Wednesday, 18 June 2014


We left the chickens under the supervision of the in-laws and went on a two night mini break to Hobart for the weekend. I was in desperate need of a break. Work has been awful, and my overall mood has suffered. The holiday was the exactly what I needed to recharge.

We flew into chilly Hobart at 10am and made our way to Moto Vecchia. We finally got to check out the cafe, it looked amazing. We had some drinks and a quick catch up with Mel. She very generously lent us her car so we could go be tourists until the end of the work day. We went somewhere new, which on our 5th trip to Hobart (my 6th to Tasmania) was an achievement. We went to Fern Tree, had some surprisingly nice typical pub food for lunch at the tavern, then started the short bush walk to Silver Falls. The walk was lovely, but the falls weren't overly impressive at about 4 metres tall.


That night we went to The Winston for dinner for some American style bar food. We shared some southern style wings and a pulled pork burger. The wings were excellent, though they might have needed a little more salt. The burger actually needed less meat on it, haha! The coleslaw was exceptional, we shall be trying to replicate that at home for sure.

Saturday morning we naturally went to Salamanca Markets. We had gypsy rolls again, quickly followed by some salmon sausages which were amazing! We shall definitely be ordering some online. We bought yet more hand carved wooden chopsticks (because apparently two people need at least 12 pairs of chopsticks), and a gorgeous wooden tea light holder which will look fantastic when we redecorate the living room.

Then we went to Lark Distillery and sampled some delicious whiskey before lunch. Then walked over to Grape for a cider and a mind-blowingly awesome soft shell crab salad. We wrote down all the ingredients we could identify and will be making that very shortly. Then to Jack Greene (about three doors down) for beer & lunch part two (chilli lime prawns: perfectly cooked, battered & flavoured).

Lark Distillery whiskey tasting tray

The amazing soft shell crab & sheep haloumi salad

Cider connoisseurs
Mel & Mitch picked us up and we drove out to the Willie Smith Apple Shed for more cider, this time next to a fire. The scenery on the drive was beautiful, and the venue itself was cozily rustic. Then back to their place for pizza. I am so jealous that we don't live near a pizza place like that.

Sunday was pretty lazy. A spot of pizza for breakfast - personal note: always oven leftover pizza rather than microwave it; followed by a trip to the Mt Nelson Station cafe for scones. They took 50 minutes to bring our order out, which was completely unacceptable, and we ended up being a bit late to the airport, but still in time to check in.

View from Mt Nelson

I think the highlight of my day Sunday was when I walked out of the garage door and Lumi was about to jump up to the roost, she looked over at me, and jumped down and sprinted to the front of the enclosure, closely followed by the other two girls who were already in bed. I think they missed us :). I know I missed them.

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