Archive for September, 2017

Time Out

September 8, 2017
A couple of weekends ago Kim and I took the opportunity to slip away to the East coast of Tassie.  We have wanted to see Wineglass Bay for a while now, and it seemed like a good opportunity since Lydia had some time off and could help look after things at home.  We stayed (another winter 2 nights for the price of 1 deal) at the Lodge in Freycinet National Park and arrived late afternoon on the Friday.

The Hazards certainly stand out when you drive into Coles Bay, with their rocky faces above the trees.

The cabins looked rustic but were nice and comfortable inside.  We had a family cabin which had the benefit of having a tiny kitchen so we were not reliant on buying meals.

Inside the Lodge itself was warm and spacious,

and had a wonderful view over Great Oyster Bay.  The sunset on Friday night was pretty spectacular starting off yellow then going orange and finally turning pink.  The creator God can put on an amazing light show!

Saturday broke cloudy but dry, however Kim had a headache and I spent the day snuffling and sneezing with a head cold!  We decided we were not up to the Wineglass Bay walk, but contented ourselves by driving around doing some sightseeing on smaller walks.  This is Kim at Friendly Beaches.  It brought back memories of the beaches in Albany with it’s squeaky white sand.
Our favourite walk of the day was a boardwalk near a lighthouse with spectacular views of cliffs and over the ocean.

They had a telescope set up so you could view these rocky islands that had seals on them.

Zoomed in on Kim’s photo you can see the seals even better than with the telescope.

Bennets Wallabies seemed fairly common in the area and fearlessly put on a show for the tourists,
and we saw wombats at Friendly Beaches too.
One feature of the whole area are the pinky coloured rocks.  They definitely stand out and are moulded into lots of interesting shapes.

Sunday morning we awoke feeling somewhat better, and decided we would make the attempt to climb to the Wineglass Bay lookout.  The track to the bay itself was closed for upgrades, so we didn’t have to feel guilty about not going the whole way.  🙂  The weather started sunny and windy, though it had deteriorated to rainy periods by the time we got back to the car park.  Kim’s chronic fatigue has been pretty bad lately, but there were seats along the path so we just took the walk slowly and rested whenever he felt the need.
The track itself was easy to walk on with some interesting boulders along the way.
Towards the end of the track we had been warned there was about 300 steps to climb, which proved pretty accurate.
It was a cold and very windy trip, but we finally made it to the lookout and could cast our eyes on Wineglass bay itself which, despite the wind, looked pretty calm.
Given that it was winter and not terribly accomodating weather it was surprising how many other folk were in the area and making the climb.  Even the lodge would have been at least 3/4 full.  I think the place must be frightfully crowded in Summer, so we were just as glad to be there at a quieter time of year.
Finally we headed back home via St Marys.  We drove through Elephant Pass, which I remember petrified me when we visited Tasmania 25ish years ago.  This time I drove it without any concerns at all – I guess I have adjusted to Tassie roads – plus I was not on the cliff side which definitely helps!  We managed to arrive in Launceston at 4pm so could go to the afternoon service of our favourite church “The Branch”.  All in all it was a nice trip away, and some time out that we rather felt we needed.
Just around the corner from our place there is good progress being made in building a replacement bridge over the Mersey River.  The old bridge is still in use with the new one being built alongside.  It is interesting to see them working on it, they have a large pontoon in the river that they can take the big machinery down onto.  They have been working for a few months already and will be a fair bit longer still before they are done I would think.
And that is enough news for now!  Take care all.
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Snow Among the Gum Trees

September 5, 2017

We thought we had missed out on snow this year, but Spring has brought us a lovely surprise.

Just a light crusty layer of snow, but we are enjoying it anyway.  To be perfectly honest I was just as glad it was not a heavy covering as I very much doubt my plastic caravan roof would have survived that!  Somehow doing the chores is more fun in the snow.

Josiah had fun making a snowman for every car!

Or a snow figure anyway.

And I enjoyed wandering around looking at the scenery.

Looking down the road at Roland from the front of our property

 

Frosty wattle blossom

 

A frozen puddle with a smattering of snow

 

Snowdrop bush in the snow

 

And finally – Snow among the gum trees!