escape to wild

It was just what we needed. An adventure down to Tasmania to finish off one hell of a year. Thanks to the hard work of our Tassie friend Michelle we made our way south for a cooking and rabbit-stripping demonstration she organised for me at Mona, the art jewel of Hobart.

Road tripping sights.

I love the beauty of mixing a bit of work with pleasure. We left the mainland after the Hobart demo was done and road tripped to Bruny Island via the beautiful Huon Valley.

Bruny Island, even though it’s dotted with plenty of established farms and houses, has managed to retain a certain wildness and rawness which I was immediately drawn to. My wild man instincts went a bit crazy, in fact I wasn’t the only one affected by this embracing of wildness. Henry boy had what we called a case of Lagoon Fever where he ran wild like he’d been stung by a swarm of bees. We were at a place called Big Lagoon (aptly named because it is both a lagoon and large in size), and that dog ran and ran, seemingly covering kilometres in seconds. He slept like an angel that night (but snored like a drunken lord).

Big Lagoon, where the wind was so powerful, all proper fly fishing casting techniques go out the window.

We spent most of the time fishing and foraging for the most beautiful food. Oysters were mind-blowing, straight off the rocks and down the gullet. The mussels were some of the finest, cooked in garlic and wine, simple stuff but wowsers!

The days spent in the little boat were the best. Kate’s papa Warwick (aka Wazza, Wayne, Gary, Grampa James Brown, Darren, Ramish) was kind enough to let us take the boat for a few days in Adventure Bay.

Late each afternoon he’d drive on the beach to pick us up and we’d then head over the rolling hills of Adventure Bay up the steep drive to his humble island retreat where we’d fillet the fish and cook them all kinds of ways.

Here is a man who has worked like a dog all his working career, and now he lives a life with almost nothing, but in fact he appears to have everything he ever wanted. It’s obvious to me that he made the choice to simplify life, and he’s actually been successful. If you ever meet the bloke you’d understand why, it suits his “I can do what ever I want” approach to life. He’s a pig in poo down there, what a breezy life he lives.

Warwick’s clever outdoor kitchen table he crafted with salvage timber complete with sunken herb garden. He could sell these tables. But he probably couldn’t be stuffed. I don’t blame him.

How rad are the little raised beds made from salvaged stuff?!

He’s (Warwick) inadvertently put me back on track, in regards to simplifying things. This year has been both cursed and blessed. It’s almost at the end, and I’m feeling like positive changes are afoot. For now, I’m just having a few days of doing very little and dreaming of being back on wild Bruny Island eating oysters off the rocks.

Thanks Kate for letting me steal most of your images, and sorry I was in holiday mode and reluctant to get the camera out.

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  • http://shadybaker.blogspot.com.au Jane @ Shady Baker

    Brilliant Rohan, this looks incredible. Happy festive season to you.

  • http://forestglenroad.org/ Ryan

    Amazing place! The fish and oysters are making me salivate here a bit!

    • Aaron

      Looks amazing! Should do something simialr and make a film of it!
      Happy holiday
      Aaron

  • Steve

    Rohan,
    have you thought of bringing out a book just of photographs?
    You have a very good eye for composition, and you can clearly use a camera.
    If the pics on this site are any indication it should do well.

  • Darrun

    Dear Rowan, evry one at the centa luvs your blob.

    x

    Darrun

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/double_you_be/ Dad Berry

    Some nice pics and some nice words there Rohan. Seems to me that many or even most take for granted the basics of life, (our needs) – food, shelter, water, etc are seen to be a given today.

    I have everything and more I need, more than most.

    The more I appreciate my needs, the less I want.

    Thanks for coming,

    Warwick

    PS: You are right – I couldn’t be stuffed.

  • http://www.saturdaymorningsinmelbourne.com AJ

    Hi Rohan

    Love the table with the herb garden …. it would be perfect for the backyard!

    I also love the profile shot of the dog.

    Looks like you had a great time in Tasmania

    I hope your new home presents itself to you soon.

    Anne

  • Frederick Michael Elliott

    Beautiful pictures Rohan! What kind of camera do you use?

  • http://www.thekindcleaner.com.au/blog Paul – The Kind Little Blogger

    Sounds like a magic place. Enjoy.

  • Dayla

    Sounds and looks like you had a great time. Am looking forward to my book, thanks for the autograph.
    Dayla

  • Dan Revie

    Great use of rad

  • http://onemotherhen.blogspot.com Alicia

    I reckon every aussie should go to Tassie at least once! We loved it! Best tasting oysters, ever. We stayed near Cygnet on a farm stay with a winery just down the road, bought cheese and olives, P.e.r.f.e.c.t. :)

  • http://www.mongolianbling.com Benj

    I like this post a lot. Have a stella Xmas Rohan. Kate, I love your photos. You should also have a stella Xmas. And Michelle. And Henry. And the oysters. And the lettuce. And the table…

  • Jenn

    Absolutely brilliant photos, hope the new year is as successfull and less stressful than the last. And I hope Warwick won’t mind if I steal his table idea!
    Cheers

  • http://www.dirttodishesblogspot.co.nz Alice

    Hey,
    Just wanted to encourage you and let you know what an awesome job your doing and so inspiring.I love seeing people on the same page insipring other to join. Im 19 and have a blog of my own, trying to rally family, friends and people I meet. Good job :)

    This is it through my lense
    http://www.dirttodishes.blogspot.co.nz

    Alice :)

    • http://wholelarderlove.com rohan

      Nice blog Alice!

  • http://www.theradish.com.au Justin

    Knew you’d love Tassie Ro. It’s a brilliant place. I didn’t get over to Bruny, but cruised around the Huon for a day dreaming of buying an apple orchard and making some cider. Kate’s dad has got it completely sussed – “the more I appreciate my needs, the less I want.” Wise words.

    Merry Christmas to you and the family. Looking forward to more WLL tales next year!

    • http://wholelarderlove.com rohan

      Thanks Justin! All the best to the family!!!

  • http://susansumptuousuppers.wordpress.com/ Susan

    I’m super glad you made it down to Bruny Rohan. My family are Tasmanian. My Grandpa grew up (the son of an orchardist) in Woodbridge. As a kid, I used to love going out fishing with him in his little tin boat. His favourtie place to go was the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. We would mostly catch flat head, but I too relished collecting mussels from the beach. I was sooften saddened that Grndpa didn’t have an oyster knif to crack open those beauties. Bruny is such an incredible part of the world. I understand you really needed some time tere. I’m glad it could regenerate you in some way. Have amerry Christmas, I hope the new year turns out better for you, and that some solutions start to come alon for you.

  • http://senyorapatton.blogspot.com senyorapatton

    aaaahhhhh pure envy!

  • http://sweetharvestmoon.blogspot.com Sweet Harvest Moon

    This sounds and looks like heaven! Thank you for sharing this with us

  • http://10engines.blogspot.com/ james

    shellfish look insane.

  • http://ordinary-2-extraordinary.com serendipity2000

    When one needs a break then Tassie is the place to go. Best oysters on earth!

  • http://buttontreelane.blogspot.com Michelle

    Lovely post Rohan. Would love to head back to Tasmania – perhaps 2014.

    Got your book as a (requested) gift for Christmas and boy oh boy what a read! You are inspiring, and I can’t wait to get cooking.

  • Zelda

    Looks like you had a great time. I love that portrait of Henry!