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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
One of my favourite places is simply at home. Coming back to our place in the West Launceston hills, I enjoy nothing more than breakfast with mountain views or an evening with friends on the deck, overlooking the Cataract Gorge and watching our local live-in wallaby chasing the chooks. The Gorge is one of the main reasons I live in Launceston -- we use it often, going for early mor ning hikes up to Duck Reach, or swimming and climbing there after work. Most Thursday evenings during daylight savings time, I join a group of climbers at Penny Royal and head to the Gorge to crimp and jam our way up the rock. It's a friendly, non- competitive evening where plans are made for the real climbing trips to The Ben or down to Freycinet. --------- As the Creative Director of Walker Designs in Launceston, I've had the opportunity to meet and work with people from all walks of life, helping to develop their brands and being involved in making their businesses grow. As designers, Naomi and I know it's important to 'keep it real' and to stay in touch with our community and the environment. That's how our business Catapult Earth was flung into existence -- through a need to fuse together elements of our lives, like our passion for outdoor adventure, our love of design and our family. We wanted to tell stories and celebrate our home island in a creative, tangible way. So now, under the Catapult Earth brand, we produce an increasing range of superfine merino and organic cotton T-shirts, all featuring our original designs. We hope people will feel proud and comfortable wearing them while pursuing their outdoor passions. We've been ama zed by how many have embraced the idea, contributing their time and skills to make it happen and becoming part of the Catapult Earth story in various ways. But it's our children who are our greatest treasure -- they allow us to view the world through innocent eyes again. Now, a hike is no longer about how fast you can get there. It's about the jour ney and the discoveries along the way -- collecting rocks, sticks and feathers, finding sharks' egg cases, seeing patter n s in the sand, following a pod of dolphins as they head dow n the coast. Catapult Earth aims to reflect this authentically-Tasmanian way of life. It's something we can all be part of. Through it, we celebrate our love of the arts, outdoors, friends and family; we indulge our sense of fun; and we affirm our belief in sustainable living. That's our slice of the island. Below, from left: Climbing at Freycinet, Mt Geryon, columns of Ben Lomond, my crazy girls enjoying the Gorge in flood Photos: Naomi and Boris Petrack For more information visit www.catapultearth.com.au Catapult Earth garments are also available at Mountain Designs in Launceston. WIN! Catapult Earth makes two varieties of T-shirts, using 100% certified organic cotton and pure Merino wool. They're made here in Tasmania and printed in a variety of brilliant original designs. We have a Tasmanian-made Catapult Earth pure Merino T-shirt, value $125, to give away. To enter, write your contact details on the back of an envelope and mail to Catapult Earth, RACT Marketing, GPO Box 2271 Hobart 7001. Entries close 5 July. In Tasmania today 41 June /July 2010
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