Monday, October 18, 2010

Snow white

I know it's taken me a time to get around to instalment two in our Tassie adventure.....just easing my way back into blog world. That and a whole load of work to make for Artisan's Christmas bonanza "Cherish", which I shall regale you with at a later date (soon, I promise!).

Our cabin accomodation in Derwent Bridge, Tasmania
Last post I mentioned our overnight stopover in Derwent Bridge, due to snowfall. Well, it fell alright. Overnight there was another 25centimetres of it added to the 10 we had on the first day! Above is a shot of our cabin (centre) with snow covered roof. Below is a shot of the road outside just after half of it was cleared by the snow plough in the morning..............

A couple of times in my life I have wished I owned a 4WD, this was one of those times.
Well on checkout lucky me drew the short straw and was behind the steering wheel (more thanks to the fact that I was the only one - out of two of us - who managed to reverse the car out of the cabin carport without getting it stuck in snow and needing two burly blokes to push it out!!). Off we set on a road half covered by snow, following two 4WD's and a crazy bloke in a small sedan.
Snow driving day two!
This was the view from the windscreen. It was a white out indeed. Driving veeerrrrryyyy slowly and cautiously with a few close calls, thanks mainly to the dimwit we were following, we finally made it the 45km to the next town of Taraleah. It took about one and three quarter hours - a trip that would normally take about one hour....And this was the vision that greeted us at Taraleah, it's a town built for the workers on the nearby Hydro Electric scheme, and the whole lot was bought by one man and restored to it's original Art Deco era beauty. The little houses are all pastel colour schemes and the neatest little cottages you have ever seen. It's like stepping into a storybook, especially when covered in loads of snow!

Houses at Taraleah, Tasmania
We continued our white adventure on and thankfully about 5minutes outside of Taraleah the snow was all but gone from the roads. Whew. Talk about white knuckled. The rest was smooth sailing. We spent a few days around the Huon valley and Hobart, and oddly enough on the beach! Where else can you go from snow to sand in a matter of hours??

1 comment:

  1. Stunning picture, the snow and houses are so beautiful - a 4WD would have been very handy indeed, glad everyone is safe.

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