Monday, February 7, 2011

Moore's Tours

I often wish I was a tour guide. There's not much I enjoy more than showing people around. I enjoyed it in my home town Sydney and it's no different here. After only nine months living here I can't claim to be an expert by a long stretch, but I do like researching and learning about the local history, wildlife, industry and geography. And probably boring everyone senseless with it.

This weekend we had five great friends from Sydney visit, the weather (mostly) smiled on us and we packed a fair amount in. Friday evening was simply a tour around our place, catching up over local cheese and a beverage, then a cheap and cheerful dinner at ye olde local pub. Saturday we went to Salamanca Market and then took the ferry up the Derwent to the new MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) which I'd been dying to visit and highly recommend. What an amazing place. After all that walking, we needed a cold beer before driving home to cook dinner.

Sunday morning we went to Hartzview Vineyard for the first time, looked at the historic pickers huts on the property and sampled and bought some of the products. I came home with a lovely bottle of spiced apple mead. We will absolutely have to return (maybe next weekend), if only for the desserts! They looked fabulous. And yes there is a pretty good view of the Hartz Mountains.

We wandered around Cygnet for a bit, including the market in the town hall, before an absolutely delicious lunch at The Red Velvet Lounge. A few of us had the butterscotch pud, pictured below. On the way home we visited the Huon Valley Apple Museum. David reckons they should have a sign out the front that says something like "not as shit as it sounds". They have a great collection of local history and the short presentation by owner Jeff or one of his friendly team is really interesting. All that eating and drinking meant a short nap was in order, before going to the Palais Theatre in Franklin for the monthly movie night. Last night's movie was Jumbo, with Doris Day and Jimmy Durante amongst others. The film was truly appalling but as usual the evening was a good laugh.

Now it's only four more days until our next lot of visitors arrive - excellent! Better start planning. The dogs are looking forward to even more pats.

1 comment:

  1. I cant wait to go to that excited about it. Such a huge deal for Tasmania and we dont even get that yet!!!