Going to see the rest of Port Arthur quickly today, then go to see Megan, which is about 160km away. Have to go all the way back around Hobart, even though Huonville is pretty much just across the bay from Murdunna.
Megan and I were friends at primary school, we haven't seen each other since we were about 11. I managed to track her down on a website called www.schoolfriends.com.au and when Mum and I decided to go to Tasmania, of course we had to catch up!
Last night after it finally got dark, Uncle Jon showed us the wallabies that came into the back yard. Mum and I also spotted a feathertail glider.
Well! Didn't we have an interesting day today! I finally got to see Megan, even if it was quite late. We got a late start from Auntie Lel and Uncle Jon's, and got to Port Arthur ten minutes after I wanted to leave. We saw all the rest of the things we wanted to see - the Penetentiary, Guard House, asylum, pauper's mess, separate prison and chapel and the church.
The chapel was really weird, all the prisoners in their separate stalls. The church was amazing. It's just a shell, but you can see how beautiul it would have been. It was never consecrated because there were more than just Roman Caltholics there, and of course the Church wasn't very impressed with that.
It was about 12 when we left, so he had planned to go straight to Megan's, but we ended up going to Copping to get some wine. It was about 3.30 by the time we got to Megan's. I got to meet Megan's son, Ethan, who is a gorgeous and very energetic 18 month old! Megan was exactly the same as I remember, only taller! We talked about friends from school, most of whom Megan is still in contact with.
After we went into town to meet Steve, Megan's husband, we went to Cascades, where we "thought" there was a B&B. Then we discovered it was just called Cascades, and it was actually back near Port Arthur!
We called into a pub, but they were full, so we went to Kingston Beach. They have three accommodation places, all full! It was heading towards 9pm, so we thought we'd get petrol, then brave Hobart. While Mum was paying for the petrol, she was chatting with the attendant, who told her that The Globe hotel wasn't far.
We came in as they were packing up, but they had a room! So we're going to go back to Copping after we'e been to Cascade brewery and the Female Factory, but we'll call and check first!
"I'm not crazy I'm just a little unwell"~ Matchbox 20