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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGrain View Post
    You know if a few of us WWF`s moved to Tassie we could take over the place & divvy out their timber!
    If you moved here it wouldn't be their timber, it would be yours

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    Old Grain, the only reason I was worried about you moving to Queenstown was I thought you wanted to be near a hospital. If you are not worried about islolation nor being near a hospital it is an ideal spot. However it does rain a lot there and you never see it with the states maximum temperature on the weather when you watch the news. Downside (perhaps) is that it is a mining town and therefore subject to the boom and bust thing. From what I have seen and I usually go through there at least annually is that the town is actually rotting back into nature.If there has been a new house built there in the last 25 years I would be surprised. Grand old buildings in the main street look like they are just decaying.
    Maybe the boom times will return as the international crisis of "Ground Lice" population (yep people) multiply and the demand for things increases.
    The people who live there are tops and hard as nails, down to earth folk. Also the blackwood staircase in the Empire Hotel should almost be in one of the seven wonders of the world...in the woodturning stakes.

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    Gday Artful Bodger. The information i`ve garnered from (family member doc) indicates Q/t hospital is better equipped than the one in Qld. Having said that though medical personnel will do their upmost in any situation. I`m just more content knowing a move to the west coast gives me a better option medically wise. I`m not one worried about rain or cold as i thrive on cooler climate. Old/er houses - just what i want as i love to be busy but can work at my own pace. Saw a miners cottage....cheap as....needs a lot of work......would`ve bought it in a heartbeat.....but funds are tied for about 3 months........might still be available then.Doesn`t matter if not as there`s plenty of others to choose from.So we see what happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGrain View Post
    Gday Artful Bodger. The information i`ve garnered from (family member doc) indicates Q/t hospital is better equipped than the one in Qld. Having said that though medical personnel will do their upmost in any situation. I`m just more content knowing a move to the west coast gives me a better option medically wise. I`m not one worried about rain or cold as i thrive on cooler climate. Old/er houses - just what i want as i love to be busy but can work at my own pace. Saw a miners cottage....cheap as....needs a lot of work......would`ve bought it in a heartbeat.....but funds are tied for about 3 months........might still be available then.Doesn`t matter if not as there`s plenty of others to choose from.So we see what happens.
    Wondering which hospital in QLD you are comparing with. But you are probably right medicos do their best with whatever confronts them.
    Reckon you will have a ball down here if you decide to do it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by artful bodger View Post
    Old Grain, the only reason I was worried about you moving to Queenstown was I thought you wanted to be near a hospital. If you are not worried about islolation nor being near a hospital it is an ideal spot. However it does rain a lot there and you never see it with the states maximum temperature on the weather when you watch the news. Downside (perhaps) is that it is a mining town and therefore subject to the boom and bust thing. From what I have seen and I usually go through there at least annually is that the town is actually rotting back into nature.If there has been a new house built there in the last 25 years I would be surprised. Grand old buildings in the main street look like they are just decaying.
    Maybe the boom times will return as the international crisis of "Ground Lice" population (yep people) multiply and the demand for things increases.
    The people who live there are tops and hard as nails, down to earth folk. Also the blackwood staircase in the Empire Hotel should almost be in one of the seven wonders of the world...in the woodturning stakes.
    As above. You've got to be tough as nails to survive Queenstown hospital, especially if you need to see them few times a year. Anyway, Tassie winter's coming that's perfect time to come and spend couple of weeks in Queenstown area. At least you'll give yourself a chance to fall in love even deeper with the place or... otherwise.

    Cheers, Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldGrain View Post
    You know if a few of us WWF`s moved to Tassie we could take over the place & divvy out their timber!
    Yep, just follow Gunn Timbers footsteps...!!!

    yvan

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    As an aside to moving to the west coast, what am i likely to encounter moisture wise re all my tools? One could be forgiven for thinking i was already there given the past few days of constant rain.Although i coat hammer heads/clamps etc with a light wipe of oil i`ve just spent the morning recleaning/wiping them all down as a 'patina' was just starting to show.

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    While the south east doesn't have the same rainfall as the west coast, just lately we've had our fair share of rain.
    I live right on the water (http://port-huon.com.au/weather/webcam/weather.jpg) and I've only ever had a rust problem on some of the cheaper (Ozito) tools. Lathe, mill and tablesaw just get a spray of Inox if I'm not going to use them for a while.

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    Expecting 2 & 4s to 14 this week! Well that`s just something i`ll get used to.Either another log or rugging up.I think though i should have enough on my plate in (a) renoing and owning my first house & (b) maybe another (*) or two to rent out albeit the rent going back into the rental/s.
    (*) based on lower end market/lower income/rent.

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    Like all who have commented on Tassie, as a born and bred Tassie guy, though my parents are not from here, I really like it here. I like the fact we have 4 seasons, Autumn is a great time of the year here, I love winter even more so than summer. My ex wanted us to move to Sydney and though she now has a property in northern mid NSW. For me, the heat, humidity, crowds etc were complete turnoffs. I am actually thinking that I would like to move to south island NZ (Queenstown), if I could afford it, for that way I could get to go skiing for at least 3 months a year.

    Re the cost of living here its fine, especially the cost of housing, and food. The food, wine, beer, whisky etc are so good here. The stash of old houses also is huge here compared to pretty much anywhere else in Oz. Myself I live in Hobart in an 1850 brick cottage (which I have restored) and as well have an 1826 farmhouse on 2 acres in the country, which has been about 1/2 restored but will have to be sold soon as I need to pay the ex out. I am hoping I might be able to get something over $425K for it. It owes me a lot more.

    I know about having a stash of old timber, I have a rather large collection of old timbers (joinery etc), which has been helpful in restoring my two properties.

    While I read about your interest in moving to the west coast, for my money, it is just about the last place I would move to. The quality of houses there is terrible. Basically poorly built and even worse in terms of maintenance. If there was anywhere to move to on the west coast then I would suggest Strahan. Queenstown is a pretty aweful, virtually no shops, decent cafes or restaurants, little to do there, and truthfully as it is a mining town and mining on the west coast is on a down turn, its a dying town. I would think that the level of medical care at the hospital (is there one in Queenstown, thought it was in Rosebery) is any good. They find it hard to attract medical staff to the west coast.

    The Royal actually is a good hospital, as are the 3 other hospitals in Hobart. With any serious medical issues there you will always end up at either the Royal or the Launceston General. All the best to you if you do manage to make the move down here.

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    Hi Horsecroft. I actually like the idea of having four distinct seasons.Something i`ve seen disappear through my near 65 years. And likewise,heat,humidity,crowds & noise are getting worse every day.Noise mainly from traffic or twits hooning up/down the streets at all hours.Sure i was a kid once with hotted up cars but never carried on the way its done today.I still have the opportunity of relocating to Qld where i have land - 30 unspoiled bush acres which i`ll offload - but i`ve made my mind up - W C Tassie. I love the old houses & refurbishing won`t be a problem.Besides i`ll need to keep occupied. I`m lucky in one respect as there`s only me,the dog & my stuff. No ex.No kids. Lack of shops is no big deal either. Qt/Roseberry/Zeehan & Strahan all provide me with more than enough plus the added benefit of having first hand knowledgeable boat repairers around (as i know nothing about boats but would love to have a small cruiser or such like) when friends/family stay over.
    You know i read some where online,maybe a blog or such like about a property being up for sale not unlike yours as such.Its a great pity you have to offload the farmhouse.Like you say it owes you a lot more & money don`t replace blood/sweat/love. Good luck though.

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    Hi Oldgrain, all the very best then to you and hopefully you will make the move down here. It has been very cold of late, but as another person who much prefers the cold to the hot and especially humid weather, for me it is lovely.

    We have just had the Dark Mofo festival here in Hobart (which was excellent) and next off is the festival of voices, earlier this year we had the wooden boat festival which is superb for anyone who likes boats (who doesn't hey) and classic wooden boats at that. Tassie has a lot going for it, with a diversity of activities and lifestyles.

    Fair enough then for it does seem as if the west coast is what you have you heart set on. Truthfully Strahan is the pick of places to be, and especially if you want to have a boat. Perhaps the only thing against it is the tourists in Summer. Zeehan is not really an old house town, nor Rosebery, so that leaves Strahan and Queenstown. The weather is kinder and the feel of the town is better in my mind at Strahan in comparison to Queenstown.

    Its ok, I am feeling ok about selling my country property, and at least then I can concentrate on my old home rather than trying to restore two places. You sure are correct that money cannot bring happiness or necessarily good health, family and friends. I accept that it has cost me plenty in money let alone sweat. I have learnt a lot from restoring what I have there and at least I have satisfaction knowing it was done correctly. Someone else can benefit from this, and continue to completion the journey. Its good to save our past history for future generations. Kind of like restoring antiques, of which I have done quite a lot.

    A few pics of the hallway during its restoration and a small chest of drawers I previously restored.

    Cheers Dave
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    Gday Dave. You know if i didn`t know better i`d swear your pics are the ones i saw. If not,doesn`t matter but i am quite taken in by the finished workmanship.Old houses have so much heart. Beats the h*ll out of concrete & glass IMO.
    I`m really hung on just how many things go on in Tassie & i look forward once settled to gad about to all the activities on offer. I`m hoping my first visit could be a month/six weeks away to check out general areas/layout & a home. Hardest part thereafter is actually having to downsize stuff i`ve collected over the last fifty years.Told myself i can`t take everything so...... Anyhows got two well known movers in mind so thats fine. Now its just a waiting game over the next few weeks. Cheers Gordo

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    G'day Gordo, mate, many thanks for the compliments. Yes I totally agree with what you say re old houses. I love them. My brother in law/younger sister and my elder brother also have old houses. There is something really warming, appealing to the senses with them. I love all the old wooden joinery, the colours, grain and texture. Hand stripping and French polishing is time consuming and hard work but the touch and the look is so nice. I would happily send you some more pics of my places, if you are interested and/or others to give you some ideas of what we have achieved with our homes. My email is: osca1600@gmail.com

    I think this is what is nice down here in Tassie. The choices available. I hope you can fulfill your dreams of an old house, with some stuff which suits it well and of course a boat. I know too well about having to let go of stuff.

    I too am going through the exercise of having to let go (downsize) my antiques collection. I have too much for my home. And yes I too would love a boat (sailboat, 36 ft or so). And I have also 3 classic Italian cars. All projects, so again one of these is going to have to go.

    I hope when you do get down here, that you make the time to check out the place. There is so much to see, both in all the small towns and villages across the North-West to North East, let alone around Launceston, down to Hobart, the East Coast etc. I am sure you will enjoy this.

    I have included some more pics of the country house at Pawleena, near Sorell. Plus one of my '69 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super, and '69 Fiat 124 sport (not my car, but essentially the same as I have).

    Cheers
    Dave
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    Some photos of my home next. Basically I have been slowly restoring my home over the past 25 years with life intervening in between . Two marriages, antiques, travel, work and other stuff.

    The kitchen has now been completely re-restored, with new stove, paintwork and a skylight added. While the blue bedroom I completed last November. The yellow bedroom is the current project I am working on. As with all old houses, over time they move and the walls/ceiling plasterwork cracks. Hence I am re-restoring this. Then of course the outside needs more work. It is a part of the joy and frustrations in old house ownership. But I accept it. Hope you enjoy the pics. Dave
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