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Week 15, Roaming Tasmania, Australia

Wednesday 26 March 2024.
We moved on to Deloraine to spend Easter on route for Deborah to go for a special visit to a Tasmanian dentist as she has cracked a tooth in half, which previously had a crown from many years ago. It was in need of smoothing a out by a dentist.
Parked up at the Deloraine RV site, at $3 a night it's great. Of course there seems to be the d'heads that think it's free and don't want to pay $3.We had a walk into town so Ian could return his library book, which was borrowed at the Scottsdale library. Borrow a book at any Tasmanian public library and return to any other Tasmanian public library. Fantastic service for visitors.
An early evening walk to do some platypus sighting/s. A small one and a larger one were spotted tonight.

Thursday 27 March 2024
Today was Deborah's day of reckoning, the appointment with the smile merchant, Longford SmileCo. Tooth smoothed by Dr Richie Wang we were on our way. We took a wander around the historic buildings of Longford. Many of these were built in the early to mid 1800's. The church was built in 1839. Just after we took the photo the bell did a single 'ding' for 1pm.
The Old Flower Mill, now a roaring cafe.
The wagon style seats around town.
Ernest and Ernist The Coffee Shop with a difference, was the General Store and Dwelling back in the day. The seats were so unique, they are actually tractor seats.
A town Mural
The Town Hall
We stumbled upon the Queen's Arms, which was the Kings Arms Inn.
We enjoyed some delicious pumpkin soup and bread at the Sticky Beak Cafe in town. What a fabulous dinner. Set in the middle of this bustling busy town called Longford. Fabulous service and a hidden gem.
How about this shop.
Junker Jayne, previously a Drapery Store
Ian was a very happy boy when he found some Conkers on the walk path. It brought him again back to his childhood.
After getting back to camp it was time for another platypus spotting. This time we managed to sight 3 different ones, and got photos of 2 of them.
This is your photographer, Ian working hard getting you these very special shots.
Today it reached 23 outside, it felt like 33 back home. We even put the air conditioning on in the car to stay cool.

Friday 28 March 2024, it's Good. Good Friday that is.
A trip to the Great Lake (yingina) was in order today. Up those ziggy zaggy roads again, with our first stop the Great Lake lookout. Spectacular views.
Driving onwards along the western shoreline you encounter heaps of shacks of varying standards, from humpys to large house style buildings.
Stopping to chat to a couple of ladies in one of the side streets we got all the inside knowledge about these enclaves of humpys. Seems that many are old holiday shacks used mainly in the summer months and the land was leased. In more recent times they have been allowed to buy and own the land, after having to install proper sewerage systems. Most run on gas stoves and gas fridges with small solar/battery systems for electricity and wood heating. We stopped to have a picnic lunch at a boat ramp near Miena under a lovely shady tree.
We watched people put their boats in and out of the water & even witnessed a humpy owner filling an IBC on the back of his trailer with water from the Lake, as they do, using a a pump to fill the IBC on several occasions.
The Great Lake, as it is, came about after the building of the Miena dam in 1922, with a further dam in 1967 creating the 3rd largest lake, and the highest in Australia. Travelling home up the eastern side of the lake takes us past the Poatina power station, where water from the Great Lake travels 900 metres downhill to the station, which is itself 150 metres underground in a massive artificial cavern. Poatina meaning 'cavern' or 'cave' in the indigenous language. When the water is released from the power station it rushes down what is called a Tail Race, dropping over multitude of small weird for several kilometres towards the Derwent River.
Driving a little further we came to the village of Poatina, built to house the workers during the building of the power station infrastructure. Since 1995 it has basically been owned by a Christian group which interviews anyone looking to move to live in the village. It's a lovely view from the village across the valley.
Our trip back also took us through a village called Bracknell . In the back garden of one of the houses we noticed this small caravan very similar to the ones that Wings Wildlife Park had for sale. Old mobile accommodation used in the 1950's and '60 for remote workers. This particular example was in renovated condition, most likely a cubby house.
Another native that you need to keep an eye out for on the roads.

Saturday 29 March, 2024
It was an exciting day today as we were expecting visitors. First ones for morning tea were our friends from Busselton Mark & Lauren. Not too long after our late morning tea and lunch guests arrived. It was none other than Aunty oria & our fisherman Uncle Harry. Mark & Lauren continued there journey to New Norfolk. Aunty Gloria drove us to lunch at Frank & Lotti, a trendy cafe in Deloraine.
We went on another early evening Platypus perusing prowl and spotted 3 different Platypus playing in the Meander River. They are such a delight to watch.

Sunday 30 March, 2024 also Easter Sunday.
Whilst Ian watched some clothes go around in the laundrette Deborah took a look at the Silk Yarns Artwork in Deloraine today. This is a unique treasure viewable 7 days a week, 9.30am to 4pm at the Great Western Tiers Visitor Centre, Deloraine, Tasmania. An entry fee of $10 is payable. Here you will find four quilted, soft sculptured silk panels that are hung on the walls & are the size of King sized quilts along a wall. 10,000 hours of work by 300 women over 3 years using numerous hand working techniques and is a unique world class attraction. You know what they say, " it take a community, well that it did. Each covers the 4 seasons of the landscapes, starting with Spring filled with culture and Heritage of the Meander Valley people. This is a truly magnificent piece of work, each stitch stitched with tender loving care, stitching beautiful memories. Funding was secured to house them in a purpose built room which is climate contolled, and soft lighting to best preserve the work, they ask for no flash photography.
I will let the pictures tell the stories, all of the local animals can be found in these artworks. Feel free to add a comment with the animals you have found.
These are the magnificent 300 women who made these exceptional silk wall art quilts.

Out the back of the information centre, included in your ticket you will find examples of early pioneer village buildings including the Blacksmith cottage, outhouse and many of the old equipment used in days gone by.
The magnificent views from the back deck.
Tonight we started the celebration of Ian's forthcoming Birthday by going out to dinner at The Little Green Men Brewing Co.
On our way back we walked along the river back and again managed to spot one of the local platypus out feeding.

Monday 1 April, 2024
Today is Ian's 66th Birthday. Let's just start this day off the way it should be.
Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday Dear Ian, Happy Birthday to you!
It's moving day, today we depart Deloraine and our beautiful Platypus friends and move to Evandale. Along the way we pass these treasures.
Setting up at the RV camp area in Falls Park we set off for a walk along the historic streets of this lovely village.
Many buildings are in very good condition, including the Anglican church with its steeple. The Uniting Church which is one of the most important colonial buildings which has retained its interior and exterior without alterations. The first Presbyterian minister, Reverend Robert Russell, was the minister for nearly 40 years These, and many other buildings, were built in the early 1830's.
Also some interesting bronze sculptures including one of John Glover a well renowned landscape artist born in 1757, who came to Evandale, Tasmania in 1831 and developed australian landscape painting....his paintings regularly sell for large sums, in the millions.
Evandale is also the host of the national Penny Farthing race, held annually in February. Some artistic versions of the bikes can be seen around the town as well as a bronze sculpture..
After a late lunch we took a drive to another bucket list item, Jacobs Ladder in the Ben Lomond National Park. This is a zig zag section of the road leading to the Ben Lomond ski fields. A hairy raising section of gravel road.

Returning to camp we also passed by a great stone building, unfortunately in a bit of disrepair.
Also we noticed that Brown Brothers wines aren't the only ones using Tasmania for cool climate grapes, Penfolds has some huge vineyards.

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