Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Good Day Out – In Hobart


The week between Xmas and New Year is such a lot of fun in Hobart. There is The Taste of Tasmania, there is the finish of 4 big yacht races, not the least of which is the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, and there is random street entertainment all making for a general buzz of people enjoying the docks, the lawns and Salamanca place. Combine that with sunshine and friends and it is a great day out in Hobart.

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A wander around the Docks to see the first two boats that crossed the line in the 2014 Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Challenge. While we had seen Wild Oats XI many times before, Comanche was new and exciting. And the crew sported great t-shirts with accompanied significant folk in Comanche headgear, it was a great spectacle.

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Then onto The Taste of Tasmania for a look and a snack before we headed over to Salamanca for the customary wine and pizza.

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Merry Xmas


Merry Xmas from us to you all, Big Ted has it all wrapped up at our place.

No hay to cart and stack, all shearing done and fleeces sorted, animals thriving, garden alive, both of us healthy; it’s all good!

Time to relax before joining mates for a xmas afternoon of fun, food and fellowship.

We wish you health, happiness and prosperity, safe travels and good cheer for the New Year.

xxxx Valeri & Brian

Big Ted taking care of Xmas.

Big Ted taking care of Xmas. And he is looking good for his age, nearly 30yrs old!

Investigator – Home Port, Hobart


Wow, what a day we had, joining hundreds of other folk wharf side to see Investigator commissioned as the new Marine National Research Facility ship under the auspices of the CSIRO, based in Hobart. She will be dedicated to marine research throughout Australia’s vast ocean territories.

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We were thrilled to go aboard for a Ship’s Tour – Sarah was brilliant in explaining and proudly showing the ship’s wonders, and Brendan gave us a great insight into her drivability up on the bridge. Big hugs to Tara¬†– you made our day.

investigator07The view over Hobart from the bridge was brilliant, what a sight those old Henry Jones Buildings must have been to sailors doing it tough a century ago. Home at last.

amundsenWe wandered back into Salamanca, past Roald Amundsen who pioneered Antarctic exploration, and enjoyed a beer or two while waiting for friends before we dined at Three Japanese.

salamancaWhat a great day, what a great city Hobart is!

Indigo fun


More fun with Indigo and Friends. During a delightful day at Joy’s place I dyed a shirt that was stitch resisted over a few nights at home. I tried to have the front and reverse morph into each other as a mirror image. It was fun thinking thru the detail and almost getting it right! I also had two little wrapping cloths I purchased in Arimatsu, Japan that had been bound and dyed and were still tied in the resist. So I over-resisted them and put them thru the Indigo, I love the result. Also in Japan I had purchased a silk bath towel from the Yokohama silk museum so I resist stitched that before going into the Indigo vat – the result is a great table runner.

At guild, under Joy’s guidance, we made individual mini-indigo vats and I am pleased to say I have managed to keep mine healthy and the result is 4 table napkins that began life as nice little hankies gifted to me over recent years and still unused.