14 June 2014

sydney | cockatoo island

Last weekend, D and I caught the ferry over to Cockatoo Island - a UNESCO world heritage-listed island in the middle of Sydney Harbour.  The island has a long and varied history, including having been the site of a penal establishment for re-offending convicts, a reformatory, and a major shipbuilding and dockyard facility.  It was opened to the public in 2007 and is now the site of regular events and art installations.  You can also camp out there, should you feel so inclined (which, let's be honest, I probably would not, although the view of the new year's eve fireworks would be pretty spectacular).  And, importantly, there is coffee :)

Now that the mini history lesson has concluded, onto the photos!

We had a bit of a laugh at this "secret" tunnel entrance ...

On to the upper island ...

We stumbled across The X-Ray Room Chandelry (named after the former x-ray lab in which it is located), which sells candles, soaps and other bits and pieces.  The candles and soaps are made by the owner of the store, Jason Clare, and smell totally awesome.  D and I stocked up on peppermint, and lavender soaps for ourselves, my mum and his mum, and I also bought a candle, because I have a weak spot for lovely candles :)

And then, we drank wine and had a mezze hamper whilst sitting on a lawn and taking in this view before heading home ... :)

All photographs © Natasha Calhoun

23 May 2014

tasmania | hobart

Just some extra photos from my wanders around Hobart last week ... I think that one of the loveliest things about Hobart (and, I've heard, Tasmania in general), is the focus on local produce, art and the hand made, and I managed to partake in a little bit of everything while I was there, hehe.  The food was wonderful (as was the coffee), I wandered through galleries and beautiful boutiques, and my Spending Ban was temporarily suspended in favour of a silver bracelet, a porcelain brooch and a small print :)  I didn't get a chance to explore the city itself much, but there's always next time!

Have a lovely weekend, everyone!

All photographs © Natasha Calhoun 

19 May 2014

tasmania | battery point, hobart

I visited Hobart, Tasmania last week and spent an afternoon walking around my favourite suburb, Battery Point.  Named after the battery of cannons that used to exist on the promontory, the area is a little bit like stepping back in time.  Full of quaint, historic homes fronted by cottage gardens overflowing with roses, camellias and lavender, the streets were looking especially pretty thanks to the trees in all their autumnal glory and sidewalks littered with crunchy golden leaves.  Needless to say, I took a lot of photos ... !

All photographs © Natasha Calhoun


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