Top 10 things to do & see in the Tamar Valley

Today I thought I’d share with you the top 10 things to do & see in the Tamar Valley.
The Tamar Valley located in Northern Tasmania, running from Launceston to Bass Strait, includes lots to see and do.

1. Starting in one of Australia’s oldest towns – George Town on the North East of the Tamar River. There is so much to see and do here I could fill the list just in this area. There’s Low Head with the lighthouse, Pilot Station Museum , the penguin tours and lovely beaches. In George Town itself there’s the Bass & Flinders Centre with the replica Norfolk, the watch house and you’ll often see whales frolicking in the cove.

2. Do the wine route. Boasting a wide range of high quality and award winning wines, the Tamar Valley Wine route will take you around some gorgeous scenery with the bonus of some great tasting wines

3. Like strawberries? Make sure you stop in to to the Hillwood Berry Farm. Buy already picked or pick your own or just enjoy some of the berry goodies in the cafe.

4. Heading across the iconic Batman Bridge,  go north and find yourself in Beaconsfield. Here you can check out the Beaconsfield Mine & Heritage Centre.  Learn about the history of the town, the mine and more. There is an interactive experience presenting the story of the 2006 ANZAC Day mine rock fall and rescue of the 2 miners trapped underground.

5. Just up the road in Beauty Point is Seahorse World and the Platypus House. Seahorse World is an amazing place to learn all about these tiny creatures. A short walk away and you can meet some of our more unusual animals. Watch the platypus swim in their tanks and get up close and personal with a couple of echidnas.

6. Go south a bit and it will bring you to Glengarry and the Glengarry bush maze. I’ve never been but my kids have and say it is a great afternoon.

7. Keep heading south towards Launceston and you can visit our own little Swiss Village at Grindelwald resort. Play a spot of mini golf or enjoy a meal. For a cheeky treat pop into the Chocolate shop and enjoy some delicious Tasmanian chocolates.

8. A few minutes outside of Launceston is Tasmania Zoo, showcasing some of our native animals, as well as animals from interstate and overseas. Plus there’s also the dinosaur trail. You can also get up close & personal with some of the animals by doing an Animal Encounter.

9. This list wouldn’t be complete without mention of the Cataract Gorge in Launceston. It’s a gorgeous spot for a walk, take a picnic, go for a ride on the world’s longest single span chairlift, wander across the suspension bridge, check out the peacocks and wallabies, enjoy a meal at the Café or restaurant. There’s so much to do in just the one area.

10. Finally, just up the road from The Gorge is the Trevallyn & Duck Reach Hydro Power stations. Duck Reach was the first publicly owned generating electricity plant in the Southern Hemisphere. Trevallyn power station was commissioned in 1955 and took over from the Duck Reach power station that started operation in December 1895. Take a tour of Duck Reach or head to Trevallyn Dam for a picnic. While your there have a go at the Cable Hand Gliding.

Oh the things you will see

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  • Canada
  • the Greek Isles
  • Rome
  • New Zealand
  • Egypt
  • Sweden
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • Ireland
  • Wales
  • Stonehenge

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Hi and welcome to anyone who is new here and finding Nightwolf’s Den, thanks to Blog Every Day in November.

I’m Caroline (aka Nightwolf).  I live in a smallish town in the north of the glorious state of Tasmania, Australia. I would love to live in the gorgeous, abundant green bush we have here in the state but the lack of internets is one of the things that keeps me here in suburbia.
Our household is currently my husband, our two gorgeous daughters, our two furry felines and 5 boisterous chooks.

What’s Nightwolf’s Den all about? I’m glad you asked.

It’s my little space on the web where I write about things. It’s a little craft, a little parenting and a lot of me. Less crafting now as that mainly lives over at Nightwolf Scraps.

I’ve been blogging, in some form, since about 2003. I’ve been scrapbooking and art journaling in various forms since 2005 (well really before that but I never gave it a name), taking photos for as long as I can remember, enjoying food and cooking since I was little, and parenting since 2010.

You can find me on the usual socials – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Blogging Every Day in November

It’s back – over at ElizabethDhokia.com and the hashtag is #BEDN. I just looked and I haven’t done this since 2015.

And I’ll be back later today with the first prompt.

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Bullet Journaling–2 years in

Wait. What? Two years? I never stick with a planner system for that long. Today marks exactly 2 years & 3 days of using the Bullet Journal system. So what have I learned in that 2 years and what information would I pass on to someone who’s thinking about getting started with the system?

1. Visit bulletjournal.com and read everything on the site but make sure you start with the Learn section so you learn and understand the basics. Read Ryder’s book (released on Oct 23, 2018). Immerse yourself in the origins of the bullet journal before branching out.

2. You don’t need to buy all the supplies. I started with a book (I splurged and bought a Bullet Journal Leuchtturm1917 but you could start in any notebook you have), a black pen and raided my scrapbook stash

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3. DO NOT go on Instagram/Pinterest looking at bullet journal spreads. Well actually do, because they are an awesome source of inspiration. But don’t compare yourself to those people. It’s your book, it doesn’t have to look like theirs!
This leads me to my next point…

4. Don’t give up. Mistakes happen. Cover it up, rub it out. Try again. Keep going.

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(Thanks Bob! *thumbs up*)

5. You can always create in pencil first.

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What I’ve learned.

I like to change up my monthly and weekly spreads every now and then. I do find myself coming back to Ryder’s monthly log calendar though.

I love doing cover pages each month. Even if I don’t do one every month.

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I do prefer to keep things minimalist. Just a few stickers here or there, maybe some washi tape or a doodle or two.

I work better if I keep my collections in a separate journal, especially if it’s something I’d add to over multiple journals. Some of the collections I have in my Long Term Collections book are:

  • Podcasts
  • TV Series
  • Books I’ve read
  • Movies I’ve watched
  • Twitch Streams I watch
  • 101 in 1001 days
  • Bill payments
  • Solar panel info
  • When did I last

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My setup for the remainder of 2018/2019
I’ll be switching to my purple Leuchtturm1917 in January which feels strange as both my previous books have started in October/November

I’ll be creating an TN style setup in my old Inner-B planner (which I bloggers about here), it will houses my Leuchtturm1917, my Collections insert, my blog insert, and my Christmas insert (which I’ll share about in another post).

So that’s my first 2 years in a nutshell. I’ll be back with more of my bullet journal adventures in the future

Updates and babies

Well, the monthly thing worked well… not. Best laid plans and all that.

We had an awesome 4th birthday with a homemade Paw Patrol pinata. The kids loved it. I started organising my paper supplies, then found more to sort. Haven’t done any PL. Didn’t set up the Xbox. Didn’t create my Creative Hub. Started planning the update to my craft blog. Did Camp Reset and loved it. Will be blogging about it soon. I’ve made notes for my Book of Me but that’s about it.

In other news – we have a new baby in the family. No not me but my brother and his partner.

Lots happening craft wise in October and I’m planning to do Boho Berry’s October planner challenge on my new Insta account  – nightwolf_plans It’s all about planning and my bullet journal.

Not much else is new. Miss A started pre-kinder. We’re currently on school holidays and the kids are driving me nuts already.
West Coast Eagles won the AFL grand final, beating Collingwood. The Hawks women’s team won the VFLW finals. Box Hill Hawks won the VFL grand final. I’m hoping Melbourne Storm win the NRL Grand Final this evening.

Until next time.

Plans for August

The plans for this month…

  • Most importantly – someone is turning 4 so we’re having a Paw Patrol Party
  • Organise my paper scrapbook supplies – paper & PL supplies
  • Get K’s PL album complete up to the end of 2017
  • PL 2018 up to date
  • Set up the Xbox & use it
  • Create a scrapping binder/Creative Hub
  • New design for Nightwolf Scraps
  • Camp Reset

Things I’ll (try to) do every month:

  • Work through the Book of Me at Awesome Ladies
  • Project Life date at least once a week
  • Read the cards once a month
  • Blog a new recipe each month
  • Monthly blog back up
  • Work emails to zero each week
  • Get to bed 10:30 on weeknights
  • Learn a new recipe each month
  • Watch a documentary every month (7/12)

July round up

Here we are at the end of the month and I’m checking in with my list for the month

  • Personal email inbox to zero – almost. Got it down to stuff I’m currently needing to keep in my mind and in eyesight when I open my email. Bonus points cause I did my blog email too
  • Buy some jumpers for winter – Still looking
  • Do the 100 Day Project –  Done just need to blog it
  • Do the 100 day happy project – I ended up just finishing off my 100 Days of Me project from last year. Also done and just need to blog it
  • Scrapbook with mum – had a card making day so I’m counting that
  • Sort photos – done
  • Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates– nearly done
  • Take the kids to Tazmazia – didn’t happen as they day we were going to go the weather was rubbish.

Things I’ll (try to) do every month:

  • Work through the Book of Me at Awesome Ladies ü
  • Project Life date at least once a week ü
  • Read the cards once a month ý
  • Blog a new recipe each month ý
  • Monthly blog back up ü
  • Work emails to zero each week ü
  • Get to bed 10:30 on weeknights – most night except for a few during the school holidays
  • Learn a new recipe each month – ü M&M Choc Chip Cookie bars
  • Watch a documentary every month (7/12) ü This month it was Churchill’s Secret Agents

Also I’ve decided to add a Currently list too. Card by RUKristin and you can read more about it here
(I’m adding the extended Currently card to my bullet journal at the end of each month)

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Back tomorrow with my August list

Going forward

Honestly this little blog has been a bit neglected. I don’t blog anywhere near as often as I used to. You know what, it makes me sad. I miss blogging. I miss the community. I miss blog rolls. I honestly miss the time before when Facebook was a big thing. I miss forums. I miss my chronological Instagram. Hell, I’m just old school LOL.
Anywho hi if you’ve just started reading or welcome back if you’re an old reader who has popped back in again (& a big thanks to Caz for starting up the Old School bloggers page. I’m loving reconnecting with some of my favourite bloggers. Good to see so many of us feel the same)

I’ve been taking a few days to look over my list of 100 things and getting a bit overwhelmed by what I haven’t done so I have a plan. Not a cunning plan and it doesn’t involve a turnip*

There is quite a few things left on my list and 6 months to the end of the year. The plan – break it up into monthly chunks.
Some are ongoing so will get done each month.Some things are also month dependant like 30 Lists. Some things might not get done at all but meh they can go on next year’s list LOL

So my list for the rest of July

  • Personal email inbox to zero
  • Buy some jumpers for winter
  • Do the 100 Day Project
  • Do the 100 day happy project
  • Scrapbook with mum
  • Sort photos
  • Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  • Take the kids to Tazmazia

Things I’ll (try to) do every month:

  • Work through the Book of Me at Awesome Ladies
  • Project Life date at least once a week
  • Read the cards once a month
  • Blog a new recipe each month
  • Monthly blog back up
  • Work emails to zero each week
  • Get to bed 10:30 on weeknights
  • Learn a new recipe each month
  • Watch a documentary every month (6/12)

I’ll be back at the end of the month to see how I’ve done and share my list for next month

*It’s a Black Adder reference if you didn’t get it

Blessed Winter Solstice, all be it a little late (& half yearly check in)

(bold is started, strike thru is finished & red isn’t done )

  1. Celebrate my 40th birthday!! – what I did
  2. Do #30Lists (March, September, December)
  3. Get a new tattoo
  4. Buy the new Linkin Park album (One More Light Live)
  5. Buy myself a Linkin Park t-shirt
  6. Personal email inbox to zero
  7. Do my nails at least once a month
  8. Afternoon Teal – not in February but we might do something later in the year
  9. Buy myself some new bathers
  10. Buy some new jeans
  11. Buy some jumpers for winter
  12. Do the 100 Day Project
  13. Work through the Book of Me at Awesome Ladies
  14. Do the 100 day happy project
  15. Finish JYC 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  16. Scrapbook with mum more
  17. Finish wedding scrapbook
  18. Organise all my paper scrapbook supplies
  19. Scrapbook with others more
  20. Project Life date at least once a week – PUT IN PLANNER!
  21. Create a scrapping binder
  22. Complete a 365 day photo challenge
  23. Get K’s PL album complete up to the end of 2017
  24. Get A’s PL album complete up to the end of 2017
  25. Create a mini Goddess altar
  26. Celebrate the solstices
  27. Read at least 3 books with a spiritual focus
  28. Meditate more
  29. Buy a set of oracle cards
  30. Create a spiritual journal
  31. Investigate essential oil companies and buy some new oils
  32. Keep a gratitude journal
  33. Read the cards once a month
  34. Work with the moon more
  35. Blog a new recipe each month
  36. Try something I’ve pinned and blog the results
  37. Monthly blog back up
  38. Blog everyday for 1 month (not for #30Lists)
  39. New design for Nightwolf Scraps
  40. New design for Nightwolf’s Den
  41. Make ten recipes off of Pinterest.
  42. Throw a dinner party
  43. Dentist for me.
  44. Organise Pinterest boards better
  45. Buy a new camera lens
  46. Sort bookmarks (& delete duplicates or broken links)
  47. Sort & cull movie folder
  48. Sort and cull TV folder
  49. Set up the Xbox & use it
  50. Sort photos
  51. Sort and cull double ups on music drive
  52. Sort EHDs and make sure there’s no duplicates
  53. Work emails to zero each week
  54. Finally get gazebo up
  55. Finish laundry reno
  56. New laundry storage (cupboard)
  57. Organise garage & office
  58. Redo my herb garden
  59. Get floors polished
  60. Create a quilt from the kids’ old clothes
  61. create a blanket from our old Hawks scarves
  62. Create a blanket of our old band/tv show t-shirts
  63. create a recipe book
  64. Write a letter to Miss K to open on her 18th
  65. Write a letter to Miss A to open on her 18th
  66. Update wills
  67. Work on family tree
  68. Create a family binder and get some routines happening
  69. Anzac Day service
  70. Have a family movie night (complete with popcorn & choc tops)
  71. See more of Tassie
  72. Visit QVMAG
  73. Write in family journals more often
  74. Get a massage
  75. Get to bed 10:30 on weeknights
  76. Cook more with the thermomix
  77. Renew Thermofun membership for 2018
  78. Make beef jerky
  79. Create less waste – recycle more
  80. Learn a new recipe each month
  81. Go berry picking
  82. Go to the Harvest market more
  83. aim for a weekly walk
  84. Learn brush lettering on the ipad
  85. Take an art journal class
  86. Learn to French braid
  87. finish Holly McCaig course
  88. finish Determined to Shine course
  89. Take 3 courses at DailyOM
  90. take a cooking class
  91. take a cake decorating class
  92. read the entire Chronicles of Narnia series
  93. Read for thirty minutes every night for one month.
  94. Have my parents over for dinner
  95. Have in laws over for dinner
  96. Watch a documentary every month (6/12)
  97. Christmas club savings
  98. Have a board games night
  99. Visit the tessellated pavement
  100. Take the kids to Tazmazia