It has been awhile since my last post here in Tasmania but I was adding to my other blog www.tastetravel.wordpress.com whilst I was undertaking a renovation project back in Brisbane and then travelling in Europe for 6 weeks. Finally we are back living in the quietest place on earth, certainly a marked contrast to our recent travels in the UK and France. We no sooner touched down in Tasmania when our very good friends from Switzerland finally realised their long-held dream to visit Australia.
We originally met our friends when the four of us signed up for a tour of the Golden Triangle in Asia. We did not know each other and were pleased that we were the only four people on the ‘group tour’. Having had such a good time and enjoyed each others company we often get together whether it is in Europe or in Asia. Surapon is originally from Thailand and Ursula is from Switzerland where they live permanently but they regularly return to Thailand for their holidays and this time they went those extra 12 hours further to join us here. A bonus for us all is that they love their food like us so there is never an issue about what and where to eat.
They are avid walkers and we began with showing them around on the north-east coast of Tasmania and headed off for a real walk on the Blue Tier.
Now this is a place where you need to go if you are interested in the natural beauty of Tasmania but it is not always the friendliest weather up there, even on a clear day, the only time to go of course, but even then the wind is likely to knock you off your feet, particularly if you are under 65 kgs. You are so busy watching the ground and trying to stay stable that you must remember to turn your head back and see just where you are and where you have come from. The views are absolutely worth it.
You choose a clear day but you still take a few layers of clothing – just in case…. It is an exposed plateau and the conditions can be difficult and the weather very changeable.
We decided on the Moon Valley Rim Circuit, we had only walked half of it in the past. It is 3.4 km and normally takes 2 hours but we did in a half hour less. The summit of Mt Poimena is the highest on the Blue Tier. When we arrived back where we began, we were so ready to eat-eat and eat. At the small picnic area we sat down to an English Spinach (from my neighbour’s garden) savoury tart. I made it from Tasmanian organic eggs and Tasmanian sour cream, I always use sour cream as it adds a slightly tart flavour. It transports well and is easy enough to eat without many utensils. We also introduced our friends to our favourite refreshing drink the Tasmanian Elderflower cordial that we serve with soda or sparking mineral water.
The tier is covered with several varieties of moss. The moss here is pervasive, it is on the tree trunks, branches, and underfoot so the ground is as soft as a Japanese Futon. For interesting information about moss in this area visit the Blue Tier Moss website. Yes there is such a website. It is important enough.
A house on the way up to the Blue Tier – we stopped the car so I could photograph it, last year I took a photo and nothing has changed. The bricks are waiting for what I wonder….it looks like no one lives here. Tasmania is full of little gems like this, shacks, sheds and workers cottages, I never go anywhere without my camera.