Day Three: Richmond

Roses at the University Garden in Hobart.

The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens were established in 1818 and is Australia’s second oldest Botanic Garden after Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney.

The Lily Pond was formed in 1840 by damming a stream draining the hill above. Originally used as a reservoir, water lilies have grown here for over 100 years.

The Conservatory.

Pete (Tino’s) Vegie Patch.

Rosa Pierre de Ronsard

Edifice of the State Library of Tasmania. Hugely disappointing.

Mt Wellington.

Richmond Bridge is Australia’s oldest bridge still in use. The foundation stone was laid in 11 December 1823 and construction continued using convict labour until completion in 1825. It was originally named Bigge’s Bridge after Royal Commissioner John Thomas Bigge.

Final activity for the day was wine tasting at Puddleduck Vineyard. Established in 1997, Puddleduck is 3.5 hectare boutique winery.

Forget the wine tasting of more interest was the Deloitte(?) Christmas Party and their version of Kris Kringle hosted by the three elves. The three elves (one cross dressed) would call up the staff member, roast the person by poem and the gift would continue the theme (appalling handwriting-gift: Year Two Handwriting Book)

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