WOW! What a great way to start the year, you would not believe how excited I was for this day and it turned out to be even more spectacular than I imagined. I had never been to any of our destinations but they had been on my to do list, so it was just perfect in every way including the weather.
It takes about 2 hours to drive from Hobart to Launceston and thankfully I was able to get a lift with my wonderful Hubby who had a day planned up that way anyway and we gave my friend Natalie a lift too. We met her just after 6am!! The drive went quickly as we hadn’t caught up for ages so chatted (mainly about food) non stop all the way, this helped us to work up an appetite.
We met at the Harvest Market in Launceston at 8.30 for breakfast which we had pre ordered along with coffees. The market was great and especially as we had such perfect weather. It started to get quite busy too.
We headed off to our next destination Bridestowe Lavender Estate. It was so wonderful, I have never seen so much lavender all together. Our day only got better, with the most wonderful Tasmanian spread for us in the lavender fields, including King Island Dairy cheeses, lavender cake and Jansz sparkling wine. Music from an old vintage French record player added to the atmosphere. It was like being in a wonderful lavender dream. After we finished our feast we walked through the fields for our VIP helicopter ride over the farm. It was so spectacular.
Our next stop was Clover Hill Wines. We were given some beautiful sparkling wine and a gorgeous platter to share (because of course we needed more food!!) It was such a relaxing time sitting outside looking at the beautiful view of the vineyard while sipping on the wine and tasting all the delicious food on the platter. Such a wonderful place to visit.
The last stop was Architects of Air installation as part of the MONA FOMA summer festival. It’s hard to explain but it was 20 mins of fun exploring inside this magical, surprising place – a maze of colours, patterns and sounds. A feast for the senses and for us photographers!! I feel truly grateful for this wonderful day and I will definitely be visiting all these places again very soon.
To celebrate the end of our Art History classes at TAFE we had a final trip to MONA, so of course there were a few of us that decided we needed to go in the Posh Pit on the MONA Ferry, why wouldn’t you want a glass of bubbles at 9.30am??
Nibbles for 2 in the Posh Pit
The exclusive front ferry deck for the Posh Pit people
Our MONA Ferry
Anyway I was thrilled my teacher organised for me to go into the kitchen & watch the Pastry Chef Lydia plate up 2 delicious desserts, 1 was inspired by one of the current exhibits by Cameron Robins. The dish was called The Black+X White – coconut, lemongrass & lime pudding, rum jelly, yuzu cream & black pearls. I really enjoyed the fresh flavours & different textures of the dish.
They do have a Thermomix in The Source Restaurant at Mona but I think it was used maybe once for one of the elements in this dish. Another popular dessert at the moment on their menu is a dish called The Garden (pictured below). In the pursuit of my education I also tried one of the other desserts at the Mona Wine Bar inspired by the exhibition, they named it after Cameron Robins himself & called it Mr Robins.
The Black+X White
The Garden – flavours of blackberry, pistachio, chocolate praline, puffed rice,honeycomb, beetroot soil.
Then of course I had to take a few photos – unfortunately we are not allowed to take photos inside the Museum to publish without permission, but we got some great ones of Tim’s Tattoos. And some of the Cameron Robins Exhibition too. But here are a few photos I took around outside with all the creative arty juices flowing – or maybe that was just the bubbles?! Because apparently your ferry ticket includes a free wine tasting!!
The famous Fink Jug – yes this is on my list of must haves (maybe after I have sold a few more Thermomix)
Our Ferry to take us back to Hobart waterfront.
And just like that our magical MONA day was over 🙂
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: #tasmanmeet #hobartandbeyond #discovertasmania #tasmania #seeaustralia
The Iron Pot Lighthouse
Complete with dolphins – hard to catch a good shot of them though!
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
What a gorgeous rugged coastline
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.
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. So grateful for this amazing feast.
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 Unzoo
We made some new friends & got to feed them too!
Last stop was the 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)
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.
While driving home from our Food Styling Photography course, we were talking about the sunrise on the Tessellated Pavements & Ellie said it was one of the most iconic & photographed spots in Tassie. I said, why don’t we do a food shoot there?! And we decided to run with it big time. With only a couple of weeks left of sunrise capturing available at the Tessellated Pavements we needed to get cracking! I couldn’t help it, I wanted to change the words to the song “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” to Breakfast at Tessellated. So we had our theme tune sorted now lots of other things to organise.
Our mission: To set up a beautiful delicious breakfast using Tasmanian produce, in time to capture the sunrise reflection on the tessellated pavement – Food photography for “posh ladies” – table for 4.
Props: I had seen the perfect trestle table that I just had to have but it wouldn’t fit in my small car! I wanted to take my wooden dining chairs too. We had a carafe, my Nana’s tea cups & saucers, napkins, table runner, vase & foliage, glasses & champagne flutes, candles & candelabra.
Sunday early evening scout out: We realised that it was a fair 5 min walk to the Tessellated Pavement from the carpark & it included stairs. So we needed to take a little as possible to make a maximum of 2 trips each. There was a perfect spot with a log up out of the way & this would make perfect seats for us so no chairs needed. Ellie had some old fence palings & I brought my husband’s workshop wooden horses to act as the legs for our portable table. We styled it up the night before at Ellie’s house (thankfully she leaves only 5 mins drive away).
I set the alarm for 5.30am but woke up at 4, we had packed everything the night before & only had a couple of last min things to prepare before we left. Lucky we remembered the torch!! We had 1 person that did 2 trips & everyone else did 1. We got to work setting up our camera’s Taking photos while setting up the table & styling the food. Our photography teacher from TAFE even showed up!
Well we thought it was well worth the effort, I have learnt a lot, (what to do & what not to do), an amazing few hours enjoying the sunrise & serenity not to mention the awesome company, delicious local food & drinks. How on earth will we be able to top this?!