19 May 2013

A Little Slice of Hevandale

Every Sunday the little village of Evandale overflows beyond full capacity.  You can't get a park in the 2 street town and there's a lot of "Excuse me" "Pardon me"'s going on on the footpath.  The reason Sunday comes alive is because of the weekly Evandale Market.

As with most markets, there is a little something for everyone.

An assortment of entertainment to keep you ...... entertained.

An indoor section for your more precious antiquey items. 

Some people will buy anything...... 
and they did, we saw a couple purchasing a set of these antlers.  I hope they were fake, otherwise customs and border security have got a lot of questions to answer! 

 And so this, my dear readers, is the end of the "Our Take On Tassie" blog.   We have enjoyed your company immensely.  Jen and I look forward to our next journey together, but until then...... 

Keep Yourselves Nice


18 May 2013

William's Brother - Thomas

The next stop was just around the corner and up the hill a bit to a World Heritage Listed property called Woolmers, where a long line of Thomas Archers lived - 6 generations of them, in fact.  The first born son was always given the name Thomas. The first Thomas came to Tassie to make a life for himself after his middle class miller father advised all his sons to head out into the world.  He arrived in Tasmania, got a job and built this property after he was gifted 800 acres of land and a number of convicts to work for him by the government for his good work.

He chose this location because it reminded him of England.

Notice the 2 larger windows - in comparison to all the others?  When Thomas Archer the 6th was on his death bed he was lying in the bedroom behind those large windows.  However, the windows used to be all the same size.  It was only when Thomas was lying there, knowing he was dying that he realised that they were never going to be able to fit his coffin out the small window and so had them made larger.

Why they didn't just carry his body out the door and then put him in the coffin..... I'm not sure.

Thomas Archer the 3rd & 4th didn't actually live on this property.  They lived in Launceston and just spent weekends and special occasions out there at the house.  This newer extended section of the house at the rear was built for the sole purpose of entertaining.  Inside there is a huge dining room and a ladies parlour.

We weren't allowed to take any photos of the inside of the house, but 
the thing I love most about this property is that everything - from the curtains to the carpets to the furniture to the knick-knacks are ALL original.  Now that's a good advertisement for carpet!

The original Man's Shed!
This little hexagonal shaped mini castle is where the men would go to smoke their cigars whilst they watched the ladies play croquet on the lawn.

Even the original cars - in working order and registered were parked in the Coach House, as if it was their time.

Made lovingly by the Dodgey Brothers!

The whole property is filled with old sheds like this one - still being used after 100+ years.

At the rear of the property there is a HUGE rose garden.  Apparently they have a garden show each year, but we were a bit late.... or early. 

Here Ye' Here Ye'

Today's adventure took us back to a simpler time where everything seemed like it was actually much harder! 

This area south of Launceston is absolutely, gobsmackingly gorgeous.

This was the picturesque drive up to Brickendon, a historic, Heritiage Listed, working farm with sheep and ducks and chooks and goats.  It was been in the Archer family for seven generations.

There are the old, original buildings that William Archer used to live in and use when he first arrived in the area from England in 1824.  He arrived with 77 Marino ewes and 3 rams, a Norman cow and bull, many pigs and 2 stallions.

When we arrived at the reception shed, there was a big bell with a sign that said "Ring Loudly".  Jen took on this challenge in a Town Cryer type of way.

"Here Ye' Here Ye'" 

This ingeniously designed building was built to hold grain and what-not.

The key to the design was these special "feet" that kept the mice and rats out whilst keeping the rooms aerated - genius!

 This was the  house William Archer first lived in back in the early 1800's.  It has two rooms, which was pretty swish. 

Bill and his brothers must have been fairly short of stature though.  
Check out this doorway!

A miniature chapel was built by the convicts for the convicts and the workers on this farm.

The cook house was separate from the main house, in case of fire.  It was well equipped - even with the most modern of muffin trays.

a variety of animals all live together on the farm - in perfect harmony from ducks and chicks and geese....... 

to cock-a-doodle-doing roosters and sheep.........

to cats and dogs. 

One thing that Jen and I have noticed is how healthy and well fed all the animals in Tassie look.  Their coats/fur/hides were all shiny and plush and I would swear that they looked - happy!

What Is The World Coming To?

This is the telly in our B&B that we had to watch the Eagles on.  

Jenny said "who are those little ants in running around?"

Honestly - she's hilarious!!!

A Litte Bit Of Lonny Goes A Long Way

Check out the turn of the century houses over yonder.  That is the suburb of Trevallyn and it was lovely.  Whilst we waited for our ferry to get going we sat and gazed over the Tamar River, picking out our favourite houses and wondering what some people were thinking with some of the shocker designs..... You can't see the biggest "design surprise" house, but it faced into the hill with the back wall, with only two small high windows facing the view!  I mean, Why?

Behind Jenny, doing her "pose in front of something" stance, is the Launceston Seaport, which isn't much of a port for the sea anymore as it is 75kms down the Tamar to the Bass Strait.  The Spirit of Tassie ferry used to go from near here before Devonport got put to good use.

Jenny and I, in our usual pose, because I can only hold onto the camera with my left hand, waiting for the ferry.

The Seaport - I love a reflection!

Do you reckon she's at low tide?

The blue line around the middle of these pen pylons shows the water at high tide.

Launceston being all pretty.

These are old, unused ferries and tugs that were too expensive to remove from the water so they just sit in the mud - rotting, until the owner is told he has to remove them..... bit until then, they sit there.

Me Jenny, chillaxing on the river cruise boat.

A few wharfs hard at work.

This little gem - "Wyuna" has quite a famous history.  Tom Cruise and "our" Nic had it moored off their Sydney house for a New Year's Even party one year.  Apparently it's quite lush on the inside, even if it is a little outdated.  But the fame doesn't stop there...... It is currently owned, quite surprisingly, by Gina Rhinehart, who purchased it for a cool $1.2 mil but has never used it.  Word is that she is waiting to have it overhauled and turned into a luxury "Greg Normanesque" pleasure cruiser.

Perhaps she's just forgotten she bought it? 

Here we have some more pretty sights along the river....... you're welcome.

They are thinking about turning the silos on the left into apartment - similar to what they've done in Hobart and Bunbury.

This gorgeous old bridge connects the city of Launceston to the suburb of Trevallyn and beyond.  It was made and brought over from England in bits and pieces and put back together like a Macano set.  As traffic became more and more, they built another section of the bridge - identical to the first, so it looks like they were built at the same time - clever hey?

The Caretaker's Cottage overlooks the gorge like a protective parent.  People used to pay £0.01 to go into the gorge.  Now, artists can stay there for free for up to 3 months as long as they donate a piece of art to the city.  I reckon I could produce something in that time to stay in one of the best located houses rent free!

Part of the gorge - showing where the water usually sits.

This is Jessie - our skipper/tour guide.  She was great and had a fun sense of humour.  As you can see, there weren't too many people on the boat with us.  In fact, there were 2 others. What a great way to cruise!