We arrived late at night but woke up to this fantastic view across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel to Bruny Island. Just breath-taking!
I got the chance to meet my cousin Gerard, who, with his late wife, Margaret, took the £10 crossing in 1965 with five children under seven!
Brave souls.. but what a brilliant move!
It was two of Gerard's sons and their families who so generously accommodated us for the holiday!
Here's Colin on the walk back from the beach up the paddock at Gordon and Sonya's house....
Somehow Lucinda always seemed to race him!!
We went out fishing in Gordon's boat
We saw Sea Eagles
and one swooped for some steak which Gordon threw for it..
And YES we did catch some fish. The Flatheads over 32cm we could keep, so they made a tasty lunch...
Our "Welcome" barbecue was the ideal opportunity to bring out the special beer mats we'd had made by Caroline, owner of A Little Bit Vintage. The surname Moon was a perfect, as we'd asked Caroline to put "we're over the Moon to be here" on the mats.... They were the icing on the cake, so to speak. Thanks Caroline!!
We walked along the shore of Peppermint Bay..
and encountered native hens
and hundreds of plover
This Tasmanian Devil was at the Wildlife Park but we heard them at night preying on the many dead wallabies - the casualties of road traffic
We went to Richmond and saw the oldest surviving bridge in Tasmania. It was built by the convicts..
And for us there was some time to relax...
Despite his age (50) Gordon could still do a pretty good roll on the trampoline!
We were enchanted by the island and by our newly found relations. What an awesome family!
Photos of other weeks to follow!