Another Winter in Tasmania.

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Time to resume.Have been staying in a place where the internet is really flaky.This is my last night here and it looks like I can finally upload some photos.
This was the friday night of mrsdrron's arrival when we were staying at the Quest.All the parking near by becomes pay parking at 0800 on Saturday mornings.I wanted to sleep in so parked down by the North Esk river and walked back.Lonnie looks nice at night.First the Boag's Brewery.
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The oldest Customs House.
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An Anglican Church.
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After lunch we headed for Longford.We stopped at a picnic spot on the South Esk river.The river is one of the borders of Woolmers Estate.
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In Longford we stopped at a gift shop in this fine old Big Store.
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Mrsdrron bought a lovely blackheart sassafras vase.Will go well with our Sassafras hall table.
Another fine building in Longford.
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Sunday and we lunched at the Joseph chromy Vineyard.A lovely place and good food.They have changed it to a choice of a 2 course or 3 course meal.This has cut down on the number of screaming kids running through the restaurant and so a much more pleasant dining experience.Lovely views.
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And still evidence of autumn.
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This flower looked like an orchid but the leaves were wrong.
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A final shot of the vineyard across the dam.
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Then the long way back to Launceston via Evandale.An agapanthus flowering a few months late.
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Every year the Glover art prize is judged here.
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Then through Perth which was turning 200.
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For the last weekend mrsdrron was down we decided to go to Strahan for the weekend.Left Friday afternoon and went via Sheffield.The weather wasn't the best but took a turn for the worse as we approahed the Cradle Mountain turn off.Snow.
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We stayed at Risby Cove.used up some of the Qantas hotel credit we have following our WA saga.We booked a waterfront unit but ended up upstairs a little back from the water.The room.
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The view at night.
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And in the morning.
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We arrived a bit after 1900.It was dark and raining so we ate at their restaurant.Shared their oyster special with garlic butter.A bit too much butter.
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Washed down with theier Sav.blanc.
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Then mrsdrron had the mussels.
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And I had the moqueca - A South American fish curry which was nice.
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One of the oysters was possibly off as later that night my belly was a little active.
 

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On a miserable morning breakfast was at the coffeee shack.Might be OK if not raining as there are seats outside but not many inside.Just a coffee and a muffin.Then to the wood gallery.Tasmanian wood certainly lends itself to some beautiful pieces..
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Then went for a drive.First out to the Strahan terminus of the Wilderness railway.It was meant to begin operations from Strahan on this weekend but didn't -just as well.
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It really got heavy with thunder and lightning.Abut 30 minutes later the tourists got back from their Gordon River cruise.
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The seagulls were close to us.But when the boat docked they all took off and went over to the visitors centre.
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That night we ate at Bushman's restaurant.Number 1 on TA.but we were a little doubtful as it was an Italian restaurant but for the last year or so a Thai restaurant.But they still have a pizza menu.
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We went Thai with a sav blanc of course.
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We had the pad Thai,massuman curry and ginger and soy fish-salmon.It was pretty good.A Thai husband and wife team from Hobart.
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Sunday arrives and we decided to go home via Queenstown.The road from Strahan is a little windy but good views.The only problem is not that many places you can stop.
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Can't complain about the rain. You're on the west coast and in my experience, rain is the normal condition. After a while, you don't notice that it's raining, just how heavy it is!
Interested in opinion on the Holm Oak Pinot Gris?
 

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Can't complain about the rain. You're on the west coast and in my experience, rain is the normal condition. After a while, you don't notice that it's raining, just how heavy it is!
Interested in opinion on the Holm Oak Pinot Gris?
Except it really was heavy rain all day.Sunday going home was much better as only light rain with some periods when it stoppewd.
We liked the Holm oak pinot gris.
 

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Thanks for that. Holm Oak Cab Sav was our tipple many years ago, discovered by staying at the Old Bakery (more recently the Art Series). It remained so until Paul Keating expressed his liking, which rather spoiled the taste. I haven't tried the Pinot Gris but suspect you have promoted a sale of at least one bottle!
 
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