17.02.2009 - 17.02.2009 25 °C
We woke refreshed and decided to walk St Mary’s. On our return, we discovered just two doors up from the pub a fabulous vego shop. Actually we were really surprised how many great things they sold in their shop. Loads of organic flours, dried fruits, gluten free cooking items and packets of pasta etc. We sat down and enjoyed a great coffee. Steve then discovered the menu and ordered a fabulous lentil & lima bean soup. It was just amazing. They then came out of kitchen with a blueberry flan that had just come out of the oven. Well who could refuse such an offer, so we shared a piece. As we were oohing and aaahing and moaning and groaning, Wayne and Sharon walked in and couldn’t resist enjoying a coffee and a date scone that they ooohed and aaahed over.
We decided we should leave now, before we waddled out. We stocked up on loads of items including fresh cakes and other organic foods and headed off.
Wayne and Sharon wanted to get off to Launceston and we decided we would take a quick look at a property in Mathinna that we had been looking at over the internet for the last few months on the road. We drove to the next town, Fingal and then turned north and headed in to the town of Mathinna. There wasn’t much in the town. In fact it looked really sad and full of run down old houses and shacks. There were a few motorbikes parked out the front of some houses. It looked like a place that time had passed by, but it was falling apart. There was nothing left in town other than the newsagent/post office. We had pretty much decided that we couldn’t live here, as it was more than 50kms back to St Mary’s and there was still not that much there. Launceston was about 150kms from the property. We did take the next 5kms along the road out of town and then 8kms down a dirt road to the property. The drive passes around many kms of state forest tree farms. We both couldn’t live over the road or anywhere near this sort of business. Its horrible to view the raped land once the trees have been cut down, and the toxic waste has been applied to the land and its been set alight and all the animals are killed. The property happened to have a couple of workers there so Steve was able to get in and have a chat. Apparently the trees are just 2 years old. They are reticulated and are surrounded by an electric fence, I think to keep the feral animals out (apparently possums and wallabies love to eat the lovely young new growth) as well as the ferals that may want to get in and pinch the truffles at the end once they’ve started producing.
It appears that the owners live on the mainland and the 650 oaks cost $150,000 to purchase as seedlings! That’s before retic, planting, protective bagging, regular checking, water etc.
The house is abandoned and it really looks like it as the grass was more than knee high around the entire house. Steve also found it really hard to understand how they could be actually asking $380,000 for this 55 acre property and run down 4 bedroom house in the location that its in. It does appear that properties are much more expensive in Tassie than we realise.
We arrived in Launceston late in the arvo. Wayne and Sharon had wandered around town and we decided we should head out of town towards the Seahorse Aquarium to Beauty Point. We parked out the front of the building and enjoyed a relatively quiet night.