Hello. What day is it again? It's all a bit of a blur at the moment. I hope you don't mind a picture-filled Post tonight. We're entering week 6 of the School Holidays and I'm finding I'm a bit short of conversation by the end of these long Summer days in which the 5 children continue to astound me with their boundless energy and massive consumption of food. Why do they seem to need more food when they are at home than what is provided in their lunch boxes for School?
Anyway, these are just iPhone photos but are of the fabulous day trip we did to the Derwent Valley while the Grandparents were still with us. Just 30 minutes out of Hobart it's like a little piece of England was plonked on our Island. We followed what is starting to be known as the Whisky Trail, visiting Historic Redlands Estate & Distillery, the neighbouring Salmon Ponds and then a little drive further through beautiful countryside to Nant Distillery. The Whisky Industry in Tasmania is developing rapidly and is recently beating Scotland at their own game in global competitions. Redlands was gifted to the outcast Son of King George IV in 1819 and until the 1970's was still one of Australia's largest hop farms. The out-buildings are beautifully preserved and the surrounding gardens are spectacular, a true credit to the current owners. It's a lovely day out if you are looking for something to do on a lazy weekend. [Edit: does anyone know what those strange looking flowers are in the 4th last photos?]
Do you have any plans for the weekend? We are going to attempt a camping trip, the first since Flynn was born. I'm particularly looking forward to trying to get a baby to sleep in a tent in broad daylight - do you know it doesn't get dark here until almost 10pm? May the force be with us!