Day 109

Friday 19th June

Well we got cleaned up packed up and on the road at 10.30 am. On our way out of Seven Mile beach we saw Mt Wellington was covered in snow on the tops, frost on the ground everywhere. Had a good run through stopped off at Oatlands and had lunch,  took some photos. The windmill was working and they were bagging oats. I bought some of their oats, spelt flour wholemeal,  and light wholemeal, was very interested learning about the spelt, all there wheat, oats and spelt are gown locally, the farmers get there share by selling direct to Oatlands, its an amazing business they have.  From there we pushed it as it was already getting late and we don’t want to be late setting up. Arrived at Legana 3.30 pm, got set up as its getting cold. Bought a cooked chook and coleslaw for tea. We were in bed at 8.30 pm as even with the heater on full it was very cold.

IMG_4173  Just a peak at Mt Wellington with snow. Hobart, Tasmania.IMG_4207  Oatlands.IMG_4182  Country side.IMG_4178 Farming.

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Day 106, 107, 108

Tuesday 16th June
Went through to Richmond, then onto Tea Tree and out onto the high way to get to East Derwent to get over to Glenorchy on the west side of Derwent, very low fog, very bleak and drizzly, very cold as well, so didn’t spend much time to get back to unit and veggie out in the afternoon. No photo’s today.
Wednesday 17th June
Very wet, low cloud so we are not going anywhere. Catching up on washing, etc as we only have until Friday when we head off to Launceston.
Catching up on some video’s. No photo’s today.
Thursday 18th June.
Last day to tiki tour so we are off early to the city and Cascade Brewery and Mt Wellington, Had a awesome day, the sun came out at the right time at cascade brewery, then I could see it snowing on Mt Wellington so off we go and yes we got snowed on, only light snow but still fun, the cloud was very low. From there we went down to Battery Point and parked, did a bit of looking around, then got the car and drove to find a place to have our lunch. The black clouds were coming over fast so we ate and ran, back up to Mt Wellington and got snowed on some more, heavier this time, then Don went into a building and a chap was sitting by a fire while waiting for the weather to improve, so we stood by the fire and chattered to him lovely watching it snowing by a fire. Got back to the unit early afternoon and enjoyed the last of it , we leave for Launceston in the morning.
DSCF1660Mt Wellington, Tassie  Snowing on Mt Wellington DSCF1666 DSCF5048 IMG_4038 Sun shone for us very briefly. Cascade Brewery, this is the oldest remaining brewery, it was originally a sawmill, Then the Brewery was established in 1824. IMG_4048 IMG_4059  Cascade BreweryIMG_4065  Back up on Mt Wellington.IMG_4074  Mofo is running for a week in Hobart, love the design of the way the wood is stacked, ready for the fires at night for cooking.IMG_4080Models of Able Tasman’s ships. IMG_4081 IMG_4083  Salamanca, this is where they hold farmers markets every Saturday.IMG_4085 IMG_4136  This is the name of the image below, turning silo’s into apartments, great idea, save wasting them.IMG_4097 IMG_4113 IMG_4099  The house of Lenna. Lenna is a Tasmanian aboriginal word for house or hut. Heritage listed the builder built it for his wife.IMG_4098  This is the apartments of Lenna. This is at Battery Point.IMG_4100  View of the city from Lenna’s lookout, we were lucky enough to go inside and climb the stairs to have a look, image below shows the lookout room.IMG_4105 IMG_4110  Front entrance of Lenna.IMG_4114  The lookout from the Princes gardens.IMG_4123  Saw this mansion, as we walk back to the car.IMG_4128  Silo apartments from another angle.IMG_4129  Reflections in the all glass front of this building.IMG_4139

All these buildings are being used for arts, cafe’s, etc.. I don’t know what they were previously but thought they may of been wharf storage sheds in early days.

 

Day 67

Thursday 7th May

All packed up early and ready to head back to Launceston, vehicle due for big service. Beautiful day but that wind has ice in it.

IMG_6484  First glimpse of snow on Mt Roland, very pretty, know wonder I could feel ice in that wind.IMG_6486  Every time we go past here we get punnet or two of Raspberries, and some chocolate coated ones as well, very nice treats, make them last as well, 🙂 We actually had morning tea here and they made me a gluten free pancake, I was so very grateful, Thanks Christmas Hills.IMG_6494  Just a shot while travelling.IMG_6496  Here back at our base and there is snow on the hills outside of Launceston. This is from the veranda.IMG_6495 This is the hill beside Ben Lomond.

Still in Lake Tekapo area.

Wednesday 8th August.

6.50 am still black outside, sunrises about 7.45 am at the moment. Rained most of the night that I could hear and very cold. Well wasnt long and then I realised that snow was falling onto the windows of the camper, so we went out and it was very steady fall, we could see thru the fog that Mt John had a fair bit of snow  laying on the ground from last night. So we got packed up and went down to the Good Shepherd Church and got heaps of shots, was so awesome. We fuelled up and started heading up to Mt Cook, there was snow everywhere. Got to Mt Cook where the turn off is to go to Tasman Glacier, low cloud and white with snow beautiful sight. It is 2.45 pm by now.The cloud covered Mt Cook but we did the walk up to Tasman Glacier, not a good view due to cloud but did see the icebergs floating in the Tasman lake. We have run into a couple from Tekapo when staying there so was nice to catch up with them. It started to snow heavy while we were up the tops so made a start to get back down to the car park. We then headed to Twizel, had a quick look around and carried onto Lake Ohau. We stayed at the Round Hut Bush Camp, freedom camping. Going to be very cold tonight so we tucked the camper van up under the trees, we are also under a mountain range.

Lake Ohau

Lake Ohau, very cold night but look what we woke up to, magic, and it’s free camping 🙂

Off to the airport we go.

Monday 9th June

7.50 am sunrise, colour in the clouds is red, very cold and looks like a snow sky to me. We did all our clean up of the campervan we hired, did all fill ups and returned it on our way to the airport for our flight at 2.45 pm, had to be there 2 hours prior. My cousin met us at the Maui hire center and drive us to airport. By this time it was very cold and icy winds, I said to my cousin just drop us off and get home into the warm house so she did. Got our luggage all wrapped and bags checked in. Our flight was delayed for boarding because of a flat Tyre, we were watching the snow falling onto the tarmac and it’s getting heavier and heavier, I was not feeling very happy about this take off I cant tell you. By the time we did board and seated the amount of snow on the wings, now I;m really feeling uncomfortable, and yes you are right, I do not like flying at all. But it is a great way to get around, so I get on with it. We are sitting down at the end of runway for 1/2 hour to see if the snow was going to ease up, in the end they announced that it was going to get heavier and the flight was aborted, I was so happy :))))  The airline was extremely good to us, they put up the people that were happy to stay back and let families and children take the first available flights, so of course we said go for it, we will wait as long as it takes, so another two days in a motel, all meals paid for and a shuttle back to airport when we need it, we were very grateful. Christchurch, here we come, we hired a wee juicy car and headed back to my cousins, they got a big shock to see us walk in the door. We stayed at the Motel close to the airport and did heaps of tiki-touring around in the snow, was awesome and cold.

Snow at Suduma Motel.

Snow at Suduma Motel Christchurch.

11.30 pm airport This photo was taken at 11.30 pm out by the Suduma Motel at Christchurch. There has been very heavy falls of snow all around. Port hills had a very good dusting and even down on the beach at Brighton.

Tuesday 10th June.

Got up early to head off and take some more photo’s and there is frost on top of snow,  amazing patterns. It is very cold and ice on the roads, taking it careful. Caught up this afternoon with all the whanau and had a great evening as we are flying out to Brisbane tomorrow Wednesday 11th.

Wednesday 11th June. 

Frost and ice still everywhere but the runway is clear so we will leave as planned today, sorry to be going but wont miss the cold, have had an amazing holiday. Start saving for the next one .

Motel, snow everywhere. Beautiful sight, snow outside the Suduma Airport Motel.

Snow on Port Hill.Snow on Port Hills, This is taken from the Hyde Park footy field.