Friday, 20 December 2013

Small Town Adventure

When the weather in Tasmania, Australia is sunny and hot, how can it not be tempting to take a road-trip? Usually, the weather is cloudy or cold or raining, but waking up on a Friday morning and seeing that the sun is out only means that you have to take advantage of it. So, with the perfect weather and a new playlist, my mother, brother and I ventured to Evandale, a charming small-town, to get lunch at the Ingleside Bakery Cafe and have a small picnic at Clarendon House.

Ingleside Bakery is a lovely cafe, with an array of delectable desserts (caramel slices are definitely my favourite), pastries and breads. However, there are so many things that set this cafe apart from any others in Tasmania. The cafe not only grows its own herbs and vegetables, but additionally has a large assortment of art for sale, Tasmanian jams and sauces, and other little trinkets and treasures.

After looking through the cafe and finally deciding what we wanted to eat (I naughtily concluded that a caramel slice was the perfect thing for lunch, haha), we took a 25 minute drive down to Clarendon House. This is a gorgeous historic site, with extensive gardens, breathtakingly beautiful scenery and large grounds to walkthrough and photograph. We sat on the grass, basking in the sun, eating out lunch and drinking our green teas, whilst talking and laughing at our own little jokes. Then, spontaneously, we decided to take a tour of Clarendon House, one of the grandest houses I've ever been in. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take photographs inside the house.

If you ever get the chance to have lunch at Ingleside Bakery Cafe or explore the grounds of Clarendon House, I definitely recommend it. The food is scrumptious no matter what you decide to order; and Clarendon House is peaceful and extremely relaxing. The perfect way to spend the day.