I didn't want to call this a ‘bucket list’ because hopefully I'm going to live to see many more springs in my time. Think of it more as a Spring Things challenge or checklist for 2017. These are the fun things I want to experience in Hobart and around Tasmania before December 1st. Move over winter hermit lady, put down your cup of tea, this spring gal is ready for adventure!
1. Picnic at the Botanical Gardens
Give me flowers, give me food and I'm a happy lady. Give me a basket overflowing with baked goods, a spot in the sun, a kitsch rug to sit on and I may as well be in heaven. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are gorgeous in Spring and you'd be silly not to seize the opportunity of every sunny weekend and get picnicking.
2. Road trip to the East Coast of Tasmania
Put your hand up if you love the East Coast (pick me!). It's really not that far from Hobart but I hardly ever make the effort to drive up. I have high hopes for this road trip. I want to explore the Bay of Fires, especially Binalong Bay. I also want to drop in to St Marys on the way and go for a quick bush walk in the area. I'm also keen to go down the coast to Bicheno and would love to do a bit of bush walking at Douglas Apsley and/or Frecinet National Park, but may have to save that for another trip.
3. Make gardening a regular ‘thing’
My poor old garden has had to fend for itself throughout most of winter, but I'm determined to change that. Being the nerd that I am, I've scheduled in 2 half hour blocks in my weekly calendar to garden. I'm determined to get a few veggies growing and to plant enough lavender and rosemary to ward off all the neighbourhood cats which confuse my backyard for a public toilet.
4. Have at least 6 brunch dates
Brunch, glorious brunch! This spring I want to reacquaint myself with my favourite brunch spots. I insist on having a leisurely brunch at Pilgrim, experience corn fritter nirvana at Berta, have a long mid-week brunch affair at Room for a Pony, take my time at Pollen Tea Room, get on the veggie train at Straight Up and wait for a cold day before enjoying a hot brunch with hot chocolate at Coal River Farm. Yum!
5. Visit the Tasmanian Craft Fair
Held in early November, the Tasmanian Craft Fair is the largest of its kind in Australia, which is a big call for Deloraine. With over 200 stallholders coming from around Australia, it's a craft-lover’s paradise. This also calls for another road trip!
Let the spring things begin! Is there anything you're keen to do this spring? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.