After a quick toast breakfast this morning we plugged in Hobart city centre to the satnav and set off with the view that we’d stop at any interesting places on the way.
Our first stop was Derwent Estate Vineyard next to the River Derwent. It was the first one we’d seen signposted so far so was a must for some christmas tipple. We got a pack of lovely crisp cider (which apparently they’d only put on the market last Wednesday) and a bottle of sparkling rose made from pinot noir grapes, Mat’s favourite.
Second stop jyst down the road was at a roadside vendor for a fresh punnet of strawberries.
Third stop, after driving through Hobart centre, was The Nosebag cafe at Sandy Bay for a second breakfast of eggs benedict and coffee. We followed this with a stroll on the beach and a dipping of toes in the sea. It was pretty cold at first but very refreshing and there was someone swimming.
Fourth stop was Ashmore Fish Factory and Tas Live Abalone in Mornington for some oysters, prawns and abalone. We ate the oysters straight away, a taste to rival Sydney rock oysters for sure, and fridged the prawns for tomorrow’s christmas feast. Neither of us have tried abalone before so the man at the shop took us on a quick tour showing us dried, vacuum packed, tinned and live abalone. They are very large meaty looking things and not cheap. We settled on a vacuum pack of two for $78!
From buying fish we were going to go straight to my Cousin Sarah’s house but then Mat spotted the Cascade Brewery just up the road so we thought as we’d already been to Boag’s in Launceston we should really pay Cascade’s a visit also. The grounds were beautiful and the brewery itself was a very old convict built building; very picturesque. We had to wait until 2.15 for the tour so took the opportunity for some light refreshment (using our beer tokens before) at the bar and a stroll through the grounds.
After the tour we drove the final stretch down to Electrona to Sarah’s house for a family christmas.