Well as you know we went to Launceston today to have the gas on the car looked at. This meant we were stuck in Kings Meadows for the day, while we waited for the car to be fixed.
Our only means of transport around the place once we dropped off the car, was our legs and walking.
Initially we went to grab a coffee, before heading off to look around the local shops. It’s kind of strange going into the local shopping centre here in Launceston. For us, coming from Melbourne, the shopping centre (a Centro one) is rather small and does not have many shops. So trying to fill in a day with nothing to do, and no where to go, proved to be a tough challenge. We had walked up and down the shopping centre and checked out most of the stores within the first 30 minutes to an hour.
It was then that we realised across the car park there was a ‘Rivers’ Store and a big Chickenfeed outlet. So we headed over in that direction to check out what they had for sale.
The chickenfeed store was much bigger than our local one in Scottsdale. In fact it is about as big as ‘The Warehouse’ store in Fountain Gate. SZG and I walked up and down every isle looking at what they had for sale, and what we might like to buy. I must say that we were a little disappointed in what we found. Nothing jumped out at us, and in the end we walked out of there with nothing. Don’t get us wrong we were happy not to be spending any money, as we really don’t have any to just spend for the sake of it. But when you actually go shopping with the intention of buying something, it can be very disappointing to not even find anything that you like or want to buy.
We were however impressed with the ‘Rivers’ store. It is smaller than the one in Cranbourne, around the corner from where we used to live. But it appeared to have so much more on offer, if not more. We took our time looking at the different clothes, shoes and stuff available. We were also impressed with the quality of the merchandise, so have decided that when we have more money we are going to go back and have a look at what they have on offer then. The range of clothes for men is immense and the fact that it was an outlet, means the items are heavily reduced from their original prices, which makes the shop even more inviting.
After having spent over 45 minutes in the ‘Rivers’ store itself, we then decided that as we had time to kill I would go and get my hair cut. It had been annoying me for so long and I just never get around to having it cut. Thankfully we only had to wait 40 minutes for an appointment and the lady who cut my hair did a very nice job. I still have a lot of length in it, but it is now all layered and it feels so much lighter and looks so much healthier. I don’t think I will leave it as long next time before I get it cut again.
After the haircut, we went and grabbed a bite for lunch, then went for another walk along Hobart Road, King Meadows, before we stopped at the local Gloria Jeans Cafe for Coffee. The smell as you walk in that door is incredible. If you love the smell of freshly ground coffee then it’s definitely the place for you to go. The cappuccino we had was very nice, the atmosphere very inviting and the staff helpful and friendly. The store was also very well looked after and clean, which makes a difference from a lot of other coffee places we had seen.
We spent the rest of our afternoon here, drinking coffee, chatting and reading magazines, until we eventually received a phone call from the gas guys to say our car was fixed. Once we walked back over to the gas place and picked up the car we headed home as we had to pick the children up from care.
Finally our day was over and we survived …. let’s hope we don’t have to ‘hang around’ to often in town as there is not much to do when you have no real means of transport. I guess we can just be thankful that the rain never started until we had reached Scottsdale and were almost home!