Franklin St Ayles rowboats had to compete in the intermittent rain which dampened spectator enthusiasm. The rowers were , nevertheless , keen, as it was an international competition. Competitors came from as far Norway, Scotland and WA…and Cygnet and Franklin. Franklin has beautifully restored Palais Theatre ..all Art Noveau, which rocked with Montz Matsumoto’s bluegrass band and other locals. Very talented lot. The laundromat had a great idea. Whilst your washing was spinning you could post a letter, have a coffee, browse athe second hand book shop or have a tattoo ..all in the same building. Frankie Cidery offers lovely tasting plates of local produce and flights of cider tasting. This can lead to the need for an afternoon nap.
Whilst in Franklin , we were visited by Jude Rossiter Owens who was a neighbour and friend from St Theo’s in Surrey Hills. She has married the lovely Rob and moved to Brooke’s Bay overlooking the Huon, It was great to catch up, even though Jude couldn’t board Birubi with her gammy leg C/- car accident in November . On Sunday we visited Jude’s local town of Geeveston. If you are down this way and love Craft and eating we can recommend the Bank for meals..and both the Stone Pippin for wool and Makers on Church for craft of a high quality. The info centre has some great local silver jewellery and historic artifacts from the era of forestry, when the Huon Valley had a huge population.
Maasaki, the gourmet sushi maker had gone on holidays so I had to have a Sour Cherry plum, coconut and pistachio tart at the Bank.