My Mosman: Sky News Presenter Jacinta Tynan shares her secret spots and favourite memories of Mosman.

  Sky News Presenter, Author and Journalist, Jacinta Tynan.

Sky News Presenter, Author and Journalist, Jacinta Tynan.

 

Thanks for chatting with us Jacinta! How long has Mosman been home for you?  

I first moved to Mosman when I was pregnant with my oldest son, Jasper, who’s now eight. I came reluctantly from ‘the other side’ but it soon grew on me and now I love it and feel very connected to the community.   

balmoral jetty
  Jasper with her boys, Jasper and Otis.

Jasper with her boys, Jasper and Otis.

Tell us about your boys - and why do you love raising them in Mosman?

It was seeing Mosman through the eyes of my boys, Jasper, eight and Otis, seven that made me appreciate the suburb from a different perspective. It’s such a wonderful place to raise young children, with bushland to explore and the jetty to jump off (the boys, not me!).

I love that everything is in a 1km radius - the school, the beach, soccer field, the oval, scooter park, bush walks, cannons and lookouts (a favourite for my boys).

Do you have a Mosman memory that stays close to your heart?

It’s become a ritual for the boys and their friends to jump off the jetty after school any day the sun is shining. Or not. How lucky they are to get to do that!

They call themselves ‘The Jetty Rats’, and one of the dads even had t-shirts made up for them. The mums also get to catch up as we watch the kids leaping off the jetty, building sandcastles and swimming. I’ll go in too if it’s hot enough.

I also love the incredible bush walks around Mosman. I do one most days. It fills me up.

Favourite coffee shop in Mosman?

I don’t drink coffee but still love a cafe to catch up with friends. The Boathouse is sublime on a sunny morning. And I also love Frenchy’s Cafe which is like a well kept secret for locals, nestled in the bushland with spectacular views over The Heads and local artists working in the surrounding huts.

  Frenchy’s cafe is one of Jacinta Tynan’s favourite local haunts.

Frenchy’s cafe is one of Jacinta Tynan’s favourite local haunts.

They do great fresh juices and pretty good coffee too, I’m told, and the most delicious pastries courtesy of the French owners. Frenchy’s is a regular with ‘school mums’ after drop-off.

Bloom is another favourite, especially on a cold day. I go for the Green Supreme juice.

Which shops do you regularly visit in the village?

  Military Rd in Mosman.

Military Rd in Mosman.

We often go to Pages and Pages just to look around and we always walk out with the perfect book.

I’m also a regular at the Mosman Newsagent, Penny’s Butcher (best sausages ever!) and Blue Dolphin Seafood for fresh fish - and fish and chips.

My boys get their hair cut with Michael at the barbers in Penny’s Arcade where they’ve been going since they were little and I usually go to Hair Bar where Wentworth does an awesome blow-dry that lasts for days.

My new favourite dress shop is Watson and Watson. I also love Fox & Dove, Flannel and Lee Mathews. Mostly just to look!

Jacinta Tynan, Jasper and Otis in Mosman
Jacinta Tynan and boys

Do you have a favourite building or monument in Mosman?

The rotunda at Balmoral is iconic and I have many great memories of the kids playing in there and doing ‘concerts’.

I love the the precinct at George’s Heights with all the re-purposed military buildings.

And the bridge at Balmoral leading over to ‘the island’. I have a photo of my mum sun baking under that bridge in her 20s with her nursing friends.

I think of that when the boys and I head over there to climb trees, explore the caves or have a picnic, which we did often before they started school.

  The bridge to Rocky Point Island is one of Jacinta’s favourite local landmarks.

The bridge to Rocky Point Island is one of Jacinta’s favourite local landmarks.

Where do you like to chill out on the weekends?

I love the north end of Balmoral in the summer as it’s quiet and the water is crystal clear. The boys and I amble down through the bush and take our time exploring the rock pools. They call it our ‘special place’.

We’ve also discovered a ‘secret chair’ on the rocks where I sometimes go to meditate. But, most of the time, they insist on going to the jetty so they can meet up with their friends and jump off and swim until sundown.

  Balmoral is a favourite “hang” for Jactina’s boys, Jasper and Otis.

Balmoral is a favourite “hang” for Jactina’s boys, Jasper and Otis.

When the boys aren’t with me, I always go for a bush walk, usually along Bradleys Head and down to Clifton Gardens. We’re so blessed to have this beautiful waterfront and bushland so close by.

  Jacinta Tynan with her boys, Jasper and Otis.

Jacinta Tynan with her boys, Jasper and Otis.

Tell us about your daily routine - and how you manage to juggle work and life.

I work at night two nights a week presenting news at Sky News, which allows me to be around for my boys before and after school.

After I drop them off I do a meditation and, most days, a bush walk.

I often walk with a friend - what I call a ‘walk and talk’ - so we can catch up while we exercise. I like to have ‘work’ meetings walking as well, if I can. Killing two birds. Then I usually head home to write and do my other work.

The best thing about Mosman is..

The natural surroundings - the bush and harbour on our doorstep. There’s also a wonderful community which my boys and I feel very much a part of.

Jacinta Tynan is a Sky News Presenter, Sunday Life columnist and author of Mother Zen.

www.motherzen.com @jacintatynan

 

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