Category Experiences

13 Feb

Tasmanian Weather

It doesn’t matter what the weather, Woodbridge is a stunner. We have had weeks of record breaking heat, and she has sparkled in the sun. We had bushfires 2 weeks ago, and she looked unbelievably amazing in the red sunsets caused by the smoke. This weekend, thankfully, the rains came, and she looks mysterious and […]

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5 Feb

Luxury Hospitality

When I stay at a basic hotel, all I really want is a clean bed and a hot shower. But when I stay at a luxury or boutique hotel, I want to feel ‘cherished’. John and I can list off the special hotels that have left a true hospitality impression on us, and they are […]

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29 Jan

A Peachy Luxury Hotel

The garden entrance to Woodbridge’s reception  via the peach tree, which canopies overhead. When we water, we have to give just the right amount of water to encourage the fruit growth, and not too much so that the fruit are sweet and tasty. We wrap aluminium foil around the trunk of the tree to stop […]

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22 Jan

Hot Days Cool River

I often have to hold back a chuckle when discussing Tasmanian weather with potential guests. I do warn them that Tassie weather is mercurial. We do try to give value for money down here, and there can be 3 seasons in a day, so we advise that guests bring light layers to add or remove […]

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20 Jan

Georgian Architecture

I tend to be a minimalist at heart, and the definition of elegance as “less is more” has always rung true for me. So it is no surprise that I prefer the simplicity of Gerogian architecture and design to the fussiness of the Victorian era. Georgian architecture is all about subtle colour and symmetry, and […]

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17 Jan

Kayaking with Platypus

Last night was a delightful balmy summer’s evening, just right for travelling down the Derwent River in search of Platypus. I was a bit apprehensive as I am not very fit, I am not very agile, and I am no spring chicken! And …. I have gammy knees which means I need help getting down […]

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14 Jan

Finding Lewis

When we were restoring Woodbridge we uncovered many wonderful details of the house, but by far my favourite memory was finding Lewis. I was quite pedantic about saving everything that we uncovered, even to the extent of telling the tradies to pick up every handmade nail that they saw in the dust and rubble. And […]

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13 Jan

Historic New Norfolk

It doesn’t matter how often I recount the story of how New Norfolk got its name, it never ceases to delight me that we are living in part of Tasmania’s, indeed Australia’ s history. New Norfolk is one of the oldest towns in Australia. It pre-dates Port Arthur and was originally know as Elizabeth Town, […]

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3 Jan

Yeah, it’s cherry season

It is no exageration to say that I look forward to cherry season all year. Sometimes, out of season, I give in to my passion, and buy cherries that have been shipped here all the way from USA, and then feel guilty about the carbon footprint of shipping fruit from the USA. Cherries are certainly […]

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2 Jan

The Talented Greg Duncan

We first met Greg Duncan in 2003 when we came to Tasmania (on the holiday that would change our lives). Greg had a workshop and outlet at Salamanca, and was working in both metal and wood. I think that, at the time, he was better known for his bronzes and quirky metal pieces such as […]

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