Photos of our new home in the Huon Valley, Tasmania...Delightful!


View of the Huon River from the veranda of our new vacation home.  Nice!
It was so cool last night we huddled under two blankets, comfy with the screened windows opened, content to be settled.  This time we didn't bother to bring our luggage upstairs to the main floor, instead leaving the bags open on the bed in the lower level second bedroom allowing us to run up and down the stairs for the few items we'll use over these next 41 days.

Cozy dining area.
As always, it takes a few days to feel settled as we discover where everything is located, how to use locks, appliances, the TV "source" or "input" buttons for  use of the HDMI cord and for the best signal from the Wi-Fi. 

After chatting online with Australia's main Internet service provider yesterday we've figured out the best data plan for our SIM card and hotspot which we'll use as an adjunct to the house's slow Wi-Fi connection.  I'll use the hotspot while Tom uses and house signal.  Neither works well if we share one of the signals simultaneously.

Living room/lounge area suits our needs. Plus, the sofa is comfortable!
After we uploaded yesterday's post, we headed to the town of Huonville, (see map below) which is a 15 minute drive, to  arrive at the local grocery store, Woolie's (as Woolworth's is called in Australia), to complete our food shopping. 

The galley kitchen works well for us.  The range is toward the far left as shown in next photo below.  Tom's happy there's a dishwasher!
Tom usually stays in the car reading a book on his phone, while I shop.  He gauges how long I'll be and comes into the market to help loading the items on the conveyor belt. 

In Australia, shoppers must bring their own grocery bags or will be charged varying amounts for recyclable bags.  We've kept the yellow insulated Costco bag, the Africa cloth bag we purchased in Kenya over three years ago and a smaller insulated bag the owners in Maui left for us as a gift.  These same bags have served our shopping needs throughout our travels.

Tom, the perfect French press guy, makes perfect coffee every time. Guess we won't be using the toaster.
Since arriving two days ago, we've spent AU $515, US $389 for groceries but it appears we'll have enough food to last for more than a week. This may seem to be a substantial amount but included in these items was paper products, bottled water, enough grass fed meat for over a week, spices, organic produce and more.

Typically, when we arrive at a new location our first grocery bill is in this range.  Subsequent weeks, the expenditure is considerably less, usually well under AU $265, US $200. 

This spacious master bedroom is located on the main level with a roomy en suite bathroom.
The drive from the house to Huonville was pleasant with the gorgeous scenery along the way, photos of which we'll share in tomorrow's post.  We can't wait to go to Hobart tomorrow to take more photos of this amazing part of the world.

Laundry room with washer located next to the master bathroom. There's a dryer in the garage.  We haven't had a dryer since Trinity Beach, Australia in June, 2015.  Of course, for almost 10 months during this period our laundry was done for us. 
As its turns out we're located in the town of Geeveston.  Here's a bit of info about this small town with a population of about 1500, from this site:

Geeveston is a small Australian town in the south of Tasmania on the Huon River, 62 km south west of Hobart, making it Australia's most southerly administrative centre.

The town takes its name from William Geeves, an English settler who was given a land grant by Lady Jane Franklin in the area then known as Lightwood Bottom (after a type of timber prevalent in the area).

The settlement Geeves set up was renamed Geeves Town in 1861, and the name eventually became Geeveston. Geeveston is for local government purposes included in the area of the Huon Valley Council and is part of the division of Franklin for both Australian House of Representatives and Tasmanian House of Assembly electoral purposes. (Continued below).

The master bath fulfills our needs with plenty of fluffy towels, robes and amenities.

Geeveston is on the Huon Highway, and is the gateway to the Hartz Mountains National Park. It is the centre of Tasmania's apple and fruit-growing industry, and has also been highly reliant on the timber industry since the late 19th century.

A pulp mill was opened in the town in 1962, and was Geeveston's largest employer until the plant closed in 1982, devastating the area economically. The Forest & Heritage Centre, a tourist centre which details the history of the timber industry in the area, is located in Geeveston.
 
Although Geeveston is quite the small town we're very close to a number of other small towns:
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Zoom in to see Geeveston, located south of
Port Huon shown on this map.
We don't feel isolated by any means with all of the surrounding riverfront towns as shown on this map.  We can be in the center of Hobart located in the north of us in this map in less than 45 minutes.
 
We're rather content here.  No doubt this is a different experience than Penguin but, isn't that why we travel anyway?  The opportunity to experience the experiences the vast differences in areas throughout the world which proves to be the driving force in our nomadic lifestyle.

The pool is covered which is easily removed by a cranking device.  If it warms up, we'll use it. More photos of the backyard will follow once it stops raining.


We'll be back with lots more as we continue to explore this scenic area.  Have a lovely day!
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Photo from one year ago today, January 18, 2016:
Our ship, the Celebrity Solstice, which we'll board again in Sydney on March 1,  looked huge while docked at the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand.  For more details, please click here.W

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