Sounds to me like Roger is going a little crazy… for Tasmania!
Thankfully his trip to Flinders Island is only a few weeks away.
Not long after that, he’ll be touring mainland regions of Tasmania.
When you read this article, you’ll realise just how crazy for Tasmania
the man really is… and what his lovely wife Jeanette has to put up with!

A Week in the Life of Roger

by Roger Findlay

Because of my location here on the border of Victoria and New South Wales, it’s bothering me that I’m not spending enough time in Tasmania.  I must confess that I envy all the Think Tasmania writers who live in the state; especially those who have settled after moving from elsewhere.

Crazy for Tasmania- Think Tasmania Writers
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Michelle Kneipp-Pegler, another feature writer also crazy for Tasmania like Roger

Nikon: Capturing Tasmanian Food and Drink

My current frustration is caused by my redundant camera that is yearning to snap the indescribable scenery in Tasmania.  As a substitute, images of the fabled Irish and Tasmanian Scallop Pies will be a treat for Nikon!  Yes, today is St. Patrick’s Day where Jeanette has spent countless hours preparing the pies to appease her husband.

Crazy for Tasmania - Making Scallop Pies
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The Findlay house was filled with the divine smell of scallop pies baking in the oven

Jeanette:  Roger has been away with the fairies reading books on Tasmania,
visiting Tasmanian websites, researching holiday accommodation and travel
costs.  He’s considering a short trip at the end of June but he doesn’t know
whether he should fly or sail.  I found one of his notes with the sums:

Crazy for Tasmania - Travel Costs
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Roger compares the costs and options for travelling to Tasmania

Tasmanian History Books

Yes, she’s right, my mind has been elsewhere, going crazy for Tasmania.  I’ve been reading two books at the same time.  One is about the whaling fleet that operated out of Hobart and the other is a first-hand account of the activists that live in the Tasmanian forests.


 

At this point I am reminded of the news clip that covered the success of Sea Shepherd that sent the Japanese whaling fleet limping home from the Southern Ocean almost empty handed.  Seeing the Bob Barker docked in Hobart and hearing the words of the courageous, young skipper was the highlight of my week.

Crazy for Tasmania - Bob Barker
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Sea Shepherd anti-whaling vessel, The Bob Barker, docked in Hobart

I’ve been on eBay looking for books.  There’s always a bargain especially as I seek out some of the older publications.  A good find was Tasmanian Journey written by Stanley Brogden in 1948 when he travelled by coach through much of Tasmania.  I was saddened to read of Tasmanian Devils being hunted and killed.  At that time, they were seen as a major threat to sheep.  If only those people had known of the current plight to prevent extinction.

Crazy for Tasmania - History Books
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Being crazy for Tasmania, Roger collects Tasmanian books from eBay

Brogden mentions the intention of Pioneer Hotels on several occasions.  He sees them in the same light as the Federal Group where they would control a good portion of the tourism and hospitality sector.  I can find no record of Pioneer Hotels today.

Fly, Drive or Sail to Tasmania

Sharp Airlines will be taking us to Flinders Island and they’ve finally got my money after telling me that there were only three seats left on the flight!  It struck me as a convenient way of getting the money early.  Yes all $912 of it for a 50 minute flight for two people.  The following day, I received their newsletter advertising specials at $99 one-way.  They’re sharp alright!  Maybe we’ll be sitting next to the pilot with complimentary drinks and live, in-flight entertainment. It had better be good.


 

To promote deportation of wayward children, the Spirit of Tasmania has a special where children travel free.  The only catch being that they have to be accompanied on the ship by an adult.  Jeanette may pass off as child if she wears baggy pj’s and carries a pillow.

Crazy for Tasmania - Spirit of Tasmania
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The Spirit of Tasmania arrives in Devonport, Tasmania from Melbourne, Victoria

Scallop Pie Challenge

Nikon is just moments away from action.  Just like Ian Thorpe, he’s making a comeback and wants to succeed.  The scallop pies will be a major test and a late decision will be made on the aperture.  Close to the oven, conditions will be difficult but there will be slight relief as the fridge door opens frequently.

Crazy for Tasmania - Scallop Pies
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Who wouldn’t be crazy for Tasmanian scallop pies, home-made by Jeanette Findlay

Guinness is also ready to go.  His one ball is poised for carbonation.  Premature carbonation has been a problem in the past but tonight he’s expecting a good head.  The ball has shown restraint on the long journey from Dublin and will enjoy his empty can being crushed in the morning.  The pictures tell the story and I’m thankful that the Scallop Pie Challenge is over!

Crazy for Tasmania - Scallop Pie & Guinness
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Roger is also crazy for Tasmanian scallop pies (or Irish ones) with Guinness

So what do you think?  Is Roger crazy for Tasmania… or maybe just crazy?
Either way, Roger spends all his holidays in Tasmania, then writes about the
experience
for Think Tasmania. If you’d like Roger to visit you in the name of
research (so we can publish information about your business), please contact us.

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Map: Flinders Island Tasmania