Another Winter in Tasmania.

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Saturday and lunch at Josef Chromy winerywith RooFlyer.I started with the carpaccio and also had the scotch fillet and we shared a side of potatoes.Good food,good service and good company.
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Outside the first signs of spring with the first buds of blossom.
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And confirmed by the restaurant manager that these indeed terrestial orchids -pterostylis.
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After lunch i took off on a drive to Patterdale.More of that later.Now I have been to the winery several times but I have not noticed the building just across the road.
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I then tuned down the next road.I thought i might get some nice views.
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And looking back at the vineyards.
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I next made a stop at the Pioneer cemetery in Evandale.
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The grave of one of the owners of Clarendon just south of town and his relict.
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And a memorial for Frank Long on the 100th Anniversary of his discovery of the silver-lead deposit at Zeehan on 8/12/1882.The memorial was placed there by the residents of Zeehan.
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I went on to the village of Nile.On the way a few old buildings.The National Trust property Clarendon is just off this road.We have been there before so no detour today.
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The wattle is out.
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The WW1 memorial in Nile.
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And over the road a building that has fallen on hard times.
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And just out of town the Nile River with not a pyramid in sight.
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from Nile you head east to the smaller village of Deddington.Not much there but the Nile Chapel is reputed to be designed by John Glover. DSC06106.JPG .
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Just past the chapel the bitumen ends.
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Then head towards Patterdale.Glover country.
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And Patterdale itself where Glover lived.
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I then headed past Patterdale though it is a no through road.When coming back the light really showed up the countryside.
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Back past Patterdale.Sadly only open on wednesdays so impossible for me when working.
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Then headed on towards Blessington and Ben Lomond.Some lovely scenery.
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Looking back towards Patterdale.
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Then the North Esk river valley.
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And through a little gorge alongside the North Esk river with the sun starting to go down.
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And the last few pictures.
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On the outskirts of St.Leonards the North Esk goes through another little gorge.i had to take this from a narrow bridge and wait for a lime green lamborghini to go past.
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Through St. Leonards as the sun sets.
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Sunday and I decided to visit the Beaconsfield Mining Heritage Museum.A late start after a sleep in.Lovely sunny day but quite cold.I also wanted to see Hillwood.We have yet to visit there.In season you can pick your own berries.closed for winter.It is a huge place with hectares under cover.This is a small section.
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But they are building a lot more on both sides of the road.They were working on Sunday.
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Once again lovely countryside.Would be well worth a drive in a month or so with lots of orchards and the blossom should be well worth viewing.
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I then stopped at Hillwood jetty.Very nice on the banks of the Tamar with a picnic area with a BBQ.
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I decided to have an early lunch at the cafe across the road.Not the most inspired choice as it turned out.
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Just wanted something light.Picked the wild Scottish sardines on a Greek salad.
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The menu description just left out a crucial phrase.It should have said wild Scottish sardines expertly canned by John West.but the view was nice even though they hadn't dead headed the agapanthus.
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The whole time I was there I was the only customer.I was told they were fully booked but I could sit at the outside bench as long as I was quick.no problems and not recommended.
I drove on a bit further and stopped at the Egg Island point reserve.Not much there.But some nice views.
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Upstairs and a mini museum of the local living ~ WW1 times.
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And outside one of the mines locos.
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And a picyure of a navy ship at Beauty Point during 1914.Looks like a light cruiser and probably HMAS Pioneer which served as a training ship for the RAN and one of it's bases was Hobart.
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Upstairs and a mini museum of the local living ~ WW1 times.
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And outside one of the mines locos.
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And a picyure of a navy ship at Beauty Point during 1914.Looks like a light cruiser and probably HMAS Pioneer which served as a training ship for the RAN and one of it's bases was Hobart.
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I am going to be difficult. To me that photo of a cruiser has been mislabelled. It looks far more like a WW2 Leander Class light cruiser. Probably HMAS Hobart which was definitely berthed at Beauty Point in March 1939. There are photos on-line of the Hobart with the rearmost turret covered by an awning and it looks very similar to this photo. The RAN light cruisersin WW1 were Town Class vessels with 4 funnels and only a single forward gun.
 

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I am going to be difficult. To me that photo of a cruiser has been mislabelled. It looks far more like a WW2 Leander Class light cruiser. Probably HMAS Hobart which was definitely berthed at Beauty Point in March 1939. There are photos on-line of the Hobart with the rearmost turret covered by an awning and it looks very similar to this photo. The RAN light cruisersin WW1 were Town Class vessels with 4 funnels and only a single forward gun.
I agree it does look like HMAS Hobart and cpuld be the photo is mislabelled.However HMAS Pioneer was a Royal Navy ship posted to Australia. Definitely only 2 funnels and also visited the Tamar.Was upgraded in 1914 in Melbourne.A picture from 1913 that I found.Doesn't help that the ship is quite hidden by the wharf buildings.
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So I really didn't know who to believe.
 

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I will stop interfering with your report with this last post. If only it was one of your own photos then it would have been of sufficient quality to enlarge it for a good look.:)

This is the photo that makes me pretty sure it was HMAS Hobart (1). To me it looks like a dead ringer. Especially with a, almost certainly, Walrus Flying Boat on board - first flew 1933

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And this is a WW1 RAN Light Cruiser - HMAS Sydney (1).

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