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Restless by nature, on a whim I blew off city living and my career, to try my hand at a simpler-slower life in rural Tasmania. It's going to be one heck of a learning curve..join me as I find my feet, fingers crossed!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Geeveston delights..

Hartz Mountains National Park
We're off to Geeveston. Warm & sunny on silverhill but across the river I'm betting it's probably colder. We rug up, grab Zuki & head off on our scenic drive.
Driving through Pt Huon, in the distance, we spy the Hartz Mountains covered in snow. Wow, it takes our breathe away-it's so easy to get complacent of the natural beauty of our surrounding area. En route to Geeveston, we stop at roadside stalls for local produce; in August apples and plants are on offer. Once in Geeveston, we browse the second hand shop for antique treasures or retro collectables. Secondhand shops in Tassie are so much fun...

We need to give Zuki a break, so it's off to Arve rd forest drive for easy, short bush walks that are dog friendly. Without the dog, walking at the Hartz Mountains National pk is a must & spectacular but you have to be prepared for the changeable weather conditions. It can be seriously dangerous. Heading back along Arve rd I spot; The Green House roadside nursery stall. Beauty, that's sorted my succulent pot plant fix for today.

For lunch; my favourite venue is: Masaaki's gourmet sushi in Church st. To my taste, it's the best sushi in Southern Tasmania; so far. We drive over just to eat his sushi. A spotless, cute & small place with fresh clean, food flavours. Rumour has it; that Chef Masaaki Koyama has even cooked for an 'Iron Chef', in Tasmania.(Open Friday and Saturday in Geeveston, Sundays in Hobart at the Tas Farm Gate market.)
My other choice is the Southern Design Centre cafe, in School rd. They serve simple fare, nicely put together with fresh lively flavours. While your there, wandering through the design centre is a must. Buying direct from the studios is fun & a real cost saving. If your lucky you can talk to the artists, while they work. It's a temptation as there's everything from metal sculptures, Tasmanian hand-crafted wood products, exquisite-locally made furniture, paintings, lino-cuts, jewellery, knits, ceramics & clothing. As usual we leave loaded up with presses for future birthdays.

There's still plenty more to do in Geeveston but it's getting dark & time to head back over to our side of the river. After all; we have a clean record on road kill & would like to leave it that way...

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