Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Tassie Day 5

T did not have to start work early on the Tuesday, just once she was rid of us. Fish and visitors go off after three days was a salient saying by Dame M. We were kind of there for three days but four nights in Launceston. We dropped A at the airport for her to fly home at about 11.30. She cleverly asked, will you two be happy to be off on your own? I paused but I did answer her yes. It is wasn't because we hadn't enjoyed ourselves or her and T's company but being social is hard work. Just alone we can focus and concentrate.

We stopped off just for a stretch of the legs at Elizabeth Town Bakery. It was very busy. It was over a two hour drive to the north west town of Stanley.


The town name Penguin has always interested me. It was a short and very worthy diversion from the highway.


We drove down the street along the beach and we were about to make a u turn to go back to where we saw parking. But wait, have a look have a look at this very unusual church, now Penguin Uniting Church, once I think a Methodist Church.


I think some European tourists had just been showed around the church and the guide was about to depart when she spotted us taking photos and left her car to ask if we would like to have a look inside. The suspicious me wondered if there was catch, but no, she was lovely and told us about the church, took us upstairs but did not overload us with information. We had no small notes or gold coins to make a donation to the box at the door but I promised I will give the church a good review at Trip Advisor.





The weather was gorgeous.



We lunched at the local bakery.




I don't know why I had to explain to R that this is a Doctor Who like police box, now a free take and leave lending library. We absolutely loved Penguin and wished we were staying there.


But on to the also very nice Stanley.


It is a very historic town and a very early Tasmanian settlement. Above the town sits The Nut.


Like Ayers Rock aka Uluru it changes in different lights.


We went out for a little drive and happened upon the modest home of the only Prime Minister of Australia who was from Tasmania, Joseph Lyons. His wife, Dame Enid Lyons was the first female member of our Federal government House of Representatives.



The Nut really dominates the town, if I haven't said that already. There was an incident. Each cabin with a verandah had a nice one piece two seat and centre table, as ours did. Next door to us were an older couple who even mid afternoon were sitting outside enjoying a glass of wine, or perhaps water in a wine glass at their table. Two tradie lads turned up to stay overnight and while the couple were out, appropriated their seating to put on their own grass as they played on their phones. Later they hid the table behind their car. I wondered if they were going to steal the no doubt expensive seat in the morning. I took photos of their car, but they didn't and just left it where it was for someone else to move.


Lovely beach.



We walked up the track caught the chair lift to the top of The Nut.



We bought take away fish, chips and potato scallops for dinner from Hursey Seafood. The fish and chips were great. The potato scallops, meh.


I can't find references now but what a number of early deaths in the Hursey family. In spite of the death of the entrepreneurial of Patrick (Kermie) Hursey in 1986 as he tried to rescue a lone rower off the coast in heavy seas, the company has continued on successfully and it was quite busy when we visited. 


Lighthouses don't have to be tall structures.


Low tide.




The changing face of The Nut. I read three explanations for the name. One was that it was part of Aboriginal name, I forget the second one, maybe something to do with volcanoes but the one that amused me most was some tried to blow up part of it to see if it contained minerals. The explosion failed and it was a tough nut to crack. 


Chairlift carpark view.


Up we went on the chair lift and what stunning views. We took the short walk but longer than 250 metres.







Apologies if this post seems a bit disjointed. I will try better tomorrow. 

32 comments:

  1. Oh my. Apologies not necessary. I enjoyed this post from beginning to end.
    I do hope that 'tough nut to crack' is the real explanation.
    I haven't had a potato scallop in years. I wonder whether they taste as good as I remember?
    Tasmania is a very beautiful place. Thank you.

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    1. Thanks EC. I like Victorian potato scallops at least. Beautiful and a large variety of scenery.

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  2. Not disjointed a-tall. Would like to visit Penguin. I think penguin is a Welsh word meaning "white head," but I could very well be wrong.

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    1. Cynthia, that sounds plausible.

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  3. No, this was a great post, makes me want to go to Penguin and see The Nut!

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    1. Jackie, I must have doing it right. Thanks.

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  4. That New Camera Snaps Juicy Images - The 4th Photo Is Totally Cool - Pleased Me Seeing How Much Walking You All Were Doing - Did You Check Out The Tidepools During Low Tide - Looking Forward To The Rest Of The Trip There Captain Disjoint

    Cheers

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    1. At times it does Padre. I use a mix of camera and phone pictures now. We didn't really have time to check too much out.

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  5. I had forgotten potato scallops. My mum used to make them so I am really going back donkeys' years. Penguin looks a great place to visit. Doubt I will see that side of the world again so it is great to see and read about it from you.

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    1. Marie, I guess you don't frequent places where you could normally buy them ready made.

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  6. Phone both looks like something from Dr Who, or the blue box

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  7. What a fabulous beach. Those windows in the church look a bit saucy! I shall remember the quote about fish and visitors; thanks.

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    1. Err, yes, they do Cro. Even I missed that about the keyhole windows. It is good quote, especially if used in advance.

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  8. That is a VERY pretty Church. The beaches and views from The Nut are great. Cheeky tradies, I hope the old couple didn't have any trouble moving their seat back.

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    1. River, isn't it pretty and unusual. I expect the old couple didn't know what happened to their chair. They were out the guys were sitting on it and they hid it behind their cars overnight. It may have been too heavy for them anyway.

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  9. Lovely to see that whole area from your point of view.
    Photos are lovely as is Penguin, a few mainland people came to live there. Great view from the Nut and what a menace were those men then.
    Take care, be safe.

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    1. Margaret, really poor behaviour by them. They could have brought out some kitchen chairs, with a third to sit their drinks and ashtray on.

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  10. Beautiful landscape and the little church is real cute.

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    1. Cute is a good word for it Gattina.

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  11. Okay. Penguin and the rest of Tasmania are now on my Bucket List. So beautiful.

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    1. Maribeth, I expect your bucket list is very long.

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  12. Penguin, a town named after my little travel companion! Maybe I do need to go there.

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    1. Duh Travel. I never made the connection.

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  13. Oh my, the beaches are just beautiful!

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    1. They are Strayer. Water temperature would be the same as here, ok late summer into autumn.

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  14. Excellent views from the chairlift Andrew, my eyes would have been closed tight and missed everything 😀 My favourite choice for the naming of The Nut is the last, it looks amazing in the evening/sunup light.Penguin looks really nice, I can see why you like it so much!

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    1. Grace, there was a nice zigzag path your uber fit self could have strolled up. Bit of the Ayers Rock about it isn't there.

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  15. I liked your story about the Nut being hard to crack. Nice photos of Tasmania.

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    1. Thanks Gigi. It is probably not true but a good story.

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  16. Nice photos Andrew. I have a friend who recently moved to Penguin. Her husband died about 2 years ago and she sold their big property and bought an apartment near the beach.

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    1. Wow Sami. An apartment near the beach would be so nice in Penguin.

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