Saturday, 21 July 2012


Look how incredibly beautiful the sunset was in Hobart last night:

It was just like something straight out of a John Glover painting:

('A corrobery of natives in Mills Plains' 1832)

Except that there are no full blooded Tasmanian Aborigines in Tasmania, now. European settlement and the disease, violence and warfare that went along with it made the indigenous population virtually extinct.  It was one of the first recorded modern acts of genocide, here in Tasmania. What a tragedy.

Finally, there are flowers in our garden. The rhododendron is putting on a show:

Conveniently, it matches the library:

And here is a Camelia:

Tonight, we are going to Venice, as I am cooking dinner using this as my guide:

I love the quote on the back of this book, 'As many times as I went out was as many times as I got lost. But I was never lost. I was always somewhere in Venice'. Sigh. Here was us lost in Venice back in 2008:

This afternoon, in the small window of opportunity offered while the baby was asleep, I made the Tiramisu:

And now all I need to do is put the Lasagne di Pesce, which I concocted around feeding the children, in the oven.

This is what I wore to embark on Saturday morning manoeuvres:

And here are my sidekicks, also dressed:

It was 9.30am and our other two children were already at sport and dancing. There are no languid sleep ins at our house.....on Saturday, it's game on EARLY. Those of us who were left had to go to town to acquire birthday presents, so that when they showed up to parties later in the day they weren't empty handed. I have a rule that we only give books for children's birthday parties.....because plastic NEVER biodegrades. And who doesn't love a book?

Look at the display going on out the front of Fuller's Bookshop:

Oh my. I couldn't help myself.....I had to spontaneously giggle at the chain. They said that this book is significantly contributing to keeping the shop in business.

I love my printed pony skin handbag that I bought on sale at Max Mara in Paris:

But today while I was speculating as to exactly which animal it looks like, I began to think that the colours and stripes are a bit like the extinct Tasmanian Tiger:

Another living creature totally eradicated by European colonisation in Tasmania. I hope that they can find a cure for the facial tumours currently decimating the population of the Tasmanian that they don't vanish forever, too.



  1. I am going to have to get myself a copy of Fifty Shades of Grey. I noticed even Kmart have a huge display of them next to the checkouts!!! So sad about the Tasmanian Devil. x

    1. No kidding, 50 Shades of Grey is EVERYWHERE! I hope it's not too late to save the Tasmanian Devil, the facial tumour disease is horrendous and seems to be far reaching. Fingers crossed. Rx

  2. Agree with you about Saturday mornings....they are not restful at all! That's a good idea about the books for children's birthday parties...have you got "Olivia goes to Venice"? It's one of my 4 year olds favourite books, and it makes me laugh every time as it's so spot on about Venice. And 4 year olds. Love all your cushions. How on earth do you manage to keep them on the sofas? Mine are always thrown onto the floor by the children and yelling about how expensive they were doesn't seem to have had any effect!

    1. Haven't seem 'Olivia goes to Venice' will have to track it down for my 4 year old. He chose as a present yesterday 'Chicken goes to Paris' and thought it was wickedly funny. We also came away with Roald Dahl's 'Boy' and 'Going Solo' for the 9th birthday party. My baby is not so entranced with cushions...she would rather open the drawers under the window seat and tip every single puzzle and game housed there onto a pile on the floor......and mix all of the bits around! Rx

  3. I recently read 'Fifty Shades' may outsell Harry Potter because non-readers are buying the books too. What a phenomenon! I love how you show the painting and you photo - very clever. Have a great day!

  4. I was also in Venice in 2008! Such an amazing place and to see what it's built on, I'm glad I have been in case it ever disappears.
    Visiting via POTM club.
    Penny x

  5. Popping over from the Post of the Month Club.

  6. I hope you enjoyed your Venetian dinner!

  7. Oh Romy, this is a ripper to link up with the POTMC - thanks! I meant to comment first time around. It's so diverse and eclectic and I agree with so much of it, especially as to how divine your rhododendrons are ☺. J x


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