Thursday 18th July

Took a drive to visit a friend of mine and then headed up towards where we went yesterday but took a different road, went up Little’s road, lovely farming area with sea views, then headed up off the beaten track exploring,

 Nubeen, a small settlement just out from Whites beach.Boat sheds.  Farming with magic views from Little’s Road,  Fellow deer, young ones

Poor lambs being born in the middle of winter,

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Wednesday 17th July, Coal Mine Ruins

Headed off to Lime Bay Reserve, along the way Coal Mine Historical Site,This picturesque site on the Tasman Peninsula once housed up to 600 convicts who laboured in the inky blackness of underground tunnels, chipping at coal and dragging it out on trolleys behind them. Ruins that include the penitentiary, underground cells and mine shaft remain from this brutal past.  Cardwell Waters a very quaint settlement and quiet isolated, Salt Water Bay and all this sits on the shores of Norfolk Bay. This peninsula is so big and rugged its beautiful. no grass all moss on the ground. In amongst our adventure we came across small acreages with caravans, buses, shak’s, shipping containers, they live in all sorts, really lovely, then you see the real flash homes, Whatever they live in its their castle.

 Saltmarshes of the Norfolk Bay being rejuvenated.  Little settlement in the Norfolk Bay  Some of the patterns on the rocks in the water.  Coal Mine ruins.  This is a must read.  Track out to the ruins  Convicts cells  Beautiful views in such a harsh lifestyle for so many. The Plunkett Point mine was the first operational mine in Tasmania.This bay is so beautiful.  Sand stone wall, such lovely colours,  Officers quarters tucked in the bush.

 

Tuesday 16th July Tasman Peninsula

A lot has happened since last post, our Cradle Mountain stay was cancelled due to snow closing everything down. We have moved over to White beach, just such a lovely spot. This is on the Tasman Peninsula, did some exploring today around the bays.

 A lovely walk around this point at the end of the White Beach road.  Looking across Wedge Bay towards Roaring Beach, you can see a part of the salmon ponds.

 Wedge Island, apparently there is a wedge-tail eagle that makes this his home.
 Looking back towards the White Beach settlement within Wedge Bay.  Little Pied Cormorant  Love to go tiki-touring up all the roads, this was worth it.  Up the top of this road, houses are all perched up these hills, this is very high and what a view.Wedge Bay  Fishing Cribs, or huts along these bays, reminds me of NZ.  Out at Roaring Beach climbed the sand dunes and here’s a toilet. Amazing.  wondered what I was looking at when coming around the corner,a pile of odd shoes. Salmon farming.

Tuesday 2nd July, Ross

We said our cheerios to the house owners after a cuppa and chat, leave them to settle in again. Had a nice run down to Ross calling into a few places along the way. The Caravan Park in  Ross is nice, basic and they have a herb garden that you can share, Rhubarb, Lavender, Comfrey, pull a weed or two as well. Lots of room for big vans. Very Clean amenities.The air is cold and dark clouds around.

 Ross Bridge was completed in 1836 and is the third oldest bridge in Australia and a finest sand stone one at that.  Plenty of room in the caravan park  Late evening as the sun was low in the sky

Saturday 22nd June, East Side of Tamar

Decided to go for a drive up the East side of the Tamar, taking all the roads off the main road to explore, really beautiful area.

 Looking over towards Rosevears Accommodation where we were two days ago.  This is in Windermere, St Matthias Anglican Church, very old graves.  Looking up river from the church jetty across from Rosevear’s.  Hillwood Park for Lunch.  This is from the farmlands without being zoomed in. Batman Bridge from a distance coming through farm lands.

Friday 21st June

I decided to make some Lemon Spread from the tree that’s loaded of sweet lemons. After lunch decided to do a walk around the Launceston Marina, its so beautiful, lighting was not great but it didn’t matter.

 Marina from Bunnings side of town.  Walk bridge over the Tamar  Looking over towards the Stillwater Restaurant and Cataract Gorge,  Stillwater on left utilizing Silo’s.  Another lot of Silo’s being used for accommodation, Peppers

West side of the Tamar.

Packed the Thermos and picnic bag and headed up to the very top of the Tamar, calling into all the little bays along the way, just beautiful. Its been awhile since we’ve been out since our start of the house sit as I came down with a virus so sat that out. Love walking the dogs and checking where everything is in our area, feeling like the local, love it.

 Jetty at Rosevears  Tamar at Rosevears  Looking from Jetty back to Rosevears Accommodation  Beauty Point,Looking over towards the Seahorse and Aquarium  Mining over the other side of the Tamar from Beauty Point,its Bauxite they are mining Aluminum  The bay at Beauty Point  The best Fish and Chips I’ve ever eaten. Beauty Point, hence the birds. But I loved the imitation news paper print on the wrapping ,just like the old days.  Cargo ship exporting the Bauxite  Clarence Point  Green Beach the very tip of the Tamar looking out to sea.I love the patterns in sand  Daffodils growing everywhere on sides of the road and in paddocks, reminds me of NZ as we have the same thing in places.  On the drive home the last magic hour for lighting

Legana Caravan Park

Heading off to fill in a gap of 4 nights before starting our first house sit in Invermay, we popped over and introduced ourselves as we had only spoken on phone, lovely people and lovely pets so lucky. Couple of images from the caravan park. Nice big areas for camping, bit run down but a worked for us.

 New Holland Honey Eater  Wattlebird  Bush Kitchen Views of Ben Lomond with a dusting of snow. Tamar river as well.