Yesterday I flew to Launceston for the day for the Tasmanian launch of ‘The Carrum Sailing Club’. Christina Booth, illustrator of Carrum, picked me up from the airport and we drove (well, she drove, I nursed the cake) straight to Fullers Bookshop.

The whole day was a hoot, from the paper hats we asked everyone to make and wear, launcher Kate Gordon’s lovely words, organiser Nella’s faultless planning, Fullers Bookshop generosity, to tricky Sheryl Gwyther’s surprise attendance (along with Julie Hunt and Gay McKinnon) and the flinging in the air of the hats to officially launch Carrum in Tasmania.

Spent some lovely hours with Christina at her house, seeing her amazing new studio and almost forgetting that I had to be at the airport for the return flight, oops! But I did make it home safely and on time, because I wasn’t with Qantas.

Now it’s back to reality…

Here are some pics: (thanks to all who wielded my camera)

¬†Gorgeous bearded iris in Christina’s beautiful garden

¬†A clematis, we think, that is doing it’s best to re-flower the tree it’s climbing through.