Pussycat Pussycat…

…Where have you been?

Cat Children Pat Twins Gumboots Boots

We’ve been all sorts of places this past month, enjoying the good weather and festival season of our island home. Here’s a photographic summary:

Taste Tasmania Hobart Street Performer 2014

The Taste of Tasmania Festival, with nosh, nibbles and noms galore (sorry, I was on a roll with the aliteration). Not to mention giant lego, street performances and fantastic buskers.

Mona Foma Hobart 2014 Mofo Tasmania Mac 2

Mona Foma, or MOFO for short; a super cool music festival run by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).

Sun Ra Arkestra Mofo Mona Foma Hobart 2014

Highlights for me were the Sun Ra Arkestra, (above) an international, interplanetary stage explosion; The Bombay Royale from Melbourne via Bollywood; the tight-as-a-leopard-leotard punkish rock of The Julie Ruin and a mesmerising machine/music installation called The Ada Project.

Mona Foma Hobart Tasmania 2014 Mofo

The festival precinct, by the Hobart waterfront, was also just a really cool place to hang out with other music fans at dusk and beyond.

Mona Foma Mofo Tasmania Pixar in Concert Symphony Orchestra

We took the kids to see the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra performing music from the films of Pixar and they showed remarkable patience and focus. They are still talking about “the concert!”

Robin Hood Hobart Botanical Gardens Big Monkey Theatre

We also went, as a family, to see a musical version of Robin Hood performed in the Royal Botanical Gardens by Big Monkey theatre company.

Bruny Island Tasmania Beach Sand Child Running

Day trips have included jaunts to the Cygnet Folk Festival and the Middleton Country Fair. We took a ferry to Bruny Island and collected shells and rocks on the sensational beaches.

Bruny Island Beach Tasmania Child Rocks Sand

And in a surprising twist, given my usual relationship with sport generally and tennis specifically, we attended the Hobart International Tennis Tournament (and enjoyed it!). Check out the view beyond the court in the photo below.

Hobart International Tennis Tournament Women Doman 2014

It has been a month of involvement, discovery and new experiences.

(And I should mention that while we’ve been visiting all these different places, and more, it has been possible to find me in one “place” the whole time: Instagram. Look me up under the name manychacha if you are a frequenter of that particular social medium!)

New Norfolk Tree Children Hipstamatic

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