Weekend Wanderings…

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Every year we host a Christmas party for friends at our house, and over the weekend it was time for the 2014 edition. Thankfully the weather held out as earlier in the week it was dreadful! So we had a great time setting up the house and courtyard in Christmas decorations in preparation for all the guests to arrive.

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Do you have any Christmas traditions you like to uphold?

 

 

Black & White Photography Challenge

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to take part in the Black and White Photography challenge, nominated by my talented friend Lauren Storey. I finally had the chance to dig through some of my archives and post a few of my favourite photographs from the last few years.

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1. A miniature look at Sydney’s skyline.

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2. A shadowy Sydney city sunset.


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3. Tiny little baby feet! A photograph I took during my first newborn session earlier this year with a gorgeous family.

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4. A moody shot I took on our recent trip to Tasmania. While staying in Strahan on the west coast we spent the day touring the Macquarie Harbour and Gordon River. This is on the way to “Hell’s Gates” a notoriously shallow and dangerous channel entrance to the harbour. The name of the channel relates to the original convicts’ claim that it was their point of ‘entrance to Hell’, their Hell being the Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island and the outlying surrounds of the harbour.

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5. Look at those eyes! A photograph I took during a newborn session earlier this year, isn’t she adorable?

Thank you so much for the nomination Lauren, it was a lot of fun!

North Hobart, Tasmania

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On our recent visit to Tasmania we spent some time walking from our hotel near Salamanca Place towards North Hobart. Slowly becoming a a haven for good food and drinks, Elizabeth Street is a must see destination when visiting Hobart.

As its name suggests, it lies directly north of the CBD. The main street of North Hobart is Elizabeth Street, which extends northward from the Elizabeth Street Mall in the city, through North Hobart, and then becomes the Main Road in New Town and continues through many suburbs to Glenorchy and beyond.

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We came across a beautiful wine bar Willing Bros on our journey and called in for a lovely glass of wine overlooking the busy Elizabeth Street.

The luxurious 35-seat wine bar is on the site of a former ladies fashion retail outlet and the interior styling is stunning. The kitchen is in the bar so people can sit and watch their food being made. We didn’t have a chance to eat anything, but from what I hear the food is beautiful!

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North Hobart is filled with many historic buildings including this beautiful Fire Station. The architecture is wonderful and to see so many amazing buildings still standing to this day is wonderful.

We really enjoyed strolling from the city and stopping along the way in old pubs and new venues for a quiet drink.  A perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon!

Weekend Wanderings…

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This weekend we enjoyed some early Christmas celebrations as we are not going to be able to spend a lot of time with family and friends this year. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, so I love getting together with as many people as possible over the festive season.

We enjoyed a beautiful lunch at China Doll on the wharf at Woolloomooloo with Ryan’s great Aunt Marj and his sister Georgia and boyfriend Robbie. The weather was picture perfect for sitting out overlooking the water and sipping on beautiful cocktails.

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On Sunday it was our turn to host “family” dinner at our house, an event we like to do every month or so with friends. I decided we needed to have a Christmas spin on it, as it would be our last dinner for 2014 – and as the weather has been so warm we had a Mexican theme!

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It was a lot of fun reading out our bad bon bon jokes and wearing our silly Christmas hats, and enjoying some delicious home made Mexican fare. We were lucky enough to be able to sit outside between storms to eat, so that was a bonus!

We even had a little friend come and join us for part of the evening!  Isn’t he adorable?

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Do you have any Christmas traditions you like to keep?

The {Instagram} Week That Was…

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On Instagram?

Head over and follow along! @snappystreet

You can also post a little picture up on my Snappystreet Facebook  page and show me something fun you got up to over your own weekend!

Also, you can follow along if you have Instagram and upload your photos there, and use the #snappyweekend so I can admire all of your pictures there too!

Or even over on Twitter, again using the same #snappyweekend

I would love to feature some of your weekend photographs as well! So start snapping away!

Exploring Hobart

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Travelling to new places we always love to get out and about by exploring on our feet. I find that is where you experience and come across the most wonderful things! Our recent trip to Tasmania was no exception, with us wandering until we could wander no more!

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We headed towards Sandy Bay from Salamanca Place and found ourselves among many beautiful homes overlooking the gorgeous river. Surrounded by luscious parks and waterfront gardens we strolled around admiring the stunning homes in which some people are lucky enough to call home!

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Wandering back towards the city we were so happy to see so many more old buildings remaining in place. That is certainly one charm that Hobart has over any other Australian city! Thankfully they had the sense to keep these beautiful buildings standing and not knock any of them down so now we are able to enjoy them for years to come.

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If you’re visiting a new place, do you like to explore by foot too?

Weekend Wanderings…

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As the last weekend in November came to a close, I couldn’t believe that we’re now in to the final month of 2014! Honestly, this year has been crazy! Now silly season is well and truly upon us, it is important to remember to slow down and enjoy it, or it will be over before we know it!

We were lucky enough to spend the weekend at my parents house in the Hunter Valley, and the weather was beautiful! We got out and about visiting a few vineyards and the new distillery that has opened as Dad kindly offered to drive us around for the afternoon! I’m not sure if he will offer again, as we like to try a few wines!

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We stopped in at a few of our favourite Hunter Valley vineyards and it was nice to be there after visiting so many during our recent trip to Tasmania and South Australia. We picked up a few nice semillon and shiraz which the Hunter Valley are certainly known for, so we will pop those in the cellar to enjoy in a few years time!

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Returning home, we spent some time out in my parents amazing garden, which was lovely. Dad is growing everything imaginable out there from spinach and corn right through to beetroot, lettuce and zucchini! It reminded me of being little and helping Dad out in the garden as he collected his latest harvest.

Mum is in charge of the flower side of things and being the clever cookie she is, she made this amazing chair! What a fabulous way of showing off your beautiful succulents with this gorgeous little chair garden. I told Mum she should start selling these as they are so cute!

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The next morning we rose at 4am, as Ryan and I were off on an adventure! I had won a Red Balloon voucher last year, and my dream has always to go hot air ballooning so I knew straight away that was what I wanted to use the voucher for.

Words can’t really describe how incredible this experience was. There were 4 balloons that headed up that morning and it was wonderful following them all around the valley as the weather was perfect. We could even see all the way to the coastline and Port Stephens.

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Have you ever flown in a hot air balloon? What did you get up to on the weekend?

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