Monday, September 19, 2016

Postcards from Tasmania 9

Monday 19/09/16 Day 9 Fortescue Bay.  Sorry for the break in transmission, we had no phone coverage so I couldn't blog and then the last few days of the trip were full on so no time to get it down on the blog.  Here we go...
We sat around for the early part of the morning, just relaxing, watching wildlife and enjoying the warmth of the OzPig...we'd be lost without it!
Fortescue Bay...
Chillin'...
Omlette for breakfast...
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Poor Ruby will need a wash when we get to Hobart...
Soon, it was time to pack up and head back up the dirt tracks and over to Hobart.  Unfortunately, it rained just before we got Pearl locked down so she's wet!  We have one more night to camp to hopefully she'll get packed away dry then.
.On our way to Hobart, we called into Frogmore Creek Wines and OMG, we had a beautiful lunch.  This is Gus's entree - chargrilled scallops, spanner crab salad, avocado, asparagus, crispy serrano, 42degrees sparkling and vanilla cream...
We both had the slow cooked pork belly, pulled park croquette, potato crisps, rhubarb compote, pickled cabbage, apple puree, piccalilly mayonnaise for main...
My dessert, which we shared was a chai creme brulee, banana bread crumble, freeze dried pineapple and honey-sesame ice cream... Magnificent!
Such beautiful scenes at this vineyard, sorry for the dark pics...
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Onward to Hobart to our boutique accomodation at the Islington Hotel.  A rather quirky and quaint place with about 12 rooms...
Three different sitting rooms where you can enjoy a drink by the fire...
All decorated with antiquities and oddities from around the world...
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The foyer...
Our dinner was prepared by the resident chef in a little kitchen where we could see her churning out the meals... Gus had the gnocchi...
...and after that big lunch, I just had a twice baked souffle which was delicious.  We asked to use their laundry so we spent the rest of the night doing loads of towels and clothes in preparation for the rest of the trip.  Free camp sites don't have laundries!
Cheers - Joolz xx

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Postcards from Tasmania 8

Sunday 18/09/16 Day 8
Once again, Gus picked a great spot for our camp...grest views of afortescue Bay!
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The wildlife is a bit cute and very friendly!
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These young mamas with joeys in their pouches were very friendly. I'd like to have fed them but it is forbidden in the National Park.
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Later in the morning, we visited Port Arthur where we did a walking tour. It was cold and drizzly so we didn't stay long. 
We went to the memorial garden for the   victims of the April 28, 1996 massacre. Walking around, I cannot imagine hearing gunshots and seeing the horror unfold. Very sad.
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Once back at camp, we lit the pig and chilled out.  Unfortunately, it started to rain and quite heavily too! Gus to the rescue with shelter!
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Beautiful!
Cheers - Joolz xx

Postcards from Tasmania 7

Saturday 17/9/16 Day 7
Coles Bay ... We are off on the Wineglass Bay cruise...
Fur sesls sunning themselves...
A beautiful day for the cruise...
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Tuna feasting on a school of fish and birds eating the fish too...
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Our bento box lunch - perfect!
The beautiful aqua waters of Wineglass Bay...
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Lemon Island...
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After the cruise we had to make haste to get to our night camp spot at Fortescue Bay.  First stop was to pick up some fredh oysters for dinner...
Down country road...
...after country road...
...more dirt roads...
...through tiny towns...
...another bush track...
.around bends...
...more towns...blink and you'll miss them...
...getting dark now and starting to rain! 
We got to the camp ground and found our preferred site (#39) and set up.  The rain stayed away, thank goodness!
Here's my latest purchase - an oyster wheel!
It holds 1 dozen oysters perfectly!
I did them kilpatrick style...
The wheel fits in the BabyQ Weber just right! 
OMG, they were good!
We finished off dinner with mini Cornettos!
Cheers - Joolz xx

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