Hobart & Beyond

The Agrarian Experience

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The Agrarian Experience is something I have wanted to do for years, so when a group of girls put in for our friend Charlie to go as a special gift for her special birthday I just knew I had to go along just to make sure she had a good time šŸ˜‰

The Agrarian Kitchen is located about 45 mins drive from Hobart. It was a beautiful sunny day & the drive there was very nice – we were both so excited.

We were off to a good start to our day with cake & coffee on arrival šŸ™‚ The dining room had 2 massive book shelves filled to the brim with cookbooks, so I felt right at home.

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Next we had a tour & taste of the garden, starting with herbs.

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We got to see the animals too šŸ™‚

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We had each been given a basket & clippers to pick the food as we toured through the garden.

 

Our classroom for the afternoon šŸ™‚

 

Charlie & I chooseĀ the oyster blade dish to make – So Rodney showed us how to trim & cut the meat. Ours didn’t look quite as good as his, but it still tasted great!

Charred spring onions – only a few moments before had been picked from the garden.

 

Chickpea Saffrito

 

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We learnt how to roll out the pastry & each made our own pie for dessert – one of the couples had made the sweet shortcrust pastry by hand & the delicious rhubarb & elderflower filling. It may have got a bit competitive to see who was going to make the best looking pie šŸ™‚

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Then we all rolled out the pasta dough & made our own ravioli, filled with homemade ricotta.

Goats curd

 

After our big day – it was finally time to serve up our first course šŸ™‚

 

And they have Ridgeline Pottery too!

 

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And some Stefano Lubiana wine too!!

 

Time to cook our marinated oyster bladeĀ YUM!!

 

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WOW!! What an amazing day, we absolutely loved it all. It was such a relaxing day & so much delicious fun, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. I look forward to trying another class again soon. Thanks so much to Rodney & SĆ©verine for an awesome Agrarian Experience.

Hobart & Beyond Instameet – Tasmanmeet

 

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Another invitation to go to the Tasman Peninsula again this year & an excuse to instaspam without judgement & all for free!! I only found out about this event the day before it was on & was lucky enough to get a space. I’m so grateful to Hobart & Beyond for organising this event, I am already looking forward to the next one.

We met at 8.15am on (Mother’s Day) with an 8.30am departure from Brooke St Pier, our destination Port Arthur Historic Site, with photo opportunities all along the way. It was quite a challenge being on a moving boat to get perfect pictures but it is great practice & what a beautiful day. 60 instagramers in one spot watch out, we were all given a sticker with our name & instagram account name so we could network throughout the day. Some people had their phones, others had their cameras of all shapes & sizes. We were armed with our hastags: #tasmanmeetĀ #hobartandbeyond #discovertasmaniaĀ #tasmaniaĀ #seeaustralia

The Iron Pot Lighthouse

 

Complete with dolphins – hard to catch a good shot of them though!

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I’ve been wanting to go to Shipstern Bluff for years, a popular but dangerous surfing spot – unfortunately the waves today were not so big, but what an amazing spot!

No surfers at Shipstern Bluff today

 

Coastline

What a gorgeous rugged coastline

 

Cape Raoul is so stunning!!

Cape Raoul is so stunning!!

Cape Raoul Seals were so gorgeous to watch - some even got into the water for a swim while we were there.

Cape Raoul seals were so gorgeous to watch – some even got into the water for a swim while we were there.

 

Port Arthur Historic Site

After more spectacular scenery we made it to Port Arthur Historic Site, we had 1 hour to wander around & take some shots.

The Cammandant's House

The Cammandant’s House

 

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We all took quite a few photos but needed a bit more time to get around to everywhere -it’s on the list to come back to again soon. We jumped on a bus to our next stop.

 

Something that I am more used to photographing - although not with 59 others around trying to do the same thing - it was a bit difficult. This was the most amazing Lunch at Post Arthur Lavender - all local seafood & delicious cheese - including lavender cheese & we also had Tasmanian wine.

Something that I am more used to photographing – although not with 59 others around trying to do the same thing – it was a bit difficult. This was the most amazing Lunch at Post Arthur Lavender – all local seafood & delicious cheese – including lavender cheese & we also had Tasmanian wine. So grateful for this amazing feast.

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I love this place & I will be coming back again for sure to try more of their delicious food – lavender ice-cream, lavender scones almost everything has it on their menu & it is such a beautiful spot to relax.

 

Now for an hour at the Tasmanian Devil UnzooTassie Devils

We made some new friends & got to feed them too!

We made some new friends & got to feed them too!

Last stop was theĀ Tessellated Pavement & nearby Lufra Hotel for afternoon tea.

I have been so lucky to go to the Tessellated Pavements quite a few times in the last few weeks so this was not so exciting for me as it was for some of the other photographers. It is such a beautiful place still so I wandered down to enjoy the scene of the pavement covered with people (only the week before Ellie & I had the place to ourselves setting up & shooting our sunrise breakfast, a cover shot for Ellie’s Seafood Everyday Cookbook)

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Then tired & full we left for our hour long bus ride home back to Hobart – it had just started to rain as we boarded the bus – perfect Tasmanian timing!

WOW What an extraordinary day packed full of adventure, I can’t wait to go back to the Tasman Peninsula to finish my photography, exploring & taste testing. This is certainly a Mother’s Day to remember.