September 18, 2013
Solid mist and rain, 9 to 13 degrees
Feeling a bit of cabin fever
Stormy, stormy night,
Howling wind, torrential rain, cosy in our isolated hill top cottage.
It’s official. Tasmania is on ‘Flood watch’ – with severe weather warning.
Yesterday I didn’t take a shot of the view of Maria Island as it was a bit misty. Big mistake. The hilltop has been inside a cloud ever since. This has been our view most of the day.
The cottage has a good washing machine and dryer so Pat has been going mad washing and drying. Either I have grown overnight or my pants and long sleeve top have shrunk!
Now there is a bit of a story about our trip out to Maria Island which was meant to happen today. When we organised the trip there were a few dates to work around. One was to be in Hobart for the Saturday Salamanca Markets and the Wednesday ferry service to Maria Island. So we booked our most expensive accommodation on the Tuesday and Wednesday night at Annie’s Cottage so that we could spend the Wednesday riding our bikes around the island. It would have been a highlight of the trip. When we came over on the boat, we were told officially when we bought our National Parks ticket that the ferry service to the island would be free this week. Too good to be true??? Last week, I rang to book tickets on the ferry. We were told that the Wednesday service was not going to run. (Good time to make it free!) After many phone calls to both ferry services, and phone calls back there was no budging. (I sense there is friction between the two and the tourist info that does the booking) Not very impressed. Not very good PR East Coast Ferry Services and No Thanks for your lack of help, Maria Island Ferry. The funny thing is we have saved our money as the weather is so bad we couldn’t have gone anyway. What better way to be closed in by the weather than in our best accommodation?
After a very lazy morning and late brunch we hopped in the car and slushed along the muddy track, down the hill, into town. First to Triabunna Tourist info. We stunned the lady when we asked what we could do for a day in the town. She was flabbergasted. She suggested we go to Hobart, or Swansea, or anywhere. She couldn’t really grasp the concept that we wanted to do something in the local area.
Too wet to go walking or riding so we explored both Triabunna and Orford in the car. Had a look at a few brave hearts surfing as we strolled along a bit of the coastal walking track. This view is from Shelley Beach looking back at the hill where we were staying. Annie's cottage would be directly in the middle of this shot at the top.
Pat managed to get a glimpse of Shelley Beach for a moment. This shot is looking down to where the last shot of the surfers was taken,
Back into Orford for some more supplies. The IGA supermarket in Triabunna is fully carpeted. Now that’s a shopping experience.
Back up the hill to our misty home and, wait for it, an afternoon of watching DVDs by the open fire. Yes! Watching a DVD during daylight hours.
And now a world first. Pictures of Pat in the bath. Bit like a member of the Royal Family getting snapped by paparazzi.
We also hear that those Tall Ships we saw in Williamstown are sailing for Hobart.
Tomorrow and beyond. The plan was to camp at Freycinet National Park the next two nights but who knows with the weather? Not looking good. We may be in the market for some more luxury accommodation around Bicheno. Meanwhile we'll just enjoy keeping warm.