Tasmanian Dream: Day 3

Monday, 14th January 2019

Yet another amazing day exploring beautiful Tasmania with our family.

facetune_14-01-2019-15-21-52After a quick and easy check out of our hotel, we started our day by exploring the beautiful Cataract Gorge (Andrew, Millie & myself).

Nothing but us, blue skies and new adventures.

The gorge was stunning. We did the short Suspension bridge walk, as Millie insisted on walking most of the way. We saw Pademelons (small wallabies) and peacocks. Millie loved the Pademelons so much. During our walk in the bottom of the gorge, we even found Scottish Thistles. I thought it was a sign. Andrew thought I was nuts. But our hotel in Launceston was DIRECTLY opposite a Bagpipe museum. If these aren’t signs that I am meant to marry my Andrew McIntyre then I don’t know what it. But to be completely honest (and kinda sappy) I’ve known with all my facetune_14-01-2019-21-27-45heart & soul that I was meant to marry him.

After the gorge, we headed to a beautiful little Swiss village called Grindelwald (yes, like the villain in Fantastic Beasts). It was stunning (as you can tell for the picture). Here we met up with both Andrew and my parents for a quick morning tea and look at a few of the little shops. Then we headed down the road to pick up some local roadside cherries before we headed out to Sheffield.

We decided (well our GPS decided) that today was the day for back roads. It was amazing to see a different side of this state than just the highways.

We were going to have lunch in Sheffield but no one was facetune_14-01-2019-15-45-44hungry so we so we had a look around at some of the shops. One of the antique shops had an old piano out the front that was meant to be played and Millie loved banging on it. She had so much fun. Just like her little one at home but bigger. We also had a look at the glass blowing and a marble maker. It was fascinating to watch.

Once we had done the rounds of Sheffield we got back in the car and headed out to Devon port for the night. We had dinner at a sushi restaurant and then took a little bit of a drive around town then called it for an early night.

Tomorrow we check in to Cradle Mountain Lodge for a few nights of luxury and our wedding. Can not believe how fast it has come up. Will keep you all posted as we draw in yet another day closer.

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Tasmanian Dream: Day 2

Sunday, 13th January 2019

I thought yesterday day was full on today was so much worse.

Started with a short walk through town to grab a much-needed coffee then back to the car and on the road out to Bridestowe Lavender farms.

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BREATHTAKING

The only word I can think of to best describes it. Row upon row upon row of blossoming lavender. The sounds of bees buzzing all around. The rolling mountings. Such beauty can only be experienced. I can’t explain it in words and I don’t feel the pictures do it justice.

 

facetune_13-01-2019-15-34-04We also tried their Lavender ice cream. It tastes like vanilla with subtle Lavender but left a stronger Lavender aftertaste. Was so good.

After an hour or so of walking the fields, we got back in the car and headed out to a few vineyards (Pipers Brook & Jansz) for some wine tasting (we found the wine for our wedding). Pipers Brook had a free campground right next to the vineyard and out the front the had this little area where you could buy a glass or a bottle of wine and go sit and listen to music. They had tables and chairs and beanbags and picnic blankets. It was such a great idea. At Jansz, we sat in the open room with big windows and looked out over a little pond as we tasted our wines. They were both beautiful img_0948experiences but both completely different.

Then back in the car and out to Hillwood Berry farms. Millie loved walking through the rows of strawberries seeing how many she could fit in her mouth at one time. We picked our own Strawberries, Blueberries, and raspberries. So Millie will have lots to snack on over the next week.

 

When we got back to Launceston we had a bit of a relax before we took to the streets again to see the City Park and Gardens and then headed to dinner with Andrew’s parents.

Tomorrow we will be back in the car and out to see so many more new things that I can not wait to share with you all.

So until tomorrow.

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Tasmanian Dream: Day 1

Saturday, 12th January 2019

We are sitting in the heart of Launceston, the time is 7:51 and the sun is showing no signs of setting. I am so glad the Queensland doesn’t have daylight savings.

Today has just been go since we got out of bed. Ok, I’ll be honest it’s been all go, all week. What can I say I’m a mum of a toddler and had to pack for not only our first family holiday but our wedding. This week has been full of hair, nail, brow appointments. Making sure everything we could possibly need is packed and cleaning the house, so we can then go home to a clean house. img_0876

Today it all came together.

I was more nervous about flying with Millie than I was our wedding, but as usual, she was on her best behavior. Full of smiles for anyone who would give her a drop of attention and as always full of kisses for mummy and daddy. She even managed to get in a bit of a nap. I still have to pinch myself when it comes to Millie, how did we end up with such a well-behaved baby?

Once we landed we picked up our car and drop 20minutes down the road to Launceston. Andrew and I were both a little disappointed. We did expect it to be more green. In saying that we didn’t get to see much countryside before we arrived in the city. Once we had checked in we had a very late lunch and then had a bit of a walk around town. But to be honest we were a bit too tired to do any real exploring.

Tomorrow will be completely different. We will be heading out into the country to go and see Bridestow Lavender Farm and Hillwood Berry Farm. We will even be stopping in at Pipers Brook Vineyards, in Tamar Valley, for a sneaky little taste test (remember I have to drive), while we try and find the perfect wine for our wedding.

Time for bed for us now, even though the sun is still up.

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Wedding Plans

Well, it’s all booked.

FLIGHTS

HOTELS

DRESSES

RINGS

CELEBRANT

HAIR & MAKE-UP

It’s all booked. If you read my previous post a while back you could tell I was not enjoying planning our wedding. I just wanted it over with. But we found (well Andrew found) an amazing company that plans it all for you. Tracey from Pop Up Weddings Tasmania has been a dream to deal with. She has made the planning so simple and stress-free. Sending us links for photographers to choose from, Sorting out flowers, cakes, dinner bookings, hotels, etc.

I have my dress (just need alterations). Andrew knows what kind of suit he wants. And I just have to order Millie’s dress from the amazing Poppy Harper the label. We picked up our rings the other day. It’s all go. Needless to say, we are now excited about our big day.

No stress. No hesitations.

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Hormones are not fun

So my hormones are in full swing now.

I went to get cheeseburger shaker fries from MacDonalds (that’s all I wanted) and I got halfway home before I checked the bag to find the fries with no shaker seasoning. I had to pull the car over to the side of the road cos I couldn’t see through the tears.

I got home and couldn’t even eat the chips they had given me cause I was too upset so they went to the dog.

It’s funny now. But it really wasn’t at the time.

This is not the fun part.

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Telling your grandparents

27th March 2017

Tonight we told your Granma and Grandad tonight.

We were supposed to be having a quiet family dinner with Granma and Grandad but silly Granma invited one of the neighbors. I had to wait until Kay left before I could tell them the amazing news. I sat there quietly all through dinner without saying a word. This is not an easy task for your Mama little one.Telling Grandents

I told them I had learned a card trick while on placement and wanted to show them. But really the surprise was sitting in their cutlery drawer. I had the cutest little teaspoons made up with ‘we’re pregnant on the handle. Grandad was the first to see it. It took Granma a few seconds. I don’t remember ever seeing so much joy in your Granma’s eyes. Granma cried then I got teary. Grandad couldn’t stop smiling, this was the same for your dad.

Before you even have a proper heartbeat you are already so loved. You will bring so much joy to the world. Now to tell Nana Pink and Mac about your existence this weekend.

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Letter to baby

we are pregnantSaturday 25th, March 2017

Today I found out about your existence. Your daddy and I have planned you for only a month and now you are already here. We feel so blessed that you have been chosen to join our little family so soon.

The moment I saw that second pink line, I knew that I would do anything to protect you. I stood in the bathroom with tears in my eyes. I had so many plans for how to tell your daddy you were here. I couldn’t wait. All plans went out the window. I ran to the kitchen and with a massive smile and tears running down my cheeks I just told him.

YOU’RE GOING TO BE A DADDY’

He hugged me so tight and we knew that, although you didn’t have a heartbeat, our lives were
full of so much love. Unfortunately, your daddy wouldn’t let me tell Grandma and Grandad that you existed until we had been to see the Dr.For now, you are our little secret and in 8-9 months you will be our biggest joy. We already love you more than we ever thought we could, love something that we could not touch. Please stay healthy while on your journey into our lives, and I will do all I can to keep you safe.

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