But wait, the day is not over yet…

After viewing the mountain in all its glory we head back down to Hobart.

A stop in a small rest area for a coffee from the thermos brings an unexpected encounter. A group of 3 couples have a cosy fire going on the BBQ plate and the smell drifts across to us. I smile and say “Hello”.

The immediate response is “Come and share our meal.” They are very insistent and we love meeting people so we join them. They are international students, 2 couples are from Iraq and the third couple from Libya. Their English is good and the conversation is lively, sharing our opinions and questions and answers about our different cultures. It is interesting to hear an inside description of these volatile regions.

That is what we love about travel, the people you meet. We drive on discussing the conversation we shared. Suddenly I spot something I must take a closer look at. It is a bus stop, but not an ordinary bus stop. Just take a look at this….

This day is getting more and more interesting. What will we see next.

Jack is very fond of looking around op-shops and in South Hobart is a tip shop extraordinaire we have been told about. We detour to take a look.

Re-cycled art


Re-cycled art


Now this we simply must see. It is displayed in the art gallery at the Salamanca Markets.

It is almost 3pm and the market folk are packing up but the galleries are still open. What an amazing collection of creations. The imagination of people of all ages is unbelievable. What a challenge that so many have risen to. These are only a very few of what filled the gallery.

As we leave the gallery it is getting dark. Across the road we see people clustered around drums of fire. We must investigate.

Hobart is holding a winter festival called “Dark Mofo”. It is based around art and the MONA art gallery  (We visited this amazing place, click on the link to visit it again). Part of the festival is a medieval feast that is held in the warehouses on the water front. The gates have just opened and the crowds are pouring in. We join them. Inside on an elevated stage a group of 3 musicians are playing medieval type music, “Green sleeves” and similar. Long wooden tables and benches stretch the length of the building. The night chill has settled in and every one is wrapped in warm winter clothes, scarves, gloves and thick jackets are the fashion. The atmosphere is jolly, the noise level is high and the caterers are under pressure. I love being swept around, past the tempting array of food and drink, absorbing the atmosphere. Jack is in his element taking photos of the people.

All the following gallery of photos were taken by Jack.

Well what a day it has been and we haven’t left Hobart yet. We still have another 6 days of adventure and exploring this great little state.

Watch this space….

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12 thoughts on “But wait, the day is not over yet…

  1. The reason you both have such a good time is because you are such good people. It shines out from your posts. Cheers to you both~


  2. Another great day recorded in your blog, there is joy in everything you do, thank you.


  3. As usual, I enjoyed all the photos and stories . . . but that tip shop!! We have nothing like it here (maybe a good thing for me, anyway LOL) How could anyone throw out a piano?? I would have cried to see it in the dump. The granny square pillows and afghans looked great, too. But the piano . . . ~ Linne


    • Yes that tip shop is one of the best we have ever found. That piano may have been donated as it was also a drop off centre for unwanted “stuff” it had a sold sign on it.


  4. Wonderful. Just wonderful!


  5. I loved reading about the impromptu meal with the friendly Middle easterners. What a nice experience you will all no doubt remember.


  6. poppytump

    Fantatsic PP ! Love the gallery of re cycled Art … just amazing .. it looks so well set out and professional too . Think sometimes we are being hoodwinked into what ‘designers’ come up with ..just look at those creations there .Brilliant .
    Like the idea of a Winter festival makes the cold and chill seem more appealing somehow … wouldn’t mind trying one of those turkish gozlemes from the menu 😉


    • Hobart is an undiscovered little part of Australia and I am amazed at how much there is to do here. The powers that be are certainly pushing the tourism buttons and the number of visitors coming here are on the rise. Hope it retains its small town atmosphere


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