Day 36 - Hobart (Tasmania)

Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
Trip End Aug 17, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Tasmania,
Saturday, May 4, 2013

A quiet (ish - we have a two year old) day today around Hobart.

After our breakfast we walked down to Salamanca place where Hobart's famous market is every Saturday. It was a busy and bustling place with hundreds of colourful stalls. The sun was shining but it was really chilly in the wind. Rich and Emma had to buy (matching!!) hats to keep us warmer. The stalls were selling Tasmanian food produce, crafts and trinkets. Dylan took a fancy to the apple stall and the lovely man gave him a free apple. Tasmania is known as the 'Apple Isle'  because for many years, it was one of the world's major apple producers. It really was a very nice apple. Dylan loved all of the toy stalls and played for a long time at each of them. He is the proud owner of three new small (thankfully) toys - a blue quad bike, and two second hand racing cars, he is over the moon.

We met a lovely group of older ladies all dressed in purple with red hats on. They are from the Red Hat Society and were having an absolute ball. They told us to look on their website to find out more about them so we did. It's a society for over 50s and these are their values:

Fun – we celebrate life at every age
Friendship – we solidify and expand the bonds of sisterhood
Freedom – we discover and explore new interests
Fulfillment – we realize our personal potential
Fitness – we embrace healthy, life-lengthening lifestyles

Emma can now not wait to turn 50 so she can join in the fun.

We bought lunch from a bakery called Daci and Daci to share back at our hotel room. It was really really yummy. The best was a little lamb pie which was delicious. After naps we set off with the kidlets loaded into the pram to walk around the Battery Point area of the city. Battery Point is named after a battery of guns that were established on the point in 1818 to defend the city against possible French and Russian invaders. An absolutely beautiful, up-market suburb of Hobart with lovely historic homes, winding streets, and great views, a none too shabby place to live. Emma's favourite was Arthur's circus, a collection of little cottages around a central green with a couple of swings on it, simple but lovely.

Dylan's favourite today, other than his new cars, was a quick sit on a big motorbike trike. Rich has implemented a great new explanation as to why he can't sit on and drive every single motorbike, boat, fork lift truck, bike, scooter, car, taxi, bus, camper-van in sight, which is that he must ask the owner first so if the owner is not there we cannot go on the vehicle. This morning the motorbike trike was ownerless. This afternoon Dylan had of course remembered, clocked the bike coming round the block to the same place, then exclaimed "there's the owner now I can go on the bike". Thankfully so far the owners have all been lovely, the first time they are not that will be another tough life lesson.

Early evening Skype to catch up with Grandad John, Nanny Sue and, of course, Buster, the cat. Dinner date for the boys and room service by the boys for Emma's dinner.

Another great day in Hobart.
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Grandma Lizzie x on

Loved the whole day's events.
Wish I had been there with you!
Cape Town was a good substitute thankfully and warmer!
Go well!

Liz Cheyne on

Just in from Sheila Romburgh having read extracts for Days 31/ 32 / 33 ( your text and selected photos )

Hi Liz

I am so enjoying all the news - really interesting and a great eye-opener! I'd heard how expensive it is in Australia but £7, or nearly, for a pint - wow!!!!!

I always picture Australia as a few cities and a lot of outback - Port Fairy and Lorne looked absolutely beautiful (almost as nice as SA!!). The children are fantastic - such characters!

I look forward to the next episodes!

X x X

Liz Cheyne xx on

From the same extracts .....Jean this time!
Love the piano pic!
Interesting about the price of food in aus,i hope you have told emma & rich how they are keeping us all inspired with their journey.

Liz Cheyne x on

.... and another.
Great friends!

Although much of the travel details may be forgotten when the two grow up, the fun and loving family time will be engraved into their beings.

Amy I on

Have just caught up with the past week or so, craziness at work/life prevented me from doing so earlier! Have been showing Freddie all the photos especially the animal ones, ESP liked the red parrot (was that what it was). Lee is amazed at how well you all seem to be coping, ESP you & Rich! We are currently enjoying a city break to Nice which Freddie is loving, and we are also experiencing how much attention cute 2 year olds get, he has started milking it! Looking forward to your next entry and fabulous set of photos! Lots of love!! Xx

Liz Cheyne on

From Margie, Em

Love the little mite nestling in to big brother's shoulder to join in the chat.

Dylan and Taya on the bed with the Ipad x

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