The final Work contract.In Tasmania of course.

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The next night was at one of our previous favourites.Previously though it was a la carte shared plates.since covid you can only order 5 small plates plus a dessert or add a large plate either classic or signature to the 5 small plate but no dessert and the last option is add a dessert to that.Doesn't really suit us and the quality of the dishes is not what it was.Still nice but once in a while.
The menu.
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We had the duck liver parfait,scallops,waygu ragout,crab and corn ravioli (virtually all corn ) and the octopus -very chewy.In fact I really haven't had a good dish of the Stanley octopus and it is now off my list.
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We had desserts.Mrsdrron the apple and rhubarb crumble and I the campari parfait.
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And Saturday night back to Kosaten.I promise not to post about it again in this thread.three different dishes.I started with a mixed sashimi and we tried the waygu tataki 3 ways -the first dish thsat has disappointed us and one we have a couple of times the chicken karaage.plus a Tassie sav blanc.
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And some usuals.
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Next was Rupert and Hound.A restaurant we have enjoyed at Seaport.Nothing flash but usually good service and reasonable food.Unfortunately not this night.Service was slow and a bit sloppy.Spilt a lot of the juices from our oysters kilpatrick over the table.Mrsdrron's salmon was also way overcooked.First some of the menu.
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We had a Tassie pinot gris.
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Started sharing a dozen oysters kilpatrick.
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Mrsdrron had the overcooked salmon but my crumbed scallops were fine.
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The time has come the walrus said to think of other things.Yes my working days will be coming to an end in December.I began my locum career on 16/12/06 and will finish on 18/12/21 just before my 75th birthday.As luck would have it I will be working in Launceston for that time.It will make it nearly 6 years that I have worked in Tasmania in those 15 years.
Hopefully a few more adventures before I finish this contract.I am looking forward to it.They are though used to me so tomorrow on my first day of this contract I go on call for the week.So not too much sightseeing this week.

I was for my sins flying JQ BNE-LST.There was a VA flight a couple of hours later but those were the only 2 choices I had to get to LST.The flight left at 1300.So mrsdrron originally said we would leave home at 1000.But as usual that became 0930 and finally it was 090 when we left.From Beerwah to Caboolture is roadworks all the way with an 80 speed limit.Traffic was heavy in both directions.arrived at BNE at 1040 then had to wait until 1100 for bag drop.

Through the JQ security as that has a body scanner so no wanding of my knee.Then headed to the QF lounges.Unfortunately being on a JQ flight even though for some reason I was booked on the QF codeshare it was the QP for me.What a sad place.Very few people there.Very littleTo eat - a small bowl of potato salad a small bun with ham and cheese,some vegie sticks and what was said to be corn and bacon soup.Definitely was hold the bacon.

Then tried to access the internet.waited 20 minutes for AFF and yahoo to load then gave up and went to the gate.If i only have a choice of the QP I don't think I would bother next time.

At the gate I looked around and picked out the pax I would least like to be seated next too.Turns out the fellow who was my least likely was in 3F and I in 3E.He had to have the arm rest down to sort of fit in his seat.I was dreading the next 2 hours.Fortunately there was no one in 3D so I moved.

The plane had been at the gate when i arrived so we got to board early.Last pax was on at 1240 but 1300 came and went.The Captain came on and said there was a problem with the baggage conveyor belt so it was taking a long time to load.At 1340 we pushed back.
On board the same JQ service I was used to.I had a 410 credit with the bundle so I said i would have the meat pie for the $10.It never arrived just like the last time I got this flight from BNE.

raining on arrival and I beat the rush into Tasmanian immigration going past a few as they didn't have their Tassie QR code displayed.I then had plenty of time to do the paper work for my budget rental.Yes JQ excelled again and my bag was the 3rd last out.
But Tassie really put on a typical Tassie day to welcome me. View attachment 256742
What a dreary flight and welcome…
 

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On Sunday the weather was kinder.So we took ourselves off to Josef Chromy for lunch.Had a wander through the gardens.Nice colours.
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The menu.
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For entrees mrsdrron had the carpaccio and I the seared tuna.Both excellent.
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For mains mrsdrron had the pasta special and I had the market fish -ling today.Both very good.
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We shared the steamed treacle pudding for dessert.very nice including the pumpkin custard.
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Once again definitely recommended.
 
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After lunch we drove down a side road close to the winery.lovely views which I have posted earlier in this report.Today though at the last property were Highland coos.sadly only the bull remained by the time we were in position to take a photo.And he soon disappeared.
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We then drove back to the City via Evandale and then a walk around City Park.Really good at this time of year.First we went to the Conservatory.Great colours and quite a few orchids.
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Then we walked around the gardens.Spring had certainly arrived.
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The first custodian of the park Ronald Gunn.

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The last of the park including a couple of their large trees.
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the giant redwood.Quite a few of these around Launceston.
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Another magnificent tree.
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It was at one time claimed to be a monkey puzzle tree but close inspection to me makes it the false monkey puzzle tre AKA the Bunya pine -Araucaria bidwillii
In the same family as the monkey puzzle tree.
 

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We then tried a couple of different restaurants.First the Mowbray hotel which a couple had recommended.A Tamar Ridge SB to wash it down.
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Mrsdrron had the garlic prawns and I had the Korean BBQ pork ribs.Nothing Korean about them.
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Food is alright and cheap but not a place for us.Only 2 other tables occupied.
 

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Next was the Royal Oak hotel.A few old buildings on the walk to the hotel with the Masonic Hall and the hotel itself.
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Live music in the evenings though there are 2 other rooms you can use.
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The specials and the menu.
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An Iron Pot Bay pinot grigio was our beverage of choice.
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Mrsdrron had the crispy skin salmon and I had the waygu brisket.Both very good.
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A different Tassie SB.
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Mrsdrron had the beef tataki.But totally different to any we had before so she swapped for my smoked salmon.
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Mrsdrron then had the half serve of the Moreton Bay bug and I had the market fish. with a bouillbaisse.Both very good.
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For desserts mrsdrron had the yuzu pannacotta and I the Brulee.Both very nice.
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Now back to the Velo winery.It is a little different but we like it.bud burst has happened since we were last here.
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The menu.A bit hazy.
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Not a fan of their wines but their pinot gris is good.
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