Elephant Cove, Denmark, Western Australia.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On our way to Tasmania.

Our trip to Tasmania is over, we have been home for quite a few weeks and I am now trying to remember what happened when...

Ready to leave.
Thursday afternoon (4th March 2015) and we were packed and ready to go.  Too much stuff?   Maybe. 

A friend picked us up and drove us to the Perth where they did a bit of shopping before we went to Analashkia for tea.  I have been here a few times and I really like it.

Here we are waiting for our flight to be called.  We were a couple of hours early but we all agreed that that is better than being a couple of minutes late.

It was close to midnight when our flight left Perth and early morning by the time we arrived in Melbourne.  I slept for a bit on the plane but L waited until she found some floorspace in a corner of our boarding area in Melbourne.
We had a 2 hour stop-over in Melbourne where we read, slept, walked to spend the time.  It was only a short flight from Melbourne to Tasmania but landing there in Hobart airport was a bit different as we had to leave the plane onto the tarmac and it was cold.  Not raining though so the walk across to the terminal wasn't too bad.  I still had a banana in my bag so had to give that and an apple up before we could enter the airport.   We get our cases then had a bit of a walk to the car hire place.  Again it was cold but luckily not raining.   Picking up the van was a bit nerve-racking but once we were in it and on our way it was all OK.  
We asked the Britz woman for directions to some place where we could buy food and were directed to Sorrell so as L was going to be the first driver she gets in the front, I get in the back with the kid and we are off.  Getting to Sorrell was easy and we were soon parked up in a shopping centre carpark, into the shop and food bought.  Hmm, now how do we get to Penguin?  We didn't have a very good map and the few people that we asked didn't seem to know either and the 1 bloke that told us the way was wrong.  We went the way he said though stopping not far out of town for me to drive and L to study the map she had.  She realised we were on the wrong road and it was going to be a long drive but she found a way for us to follow and cut through to get onto the road we should have been on to start with.  When I was nearly falling asleep at the wheel we swapped drivers again.
We stopped at a few places along the way but eventually there was a longer stretch and I woke up as she was driving into Penguin and heading towards the coast. She knew the caravan park was on the coast so that is the way she was heading.  No map or navigator, just her smarts and common sense.  I knew she was driving for more reasons than me falling asleep.
We pulled in and booked in for the week.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Been There, Done That.

Tasmania.  What a lovely place it is.  We have been and done a bit there but intend to go back and do it again.  We missed lots so want to go see them and some of what we did do we want to do again.

I have been home a week now and still haven't finished unpacking.  Still haven't written about it and still haven't got all the photos organised.  I really must make a start on it all.

I plan on getting everything put away properly this weekend and then will work on getting something written down...before I forget it all.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Threes Days To Go, You'd Think I'd Be Ready By Now....

Three day before we leave.  I do not know what bags to take.  What clothes to take.  How much money to take.  I am out tomorrow, out Tuesday, out most of Wed...

I have been housesitting the last 2 nights/days...have jobs here that need doing, people I need to visit, I am dog-sitting until Wed,

Next time I decide to leave the state for a few weeks I hope to be more organised.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

When, Where, Here, There Then Here Again..

It's starting to feel real now, a week before we leave and I now have times that we are leaving, arriving, leaving and getting back again.
Thursday March 5th   Leaves Perth 11.40pm   I don't know what time we will need to get to the airport but presuming earlier than that and maybe even earlier again depending on how we get there from here.

Lands in Melbourne 6.15 am 6th March.  We have a stopover but think we just get to spend a couple of hours in an airport.  Might be interesting.

We then leave Melbourne 7.55am  Friday 6th and land in Hobart an hour or so later. 
Not sure what happens then, we will pick up our camper from somewhere and then ???   I think we need to get to Penguin that same day.
A week in Penguin then 2 weeks exploring a bit more of the island.
We leave Hobart on Friday 27th March, early afternoon and after a short flight we get back to Melbourne where we again spend some time in the airport before flying back to Perth then another 2 hours before we are home.  Me anyway.  The daughter wont get home for another day or so after that.

I find it funny that we will leave Melbourne at 5.05pm, fly for 4 or so hours but it will be only be 6ish when we get to Perth.  Yep, it doesn't take much to please me.




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Taking To Tassie.

I've been going through my clothes again and it seems that no matter how many times I do this I still have too many.
But out of all that I have what will I need for 3 weeks away in Tasmania?  Dunno.

On the plane I will wear black stretchy trousers, shirt, jumper/cardigan.  Socks and black shoes.

I am thinking of these things to take but will go through the list again closer to the day.
1-2 Black trousers
1 Dark tracky dacks for sleeping and if it is cold.
3 TShirts
2-3Long sleeve shirts.  Can't find the one I usually wear.
8  Socks.
1 bra.
8 Undies.
1 Shoes.
Thongs or slip-ons.  Not sure about these yet.
2 Beanie.
1 Raincoat.
2 Gloves.
Jacket, maybe.  Will I need this if I have the raincoat?
Umbrella.  Fold-up one in my bag.
Swimming gear?  Thinking this will be needed if we get to the thermal pools.

I will also need to remember:
Camera, batteries and charger.
Phone and charger.
Notebook and pen for writing stuff down.
Flannels and a small towel.

I'm pretty sure this list will need to be amended as I go through trying to bag it all up over the next week.  What have I forgotten?

Tassie Countdown...16 Days to go...

And here we are near on 3 weeks later and my list is still a muddled mess in my head.  I have just over 2 weeks before we leave.   Maybe it's time to give things a bit more thought and at the very least decide what bags I will need and see if I have enough suitable clothing...Today I will get a carry-on bag organised.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Countdown To Tassie.

I am going to go to Tasmania.  How cool will that be.  Not sure why I cry every time I think about it but...Crying is not going to stop me, I will just keep the hanky handy.

Five weeks, I think, more or less, before we leave.   We being me and a daughter and her daughter.  Husband is staying home.  

I have less than 5 weeks to get organised, decide what to take, lose 20 kilos, get the gardens to a survivable stage, get fit enough to trek the island, do some research on weather so I will know what to take, research and buy a tablet or laptop of some sort.  So much to do and one day soon I will make a start on a list.

Have you been to Tassie?   Maybe I could see a copy of your list?  I will still make my own as I do like a good list but it would be interesting to see the difference between yours and mine.  If you blogged about it that would be interesting to see too.  Please.