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Fridge repairs and a sad goodbye.

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We dropped the van in to the refrigeration repair place at 8.30am so we were temporarily without a home.

We drove to Bridgewater and finally picked up the generator that had been wrongly sent to Launceston.

We then went for a tour of the Cadbury’s chocolate factory.
Actually it’s more than just a factory but a piece of Tasmanian history in itself.
The factory is the centre of a whole community and at least 3 generations of employees of the factory.

We toured the factory and had a fascinating lecture on the complex process of chocolate manufacturing as well as a taste test, after which we went into the shop with its thousand of chocolate choices.

Kerrie was in her element at Cadbury's

Kerrie was in her element at Cadbury’s

Kerrie of course was in here element rambling through endless rows of chocolate.
I had to physically restrain her from incoherently handing over hundreds of dollars as the bright shiny wrappers beckoned her to buy.

(From Kerrie) Yea right. At $2 for family blocks and $1.60 for small ones you couldn’t go past those prices. Others were in there for the easter eggs and buying them by the cartons. My measly few will keep us going for a long time…if I hide them.

Chocolates, Chocolates and more Chocolates

Chocolates, Chocolates and more Chocolates

We finished the tour with a divine hot chocolate drink made from white, brown and dark chocolates. As we left with Kerrie’s huge supply of chocolate we both had head spins and “out of body” experiences from so much chocolate.

We then went in to Hobart city to get a few things and then on to the Pete’s patch in the Botanical gardens where spent an hour or two contemplating where the next leg of our journey would be.

When we picked up the van from ABC Refrigeration in Butler Street we found the repairs completely done and only a minimal charge as the thermostat jets had been cleaned and the fridge was running perfectly.
We had the pleasure of meeting the most helpful gentleman at this company who went out of his way to help us and show exactly how the fridge operates.

He confirmed what we had found in our research, that these were the best possible fridges for on the road living. The gas is a highly efficient yet simple process and unbeatable for free camping.
He highly recommended keeping this 40 year old fridge and forgetting about replacing it with a late model compressor driven unit which we had tossed around the idea of.

He also looked at our plans for air-conditioning the van favourably telling us it would be a simple process and one that we would not regret.
We will get this done when we return to Melbourne.

We met Barry and Christine at Constitution dock in the evening and went to dinner at a wonderful restaurant called the Drunken Admiral.

The décor was an amazing museum with thousands of marine and other relics and antiques and the seafood meals were cooked to perfection.

After dinner we walked around the myriad of fishing boats in constitution dock and I guess I was trying to delay the inevitable goodbye to Barry and Christine.
They fly out for home tomorrow morning.

Barry is very special to me and having him and Christine share the experience of Southern Tasmania with us for the last 10 days has been wonderful.

We will miss them very much, even more so not knowing when we’ll see them again.

The sad goodbye made us melancholy as we realised just how far away we were from family and friends and how much we miss you all.

For as long as we have our minds intact we’ll never forget the last 10 days and the pleasure of the company of these two special people.

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