Monday, August 8, 2011

Hello again!

Hello all! 

Well I've been thinking that I simply don't get around to updating this blog enough, and I've decided to take action.

I won't delete this blog, but I will effectively shut it down.

However! I will still be notified of comments on here, and respond to them.

Really, the only thing that will be different is that I am officially no longer posting here.

If you want to keep reading about my amazing *cough* life, simply subscribe (or start following) my other blog, A Beautiful Ramble.

Thank you for understanding!


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Hello, faithful readers!

Yes, it's been a long time. A very long time. 


We have started to walk. 

Since the 30th of December, 2010, I have been on six (yes, six) bushwalks. My husband and I, and the friends we walk with, are going to try to do a walk every week. So far, so good.

We have been to Cape Huay, Hartz Peak, Cathedral Rock (amazing!), The Lost World on Mount Wellington, and around Mount Nelson twice. 

So, my plan is this: update weekly with photos and my take on the walk we've done. And if we don't go for a walk one week, well, as you can see from the list above, I have a few back up posts up my sleeve.

And just so you know, this walking craze is likely to continue... I bought hiking boots.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Handmadehobart Market

It is a couple days late, but I think some mental space was needed before I even felt up to posting some pictures of................

Our stall at the handmadehobart market! 

My SIL, a friend and myself all shared a stall. This picture is from the second day when we had improved our look (stay tuned for another post on that), and I think it looks pretty awesome :)

I made these neckwarmers using my Urban Shells Scarf pattern (free!). (My other free crochet patterns can be found here, two of them also have pdf downloads). The shawl pins are made from horn, I think all the ones you can see here are made from ox horn.

My SIL made these adorabe overalls. She is one clever chicky! The best part is..... custom orders! She also made the recycled denim bibs you can see hanging up on the basket and the pink flowery dress lying on the table. If you scroll back up to the first photo you can see some more of what she makes. The few things that did not sell at the market are now in her shop, Wee Threads.

In this photo you can see two of the crochet beanies (pattern coming soon!) made by me for the stall. Hanging up are the gorgeous knitted dresses made by Jeka B Handmade. These dresses are incredible. My neice has a pinny like the red one hanging up and it is so adorable on her. The blue and brown baby beanie and the two neckwarmers you can see at the front (the black one and the light blue one) were also made by Jeka B Handmade. She does custom orders too!

The market goes over two days and happens every two months in Hobart, Tasmania. All the stalls were amazing. I bought a gorgeous scarf from one and did some swaps with a couple other stall holders. I will be back later in the week to show you what I got! 

It was a great experience, I loved meeting other stall holders and am hanging out for the next market we do!

Kathy xxx

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Red Sun...

... there was a fire somewhere in Tasmania when this picture was taken (about a week ago now).

Thursday, February 4, 2010

It was Included!

About a month ago I found out that this photo had been selected as one of the possible photos to include in the Schmap guide to Tasmania (Shmap is a map/guide designed for iPhones and iPod Touch). Well, it was included!!!


They seem to think it is a photo from Frankin (as in a town on the banks of the Huon River)! Oops! Let me clarify that it is a photo a square/park in central Hobart!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Bruny Island: Barnes Bay (Part Two)

A continuation from yesterday, here are some more photographs of Barnes Bay.

A rusty boat shed lock.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bruny Island: Barnes Bay (Part One)

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I went to Barnes Bay with some family and friends to celebrate my mother-in-laws birthday. I had a great time taking photos! Enjoy!

(And come back tomorrow for some more!)

One of the many boat sheds along the beach.

Looking up: this tree is reaching out over the edge of the cliff.

Still looking up.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tas Lit Tues: Online Resources

Today it is Tuesday! Time for some Tasmanian Literature related stuff!

I thought that today I would compile a bit of a list of sites to do with Tasmanian Literature - a sort of "resource post".

Good Places for an Overview of Tas Lit:
Association for the Study of Australian Literature > Tasmania (The first name listed in this article is that of my thesis supervisor, Philip Mead. In the next paragraph is some information about Danielle Wood, who in 2007 was one of my lecturers.)

Searching Resources:
The Australian Literature Resource (AusLit) (A fantastic database, which I used extensively for my thesis on Tasmanian children's literature.)

Tasmanian Websites: 
Brand Tasmania > Arts

Brand Tasmania Newsletter, February, 2004, Issue 34 (A page that give a brief summary of several books by Tasmanian authors.)

Fellowship of Australian Writers Tasmania (Meeting are held in Hobart once a month. The site also has biographical information on members, as well as information about members publications. There are competitions, but I gather that you need to be a member to take part in the majority of them.)  

The Tasmanian Writers' Centre  (The website for the Salamanca based Tasmanian Writers' Centre)

So, this is a start. As I find more sites I will be adding to this post, so expect it to be super long in a couple of years time!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Bruny Island Fare

As I have told you, my husband and I went camping with a bunch of friends on south Bruny Island from the 27th of December, 2009, until New Years Day, 2010.

While we were there, we partook in some freshly caught seafood (though let it be known we didn't catch any of it, we only ate what others caught):

Abalone... it was cooked a bit fast, I think, so it was a bit tough, but you still feel super special eating it because you know how expensive it is!

Crab. This was cooked to absolute perfection. Delicious!I think if you spread the legs out it would have been close to 2 feet (60cm) from leg tip to leg tip. Slightly bigger than the ones you find under the rocks around rockpools!

There was also flounder once or twice (which I helped to get on one night! They are freaky!), but that stopped after a midnight shark scare that actually left one of the guys knocked over in mid-thigh depth water (thankfully I wasn't helping that night).

While eating the freshly caught seafood, I couldn't help but think of the Aboriginal tribe that used to roam Bruny Island and how they would have eaten the very same things that we ate during that camping trip. 

I wonder if they considered Abalone a delicacy like we do?

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Last night the sunset was simply gorgeous. Having a new camera, we simply had to try out the 'sunset' function. My husband took these pictures. Stunning, don't you think?