English markets & gardens

Trip Start Jun 23, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2012

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Well Kevin was in his element today as he went off to a stock market at Hollsworthy with Sam. He was quite the novelty as all the locals were keen to meet the Australian farmer. He had a great time watching the stock being sold and then eating a big lunch and chatting farm talk with the locals.
Maggie and I went into Launceston for a bit of shopping and a coffee.  All the shops are housed in magnificent old buildings and the paths are cobble stones. Went to Maggies favourtie shop which sells beautiful homewares, jewellery, childrens wear and decorations. Lovely shop and of course I could not leave empty handed.  After a coffee we visited their magnificent local butcher shop which sells the most diverse range of produce I have ever seen in a butchers. Purchased some steak for tea and then went to Cowslip again for a little more material! Shearing was in full swing there as its a working farm as well as the sideline patchwork shop and workshop and coffee shop. All the farmers seem to have multiple sidelines going to supplement their income. I think it makes for very busy lives, but with their population they have a good chance of making a success of it.
After lunch at home Maggie and I head to an English country garden about half an hour drive away. The garden we visit is magnificent, lush green park like lawns, old cobbled footpaths, rickety wooden bridges and colourful herbaceous borders with foxgloves, roses, lupins, poppies - all kinds of gorgeous flowers, and everywhere running little streams. Very damp and a bit boggy in places. It is near the sea at Milford and called Docton Mill and the sea mist is setting in for the afternoon but still a beautiful spot to visit. We enjoy a pot of tea and head home.
I am in charge of cooking the steak! Maggie has a wonderful kitchen with an oil fired arger stove and with a very heavy based cast iron pan the steaks are wonderful...surprising even me.
That afternoon Sam has decided to take a chance on the weather and cuts down a field ( as they call paddocks here) of hay. So Kevin is getting the English farm experience and he is having a ball. We both are...who could not with such wonderful hosts. It will be sad to leave on Saturday.
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Diane on

Hello Beth & Kevin. What a wonderful taste of English life you are both experiencing. Lucky you! The English garden sounded just like the postcards. Glad the weather has picked up and that you got to see the location of your favourite show, Doc Martin, Beth. You would have loved also going to that recital. Yes Kevin, glad you are enjoying English farmlife - it would be a lot better than watching the Adelaide Crows with their amazing fall from grace last weekend. Let's hope for a recovery this weekend at home against Richmond!
Glad you are well and all is going according to plan. You have wonderful hosts. We are thinking of you all the way!

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