with a group of locals from Rocky Hills. We filled up dozens of big rubbish bags in a few hours. This job "sucks" and, guess what... I found a dumped vacuum cleaner !!!
Well done by the group of volunteers especially Alison Wallace the coordinator. Even CB 1300 was impressed !
At a farewell dinner with a group of over 20 medical (second year) students, from Hobart medical university, visiting Glamorgan-Spring Bay (part of their curriculum). It has been a pleasure to show them around. Hopefully, one day, some of them will consider being practitioners in a rural area like our.
With the co-founder of the now well established local bi-annual festival :"From France to Freycinet"
the Deputy French General Consul in Australia (based in Sydney) honoured us very much by coming to Swansea to officially launch the 2014 festival created to celebrate the historical connection between France and the East-Coast of Tasmania. In 1802 the French expedition led by Capitaine Baudin was the very first exploring and mapping our area hence the plethora of French name (like Freycinet) dotting our coast.
The Bush Garden Association have done wonderful work in Buckland
with the most fantastic display of endemic Tasmanian plants in context with the French Connection.
Did you know that over 177 species of Tasmanian plants were first discovered and named by a French naturalist Labillardiére?
Well done excellent work and I hope many visitors will be intrigued by your botanical display.
with Brian Franklin: Vigneron extraordinaire form AGV wines and Ross Brown flanked by his wife Jenny (Chairman of Brown Brothers wines) one of the oldest wines company in Australia.
Both giants,albeit in a different scale were very happy to be acquitted.
Ruth Dowty CEO of the East-Coast Tourism Regional Organisation (ECTRO) was there as well.
Glamorgan-Spring Bay is indeed very lucky to have two wine compagnies of the caliber in its territory.
He saw a Television program about a Tasmanian French Mayor about 2 years ago. He saved his money visit Tasmania and meet him this Mayor. He bought a second hand bicycle in Hobart and pedaled his way to Bicheno! Of course Catherine and I invited him for dinner. It was great to meet you Tibault!
During our Australia Day ceremony I had the pleasure of meeting our Australia Day 'Ambassador' Mr Andrew Hughes, who received the State Tasmanian 'Citizen of the Year' in 2012.
What an extraordinary young man.
'Citizen of the Year' for 2013 awarded to a very worthy recipient was Mr. John Austwick.
Many extraordinary achievements, his involvement in the Tasmanian wine industry on the East-Coast, he has also been instrumental in acquiring the Bendigo Community Bank in Bicheno, Swansea and now Triabunna. Well done John, you are indeed an asset to Tasmania.