12 of 12, December 2009

The last 12 of 12 for 2009 was (thankfully) a Saturday and not a work day!  We were headed up to the North West of Tasmania to attend an event.  Most photos are geocoded (there’s a link to a map for each on Flickr), but I haven’t included a trip map nor geocache logs (mainly because I haven’t logged them yet!).

1 of 12: Updating GSAK and Stuff

1 of 12: Updating GSAK & Checking Twitter

Very unusually, I was awake and out of bed befor the husband.  Perhaps the wine the night before was keeping him happily snoring?  He hadn’t had that much wine but is probably out of practise.

2 of 12: Headed North (Finally)

2 of 12: Headed North (Finally)

The event wasn’t until Sunday, so we weren’t in a huge rush to get north.  We did stuff around the house – loads of wash, ran the dishwasher, showered, etc.  Then had to pack the van – which had been completely emptied (usually all our camping stuff is in the van already).  As I was stowing things under the bed, I realised when the husband had put the bed back together he’d forgotten to put the cross braces up in the central section – so that had to be sorted before we left.  We eventually got on the road, only to have to come back after getting petrol when my husband realised the folly of wearing a nice white shirt camping.  So finally getting on the road and headed north felt GREAT! 

3 of 12: Lottie Rides In Comfort

3 of 12: Lottie Rides in Comfort

Our van has two front seats, and the back is taken up with a bed and storage underneath it.  Lottie rides on the bed, wearing her car harness which is attached with a strong lead to the van’s frame.  She also has sliding glass windows cracked for her so the all-important sniffing can be done.  So she doesn’t get our bed filthy, we put a fitted ‘dog sheet’ over our sheet then 2 ‘dog doonas’ on top of that.  That way even if we stop somewhere and she goes for a swim the bed is fine.  She also likes rearranging the doonas to make things yet ever more comfy for her.  In the evening, the doonas go onto the floor between the bed and the back of the front seats to make her bed.  And try to encourage her to NOT climb up and sleep with us.

4 of 12: Cherries Bought at the Roadside at St Peter's Pass

4 of 12: Cherries Bought at the Roadside at St Peter's Pass

We bought a kilo.  I’d finished about half before we got to Tunbridge; Scott finished the other half when we stopped in Campbell Town.  Not the usual variety we normally get around the Huon, but these were certainly sweet and lovely.  We stopped for a brief time at Campbell Town, which Lottie appreciated as I gave her a short walk and which Scott appreciated as then he could eat his cherries (or I would have been in danger of eating them ALL).

5 of 12: Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm

5 of 12: Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm

 I doubt I will ever adjust to Christmas being in the summer, however one aspect of a southern hemisphere Christmas I would find hard to give away now is the fresh fruit.  Christmas in Tasmania means raspberries and cherries.  In mass quantities.  We decided we couldn’t pass up lunching at Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm since we were going past.  And it’s dog friendly.  Canine-challenged people can sit inside in the cafe, but there’s also tables outside under a tree.  You get a great view of their little lake – and as a bonus for dogs there are native hens running around to attract their attention.  And usually lots of children running around in the play house or playing cricket (you can see wickets in the photograph) or croquet.  We decided to have some herb damper – which was yummy – and rasberry crepes and raspberry cheesecake – which were very, VERY yummy!

Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm Damper Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm Crepe Christmas Hill Raspberry Farm Cheesecake

When we finally reached Devonport, we met up with MullinItOvr at her and her partner’s place.  Then we headed off together to do some geocaches together along the Devonport headlands.  So now a bunch of photos taken while geocaching:

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6 of 12: Geocaching on the Devonport Headlands

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7 of 12: Geocaching on the Devonport Headlands

8 of 12: WINDY on the Headlands!

8 of 12: WINDY on the Headlands!

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9 of 12: Back Beach

10 of 12: Geocaching Takes You Interesting Places

10 of 12: Geocaching Takes You Interesting Places

11 of 12: Leon & MullinItOver's Place

11 of 12: Leon & MullinItOver's Place

It suddenly was late; why does that always happen while caching?  So we went back to MullinItOvr’s place where she and Leon prepared a fantastic BBQ.  Lottie was very impressed by their generosity with meat; she would like it noted that schnauzers love BBQs.  But not so much the salad part.  Unfortunately we still had to get to our camping spot (where the event was being held the next day and where several other cachers would already be camped), so we basically filled our faces and left. . .

12 of 12: IT Will Be Dark Before We Get to Camp

12 of 12: It Will Be Dark Before We Get to Camp

And it was after 9.30 pm and dark before we arrived a Pioneer Park.  So we just pulled in at the bottom of the campground (not far from the loos; yes, I’m pregnant) and set off to find the group.  We arrived in time to see a few teams who were about to head off – red tag, Flange_1& tribe, and CarollEyre.  Robtas had the hut, so we all went in and chatted / relaxed for a couple hours.  Lottie did her best to extract pats from everyone she could, and even did a pathetic little act to make people pity her being on the floor.  We all headed off to be sometime around the witching hour; I was MUCH soberer than the last time I’d been in that hut late at night!

4 comments for “12 of 12, December 2009

  1. 15 December 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Much better than mine! 🙂 3, 4, 7, and 10 were my favorites. I wish there was some way to get a confirmation of the scale on #7, something that I note with my own photos every so often as well. It’s still a good shot.

    I’m very glad there was an in-vehicle shot. I find that I often like those (guy thing maybe? fondness for cars etc.?) and they’re often overlooked.

    Great set, thanks!!!

  2. 15 December 2009 at 4:51 pm

    Sounds like a great day. I know how much you were looking forward to it. Glad it turned out so well. Nice photos too (I’m drooling over my computer having seen the crepes though!)

  3. 16 December 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Nice 12 of 12 Snuva!

    I especially liked number 4, even though I’m not a lover of cherries (unless they’re chocolate coated!)

  4. Helen
    18 December 2009 at 11:45 am

    Glad you’re feeling well enough to enjoy all those yummy summer fruits.
    For me Pav with raspberries and lashings o’ cream is a must at Christmas.

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