Years ago now when I was shopping at The Port Canal shopping centre in Port Adelaide I saw the usual charity organisations selling raffle tickets with cars as the prize. I often bought one hoping to win a new car because my VK Holden Calais was not getting any younger. On one occasion the prize was a PT Cruiser. As soon as I saw this car I wanted one but they were out of my price range so I just tried to keep my poor old VK going. I bought several raffle tickets but no luck. I eventually forgot all about these cars and later on I got Wazza who I still have.
Wazza is my AU Ford Falcon.
Over the week end Phillip and I went on a drive to Devonport. We wanted to go to the markets and some of the antique shops as we could not do this while we had the dogs with us. On Saturday we took the dogs to Burnie so Sunday was our day. Once in Devonport we thougtht we ought to get some petrol for the journey back. As we pulled up at the pumps we saw a beautiful blue PT Cruiser. There’s a PT Cruiser I cried. There’s another one said Phillip. There’s some more over there I said getting out of the car. And more over there said Phillip pointing. We were surrounded by PT Cruisers but what was going on? A convention? I grabbed my camera while Phillip fed Wazza. I soon realised these were wrecked PT’s. Phillip came back from paying for the petrol and told me he had spoken to the girl serving in the Caltex servo. A guy here fixes them up to sell she had told him. Wow! I said maybe I can get one one day. How cool would that be. Yes I would still love to be the owner of one of these extremely cool cars. Here are a few snaps I took while we were filling up.
PT Cruiser for sale
Line up of wrecked PT Cruisers
I really liked this one with the flames painted on the side.
Today we were on the road to Devonport. I got this nice photo of the ferry that travels between Devonport and Melbourne on the mainland.
Here it is berthed at Devonport awaiting departure time.
Spirit of Tasmania Two berthed at Devonport
Today we took a long drive leaving home around 9:30 am heading for Beaconsfield and Beauty Point on the West Tamar Highway. I took some photos at Both of these places as we stopped to walk the dogs and explore. We had fish and chips at Beauty Point and then headed for the Batman Bridge (nothing to do with superheros). We had a quick stop there as there is a park where you can walk and have a picnic on the banks of the river. Unfortunately there was a horrible smell. We couldn’t decide if it was from the toilets or the cows in nearby fields. We got some water for the dogs and I took some photos of the bridge before we headed to George Town on the East Tamar Highway. At George Town we had a nice walk along the coast. We were lucky enough to see a ship coming in. After that we decided to get a cold drink and head home as it was getting a bit late in the afternoon and we had a three hour drive ahead of us. I hope you all like the photos from our day out.
At last we had some sunshine so we all jumped in Wazza and took off for Richmond which is around an hour away from Oatlands if you follow Mudwall’s Road off the Midland Highway. We had a lovely drive listening to music as we drove. At Richmond we got some lunch from the local bakery. This bakery is one of the best in Tasmania and you would not be disappointed with the food if you decided to call in for a bite to eat. We got some really nice potato pies and Toby and Teddy had sausage rolls . There are quite a lot of interesting shops selling antiques, home decor, games and puzzles, chocolate and sweets and souvenirs. There is also an excellent pub and many other nice places where you can get a meal. As we had the dogs we didn’t go in many shops but the nice folk at The Puzzle People invited us in so I bought two jigsaws. There are also many historic buildings including St Luke’s Church, the post office and the Richmond Arms. The Richmond Bridge is also beautiful and there is a nice walk you can do by the river below. I didn’t take many photos in the end but here are a few from today.
Here are some photos from local cemeteries around Oatlands. We have five in total and they are in the dead end of town.
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Wow what a long title. I have my very good friend Phillip here with me from South Australia for three weeks holiday. Yesterday (Wed 9th of Aug) we put the dogs in the car and took off for Ross and Later Campbell Town. Ross is only 37km from home and Campbell Town 47km. They are north of Oatlands and easy to get to. We had a pleasant drive except for all the roadworks going on. They are doing a seven year upgrade on the Midland Highway and we are only into the fourth year of it so far. Never mind all that. I know nobody wants to hear about the roadworks.
I took a few photos in the towns as it was a lovely sunny day. We found a great bakery at Ross and I had a Cornish pasty. Phillip had sausage rolls and we gave the dogs a few bits. We had a lovely walk to the historic Female Factory site and up and down the main street before driving on to Campbell Town. Both are very old towns like Oatlands and Ross has a lovely old bridge and a few sandstone buildings like Oatlands does. There are also several churches. I think many of the old heritage buildings, roads, bridges and walls are convict built. Here are a few pictures I took during our visit. If you are ever in Tasmania they are worth stopping to have a look at.
It was raining heavily last night and there were showers this morning in Oatlands and I didn’t think I would get out today but I did in the end. I put the dogs on their leads and I ventured out dog’s leads in one hand and camera in the other. Despite the weather I managed to get a few photos of paths and trails. Most are taken around the mill complex, Callington Park, Lake Dulverton and High Street here in Oatlands. Oatlands is really very interesting with lots of history and beautiful old Georgian buildings that make for great photography and works of art. I love my walks and strolls down the High Street. Here are a few of the pictures I took this afternoon after lunch.
Gravel path leading into garden art business
Footpath on High Street Oatlands
Pedestrian walkway leading to the Callington Mill Oatlands
Formal garden paths at the former community gardens
Dirt pathway leading across the park to the carpark and old gaol.
Looking the other way towards Callington Park and the mill.
Walking trail at Lake Dulverton