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 - Spirit of Tasmania

Spirit of Tasmania: Devonport Tasmania

Nikon: Capturing Tasmanian Food and Drink

by Roger Findlay

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.

Jeanette says: 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.

Lakeview Cottage - Oatlands

Lakeview Cottage: Oatlands (photo by Roger Findlay)

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.

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.

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.

Ship - Children's Play Room

Spirit of Tasmania: play room (photo by Roger Findlay)

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

Crazy for Tasmania: scallop pies (photo by Roger 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!

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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