Leaving our fog enshrined valley we ventured over the hill and along Sandfly road to find the Margate Rivulet Track bathed in sunshine. A nice little 4km ramble over and along the water, through paddocks and back along a road, to be re-nourished by Jam and Bread in Margate.
What a beautiful day for a walk – breezy, cool, and close to home, and a welcome escape from The Election!. Perfect. I joined Andrew on a walk up the hill behind their property, She Oak Hill I think it is called. Some terrific views across the valley, to the West and North, one wallaby, lots of wombat poo and a couple of nesting bush quails. And as we returned to Steve’s fantastic tea and muffins 4 eagles hovered overhead, magic. Thank you Andrew.
Just love winter in Tasmania. Walked the North-South track on Mt Wellington on a cold, clear, sunny winter’s day; from The Springs to Tolosa Park. Didn’t meet another walker, met about 30 mountain bikers! Especially one guy who had built a special bike that his huskies pull as a training regime! They are a Sled Dog group, looking for new members. Have a look here! As they say – a bad day’s Mushing beats a good day’s work!
Plenty of wallabies as I neared the end of my walk at Tolosa Park, but as for the rest of the 12km walk, almost no birds! I always expect to hear/see birds when I walk Mt Wellington east face, but they are rarely noticeable, why is that?
We enjoyed the most marvellous holiday in Western Australia in the Autumn of 2016. Surprising my Mum, and our son, we toured parts of the Southwest, went north to Jurien Bay and surrounds, and kicked up our heels in Perth catching up with friends and more family. (oh yes, and Brian painted a kitchen). After Tasmania we were struck yet again by how FLAT many parts of WA are. Weather gods were very kind to us, one day of wind and rain in 13 days, can’t do better than that.
Perhaps the best country show in Tasmania, I simply love joining my friends to spin and weave, chat to interested people and promote the Handweavers, Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania. Giant pumpkins, outstanding handicrafts, excellent culinary competitions, beautiful flower displays, damper and billy tea by the campfire, bullock teams, standing and climbing log chops, great food vans, Highland Pipers, Alpacas, Lighthorses, Animal nursery, and so much more.
Lots of fun at Franklin on Australia Day. Fabulous to see our friend Shirley Tongs receive an Outstanding Volunteer Service Award from the Premier Will Hodgman and Mayor Peter Coad, a well-deserved accolade. Then onto messing about in boats as the Living Boat Trust encouraged children to build a paddle and get busy in rowing boats, what a great idea. There were rides in The Nancy accompanied by steamboats Lady Lavinia and Leprena. With the oval full of stalls, free food from the Bendigo Bank Team, and perfect weather, again the Huon Valley was just the right place to be!
Open House Hobart gave us a great opportunity to see Hobart from a different angle. We explored
- the CML Building with it’s cute little upstairs caretakers flat begging to be restored and rented as a cute city bolt hole;
- the Tasports Tower for a great view of fabulous Hobart and the Derwent;
- the new MAC 02 Cruise terminal; and
- the Parliament Square in development phase. Going in through the doorway of what was once St Mary’s Hospital, circa 1837, we really stepped back in time to discover beautiful sandstone footings, old windows and walls, snippets of yesterday’s news and more. Many things are being wonderfully preserved, so looking forward to seeing the development finished and adding to the vibrancy of Hobart and Salamanca place.
Thank you heaps to the architects and volunteers who gave up hours of their time to tell us about the places we explored.
We had a Fun day venturing out of the Huon Valley and up to the city lights one Sunday. Fortified with a Jackman and McRoss afternoon tea to say Happy Birthday to David, we then hit the lanes at Moonah. The six of us sent those bowls whizzing down the lanes at lightening speed, with memorable style and panache. We managed to send a pin into the gutter halfway back up the lane, we got 2 of our bowls eternally stuck at the bottom of the lane, we confused the scoring screen and we bamboozled the staff, but all in all, it was a magic afternoon.
Looking forward to the re-match already.
Friday Foray #10 Kingston Beach to Shot Tower, and return; 20 August 2015.
Walk: The Alum Cliffs trail, part of the Greater Hobart Trails.
Food: Lunch at The Shot Tower Cafe.
Valeri, Peter and Bruni set off on a fabulous winter’s day and ambled along the Kingston Beach foreshore to give Bruni a run before taking to the trail. It is a great walk; lots of water views, different foliage and bushland, some great back yards and then an AWFUL descent and ascent to The Shot Tower.
A reviver of the most delicious fare with a brilliant cup of tea before tackling that horrible ravine to get back to the trail, but worth every knee-wrenching step. The smells of the bush along the way are delightful.
Friday Foray #9 Pennsylvania Grand Canyon and then Corning Museum of Glass; 17 July 2015.
What a day! Brian and I drove to Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, to walk some of the Pennsylvanian Grand Canyon. It certainly is a spectacle and on reflection possibly one of the most stunning autumn walks to be found. We didn’t quite get to the river at the bottom, another time. Fortified by brunch at the Native Bagel back in town we put some miles on the car and turned up in Corning, NY State to visit the Corning Museum of Glass. Expecting to see a staid exhibit about Pyrex dishes (and there was a tower of 638 pyrex dishes), we were astounded by the museum. Possibly one of the best Glass museums in the world, with exhibits going back to the beginning of time. Contemporary works, old Italian works, Egyptian glass, Roman glass, glass fused by mother nature – put this museum on YOUR list.
Driving on we ended up at Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region of NY State, a magical place. Home of motor car racing for many years, we found the Stirling Moss Plaque not far from our hotel. Next day we walked the 19 waterfalls circuit that begins right in town – it is a stunning way to spend a few hours, and offers many paths crisscrossed though, over, under and by waterfalls and chasms.