Wednesday, May 1, 2013

10 Great Things about Tasmania (and then some)

1. We have the only place where it snows in a rainforest

2. Friends come to visit and they bring their babies

                      Niamh & Georgie
3. Spider webs in the morning

4. Enormous dragonflies

5. Cruising on Bruny

6. Summer sunsets in the back yard


7. Autumn sunrises in the front garden

8. Family coming to visit

9. Leatherwood


10. Great Bevvies 

11. My children

12. Aurora Australis which I was lucky enough to see last year
why would you want to live anywhere else?

May moves in

Ooops, it's been a while. Again.

Happenings in the world of Cygneture. We made it through A Taste of the Huon and Easter too.
Now we're heading to Dark MoFo which is celebrating everything dark & light and fiery & spicy in a Tasmanian winter. Dark MoFo is also offering free flights to the fortunate. So get in quick-smart

Thursday, January 31, 2013

The month in review

 Strawberry Stall: Elliot & Niamh
 Cygnet Folk Festival.
(Gorgeous Gem-Roo takes centre stage)
 Banding together to feed the Firies: Jo Cook
 Amazing MoFo Officers Quarters
(my photos don't do justice to the music, Dirty Projectors and David Byrne & St VIncent: oooh-aaaah!)
MoMa: Hanging around

My birthday breakfast courtesy of the Lotus Eaters.
Cheers girls!

Friday, December 28, 2012


Let's just say, life is sweeeeeet....

Sunday, December 9, 2012


Twinkling Star
So. I made a pledge to write every month without fail. Ah well, I failed. Here's to Christmas and Santa chocolate spoons and bars and mugs full of fun. Mahlimae toys and water colours. Margie Kirk's Tiger-Tiger designs and a really cute Christmas tree from my back paddock.
 Old Poppa's Cupboard

Chocolate Spoons & Oviearth skin care
Underneath your Christmas Tree....

Monday, September 17, 2012

The gifts that keep on giving

My Lucky Man
For gifts for special occasions, we like our gifts to be useful. Throughout the year I tally the number certain things mentioned as being 'nice', 'handy' and especially if they get an 'ooohhh', then whatever gets to the most mentions wins. We seem to have refined our methods these days and baby we've been doing well.
For years, birthdays, Christmas and Mothers' Day, I would get a cook book and a CD, regardless of what suggestions I had made, subtly disguised as general observations. It took me a while to realise that my disguises were a bit too subtle. But I've got to say, I do have an amazing array of cookbooks and we have a mightily impressive CD collection. So now I always have lots of music to listen to while cooking a myriad of dishes, most recently using the Fathers' Day tagine and our new beaut paella dish, both purchased at our fantastic fruit and veg shop, Cygnet Larder. Love that shop.

And now we find ourselves heading towards Christmas, so my closing word to this blog is

Friday, August 10, 2012

Voice Crushes

A friend on Facebook listed an article about Bjork & David Attenborough and whether the pairing would work or not & it go me to thinking... My mum and I both like Bjork and many years ago we discovered we both had voice crushes on Sir David. When she was a kiddy, she would run home for school every Wednesday to catch Sir David's latest adventures on the wireless.
And so the story goes on, I have voice crushes on Sir David, Pierre Van Dorme (can't spell his name, but he's a French friend of David's who has the same deep throated accent as Daniel Auteuil, oooh, I just have a whopping all-encompassing crush on him. mmmmmm.....)
Back to the voices, then we have Rob Snarski from the Blackeyed Susans, well, just take a moment to listen to this

And last, but definitely not least, Peter Gee, News Reader Extraordinaire,with moments in the car when the news comes on and I say, "a bit of shoosh, Peter's on." "Ahh mum!"

We have entered the Hobart Fine Food awards for the past few years and each year at the awards dinner, Peter is there. I get to listen to him for hours and then wrap my arms around him for a quick cuddle & photo opportunity. This year we won't be able to make it. My mum and dad's 50th anniversary is on in Sydney, which is very exciting, but it means we will miss out on Peter. But here's to you!

(Cygneture will be closed from Saturday, August 11 to Thursday, August 23rd)