Thursday, March 19, 2020

Tasmania Day 2

T owned her flat in Ormond in Melbourne and let it out for a couple of years when she moved to Launceston. She sold it for a good profit and sold her unit in West Launceston and moved to the other side of West Launceston and she was able to own her large and spacious house outright. Her sister and the sister's son are boarders. Her sister was away with a bowling competition and T's nephew was a pleasant enough 23 year old who is away from T's place for a number of nights when he is working. We didn't see too much of him.

T's house is three and a half bedroom, the half bedroom having a fold out bed in a walkway to the back garden. T's bedroom has a full ensuite, and there is a large bathroom along with a separate toilet both upstairs and downstairs where the laundry is located next to the double garage with electric doors, one of which leads to another garage door the back garden. There is also a not used side driveway. The house has little street appeal but is fantastically spacious inside. It is a really nice home. R and I had our own bedroom, where T's sister usually sleeps and A slept in the walkway space, the half bedroom.

Everywhere in Launceston seems steep and T's place is no exception. She has great views over Launceston.


T had to work at her job as an Aussie Rules football administrator on the Saturday, looking after a young team visiting from Victoria.

We went to a supermarket and bought essentials. Sadly we did not buy any of this plentiful stock. We bought some liquour as Andrew without a drink at night can be terribly boring. 


Somehow I learnt about JJ's Bakeries three outlets and we had some fine nosh in Longford. It was terribly busy as there was a motor car display.


This streetscape is so country town Australian.


The price of $10 entry to the car display seemed excessive to me, so we just looked at the overflow of cars in the church park. I won't overload you with car photos. This is an FJ General Motors Holden.


A Riley. Nice.


This one was my favourite, perhaps just for the name, a Vanden Plus Princess. So stylish. 


R, A and myself went on to the town of Evandale. It was lovely. 




Penny Farthing races are held annually in Evandale.




Evandale was just so nice.


This pub had the most fantastic beer garden, with the hottest bar staff person I have seen for a long time.

Another view from T's street.


While Mudbar is way out of our normal price league when dining out, it was great. It is claimed land taken from the Tamar River mudflats.


Maitre D' Jacob was fantastic and rather attractive. 


Butterfly gin? I don't know about that. Jacob changed the colour of our drinks. He was a great performer.


$66 special for two courses, plus wine. Whoa. I asked if I could have two entrees for the price and after consultation with management  yes, so I had beautiful scallops in a great sauce. and then a selection of oysters prepared in different ways. I didn't like the oyster shooters in the glasses in the centre of plate but the rest were divine.


A property developer built this foot and cycle bridge across the river to a nice park and the Silo Hotel. Sister and Bone Doctor have stayed at the Silo Hotel. Back to T's place and a wee dram before before bed.

33 comments:

  1. Oh I love the statue of the man, dog and bike. So adorable! I think I quite like Tasmania. Such a beautiful spot!

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    1. Maribeth, it is a great state to visit, yet it does have its own problems.

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  2. It looks delightful. As you say that main street is quintessential country Oz.
    I hadn't heard of Evandale and from what you have shown us it is a hidden gem.

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    1. EC, nor had I heard of Evandale. It is not large but very popular with both locals and visitors.

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  3. Just so ignorant of everything Australian. No way would the word "Tasmania" have conjured up scenes of a town like Evandale in my imagination before reading your post.

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    1. Cynthia, what did you imagine it to be like?

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    2. If you were to say "Tasmania," I would immediately reply "Devil."
      My mental picture of Tasmania used to be a wild and untamed place.

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    3. A good bit of it is like that.

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  4. OMG. Look at all that toilet paper. We've got bare shelves here.
    The pictures are fantastic especially that last one.

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    1. Ours are bare too, but how much can people store in their homes? Thanks.

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  5. I only had oyster shooters once and they were great fun I thought. I suppose Tequila beforehand was helpful. Butterfly Gin looks delightful too. Maybe I'm in the mood for some drink!

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    1. Strayer, the shooters were in a clearish liquid. I don't know what it was and it seems that is not traditional.

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  6. I do like like oyster shooters. I usual drink tequila with them. Any how at first on your second photo I thought they were shoes.

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    1. Dora, the oysters may have been in tequila, which I am not so keen on.

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  7. Somehow I doubt that you are boring with or without a drink, Andrew :)

    Looks like some lovely spots there.

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    1. Others to judge really Jenny.

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  8. It all looks so lovely, apart from the steep roads. I haven't had scallops in years.

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    1. River, I am not sure if Victoria is the odd one out but what we call potato cakes, do you call them potato scallops?

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    2. No idea, I've heard both and it may depend on which fish'n'chip shop you get them from.

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  9. That area of Tassy is beautiful. We loved Evandale too. Thanks for bringing back memories of when we used to travel.

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    1. Diane, slight bittersweet when we used to travel. Well, no one is now.

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  10. Oh, those Oysters look so good. They're only ever served 'plain' over here; no imagination.

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    1. Cro, I like them just au naturel too. I reckon I could eat two dozen but they are expensive here in restaurants, maybe €7 for half a dozen.

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  11. Welcome home Andrew...we arrived home yesterday from
    Wynyard by the sea.
    Sweet place is Evandale, have friend there we visit.
    Oysters, love 'em.

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    1. Margaret, for a moment I thought you travelled by sea from Wynyard. Welcome home to you and a pity our paths did not cross. We will be back.

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    2. I agree about arriving by sea, does read like that! We missed each other every place we stayed by a few days...next time we will meet hopefully.

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  12. Evandale looks like a pretty town.
    The only oysters I will eat are "Kilpatrick", which seem to be the ones with Worcestershire sauce and bacon on your plate.

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    1. Sami, Kilpatric is my favourite, but I liked the other variations. There were Kilpatric on the dish.

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  13. Was going to make a toilet paper comment but Sandra beat me to it.

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    1. Supply problem for you too Tasker? Things are now settling down here. People only have so much space to stockpile.

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  14. In every photo or film I've seen about Tasmania it always looks very beautiful Andrew. What a lovely time you had. Am I the only one who baulks at the thought of oysters. Eeew 😀😀

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