Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Happy Hanworth New Year

Happy Happy Hanworth New Year!


I love this cute blackboard given to us by our beautiful neighbours at East Brisbane Pharmacy (thanks Dean and Jenny - we love it!)

It's nice to be back and we hope 2015 is extra special for us all... and for you too

Don't think that Hanworth did not get into the festive spirit in a big way!

And was there any doubt there would be Christmas tree? Actually there were three!

And the prevailing colour has to be purple of course - it is amazing that silver even stood a chance but it did creep into shopping trolley!

Hanworth even has specially made purple candy!
Which looks so pretty when it is packaged

And our commitment to purple does not stop there - there is ribbon as well

And we love our brown cardboard boxes tied with Hanworth Ribbon

No prizes for guessing what is inside those boxes

Super star tea cosy's special sesquicentennary tea cosy!

Now I know you are excited because, in the last blog I asked the question - what does this Brisbane landmark and Hanworth house have in common?

Well - the answer is (cue the drum roll!)
Brisbane City Hall was the recipient of the very prestigious John Herbert Memorial Award for the most outstanding nomination in the 2013 National Trust Queensland Heritage Awards

But, not one to be outdone by the grandeur of City Hall, our very own Hanworth House claimed the supreme award this time around

And not content with just taking out the Gold Award for Heritage listed buildings,  Hanworth went on to win that coveted accolade, the supreme award for the most outstanding nomination in the year

To say the Hanworth team was blown away was an understatement - we were so shocked

But so proud - we raced out to get the certificates framed immediately!

Here I am being awarded by the President of the National Trust and also the Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, the Honourable Andrew Powell at Old Government House

Yes you have seen him before - here he was cutting the cake at Hanworth's 150th birthday mid last year

and he even paid a visit to my office to say hi

It was such a boost for the whole team

If you would like to read more about all the awards and all the recipients Read more here

It's 2015 and  Hanworth is now open for business

Tell your friends and colleague

Until next time Happy 2015 to all

Monday, 1 December 2014

A new leaf in an old book

I know I know, hopeless blogger (hopefully less hopeless blog).

Birthdays, openings and then the final goal to reduce my "list of things to do" from 1120 to just 130.It has been tough... but behold...

She is done - and  beautiful isn't she?

And just in case you need the techno colour version

So, as I have been run off my feet with builders coming and going, red tape, Brisbane Open House, marketing, tenants - you name it, HH has done it of late... I have been so neglectful of this blog which, in a sense, was a lifesaver to me when the days were dark.

Remember those dark days?

Miss HH suggested I start the blog as a means of sharing the challenges which, at the time, seemed overwhelming (and they certainly were)

But look at that room now

And this was the devastated office now transformed

See,  this office is very condusive to re-establishing my blog. And there is no excuse, right?

I just love my space, so today on this first day of summer I feel reinvigorated to set some groundrules for myself so that I don't fail to deliver in any more.

So I'm game if you are

Next time I will tell you what this beautiful building and Hanworth House have in common..

 I can sense your excitement

Me too - feels good to be back

x HH

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Birthday fit for a Queen

The day we have all been waiting for (seemingly for so long) just seemed to spring up on us.

Suddenly the beloved whiteboard read "0 days to go"

Radio 4BC, our valued media partner, branded the front lawn

Ian Skippen and Loretta Ryan from 4BC  (2 of the loveliest people around) had a sleep over at Hanworth House the night before (we had SO much fun!) 

The welcoming committee was at the ready

The doco crew was at the ready

Breakfast was ready

The Grand lady looked pretty grand (despite her being 150 years young!)


I call this my helicopter pad and I think it is the bomb

Purple was the colour of the day

of course there were sashes (did you ever doubt there would be!)

All the big names came (we can only show you a picture of this man from the back!) Well maybe I will show you his face later in the post!


Hanworth House was looking pretty special

Sausages and coffee were provided for the visitors

and there were kisses and cuddles all around!

B "Manager of all things Eventful and of interest at HH" (his self-proclaimed title BTW) had a handle on all that was going on (the purple kilt was his idea, I assure you!)

We had lots of fun chatting on air


The visitors seemed to have a good time too

The talented Vanessa from Shesha & Grace gave a makeover to some of our old furniture
( Check her great website here)

OK I can show you his face now - we were so honoured to welcome the Heritage Minister Andrew Powell to our 150th birthday celebration and to cut the birthday cake

Even the cake was purple

Don't mind if I do

Meet V of HH - she is our new Resident Manager

and here is C, who was a tenant at HH for over 10 years when I bought it (I am not sure he quite recognises the place!)

One of the high points was this painting done by my mother for a neighbour of hers many years ago was returned to HH (am emotional moment)

and here is a first glimpse of our new courtyard

This birthday visitor Katherine worked at HH in the past and a had a photo taken outside the room which used to be hers

There is not anything about the history of HH which this sashed lady does not know

and Helen Abrahams our local Councillor came and joined the celebration too

This  little dynamo made a lot of the celebration happen - thanks M

Superstar Tea Cosy could not contain herself and decked herself up in celebratory ribbon (any excuse for cake!)

Clare from Channel 9 turned up to capture the moment
Watch the Channel 9 news story here 

And an apt picture to end the Festival of 150 as a picture of our crew with the landscapers and builders left on site (not as many as the last 2 weeks but a fair few nevertheless)

Emotional day - exciting day - happy birthday to our Grand Lady. She looked more Grand than she ever had before.

Birthday balloons for the birthday girl

Don't worry , there are still 2 more parties to come - it was a Birthday Festival after all - you won't get rid of me this easily!

x HH