfect recipe, any tips?
Drinking: sparkling mineral water.
Reading: still going on the Goldfinch, I made good progress starting it when I travelled to Brisbane for work a few weeks ago (six hours return on a plane will allow that), but since then I haven't picked it up, which is sad because I was really enjoying it.
Wanting: to do a pottery class, I tried to do one last year but it was cancelled due to low numbers. I'm going to sign up again and hopefully it will go ahead.
Looking: forward to seeing the new Wes Anderson film The Grand Budapest Hotel, he is my most favourite film maker.
Playing: Billy Bragg's Lifes a Riot with Spy vs Spy 30th anniversary vinyl edition. We saw Billy again last week and he is so good. I do feel old listening to it, but that's what happens when you are over 30.
Waiting: (still) for the progression of our renovation plans...that's hard for a most impatient person like me.
Liking: Lucy's house on the Design Files, it looks like a nice small space that is cleverly set out, with some wonderful pieces too.
Considering: that I should take my knitting to the next level and learn something other than knit stitch
watching: the Block...see comment for waiting, it was originally for ideas but I think I actually watch it for more than that, as a non-tv person this is quite disturbing.
Hoping: that the weekend comes quickly.
Needing: to exercise more, I've been tired from work most days and just generally slack.
Wearing: socks again in the evenings, it's getting cooler.
Noticing: not as much as I should, I've been so absorbed in work life. I need to slow down and take stock a bit.
Thinking: how nice it is to have the Spiegeltent in Hobart, we've been twice and seen First Dog on the Moon and Tom Gleeson, both times have been so enjoyable.
Buying: as little as possible, I'm trying to be good and only buy things that I think will be long lasting, rather than trend pieces. This is hard at times and a little boring because I feel so indecisive about what side things fall on.
Getting: frustrated with how long my fringe is, I need a haircut!
Bookmarking: Melbourne ideas for our long weekend there at the end of the month, we always do the same things so it would be nice to mix it up a little this trip.
Feeling: sad that it is autumn, as much as it is a lovely time of year in Hobart, settled, warm and sunny, the shorter days are a reminder that winter is around the corner.

Pictures are from the little hut/shack we stayed in on the east coast for a wedding a few weeks ago. 

Monday, 24 February 2014

Cai Guo-Qiang at GOMA

Last week I had to go to Brisbane for work and very fortunately my meeting finished earlier than it was scheduled to. I hightailed it out of there and walked straight to GOMA (may I say that for a Tasmanian, Brisbane was particularly hot and humid and walking long distances was perhaps a little foolish!).  I've wanted to visit GOMA for ages, but recently had seen images from the Cai Guo-Qiang exhibition that is currently being held and knew it was going to be good, but in fact it was exceptionally good. There is so much there to see and to think about, I am still thinking about it, which is a very nice feeling.