Where to next?
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I explored the Margate Train and the two antique shops. I always find something I just have to take home with me in the end one called ‘Mother wouldn’t like it’. Last time I was there, it was a poetry book by Longfellow and this time it was a painting by a local artist. Well, he’s local now. He was originally from the UK and now lives here in Hobart. What grabbed my attention was the different way he used colour. It reminded me a bit of the work a friend of mine does, only I have never had the funds to purchase one of my friend’s art works and they are much bigger.
I had relocated to the Mermaid Cafe in Kettering at the departure point for the Bruny Island Ferry. I just missed the 1445 ferry; I pulled up in time to see it float away. So I went into the cafe for coffee and to contemplate what I would do next.
This place is a ‘what you see is not necessarily what you get’ kind of place. From the outside, it looks dingy and like a dive, but when you walk through the door, a bright sunlit cafe opens up before you with huge windows overlooking the bay and marina at one end and an information centre at the other.
It had started raining again. I love watching raindrops on water and sat at my table enjoying the show outside my window on the water in the bay.
To my left was a family with two young boys. “Mumma, look, there’s a clock up there.” I was dying to ask the gorgeous little boy if he was able to tell me what the time was. :)
The ceiling of the cafe has sails draped from end to end. It gives it a cosy yet modern feel, even though the sails look old and well used.
The coffee was delicious and the Bruny Island fudge magnificent!!!!
I had had a lovely day so far today. I was so glad I got out. I was feeling so much better. I had been feeling weighed down by my studies and other things in life
The cafe really filled up after a while. Out of the 11 tables, only three were vacant, and of them, two had just been vacated and their cups were still to be cleared away. I supposed all these people must have been waiting for the ferry. It was due in about 20 minutes.
Looking out the window a movement caught my eye. I looked down and there right in front of me with only a wall and a pane of glass separating us was a little piece of Australian wildlife. A rat. Yes folks, along with our unique wildlife, the wombat, echidna and kangaroo to name a few, the favourite of all furry little creatures are prolific here in Australia too. He ran away before I could get a shot off (with my camera), but he was THIS big! (I’m holding my hands up in front of me two feet apart) I kid you not. :)
The ferry was on the way back and most of the people had disappeared so I guess I was right and they were waiting for it.
I didn’t know what I was going to do. I didn’t really want to go home, but I didn’t know where I might stay if I didn’t go home, I wouldn’t have time to see anything on Bruny this late in the day so I was not going there...