The weekend before last, we headed down to Hobart to pick up some of Collette and Hayden's furniture that was going to be stored in Mum's container. Simon also had to go to Swansea and conduct the Sacrament meeting at our local YM camp so we decided to make a big round trip of it.
There is an amazing museum called Mona just as you enter Hobart and I've been wanting to have a look. I had been warned that it was very different and very cool so I was really wanting to check it out. The bonus is that it is free for Tasmanian residents. It is a privately funded museum, the only one of its kind in Australia and I imagine that the owner was not just rich, but obscenely rich as the budget was a cool $80 million.
This trampoline had hundreds of tinkling bells underneath that made music when you jumped.
People could catch a ferry from Salamanca to come to the museum.
Jonty sporting his bed hair just like Nan Gibson!
The waterfall of words was very cool...
We had to look twice when we saw this words come up... even spelled the same way.
This was a room full of old armchairs and old televisions. Technology has come such a far way. Such big old bricks.
The pen was controlled by the wind outside.
A room of mirrors.
On Saturdays they have a little market and live music.
Even the walk back to the carpark looks pretty.
After the museum, we went to Salamanca and got something for lunch. I had to show Simon, Daci & Daci, a bakery that Collette had introduced me to when I came down to Hobart to visit baby Toby. We ended up getting a hazelnut and chocolate torte from there to share with the kids. They LOVED it.
After our tummies were full, we headed to Hayden's parents house to collect the furniture on the trailer and then drove to Bicheno. Our friends, Carl and Kit Porter had kindly lent us their shack for the night and by the time we got there at about 7.30pm, it was a quick tea and into bed, after our long day.
The view from the Porter's shack. I had stayed there once before with Kit and my friend Mel when we came for a girls night away and it is still a beautiful place to visit, especially in summer.
In the morning, we headed out about 10.30am about half an hour back to Swansea where the YM camp was being held. The kids thought it was great to be doing something different for Sacrament meeting.
They are a really great group of boys and I'm sure in amongst the lack of sleep and antics, they had just the right balance of spiritual nourishment.
We headed down to the beach just down from where the boys were staying at the YM President's family shack (the Ziesels) to see what it was like.
It was a little bit windy but still very warm.
Even though the weekend was very busy and we did a lot of driving, it was nice to get away for a bit with the kids and have some fun.