Mr Tasmania


Thanks for nothing Big W
Let’s be clear, we don’t have shares in Shiploads and we aren’t chocaholics. Some things just have to be reported. Shiploads Huonville is flogging Cadbury Favourites 540g packs for $8, while next door Woolworths is selling the almost-the-same-size 570g packs for $20. Meanwhile, the $10 deal for 48 x Snickers […]

28/8/2019 – Fill your prepper bunker


Spring has sprung, at least on this Huon Valley almond tree. The official start date is September 1. Spring is also the time when Tasmanian gales get serious. Looks like they already have started getting serious in Melbourne, with a jetty snapping off and floating away … story here. With […]

9/8/2019 – Spring blossom and gales


The black ram strikes again
These were born this morning, our paddock check found the young ones covered in “egg”, as my kids call it. No orphans yet, but one was stillborn. The crows are ever-present at this time, waiting for a sickly or abandoned lamb to fall. Meanwhile the older lambs play like puppies, […]

2/8/2019 – First signs of spring





No, he's not a speed bump
Wombats are nocturnal animals, but they haven’t all read the script. This Huon Valley wombat often comes out in the daytime. We’ve called him Prince Harry, for no particular reason. Locals posted the sign for motorists to slow down. Concerned residents also had the council install a speed-limit sign on […]

31/7/2019 – Day wombats



Beware the Huonville mob
Ahhh, fish and chips, always enjoyable on a brisk winter’s day, even if you must share with thieves. For F&C in the Huon, we like Bugsy’s at Margate. We order the blue grenadier, a fish usually sourced from the deep clean oceans off Tasmania and New Zealand. Blue grenadier (often […]

31/7/2019 – Feasting with thieves


This list of major events for the coming year will help you plan your holiday. Event Location Date Festival of Voices Hobart 28 Jun – 14 Jul 2019 Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival Rannelagh 12 – 14 Jul 2019 Devonport Jazz Festival Devonport 25 – 28 Jul 2019 Chocolate Winterfest Latrobe […]

Tasmanian Events Calendar 2019-20


It's pretty, but don't get run over while you are gawking
Queensland has the Big Pineapple, pa! Tasmania’s Huonville has the Big Rainbow. And it can be seen best from the Woolies carpark. If the pic looks a bit wonky it is because we had to join three images together to get it all in. You’re welcome. Meanwhile, here is some […]

25/7/2019 – Huonville’s pots of gold



We know what you are thinking. Shame on you. Lamb season has begun across Tasmania, and will continue into spring. Every year there are orphan lambs that are, for whatever reason, rejected by their mums. Many country kids raise the orphans by hand, and geez the lambs get spoiled. As […]

23/7/2019 – Wool for warmth