I am so pleased I began this blog. Even though I ditched it and went to my FaceBook page “Travelling with the Hopes”, I still have a wonderful recording of my travels.

One looks back on the last twelve months and feels that it has gone so quickly, but then again, so much has happened that it seems to have gone on forever!

They have been wonderful months, but heart-wrenching too. We have tragically lost family members and friends, I have lost Aunties and Uncles and I have seen another beautiful Aunty succumb to that wretched disease of Alzheimer’s and I have watched loved ones decline in health. This is what we call life!

If only I could go back in time by a couple of decades! Would I do anything different? Hmm! Maybe! I know I would spend more time visiting family and friends. I would have bought a caravan a decade ago, instead of waiting ‘for the right time’.

I don’t really have regrets, life is like a map. There are so many roads to take. If you take the wrong one you can always turn left or right. The irony is that you don’t know which is the right direction until you have gone down that path! I guess that is ‘fate’ and if we don’t take risks we will stagnate!

So, I have started a new beginning here in Tasmania. I feel as though I am meant to be here.

Every time I go into Launceston I ‘ooh & ah’ at all the beautiful buildings that grace the footpaths of the city, and the parks are just picturesque!  City Park has its own troop of monkies…..yes, right in the heart of the city! Gracing the street of City Park is the glorious building – Albert Hall.

I never tire of the view of Custom House as I drive over the bridge approaching Launceston CBD. Built in 1885 on the North Esk River it’s elegant protico and Corinthian colums  boast the beauty of the precision of architeture of the 19th century.


Custom House Launceston gracing the North Esk River.
The detail is esquisite, especially at the top of the colums.

More photographs to follow in the coming weeks of the preserved buildings of Tasmania.



On The Road Again.

We had a lovely time with family over Easter. Archie and Nash had so much fun at Cambewarra with the horses and splashing in the creek.

I love family time. ❤️

Darlene and I visited Aunty Beryl, our maternal matriarch. She looked well and said she was settling into her new home.

We enjoyed Yum Cha for lunch. It has been years since I enjoyed a Yum Cha.

Muriel guarded our home whilst we camped at Cambewarra. Thanks Muriel!

We went back to Jugiong again whilst waiting for our mirrors to arrive at Ian’s Auto Shop at Goulburn.

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On the road again.

Still camping at Jugiong

Our stay at Jugiong Showground has been a relaxing one. Each day we meet someone new all with a common interest.

It was rather cool today and a bit on the windy side too. Not many of us nomads out and about. I think most of the men were watching the cricket and the ladies relaxing doing what they enjoy.

We went for a trip to Gundagai to do some washing and stock up on some food as we are not sure how long we will be here. It is so peaceful.

IMG_0142_2This photo above was taken from the look out overlooking our campsite on the bank of the Murrumbidgee River.

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Here is a building that was built with blood, sweat and tears. It must be over 160 years old. Unfortunately it has not found someone to put the work into it to restore it to its former glory. A beautiful masterpiece of stonework.

Across the road from the show ground are a couple of shops and they are very busy with travellers. The Long Track Pantry is a cafe which sells nice coffee and beautiful food.  On Tuesdays they have a cooking school. I don’t know what they were cooking but the aroma got my saliva glands all stirred up!  They make various products. I purchased a beautiful dressing. Anyway, have a look at their website www.longrrackpantyr.com.au  and have a look at their recipes, you’ll find them under BLOG.

There is also a great fruit and veg shop too. Gino’s Fruit and Veg. They share some beautiful recipes too. You will find them on his web page too. http://www.ginosfruitandveg.com.au/recipes/

And last but by no means least there is the Jugiong Wine Cellar where I purchased a nice red…Quarry Hill 2013 Lost Acre Tempranillo……….delisiooooo!!! The website www.jugiongcellars.com

Well, stay safe and happy travels!!


Enjoying the Tempranillo…………I should have brushed up a bit before I took this selfie!  🙂