Well the big day is tomorrow Thursday November 21st. I will be driving from where I live in Oatlands to Geeveston to pick up Vanda and Polly. I live in the Southern Midlands which is almost in the centre of the state. It takes around two hours to drive to Geeveston. It’s strange to think it will be the last time I go to that house. Of course I have to time it right to avoid movers, cleaners and anyone dropping by to say farewell. I am taking my two boys Toby and Teddy for the drive so we will aim to get there for around lunch time. From there we will drive back to Oatlands where we will have a break. Vanda will grab us a snack and make tea while I repack the car as I will have to put some of my own things in there including a folding lazyboy to sleep on as we will not have a stick of furniture until Friday. Of course the reason for the repacking of the car is to ensure that Wazza’s space is used efficiently and to give poor Polly some air as it is a very long trip. She may want some water before the next stretch to Sister’s Beach which will take us three and a half hours. We are all of course quite excited and can’t wait to get there. There has already been quite a lot of excited chatter about what we will do while I have a little time off work. We hope to explore a bit and take some photos of the surrounding areas and of course choose some paint for painting our home’s interior.
Last Friday I took the boys and went to collect the keys so we would have them ahead of time. It meant no stopping and waiting in Wynyard for them at the real estate office. We had a lovely day at the house just looking around. I did a bit of cleaning and made some notes on what jobs would have to be done. I noted we would need the services of a sparky but we could do the painting ourselves to save money. The boys explored the garden and ran into every room of the house. They were puzzled by the stairs and poor Toby struggled with them at first. They have not had a lot of experience with stair cases and this one is fairly steep. It was fun to watch them sniffing new smells and making their own discoveries as they trotted about. While I was there I took a few snaps of the empty house and the beautiful garden while in full bloom. It certainly had the “Wow” effect on me after my boring garden. I put together this slideshow as a sneak peak. So welcome to our new home and see you all again soon.
Andrew Ross from No Visible Means Marketing and Communications recently published this post about Open House Hobart. I have attended it once and it is a fascinating event where you get to peek into buildings that are not normally open to the public. We have some really interesting buildings around Hobart.
Naomi and I are just back from our trip to Sisters Beach. We left Oatlands early on Thursday morning. It is a long drive but despite wet weather and roadworks we made good time and had time for lunch at the local shop and a quick drive around the neighbourhood before going to the house.
We were hoping to show you some photos of the house but due to some miscommunication between the owner and our real estate agent, we arrived to find that the tenants were in the process of moving out. We were able to have a look around but didn’t take any photos inside we will have to keep you in suspense for a couple more weeks.
We did manage to take some nice photos of the beach between showers though. It’s just as beautiful as we thought it would be. Here are a few of my photos and below Naomi’s photos and impressions of the day. I have read that it is possible to see whales and dolphins from the shore at this time of year and I am looking forward to that. Once we get settled we’re going to research the history of the area a little more and we’ll share what we find here.
In just two more weeks I’ll be moving away from my home of the last seventeen years. My immediate neighbourhood is the small group of houses that lies between Geeveston and Port Huon.
I consider Geeveston to be my wider neighbourhood because although the town is two kilometres away I have spent so much time there visiting the shops on Church Street, volunteering at the Op Shop and the local radio station at different times and attending local events.
Here are some photos that I took specifically for this challenge during our visit to Sisters Beach yesterday. The weather was very changeable with heavy showers followed by short fine breaks. I thought that the colour of the sea and the sky suited the theme very well. Aren’t these clouds dramatic?
During my holidays in August my friend Phillip and I went to Willow Court New Norfolk.It’s a place I love to go as it has antique shops, interesting gardens, a nice cafe and lots of old wrecked vintage cars awaiting new owners to restore them. I always feel both sad and excited to see them. Sad because they are in such a state of disrepair and excited because I love to see old vintage cars anytime. I’m really into old stuff so I just love Willow Court. For those who don’t know Willow court used to be a hospital. I’ll leave a link at the bottom of the page because it does have some very interesting history of its own. Now onto the cars. I hadn’t been here in a long while so there were a lot of different cars, trucks and buses including the AC DC tour bus I posted a few weeks ago. After visiting the two antique shops and having a nice cuppa in the cafe I walked around and got photos of most of the vehicles, mostly the ones that interested me. In some cases there was more than one of the same make. So here is my slide show of the many vehicles there that Saturday in August.
Here are a few links to check out if you are interested in Willow Court or antiques in general or maybe just check out the cars. If you do an online search you can find plenty to read about Willow Court and the old Derwent Hospital.