Thursday, 11 May 2017
Thursday, 4 May 2017
Thursday, 27 April 2017
We soon discovered that just because you have a book titled 100 Walks in Tasmania, doesn't mean you are equipped for bush walking. But we decided to give it a crack anyway. My idea of a walk of several kilometres would usually involve a large shopping district and a civilised lunch at the end. Knowing that we were going to be a few hours at the mercy of nature with no Sherpa to carry the silverware, I buttered the date slices and packed the thermos. Heaven forbid we find ourselves at any destination without access to life saving cups of english breakfast and cake. So on this day of Anzac remembrance we put on our shiny Kathmandu outfits and headed off towards Mt Wellington. We hadn't been driving long when we realised we had forgotten the milk and the tea bags. We had hot water. So having pulled into a nearby service station we now had milk, all two litres of it (they had nothing smaller) and a box of tea bags to add to the pack. So off we went. From Fern Tree at the base of Mt Wellington we walked the Pipeline track towards the Silver Falls. Through eucalyptus forests with a steady climb for unconditioned legs like mine, I did at one point consider why we opted for this over a perfectly acceptable stair master at the gym, complete with off button, but soldiered on regardless. By now Tenzing Bowers, carrying the catering was far ahead of me. After about an hour and a half our resting place was the Springs. Only no springs that I could see. We crossed a busy tourist road where the Springs Hotel once stood and now housed an information centre, covered gas barbecue areas and a coffee shop. Yes, a coffee shop complete with not only coffee but tea and milk. Nonetheless we sat down at the picnic table, made our tea and ate our date slice. Although we couldn't resist a look at our summit cafe offerings complete with homemade cakes, pies and sausage rolls. They looked too good to pass up. We walked off with two steaming hot pork and fennel sausage rolls, with excellent buttery pastry. We ate them out of the bag. We were in the wilderness, after all.
Thursday, 20 April 2017
That's Rambo, our visiting ram (left). Off to chat to the girls. He was dropped off last Monday. Just for a short stay while we host a Suffolk sheep version of the Bachelor. He belongs to Chumpy who gave us the five minute overview on how to breed sheep as we stood beside the ute asking a lot of 'definitely not farm folk' questions. Our girls have been living the good life for well over a year now and unfortunately, are probably more suited to an episode of the Biggest Loser rather than any lamb creating dating game. We've tried saying they are just big boned or that it's probably just all wool, but we're kidding ourselves as our barrels on skinny legs stomp around the paddocks blocking out the sun. Hopefully Rambo won't have any major reservations and will appreciate them for their sparkling eyes and vibrant personalities. He didn't take long to introduce himself and was soon part of the group munching away on the small sprigs of oats that are coming up again in the paddock (yes more rain please). He will very soon appreciate the fact that those who are born to, or even unceremoniously dumped on this property, even for a short time do very well indeed. Minnie being the perfect example of an unwanted dumpee was smart enough to steer her dumper towards the house on the hill with the robust farm animals. I could just imagine her peering out of a box on the back seat of someone's car saying 'not that one, not that one, yes this one'. From day one she called us home and we've served her well since then. Now, Minnie by name only, she's maxed out in all the wrong places. Now her only exercise seems to be moving from one comfy bed to another. I counted up recently, she has about four. All with hand me down fleecy high viz vests and flanno shirts, she does alright on the sleeping arrangements. But lately it's the laying boxes in the old shed. So to outsmart her I moved them to the chook pen. Didn't work. No wonder we have no eggs!