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My name is Kaye and I am 58 years old. Unbelievably to me, at my age, I have now just embarked upon my third career - as a History Education Consultant! I love to cross stitch and quilt, especially with my kittens, Furio and Milo "helping" me. I also love to read, I have a passion for history and I have been cooking since I was about 12 - move over Junior Masterchef! So, this blog, which started out as a cross stitch blog sometimes morphs into a reading journal or a history lesson (sorry, I used to be a secondary teacher before I became a publisher and now a consultant) or a post about my cooking mojo. Whatever it is, this blog is alway about me, my family and my life here in Eaglemont, Victoria. I have been happily married for over 30 years to the most wonderful man and we are blessed with three beautiful grown up children.

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Terrific Tassie .... Day Two of Five

Day Two of our Tassie trip saw us saying goodbye to Hobart and travelling North towards Launceston.  Along the way we visited Oatlands and the Great Lake.


Lake Dulverton....


Oatlands...

"Oatlands is one of Tasmania's oldest settlements and with more than 150 sandstone buildings it has the largest collection of any Australian town. Its intact Georgian townscape, mostly convict-built in the early 1800s, offers a complete representation of the architecture, urban design and the cultural heritage of early European settlement in Australia."

[Source: http://www.discovertasmania.com.au/about/regions-of-tasmania/hobart-and-south/oatlands]

Oh my goodness, Oatlands was just so pretty!






We had breakfast at The Stables, above, where quite fascinatingly, the owner had hung her Christmas tree upside down - it looked fantastic!



The Stables was full of an interesting collection of antiques.









A shearer's bathroom ....






 My view as I ate my breakfast.



The back garden of The Stables....






After breakfast we went for a wander around this historic town.....





I, quite naturally, found a gorgeous knitwear, quilt and needlepoint shop.....







... and then an antique shop...











.... and this cute chicken quilt was in another coffee shop that I popped into.




Also, naturally, I found a sweet kitty cat (who is glaring at a dog across the road)




More photos from the knitwear/quilt/needlepoint shop....







Sadly, it was time to move on from Oatlands and go see The Great Lake....












Eventually we made our way to our apartment for the next two nights in Launceston.  Luckily for us, it was only a short walk from Cataract Gorge, which is literally only fifteen minutes walk from the CBD of Launceston - amazing!

 It has the longest single chairlift span in the world, apparently. It is a great way to appreciate the beauty of the gorge.







A wallaby in the kiddie playground ....




... and the gardens were full of peacocks, oh be still my beating heart....  I remember studying the Romantic poets in my University days, and one of them had a line about peacocks across the lawn or the terrace ... (If anyone can identify the poem for me, I would be grateful as it is now driving me crazy!!!!).



















Stunning view of Launceston from our apartment, which was to be our "home" for two nights.



Nibbles and a lovely G&T on the verandah....




And, of course, some stitching was accomplished ... A Spot of Winter by The Drawn Thread.




Next Tassie trip post is an exciting one as I get up close and personal with some seahorses!

If you would like to read about my earlier adventures in Tassie, please click on the following link/s:


8 comments:

I am said...

wow Kaye what amazing places you got to see,love this post you got to see so much,thankyou for sharing.

Barb said...

What a fascinating post about your beautiful part of the world. That upside down Christmas tree is really very pretty!

Margaret said...

Everything looks so lovely! Love when you take trips. :D

Tiffstitch said...

Gorgeous photos!! Did you get anything at the needlework shop?

Daniela Bencúrová said...

Wow, dear Kaye, thank you for sharing! The Council will look into the world :-)
Hugs!

Bea said...

Thank you Kaye for sharing so much of your trip with us. You live in such a beautiful part of the world.

Brigitte said...

Amazing pictures of the scenery and the historic houses. And isn't it always a treat to discover a needlework shop? Always great to travel with you, Kaye.

Heather said...

Gorgeous photos!

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