Oops, hit the wrong button yesterday, meant to save draft but published instead.
We spent New Years Day in Hobart. After a lovely lunch at the Botanical Gardens we walked down to the wharf area to see the many ocean going yachts which had arrived after completing the Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, which is reputed to be one of the toughest, if not the toughest, ocean race in the world.
Met a quilting friend and her husband who had just been to the annual Antiques Fair…. so we took a detour on the way. Lots of wonderful pieces of antique furniture and many collectibles …. I had my eye out for any sewing machines or sewing bits and pieces. There was a lovely collection of 20+ miniature/child’s sewing machines for sale as a collection, I was tempted, the price was a bit out of my range just now, but I do have the dealer’s name so I can have another look sometime, maybe. I did succumb to one little thing though.
Then it was off to the Taste of Tasmania, a summer food festival which has been held in Hobart for more than 20 years now. In the past it was held in an old wharf shed on the waterfront, which was getting lots of criticism about its dilapidated appearance. Over the past year this building has had a $15million makeover – a coat of white paint inside and out, removed the tiered seating and installed lots of outdoor and more indoor tables and bench seats, and new umbrellas over the tables. While we had a cup of coffee we did a rough count of the seating outside and doubled it for the inside, and allowing for the numbers of people milling about, there would be at least 2,000 or more people there at any given time. Then add in all those on the lawns in Salamanca Place and the children’s play festival in Parliament Gardens opposite, and also the hundreds at any given time looking at the yachts. The estimate of visitors was expected to top 145,000 over the 7 days. I haven’t mentioned the food or the wine which was up to its usual standard and variety, prepared by the many specialist restaurants and wineries of (mostly) southern Tasmania. Having just had a very large lunch, we opted for a coffee out in the sunshine overlooking the water, watching the ferries come and go.