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The Purple Swamphen  Handmade goodies from Flinders, Tas & beyond. Catch a glimpse of island life! 7 Lagoon Rd, Whitemark, Flinders Island, Tasmania

https://www.thepurpleswamphen.com.au/

I remembered to bring @homespunsucculents to the shop ๐Ÿ˜ My loungeroom has lost a little vibrancy ๐Ÿ˜”
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#homespunsucculents #kokedama #loismag #tasmanianmade #shoplocal

Look at what I just picked from @sharpairlines ... ๐Ÿ˜ can someone please remind me that I am supposed to take these @homespunsucculents ๐ŸŒฑout๐ŸŒฑ of my house on Wednesday and ๐ŸŒฟin๐ŸŒฟ to the shop?
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On second thoughts, feel free to forget ๐Ÿ˜…
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Judging by the speed of the last batch, this lot won't last long. Assuming I don't stash them all around my house anyway. ๐Ÿ˜’
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I'll see you all on Wednesday with my excuses ready.
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#homespunsucculents #indoorplants #greatgiftidea #ficus #peacelily #monstera #succulents #iwantthemall #tasmanianmade #kokedama #handmade

Absolutely unique wallaby leather jewellery, made right here on Flinders Island by mother-son-daughter team Katie, Felix & Issy ๐Ÿ‘ Love the copper wire accents!
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#flindersislandmade #handmadejewellery #tasdesigned #leatherjewellery #wallabyleather #kangarooleather #visitflindersisland

Today's office. The sound of the tractor brings on a Pavlovian response in the girls ๐Ÿ‘…๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ˜
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Feeding out is probably my favourite way to interact with cows. Everyone is relaxed, and it's very satisfying watching them go from hangry to content in half an hour.
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We're very small-scale compared to most island farmers, with only 24 girls and (currently) 10 calves, plus Reggie the bull. This herd size means we can fit farming in around our other jobs, and also get a little creative in our land use and management ideas. Although at this stage there are a lot more ideas than time to implement them! ๐Ÿ˜
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#flindersisland #farmlife #northerntasmania #discovertasmania #rurallife #anguscows #baldface #blackcow #cowsofinstagram #aussiefarmers #tasmanianfarming #countrylife #winter #tractor #kubotatractor #ruraltasmania #womeninagriculture

The Flinders Flicks short film festival is next weekend, showing local, national & international 3 minute films based on this year's theme of Pop! As part of the festival 60 canvases were distributed to locals with two instructions: interpret the theme however you wish, and return the canvas to the gallery ready for the exhibition opening ๐Ÿ˜‰ Last night the artworks were unveiled, and wow there are some amazing pieces!
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I love that participation was open to everyone, so we have entries from preschool kids, nurses, retirees, newly-arrived locals, farmers... Art is truly egalitarian on Flinders ๐Ÿ˜Š
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If you're in Whitemark over the next few weeks definitely pop in for a look!
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#flindersflicks #flindersislandcommunityart #visitflindersisland #shortfilmfestival #pop #galleryopening #whitemark #flindersisland #flindersislandmade

Time for a cuppa and a quiz in @pussweek mag ๐Ÿ˜ผ
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I've been told many times that I have the characteristics of a cat. (This may explain my obsession with birds.) When I saw this magazine I knew I had to get some in for the other cool cats on Flinders. The articles are highly relevant ("Confessions of a catnip addict" was a wakeup call) and informative (I now know which windowsill is the best for my body type).
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Purrfect for gifts and for reading on a sunny ledge.
Get it miaow.
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#pussweek #bycatsforcats

I'm loving the designs on this batch of @littleredhandmade earrings & pendants! Those gum blossoms are gorgeous ๐Ÿ˜ Love the texture on the pendant too ๐Ÿ˜Š
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We have several designs in stock, including some fab glittery earrings! (Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas bling? ๐Ÿ™Š)
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#dontmentiontheCword #flindersislandmade #handmade #littleredhandmade #handmadejewellery #tasmanianmade #visitflindersisland #giftideas

How did you go with #plasticfreejuly? If you didn't get around to making any changes or trying new products, remember it's โžกnever too late to startโฌ…
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๐Ÿ’ฅEvery tiny change adds up๐Ÿ’ฅ
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If you've already got the hang of taking your own water bottle, coffee cup and shopping bags everywhere (hurray! Well done ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘) try these steps next. When you need to buy a toothbrush or hairbrush, try a bamboo one. Instead of constantly replacing mucky plastic dish brushes, get one with a replaceable wooden head. Give beeswax wraps a go. Get experimental! Make the change.
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#plasticfree #plasticfreeflindersisland #plasticfreelaunceston #gobamboo #ecostore #sustomi #homespunsucculents #bassbrushes #iquitplastic #shoplocal #girlbossesau

I wanted a large hot chocolate this morning but all my reusable cups are small (which is how I like my coffee ๐Ÿ˜Š). Koala jar to the rescue!
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With a little thought and creativity anyone can reduce their plastic rubbish. It just takes a spark of willingness to change. We can make a difference, one cup at a time!
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Thanks @tasteofflinders for giving my koala massive brains ๐Ÿ˜
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#waronwaste #waronwasteau #plasticfreejuly #plasticfree #plasticfreeflindersisland #plasticfreelaunceston #retrojar #upcycled #hotchocolate #coffee #byocoffeecup #koalajar

If you've ever admired the work of Sandro Donati now is the time to pick up a special piece! The talented Flinders Island silversmith has put a winter special of 20% off all his jewellery until the end of August. Rings from $232, necklaces from $304. .
Sandro takes inspiration from the raw materials and landscape around him. He often uses Killiecrankie diamonds, both cut and raw. Shells, stones & bones provide textures for the final pieces.
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This driftwood framed painting by Sandro also has a Killiecrankie diamond and silver nameplate & edging, which subtly sets off the simple image of Craggy Island.
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#flindersislandmade #tasdesigned #tasmanianmade #flindersisland #discovertasmania #silversmith #tasmanianjewellery #tasmania

A fun little moment from yesterday ๐Ÿ˜Š We took young Maisie to the beach and gave her some experience of scrambling over rough terrain. Wombats are remarkably agile despite their short legs and hairy-rock-like appearance! .
Maisie has been in care since February and is starting to transition to life outdoors. She still likes snuggling next to someone warm while being fed but is slowly growing a thick hairy coat and is learning to dig. Over the next few months she'll start spending more time outside in safe enclosures. Then she'll probably hang around for another 6-8 months, coming and going as she pleases, before wandering off to find her own territory ๐Ÿพ
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#flindersisland #tasmania #wombat #visitflindersisland #discovertasmania #northerntasmania #wombatsofinstagram #tassiestyle #australia #marsupial #wildlife #wildlifecarer #flindersislandwombat #derekthewombat #seeaustralia

Not quite the weather for it, but we have awesome new tshirts in store! .
They've been hand dyed in earthy colours then printed with iconic marsupials & their footprints.
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Currently I have mainly women's sizes 8-24, but there are a couple of men's shirts here too.
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#tasmaniantiger #thylacine #wombat #quoll #echidna #wallaby #tasmanianmade #handdyed #handprinted #tasmaniangift #ooak

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