The Islington Hotel's dining Conservatory
The Islington's Yellow sitting room
It was freezing and even snowed while we were there. It felt very English to me for a few reasons. Firstly we had to walk through a door at the airport that said "International Arrivals". I'm not sure Tasmania has officially Seceded from the mainland yet, but all the little black faced sheep in fields, rolling green hills, misty rain and Georgian style Architecture of the original Colonial era buildings combined to give a very English feel.
Mona's bunker like buildings overlooking the Derwent
The Fat Porsche - a message about overconsumption.
The Agrarian Kitchen cooking school before chaos started
But it was akin to being in an episode of The Great British Bakeoff. We baked our little fingers to the bone Vintage Style. So much so that I'm pretty sure Faux Fuchsia (who was standing next to me) was about to hit me over the head with a vintage style rolling pin at one point as I morphed into one of those annoying people that moan about how much easier it would all be if I just had my Thermomix with me. But we turned out an impressive array of Suet and lard based pastry goods. Delicious! An under-utilised ingredient these days.
Where we ate lunch - pastries and cakes we'd baked
A spot of Cartier China in the Dining Room
corner of Romy's Dining room with Designers Guild covered velvet bench seat and coloured wine glasses
Sunday saw us eating lunch at Smolt, which was excellent, browsing bookshops and wandering around Salamanca Place which is the old wharf area of Hobart. Romy also took us to her boat shed, which is in a most lovely, tranquil little spot and drove us around and around Hobart which curiously reminds me of Sydney. Perhaps it's all the little one way curvy streets, sandstone walls and colonial era Architecture? Plus the water is always turning up around a corner as you enter another little bay.
I'll leave it out to you to work out who matches up with which one! Hope you had a good weekend too.
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