Sunday, 23 September 2012

Oatlands...

after I left Cataract Gorge and Launceston I drove down the highway to Oatlands. it's a lovely little town about half way between Launceston and Hobart, you can read about it here but in a nutshell...it's a small Colonial town with the largest remaining collection of sandstone buildings in Australia..



gorgeous little houses aren't they..? that dark sky you can see there was the start of the decline in weather conditions...



this was just down the road at Ross, dramatic sky in front of me and sunshine behind..



  Oatlands signature tourist attraction is The Callington Mill...

 
 still a working mill....

 
surrounded by quaint sandstone buildings..



how easily could this be a warp in time and actually be 100 years ago??



beautifully restored and maintained building...



set in beautiful countryside.....sigh!!



oh yes......it was apple blossom time in the apple isle too......sigh again!!

the last full day of my trip is next.....are you bored yet? ;o)
I'll be back later in the week....have a good one my friends..
xxx

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Day 5 in Tassie...









I think the most liberating thing I've done for myself in the last couple of  years was to organise this week away in tasmania, nothing planned after the weekend with Sue Spargo, just get in the car and drive until I found a road that looked as if it might lead somewhere interesting! no one to please but me, stopping when and where I wanted, not worrying about what was going on back on the mainland...! 










it's not something I've ever done before, been a free spirit and not worried about others at all..!




































but that's exactly what I did, drove and stopped, bought breakfast, lunch and dinner....although one night I was reduced to macca's, only once though, the rest of the week I ate 'very' well, lots of great tassie seafood... yum!!















on wednesday I started the day in Launceston and first stop was cataract gorge. the railway man and I went there years ago, we only had two kids then and I think the youngest was only about 6 months old! not much has changed really, even the peacocks looked the same  :o)
 











very quiet there in the middle of the week....





















































..well, except for the group of young asian tourists who thought it would be great fun to jump up and down on the suspension bridge while I was about 2/3rds of the way over it...!
























if you knew me well you'd know that I have a terrible fear of heights, really. really. scary. stuff....


















I had been feeling quite proud of myself for actually getting on the bridge at all, thought I was doing really well too.....but I think I must have gone a deathly shade of something when it started to rock as one of the young men doing the jumping looked at me and stopped the others. he gently and slowly walked up to me, bowed, and apologised...



















apology graciously accepted I tried to walk the rest of the length of the bridge with what I hoped looked like a calm dignity.......I was probably madly clinging to the sides scrabbling to get myself to the other side really...!!!







the lovely little tea room...



























wonderful colour...




























more water shots.. :o)


























and winter flowers amongst.....








..the heralds of spring...

 ah, I miss tasmania already and I've only been back a week..... so much to photograph, thank goodness for digital.....
















  next stop..........oatlands, but that's for another day! time for me to pack up and get some sleep I think...

Friday, 14 September 2012

still in Tasmania...

I did take an awful lot of photographs during my week in Tasmania and I'm not going to put them all here, but I'll show you some of the ones I love the most and give you a link to see the rest on Flickr is you're interested...

..this was the early morning view from our hotel window, the rising sun hitting Mt Wellington was lovely..

















  the harbour in Hobart is full of colour from the fishing boats, tall ships and yachts...






















after Sue left to come home on Monday, I picked up my little hire car and spent the next four days driving around just looking for photographs waiting to be made, this is at eaglehawk neck...








such a spectacular coastline...

























and of course no visit to Tassie would be complete without seeing the remains at Port Arthur Penal Colony...



the only church in Australia that was never consecrated for one religion as all faiths had to use it...



the remains of the hospital...








from Port Arthur I pointed the wheels of my little red car north, initially heading for Launceston but I was seduced by a signpost that said there were Highland Lakes to the left, so left I turned...  :o) I'm so glad I did....











I did get a little lost up there at one stage, found some snow and then found this.....








an amazingly green and lush rainforest which in turn led me to this spectacular sight...

Liffey Falls....










.. just beautiful..



the sun and mist from the falls created some lovely rainbows..



are you bored yet...?



..last one for today... 



























well maybe one more...  ...you didn't think I could leave without showing you just one macro shot did you..?

I haven't finished uploading to flickr yet so when I have I'll come back with shots from some more amazing places in the apple isle....

XXX



Monday, 10 September 2012

a weekend of colour...

...fun, food, stitches and new friends all here....




at the 'crow's nest', thank you Leonie & Deidre, for a fabulous weekend and for ferrying Sue and I backwards and forwards, we really appreciated it....

thanks too to Sue for coming with me, for the sitting, talking and stitching ..  ..'till well after midnight each night and especially for sharing all that amazing seafood we managed to eat... (well, someone had to do it ...!)



as I'm sure you expected, I took a zillion photos, so I'll break them down into days or in this post...'the weekend with Sue Spargo.....!'
prepare for an overload of colour my friends......



this is why we went to Tasmania...to learn how to embellish.


...this is what we had in front of us to inspire us....










...yep, simple!!!














..the colour all around us was an inspiration on it's own...




















....not to mention the temptation everywhere.....



Sue is such a talented and lovely lady, sharing her knowledge and encouraging all of us.....


...colour....... ...more colour... ..and more colour, well, you get the idea I think...?
..we were all inspired to go home and just keep stitching!!





just being in the Crow Headquarters was an inspiration too, I nearly, very nearly (and I still might) bought the kit for this lovely quilt (the one on the bed). It's in the Crow's book, which I have of course so I'm sure I'm destined to make it.... ;o) really, how could I not??

  who wouldn't want to just sit and sew in this (as a facebook friend said) sewing sanctuary, such a beautiful building and the light through those windows is lovely...

so as I said, a great weekend with good friends, good food and yes, a tiny drop of good wine..  ;o)

I'll be back soon with some shots of Tasmania, as Jo said, it should be called 'the treasure isle' never mind that stuff about being the 'apple isle'.....that's the perfect place for an 'Apple Mac' girl to visit though don't you agree....  ;o)

XXX

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