LUCY Landon-Lane's new home in one of Launceston's leafier suburbs reflects the dichotomy of an interesting life.
Tibetan prayer flags trail from the rafters of the timber front porch, offering visitors sanctuary.
Sports clothes in the colours of the historic private school that her youngest son Kaeo, 15, still attends flap on the clothesline.
At the bottom of the rambling garden in what used to be ``a big empty space'' young fruit trees are pushing their roots down into wet, well-nourished soil.
``I love growing my own food,'' says the Bass Greens candidate in the forthcoming federal election.
She specifies her occupation on the list of election candidates as an artist.
``I'm keen to get back to art - my main focus is on dance and writing,'' she says.
``I studied in California at the Tamalpa Institute about 10 years ago where the main focus is on dance - improvised dance - but always supported with creative writing, writing and drawing.''
Ms Landon-Lane was a typical Tasmanian teenager who couldn't wait to escape the perceived restrictions of life on a small island at the back end of the world.
``I found it pretty claustrophobic to be honest - I couldn't wait to get out,'' she says. She was Lucy Butler then, daughter of Family Court judge Edward Butler.
She escaped in fairly spectacular fashion.
``As soon as I could, I left home,'' says Ms Landon-Lane.
``I was 16 at the time and I went to Hobart to college - Elizabeth College.''
Then she went to Queensland and then to Canberra in the ACT to university to study anthropology. In a serious moment she quit anthropology and came home to Tasmania to train as a nurse.
But soon she met future husband Chris and the young Tasmanian's yen to see the world began in earnest.
Chris Landon-Lane is a New Zealander whose father was a diplomat so he had grown up travelling.
``He had always wanted to do aid work,'' his wife says.
``He's in Katmandu now working on a project as an international aid consultant.''
The couple went to Darwin and then overseas.
``Our first posting was Vietnam in 1991 - it was extremely tough,'' she says.
``There was just so much poverty and oppression,'' Ms Landon-Lane says.
``It was communist, still is, but there's not so much oppression now. There were very few foreigners there at the time and I felt that I stuck out like a sore thumb.
``We've been back a number of times since and love it.''
The Landon-Lanes have had postings on East Timor, in Laos, Bhutan, Mongolia, the Solomons and Indonesia as well as Nepal.
``Once the kids were a bit older we started to go for short contracts,'' Ms Landon-Lane said. It was their boys - Micah, now 20, and Kaeo - who helped draw the Landon-Lanes permanently back to Tasmania.
And it was in Tasmania, back in the Tamar Valley where her father had first planted wine grapes that Ms Landon-Lane found her political voice.
They bought land and started to develop a walnut farm - 2000 walnut trees on six hectares which they only recently sold.
Why walnuts? ``We love trees,'' she says.
``It was a new industry in Tasmania at that stage.
``Then we wanted to become organic - we were the first organic walnut farm in Tasmania, we had that edge.''
Ms Landon-Lane started her journey towards running as a candidate in this year's federal election when former timber giant Gunns Ltd proposed its $3 billion pulp mill for Bell Bay.
The mill site was less than two kilometres from the family's organic walnut farm.
``I knew that I had to do something, and I was getting involved with (lobby group) TAP and direct action against the proposed pulp mill,'' she says.
``I had volunteered with Greenpeace when we lived in Fiji which is where I first came across the concept of direct action so I had that to offer at the beginning of the pulp mill.''
She joined the Greens rather than one of the major political parties of her youth because she believes that the party's policies are based on compassion.
``They care about the vulnerable, about aged care, about people who are really struggling,'' she says.
Her election campaign is a quiet reflection of her life so far.
``I'm focused on the forums,'' she says. ``I want to participate in the public forums.''