Category Archives: Tasmania

Rediscovering Freycinet part 5 of 7

The third morning the day started with a stroll along Richardson’s Beach, a sandy arc that extends between Coles Bay and the Freycinet Lodge. Across the sand was evidence that thousands of crabs had burrowed into the sand at the … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Freycinet part 4 of 7

I had booked a 5 or so hour trip on one of Pennicott’s Wilderness Journeys, the Wineglass Bay Cruise. The upstairs Sky Lounge option was chosen with the expectation of the best of service from staff, and their expert knowledge … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Freycinet part 3 of 7

From our accommodation in the Freycinet National Park, we drove to the tiny township of Coles Bay. Time and again we looked back to the mountain-littered skyline in the distance and, for a while, we sat and marvelled at the … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Freycinet part 2 of 7

The drive from Hobart to Freycinet was punctuated with stops to walk on beaches, to spread our eyes over the expansive sea, to follow the skyline shapes of Maria Island, Schouten Island and the mountains of the Freycinet peninsula. Collectively … Continue reading

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Rediscovering Freycinet part 1 of 7

Tasmanians know of Freycinet Peninsula, on the state’s east coast, even if they haven’t travelled or stayed there. In my case decades have passed between visits. Each time I have marvelled at the land and sea and sky and promised … Continue reading

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A special Ukrainian tomato

There has never been a better moment to reintroduce to you a variety of tomato, the Hurma Ukraine, which was mentioned in a 2019 blog post here. Right now, I would rather forget any association with Russia. Two years ago … Continue reading

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Zucchini Pickles prepared my way

Each year I preserve fresh produce in a number of ways. Recently a friend asked me for my recipe for the jar of zucchini pickles that I gave her at this time last year. I almost never follow a recipe … Continue reading

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Thursday 24th February 2022 – RTBG

I am never sure what aspect of my Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) experience will thrill me when I volunteer, but I prepare, travel there, and then discover some freshness, vista, or collegial atmosphere that lifts my spirits. This week’s … Continue reading

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A salutary tale – sequel to the gardening tools instruction session

Look before you leap! Then, if you look also think or, alas, your world may change irreversibly. Inspired by yesterday’s demonstration of the ease with which one can clean and sharpen gardening tools, today I had a look at my … Continue reading

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Thursday 7th February 2022 at RTBG

Summer in the Food Garden of the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG) is a delight. Fruit and vegetables are ripening a plenty as can be seen by today’s harvest collected for charity: tomatoes galore of many types, a variety of … Continue reading

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