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Peppermint bay – a slice of Paradise

I had been hanging out all week waiting and hoping with every rain drop that it would leave us in peace just for an hour. I was meeting a friend for lunch and sitting outside is much preferable to being inside, it’s not yet winter and I love to make the most of outside eating while I can.
Our destination? Peppermint Bay. Just up the road in Woodbridge which I’ve only visited once since it was built in 2003, and that was twelve months ago. Read about it here.

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Back when it was built we were in no position to be eating out with 2 young kids and a less than ideal income. Fast forward 9 years and all I am hearing is that it’s way too expensive and all I should get in a coffee and muffin. Hmm? My American friend and I took the all-inclusive ferry and lunch deal (special lunch made just for ferry patrons) but I have not ventured in on m own until a month ago. After gym class one day (today’s) friend asked if I would like to join them for lunch, I said yes to a coffee, the ominous warning still ringing in my ears.
Boy did I get a surprise. Not only was the lunch menu good value it is cheap enough to have a special treat each month without feeling too guilty. A variety of side dishes, small mains and a good selection of kids meals all at very reasonable prices. Nothing really over the $20-25 mark.
I tried their fries which came with the most amazing aioli – my friend said she could lick it straight out of the bowl, and after trying it, believe I would too – and the side of green veges. Oh. My.god. Crunchy vegetables with a (non creamy) lemon sauce, divine! Call me sad, but I’m a vege nazi, love them!

It had been a good month since I had last been and my friend was no longer doing gym class with me, so we organised to have lunch and catch up.
It had been on my mind to order the salad she normally has. Ocean trout salad. I had had a taster and was aching to have a whole one to myself.
Once ordered we sat back and chatted until our meals came.
Doh. Now I want to write, do you think I can remember the name of her dish. Nope. Salted fish bites of some sort essentially. I shared a half one and it tasted heavenly. Light, creamy flavour, not too many herbs and a texture that was rather like mashed potato. It arrived on a board smothered in aioli with extra salt and a cut lemon. A small meal, but at $11 not bad value. Picture taken with my phone, in rather bright light making it a very not so arty food picture.
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My salad on the other hand was not what we expected. The one I had tried was a potato salad with some greens, beetroot chunks and trout on top. All with a lovely light and creamy mayonnaise. A meal to die for.
Today’s, ($18 meal) was unfortunately nothing like it. The potato had gone and in it’s place were chunks of cucumber and radish, a lot more greens, beetroot, next to no dressing but plenty of trout. Trout is a lighter version of salmon. Where salmon, smoked especially, has a heavy strong fishy flavour, trout is lighter and creamier. Well, going on my limited experience anyway. Again, not so arty too bright phone picture. image

The gorgeous Scottish waiter (he’s just so cute and very personable) returned and asked if everything was alright. I mentioned I was disappointed with the salad and why. I don’t mind radish, but there is only so much a person can eat. After taking stock as the criticism wasn’t expected, he said they were tweaking the menu but I was not the first to mention a dislike for the salad.

On checking if we wanted something else I asked they had any fudge out the front. (As you come in the front doors and head around to the bar and outside area they have a recessed shelf where they display the small sweets like muffins, scones, fudges and brownies, or whatever they have been baking). Yes they did, and which one would I like, the Bruny Island Chocolate or the salted caramel? Surprise me. That stumped him for a minute til my friend said she would take the other one. So one of each way ordered.

I often say ‘surprise me’ when being asked for desserts as I tend to want all of them equally and I really don’t mind what I have. Not everyone appreciates it though, thinking they night get in trouble if I don’t like what I get?? We both a giggle about that, and it was mentioned about being jumped on the way to the ladies.. Not quite what I meant about ‘surprise me’ 😉

The fudge was pure melt in the mouth delight and next time I will definitely be trying the caramel. Coffee is nothing amazing, it’s not bad, but I won’t make a beeline there just for the coffee. My total for lunch, a mere $23. Not a bank breaker, but not an everyday meal either. For under $60 two people could quite easily have a lovely lunch, coffee included.
How could you not enjoy eating outdoors at a place like this?

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Enjoy some more pictures of Peppermint Bay at my photo blog, Box of Photos. Find the link over to the right somewhere.

From my little piece of Paradise, have a great weekend 🙂
Jen x

Flowerpot Rock – picture essay.

Hubby had taken Mr’s 13 & 16 caving so after my gym class I took a walk with Mr 8 to ‘the beach’. Technically it’s not a beach, and never actually was, but as kids we would call it ‘the beach’. We’re going to the beach, be back later…. That kind of thing. It’s all rocks and we would spend hours here exploring, looking for crabs, sitting and dreaming…
The road has eroded over the years and is not suitable for vehicular access any more. The shoreline has eroded and is not completely the same one I remember, but there are still familiar rocks protruding from the water at the right tide times. Rounding the last corner you are greeted rewarded with the most gorgeous view. I still love it after all these years. Just around to your right, is Flowerpot Rock, so named for its unusual shape.
This is all just a stones throw from the house, say 500m.

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And another view of the ‘old house’

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The house may be moving on but we will always have our memories.

Photo Friday – take 2

While I didn’t get to do exactly what I wanted this morning, I still managed to get out and take some pictures.  All 65 of them. The problem now is choosing which ones get published, and how many is too many…? Of the good ones I’m happy to post, that still makes it about 50.
I think for future Friday Photos I’ll have to give myself a theme – or maybe you guys can help.  What do you want to see me take pics of, or rather, what would you like to see pictures of??

From little things big things grow

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swinging bridges + my boys = me + eek!!

I wont say I have conquered a fear, but I have faced it and told it off, and still no more the boss than I was a week ago.

(Lots of pics, about 15 in all, so there is a slide show near the end to have a look at. The boys thought the crows were pretty cool, and my eldest is pretty close to being taller than hubby (that 4 boys line-up will have to change order soon), there’s some funky mushrooms and a cool hole in a tree…)

We took a family day out and went to the Airwalk, (more info here).  It was a bleak looking day, but we rugged up and set off regardless.  Leaving probably later than expected and arrived right on lunch – we managed to score an undercover table for our picnic.  Not just undercover, but in the building they have reserved for large pre-booked-fully catered-with fireplaces parties.  Dry, and kind of warm.

It was a foggy day and I was hoping to get some nice pictures of fog over the water – I succeeded, mostly.  I’m sure those who know how to use their cameras would have done a brilliant job. I, am happy with my results.

We walked up the track to the start of the Airwalk, through the rainforest, checking out the beautuful trees, well hubby & I did, boys went off ahead.
Once on the actual Airwalk, I wasn’t nervous at all.  Probably because I had been here only a few months before and it was still fresh in my mind.  I have conquered the Airwalk!  kind of.  Although, I am slightly amused by hubby who is now suffering a little vertigo in his old and didn’t want to look down too much, even right at the end.

Arriving at the last ‘solid’ part, we had to wait for another group and then we ventured onto the cantilevered ‘bridge’.  Yes, surprise surpise, I was confortable with it. Of course if they had started to jump and wobble it, that would have been the end of me.  But just walking to the end, there was none of that conrete legs, or weird dizzy feeling…. (as hubby said to me, “you get dizzy over dizziness” – gotta laugh at that one).

Photos were taken, and we headed back down to start the next leg of our journey.
The 3km walk upriver, crossing 2 swinging bridges and back to the car park.  An easy walk through the forest across the river.
Did you sya swinging bridges… Yeah, that’s where I got unstuck.  I don’t know what it is about swinging bridges, well maybe it’s the swinging part, that gets me freaked, but I just don’t like them.
My boys on the other hand LOVE them.
The youngest ran along it, several times, calling me a chicken, while the older two (+ hubby) swung it til it twisted. I just stood at the end, frozen, waiting for them to get off the other end.

There was no going back, I had to cross the rivers.  I walked to the middle of the bridge, slowly, holding the rail, and took a few pictures then we contiued to the end.

Second bridge was the same, although my biggest fear there, was that someone would come along and start it swinging like crazy, I swear I would have had a meltdown if that had happend.
Ok, so I conquered it for now, and could probably do it again, slightly easier, but I still don’t like the motion of it and I would still have to go over on my own.

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Yes, I did stand in the middle of the bridge and take a picture – there was no swinging to scare me.  In the picture where you can see the fork in the river – the bridges cross each of these,  just out of sight . The right one is longer, but the other one is higher.  And if you look really closely, you can see a viewing platform on the point between the rivers – and from there it is an awful long way to look back at the air walk.  My picture, even zoomed all the way out, was way too foggy to see much.
The picture with the two tree ‘stumps’ on the main road is the entrance to Geeveston, the historical loggin township from where all sorts of South West adventures start.
The link, I hate to say it, is not very good. I was trying to find a really cool site that shows the beauty and desolation but that one will have to.

This is definitely a place well worth the visit, even if you are not a tree-freak (haha Chris), the scenery is just beautiful!

Grin and bear it, if you can 🙂
Jennifer