Monday, July 5, 2010

My trip to Tasmania

My all too short trip to Tasmania was fantastic!

I went with hubby as he had to go there on business.
Our flight from New Zealand was delayed and we almost missed the overnight ferry to Tasmania.We were the last people on the boat and it left as soon as we were on.
The cabin on the boat was tiny, wouldn't want to be in there with three other people, could barely move with just hubby there! I hardly slept a wink that night, the sea was quite rough and I kept thinking I was going to fall out of bed.

Tasmania has the most amazing scenery. There were the most beautiful old stone houses all through the countryside. As hubby was working and was in a hurry I didn't have time to take many photos. The best houses were the tumbledown ones, I sighed every time we drove past one (and there were LOTS of them!).

On Wednesday we drove from Launceston to Hobart and hubby dropped me off at Linda Carswell's house.
I had the BEST day ever with Linda.
Here I am with her spectacular 'Petite Maison'...which is not that petite at all!

Linda is the loveliest, most generous person and she spoiled me rotten.
We had the most divine friands for morning tea at Linda's house and then she took me out for a delicious lunch.

We talked and laughed all day.
And we made some gorgeous roses!!!
Linda thinks I work like a machine because I made seven roses to her three...but as any mother with young children knows - you have to make the most of every child-free minute!

I found a little shop full of French things in Hobart and I bought an Eiffel Tower cookie cutter. Liberty was so excited! We had to bake first thing Saturday morning.

And here's our first attempt at Eiffel Tower cookies.

And here's one little girl that was so happy to see me when I got back!
I bought her that lovely twirly tulle skirt that she's been wearing everyday since I returned.

And just so you know Linda really does exist, here we are together at the end of our day.
My day with Linda just seems like a dream now, it was all over too quickly. But hubby has promised to take me back next year, yippeeee!! Hopefully for longer as Linda and I have much more to do and talk about!

Mr Nylon enjoyed his trip too...just wait 'til you see his photos!



  1. Mercedes, It sounds like you really had a wonderful time! Thanks for sharing all of the great pictures. I LOVE the roses that you made! Maybe we can see a tutorial??? (just wishing!) They are perfect!!

  2. Mercedes, your roses look wonderful, mine are in the exact spot as we left them last week! Tasmania is a pretty place and it is lovely to see it through the eyes of others. Your photos are lovely, but I'm not too sure about the last one....the tall lady looks lovey but that other one....?
    It was wonderful to have you here and I look forward to your next visit....sooner the better!!!!
    Linda x

  3. Thanks for the pics, great that you had wonderful time :) And I can't wait to see Mr. Nylon's adventures :)

  4. oh it looks like you had a great time and your daughter is beautiful! I would have worn that tulles all day if my mom bought that for me too~

  5. You both look so happy! Thanks for sharing your adventure and for the great pics. Love the pretty roses by the way.

  6. I have enjoyed reading about your adventure very much, Mercedes :). Next year again? HOORAY !!! You took spectacular pictures and I feel every time I see pictures of Liberty, I am watching her grow right before my eyes as if I am there :).

  7. How wonderful to see the two of you togheter!!
    Beautiful pictures and I can see you had a wonderful time ( only the boat trip....)
    Love Sylvia

  8. How lovely, looks like a wonderful trip! Thanks for sharing it with us. Lucky you to see La Petite Maison. Did Mr Nylon actually go inside????!!

  9. Seems like you had a great time there! Beautiful photos!

  10. Fabulous, I loved reading your report. Linda was as glad as you on your meeting and I was certain it would have been a huge success. Tasmania looks so much old worldie, a bit of Europe far far away. And I agree with Sans; Liberty is growing SO tall. She will be a young lady in no time. Hugs to you all, Rosana

  11. Mercedes, thanks for the lovely photos!!! You really had a lovely time with Linda... I can see your happy face!!

  12. Mercedes glad to hear you had a lovely trip. I know how excited you was to go.
    Thanks for sharing the photographs with us. Looking forward to Mr Nylon's report..xxxx

  13. Mercedes ,me alegro que lo pasaras tan bien en tu viaje ,las rosas son preciosas y la mansion es tremenda,muchas gracias por ponernos las fotos de tu viaje,besos

  14. Your post has put a big smile on my face this morning! Your photos are wonderful! I would LOVE to see those stone houses!
    Your roses are beautiful. I would like to know how you made them too!
    Liberty reminds me of my daughter in her twirly skirt. She is just so cute!

  15. Thank you for sharing your wonderful trip! you look so happy!!hugs

  16. How wonderful that you had such a great time in Tasmania!!

  17. Oh I'm so glad you had a lovely trip. I love Linda's blog. Liberty looks so sweet in her skirt and those cookies look yummy. Tasmania does look beautiful.

  18. It sounds like you had a wonderful time! There is nothing like spending the day with a like-minded soul, making minis and chatting the day away!

    Come to Chicago....


  19. Hacer un buen viaje y poder compartirlo con la gente que uno quiere y comparte sus aficiones es lo mejor que a uno le puede pasar.

    tengo en la manos la revista miniaturas en español de este mes, y aparece un articulo genial con su casa de invitados shabby chic, un articulo genial.
    la felicito doblemente
    un abrazo

    Doing a good trip and to be able to share it with the people that one wants and shares his interests is the better thing that can happen to one.

    I have in hands the magazine miniatures in Spanish of this month, and a brilliant article appears with his guests' house shabby chic, a brilliant article.
    I congratulate her doubly
    An embrace

  20. Good to hear you both had a great time. Is this the first time you have both met up? It wouldn't feel like that though, would it? lol

  21. love your roses they look very beautiful. can't wait to see the rest of your photos

  22. So glad you had a safe trip! Love the cookie cutter! And those beautiful cookies! So glad you had an amazing time!!!

  23. wow, mercedes, what a dreamy whirlwind of a post! how cool. thanks for taking us along for the (boat) ride!


  24. Wonderful, wonderful post Mercedes!
    You, must have such a nice time!

    I'm so happy for you XXX!


  25. How nice! Photos of the trip satisfy our curiosity about your wonderful mini holiday in Tasmania, and photos at home radiate joy and love :-)
    I, like Liberty, I love to make cookies in the morning, especially if I bought some new shapes, and if I had a skirt so beautiful, surely I could dance all day :-)
    A big hug to both, flora

  26. Vielen Dank für die netten Bilder und das Sie uns an Ihrem Tasmaina-Trip teilhaben lassen. Man sieht, daß Sie viel Spaß hatten.

    Liebe Grüße PuNo /Monika

  27. I'm so happy for your trip!!!
    and for your fantastic day with Linda!!!
    I would like to visit youir continent in the future...
    A big hug

  28. Those pictures of Liberty in her twirly skirt are precious-- absolutely precious! Oh, to be a little girl again... :)
    Can't wait to see Mr.Nylon's photos!

  29. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Tassie. You should have said in advance you were planning to take the Spirit (ferry) so us locals could have warned you off the idea. Sounds like you actually had a quite smooth voyage compared to most you'll get at this time of year.

  30. i have just discover your blog and i'm fascinating with it! i love your doll house things!!!

    you have a spanish fan from now on ;)

  31. Wonderful pictures, I find you blog so inspiring thank you so much for sharing!!

    Just wondering what kit you used for your roses?

    Thanks, Jenn

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  33. What an awesome day! Such a shame it was just one to travel so far to!

    The roses are beautiful and the cookies look great. :)

    Looking forward to Mr. Nylon's pics, what a name! lol ;)

  34. How great to have the three great ladies of mini blogland together: Mercedes, Linda and La Petite Maison :) Great photos, thanks for sharing Mercedes.

  35. Two beautiful ladies and such a pretty little girl! I finally posted the pix of your wonderful swap items and will finally be getting your things in the mail next week. We are through with hay for a while and our Shop Hop will be over this week! And to see La Maison in person! What a fantastic trip!


  36. I'm so glad you had a wonderful stay in Tasmania. Lucky you to have been able to see Linda's petite maison and to make miniatures with her.


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