Travelling across Bass Strait to Devonport to Brickendon Estate, Longford
September 11, 2013
155km by road.
Clear Day, 6 - 12 degrees
Feeling zonked to the eyeballs.
Up, Up, Up, Dooowwwwnnnn Bang! Crash Up, sideways, roll, up ......
No video, no photos, no going for a walk. We just lay in bed, eyes closed hoping we can go to sleep so we don’t get sea sick. DON’T THINK ABOUT BEING SEA SICK! I bet there are people throwing up all over the place.
Good news – somehow we made it through the night without getting sick. The bad news is we both got very little sleep. Less than two hours each and broken into bits and pieces. Things got better from about 3.30 am when the direction of the swell changed to head on and the motion was a little more even.
The ships wake up announcement around 5.45 and we are called down to the cars around 6.30am. Out of the stern of the ship and into a queue for quarantine inspections and to pick up our gas canisters. On the road and we cross the Mersey to a riverside park near Devonport CBD. It’s so cold and it takes forever to boil water for a cuppa and make toast for breakfast. Doesn’t take long for several locals on their morning walk to stop and make conversation. Friendly lot these Tasmanians. It’s pretty easy as long as you keep the discussion about the weather and they all seem to have a relation or two who live somewhere on the mainland.
Heading south we divert to Port Sorell to have a look. Quick stop at Ashgrove Cheese Factory and then on to Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm for a coffee. Love this place, warm open fire and free chocolate coated raspberries. Coffee is passable but a not so good aftertaste. At this stage I have hit the wall and my eyes feel like they are falling out of my head ... and it is so early in the morning.
A look around Deloraine and then to our farm cottage accommodation at Brickendon Estate.
Although we were early, we were still able to check in. Now if only I could have a little nap.
The view over the farm from our cosy nook.
Brickendon is a World Heritage listed site.
It has been in the Archer family for seven generations – yes they still live here in the BIG HOUSES.
It was first settled in 1824 and continuously operated by the Archers since then with a rich convict history. There are several large manors and lots of little cottages amongst the sheep farm and beautiful heritage gardens.
By staying here were able to freely wander around the place. There are so many free range animals. I like hanging around with turkeys.
Our new friends.
The chooks at our front door.
After a 20 minute sleep I get to go on two long walks around the historical village and the estate gardens.
Then a freezing dusk bike ride across the paddocks on the track from Brickendon to Woolmers Estate (The other Archer family house) and back along the road.
To bed ... Please? It's a king size. Why would anyone want a king size bed? We could sleep 27 more people in here.