Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Home Again

Monday, time to pack-up, drive to the airport and fly to Tasmania!

After a fairly decent nights sleep and saying good-bye to the Imms family, we made it to the airport, dropped off the rental car, herded through security and settled into our seats on the airplane. Had a rather pleasant surprise, the lady sitting next to me was actually someone I knew! It had been a very long time since I had seen her, but we went to the same church in Devonport. I am having a senior moment.......Bev Scott, that's it!!! Anyway, it was lovely to catch up with her and find out who's still in the area and who isn't.

Much to Sam's delight, the food sniffing dogs were in action when we landed at the Launceston Airport. Claimed our luggage. By the way, our stroller had been returned to us our 2nd day in Queensland. Got the keys for our rental car, and.......went back to the rental counter, this car was even smaller than the car they tried to give us before!!! Jim came back with keys to a car that was even bigger than the car they eventually gave us before!!! Sam was happy, there was a tray for him to put up and down, up and down in the back of the seat in front of him.

After initially heading in the wrong direction, we turned around and headed off to Ulverstone. The drive went by fairly quickly, I was busy trying to take note of what was different, what was the same. The scenery was beautiful. We stopped of in Latrobe to see my brother Graham and his wife, Dianne. Graham spends most of his time up in the lake area, he has a shack up there. And that is where he was today!!! It was so good to see Dianne, she hasn't changed very much at all! My nephew Anthony was there as well. He had just gotten home from spending time in Canada working at a ski resort.
We then piled back into the car and finished our drive to Ulverstone. We picked Ulverstone as our "headquarters" for our stay in Tasmania for a few reasons. I spent the first 14 years of my life living in Ulverstone, it is a beautiful little town and it is a central location for us to go visit family.
We stayed at the Willaway Motel. I remembered the Willaway from when I was growing up in, it is fairly old, but has undergone renovation.

We were very happy with our accommodations. Had 2 bedrooms, kitchen, living room and a beautiful view out the windows and front sliding doors. The only thing that was inconvenient was that there was not a telephone in the room. I guess that most people have mobile phones in this day and age, unfortunately, we couldn't use ours in Australia!!! Couldn't quite pick-up that signal....

Our unit was the one on the very end!

Another reason for staying at the Willaway Motel is that it is right by the beach!

This is Buttons Creek. It flows through the grounds of the Willaway Motel and on down into the ocean. I swam a lot here when I was a little girl. There used to be a playground right next to it, but that is gone now.

After settling in to our rooms we then went off to find a public telephone to call my sister and to find a supermarket to pick-up supplies. Eating out in Australia was very expensive, so I had planned to cook most of our meals. But, first things first. The most important food supply of all - Tim Tams.

Rice Crispies are called Rice Bubbles in Australia. Don't know why, I still call them Rice Bubbles after living in the USA for 23 years.

YUM, YUM, YUM!!! I am in heaven!!

This is something that you won't find in Publix supermarkets in Tampa!

Don't get all upset about the poor, cuddly eat beef, chicken, fish!

I love the beach



Todd Beck said...

Are you one of those people who eat only the "real" food from the other country and not the same brand manufactured here? There was an article in the paper about Cadbury bars made by Hershey, and how afficianados (read "expats") drive over to the UK stores to buy imported Cadbury instead. As far as I can tell, Vegemite is as nasty everywhere in the world.

Sally-Ann said...

To truly appreciate Vegemite, you have to be raised on it.
Cadbury chocolate from Australia has a far better taste than the Cadbury chocolate made by Hershey. I don't drive to a UK store to get sister sends it from Australia