We left home three weeks ago. Storm Ciara and Storm Dennis were unknown, the Coronavirus was quarantined in Wuhan and Australia was on fire. How quickly things change. In New South Wales, Australia we have had torrential rain which has helped put out the bush fires but caused severe flooding in places. Mike and I lost count of the number of times we got soaked through but we are really happy for the farmers who have seen little rain for the past three years!
Two weeks in Dee Why allowed us time to clear out our storage unit and move stuff to our friend’s farm in Dunedoo and catch up with our Aussie family. Granddaughter Sophie started Kindy and is very keen on homework and grandson Charlie enjoyed our trip to Circular Quay to see the Lunar Lanterns. There was quality Mum and daughter time, family meals and Mike and I celebrated our 17th Wedding Anniversary.
We took a short domestic flight from Sydney to Hobart and have eight weeks here to complete a mini lap of Tasmania. We have hired a campervan which we pick up tomorrow and are very much looking forward to living on the road again. We heard Tasmania is a lot like Scotland but we hadn’t expected to see men in kilts! Staying in a hotel in Hobart for the first few days has allowed us to take in some of the must do attractions in this lovely capital city. Hobart has the world’s second deepest natural harbour. Fish restaurants are everywhere and scallops feature heavily – yum yum!
We took a ferry to the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and found something to suit all tastes. Mike liked the strobe lighting room and the computer generated simulations, I was fascinated by the tattooed human who sat motionless for hours on a plinth and we were both mesmerised by the waterfall displaying random words.
The weather has been glorious and we did not need all the layers we packed for our trip to the top of Mount Wellington. We took a bus to the top but walked back down through the bush stopping at Australia’s oldest continually operating brewery on the way down. Old habits die hard!!!