A sunny day drive through the country...Nature at its finest...For the less experienced reader, how to use our archives...

This was our favorite photo of the day, a huge Billy Goat with quite the beard and defined facial markings.
Again today, its cloudy and overcast but we don't mind a bit.  We've been fortunate to have many gorgeous sunny days since we arrived in Tasmania over three weeks ago.
On a drive through the countryside, the ocean can be seen in the distance.
Each sunny day, we head out to take photos as shown in today's post, photos from the countryside, the quaint towns, the ocean and the points of interest we've found to be most appealing.

Cattle are curious when humans pass by.
In many locations throughout the world, living in more remote areas often leaves us scrambling for photo ops.  We'd assumed this would prove to be a dilemma in the total four months we spent in Bali (with a two month break in between), beginning on April 30, 2016. 

Cute countryside sign.
But, the photo opportunities in Bali kept coming and coming as evidenced in our posts, easily reviewed if you missed them, by researching our archives located on the right side of this page below our advertisers.

Cattle on a hill.
As a matter of fact, here are the step by step instructions for using our archives.  For our more experienced readers, please bear with us as we review these instructions:
  • Scroll down the day's home page, below our advertisers, to PREVIOUS POSTS 
  • Note the list of years since we began posting beginning in 2012
  • Click on the little black triangle of the year you'd like to research, that looks like this:  ► 
  • Once you click on this ► the entire year's posts, month by month, will be displayed.
  • Select the month and search for headings you like to see.  If you're looking for something in particular and are unable to find it, please don't hesitate to send me or Tom an email and we'll send you the link by email.

Highland Breed cattle.  See this link for details on this breed.
Many of our new readers find they are more easily able to grasp the nature of our continuing story by reading the posts from the beginning.  Our story is a a continuing day to day journal of the lives of two retirees with no home, no storage and only a few bags in our possession, traveling the world for years to come.  Its less of a "travel and sightseeing" log one may find elsewhere and more of a personal account about living all over the world.

This annoyed male approached the fence when we stopped for photos.
Many have written to us explaining how they began reading our posts from the beginning to grasp the full intent and meaning of why we do what we do and how it impacts our daily lives.  Could YOU do this?  Some could, some actually do what we do, although many would never chose this odd life.

Although this one mooed at us, she/he didn't bother to get up.
Yesterday, we loved speaking to our family members on Christmas Day (in the US) and were reminded of how much we left behind.  Any yet, after hanging up, we giggled with delight over the prospect of seeing them in a mere five months, spending six weeks in Minnesota and three weeks in Nevada.

The countryside in Tasmania certainly reminds us of New Zealand.
Will we run out of photo ops while in these two locations in the US?  Hardly. We'll be busy in our "home town" looking at it through new eyes and a new perspective.  We'll share nuances of living in the US for our readers in other countries (and in the US) and perhaps a different perspective after having been away for almost five years at that point.

Old log house seen along the country road.
And, for now?  We have hundreds of photos we've yet to share and the stories surrounding them.  There's no doubt we'll leave Penguin having many photos we'll never have had the opportunity to post.  In the interim, we'll share our favorites which we hope our readers find interesting.
The hills, the trees, the vegetation and the sea create a breathtaking scene.
Today, while the house is being cleaned, we'll head to Ulverstone to shop for groceries.  After discovering pesticides are used on most of the produce at Woolie's we no longer buy their produce.  Instead, we now purchase organic produce at the local Fruit & Veg market, a delightful five minute walk down the road. 
The views of farm fields, bodies of water and the sea is always stunning.
There's nothing quite like a walk down the road to the veggie mart.  Then again, there's nothing quite like Penguin.  Leaving in three weeks leaves us with a twinge of disappointment.  It won't be easy to say goodbye.

We hope all of you who celebrate had a fulfilling Christmas as we anticipate the New Year rolling in...

Photo from one year ago today, December 27, 2015:

During a period of many cloudy and rainy days in Fiji, we visited the capital city of Suva.  This photo is the top of the President's house located in Suva.  For more Suva photos, please click here.


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