September began with a welcomed visit by two of our most favorite cousins, Dave and Leslie Moore from North Salt Lake, who are on a Public Affairs Mission in Sydney. They were down in Tassie on church business and managed to squeak out two days for us. We headed to the east coast and Port Arthur. We were blessed with beautiful weather, which is usually "iffy" this time of the year.
We absolutely love this area of Tasmania.
The beautiful stone church in Port Arthur built by the prisoners. The story behind it's demise is that a land owner east of the prison decided to clear some of his land with fire. The wind came up and blew embers onto the roof of the church which of course burned. There has been talk about rebuilding and using the church. Several parts of the prison have been used by the community for different purposes after the prison was closed.
Two weeks later, a group of Senior Missionaries from our Melbourne Mission came to Tassie for three days of R&R. We were able to join them for the first day up in the Launceston area which is northern Tasmania. We met them (about 30 in number) at 8:30 in the morning at the Launceston airport. We drove out to Ashgroves where we enjoyed watching the cheese making and enjoying the tasting table in the store.
|Sister Maxwell giving lots of hugs.|
Next stop was Chudley and we visited the Honey store and the Silk and Rose store. It was raining that day and each day that the missionaries were here. That didn't stop us though.
There were 99 bees on the Honey store. We didn't count them, but there were a lot and it was so cute.
Next stop was Trowunna Wildlife Park in Mole Creek. Because of the rain, the workers brought two of the animals out to us while we sat under some protection at picnic tables.
This is a darling wombat. They are big and round with a very shy personality. This one seemed pretty tame as it walked around the table top. It is now one of my favourite animals. (Note the Aussie spelling which the computer likes better than American.)
Next animal was the Tasmanian Devil. I enjoyed the handler too with his dreadlocks and beard. These too are very shy (don't know about the handler!) and it kept ducking it's head under the handler's arm.
|Sis. Maxwell trying to get|
close to the little Devil.
Other little strange animals at the park.
This kangaroo knew what it wanted. FOOD. It came up to a
group of us who had no food, but it stayed for quite a while
Medford, Oregon, Chinese missionary, reaching for her camera.
The last stop was Mole Creek Caves. We love the beautiful rain forests that we have found in the Bush.
Elder and Sister Rust