A Day at MONA

View from MONA ROMA Hobart Tasmania

Friday was the last day of DorkySon’s school holidays, and as he has been asking me for ages if we can visit The Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) again I thought we’d better take advantage of a sunny day and go for it.

By happy coincidence, I’d received an email earlier in the week asking if I wanted to take part in a project organised by the International Currency Exchange, in which bloggers around the world would be sent £100 GBP and challenged to make the most of that money for a day out in their country. £100 GBP is equivalent to around $180 AUD, which would allow us to have a hugely indulgent MONA experience – how could I say no?!

We decided that rather than drive up the Brooker Highway to the Museum, we would instead get a taxi into the centre of Hobart and then take the MONA ROMA boat from the harbour so we could enjoy the thirty-minute ride up the river. Even before we’d set sail, DorkySon was thrilled because he nabbed a window seat on the boat and sat watching the workmen who are currently building the new Brooke Street Pier. As we set off, we got a great view of the Astrolabe and Mount Wellington, and then as we got a little further out we sailed right past the Aurora Australis and the new CSIRO research vessel RV Investigator.  He loved the graffit-style art on the walls, the sheep seats on the outdoor deck, and the resident (live) parrot. He also spotted some tasty looking biscuits for sale from the onboard bar, and persuaded me that he should have one as a second breakfast… Continue reading

Project 52, Week 10

Wim Delvoye Chapel Last weekend we made it out to MOMA – the Saturday market at MONA – for the first time.

We didn’t stay long, just a couple of hours, but it was lovely to soak up some warm, late summer sun as we lounged around on the beanbags. DorkyDad made a brief appearance on stage for some poetry and music, DorkySon enjoyed exploring the wigwams and making some clay spoons in one of the tents, and I enjoyed both the ‘Wapple’ juice I got from one of the stalls (watermelon and apple, for the uninitiated), and a glass of Moorilla’s finest. Continue reading

Project 52, Weeks 3 to 7

Hello! How are you all? I’m finally back online after my month off. I hope I didn’t miss anything too exciting…

I’ll hopefully be writing a post next week about what I did with my four weeks free of social media, but for starters I thought I’d catch up with Project 52. Here are my shots for Weeks 3 – 7.

Week 3 – Mango Sorbet

Mango sorbet

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Top things to do when you move to Tasmania

A young boy taking photos of the boats at Hobart waterfront

I have been poring over Tasmanian blogs and guidebooks for the last few months, trying to get a feel for the place and pick out a few activities for us to do in Hobart early on. My favourite way of getting to know any new place is just by walking around it and stumbling upon things – so I’m sure that once we’re there this list will be hastily revised – but for now this is what I’m looking forward to.

Fullers Bookshop: My book addiction has already been well documented on this blog. Spending the last two years living in a town with NO BOOKSHOP AT ALL has been painful, and has filled me with near rage every time I’ve walked down the high street. So what a joy it will be to move to Hobart where there is a much-loved indie bookshop that holds events and discussion, publishes its own titles, blogs its recommendations and generally does all the good and lovely things that a bookstore should do. Our bank balance is not going to be happy, but I sure am. Continue reading