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.