Australia Day Adventures

Hello everyone. Yesterday was a public holiday to celebrate Australia Day and John and I took a road trip . Our first stop was to a fruit farm at Colebrook to buy apricots , my favourite stone fruit. I always stew them and freeze for later in the year , always such a treat in the middle of Winter. Also an Apricot and Almond tart or two may well happen .

After collecting the apricots we continued on to North Hobart to the State Cinema , where we enjoyed lunch , Mongolian beef for John and Moroccan Vegetable Pilaf for me. After lunch we watched a French comedy ” How to Be a Good Wife” starring Juliette Binoche , which was thoroughly enjoyable.

On our way home we made a stop to explore the small town of Kempton , an early colonial settlement with a rich collection of historic buildings. As the silhouette depicts it was a major stop for coaches travelling between Hobart and Launceston.

Dysart House , built in 1842 , is a magnificent sandstone building built in Georgian style that started life as an inn, public house and private residence. The property is now The Old Kempton Distillery .

This is the Congregational Church , built in 1840 by the Van Diemans Land Missionary Society and now a beautifully restored private home.

The delightful entrance to one of the earliest houses, Fernleigh, built in 1830 for Thomas Gorring a doctor from Brighton , England.

Many of the town’s buildings are now beautifully restored.

This one is awaiting restoration , lots of work to do for someone with deep pockets. John can be seen on the left not actually looking at the building but at a collection of cars  also in need of work .

My sister has been researching our family history and has traced our first Tasmanian link back to 1823, our many times removed grandfather , John Barlow, a convict from London. At the tender age of 17 he was sentenced to death for stealing a watch but was sent to Australia instead . I have read the details of the court proceedings , the evidence was sketchy at best , his only crime was being poor.

Another of the silhouettes on the road , this one of a bushranger doing his thing and holding up a local gent. Note the Christmas hats , a little local folly I suspect.

My outfit was Moyuru pants worn with a black mesh tank top and cream and black short sleeve jacket from Anna Thomas , Paco Herrero sandals , Karen Walker sunnies and bangles.

Joining Mica at Weekday Wear, Jess for Elegantly Dressed and Stylish, Gail for Wow on Wednesday, Jacqui for Chic and Stylish and Nancy for Fancy Friday.



    • grownupglamour
      January 30, 2021 / 5:37 am

      I am pleased you found my little bit of Tassie history interesting Mirielle. I can only imagine the wonderful apricots in France . The supermarket ones here also are tasteless , so the annual trip is well worth the effort. Enjoy your weekend with your family.

  1. January 27, 2021 / 4:03 pm

    Isn’t it lovely to go back with family history for so long ago! I think that is so interesting. Love your black and white outfit. So you!

    • grownupglamour
      January 30, 2021 / 5:35 am

      It is interesting looking back at family history , I only wish I had known more of the history when I was in England many years ago. You know me and my love of black and white Nancy. I do hope you are enjoying your weekend Nancy.

  2. January 27, 2021 / 4:25 pm

    I can live vicariously through your outings Jill! Love the sillouetes at the roadside! We have a house near us that has 3 bear sillouetes and they are wearing earmuffs! Love the classic black and white and those wonderful sunnies. I miss eating fruit through our winters here
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

    • grownupglamour
      January 30, 2021 / 5:33 am

      I am glad you can live vicariously through my posts Jess , hopefully yours will happen in time. I was quite impressed with the silhoutes . The bears sound really cute with their ear muffs. Always my pleasure to join your link up Jess.

  3. Ms. Mary
    January 27, 2021 / 5:22 pm

    YUM! Fresh apricots always remind me of my childhood, as we had a tree in our back yard. The pictures of the restored buildings look very inviting. My husband is a “Car Guy”, so I totally get John’s interest. 🙂
    Lovely post. <3

    • grownupglamour
      January 30, 2021 / 5:21 am

      Thank you so much Mary, these apricots are always worth the drive , they are one of the old fashioned varieties with a great flavour. The buildings have been lovingly restored and are mostly now homes. Car guys are the same the world over. Glad you enjoyed the post.

  4. January 27, 2021 / 6:51 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed joining you vicariously on this road trip, Jill. Lunch followed by a French comedy sounds delightful, and what a beautiful town Kempton is ,with its collection of colonial buildings. I’m loving those silhouettes too. Oh, and those apricots look absolutely yummy! xxx

    • grownupglamour
      January 30, 2021 / 5:14 am

      Many thanks Ann , glad you enjoyed our road trip. It was a most pleasant day , always enjoy a French comedy. The apricots are yummy , bust stewing some for Winter. Take care, Jill. xx

  5. Eva
    January 27, 2021 / 7:30 pm

    Hi Jill,
    Your latest post brought back many happy memories for me being a former Tassie girl from Glenorchy, now living in Queensland.I love your style and your monochrome look for your outing is fab.Thank you for brightening up my day – looking forward to your next post.

    • grownupglamour
      January 30, 2021 / 5:12 am

      Hello Eva , lovely to meet you , glad the post held Tassie memories for you. Enjoy your Queensland sunny days.

  6. January 28, 2021 / 7:25 am

    I love reading about your days out. Firstly the weather look wonderful, second it’s good to see you out and about (we’re in lockdown again) and I love to hear about history and culture. The apricots look delicious, and hearing about your lunch makes me nostalgic! Those balloon pants are very striking. A real fashionista outfit. So dramatic.

    • grownupglamour
      January 30, 2021 / 5:09 am

      I am so glad you enjoy reading about my days out. Our Summer has been a bit of a mixed bag. Hopefully by the time Summer arrives in the Uk , you can also be out and about to enjoy it. The apricots were very good too. Always my pleasure to join Wow on Wednesday.

    • grownupglamour
      January 30, 2021 / 5:06 am

      Many thanks Lovely , Kempton is an interesting little town. Enjoy your weekend too.

  7. January 31, 2021 / 3:43 am

    I like your black and white outfit, and what a lovely blazer! It’s nice seeing the places you have passed by too, the buildings look so pretty, it’s good they are being restored!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you are having a good weekend 🙂 Another hot one here, we had to leave the park as it was just too warm!

    • grownupglamour
      February 1, 2021 / 8:51 am

      Thank you so much Mica , the little jacket is an old favourite. I am so pleased we took the time to venture off the main road and explore this town. Always my pleasure to join you . I did see it was rather hot in Brisbane.

    • grownupglamour
      February 1, 2021 / 8:48 am

      Thank you so much, glad you enjoyed my photos.

  8. judith
    February 17, 2021 / 7:35 pm

    Thanks for taking us along on your day trip. I enjoyed every bit of it and you look smashing in your outfit. I liked the story of your many-times-great grandfather as well. Family history is always interesting. The restored buildings are lovely and the silhouettes are imaginative and whimsical.

    • grownupglamour
      February 18, 2021 / 9:30 am

      I am pleased you enjoyed my little day trip Judith. I agree looking back at our family history is very interesting.

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