I am proud to introduce you all to Steph Phillips as our first Heartfelt Local. Steph and I have been “blogging friends” for years and when she up and relocated to Tasmania, I just knew she and her wonderful family would love it. Just one look at her Instagram feed @greenandgrowingthings and you will have to agree with me that she is all about nature, nurture and simple living. Steph also has opened up a wonderful website and shop full and helpful tips to make our time on this planet gentle and resourceful. Let’s hear what Steph has to say about being a Local in Southern Tasmania.
Who makes up your family?
I am a stay at home Mumma to three beautiful little beings and married to my soul buddy. Bijou is eight, Remy is five and Inès is two.
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Where are you currently calling home?
Home is a one hundred-year-old farmhouse bordered firstly by a white picket fence and then by a working cattle farm in Southern Tasmania. We landed here after a rash and romantic notion swept us from our Queensland childhood homes. We’re chasing a dream and think we’ve caught it by the tail 😉
Tell us what living in this location means to you as a family?
Part of the reason we moved was to fully experience seasonal change. We’ve rolled in crunchy Autumn leaves, picked blackberries, marvelled at the magic of a true frost and made snowmen. Spring is here now and the life appearing from what was grey and muddy only a few weeks ago, is truly breathtaking. We’re also loving being closer to our food suppliers and really embracing a more paddock to plate lifestyle. We’ve been foraging, preserving, simplifying and slowing our ways and exploring daily all the green and growing things around us.
If a family were to visit your town/city what would you recommend for them to do and see?
Hobart is the closest city to us and it’s full of beautiful old buildings and so much history. A wander around Battery Point and morning tea at Pollen tea Rooms is a must as is the “green eggs and ham” at Pigeonhole Cafe. Belinda and Richard supply much of the food at the cafe from their own farm. The integrity and authenticity just oozes in this place! A walk through one of the amazing tracks on nearby Kunyani would be a brilliant way to see Hobart too. Further afield, there’s wombat spotting on Maria Island (and trust me, you don’t have to search too hard!) a ferry to Bruny Island for pristine beaches and artisan food.
What is the ultimate weekend for you in your town?
An early start on Saturday morning with a drive to the Arve River Walk (a magical fungi land in Autumn) or a whisker further to Hartz mountain (snow heaven in Winter) with a packed morning tea of cake and a thermos of hot chocolate. Then lunch at The Old Bank of Geeveston Cafe in Geeveston. Their burgers are sublime and the desserts are out of this world. A quick potter for this Mumma over the road in the wool shop and collect a few supplies from local growers and producers at the Red Door Larder around the corner. A slow drive home on the old wares trail through Franklin and Huonville to perhaps find a treasure…or three. Sunday would be a slow morning at home with coffee, sourdough toast and homemade raspberry jam. Some stick collecting around the farm for the fire, making said fire and curling up next to it to read a chapter or two. An afternoon beach fossicks exploring the rock pools at nearby Blackmans Bay and perhaps a roast night at Ranelagh General Store to top it all off. Bliss!
What do you recommend for making heartfelt memories in your hometown?
Explore the majesty of the natural world here. Walk in heritage listed rainforest, beach comb and rock pool fossick on the Freycinet Coast, pick your own berries and “scrump” some roadside apples in time forgotten country roads. Relish the slower pace and make time to slow down and savour all its deliciousness.