Today we got to fulfill one of Anthony's requests for this trip: A visit to Simon Martin Whips in Devonport.
Anthony says he just googled "things to do in Australia" (though something tells me he made it a bit more specific to our area) and found Simon Martin amongst all the attractions.Phillip and I drive past the place all the time (or at least the road that leads to the entry to it) but have never ventured in. Phillip's mother, however, knows him, and used to buy her leather craft things from him. Back when she did leather craft, that is.
So she knew him well enough to call him up and warned... I mean... told him we would love to stop in, would he be willing to show Anthony a bit about how he made the whips? Oh course, showing some true Tasmanian hospitality, he said yes.
So when we stopped in, he almost immediately knew who we were and got to work showing Anthony his craft, and answering his MANY questions. And even gave us a bit of a show cracking his whips!
He didn't do it for nothing, though. Not only were we all pretty impressed, but Anthony ended up buying a nice (handmade Simon Martin original) Australian Stockwhip (it's quite pretty), and one of his DVDs on learning how to crack whips.
We finished our day with a late lunch/VERY early dinner with some fish n'chips. At the beach, of course.
Fish= Flake, a kind of delicious shark