Days 4 – 10….
There’s no need to rush in Tassie. Just take it easy and let things come to you. That’s the theory at least.
But seriously, we’ve been having a stress-free break and spending time with family and friends.
The scoots got themselves some pampering before a glamour photo shoot (see the link at the bottom of this post). Unfortunately, we also got the tops of our feet sunburned in the process! You see, even though the temperature down here doesn’t really top the scales, there’s a distinct lack of ozone layer above your head. Coincidentally, the American scientist who figured out that putting lead in petrol would stop engine knock also invented chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in an attempt to find a safe refrigerant – not so safe it turns out.
With Nikki’s brother and sister with us – geocachers all – we spent a day hunting down small plastic containers along the Tasman Highway. We took the scoots for a run while everyone else piled into the car. A couple of these finds we had discovered before so we let the rest of the guys make the discovery on their own as we looked on. After the second find, Nikki announced that she wasn’t feeling too good and headed back to the barn. The rest of us continued on and found a few more before taking in an exquisite milkshake at Kate’s Berry Farm. As Nikki wasn’t with us, I picked up a jar of strawberry jam (her favourite flavour) for her to enjoy later on.
One small embarrassing moment did occur on that day. As the car load of family headed back down the coast from Spiky Bridge (see pics), I stayed behind to get a few photos – and to have a wee. Despite my eagle-eye attentiveness, I still managed to get busted by a coach-load of Japanese tourists with cameras. Awesome. Actually, I don’t think they even noticed.
Our other days have been spent lazing about with some reading, a bit of sleeping and wandering over to the cafe for some coffee. We even got down to Hobart for a day – something we will repeat on Nikki’s birthday to attend the Taste of Tasmania Festival. I’ve been treated to some fantastic bird watching just by sitting at the kitchen table! Superb Fairy Wrens love the bird bath out the back. They’re a bit too fast for me to get a photo though.
The scoots have spent most of their time in the shed but their time will be coming again shortly. We will be on the road again on 3 Jan heading back up the coast to meet the Spirit. Nikki’s brother Andrew will join us as far as Elephant Pass for some pancakes.
I’m sure a lot more has happened than what I’ve written here but I just can’t think of all of it right now. New Year’s came and went and I also got in some fishing picking up some tasty flathead (thanks to neighbour Rod and his boat). Speaking of New Year’s, I can’t recommend Bundaberg Rum’s ‘Reserve’ enough – a nice smoky flavour that I quite enjoyed.
We’ll hopefully get in another post this evening or maybe tomorrow morning to tell you all about the Taste Festival and Nikki’s birthday!
Click HERE for pics from days 4-10.