Okay, I have been "threatening" you all with some more posts about our Tassie adventures, so here we go.
This is a view of the sunrise over Launceston from the balcony of our gorgeous apartment.
Day Three was the day that the guys went to play golf whilst Marie and I went exploring the Tamar Valley - we had a lot of fun playing with the panorama feature on the camera of our phones.....
On the dock at Beauty Point (above) where we went to visit Seahorse World.
Oh, my goodness - I just loved it! When I was a child, I had this book with full page colour photos about unusual and interesting animals in the world. There was a whole chapter with a story about the Seahorse and how the male seahorses carried the fertilised eggs, which of course was very intriguing to me and the pictures were so beautiful. So, ever since then I have had a bit of a "thing" for seahorses. I was thrilled to be able to see these beautiful creatures up close and personal.
Pot belly sea horses (apparently the males puff up their bellies as big as possible to show the females that they will be able to carry lots of eggs. The biggest belly wins the fair seahorse maidens affections.)
Look, baby seahorses!
"Primary School" age seahorses...
"Secondary School" age seahorses, swarming to be fed.
These seahorses are sent all over the world - apparently as long as they reach their new home within 48 hours, all will be well.
... and here I am, actually getting to hold one of these wonderful creatures - such a thrill!
... and just to finish with the sea horses, here are a couple of videos to
bore delight you all!
After Seahorse World, we stopped at an antique shop in Beaconsfield (where the terrible mine accident happened all of those years ago now) for a bit of a browse (but did not buy anything - aren't we good?)
... and then it was back over the bridge to the other side of the Tamar Valley to George Town and the Low Head Pilot Station (yes, another lighthouse for me).
As Marie and I were getting a bit peckish, we stopped for morning tea and had the most delicious sponge and cheesecake that I have ever eaten!
Can you tell which way the wind blows? lol!
Then it was off to pick the guys up from golf and onto another treat - Franklin House.
This, of course, was just my cup of tea!
This poster above (not the original) is quite an important one as it was created in 1816 to demonstrate that all people (aboriginal and non-aboriginal) were equal under the law.
"Often incorrectly attributed to Governor Thomas Davey (1758-1823), the Proclamation Board is actually Governor George Arthur’s (1784-1854) Proclamation to the Aborigines. The Board presents a four-strip pictogram that attempts to explain the idea of equality under the law. Those who committed violent crimes, in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania), be they Aboriginal Australian or European settler, would be punished in the same way."
Unfortunately, this very liberal view did not prevail and over the decades of the 1820s and 1830s what came to be known as the Black War occurred between the British settlers and the Aboriginal people which led to almost the destruction of the entire Tasmanian Aboriginal population, an act of genocide.
So, another jam-packed day of fun in Tassie for us on Day Three.
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