LAST DAYS IN DOVER
Trip Start Oct 05, 2009
325Trip End Oct 31, 2013
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The days passed rapidly; five and half weeks seemed a long time in a small place like Dover but we were happily able to fill our days. Being so close to the national parks and beaches and some fabulous wilderness walks is wonderful and the very best aspect of being here for an extended time means you can pick your day to have an adventure, so bleak weather spoiling them is not an issue!!!
Early days were a bit tough with the very cool temperatures and overcast skies and drizzle turning summer into winter. We had to unpack the winter clothes and took to wearing layers like the locals do. The wood heater helped warm us up and after a week or so the sun shone through enough to cheer us up and allow us to get into outside adventures. The constantly changing weather would be hard to live with!!!
The van is neatly tucked away in the driveway and we mostly drive Mick's truck .
We have a next door neighbour called Penelope and she is a fat black pig and lives with her master. She looks a bit bad tempered but seems to do no harm.
Quite a few Dover houses have sheep on their properties and they seem to keep the grass short.
Golf course is a paddock according to Sheila but we did get out there on one occasion on a lovely day; Kath caddied and Sheila did the golfing.
Apparently it is maintained by volunteers and there are only a few active members according to one of the members so in that case it’s pretty good. The coastal location and the views are special or are they distracting?
We did have a couple of negative experiences while stationed here, and these challenged our resilience but time passes and we moved on. You can't control everything and you can't understand everthing so live it as it comes!!
The main road to Dover follows the Huon River and goes inland at Surges Bay; the alternate road trip is on the Esperance Coast RD towards the D’Entrecasteaux coast, a very scenic journey right next to gorgeous beaches and rugged coasts.
It is an extra 12 kms but well worth the effort. We noticed waterfront acreage for sale at around $100,000, still cheap by mainland standards and orchards and farms along the way. Little Roaring Beach, a few minutes from Dover is really picturesque and the perfect holiday haven!!
Daily beach walk: We have been able to keep up the one hour daily power walk and happily our route is along the beach and through a small section of coastal scrub. It is amazing how the ocean and landscape changes so frequently, you could probably say it is never the same!! The water is cold and we have not braved swimming yet.
There are three small islands in the bay: Faith, Hope and Charity; Charity is the closest and is remembered by" charity begins at home"
Walking barefoot through the shallows your feet are numb with the icy water and cool sand. The beach is mostly deserted but we have met some interesting people along the way, and even received an invitation to join a local for a cup of tea!
Adamson’s Peak adds a dark mysterious aspect to the distant views of Dover town.
In general the town is quiet and most people seem to drive the streets rather than walk.
Dover's attraction is its closeness to the wilderness areas of the south and the services it offers travellers going there; the town even has a medical centre!!!!!
Thanks Mick and Ulla for lending us your house and dogs; you have to admit the dogs are looking fit and healthy having followed a strenuos exercise routine with us.
Sorry about the long distance calls telling you your dogs were missing and that we were on bush fire alert while you were freezing in the coldest British winter in 100 years!
The van is packed and so it is goodbye Dover, hello Adventure Bay on Bruny Island!