Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Sailing today

How lovely of everyone to visit and leave a comment, it's so wonderful and those that visit and don't leave a comment.  It doesn't matter where you all come from English speaking or no English it's great to see your comments - thank you to all.

So my husband and I are off again for a holiday to other areas of Australia for over 3 months towing our caravan.  Photo and some information how we get off the Island below.
Don't know where we are going as yet but certainly to Queensland in the north.

Be happy, safe and keep well till I return early in November and if I'm lucky I will be able to visit your blogs once in awhile whilst away, maybe even post a photo or two on my blog.

My husband and his friend went for a long drive (5 hours) the other day round trip which took them to Bradys Lake near the middle of Tasmania.  These photos were taken with my husbands phone. Mind you he never takes photos but he knew I would love these reflections.

The photo below is of the view from Blackwood Creek not that far from home.

The Spirit of Tasmania 1 and 11 are the ships that ferry passengers, freight and vehicles across Bass Strait.  Bass Strait is between the north of the Island of Tasmania, Australia and the State of Victoria of which Melbourne is it's capital.
The channel's width is approximately 300 km (190 mi) and it's depth is 60-70m (200 ft) 500km (310 mi) long.
The time from Devonport in Tasmania to Melbourne in Victoria is 9 to 11 hours.
We sail at night time.

Friday, 19 July 2019


Another day trip recently we headed to Mathinna which is a small town in the north eastern part of Tasmania, about 63 km from Launceston..   We went the long way around to Mathinna.
Mathinna was named after a young aboriginal girl who was befriended the Lieutenant Governor of Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) and his wife, Lady Jane Franklin.

The town became established as a gold mining centre, shorty after gold was discovered in the area in 1890's.  The Golden Gate Mine in Mathinna was one of Tasmania's highest-yield gold mines, second only to Beaconsfield.  At its peak in the late 1890's the town sustained a population of over 5,000 including a large number of Chinese miners, making it the third largest town in Tasmania.

Today there is only a handful of people and there are no shops, just a few streets.

The photos below a bit too green was taking on the way to Mathinna before we came into bush country.

Tree plantations on the way

A church in Mathinna is worse for wear and obviously not used.
The house below is an old miner's cottage in the main street.  I posted the photo on Instagram the other week and a person left me a message to say his grandmother lives in that house.  How amazing is that, of all the people in this world that should happen.  Rather amazing..

More scenery as we came on our way home, along with the abandoned house which was after all the bush we came through.