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Week 13, Roaming Tasmania, Australia

Tuesday 12 March 2024
We decided to stay another 2 nights in Sheffield as our base to look around the area.
It was a warm night here last night in Sheffield. The temperature today reached 23 degrees.
After a spot of washing we headed off towards a town called Penguin.
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It looked like a lovely relaxed serene town. Not to busy. The water looked very inviting and it we were lucky it was almost high tide. We stopped to walk along the foreshore at Stubbs Point and came across this chap.
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The bins were tastefully made & the street poles.
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A little further a quirky book Library was located. And Deborah found a book she was interested in, so took a few moments to peruse it's contents whilst enjoying the sea views.
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We also found the Penguin Memorial Library.
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Our drive eastwards along the waters edge revealed Three Sisters Goat Island Reserve.
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The Three Sisters Nature Reserve.
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We drove into Ulverston to try a scallop pie in Mornay sauce at McCarthy's bread Lounge. The crust was beautiful and flakey with a base that was made with the perfect base. There were over 6 scallops. The Mornay accompanied and enhanced the scallops. The best so far.
Deborah hit the Cranberry Crafts shop and picked up some material to add to her stash.
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Ian went to the Op Shop next door to peruse there wares. He came out empty handed.
Travelling further Eastward we dropped into a shop at Devonport which had been recommended to us called Antique Emporium. What a shop. It is Tasmania's larges antique and collectable store and they weren't wrong. It has 3 levels of treasures of yesteryear & some more recent material. You could spend a half a day in this shop easily so when you visit make sure you have eaten first as you will need your energy. Do you remember any of these items from when your childhood?
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A visit around the corner with Aunty Gloria & Uncle Harry before heading back. Again we were sent off with lovely freshly caught salmon, freshly hand picked from Uncle Harry's garden were spinach, beans and a beautiful organically grown tomato. This was very special. There is nothing like the taste the lovely freshly home grown produce. That tomato was full of flavour. We have not tasted one this good in years. Well done & thankyou Uncle Harry & Aunty Gloria.
We left with plenty of time to get home in daylight before the animals wandered onto the road, (roadkill) we headed south to Lake Barrington for a look. It is a huge Lake. No free camping is allowed here. It is only for day use. It has the International rowing set up.
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On our journey back to Sheffield one last time we drove past Mt Rowland then through a town called 'No Where Else.' And the clouds started to build.
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Home safely after a big day out.

Wednesday to Friday
We sallied forth to Forth. The reason for this trip was to volunteer at the 27th Forth Valley Blues Festival, in Forth Tasmania. We undertook a bit of early prep work prior to the event. The first Artist came on stage at 5pm on Friday afternoon finishing at midnight. By chance we met a lovely young travelling couple from Margaret River known as the "Travelling Wookies." Megan & Pete are both returning on the Spirit of Tasmania on the same day as us. The stage looked a bit empty, but filled up as the night went on.
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Saturday
It kicked off at 11.15 in the morning and went through till midnight again. Many acts were Tasmanian with a few from the Mainland. The clean crisp air here down in Tasmania presented us with some talented musicians. We had not heard of many prior to this event, but also a few we had, including Blue Shaddy, Dave Hole (born in Cheshire). Some highlights included the Sheyana Band, 8 Ball Aitken, who owned the stage, Dillion James and the guitar slinger Chris Finnen.
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Sunday, 17th March
St Patrick's Day down under.
What can we say, we love a good concert, so we left the Forth festival pack up crew to drive over to Shearwater Resort, in Shearwater, for another musical event. This was Wendy Matthews in concert. An interesting venue, at the back of the resorts restaurant/bar area. A sunny Sunday saw everyone diving for shade and grabbing whatever chairs they could. It was a very warm day. We'd been forewarned to either get there early and have lunch (being inside already), or wait until gates open at 2pm and bring your own chair. We took the safe option by taking chairs and hats with us in the car, but also getting there early and having lunch. Brilliant idea. And Wendy also was brilliant.
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Monday 18 March 2024
As the festival was officially finished we had to move the caravan off the oval, and park up on the area around the edges of the oval. Ever the one to frequent a quilting material shop Deborah had a list of shops in Tasmania that she'd like to visit. So we took a drive to Cooee Point, near Burnie, to the Apple Patch Sewing Centre. Of course whilst you're on the road why not check their other shop in Devonport soooo of we go. It's not far really, and at least the road is a good one with straight good quality roads and with no windy bends.
Lunch was taken, Woolies was shopped, and Uncle Harry and Auntie Gloria visited. Good to see recycling in action at the IGA in town.
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Back at Forth for the night we found a few extra camping buddies hanging around. Even had Buzz Lightyear hanging onto Woody nextdoor.
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