The Sheep’s Back Performs at a Theatre Restaurant

Delightful Table Decorations!

Live History performed their The Sheep’s Back Show at a Theatre Restaurant venue for the Longreach Uniting Church last Saturday September 10th.  With 60 tickets sold the historic Edgely Hall was packed.  The hall had been decorated with hessian, wild lamb’s tails in old enamel jugs and hanging gum branches. It looked very “on theme”. Table Centres were tiny sheep balanced on equally tiny wool bales some people are so clever!

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Zoe’s Birthday Party at Runnymede.

Zoe Roberts has always loved the beautiful old house at Runnymede so when her mother asked Harriet if she could adapt Take Tea with Harriet for her ninth birthday party  of course Harriet said “Yes”.

Eight beautifully dressed girls arrived to Take Tea with Harriet last Sunday February 14th. After a rousing game of Oranges and Lemons we all sat down to tea,scones,anzacs and delicate cucumber sandwiches (yes of course with the crusts cut off!).

Charlie carried in the lit birthday cake and Zoe did a good job of blowing out the candles.

After a visit to see the scrimshaw made by Harriet’s father the girls were all presented with a lavender bag from Harriet’s garden and they went out to play.

A birthday party with a difference?

Zoe Roberts Blows Out Her Candles.

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Families on Her Story


It’s peak tourist season in case you hadn’t noticed? BIG groups are coming on Her Story everyday at 12 Noon including lots of family groups. Our actors are skilled at involving children and drawing them into the story.

Elijah, pictured, was a little young to appreciate Mary James’ story but he was so quiet for the 45 minute performance, nestled in his mother’s arms!

A Lovely Baby on Her Story with his Mum.

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19 Blue Our Self Contained Holiday Cottage Close to Hobart.

We do try to spoil our guests at 19 Blue! We provide breakfast ingredients for your first three mornings and these include fresh eggs from our own chooks known as The Alices ( mainly because we can’t tell them apart and they live in Alice’s Palace). We get plenty of greens from our wonderful, local, Hill Street Grocer so the yolks are dark orange. Come and experience our hospitality at 19 Blue.

The Alices in their Palace

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Fledgeling Swallows

We have been watching with great interest the nest of swallows in the iron structure at the Cascades Female Factory.  We regularly get dived on as the parents try to protect their young from us, the marauding actors!

Yesterday I saw one of them learning to fly.  Today, on this very cold day, the three young birds were wise enough to stay in their cosy mud nest!

Can you just make them out?

Three Young Swallows - Staying Warm in their Nest.

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A Blessing in Disguise!

A few weeks ago I flooded the bathroom at our lovely Holiday Cottage 19 Blue.  I left the tap running for hours!  The doors on the wash basin unit didn’t like it very much and swelled up in protest.

No problem, Nathan Ransley at Turning Point Woodworks came to the rescue and today Chris fitted our beautiful new doors.  Made from Tassie Oak they look MUCH better than the old melamine ones!

New Doors at 19 Blue.

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Harriet’s Command Performance!

Harriet Bayly the whaling captain’s daughter gave a command performance  at the beautiful National Trust Tasmania property, Runnymede today.

Peter Robey of Lachlan had his parents visiting from Brisbane; having experienced Live History Hobart’s other plays, Peter and his family very much wanted to meet Harriet at Runnymede but she was fully booked.   Oh no – Linta and Bob were leaving the next day!

A quick call from Peter had Harriet promising a special performance of Take Tea with Harriet just for them.

And what a delightful family they were…………………………..

The Robey Family at Runnymede.

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Still Basking!

We are feeling so proud and affirmed after our People’s Choice win at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards last Friday.  All those years of work, sometimes taking Louisa’s Walk out for ONE person in the early years!

Now Her Story has taken over from Louisa’s Walk and it more than fills the gap PLUS it’s less stressful on our bodies (and our audiences).  Walking and standing for 2 hours in ALL weathers is taxing and takes its toll.

Her Story is just 45 minutes and set within the confines of the Cascades Female Factory walls.  Question time and getting to know you after – just like on Louisa’s Walk!

Frocked Up for the Awards Night!


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We Win the 2015 People’s Choice Award!

Last night at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards we won the coveted People’s Choice Award for our wonderful strolling play, Louisa’s Walk!

We feel so proud.  Our thanks go to all our supporters, the many actors who have performed with us over the years and to YOU all the people who voted us the best experience in Tasmania!

The Beautiful Huon Pine Award

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Zoes’ Thank You Letter.

Take Tea with Harriet, transports guests into a gentler world; one of starched napkins, bone china and thank you letters – do you remember those?

As  a child, I remember the excitement of Christmas Day gifts being clouded by  the anticipation of having to write all those thank you letters – my Mother insisted!

She was also fond of the maxim “Manners maketh man”.  Now, as a mature woman myself, I totally agree with her.

It was such a wonderful surprise to receive the most beautifully crafted letter from Zoe Young whose delightful family visited Take Tea with Harriet at beautiful Runnymede recently. Zoe and her sister dressed up to visit Harriet and Zoe was so inspired by Harriet’s singing and her autoharp she tells me she is going to learn to play one herself.

Zoe Writes Harriet a Letter.

The Young Sisters Visit Harriet at Runnymede.

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