Monday, July 24, 2017

Baby Beau

On Thursday we were so excited to meet our new cousin / nephew Beau.
We drove from Launceston to Hobart after Tom had finished work and went straight to the Hospital to catch a glimpse of the highly anticipated baby boy.

Baby Beau was born at 9.29am on the 20th of July and weighed in at 3.2k kilos. Poppy, Rory and Alexis have been talking about the arrival of their first cousin for months, getting updates from their Aunty about how big he was getting in her belly, sweet ultrasound photos and counting down the days until the holidays when we could go and visit.

When they laid eyes on him for the first time they all fell in love, Rory couldn't stop looking at him, stroking his little cheeks and asking for all the cuddles, telling Beau he would teach him how to play cricket when he is older.

Alexis loved listening the the little 'squeeks' Beau made as he slept, and was super keen to have a look under his beanie to see what color his hair was (brown. btw),

And Poppy was in awe of his tiny hands and plump red lips and could have sat there all day cuddling him.

Tom loved every minute of meeting his sisters new baby, he kept saying 'congratulations', 'he is such a good looking baby', and announced if we won the lottery we'd have to have more babies!

I'd forgotten how tiny newborn babies were, how they mostly sleep and feed, and soaked up the feelings Beau's Mum Sarah was having when she said things like "I could just watch him all day", "I couldn't be more in love" and "Isn't it amazing how he was in my tummy a few hours ago". Beau's Dad Dan wanted to cuddle Beau every chance he got, if Beau made the slightest noise he'd run over to make sure he was ok, and when Dan's parents came, he kept cuddling his Mum, just out of pure joy from becoming a Dad.

We're already planning our next trip to see baby Beau in a few weeks, to 'goo' and 'gah' over him some more.

Welcome to the world beautiful boy, we can not wait to see you grow and play with these three cousins of yours.


Saturday, July 15, 2017


Yesterday we took advantage of Tommy having a Friday off in the school holidays and went to explore some more of our beautiful state.

We headed to The Mole Creek Caves, which is about an hours drive from where we live, Tom and I have explored the caves before and knew the children were at a great age to really enjoy the experience as much as we have. There are three different Cave tours to chose from, and we chose the Marakoopa Caves as they had glow worms which we knew the children would love.

It was an icy day, so it was perfect for rugging up and heading out, the walk into the caves is just as beautiful as the caves themselves, and if you're quiet enough you're bound to see a Kangaroo or two.

Inside the caves is 9 degrees Celsius all year round, and without the icy winds from outside it wasn't too cold at all. 
There are only certain areas you can take photos in the caves, as there are glow worms and other small insects that don't appreciate the flash as they live in the dark and it can be quiet a shock!

The tour is very interesting, learning about the stalagmites and stalactites, finding fossils prints of corral from hundreds of thousands of years ago and hearing about how the caves were first discovered by two young boys playing in the bush many years ago.

After the Caves we headed to the Chudleigh Honey Farm, which has ever flavor of honey you could ever think of, chocolate, chilli, walnut, strawberry, you name it they have it. You can sample over 50 different flavors!

They have a great information room which has a huge glass bee hive, showing the bees busy at work making honey, there is also lots of information about the life cycle of bees, different types of hives, and so much more, they really are interesting little creatures.

They also have every bee item you could think of, candles, toys, dresses, lunch boxes and even pajamas! 

We had to head back home early afternoon as the children had swimming classes, but it was lovely to spend the best part of the day with Tom and the children learning about the caves and bees.

I'm finding myself leaving my 'big' camera at home more often these days, with snacks, drinks, jackets and more, I'm finding it hard to add to the amount of things I lug around.

Perhaps I'll make more of an effort this week, I'll let you know how I go.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Compost bin

We've been composting for awhile now, it's so easy, cuts down on our household waste and contributes to making great healthy soil for our vegetable garden. 

We use an old wheelie bin, cut off at the bottom and placed in a corner of the garden, it has a lid so it's not smelly and at the end of every Winter we can easily lift the whole bin off and move it to another spot around the garden.

Items that can be composted include,

Fruit and vegetable peelings and scraps

Dryer lint

shredded paper and cardboard

Egg shells

old tea bags and coffee grounds

dry leaves, and grass clippings can also be composted.

Every now and then I water the compost to keep it nice and moist and add a layer of paper, or hay.

We add worms we find around the garden and stick the pitch fork in every now and then to turn it over and help it compost down. At the beginning of Spring, I will mix this lot in with the soil in our vegetable garden.

It's so easy, minimizes house hold waste and makes for the best rich soil. Win, Win I'd say!


Friday, June 16, 2017

West Coast

Our family has been wanting to travel to the West Coast of Tasmania for sometime now, and the June long weekend in Winter seemed perfectly suited to the ruggedness of the West Coast, we packed our Winter woolies, mapped out a few four wheel drive tracks, we had been wanting to travel and headed off early Saturday morning. 

Firstly we were to stop in the small old mining town of Tullah, where we had accommodation for two nights. The drive is stunning, but very windy.

We arrived at Tullah at about 11am and decided we would head off to the Montezuma Falls for the afternoon, when traveling to the falls, you can take a normal car in and walk the hour and a half bush walk to the falls, or take one of the two four wheel drive tracks, right to the falls. We took the Ring River 4x4 track, and it was quiet hard, we needed the tow ropes a few times, there were lots of river crossings and other huge water holes, where the water would often creep up to the bonnet of the car.

It took us about two hours to get to the falls, and they were spectacular, and at 110 meters they are the highest falls in Tasmania. 

I am not the best with heights, and there is a suspension bridge that takes you to a better viewing spot of the falls. As it was 50 feet above the ground, I gave it a miss, but I hear it is spectacular over there! 

It took us about another two hours on an easier track, to get back to Tullah and our accommodation for the night. It was a huge, but rewarding day.

On the second day, everyone headed off on another full day of four wheel driving, but the children and I opted out, as I knew they weren't looking forward to another full day in the car, and there was plenty to do around Tullah and Rosebery that would occupy us for the day.

We started our day with a walk down to Lake Rosebery, which was close to our accommodation and absolutely stunning, the children had fun exploring, skimming rocks on the glass like lake, stacking rocks, watching fish and leaving a love heart for the next mini explorers. 

It was so quiet, and at one stage I stopped the children and asked them to try and hear a noise, it was amazing because we couldn't hear a thing, not a car, bird, no wind in the trees, just nothing.

We then headed to the beautiful Tullah Lakeside Lodge for some lunch, and a game of chess.

When I say lunch, I mean waffles for the kids! Not a very healthy lunch, but a great treat on a rainy day.

After our huge lunch, we drove to the next little town of Rosebery, and had a play on the playground, and checked out a Replica Workers Hut, which was staged like it would have been in the mining days about 1915. 

With dirt floors, a small bed, some chairs and not much else. 

On the way back to Tullah we stopped and looked at the huge Merchant Dam, an old mining shaft and another waterfall.

There really is a surprise around every corner of the West Coast, there is so much to see and do.

Tommy and the others took some photos for us of their 4x4 adventures for the day, including getting stuck in the deep mud flats, some cows that popped up out of no where and didn't mind a munch on some seaweed and the picturesque rough seas that the West Coast is known for.

On our last day we had a slow morning then headed back to the Lodge for brunch, before heading home.

It was a lovely way to spend a long weekend in Winter, and I look forward to heading back to the West Coast and exploring some more, in particular the West Coast Wilderness Railway, which I've heard is amazing.