Earlier research indicated that a general store operated on the western side of the Gretna Green Hotel so I padded up the Lyell Highway, past the drinking establishment and its drinkers resting on their vehicles outside, and stood in front of the glass fronted shop. The dust was settled. The space was empty. Clearly no-one had been inside for a long time.
I turned and plodded down to the pub, giving the chatty locals something to take their minds off their beers, and entered a small historic building with many small rooms leading off each other.
Strangely, I forgot to take a photograph when I first looked at the hotel. This image comes from the internet – please note accommodation is no longer offered. I have just discovered the pub has its own Facebook site with more photos. Hmm. I must write a review for them.
The tags and categories, which I create each time I write a blog, help people during their internet searches to find my blogsite. Another way in which people around the world find my blog is if they are already using WordPress for their blog. In addition, I have a specialised Facebook and Twitter account for this Walking the Derwent project, and my LinkedIn account also automatically receives the regular postings. So there have been many ways in which my blogs have been found by others and, in some cases, have been just what they wanted to read.
The surprise for me has been the interesting bloggers who have ‘liked’ or commented on my blogs. When they do this I always check their blogsite and sometimes I become an avid follower because their blog preoccupation coincides with an interest of mine.
The latest great blog find is by Jean Béliveau who decided to walk around the world. His blog can be examined at http://wwwalk.org/en. Originally, this extraordinary man left Montreal in Canada and then took 11 years for his walk.
Jean Béliveau’s blog is very well organised so that you can find which towns he visited in each country. Looking at his itinerary in specific counties, the towns and cities visited are eclectic and not always capital cities or key places. Of course, with a parochial interest, I searched and found where he walked in Tasmania. There was a great deal of my State which he didn’t walk on, but since (like me) he was making his own rules about where to walk, it does not matter. After all, he never said he was going to walk around each country and through each town or city.
Don’t miss his selfie photos on the left of his blogsite because they show his changing looks in each country; hair, skin colour etc.
I don’t know when the Clarence Jazz Festival first started, but it was up and running when I returned to Tasmania to live, in 2000. Ever since, it has grown in scale and excitement.
From one Sunday to the next in the third week of each February, performances are scheduled in historic buildings such as the Rosny Barn, next to the water on various bays such as Kangaroo Bay and Lindisfarne Bay (that empty into the Derwent River, and which blog followers may remember from earlier stages of my walk), at beach reserves and on village greens across the local government area of Clarence City Council.
Most are free events and they culminate in the big day next Sunday. On that day the Bellerive Boardwalk, with its stunning backdrop of sun-drenched water covered in yachts, hosts a grand finale when many different Tasmanian and national jazz musicians perform on an open stage in front of changing throngs of people sitting and moving around the Boardwalk. Food, wine and coffee stalls surround the venue, and the Clarence City Council offers free sunscreen for those who come unprotected. At the Jazz at the Boardwalk is where you can expect me to be next Sunday! Bring on those sexy saxophones!
Typically people walk from home often carrying picnics and refreshments to drink. Families sit outdoors and soak in the atmosphere while kids clamber over public playground equipment when nearby. Where I live, sometimes the sounds of music float across the air and I am able to enjoy concerts when I cannot get away from home.