Our first couple of days in Tassie have been, let me say, quite cool & frosty in the night, but gloriously (relatively) warm in the day. Not sure that the sunny days are going to continue but we are enjoying them while we can. We're staying in Ulverstone on the coast which is very nice. Just hearing on the news that some parts of central highland Tasmania had -12 degrees (aak!).
We have been looking at properties up here in the Central Coast area - for running sheep and/or cattle and continuing our food growing. The places we've seen vary in size from 30 acres up to 100+ acres. Most of it quite up hill and down dale but some spots have been beautiful.
|Wouldn't you like to have this view from your kitchen window?|
The main reason we came at this time of the year (a bit of raised eyebrows among family and friends) was to see if we could cope with the winters down here. So far so good...
Here are a couple of pics of the snowcaps we have seen (Black Buff we've been told) and can I just say, the air coming off those peaks is very chilly.
|Mount Roland, south of Sheffield.|
The soil around here is very fertile, we've seen carrots, brussel sprouts, leeks, and cabbages growing. I know I've bought carrots at home that were grown at Forth, just south of us here in Ulverstone. So, that augurs well for the food growing part of things. Fortunately there are online seed companies here, because many of the mainland companies cannot send to Tasmania due to quarantine restrictions I believe. We've seen plenty of sheep which we are quite familiar with, and also cattle, which we'd like to concentrate on smaller breeds such as Square Meaters, or Dexters perhaps.
Anyway, that's the rural round up for today. Back soon....